The selection of the best commercial parts and its qualification represents the best Price/Quality Ratio and no other solution can offers so many advantages.
Space-COTS will be tested and qualified in different levels, depending of the qualification deepness it looks as follow:
- Class A: Full screening test
- Class B: TID and SEE test
- Class C: TID test
These classes follow the ESA/NASA Standards and new standards coming from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The more intensive the test higher the cost of the qualified devices and equipment. Anyway, this solution is much cheaper than the ITAR products. Between the price of commercial parts without qualification and the Space-COTS is well arranged.
The Space-COTS catalogue is classified in component groups. Each group involves the same type of components. Following groups were defined:
- Bipolar Transistors
- Power MOSFETS
- DC/DC converter
- Voltage regulator
- Voltage references
- ADC/DAC converter
- Logic devices
- Image sensors
Space-COTS will be used in each space mission but reliable and long life duration devices will be used in the most exigent missions like GEO missions or deep space missions.
The qualification of COTS inside one project, where one or few exemplars are needed, does not justify the qualification of each component because the test cost will increase the project budget considerably. Taking account of this Spectrum Aerospace will achieve the qualification of representative amounts of COTS and will bring these into the space market with attractive and competitive prices. Spectrum Aerospace has designed test environments that allow the qualification of a big amount of parts and in a short time.
One important point is to mention that new generation components will be included in a short time in the Space-COTS catalogue and it will be available for the acquisition quickly.
For more information about the Space-COTS Catalogue please contact us.