Once the pre-procurement and procurement activities have been considered, the project manager and the different team members will ensure that the whole process to validate commercial components is performed accordingly in a timely manner.
The preferred procurement channel is through the manufacturers, and if not, through duly authorised/franchised distributors, which allow minimizing the risk of delivery of counterfeit parts. In any case, a specific anti-counterfeit policy will be applied and all required test to be performed to validate the authenticity of the parts upon reception of the parts.
The objective of the EEE COTS parts procurement management is to assure the correct selection, control, procurement and usage conditions so that the EEE part meets its mission requirements. The goal is not easy, but it can be approached by putting in place different actions: data collection, risk assessment, specific testing/validation, lot traceability, anti-counterfeit measurements, lead material identification, and many more…
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.
The CPSA is a project supported by Alter Technology to provide Consultancy services related to EEE parts during the early phase of space missions covered by the ESA Science Programme. At this stage, the definition of technical aspects and requirements for the different instruments is still taking place, and it is the best moment for EEE part selection and assessment according to mission requirements.
The pre-procurement phase combines the EEE parts state-of-the-art analysis, risk analysis and component ownership cost optimization with regards to the mission requirements, design criticality and budget.
In order to achieve this, the project manager leading a multidisciplinary team must find the optimal balance between component information availability (traceability, materials, testing, previous use…) and minimum tests to perform, reaching an acceptable level of reliability covering the technical, schedule and costing constraints.
The early identification of parts affected by an alert is important to avoid the use of that part in the design if an alternative is available. In the case the part has already been procured, it is important to know about the alert to see which solutions are available or the specific impact of the alert on our application.
Microchip, a global leader in the manufacture of FPGAs for Military and Space use has planned to release intermediate quality levels FPGAs for New Space projects. This will allow a reduction in cost of the component and lead time on FPGAs.
PPCP defines the technical provisions and all the associated procedures for EEE parts, including all the engineering and quality assurance aspects. This allows to establish an homogeneity regarding parts quality and dependability during all project procurement phase.