The use of COTS in Space applications is not a new concept. Development of new electronic components is now driven by the commercial market. As a result, the percentage of COTS components used in Space applications is growing, compared to the ‘traditional’ components originating from the military market.
TID effects imply that one incident irradiation causes the ionizing of matter and it appears charge in places where it should not. TNID effects are motivated by the displacement of the atoms of the crystalline lattice from their balance sites.
Alter Technology is the coordinated procurement agency for all the electronic components on-board providing engineering, testing and logistics services helping to the The European Space Agency (ESA) in the new mission with the PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars (PLATO); which has the goal to detect terrestrial exoplanets in the habitable zone of solar-type stars and characterizing their bulk properties from 2024 onwardsplato.
The purpose of mechanical shock testing is to evaluate the reliability of devices subjected to severe shocks which might result from suddenly applied forces or abrupt changes in motion produced by rough handling, transportation, or field operation.
Angular sensors (AS) are position devices that provide the displacement in angular degrees with respect to a fixed point or an arbitrary reference making them absolute or relative sensors. Combining position with time measurements, speed and acceleration can be calculated.
The development of stealth aircraft brought about the use of ferrite absorber sheets, which have proven useful for damping cavity resonances at microwave frequencies. Since then, ferrite absorber sheets have become useful at mitigating EMI
Crimped connectors are extensively present in EEE systems because of the good performance and easier installation at reduced dimension.
Due to the key role played, they are required to have high durability even under harsh operating conditions. In the case of unexpected/early failure, thorough diagnosis and deep understanding of the main failure causes are the starting point to preclude future occurrence and improve the system reliability.