KeywordsCCSDS Data Unit Decoding
Space Data Systems
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AbstractThe Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS) formulates and publishes recommendations for space data system standards. CCSDS Recommendations define a layered data communications network along the lines of the OSI model. In the space link layer (OSI Data Link layer) fixed length blocks of CCSDS Packets are generated and multiplexed into the data field of Virtual Channel Data Units (VCDUs) in the Virtual Channel Access Sublayer. VCDUs with error correction coding become CVCDUs (coded VCDUs). CVCDUs (or VCDUs) with an attached sync marker become Channel Access Data Units (CADUs) which are transmitted on the Physical Space Channel. This paper discusses AYDIN's DEC012 Data Unit Decoder, a VMEbus circuit card which recovers Virtual Channel Data Units (VCDUs) from corrupted Channel Access Data Units (CADUs) received on the Space Link Subnet of a CCSDS-compatible space datacomm link. The module's design and operation is described along with its use in the X-ray Timing Explorer (XTE) and Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) science satellite programs run by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
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