Ed Jones, Product Manager and Sandy Campbell, Associate Product Manager KEMET Corporation, explain the need for commerical-off-the-shelf (COTS) components to be screened and qualified for use in military projects.
Airbus Defence and Space has developed and delivered the qualification model of the solar array for the European Service Module (ESM) of the Orion crewed spacecraft. During a deployment test at NASA's Plum Brook Station facility in Sandusky, Ohio (USA), the model came through the test with flying colours.
Using a Specialised Imaging SIM8 ultra fast framing camera researchers at the Thiot Ingenierie Shock Physics Laboratory have been able study high velocity impacts of aluminium spheres against an aluminum target at velocities in excess of 4000m/s. Interest in hypervelocity has traditionally been driven by the military community but is increasingly of interest to the space / aerospace industry for areas of research such as enhancing the survivability of aircraft to in-flight explosions and in protecting valuable space satellites from damage from stellar debris.