Jan Budroweit is communication system engineer and radiation effects expert at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) which he joined in 2013. Besides his engineering activities at DLR space missions, his ongoing research areas involve the development of integrated multiband communication platform solutions for spacecraft. Research topics are the prediction, characterization and mitigation of radiation effects in electronic components and systems (specifically in radio systems and RF devices). Since 2020, Jan Budroweit is the founder and team leader for radiation effects in space systems supporting the ongoing space missions of the DLR. He holds a PhD in electrical engineering (Dr.-Ing) from the Technical University of Hamburg (TUHH) in the field of radiation-tolerant communication system design and development.
Due to the exponential growth of the market for space, high frequency and millimeter-wave applications become more and more of interest for space applications. The development of systems qualified for the use in space is often associated with low risk acceptance, high reliability requirements and thus, resulting into long durations of development and extraordinary costs.
However, the view onto commercial space is currently changing and satellites need to be developed and manufactured fast and cost-efficiently (NewSpace) which becomes only feasible with the use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components. COTS may enable the use of new technologies, that are better in performance and less expensive, but risk acceptance must be high on the other hand, since those COTS devices are usually not designed for the harsh environment in space.
This talk addresses the concerns of using COTS for space missions and what needs to be considered to decrease the accepted risk and to improve the chances of success.