COTS in space: the 100 percent testing risk

source: Intelligent Aerospace article November 13, 2017  By Dan Friedlander, Retired following 44 years in component engineering The current European Space Agency (ESA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) approach to the use of Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical (EEE) commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components in space applications continues to rely on heavy testing requirements. The official methodology […]

Capacitors and Resistors with Extended Operating Temperature Range for GaN Applications– Development and Space Evaluation

source: Alter Technology, ESA ESTEC, EPCI e-Symposium Abstract: During the last decade, a growing number of applications demanding higher power electrical consumption have emerged in some industrial sectors such as in the military, automotive or space ones. Consequently, electrical components with higher temperature range and rating voltage operation are needed. In addition, the good thermal […]

Commercial vs. Hi-Rel Tantalum Capacitors in Space Applications

source: Kemet Electronics, EPCI e-Symposium Abstract: There are several grades of electronic components that depends on their long-term reliability and resistance to harsh environments, including commercial, automotive, high reliability COTS, and MIL. This paper describes the differences in qualification and testing requirements for different grades of Tantalum capacitors and how these differences affect the materials, […]

Lessons learnt at ESA from failure with commercial product/process in space applications

source: ESA, EPCI e-Symposium Abstract: The presented presentation slides are prepared based on ESA long term experience with passive components use in space environment. Several failures and investigations during the last years linked with the use of commercial components or commercial manufacturing process are reported. We will share some lesson learn for the use of […]

High Reliable Fuses versus COTS Fuses

source: SCHURTER AG, EPCI e-Symposium Abstract: The aim of this article is to outline the differences between the high reliable ESA ESCC qualified and the Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) fuse variants from SCHURTER AG for space and related applications. In this century, companies from the private sector have been pursuing business for space applications and setting challenging […]

A quick guide to safety rated capacitors

source: Capacitor Faks article Safety certified capacitors are vital components for safety critical across-the-line and line-to-chassis applications. Our new infographic provides information on industry standard types and recommended manufacturers.