Got Reliability? Off-The-Shelf Parts for Resilient Space

The ability to upgrade satellites in orbit is essential to keeping space systems resilient and hardened against threats from possible adversaries. How might off-the-shelf parts help meet this challenge?

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Off-the-shelf parts are attractive for short space missions because they provide advanced capabilities at a lower cost, and they are readily available for immediate use. However, it is often complicated to get detailed product information from foreign suppliers, should it be needed for a mission failure or investigation, and there is a higher risk of counterfeiting within the supply chain. This paper addresses some of the opportunities and challenges posed by these parts and their applicability to space missions.

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