11th Electronic Materials and Processes for Space Workshop (EMPS)

11th Electronic Materials and Processes for Space Workshop (EMPS) 11th Electronic Materials and Processes for Space Workshop (EMPS)
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    European Space Agency
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    Space Electronics

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ESA-ESTEC, Noordwijk

The effect of the space environment on the reliability of electronic materials and devices is of continuous concern and discussion. Therefore our knowledge needs to be continually expanded in order to improve the design, reliability and safety of launchers, spacecraft and space instruments. The key drivers for technology development are future mission requirements that are currently experiencing rapid advances in the performance requirements needed for scientific instruments. The selection of materials, processes and devices for future space missions must also anticipate the causes of environmental regulations (e.g. REACH, RoHS) and utilize cleaner technologies in order to mitigate the environmental impacts of space programs. 

EMPS Workshop 1 - 2 June 2021

09:00 - 17:00h

The focus of the EMPS Workshop is set on high-reliability manufacturing of electronic assemblies intended to withstand assembly, storage, ground test conditions and the conditions imposed by launchers and the space flight environments. This year the New Space programmes assembly and verification will be part of the topics as we may benefit from recent development.

The objectives of the workshop are to promote the development and awareness of materials and manufacturing processes utilized for space applications and to foster the discussion and exchanges of knowledge among the industry and research centres actively involved in space applications and other high-reliability electronics. Students and trainees are encouraged to attend and to submit a proposal for poster presentation.

PCB Training 3 June 2021

09:00 - 17:00h

The ECSS standards for Printed Circuit Board design, qualification and procurement (ECSS-Q-ST-70-12 and ECSS-Q-ST-70-60) have been significantly revised in 2014 and 2018. Various PCB technology development activities are changing the landscape for ESA projects. The new set of standards allow more complex technology, while more sophisticated test methods and more detailed acceptance criteria have been introduced. A full day training course has been developed in collaboration with technology experts from the ECSS working groups. This course intends to cover the basic overview as well as go into the details of PCB technology, testing and inspection. This is relevant for the design, qualification and procurement phases. The target audience include inspectors, designers, procurement authority, as well as technology experts that are responsible to review deviations and declared lists (ESA internal audience is welcome to attend, but it is also foreseen to tailor this course to better suit the purpose of internal training). 

We are looking forward to meeting an international audience at ESTEC in June 2021. About 80-120 experts, including members from space agencies, space industries, research centres and universities participated in the previous workshops.