Space Electronics for the 21st Century



For all interested in the status and future of space electronics and how it interacts with the electronics industry, we welcome you at our upcoming cEDM workshop.


Quality and reliability are key elements of space electronics. Space agencies like ESA prefer flight-proven technologies in their spacecraft and require extensive equipment testing and qualification to guarantee reliability. Adhering to flight-proven technologies has drawbacks. A highly performing, reliable solution without adaptation to the technological evolution does not remain performant nor reliable in the 21st century’s technological and operational context. This workshop will provide insight in the status of space electronics design and manufacturing for ESA spacecraft and on the steps to take to create better electronics for future ESA space missions.

Jussi Hokka of ESA will discuss the challenges and the impact that imposes the trend towards more complex and densely populated electronic assemblies, the increasing operating temperature and the lead-ban on space electronics in the coming five to ten years.

A highly integrated spacecraft control unit is crucial to succeed in the system design of small satellites with high autonomy as Proba-V. Steven De Cuyper of QinetiQ will explain the development and manufacturing of such electronics per ESA procedures and standards.

Certain well-proven technologies required by these ESA standards put severe limits to the use of modern industrially well-proven technologies in space electronics. Geert Willems of imec will identify these limiting technologies, their background and the alternatives that allow building lower weight, better performing, more reliable and more environmentally friendly space electronics at a lower cost.

Assessing the environmental impact of space missions is taking a bigger role in mission development for ESA. Electronics is identified as one of the environmental hot spots in spacecrafts. An Vercalsteren of VITO will illustrate this as well as some eco-design alternatives based on the ESA GreenSat study using Proba-V as a reference case.

More complex and denser electronic assemblies require the use of PCB substrates that use microvia, high aspect ratio core vias and small track widths and spacing.  Joachim Verhegge of ACB will discuss this High-Density Interconnect (HDI) demand and the balanced approach between capabilities and reliability required for space electronics

The seminar closes with a short introduction of the ESA Space Solution Belgium program by Luisa Leroy of Verhaert. This program aims at stimulating technology exchange between space and industrial applications.

  • Presentation 1: Introduction to Space Electronics for the 21st Century
  • Presentation 2: Improving Space Electronics: a review of opportunities
  • Presentation 3: Electronics for earth orbit satellite missions: Proba-V
  • Presentation 4: Life Cycle Assessment and eco-design of the PROBA-V space mission: focus on space electronics
  • Presentation 5: High-density Printed Circuit Boards for Space Electronics
  • The ESA and Verhaert presentations were cancelled because of last-minute unavailability of the speakers.
Thursday, June 13, 2019

13h30   Registration

14h00   Welcome – Geert Willems, imec-cEDM

14h10   ESA’s view on Space Electronics requirements and future needs
             Jussi Hokka, ESA

14h30   Electronics for earth orbit satellite missions: Proba-V
             Steven De Cuyper, QinetiQ

15h00   Improving Space Electronics: a review of opportunities
             Geert Willems, imec-cEDM

15h20   Life Cycle Assessment and eco-design of the PROBA-V space mission
             focus on space electronics - An Vercalsteren, VITO

15h40   High-density Printed Circuit Boards for Space Electronics
             Joachim Verhegge, ACB

16h00   ESA Space Solutions Belgium - Prime Technology Transfer
             Luisa Leroy, Verhaert

16h10   Networking


Imec Tower, Remisebosweg 1, Leuven
Participation fee: 

Free entrance for cEDM members & cEDM partners

Non-members: €150 excl. TVA

Imec is a licensed service provider for training according to “kmo-portefeuille”: license number DV.O108298.

Parking info:
imec provides extra parking space on its overrun parking behind the Flanders Make/Sirris building in the Gaston Geenslaan (Wetenschapspark), a 5 min walk from the imec Tower.