International standardization of space engineering


At the beginning of the 21st century, technologies quickly burst into our lives, which continuously continue their improvement to this day. Fantastic films of the past are becoming more and more similar to our today's reality, because humanity even conquers space. Despite the fact that today this industry, namely space engineering, has a huge potential for the development and scaling of research. It should not be forgotten that the building of any successful system depends to a large extent on how well the regulation was carried out at the initial stages and how much the launch of a particular project was carried out in accordance with the rules and regulations of the relevant jurisdiction. To date, there are a large number of international standards for various types of equipment and for absolutely every field of activity. Space engineering is no exception, with the main and most relevant standards for which we will acquaint you today.

Space engineering - Control engineering handbook

CEN/TR 17603-60:2022

The management of any project requires constant monitoring and analysis of the obtained intermediate results in order to create a final qualitative result. To carry out this activity with the highest quality method in the context of space technology, such a standard has been created as CEN/TR 17603-60:2022.

This Handbook deals with control systems developed as part of a space project. It is applicable to all the elements of a space system, including the space segment, the ground segment and the launch service segment. The handbook covers all aspects of space control engineering including requirements definition, analysis, design, production, verification and validation, transfer, operations and maintenance. It describes the scope of the space control engineering process and its interfaces with management and product assurance, and explains how they apply to the control engineering process.

The peculiarity of this document is that it is a handbook and a so-called auxiliary document aimed specifically at helping to build a space project engineering system. That is why we strongly recommend that you have it available without fail, in order to launch a particular activity in accordance with the rules and regulations.

Space engineering - Fracture control

EN 16603-32-01:2021

Since today space research activities are mainly carried out at the state level and have a number of certain well-established norms and rules, some international standards are based on data obtained by institutions such as NASA. One example of such a document is EN 16603-32-01:2021.

This ECSS Engineering Standard specifies the fracture control requirements to be imposed on space segments of space systems and their related GSE. The fracture control programme is applicable for space systems and related GSE when required by ECSS-Q-ST-40 or by the NASA document NST 1700.7, incl. ISS addendum. The requirements contained in this Standard, when implemented, also satisfy the fracture control requirements applicable to the NASA STS and ISS as specified in the NASA document NSTS 1700.7 (incl. the ISS Addendum). The NASA nomenclature differs in some cases from that used by ECSS. When STS/ISS-specific requirements and nomenclature are included, they are identified as such.

This standard may be tailored for the specific characteristic and constrains of a space project in conformance with ECSS-S-ST-00.

Since this International Standard has a large number of references to other regulatory documents, we recommend that you seek advice from our specialists, who will not only assist in selecting the correct standard, but also answer all your questions.

Space engineering - Structural materials handbook - Part 7: Thermal and environmental integrity, manufacturing aspects, in-orbit and health monitoring, soft materials, hybrid materials and nanotechnologies

CEN/TR 17603-32-07:2022

The handbook is an auxiliary tool in the construction of a particular management and leadership system. Nevertheless, when it comes to such industries as space engineering, there is a need for a phased detailing of almost every element, which is why more detailed handbooks are created, or rather international standards such as CEN/TR 17603-32-07:2022.

The structural materials handbook, SMH, combines materials and design information on established polymer matrix composites with provisional information on the emerging groups of newer advanced materials and their composites. Design aspects are described, along with factors associated with joining and manufacturing. Where possible, these are illustrated by examples or case studies.

The Structural materials handbook contains 8 Parts. A glossary of terms, definitions and abbreviated terms for these handbooks is contained in Part 8.

The parts are as follows:

Part 1 Overview and material properties and applications Clauses 1 ‐ 9

Part 2 Design calculation methods and general design aspects    Clauses 10 ‐ 22

Part 3 Load transfer and design of joints and design of structures    Clauses 23 ‐ 32

Part 4 Integrity control, verification guidelines and manufacturing    Clauses 33 ‐ 45

Part 5 New advanced materials, advanced metallic materials, general design aspects and load transfer and design of joints    Clauses 46 ‐ 63

Part 6 Fracture and material modelling, case studies and design and integrity control and inspection    Clauses 64 ‐ 81

Part 7 Thermal and environmental integrity, manufacturing aspects, in‐orbit and health monitoring, soft materials, hybrid materials and nanotechnoligies   Clauses 82 ‐ 107

Part 8 Glossary   

NOTE: The 8 parts will be numbered TR17603-32-01 to TR 17603-32-08

It should be noted that this document has a large number of parts and sections, which at first glance may complicate the decision to purchase this document. However, all issues can be resolved by consulting with a qualified specialist, whom you can contact on the site by clicking on the link attached above.

Space engineering - Guidelines for electrical design and interface requirements for actuators

CEN/TR 17603-20-21:2022

Electrical equipment requires precise regulation down to the smallest detail. When it comes to space equipment related to electrical, this industry requires a lot more regulations and rules. One example of such documents is the international standard CEN/TR 17603-20-21:2022.

In general terms, the scope of the consolidation of the electrical interface requirements for electrical actuators in the EN 16603-20-21 (equivalent to ECSS-E-ST-20-21) and the relevant explanation in the present handbook is to allow a more recurrent approach both for actuator electronics (power source) and electrical actuators (power load) offered by the relevant manufacturers, at the benefit of the system integrators and of the European space agencies, thus ensuring:

Better quality

Stability of performances

Independence of the products from specific mission targets.

A recurrent approach enables manufacturing companies to concentrate on products and a small step improvement approach that is the basis of a high quality industrial output. In particular, the scope of the present handbook is:

  • To explain the type of actuators, the principles of operation and the typical configuration of the relevant actuator electronics,

  • To identify important issues relevant to electrical actuators interfaces, and to give some explanations of the requirements set up in the EN 16603-20-21.

Like any other document, this standard focuses on improving the quality of the final product and the highest results of the activities carried out. However, it provides the most detailed step-by-step help in building a system of space projects in almost every aspect of electronic equipment.

Space engineering and new opportunities

The blue ocean strategy states that exploring and conquering new markets is the most promising. After all, having found an underoccupied niche, you do not adapt to the rules of the market game, but create new rules for those players who plan to enter it. Today, the space engineering industry, despite the mass discussion, remains unoccupied globally, and as a result creates a field of opportunities for companies that are ready to invest in an unexplored field of activity. Our company will be ready to accompany your undertakings from the selection of relevant international standards. After all, they are a kind of map on the way to productive results and minimizing any risks.