HELIX FLIGHTKIT

WHY CHOOSE FLIGHTKIT?

Flightkit is an innovative development environment, designed to rapidly create mission-specific flight software for any unique mission – whether it’s a single nano-satellite or a large constellation. Flightkit is part of our end-to-end HELIX suite of space software products.

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Reduced time to market

Central elements of Flightkit are software components, that allow to quickly cover most standard flight software functionality and focus on the unique parts of the mission, helping you to significantly reduce development time.

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Reduced risk

Our heavily-tested components come pre-validated with extensive flight heritage, reducing the risk of failure and giving you a peace of mind. Moreover, the platform is designed with architectural clarity in mind to future-proof your mission and avoid serious risk as the mission evolves.

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Support unique missions

The component-based architecture means that your software can be quickly and easily supplemented with new components to support additional capabilities, tailored to your unique and specific space mission.

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Scalability

Flightkit comes with in-built scalability to adapt to new software updates, hardware changes or new spacecraft additions, meaning that you won’t have to re-design your software from scratch as your system evolves.

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Allows for multiple vendors

Flightkit allows you to use multiple hardware vendors, even within a single constellation, which means you can choose the most appropriate and cost-effective option for your space mission.

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Ease of use and support

Flightkit does not require specialist skills, thanks to its inherent simplicity and ease of use. It also comes with an extensive support and onboarding resource base to help you get started.

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TECHNOLOGY

WHAT MAKES FLIGHTKIT DIFFERENT?

The key elements of the Flightkit are reusable components, designed to create limitless combinations of software units. These components can be library-based, available with the product to cover any standard functionality, such as data acquisition, monitoring, logging, FDIR, TM/TC. They can also be completely bespoke, created for unique mission-specific elements – e.g. payload interfacing, telemetry handling, communication protocols and your concept of operations. Combining components like building blocks means that the onboard software package can be developed much quicker, with greater reliability and at a significantly lower cost.

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What Is GenerationOne Technology?

In the rapidly changing commercial space market, there is a strong need to produce satellite software quickly and at low cost. Find our how our GenerationOne technology supports software reuse.

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CURRENT FSDK USERS

ALREADY HAVE AN FSDK LICENCE?

HELIX Flightkit, our newest flight software development environment, designed to offer better clarity, ease of use, expressivity, build speed and flexibility. To take advantage of the new features and tight integration with HELIX solutions, it is necessary to upgrade your existing flight software, developed via the FSDK.

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  • Simplified and improved design process

    We have simplified and improved the design process. Flightkit introduced a completely new workflow, that will make the platform significantly easier to learn and use.

  • Simplified tooling and well-structured workflow

    Simplified tooling and well-structured workflow also mean far better support for large scale software systems which are distributed across multiple computers, spacecraft or teams.

  • New build system

    We have completely replaced the build system to make it significantly faster and more flexible.

  • Support resources

    We have created a large knowledge base of tutorials and documentation to help engineers get to grips with our concepts and tools.

INTEGRATED SOLUTION

HELIX: END-TO-END SOFTWARE SUITE

For maximum efficiency, increased performance and reduced operating costs, make sure to take advantage of the seamless integration of our space- and ground-based products.

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Product

HELIX

A highly-integrated end-to-end space software solution – from flight software to ground operations and data-insights applications.

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WHAT ARE HELIX PRODUCTS?

HELIX suite includes a range of feature-rich software development kits and a number of readily-available products for a more standardised and unified approach

10 reasons to choose HELIX

Find our how HELIX can maximise your mission resources.

CASE STUDIES

IT’S THE RESULTS THAT COUNT

Browse our case studies to learn how the technology at the heart of Flightkit already helped over 40 mission significantly save time, effort and cost.

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OS-VOLT

OS-VOLT is a true testament to our upcoming HELIX suite of space software products. Find out how HELIX will be used to boost this pioneering multi-million mission.

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FARADAY PHOENIX

The Faraday Phoenix mission enables multiple third-party payloads to ‘rideshare ’ on a single satellite platform, providing fast and low-cost access to space.

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IOD-1 GEMS

The IOD-1 mission was the key first step in the OMS’s GEMS programme roll-out to test commercial viability of the service and prove the concept and technology.

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SEAHAWK

The SeaHawk project observes the changing biology of the ocean surface and its implication for various maritime applications.

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PICASSO

Developed for the European Space Agency, PICASSO CubeSat is designed to investigate the upper layers of Earth’s atmosphere.

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