Credits: 12

Learning objectives
The course introduces the effects of the space environment on electronic systems of space vehicles and the main design techniques for their mitigation.
Part 1 - Hardware and software design techniques (9 credits)
This part focuses on the design of electronic circuits for space applicationsintroducing system-level approaches, board-level design techniques and component-selection considerations. In addition, software and firmware design methods for reliable operation of digital on-board electronics are presented. Acquired knowledge will be then applied by the students to real design cases (either firmware or hardware) under the supervision of the lecturer. With this module the student will acquire knowledge in the design of satellite's on-board electronics and will have the chance to put in practice the acquired knowledge with practical hardware and software design exercises.
Part 2 - Reliability engineering (6 credits)
This part deals with approaches to analyse and design quality and reliability of space systems. Functional and failure modelling of a space system and other basic concepts related to reliability prediction are introduced. The main techniques for reliability estimation (standard-based) and for assessment of failure criticality (FMECA analyses) are presented. An introduction is also given about methods for reliability increase and their correct design. Real flight hardware will be used as a case study to practice the acquired concepts.