The New Space industry resorts to this way of saving. Such a shortcut obviously is cost-efficient, but it still invokes knowledgeable, educated technical decisions. It is not enough to accept some usually undefined risks. The cost of cost-saving has to be known.
Typical pass/fail criteria are not useful while no actual information about optoelectronic parts (mostly COTS) are operated in space environments or sometimes in ways for which were not designed. Detailed study of the degradation or failure modes may determine that not fully compliant devices may still be suitable for a certain application.
There is a trend to push toward the use of Automotive Grade 0, 1 EEE Components as preferred vs. Industrial Grade EEE Components.
The presentation walks through the AEC-Q100 (ICs) document, highlighting points to be scrutinized before making an educated decision.
This presentation will highlight the use COTS for defense, describe some of the specificities and challenges associated with the introduction of COTS in military equipment and conclude on synergies with dual/civil developments, with some recommendations and a roadmap to support European non-dependence on COTS for defence and Space.
CNES continue to make research to improve its knowledge on COTS reliability. For example, many parts are sensitive to radiations effects and in particular to single event latch-up that could affect the overall reliability of devices.
This presentation aims to provide the view of the different EUROSPACE members about the use of COTS in Space.
It is not intended to provide a unified view but to collect the different approaches and show divergencies and commonalities.
SME4SPACE is fully involved in all space-related tables and discussions both at ESA and European Commission levels, providing information and support to its members and SME and start-ups network. MoA renewed with ESA for further three years from May 2022 until June 2025.