There is a fairly recent standard published by ECSS that specifies the use of CAN bus and CANopen protocol for space applications (ECSS-E-ST-50-15C). It provides a reliable and fast bus that is feasible to be used in CubeSats, and makes a much better alternative to the commonly used I2C bus.
There are currently Micropython and C prototype implementation being developed under the LibreCube framework. For example, the Micropython implementation can be found here: https://gitlab.com/librecube/WP-1005.
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Hey @artur ! Thanks for the update. Is there a link for the C implementation?
Also here is a nice overview of the spec and its feature
An example C implementation can be found here: https://gitlab.com/librecube/WP-1003
We will create a new work package to prepare a more generic C implementation for Atmel AVR 8bit microcontrollers, such that developers can use that as a template.
Is CANopen a proprietary standard? I thought I saw info elsewhere suggesting it wasn’t publicly available, but can’t find anything confirming that.
Some parts. The core is openly available here: https://www.can-cia.org/standardization/specifications/
But profiles are needed to be paid for.
Have a look here:
Note that we are revising the ECSS-CAN implementation into “SpaceCAN”. That one uses ECSS concept for redundancy management but does not include the bulky and complicated Object Dictionary. Instead, it uses the ISO-TP protocol for transfering larger messages between nodes.
Find the documentation here: https://vault.dediserve.com/s/r2yM6NWfQLa9Dtj
And the micropython implementation here: https://gitlab.com/librecube/prototypes/micropython-space-can
Thanks artur to shared! If any update now?
I know of two implementations for embedded devices ongoing, in C++ for mbed and C for FreeRTOS.
@artur can tell you for sure more about this.
Can I connect CANopen and spaceCAN nodes on same BUS? are CANopen and spaceCAN compatible ? Thank you.