International SpaceWire Conference 2011

8 - 10 November

Marriott Plaza San Antonio Hotel, TX, USA

SWIFT Corot JWST BepiColumbo MMO BepiColumbo MPO Instrument Unit

Conference Information


SpaceWire is a leading onboard data-handling network for use onboard spacecraft. It is simple to implement and use, and is being deployed on many space missions.

Aims / Scope of Conference

The International SpaceWire Conference aims to bring together SpaceWire product designers, hardware engineers, software engineers, system developers and mission specialists interested in and working with SpaceWire to share the latest ideas and developments related to SpaceWire technology. The conference is targeted at the full SpaceWire community including both academics and industrialists.

Conference Location

The 2011 International SpaceWire Conference will be held at the Marriott Plaza Hotel in San Antonio, Texas, USA.

Technical Programme

Sessions are dedicated to the following topics:


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Keynote Speakers

Mr. BRET G. DRAKE; Deputy Chief Architect, Human Spaceflight Architecture Team, Exploration Missions and Systems Office, NASA Johnson Space Center

Technical Committee


The sponsors of the 2011 International SpaceWire Conference are:

Southwest Research Institute SWRI Logo - Benefiting government, industry and the public through innovative science and technology

Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is one of the oldest and largest independent, nonprofit, applied research and development organizations in the United States. SwRI's 11 technical divisions offer a wide range of technical expertise and services in such areas as chemistry, space science, nondestructive evaluation, automation, engine design, mechanical engineering, electronics and more.

European Space Agency ESA Logo - The European Space Agency is Europe's gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe's space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe. ESA drove and funded the development of the SpaceWire standard. ESA is using SpaceWire on several missions including Bepi Colombo, GAIA and Earth Care.

NASA NASA Logo - The National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the United States of America. NASA's mission is to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics research. SpaceWire is being designed into the James Webb Space Telescope, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, GEOS-R and other missions, and is currently in orbit in the SWIFT spacecraft.

JAXA JAXA Logo - Japanese Aerospace eXploration Agency is Japan's core organization for aerospace technology, which promotes consistent activities, from basic research to technology development and utilization. JAXA aims to pursue the enormous possibilities in space and aviation, and challenge various research and development fields in the aim of "Sustainable Development" in order to contribute to peace and happiness for all mankind. JAXA is using SpaceWire on the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter and NeXT.

Space Technology Centre Space Technology Centre Logo - Space Technology Centre, University of Dundee - A world leading centre for the development of SpaceWire technology. The SpaceWire standard was written by University of Dundee with input from spacecraft engineers across Europe. SpaceWire intellectual property, chips and software being used for several international space missions was developed in the Space Technology Centre. STAR-Dundee ( is a spin-out from the Space Technology Centre.

IEEE IEEE Logo - The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers is the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology. It is a leading authority on areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics.

AESS AESS Logo - The Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS) offers to its members the extraordinary opportunity to become deeply connected with the three pillars of the Aerospace, Electronic and Defence sector: Industry, Institutions and Research Centers. The effective interaction between those pillars is the key element for the organization, design, development and operation of successful Complex Systems, which are the core of the AESS Field of Interest.