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Software Overview of FPS System

The communication between the Antenna Base Computer and the FPS is asynchronous in the sense that in each burst,a number of packets are send in given direction.Each frame is of 11 bit which consists of 1 start bit,1 stop bit and 9 data bits.Baud rate is 9600bits/sec ABC uses its serial communication port for transmission and reception of data to various MCMS . LTC485 differential signals are used for communication purpose. The communication protocol for ABC-MCM communication is nothing but the fixed packet structures. The ABC sends the predefined input packet for each command. MCM microcontroller accepts the data send by ABC, decodes it and executes the corresponding command. The MCM responds to ABC by transmitting the ouput packet structure which gives the command status,FPS status ,motor speed, current encoder count.

The packet send by ABC to MCM has the following structure:


The packet send by MCM to ABC consists of three parts:


  1. Packet Header
  2. pkt_hdr.gif


  3. First Logical Packet

  4. first_pkt.gif


  5. Second Logical Packet

  6. second_pkt.gif


for more details and clarifications the following person may be contacted :

Suresh Sabhapathy :

Abhy Bhumkar :


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