Space Mission

Safe & Secure Embedded Software

Since the first small step for a man on the moon, Space travel evolved in a giant leap thanks to Space Avionics systems. From the early beginning of on-board computers with the performance of a calculator to the present day with highly integrated and powerful Avionics systems, the future lies within the performance of our Space system software.

Space Avionics Systems ready for Future Missions

PikeOS protecting Earth

By the end of 2020 a revolution took place in space: The very first prototype of a new type of nano satellites was sending data, working fully operational and flying in a near-to-earth orbit. This satellite is called Argos Neo on a Generic Economical and Light Satellite (ANGELS) and belongs to the Kinéis satellite network.

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PikeOS for MPU takes off to Space

PikeOS for MPU was chosen by Thales Alenia Space because of its cybersecure, multiple independent levels of security (MILS) and ECSS level B qualified base and its performance executing applications of mixed criticality. PikeOS for MPU is qualified for fields of application with strong demand for safety and security and derives from PikeOS that shares its code base with PikeOS for MPU.

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Data Storage during Space Missions

PikeOS helps to achieve more flexibility via file-based systems instead of packet-oriented data structures. This enables the selection of vital data in order to be transmitted to the ground station with priority. Learn how our technology applies by means of a fail safe and certifiable file system.

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Initial Sequence and Application Software Updates

Once a Space system is in orbit or executing deep Space exploration, the application software cannot be altered by physical access. Instead, updates are driven via telecommand. This imposes requirements to the startup sequence of a spacecraft’s onboard-computer system. Find out how PikeOS boots and updates during Space missions.

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Fault-Detection, Fault-Isolation and Recovery (FDIR)

FDIR is a vital issue to Space Avionics systems. PikeOS supports FDIR principles by its main features: Partitioning and Health monitoring. By isolating application errors via monitoring, each container can be recovered independently on partition level. As a consequence, PikeOS allows to run applications of mixed-criticality in parallel that work safely and securely, strongly separated in time and space.

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Redundant Space Systems

PikeOS supports the principles of cold, warm and hot redundancy to guarantee that systems are running seamlessly perfect in case of errors to ensure the success of a Space mission. Learn how our technology supports different levels of redundancy.

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Customer & Partner Voices

Customer Voice

We are very happy to be able to use PikeOS for MPU because we were looking for a solution that would enable to execute applications with mixed criticality while addressing the increased threat level against space applications. The cybersecure foundation of PikeOS for MPU is a key advantage for Space Inspire.

Christophe Valorge
CTO at Thales Alenia Space

Customer Voice

The PikeOS Hypervisor has already been implemented in many IMA projects out of aerospace. Thanks to its safety, security and modularity, we can transfer the technology of the avionics industry over to space travel and develop highly-powerful, safe and secure applications at low costs.

Dr. H.-J. Herpel
Airbus Defence & Space

Partner Voice

The ability for SYSGO's PikeOS software to address safety-critical designs with multi-core processors complements the hardware design and flexibility of Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC. This combination of software and hardware promises to speed development of solutions within transportation, industrial, and aerospace and defense markets.

Dave Beal
Senior Product Manager at Xilinx

Customer Voice

The IMA4Space project is one of the key initiatives from ESA to address the needs of future space applications. ESA has a long track record of being innovative in implementing new technologies, and insuring safety and security requires to develop a new generation of solutions. We were very happy with the outcome of the IMA4Space project and with the contributions of the consortium members such as SYSGO.

Dr. Martin Hiller
ESA Technical Officer

Customer Voice

I want to thank SciSys and SYSGO for the work they have performed on the SecPar activity. The team has displayed an expert understanding of the underlying issues and has introduced TSP and security as a key future technology for our space missions. ESA plans to further develop security components with the objective to ensure the integrity, confidentiality and availability of spacecraft flight software and avionics.

James Windsor
ESA Technical Officer

Partner Voice

SciSys has a long track record of successful projects achievements for ESA. We found SYSGO to be the ideal partner to work with us on this new project because their focus on both security and safety issues perfectly matches our needs for spacecraft on-board software.

Roger Ward
Head of On-Board Software at SciSys

The Hypervisor has landed.

Our real-time operating system and hypervisor PikeOS drives Space innovations

More about PikeOS

Technology, built to master Space System Requirements

Our technology provides means for controlling tasks, processing of mission data, secure communication of subsystems and between spacecraft and ground station with strong focus on failure Safety. Our systems and middleware strongly support mechanisms for Fault-Detection, Fault-Isolation and Recovery Techniques (FDIR). SYSGO embraces the European harmonization process for space device building standards. Space industry benefits from our experience in integrated modular software development and certification in such fields as the Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) concept and therefore SAVOIR FAIRE respectively Space Component Model (SCM) principles.

Our hypervisor technology provides mechanisms to isolate partitions (aka containers) and still ensures real-time ability. Containers of different levels of criticality may be executed at the same time – from a simple yet highly critical control task to a full ARINC 653 application.

Reliable Software for high Performance Space Systems

Space systems have to be lean, yet highly responsive. Issues of standardization, reusability and scalability become more and more important. Due to the ongoing integration of spaceborne, more specifically Space Avionics systems, SoCs, microcontroller and processors nowadays are more efficient than ever and can fulfil more tasks in parallel. Thus, saving money by the reduction of energy consumption and weight by the depletion of hardware devices.

SYSGO’s real-time operating system and hypervisor technology addresses those needs and assures that processes of mixed-criticality run reliable and efficient.

Applications in high and low Orbits

Our technology can be used in systems that act autonomously, but can be also manually controlled and require robust partitioning and Security features. Thus, making it the right choice for applications such as satellites that are deployed in low orbits (e.g. satellite networks for cell phones or observation) with high demands on reliability and secure streams. Real-time ability adds value in terms of sensor/actor alignment and steering manoeuvres. These abilities also apply to several use cases in higher orbits or generally space (e.g. landing on asteroids, alignment of solar panels).

Manpower and Experience

Our pre-certified technology is developed by a strong team of software solution experts that work closely with our Aerospace customers. It benefits by the experience of many years of development and has since then proven its reliability. Thus, led to several innovations such as our technology that brings real-time and hypervisor capabilities to controllers without Memory Management Unit (MMU) but with Memory Protection Unit (MPU) for lean yet highly functional Space Avionics systems designs.

Customer Benefits


Reduced Complexity saves Weight, Energy, Space and Costs

PikeOS enables integration of a large number of electronic devices onto a single hardware platform.


Secure Communication protects Subsystems

Strict separation of applications into secure partitions allows authorized access only and avoids mutual interference.


Integrated Safety reduces Certification Cost

Applications of various levels of criticality and Security are separated from each other and can be certified separately.


Support for Space Industry Standards

PikeOS supports CAN, ARINC 653, POSIX, Linux guest OS and can support FACE profiles


High Scalability and Hardware Independence secure Investment

PikeOS allows legacy code re-use and reduces system boot-up time.

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