Space Systems

Radiation-hardened electronics

One of many satellites and other spacecraft – including the latest Mars Rover mission – that is outfitted with BAE Systems’ trusted, space-qualified, radiation hardened electronics.
BAE Systems’ advanced, high reliability radiation-hardened electronic components, cards, processors, and units have been enabling civil, commercial, and national security space missions for more than 50 years.

Overcoming the effects of space radiation on electronics

The space radiation environment creates extremely harsh operating conditions for on-board electronics, and BAE Systems brings decades of experience providing products that survive them. The ionizing radiation of space accelerates the aging of electronic parts and materials, leading to degraded electrical performance or even permanent failures. In addition to radiation damage, electronics that operate in spacecraft applications can be exposed to extreme temperatures – ranging from -55°C to 125°C – over mission lifetimes that can exceed 15 years. To succeed in these challenging environments, BAE Systems has developed a large portfolio of trusted, high-reliability, radiation-hardened (rad-hard) electronics specifically designed for space applications.

A world leader in rad-hard electronics for spacecraft and satellites

BAE Systems began empowering space exploration with Apollo 11 and has done so continuously since, including an ongoing role in NASA’s Mars Exploration Program’s four generations of NASA Mars rovers, including the InSight Mars Lander and the Mars Perseverance Rover. It’s a space technology legacy that BAE Systems is both proud of and excited to continue advancing into the future.

Rad-hard, space-qualified electronics products

  • Radiation-hardened Single Board Computers (SBCs) - BAE Systems’ RAD5545® SpaceVPX Multi-Core Single Board Computer is engineered to meet the quickly evolving needs of future space missions. This enables “must have” capabilities such as on-board processing and cyber security. One RAD5545® SBC single-handedly replaces multiple previous generation cards, allowing a smaller physical footprint on board a spacecraft. This technology empowers our radiation-hardened Module Software Defined Radio payloads in support of pre- or post-delivery hosting of data and signal processing applications.
    Our RAD750® SBC is the workhorse of the space industry, powering more than 100 satellites that carry out a variety of space missions, including a key role in the Navigation Payload on GPSIII satellite constellation. The RAD750® is trusted industry wide to perform above and beyond mission critical criteria while enduring the harsh environments of deep space. The RAD750® SBC is available in multiple variations, allowing customization to fit the demands of any space mission.
  • Rad-hard Standard Components - BAE Systems' radiation-hardened standard components leverage decades of expertise to provide highly reliable solutions for space and missile defense, including multiple configurations of cutting edge:
    • SRAM - A static random access memory (SRAM) family in a variety of configurations.
    • C-RAM - QML-qualified, non-volatile chalcogenide random access memory (C-RAM) in monolithic or stacked configurations.
    • PROM - Oxide-nitride-oxide anti-fuse programmable read-only memory (PROM) in various voltages
    • FPGAs - Drop-in replacement field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) for legacy systems

Our rad-hard standard components portfolio also includes a range of other memory products, microprocessors, Application Specific Standard Products (ASSPs) interface components, and more. Our expertise includes development and QLM-qualified manufacturing of advanced semiconductor technologies, circuit design, packaging, and space testing. For more details, download our Radiation-Hardened Electronics Product Guide.

  • Rad-hard Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) BAE Systems is a world leader in developing, manufacturing, and deploying advanced, radiation-hardened ASICs for use in defense, space, intelligence, research, and commercial missions. Our rad-hard ASICs perform reliably in harsh environments like on satellites, spacecraft, and space landers and rovers. We also offer unparalleled ASIC design services and space-qualified packaging. Visit our Radiation-Hardened Application Specific Integrated Circuits page to learn more.

Certified quality, trusted performance

Produced by our Space Systems group in Manassas, Virginia, BAE Systems’ space products portfolio is certified and qualified to Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) performance requirements MIL-PRF-38535 and MIL-STD-883 for QML Class V and Q, including Radiation Hardness Assurance (RHA) and support for legacy requirements. As documented via their QML program’s rigorous validation process, this facility is a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Category 1A Microelectronics Trusted Source, covering design, aggregation, broker, packaging/assembly, and test services. The confidence that this accreditation shows in our trusted, space-resilient electronics makes our every painstaking effort worthwhile.

Learn more. Download our Radiation-Hardened Electronics Product Guide, visit our Radiation-Hardened Electronics literature page, or contact our Space products business representatives today.

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