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O.C.E. Technology Unveils New Real-Time Operating System for Spacecraft Microcontrollers

O.C.E. Technology, an Irish space technology company, today announced that it has successfully demonstrated OCEOS, a new real-time operating system for microcontrollers on spacecraft, at the European Space Agency (ESA).

The OCEOS software occupies a tiny amount of memory and includes the operational checks and recovery procedures required for mission critical subsystems on satellites and other spacecraft.

The software, which is compliant with ESA’s safety category B regulations for spacecraft, is currently available for ESA SPARC processors with conversion to the more popular ARM computer architecture already in progress.

OCEOS is also considered suitable for automobile and medical applications such as engine management, emissions monitoring, therapeutic devices and dialysis machines.

Barry Kavanagh, CEO, O.C.E. Technology, said, “We are very excited to have developed and successfully demonstrated only the second safety category B operating system approved for the European Space Agency. OCEOS has some unique features such as prevention of software deadlocks and precision timing for control outputs. O.C.E. is currently selling to the aerospace market but OCEOS will create new opportunities for the company in other high-growth and global markets such as automotive and medical.”

O.C.E. Technology, headquartered at NovaUCD, the Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs at University College Dublin, develops software for technical applications and supplies radiation-hardened chip-level components targeted primarily at the space and high-reliability sectors.

O.C.E. is already operating in Europe, Korea, China, Russia and Singapore through a network of distributors.

O.C.E., an Enterprise Ireland supported company, also supplies a range of satellite subsystems including solar cells, batteries, and attitude control units. These subsystems are already well proven on the Chinese space programme.

OCE at Space Tech Expo 2021

This free-to-attend exhibition will showcase the very latest technology for the designing, manufacturing and testing of spacecraft, satellite, launch vehicle and space-related technologies, bringing together engineers, systems integrators, contractors and suppliers in commercial, government and military space.

“It’s a huge exhibition with a number of potential customers, so it’s the place to be this week”
Jean Yves Le Gall, Chair of the ESA Council and President, CNES


“The show has been really, really good, a huge selection of companies here, it’s a really great opportunity to engage with the wider European space industry”
Becky Morris, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Skyrora


“The Space Tech Expo was the best exhibition I have ever been to!”
Andrea Marchese, Supply Chain Manager, OHB System AG

DMON2 new release supports Eclipse TCF and GR716 microcontroller

OCE has released a new version of DMON which offers the following new features:

DMON Screenshot

  • Fast multi-core source level debugging using Eclipse TCF protocol
    DMON now supports Eclipse Target Communications Framework (TCF) for source level debugging. TCF is a faster and more stable environment for debugging specially for multicore. TCF is being adopted by all major companies offering embedded system debug tools. Xilinx is leading the charge. For more information about DMON’s TCF visit
    here.
  • ESA Microcontroller (GR716) support
    The GR716 features a fault-tolerant LEON3 SPARC V8 processor, communication interfaces and on-chip ADC, DAC, Power-on-Reset, Oscillator, Brown-out detection, LVDS transceivers, regulators to support for single 3.3V supply, ideally suited for space and other high-rel applications. For more information please visit here.
  • Improved support for LEON statistics module
    The Statistics Unit (L4STAT) is used count events in the LEON4 processor and on the AHB Bus, in order to create performance statistics for various software applications. L4STAT consists of a configurable number of 32-bit counters, which increment on a certain events like cache misses, MMU data holds, branch prediction misses, .etc. For more info visit here.
  • New PROM builder GUI
    DMON’s new PROM builder GUI facilitates the creation and test of systems to run from PROM. For more info visit here.
  • Multilingual Help
    DMON now provides help on its commands in multiple languages; Chinese, Korean, Russian, Italian(it), Spanish and French.
  • Full IDE Install program
    OCE now provides an install program to facilitate the setup of the complete Windows IDE environment including Eclipse, compilers, and debug software.

Contact sales@ocetechnology.com for details on how to obtain the latest release of DMON2.

Launch of another five satellites with OCE’s technology on-board

Another five small satellites using OCE technology were launched on Thursday 19 September using a Long March 11 rocket from a mobile platform at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.

Four of the five Earth observation satellites are hyperspectral and the other high resolution video. These satellites use OCE’s E698PM as the processor for the main on-board computer and also OCE’s system-in-package memories.

 

The Zhuhai-1 remote sensing micro-satellite constellation is a commercial satellite constellation built and operated by Zhuhai Orbita Aerospace Science and Technology Co., Ltd.

The first satellites of the Zhuhai-1 satellite constellation were launched in 2017 and 2018 respectively, initiating the launch and operation of satellite constellations by private companies in China.

The video satellites have a launch mass of 90 kg and feature a high-resolution video system for earth observation with a spatial resolution of 0.9 m and a swath width of 22.5 km. It can capture video sequences of 120 seconds.

The hyperspectral satellites have a ground resolution of 10 m and a swath width of 150 km. The spectral resolution is 2.5 nm.

All satellites are operating in a 500km sun-synchronous orbit.

The satellite data is being used for more effective and efficient management of natural resources, improved ecological environments, agriculture and rural areas, traffic management, emergency management, urban construction and financial insurance.

Five satellites using OCE’s technology

O.C.E. Technology and European Space Agency Commence €500k Project to Develop New Real-Time Operating System for Satellites

Dublin, Ireland and Toulouse, France, 26 June 2018, O.C.E. Technology (www.ocetechnology.com) today announced that it is to develop a new real-time operating system in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA). The €500,000 project is expected to take 18 months to complete.

One of four orbiting hyperspectral satellites using OCE Techniology

The new operating system, which will be developed to flight quality standards, will contain some unique features for the advanced control of satellite subsystems. The new operating system will allow deterministic scheduling of tasks and will use the new 16-bit SPARC REX instruction set to minimise its storage footprint.

The company made the announcement at the Toulouse Space Show, which is taking place this week, where the company is showcasing its products to European buyers.

O.C.E. Technology, headquartered at NovaUCD, the Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs at University College Dublin, develops software for technical applications and supplies radiation-hardened chip-level components targeted primarily at the space and high-reliability sectors.

The company, an Enterprise Ireland high-potential start-up, also supplies a range of satellite subsystems that are used to bring a satellite into a desired orientation in space at a desired spin rate. These subsystems are already well proven on the Chinese space programme.

Barry Kavanagh, CEO, O.C.E. Technology, said, “This project with the European Space Agency will open up a host of new flight software opportunities for the company and together with our best-in-class debug software will be of strong interest to the fast growing small satellite market.”

At the Toulouse Space Show visit O.C.E. Technology and its European Distributor, Dimac RED, to learn more about the company’s latest range of software and hardware products.