This Planet Analog blog is the ‘Anchor’ page to a Special project on Space Electronics that will cover such key areas as radiation shielding and mitigation for space passenger safety, advances in microcircuits with reduced size and weight using Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) plastic encapsulated microcircuits (PEM), EMI in Space, Rad hard testing of ICs for Deep Space with simulation of the space environment, vision-based sensing for autonomous spacecraft with specialized algorithms translating raw images into data for vehicle control, and Trends in Designing Space Electronics: From Traditional Payloads to NewSpace Applications.
The development of reusable rockets is lowering barriers to both scientific and commercial exploration of space, stimulating increasing interest and investment in space electronics. We will provide designers with a look at the technologies and design practices needed for creating space-worthy electronic designs. These may include, but not be limited to ICs, ASICs, flex-cable, connectors, thermal management for electronics, Rad hard techniques, space-related testing methods, Apollo 1960s electronics and more.
Here are some of the upcoming launches of commercial spacecraft that will be changing the landscape of space exploration:
Space X is launching its 17th Dragon Cargo spacecraft on the Falcon 9 rocket to re-supply the International Space Station (ISS) this year from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Dragon Cargo spacecraft on the Falcon 9 rocket
Northrup Grumman has the Antares rocket with their Cygnus re-supply spacecraft and will launch their 10th cargo re-supply mission this year from NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
Northrup Grumman has the Antares rocket with their Cygnus re-supply spacecraft
In the next major step to send astronauts to the Moon once again, under Space Policy Directive-1, NASA has announced plans to work with American companies to design and develop new reusable systems for astronauts to land on the lunar surface. NASA is planning to test new human-class landers on the Moon beginning in 2024, with the goal of sending crew to the surface by 2028.
We are going back to the Moon to get to Mars
Nine U.S. companies were selected through NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) in November 2018, and are currently developing landers to deliver NASA payloads to the Moon’s surface. As Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) providers, they are pre-authorized to compete on individual delivery orders.
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