The latest trends of Space Optical Remote Sensing are high-resolution, multispectral, and wide swath detecting.
High-speed digital image data transmission will be more important for remote sensing.
At present, the data output interface of Space Optical Remote Sensing, after performing the image data compression
and formatting, transfers the image data to data storage unit of the Spacecraft through LVDS circuit cables.
But this method is not recommended for high-speed digital image data transmission. This type of image data
transmission, called source synchronization, has the low performance for high-speed digital signal. Besides, it is difficult
for cable installing and system testing in limited space of vehicle.
To resolve these issues as above, this paper describes a high-speed interconnection device for Space Optical Remote
Sensing with Spacecraft. To meet its objectives, this device is comprised of Virtex-5 FPGA with embedded high-speed
series and power-efficient transceiver, fiber-optic transceiver module, the unit of fiber-optic connection and single mode
optical fiber. The special communication protocol is performed for image data transferring system. The unit of
fiber-optic connection with high reliability and flexibility is provided for transferring high-speed serial data with optical
It is evident that this method provides many advantages for Space Optical Remote Sensing:
1. Improving the speed of image data transferring of Space Optical Remote Sensing;
2. Enhancing the reliability and safety of image data transferring;
3. Space Optical Remote Sensing will be reduced significantly in size and in weight;
4. System installing and system testing for Space Optical Remote Sensing will become easier.