Designing Computer Systems to Control Several Small Experiments in a Space Environment
Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences
S. Rollins Guild
Gregory E. Simco
The purpose of this dissertation was to investigate, design, and develop a computer system which is capable of controlling several small experiments in a space environment. The steps taken to design such a computer system included reviewing literature pertaining to computer architecture for space based computers and determining which architectures did support the necessary computing needs. Based on the literature review, a computer design and methodology was determined which is the basis for building a complete computer system. Seven experiments were interfaced to the computer system which was launched aboard the Space Shuttle "Discovery". After returning, the collected data shows the performance of this computer was satisfactory. Future research is needed in using modem computer structures to control experiments that will be subjected to longer durations in a space environment. This research would greatly enhance the scientific usability for small payloads within the International Space Station.
Eric S. Ackerman. 1999. Designing Computer Systems to Control Several Small Experiments in a Space Environment. Doctoral dissertation. Nova Southeastern University. Retrieved from NSUWorks, Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences. (379)