Reference Architecture

The reference architecture provides the framework for organizing the various elements that are developed within LibreCube. For example, a power conditioning element for an exploration system would be grouped here: exploration segment / platform / power, and has the identifier LC-22xx, where xx is a running number. Many of those elements are of generic nature, so they can be used for satellites, robot, drones, etc. alike. Some other elements are more specific in their application, such as rotor blades for a drone. Nevertheless, the reference architecture organization is applicable to all LibreCube elements.

Note that the definition of the reference architecture is a work in progress. The current baseline is as follows:

Exploration segment

  • 10 Instruments
    • 11 Remote sensing
  • 20 Platform
    • 21 Structure
    • 22 Power
    • 23 Communication
    • 24 Thermal
    • 25 Processing
    • 26 Guidance, navigation and control (GNC)
    • 27 Propulsion
    • 28 Mechanism
  • 30 Support equipment
    • 31 Electrical ground support equipment (EGSE)
    • 32 Mechanical ground support equipment (MGSE)

Ground segment

  • 40 Ground station systems
    • 41 Ground antennas
    • 42 RF and baseband equipment
    • 43 Station systems
  • 50 Ground network
  • 60 Mission operations system