12-16 November 2018
Europe/Amsterdam timezone

COTS in Space: Constraints, Limitations and Disruptive Capability

16 Nov 2018, 11:00
Newton 1-2 (ESA/ESTEC)

Newton 1-2


Keplerlaan 1, 2200 AG Noordwijk The Netherlands
Commercial Off-The-Shelf components COTS


Mr Michel Pignol (CNES)


This talk describes one application of CNES methodology for allowing using commercial (COTS) digital electronic components in large spacecrafts. The required steps the components have to successfully pass before to be authorized to fly are presented. Then, the limitation concerning COTS usable performance is outlined. Even if these specificities reduce the attractiveness of commercial components, several project configurations are highlighted where COTS components are feasibility factor for the space mission due to their contribution to system performance.

Primary author

Mr Michel Pignol (CNES)

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