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Out-of-this-World Design

- February 08, 2013

Out-of-this-World Design is a blog dedicated to space electronics.

Each month we discuss spacecraft payload & platform electronics and on-board signal processing techniques for telecommunication, navigation, Earth Observation and space-science satellites.


A comparison of space-grade FPGAs - Part 2

  • 07.08.2014

For the latest, deep-submicron, space-grade FPGAs operating at higher frequencies with lower voltages and increased logic densities, SETs can dominate the soft-error rate.Read More...


A comparison of space-grade FPGAs - Part 1

  • 06.09.2014

FPGAs are increasingly being used in almost every spacecraft sub-system and designers now have a choice of process technologies and diverse fabrics. Which one is right for your mission?Read More...


Switch-mode regulators for space applications

  • 05.02.2014

Switched-mode power supplies offer spacecraft systems the advantages of high efficiency, low-power dissipation, small physical size and low mass. Read More...


Linear voltage regulators for space applications

  • 03.26.2014

The linear voltage regulator is one of the most commonly used electronic circuits found in almost every type of application. Nearly all spacecraft sub-systems use it and if a single-event transient appears on the dc output exceeding the maximum supply voltage that can be tolerated by a $100k FPGA for example, the consequences for a mission could be catastrophic! Read More...


Is your spacecraft flying reliable chips?

  • 02.25.2014

The space industry wants to exploit the higher integration, faster processing and lower power consumption advantages of ultra-deep-submicron microelectronics.Read More...


I'm giving her all she's got, captain!

  • 01.29.2014

Satellites are not launched with a long, dangling mains cable, but come with 'Batteries Included' and access to a large and hot wireless charging station 93 million miles away.Read More...


Twinkle twinkle little stars!

  • 12.17.2013

Despite the advent of RADAR and GPS, navigation using the stars remains a valuable aid for people, spacecraft and of course, the three wise men.Read More...


Behaving passively!

  • 11.08.2013

It's very easy to become mesmerised by the latest advances in space microelectronics, however, passive components account for almost 80% of all electronic parts used on a spacecraft.Read More...


Alphasat's Champagne moment!

  • 08.16.2013

The party to celebrate the launch of our Alphasat telecommunication satellite was great fun. Watching the live feed of the Ariane 5 rocket lifting-off majestically from French Guiana was a truly inspiring moment for everyone involved in this key project.Read More...


You guys are dinosaurs!

  • 07.17.2013

The space industry wants to exploit the benefits offered by the latest technologies and offer new customers and markets cheaper access to space. COTS components have been used in space for many decades and are increasingly being baselined.Read More...


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