FSL VMU MkII Launched on Space-X15
EMCOMO Solutions supplies VMU computer system for ISS
29.06.2018: On June 29 at 11:41 CEST, a Falcon 9 rocket lifted a Dragon capsule to the ISS for the Space-X15 Cargo Mission, carrying the FSL VMU MkII, as well as two ICE Cubes.
The FSL Video Management Unit (VMU) MkII is a computer system developed by Space Applications Services for Airbus/ESA, and is meant to bring new powerful scientific data acquisition, storage and processing capabilities to the Fluid Science Lab (FSL) in Columbus. The unit will replace the outdated and failing FSL VMU currently on-board, and will enable a new generation of science payloads in FSL: SMD/Compgran, SMD/FOAM-C, and RUBI. These science missions will be managed from the B.USOC control centre in Brussels, which is ran in partnership with Space Applications Services.
Installation of FSL VMU MkII in FSL is planned to be executed by Crew on July 12, with activation and commissioning of the payload on the next day.
EMCOMO Solutions supplied the CompactPCI Serial VMU computer system based on an Intel Core i7 CPU, four HDD carrier boards, a quad GbE board and FPGA boards with LVDS interface to connect the onboard ISS cameras in a rugged modular system with a custom backplane.