The fact that our embedded software engineering expertise is being used to help create mission-critical software for meteorological and communications satellites and spacecraft for inter planetary exploration showcases our ability to work on highly complex, time critical, major software engineering projects to the highest quality standards.
Our world increasingly depends on satellite technology for fast, global communications – including the TV, mobile, GPS and internet coverage that consumers take for granted.
Satellites are set to play a huge role in future human development – in everything from monitoring the impact of climate change to manned exploration of distant planets and stars.
Back on Earth, explorers and conservationists in remote parts of world where there are no cables or mobile masts rely entirely on satellite phones to communicate and stay safe.
At Mobica, we’re playing our part in contributing to a future where safe and reliable satellite technology – although often out of sight and even out of touch – is more and more at the heart of our daily lives.
Our initial work will be on flight control software. Written in MISRA C and running on LEON processors under RTEMS, the software will be responsible for key functions including communications, attitude and orbit control, power management and data management.
The first of the programmes is JUICE – JUpiter ICy moons Explorer – the first large-class mission in ESA’s Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 programme. Planned to launch in 2022 and arrive at Jupiter in 2030, it will sweep around the giant planet exploring its turbulent atmosphere, enormous magnetosphere and tenuous set of dark rings, as well as studying the icy moons Ganymede, Europa, and Callisto. All three of these planet-sized moons are thought to have oceans of liquid water beneath their icy crusts. They should provide vital clues on the potential for such icy moons to harbour habitable environments.