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Modular space vehicle boards, control software, reprogramming, and failure recovery

United States Patent

September 12, 2017
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A space vehicle may have a modular board configuration that commonly uses some or all components and a common operating system for at least some of the boards. Each modular board may have its own dedicated processing, and processing loads may be distributed. The space vehicle may be reprogrammable, and may be launched without code that enables all functionality and/or components. Code errors may be detected and the space vehicle may be reset to a working code version to prevent system failure.
Judd; Stephen (Los Alamos, NM), Dallmann; Nicholas (Los Alamos, NM), McCabe; Kevin (Santa Fe, NM), Delapp; Jerry (Los Alamos, NM), Prichard; Dean (Los Alamos, NM), Proicou; Michael (Los Alamos, NM), Seitz; Daniel (Los Alamos, NM), Stein; Paul (Los Alamos, NM), Michel; John (Santa Fe, NM), Tripp; Justin (Los Alamos, NM), Palmer; Joseph (Los Alamos, NM), Storms; Steven (Los Alamos, NM)
Los Alamos National Security, LLC (Los Alamos, NM)
14/ 745,941
June 22, 2015
STATEMENT OF FEDERAL RIGHTS The United States government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25396 between the United States Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Security, LLC for the operation of Los Alamos National Laboratory.