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EMC, Radio, Electrical Safety, and Environmental Simulation Testing for Spacecraft

EMC, Radio, Electrical Safety, and Environmental Simulation Testing for Spacecraft

Universe has always inspired an enormous amount of research into astronautics – and led to today’s high tech space-industry with enormous potential for developments.

As technology has advanced, so have the qualitatively and regulatory requirements imposed on spacecraft systems as a whole. The main issues range from electromagnetic interference (EMI) to environmental factors such as air pressure, temperature and the direct and indirect effects of lightning, to vibration stresses on materials, components, and entire systems. In addition the use of novel materials in spacecraft gets more and more popular. These offer higher stability combined with lower weight, and drive down costs in comparison to metals.

The three main causes of EMC (electromagnetic compatibility) issues are:

  • Thunderstorms
  • Heavy electromagnetic interference in air and space
  • Mutual electromagnetic interference between parts of a system

Due to the increased use of carbon fibre, the fuselage no longer acts as a Faraday cage, protecting

Electromagnetic environmental effects (E3)

Our teams consist of internationally recognised experts in electromagnetic environmental effects (E3). We offer customers one-stop solutions from certification, consulting, engineering, research and development, to seminars and testing services.

Core EMC tests include:

  • EMP: Electro-Magnetic Pulse
  • HERF: High Electric Radiated Fields
  • HIRF: High Intensity Radiated Fields
  • Indirect and direct effects of lightning
  • LEMP: Lightning Electromagnetic Pulse
  • NEMP: Nuclear Electromagnetic Pulse

Key developments and innovations behind our EMC services include:

  • Ability to generate (and simulate) direct lightning strikes up to 200 kiloamps
  • Electrostatic discharge tests for discharges exceeding 300 kilovolts
  • HIRF tests with electric field strengths up to and exceeding 40,000 volts per metre

We conduct the following environmental simulation tests:

Acceleration, Air pressure, Dust, Explosive decompression, Humidity, Rain, Salt spray and fog, Sand, Shock, Solar radiation, Temperature changes (high-to-low), Vibration

EMCC is a recognised expert and holds a wide range of accreditations. We offer comprehensive services in accordance with manufacturers‘ specifications and/or the following standards:

  • GAM
  • IEC 61000-4-25 and similar EMP specifications
  • SAE
  • RTCA/DO-160
  • NATO-AECTP-250/500
  • VG

On request, we also provide testing in line with customer-specific requirements. Further standards are listed in the appendix to our EN ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation:

Current Seminars

2019-11-13 to 2019-11-15

  • EMC-Basics, Test and Measurement-Seminar for MIL and Avionic Standards

2019-11-14 to 2019-11-15

  • Test and Measurement-Seminar for MIL and Avionic Standards

2019-11-18 to 2019-11-20

  • EMC-Basics, HIRF/HERF – Electromagnetic Effects in Aircraft

2019-11-19 to 2019-11-20

  • HIRF/HERF – Electromagnetic Effects in Aircraft

2019-11-21 to 2019-11-22

  • Lightning Electromagnetic Effects on Aircraft

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