Clemessy to build the ELM-Diamant operational command & control (OCC) bench for CNES, in Kourou
Our experts have just signed a contract with CNES to build the Operational Command and Control bench for the multi-vehicle launch complex (ELM) at Guiana Space Centre’s Diamant site in Kourou. This contract was financed by the French government as part of the "France 2030" covers vehicle integration benches in Europe.
The purpose of an Operational Command and Control (OCC) system is to monitor, command and control electrical, mechanical and fluid processes in real time, both on the ground and on the launch vehicle (onboard). The OCC is used to manage the final timeline and the synchronized sequence, the last stage in the handover to the launcher, so that it can carry out its launch sequence and mission.
Our experts will be working with CNES at their request, to define the control bench for Callisto, the demonstrator for the future reusable European launcher. In addition to the Human-Machine Interface (HMI), they will the servers comprising all the intelligence, the vehicle communication systems and the launcher's power supply, as well as some input-output data: filling valves, draining, pressure controls, etc.
"In the past, has already deployed a whole range of control benches at various CNES sites and for different types of . The new OCC deployed for Callisto is in line with the ongoing projects carried out with CNES, production of the Ariane 6 OCC, which uses the same software and hardware bases as Callisto", explained project manager Joël .
The OCC is a modular system that recovers and stores all the data for post-launch analysis and takes part in the 'revalidation' of ground resources after each launch, so that they are operational for subsequent launches.
"What we are going to develop for the Callisto specimen is intended to be used on future launchers, which will be capable of defining their own operating mode, thanks to our functional bricks. By implementing or deleting certain functions, we will be able to adapt the system to meet the specific needs of each launcher," added technical manager Alexandre Houglet.
The OCC developed by our experts is modular and scalable, saving time for CNES operators. It also helps to ensure the safety of people and property, by monitoring all processes and ensuring that any problems detected are immediately corrected.
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