Alter Technology organizes a Workshop on COTS Components for Space Applications


 ACCEDE - Assessment of Commercial Components Enablig Disruptive space Electronics

This workshop is focusing on all aspects related to the usage of Commercial of the Shelf (COTS) Electrical, Electronic and Electromechanical (EEE) parts in space applications. Although the main goal is to address specific needs of “New Space” programs such as constellations and/or nano & small satellites, the workshop will cover also the needs of more classical space missions.

Technical Scope

Space is becoming a more and more competitive sector, asking continuously for higher performance figures while reducing the overall cost from missions inception up to end of life decommissioning. Such a trend has consequences at all levels down to the selection and procurement of building blocks and components.

In parallel to the above-mentioned paradigm, EEE parts designed for ground application such as automotive and other industrial sectors show high reliability levels when produced in massive quantities and while being the subject to ad-hoc qualification schemes (e.g. AEC Q).

Although we could see a solution matching a need, there is still a big gap between them and proper methodologies have still to be developed and approved in order to allow a more systematic usage of COTS components for space applications.

From lessons learned in previous and on-going space missions up to the initiation of future programs, the workshop intends to act as a forum for experts to share their experience and forecast based on facts and technical evidence.


Supporting Organizations

Alter TechnologyASI CDTI
ESAEuropean CommissionEurospace
JAXANASASeville City Council
UK SpaceUniversity of Seville



The workshop is based on invited oral presentations and talks gathered in sessions following a single track. The presentation duration will be in the range of 20-30 minutes including 5-10 minutes for questions. A “Panel discussion” addressing the key-hot topics is planned for the second day (afternoon), with a moderator and selected speakers. Those interested in particular topics and wishing to provide a presentation / talk are encouraged to make contact with the organizing committee as soon as possible

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Date: Wednesday 2nd to Friday 4th October 2019

Venue: CaixaForum Sevilla,
Centro Comercial Torre Sevilla
calle López Pintado, 41092 Sevilla

[Seville European capital of Space in 2019]