Engineered for harsh environments
Curtiss-Wright helps reduce costs, development time, and risk by using a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) approach that utilizes an extensive library of proven IP and decades of rugged system design experience. Our designers optimize systems for low cost of ownership based on a customer’s application and the procurement life of the platform. The Curtiss-Wright Space COTS versatility has been fully proven – no other COTS system has been qualified and used successfully in such a wide variety of space missions for both Development Flight Instrumentation (DFI) and Operational Flight Instrumentation (OFI) requirements.
A space vehicle designer was looking for a data acquisition solution that could collect all of the data from the onboard computers. Given that the vehicle was designed for applications such as resupplying the international space station, it was necessary that the equipment important for the mission met stringent reliability requirements, including predictable operation in a low earth orbit (LEO) radiation environment. Learn how using a flexible, modular system with an established library of modules allowed for the rapid development of a suitable system with unforeseen additional system enhancements.
Space Systems Brochure
Curtiss-Wright has been the trusted supplier on a wide range of missions and with leading space organizations around the world. Our heritage includes proven success on a variety of launcher, sub-orbital, re-entry, and International Space Station (ISS) applications. Dedicated in-house space engineering and product assurance teams ensure the delivered hardware and documentation meet the space-customer requirements.
Radiation Testing of COTS Data Acquisition Electronics for Space Applications
The use of COTS equipment for space applications is increasing in popularity. As the usage of COTS equipment extends into mission-critical functions, the risks posed by the space radiation environment need to be understood and mitigated. This paper discusses the approach used to characterize existing COTS data acquisition electronics for the LEO space radiation environment through high-energy proton testing at the PCB level.
Miniaturizing Space COTS for Small Launcher Applications
One trend in the global space market involves using smaller launchers to keep costs down and increase the frequency of launches. This creates a challenge for development flight instrumentation (DFI) and operational flight instrumentation (OFI) as the same functionality is required, but the package must be smaller. This white paper discusses the need for, and challenge of, compact space COTS systems for modern space applications, in particular for small launcher applications.
Space Launchers Brochure
Curtiss-Wright provides COTS solutions for launcher development and flight instrumentation systems. Our equipment has flown on or been selected to fly on several launcher platforms, including those from SpaceX, ULA, ESA, and Rocketlab.