Aircrafts are the safest form of transportation. They are highly expensive and therefore the airlines try to minimise the time spent on the ground for maintenance, etc. Reliability is therefore held in the highest regard. The space market consists of advanced avionics applications with even stricter requirements. Space technology is mission driven.
Aerospace, the high reliability market, is not defined as a separate product group, but a way of building components so they operate in harsh environments without failure. For example, when it comes to developing a weather station on Mount Everest or an observation station directly on an active volcanic crater, where significantly higher levels of radiation or extreme temperature and atmospheric pressures prevail, EBV Elektronik provides the appropriate support.
At SpaceTechExpo Europe in Bremen, Germany, STMicroelectronics co-exhibits with us this year and showcases the latest developments of its product portfolio. And again they come up with products that are currently flying above us in space.
Since naturally Ethernet will be used in more and more space applications around the globe, what exactly is the motivation for the EtherSpace consortium? First of all there is the aspect of open standards and interoperability.