FPGA development for space missions

High-end FPGA solutions the NASA Mars 2020 Rover, Solar Orbiter, Bepi Colombo, MetOp and Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer.

Inventas (formerly Bitvis) has provided provided highly specialised development services within FPGA:

  • Concept development and specifications of features and technologies.
  • Design in platform tools and hardware description languages like VHDL, Verilog and System Verilog.
  • Verification with VHDL testbenches like our own UVVM framework, an environment developed with support from the European Space Agency (ESA).



Read more about some of the space projects we have worked on below.




Solar Orbiter

Solar Orbiter is a mission dedicated to solar and heliospheric physics. It was selected as the first medium-class mission of ESA's Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 Programme. The programme outlines key scientific questions like; development of planets, emergence of life, origins of the Universe and the fundamental physics at work in the Universe.

Photo: ASTRIUM2



Bepi Colombo

Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) is Europe's first mission to Mercury. It will set off on a journey to the smallest and least explored terrestrial planet in our Solar System. When it arrives at Mercury in late 2024, it will endure temperatures in excess of 350 °C and gather data during its 1 year nominal mission, with a possible 1-year extension.

Photo: ESA



Mars 2020 Rover

The Mars 2020 mission is a future rover designed to investigate key questions about the habitability of Mars, and assess natural resources and hazards in preparation for future human expeditions to the Red Planet.

Photo: NASA



MetOp

The Meteorological Operational satellite programme (MetOp) is a European undertaking providing weather data services to monitor the climate and improve weather forecasts.

Photo: ESA



JUICE

JUICE - JUpiter ICy moons Explorer - is the first large-class mission in ESA's Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 programme. Planned for launch in 2022 and arrival at Jupiter in 2030, it will spend at least three years making detailed observations of the giant gaseous planet Jupiter and three of its largest moons, Ganymede, Callisto and Europa.

Photo: ESA