Xiphos was created with the objective of migrating terrestrial computing and network communication techniques into harsh environments, particularly in the unmanned aviation and space sectors. This first took form with the development of high-performance, networked processors designed for in-situ control and data processing, linked by high-speed, fault tolerant networks.
The communications domain grew from its initial focus on onboard networks to the seamless integration of ground control networks as well. This led to the first high-fidelity, commercial implementation of the Space Communication Protocol Standard, or SCPS-TP (MIL-STD-2045-44000). This SCPS adaptation of the Internet protocols also had a profound ability to increase the capacity of existing commercial satellite-based data links, and quickly found a home in the nascent, high-value satcom data acceleration market. In 2007, Xiphos spun-off its XipLink business unit as an independent company that now provides commercial products to customers worldwide, for accelerating wireless and satellite data transmission.
The networked processors have become a line of high-performance, fault-tolerant flight control and sensor processing products primarily for unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) and spacecraft. Xiphos hardware and software are presently flying on several satellites, running experimental equipment on the International Space Station, controlling autonomous drilling and mineral sampling equipment, and acting as integrated autopilot / mission managers on board UAVs
Xiphos’ core technical team holds expertise in software, programmable logic, electronics, RF systems, control systems, mechanical systems, spacecraft systems, and aerodynamics.