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UK Space Conference 2017
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 / Thursday, June 1, 2017
ALTER TECHNOLOGY GROUP will participate at UK Space Conference with a Poster presentation.
Authors / Contributors:
- Andrew Paliwoda (Alba Orbital)
- Garrie Vickers (Optocap Ltd),
- Demetrio Lopez Molina ( Alter Technology )
The main objective of the project is to develop a space platform and ground segment to test and qualify electronic components in-orbit, offering regular flight opportunities and providing an economically feasible alternative for technology validation. The most outstanding feature is the standardization of the testing procedures that facilitates the integration and evaluation of multiple payloads, based on custom microelectronic & photonic packaging criteria to define a suitable common mechanical and electrical interface, thereby providing access to space for new technologies. This approach will increase the maturity level of European space technology at a competitive cost and lead time.
According to ESA criteria, in flight performance is the highest level of qualification for space products, so there is an increasing demand for in-flight services to accommodate new technologies, devices and systems for their validation. During the last years the low cost and scalability of CubeSats have made possible a dedicated single payload service for developers, optimizing system utilization and customizing mission-specific platforms. Lower TRL payloads can be accepted by CubeSats, increasing the potential return for developers by providing in-orbit performance data at an earlier stage in development. This proposal is intended to be based on Alba Orbital’s Unicorn 1 & Unicorn 2 platforms.
- Alba Orbital Ltd, will have a stand within the Innovate UK area of the UK Space Conference.