Radiation Hardness Assurance


Radiation Testing on COTS Components in the Frame of the CORHA ESA Study

Peter Beck1, Marta Bagatin2, Simone Gerardin2, Lukas Huber1, Marcin Latocha1,  Alessandro Paccagnella2, Christoph Tscherne1, Michael Wind1, Marc Poizat3

1 Seibersdorf Laboratories, Austria
2 University of Padova, Italy
3 European Space Agency, ESA



Nanosatellites such as CubeSats have become a popular and cost-effective way to access space [1]. The increased interest in flying small-satellite missions and projects of the European Space Agency, ESA, to improve the reliability of SmallSats have resulted in an increased utilization of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components for space. COTS components are not only used for SmallSat applications, but also on mainstream missions that rely on the use of latest technology such as high-performance applications. In order to account for this development, ESA initiated a study on radiation screening of COTS components and verification of COTS radiation hardness assurance (RHA) approach (CORHA).

The CORHA project is coordinated by Seibersdorf Laboratories, Austria, and is performed in collaboration with the University of Padova, Italy. The objectives of the CORHA study are to (1) screen and procure COTS components, (2) prepare and execute TID and SEE radiation test campaigns, and (3) propose an ad-hoc RHA approach for COTS components.

The CORHA team evaluated COTS technologies available on the market with respect to their TID and SEE response. As the CORHA project is in its finishing months, the presentation will summarize the project and conclude on the project outcome and lessons learnt. This includes TID and SEE testing results and the presentation of the formulated ad-hoc RHA approach for COTS components.



[1]     M. Poizat, A. Zadeh, C. Poivey, R. Walker, Radiation Hardness Assurance for Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) components for Small Satellites, RADHARD Symposium 2018, https://www.seibersdorf-laboratories.at/en/radhard/archive/2018-radhard-symposium, ISBN (Print) 978-3-902780-12-6, ISBN (Ebook) 978-3-902780-13-3, Editor: Peter Beck, Seibersdorf Labor GmbH, 2444 Seibersdorf, Austria, Publisher: Seibersdorf Laboratories Publishing, Austria, April 2018.



We acknowledge the support by the European Space Agency, ESA under the ESA contract No. 4000126049/18/NL/KML.