The Goals of Aerospace Circuit and Component Analysis
- Can the satellite survive launch and deployment? If the answer that results from satellite failure analysis is not an unequivocal “Yes, it can survive,” the craft must, of course, be modified to address the deficiencies. And it is important to note that “survive” is used broadly to mean not only that the craft will not be rendered inoperable by the launch or deployment, but that it will not suffer loss of performance.
- Are the satellite’s materials compatible with the space environment? It is critical that the materials used in space missions will not degrade during the mission span to a point that it affects the satellite’s functionality and viability. It is also important that a satellite’s materials do not pose a threat to other systems.
- Can the satellite provide acceptable performance for the full duration of the mission? In many cases, a mission can last 5-10 years or more. So, testing must not only assess a satellite’s viability today, it has to consider whether the systems and materials can survive an extended period in space.
The Importance of Satellite Radiation Analysis
Confirming that the degree of satellite radiation hardening in the vehicle is sufficient to protect it—or insufficient, as the case may be—throughout its lifespan is essential to the success of space missions. The services we offer—including aerospace radiation effects testing, satellite electrical systems analysis, and aerospace electronics design—give manufacturers and other stakeholders the data they need to determine if and how their space systems will have to be modified to ensure they can complete their mission.