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METASAT Project Introduces Innovative Design Methodology for Future Satellites in DATE Conference 2024

At the recent DATE conference 2024, the METASAT project unveiled a groundbreaking approach aimed at revolutionizing the design process for future satellites. Recognizing the intricacies involved in satellite design and the imperative to adhere to ECSS standards, the project introduces a novel methodology centered on model-based engineering, bolstered by open architecture hardware.

Central to the initiative is the integration of software virtualization layers, such as hypervisors, to ensure compliance with rigorous standards while leveraging high-performance computing platforms. This innovative blend of hardware and software promises to streamline development processes, potentially mitigating high costs and protracted timelines that currently challenge the satellite industry’s competitiveness and reliability.

The cornerstone of the METASAT project lies in the development of a tailored toolchain optimized for these advanced hardware/software configurations. This toolchain not only enhances efficiency but also introduces the concept of digital twins, offering a comprehensive overview of satellite systems throughout their lifecycle.

During the three-day event, the consortium had the chance to participate in different sessions at this annual appointment to present METASAT to the various present audiences. The consortium presented the abstract “The METASAT Hardware Platform v1.1: Identifying the Challenges for its RISC-V CPU and GPU Update” during the OSDA: 4th Workshop on Open-Source Design Automation. Additionally, the project was also presented at the University Fair Presentations Session and had a tutorial and a multi-partner project session for the interested attendees in the Hardware and Software Designs for High Performance and Reliable Space Processing.

Finally, the consortium also presented the joint paper titled “The METASAT Model-Based Engineering Workflow and Digital Twin Concept“, in which the METASAT team provides a detailed overview of the model-based engineering toolchain, elucidating its workflow and the digital twin concept. By illustrating the synergy between its components, the paper underscores how this approach can catalyze efficiency gains and bolster dependability across the satellite sector.

The METASAT project’s innovative methodology holds promise for shaping the future landscape of satellite design, offering a pathway towards enhanced competitiveness and reliability in the industry.

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