Testing HI-REL & COTS parts
The quality of High Reliable (Hi-Rel) and selected Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) parts is the fundamental basis in aerospace engineering performance.
Our qualified team performs environmental test for Hi-Rel and COTS parts, EEE (Electrical, Electronic and Electromechanical) components and systems, delivering ad-hoc engineering solutions and assurance tests to comply with the demanding requirements of space projects.
1. Radiation testing
Based on more than 10 years experience in aeronautics and space programs, ASTRIONICS has developed an innovative state-of-the-art radiation test. These tests are important in space technology but also in terrestrial applications, e.g. nuclear medicine and industry, material science, high energy physics, etc..
Radioactive environments may affect the reliability of EEE parts and systems by degrading some electrical parameters of the device and in a worst case scenario resulting into an irreversible malfunction.
Two radiation effects are of main importance for EEE parts:
- Total Ionizing Dose (TID) gamma radiation (accumulative radiation process), and
- Single Event Effects (SEE) by using energetic protons or heavy ions.
ASTRIONICS has the experience to perform the tests according to MIL-Specs. or ESA standard for radiation, i.e. for TID the ESCC 22900 and for SEE the ESCC 25100, or project specific. All radiation tests services include sample preparation, programming, test board development and final reporting.
2. Thermal-Vacuum testing
Space EEE parts and boards have to work under extreme thermal and vacuum conditions. Radical temperature changes over several tens of degrees in few minutes stress the hardware and can reduce the component lifetime considerably.
ASTRIONICS performs destructive and non-destructive (cycling) tests using biasing or not and according to the project requirements.