SkyTech for ITER Remote Handling

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ITER Remote Handling Conference
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ENEA Frascati
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February 26th, 2010

PROMETEO

Presentation Contents:

1.
Mission

2.
Main product lines

3.
Skills

4.
Teaming Approach











presentation held by:

ing. Maurizio Forcieri
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President

SkyTech for ITER Remote Handling

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The Company

PROMETEO

Since its establishment in 1995, SkyTech has been dedicated to high
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tech
professional electronics, with operations in diverse market segments: scientific
research, aerospace, defense, railway and ship automation, civil engineering, etc.

SkyTech’s typical product consists of hardware and embedded realtime software.

Its business is a well
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balanced mix of own
products

and
services
. We call “products”
those in which trademark, IP, and rights of reproduction, belong to SkyTech, even
though they are most often developed in a partnership with research or industrial
Bodies. We call “services” those in which trademark, IP, or rights of reproduction,
are retained by the (typically industrial) Customer, even though most often SkyTech
commit to deliver a fully engineered and functional “product” on a turn
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key basis.

SkyTech is 100% privately owned and managed by three electronics engineers with
senior experience, directly involved in the operations; and employs a lean (≈10 heads)
but stable and strongly committed workforce of graduated and diplomed engineers.
The FY2008 turnover was in the order of 1 Million

.

In brief, we can define SkyTech a small manufacturing
industry
, with a flexible
approach to problem
-
solving that allows to cater on the one hand with production in
small series (up to a few thousand identical units) without harm to the compliance
required for unique R&D projects (prototypes).

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This equipment is designed to control and manage
the most sophisticated scientific CCD detectors
worldwide. It was developed jointly with the top
researchers in the Italian astronomic scientific
community, and was

manufactured in several tens
(with continuing evolutions) for al
l major Italian
astronomic observatories

Thanks to its architecture, powerful and flexible
DSP firmware and high speed optical fiber
communication link, this is the state
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of
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the
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art in
CCD controllers on the market.

SkyTech’s CCD controller is also available in a
special version with high frame rate, low latency
interfaces to acquire images from a wavefront
sensor and deliver data to a fast controller for
adaptive optics.

Video Cameras

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The Telescope Power Control provides a remotely
controlled power drive to actuators typically
associated with the focal plane of a Telescope
(CCD detector & camera active thermal control,
filter wheels, shutters, brakes, etc…)

Owing to the complex logistics associated with
shared multi
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user Observatory facilities located
in the Southern hemisphere, remote control is
web
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based

Remote Camera Control

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SkyTech develop spacecraft

OBCs (more broadly
“OBDH” = OnBoard Data Handling equipment) that
meet the
performance
and
environmental
specifications issued by prime contractors such as
Thales Alenia Space

The OBC is not just digital hardware: it is an
“integrated platform controller” in one box, that
include acquisition and conditioning of signals from
analogue sensors, as well as power electronics to
drive actuators

Although SkyTech commit to deliver on a turn
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key
basis, the design in progress is shared weekly if
not daily with the industrial Customer in a kind of
“concurrent engineering” approach

The resources required for SkyTech to handle
flight hardware are available now (skilled staff) or
will be available soon (clean room)

OBDH for Spacecraft

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This test equipment carries out the complete simulation
and test of an ASTR (Autonomous Star Tracker) that
determine the spacecraft attitude autonomously
onboard, based on pattern
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matching against a stored
catalogue of constellations.

The Test Equipment exercises the ASTR by means of a
real
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time dynamic simulation of the sky background,
both when the spacecraft is 3
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axis stabilised, and
during acquisition, manœuvers, and attitude loss

The product was delivered in several sets and in both
versions: for conventional CCD
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as well as for more
advanced Active Pixel Sensor (APS) i.e. CMOS sensors

Optical Sensors Simulation & Test (1 of 2)

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This device allows a thorough test of
an APSS (Active Pixel Sun Sensor) for
spacecraft

The system is used to check the
satellite’s attitude control system by
means of a real
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time simulation of
the Sun position relative to the
spacecraft body

The front
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end hardware stands
vacuum thanks to conduction
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cooling
and proper choice of non
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outgassing
materials (e.g. no Cadmium!)

Optical Sensors Simulation & Test (2 of 2)

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This interactive cockpit
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mounted MMI,
also thanks to satellite navigation, allows a
central Control Station to track a fleet of
public buses,

and manage operations in
urban areas

New generation under development,
applicable to vehicles that carry hazardous
freight or waste

(This product is not directly relevant to
ITER as such; nevertheless it is shown
here just to prove SkyTech’s capability to
series manufacturing, as it was made in
some 6,000 units and is still going on: for
instance, after a pre
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series, the plastic
housing in the fully industrialised version is
sub
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let by SkyTech to a Chinese factory)

Series Products


Info
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Mobility Devices

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Control & Power Electronics for
spacecraft

Hall
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effect Thruster
(HET) with high voltage output
programmable up to 350 Vdc in
steps of 1.5 V, <200 mV ripple,
<2 ms transient recovery time;
efficiency ranging from 79% @
100 Vdc, up to 94% @ 350 Vdc



Spacecraft Control & Power

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Experimental plasma torch developed jointly
with ALTA for hazardous waste

pyrolisis

Main features (control & power electronics):


igniter (air + Argon) with a 70 mm gap
between electrodes


keeper power supply 30 A @ 150 Vdc
(open circuit 600 Vdc), 10 Ω impedance;
3
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phase mains, 32 A @ 380 Vac


main power supply 270 A @ 65 Vdc (open
circuit 150 Vdc) adjustable in 5% steps;
3
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phase mains, 70 A @ 380 Vac


microprocessor in charge of
dynamic

discharge control




Control & Power for Plasma Torch

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ATC =
Attrezzatura di Test per Cannoni =
test
equipment for guns Oto Melara 76/62 e 40/70,
used for onboard periodic check and retrofit
(post
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sales service)

Main function is the simulation of the gun control
console w.r.t.

azimuth & elevation (fast & slow, coarse & fine)
either through the
Datore di Moto
, or directly
through 4 synchro channels, in 3 modes:


manually, by means of a joystick;


linked to a gyro
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stabilised CCTV
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camera, for
gun alignment and shot spread tests, and


in closed
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loop to chase a quasi
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static target,
identified by video processing, under the ship’s
own pitch and roll

arm/safe/fire


Guns Test Bench

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Main features (onboard GN&C power drive electronics):
silent drive thanks to careful choice of the
frequencies, and frequency spreading of the PWM,
followed by acoustic tests

Main features (test bench): test the Control & Guidance
System SCG (“
Sistema di Controllo e
Guida”) of the
NSP (“
Nuovo Siluro Pesante
”) torpedo, from a
functional, interface, and EMC point of view, including
burn
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in test, simulated launch, pre
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launch setup
through umbilical connection and simultaneous realtime
operation of all onboard sensors (pressure, furrow,
acoustic, guidance wire including metallised tags etc.)
as well as torpedo dynamics simulation (e.g. realtime
behaviour of guidance fins)

Torpedo GN&C Electronics & Test Bench

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SkyTech’s RV33 is a state
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of
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the
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art γ
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radiation
doserate monitoring system for fixed and mobile
installations. It is a typical “dual
-
use” product that
can meet both civil and military applications
requirements, with unique features:


a wide γ
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doserate range (8 decades) with a single
Geiger
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Müller tube, limiting the discharge thanks
to an active electronic quenching without quenching
gas (this grants a very long life well over 30 years
under normal doserate)


built
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in calibration source exempt of shine
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through
(very low activity
β
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emitter, can be handled easily)

that can be commanded remotely: calibration data
are stored onboard NV
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RAM and exploited to
adjust the raw measurements online


rugged, watertight construction according to Navy’s
specs, stands ElectroMagnetic Pulse (EMP),
vibrations & shock,

and decontamination

Product derived, by agreement with Ital Elettronica,
from that implemented in 1200+ units for the
nation
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wide radio
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activity monitoring network

Gamma
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Doserate Monitoring System

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In the late 1990s SkyTech was heavily involved in INFN’s APE parallel
processing development


This experience may turn useful when designing the processor array
(whether general
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purpose or unique) for the huge computational load
required in some ITER subsystems


Moreover SkyTech has access to a shared supercomputing facility
recently installed at La Spezia for use by local hi
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tech industry


this
could also be useful e.g. as a host for simulation, prototyping and
tuning control algorithms for ITER Remote Handling, ahead of physical
implementation which may require
ad hoc

solutions

Background in Parallel Processing

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Hardware:


intelligent digital modules equipped with microprocessors or DSP


ASICs and FPGAs development


special high
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speed data acquisition and processing


integration/training support equipment


high accuracy, low noise conditioning, multiplexing, and ADCs modules


special sensors and sensor networks


communications equipment


special power supplies and power drive electronics


harness (copper or optical), physical integration in racks and cases

Software:


high
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level software requirements analysis and specification


microprocessor and DSP firmware development


low
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level (embedded) software development


ISA/PCI drivers development


multi
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tasking and graphic packages for CCD controllers


real
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time packages for special applications

Clean room under construction

Generic Skills

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Drawing on the above mentioned products and skills, we believe that in ITER RH,
SkyTech may be a useful partner to institutional and industrial leaders for:


Cameras, incl. high resolution, high frame rate, radiation
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hard electronics


Processing electronics, including heavily parallel arrays


Actuator power drive electronics, including high voltage


Simulation & test benches


Monitoring arrays


… … … …

SkyTech aim at fair opportunities in
both

(i) R&D,
and
then also (ii) supplies;
nevertheless, having regard to potential industrial policy constraints, SkyTech
is willing to undertake contract R&D at reasonable terms and conditions as a
“problem
-
solver” for unique items.

Depending on the procurement level under the Work Breakdown Structure, on the
complexity and mix of engineering skills, technologies, manufacturing volume,
logistics, and on the consequent financial effort required, SkyTech may
tender on its own or jointly with other Bodies

SkyTech attitude w.r.t. ITER RH

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Thanks for your attention!







SkyTech S.r.l.

C.S.T. Centro Sviluppo Tecnologico

via delle Pianazze, 74


19036 La Spezia

phone:+39.0187.984100


fax:+39.0187.943528

mobile: ++39
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338
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6517117

e
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mail:skytech@skytechnologies.it

web: www.skytechnologies.it