Space missions present a unique set of environmental challenges that demand high reliability down to the smallest electronic components. Mission failures could cost human lives. From in-flight systems to power supplies, every single system contributes to the success of a space project, so they must maintain high quality and safety standards for long durations.
Of course, there are monetary implications here too. Building and maintaining for high-reliability applications is an expensive endeavor, especially if the team needs to send parts back to the ground for repair. Institutions world-wide are concerned with maintaining expectations for reliability while keeping costs manageable for space projects. Here we’ll cover the 3 most important specifications for high reliability in space. Screening for these specifications helps to filter out components that don’t stand a chance at maintaining functionality requirements.