Ground Support Equipment

Tiger Innovation's development of ground support equipment ranges from the simple single-box testing unit, to an entire open-architected TCP/IP-based system to support multiple communication protocols with command/data generation tools and telemetry/debug display applications. We have experience architecting and implementing a network control center for a high-availability distributed data-collection/databasing system, including a graphical user interface for system administration.

We designed, integrated, and maintained two EGSE racks for the STPSat-1 program. These systems were used throughout the design cycle from component level tests, through integrated space vehicle testing, and launch operations at Cape Canaveral. With STPSat-1 now operating on orbit, these EGSE racks are used to control and monitor the STPSat-1 FlatSat in support of normal operations.

Tiger Innovations is currently designing two Space Vehicle Test Sets in support of the Space Test Program Standard Interface Vehicle (SIV). These systems will be used to interface with the SIV spacecraft during bus integration at AeroAstro, Inc. and later for payload integration and space vehicle system testing at Ball Aerospace in Colorado.

We have experience designing and integrating spacecraft Flat-Sats to support development activities. Flat-Sats were used by engineers on both TSX-5 and STPSat-1 to develop software and verify component operation on a test bed prior to integration with the flight vehicle.

Tiger Innovations has significant experience with software simulations for complicated systems. These simulations have involved individual component simulation for design improvement and verification as well as system-level simulation for performance evaluation, load estimation, and costing. The simulators we have designed and implemented range from solely software-based (such as communication constellation load estimation and spacecraft power systems) to combination hardware/software systems (for attitude-control environment simulation). In many cases the simulations were used as valuable design tools to find system flaws and boost overall performance.

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