PARIS – Boundary-scan specialist JTAG Technologies (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) said it has agreed to donate its boundary-scan hardware, software and technical support to the European Student Moon Orbiter (ESMO) project.
ESMO, funded by the European Space Agency's Education Office, is planned to be the first European student mission to the Moon. It represents an opportunity for students to contribute to the scientific knowledge and future exploration of the Moon by returning new data and testing new technologies.
The ESMO spacecraft is designed to be launched into Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) as a secondary payload in late 2013 or early 2014. The mission consists in placing a spacecraft in orbit around the moon, photograph the surface and send images back to Earth.
The project involves the collaboration of 19 universities throughout Europe working with UK-based prime contractor Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.
The ESMO spacecraft as seen from above.
The external view shows the solar panels and thermal blankets.
The internal view shows the solar panels only.
Credits: Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd and European Space Agency
JTAG Technologies said its donations comprise a boundary-scan controller, JTAG ProVision application generation software and support from ALLData (JTAG Technologies' distributor in Italy).
The solutions are to be used by the ESMO project's On-board Data Handling (OBDH) team, which is based at the University of Maribor in Slovenia. The team said they are planning to have two boundary-scan chains on the On-Board Computer's processor cards - one chain for accessing the processor, the other for accessing an FPGA.