STAMP is a powerful data acquisition, presentation, and control system that has been used for thermal (vacuum) testing of spacecraft within the European Space Agency for almost 20 years. STAMP is a key element of our Terma Ground Segment Suite (TGSS). Please visit the TGSS website for more information.


3D synoptic of the SMOS satellite in STAMP
The SMOS satelitte in LSS

STAMP is a powerful data acquisition, presentation, and control system, and the designated software package offers full control to a thermal test operator. From one control room, the operator can visualize all parameters, control all devices (e.g. heaters, sensors, etc), set the desired alarms and monitor the spacecraft, all through an easy to use interface.

STAMP was originally developed for thermal testing of spacecraft for the European Space Agency (ESA). Over the years, many spacecraft have been successfully tested using STAMP, such as XMM, Envisat, Rosetta, ATV, Herschel-Planck, MetOp, Galileo, Mars Express, etc.

Its flexibility and robustness means it is also a good choice for other situations in which a large volume of data must be acquired and presented with a high degree of reliability.

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With the first equipment launched in 1972, Terma is among the most experienced European providers of mission-critical products, software, and services for space missions.

Terma excels in state-of-the-art niche technology and robust operational systems for the space industry. Working in close collaboration with customers and leading industry bodies, we develop advanced, mission-specific solutions. Our solutions include customized systems for space science, earth observation, navigation, and telecommunication programs.



STAMP is designed to control thermal testing completely from one operating room, with your customer following the tests from close by or remotely through a remote client. It has a broad range of support to help your facility run tests smoothly and reliably. 

Fits into an existing infrastructure without interfering with existing operations
STAMP supports many drivers for a wide range of devices. Drivers for new instruments can be added without changing the existing software. The system thus fits into an existing infrastructure without interfering with existing operations. 

The system runs on both Windows and UNIX (including Linux). Modern design sensibilities include support for the full Unicode character set, IPv6, 64-bit, touch screens, smart card login, and GPU-accelerated rendering.

Acquisition of tens of thousands of channels simultaneously from many different sources
STAMP supports simultaneous acquisition from numerous data sources of varying types and acquisition of tens of thousands of channels simultaneously. It can acquire data of any scalar type, including temperatures, voltages, currents, flow rates, pressures, valve and switch states, and other values. Existing drivers are available for various Keithley and Keysight instruments, OPC, and others.

Heater Control
STAMP has the ability to control large numbers of heaters and power supplies. Supported control modes include fixed setpoint, thermostatic modes, and setpoints derived from (real or virtual) sensors acquired elsewhere.

Sophisticated presentations in numerous formats, on any number of presentation screens
STAMP includes a comprehensive set of presentations. These include a powerful set of graphs, table-based presentations, alarm-generating presentations, 2D and 3D synoptics, and the ability to send data to 3rd-party tools. 

Presentations allow for both real-time and historical data to be presented. In addition to presenting the data in its raw (acquired) form, data can be manipulated using mathematical formulae, allowing for unit conversion, calibration correction, data reduction, and other desired operations. 

Secure remote application to allow test monitoring in real-time at any location in the world
In addition to presentation inside the facility, STAMP also allows for external users to remotely monitor the system via a secure remote server. Sophisticated user permissions settings allow different users different access to configuration, sensors, models, etc.

Access to the remote access server is controlled using both trusted certificates and passwords. The remote presentation client allows all of the common STAMP presentations to be run at any location in the world that has internet. And in off-line mode, data that was downloaded earlier can be analyzed without requiring an internet connection.

High degree of reliability
STAMP is designed to conduct test campaigns on spacecraft costing hundreds of millions of euros. Care has been taken to ensure that data is neither lost nor misrepresented on screen.

To ensure reliability:

  • STAMP can survive temporary network or server outages without losing data 
  • All configuration changes are logged and full history is available for inspection
  • There is a central alarm console that shows all alarms from all running STAMP modules
  • A central process monitors all modules on status and reachability. Missing modules are restarted automatically 
  • Hot fail-over configurations are supported to allow uninterrupted testing
  • Alarm conditions on sensor values can be specified for low and high alarm and warning levels, as well as low and high slope levels, as well as expected future alarms (extrapolated from current data).


Currently supported acquisition devices

  • ASL F200
  • ASL F300
  • HP34420a
  • HP34970a
  • HP3497a
  • Keithley 2182a
  • Keithley 2750
  • Keithley 3706
  • Lakeshore 218
  • Lauda RUK
  • Lauda XT/RP
  • MKS ProcessEye
  • NgDCU
  • OPC
  • QCM 2000
  • TempDAS
  • Yokogawa DR230
  • Socket input from other test systems
  • File input
  • Software simulator (for demo and training)

Currently supported heater devices

  • Elektro-Automatisation PS3065
  • Gossen MSP24
  • Gossen SSP240
  • Hart-Scientific 7380
  • Heinzinger LNG50-4
  • Heinzinger PTN240-9
  • Heinzinger PTN250-10
  • Keithley 2400
  • Lambda 100-7.5
  • Lambda 120-1.8
  • Lambda 150-10
  • Lambda 300-5
  • Software simulator (for demo and training)


Currently supported presentations
Presentations are used to present acquired and/or calculated data to operators and customers in an user intuitive manner. The following presentation types are available:

  • Graph
  • Scan Display (numeric display of data)
  • Sensor over Time (numeric display of data)
  • Synoptic (2D & 3D)
  • Alarm 
  • Throughput Check
  • Equilibrium
  • QCM
  • Comparison Graph
  • Multi Graph
  • Scatter Graph
  • Data Distribution Graph
  • Waterfall Graph

STAMP can interface with a variety of other systems for real-time or off-line import and export of data.

Data and configuration can be easily exported to Excel (.CSV) format.

OPC systems
STAMP can exchange data with OPC systems, allowing facility parameters to be displayed, monitored, and analyzed in STAMP and vice versa.

Socket interface
STAMP can import and export data via a socket in an easy to use format, allowing trivial interfacing to other data analysis tools (for example EGSE systems).

Remote data access
STAMP offers a Remote Client, allowing monitoring of a test from outside the test facility using a secure, encrypted connection. Remote users can follow the test in real-time using the Remote Client.

At the end of a test, the spacecraft customer can receive a database with all acquired data and test configuration. In this case, the Remote Client serves as a standalone viewer that does not require any connection to the Test Center, and can be used to present, analyze, and export data in any desired format.