17-19 October 2017
European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC)
Europe/Amsterdam timezone

Scope & Topics

Tuesday 17 October 2017



A significant effort is being deployed by Agencies and Industry to streamline the development, validation and operation phases of spacecraft, with particular focus on the Avionics. This effort is being coordinated by ESA in the form of the "Spacecraft Avionics Open Interface Architecture" (SAVOIR) initiative. SAVOIR brings together ESA and industry experts in an open forum and is gaining significant momentum. Based on establishment of reference architectures, it provides the ground for the identification of building blocks interacting through standardised interfaces, service access points and protocols across hardware and software boundaries.


The objective of this annual SAVOIR session is to update the avionics stakeholders with the progress done over the last year and to discuss the next steps.


A programme has been defined during the SAVOIR Advisory Group (SAG) meetings held in 2017.

  • Status of the working groups (Masais, Union, Operability, handbooks)
  • Result of the Avionics harmonisation
  • Electronic Data Sheet
  • Model Based Avionics




In the last fifteen years, the STR products have evolved from CCD detectors to the use of APS detectors, from use on SCI and LEO platforms to be used also in GEO orbits, i.e on a major part of ESA missions, having a large harvest of years in orbit and resulting experience as well as demonstrating the improvement in terms of robustness and performance accuracy. European STR products are leading a growing and worldwide market, with best-in-class products, being the key AOCS sensor for a large number of spacecrafts.


The objective of this session is to present recent achievements of European star trackers as well as lessons learnt and future trends for star trackers products and use within future spacecraft avionics systems.

Organisation: Invited speakers



Flash presentations/Elevator pitches given by the companies participating at the Exhibition

Coordinator: Kathleen Gerlo



Wednesday 18 October 2017



Verification and validation is a fundamental process in the design and development of an Avionics system.

Avionics Verification is defined as the process that demonstrates through the provision of objective evidence that the Avionics product is designed and produced according to its specifications and the agreed deviations and waivers, and is free of defects. The Avionics verification process allows to confirm that adequate specifications and inputs exist for any activity, and that the outputs of the activities are correct and consistent with the specifications and input of an Avionics system.

Avionics Validation is defined as the process which demonstrates that the Avionics is able to accomplish its intended use in the intended operational environment. The Avionics validation process allows to confirm that the requirements baseline functions and performances are correctly and completely implemented in the final GNC product.


The objective of this session is to investigate and assess new and efficient methods for the verification and validation of the design and development of Avionics space systems. The general objectives of the session are:

  • To improve the processes (verification, validation, and certificate issuing) of Avionics space systems with the goal to reduce the cost, manpower and time for certification.
  • To discuss, investigate, and propose research on alternative approaches to reliability and certification to the current practices.

Organisation: Invited speakers




Official figures show that in terms of mass alone, the harness can account for up to 10% of the total dry mass of a spacecraft, regardless of the spacecraft type or mission. Consequently, the spacecraft launch cost is increased as proportional to weight. Moreover, the harness is also consuming an important manpower budget for its development, its manufacturing and its verification.  This situation tends to worsen considering the trends of units to be more intelligent and with more sensor/actuators components.


The objective of this annual harness Reduction session is to update the avionics stakeholders with the progress done over the subject and to discuss further possible techniques and development programs.

Organisation: Invited speakers



Thursday 19 October 2017



The scope of this session is to present and discuss ongoing developments and emerging topics in the field of space processors. The term processor shall be understood to comprise multiple aspects:

  • Various architectures and performance classes, single and multi-core, symmetric and asymmetric processors, microcontrollers and DSP's.
  • A processor is not only a piece of hardware, the software (development tools, compilers,  operating systems, hypervisors etc.) are integral part of a successful system
  • Developments dedicated to space or (screened) COTS
  • Developments of different maturity (from low TRL R&D up to In Orbit Demonstration)

Different solutions at different level of maturity are available nowadays. Emerging applications are asking for higher performances and/or integration of new functionalities. Availability of adequate, complete (HW and SW) and “qualified” solutions for space requires large investments (larger than in the past) that implies the creation of consortia or collaboration among industries, agencies and/or stakeholders.

Organisation: Invited speakers

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