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10 reasons to consider commercial flight software for your mission

The choice of what is best for your mission is entirely yours, but it’s important to make informed decisions. Consider why commercially licensed software might be a better option for you and how it can help your mission succeed.

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1. LEARNING CURVE

Short start-up time

Getting software engineers up to speed with new tools takes time and a steep learning curve can threaten your mission, unnecessarily increase development/testing time and significantly complicate things like integration, configuration and management of the system. Commercial software, like our Flight Software Development Kit, aims for simplicity in use, straightforward workflows and a robust onboarding process with a variety of manuals, tutorials, guides and other support material.

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Flight Software Development Kit

Unique development environment for mission-specific flight software


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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Browse through our FAQs to get the answers to any questions you might have.

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2. UNIQUE MISSIONS

Focus on what really matters to you

Commercial software places your needs at the heart of the development process. Our FSDK comes with hundreds of software components available out of the box, so you can focus on mission-specific functionality. This means that you can quickly cover all the basic and standard functionality for your mission (e.g. data acquisition, monitoring, logging, FDIR, TM/TC, etc.) and concentrate your efforts on what makes it unique such as payload interfacing, telemetry handling, communication protocols and your concept of operations.

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What does “component-based” software really mean?

Find out what FSDK components are, what benefits the component approach brings and what type of components the FSDK provides.

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3. RAPID DEVELOPMENT

Short time to market

In the crowded New Space sector, there aren’t many who can afford delays or lengthy development. The time to market becomes crucial and the current expectation can only be a few months! Rapid development is exactly what makes our FSDK different: the platform is designed to quickly create limitless combinations of software components, similar to constructing with building blocks. This allows you to develop your spacecraft flight software significantly faster and noticeably reduce your time to market.

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How to Reduce Satellite Development Time with Off-The-Shelf Flight Software

One key challenge of most CubeSat mission is the project schedule, which is often tight, meaning that flight software needs to be available early in the space mission development and must be made available quickly. Learn how off-the-shelf flight software can help you speed up development and testing.

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4. SIMPLE RE-USE

Save time on future work

Unless you are only planning to build a single spacecraft in your lifetime, it is never too early to think about future work. Are you building a constellation? Or perhaps you expect new missions in the future? Or maybe you build missions at scale? FSDK components written for one spacecraft can be easily reused on another, even if the satellite hardware is different – even if the onboard computer has changed! Components can often be combined in new ways to achieve new functionality, avoiding the need to start again from the ground up and saving your invaluable time and cost on future work.

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Developing Flight Software for Large Satellite Systems

As the New Space market continues to grow, more and more satellite applications require a large number of spacecraft. Find out how to efficiently design flight software to support high-volume development.

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5. SIMPLE HARDWARE INTEGRATION

Extensive lists of supported subsystems

Commercial software is usually designed to work with and support a large range of hardware to make your life easier and give your extra benefits. Just look at our impressive list of supported subsystems, onboard computers, operating systems and communication protocols. And what’s more – we are always on the lookout for more hardware to support, particularly if it’s in high demand. So never hesitate to get in touch, if your choice of hardware is not listed.

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Supported hardware

Systems and Platforms

Our range of Onboard computer (OBC) platforms, communications protocols and subsystems supported by the FSDK is extensive, and growing all the time.

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6. SINGLE SPACE SYSTEM

Integration with the ground side

One of the trickiest parts of building a space software system is making sure your onboard software can successfully “talk” to the ground side and the rest of the software infrastructure. You may have the most sophisticated flight package, but it’s no use if it cannot be efficiently controlled or deliver the service. Integration is what our FSDK particularly excels at. It automatically captures all the information about the flight side and shares it across the entire ground-space system with almost zero configuration on your part, so you can focus purely on operating the mission. That’s integration taken to another level!

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Benefits of Integrated Flight-Ground Software Development

The ground and space segments of a satellite project are often developed independently of each other and at different life cycles of the mission. Find out about an alternative model-based approach which support for quick and easy integration of flight and ground segments.


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How to Optimise Payload Integration

Payloads tend to be developed by specialists in their own fields, but integrating these payloads into a spacecraft platform remains the task of a satellite developer.

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7. SUPPORT AND ADVICE

Best practices and design

The more complex you expect your space system to become, the more difficult it is to design good, stable and scalable software architecture. Much of the challenge comes from the fact that there are no guidelines, manuals or precise rules. It requires years of experience and expertise, which you may not have. Our software comes with support and advice services on the best practices and design solutions. With over 11 years of experience and 40+ spacecraft flying our software in orbit, we’ve got exactly what it takes to develop the state-of-the-art software your mission needs.

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Services

We are here to help

To help you navigate through the intricate process of space software development, we complement our products with mentoring and competence building services for your team, as well as bespoke component development.


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Case studies

It’s the results that count

Browse our case studies to learn how we help our clients reach for the stars.

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8. SCALABILITY

From a single CubeSat into a constellation

Scaling up and growing your system from a single spacecraft into a constellation is the hottest topic of the New Space sector at the moment – how can you do that quickly, reliably and efficiently? Our FSDK allows you to re-use your existing software, enhance it with new functionality or hardware by swapping components in and out, and easily integrate it into the existing system with almost zero manual configuration. Put simply, re-use what you’ve got, update and plug in!

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How to future proof your space mission

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How to Future-Proof Your Space Software System

Future-proofing you space software system and making sure it lasts is by no means easy, but launch after launch we are proving that the right products, technology and expertise are exactly what’s needed for success.


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The Future of Satellite Software Technologies

The satellite industry is booming like never before and there is no indication that this rapid and sustained growth may halt in the coming years. In this blog post we take a look at the future of satellite software technologies, explore where the industry is heading and how we – as a space software provider – plan to address these challenges.

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9. VENDOR LOCK-IN

Multiple hardware vendors

As you space system grows and develops, you may find beneficial to keep your architecture open to new hardware in order to avoid vendor lock-in. The FSDK allows individual modules to be quickly and easily substituted as needed – whether you are adding new capability, a new satellite in your space system or simply trying to save cost by opting for a more cost-effective vendor. More importantly, our seamless integration between the flight and the ground sides means you don’t need to worry about how to manage a space system with a large variety of different subsystems.

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Say No to Vendor Lock-In: Benefits of an Open and Modular Software System

As a service provider, you may want to take advantage of price competition between hardware manufacturers and make your constellations heterogeneous, comprising satellites from different manufacturers with different capabilities. Learn more about avoiding vendor lock-in.


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Mission Control Software

Easy-to-use monitoring and control of onboard changes during development and flight

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10. TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIP

The bottom line: save cost

It is easy to make a decision based on purchase cost only. But it is crucial to think beyond the purchase point and take into account all the expenses, risks and benefits through to the final qualified ready-for-flight version or even a full scale constellation. The FSDK can save considerable cost through faster and more efficient development process, lower risk, simpler and quicker onboarding process and a straightforward approach to scaling up as you move forward.

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Launched missions

Our spacecraft in orbit

Browse the full list of the missions powered by our flight and ground software. Currently sitting at 40+, the list is growing all the time.


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See our software in action

Get in touch to arrange a one-to-one demo of our products, tailored to your mission needs and requirements.

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Flight Software Development Kit

Unique development environment for mission-specific flight software

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Mission Control Software

Easy-to-use monitoring and control of onboard changes during development and flight

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