The Challenges of Testing at European Irradiation Facilities
Anastasia Pesce1, Alessandra Costantino1
1 European Space Agency
In this paper the challenges faced when testing complex electronic components according to ESCC 25100  will be presented. The European Irradiation Facilities are an asset for all the space community when assuring the radiation hardness of a component in a given space mission environment.
Limitations such as the number of available beam hours, the test set up cost and the difficulties encountered in the sample preparation of modern technologies are a hinder in the overall RHA process. European irradiation testing facilities are an important part of the European space electronics supply chain infrastructure and can strongly impact the time-to-market of parts for space customers.
Relying on the access to European irradiation testing capabilities is fundamental to maintain a European non dependence on RHA for space.
 European Space Components Coordination, ESCC Basic Specification No. 25100, Single Event Effects Test Method and Guidelines, Issue 2, Oct. 2014