A satellite in space produces a fountain of information. Data is continuously streaming from its instruments and subsystems, needing to be processed, stored and passed back to Earth.
What is the Data Systems domain?
Data Systems oversees the technologies involved in a spacecraft's onboard data handling system. Besides handling telecommands sent from ground for control purposes and gathering housekeeping telemetry in return, it manages the information being produced, stored and conditioned on-board to allow downlinking to Earth.
Data Systems touches on all aspects of onboard data management, including overall system architecture, hardware and software design and development of the underlying microelectronics building blocks.
Last update: 9 December 2012