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.
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.
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
IDIOSYNCRASY OF INTERNATIONAL SPACE MARKETS
Six decades have passed since the launch of the first artificial satellite by the USSR (Sputnik) and five decades since the landing of human beings on the Moon (Apollo project -USA-), two of the greatest landmarks of the space race that began in the shadow of the “Cold War” between the US and the USSR. After the conquest of the new world in the 16th century, this is considered a new turning point in the history of humanity that leads some authors to claim it as the beginning of a new period of history: The Space Age.
The surface mount device beads under study have two rectangular contacts at opposite sides. With bends of 90 degrees that have an approximately planar surface of 3.048 mm2 each. In order to comply with the standard JESD22-A121, 12 leads on at least 6 components must be examined, with an accumulated lead surface bigger than 75 mm2.