Commercial Electronics in NASA Missions – Many Benefits, But What About the Risks?

Peter Majewicz, Ph.D. [Goddard Space Flight Center - NASA]

Tuesday, June 27th - 08:30 am


Traditionally, electronics used in NASA missions, especially ones that have a very low risk tolerance, have been restricted to using parts produced by manufacturers certified as “space qualified” by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). The numerous benefits of this requirement include a standard part numbering system, strict traceability requirements, the designing, manufacturing and testing of devices to ensure reliable operation, and a government agency to independently certify that all requirements are met. This system also has shortcomings that compel the use of commercial electronics, which in turn have their own benefits and shortcomings. Dr. Majewicz will give his perspective on risks due to the use of commercial electronics in flight hardware, specifically in relation to the counterfeit threat, and NASA programmatic requirements that reduce this risk.


Peter Majewicz, Ph.D. [Goddard Space Flight Center - NASA]

Peter Majewicz is currently the Program Manager of the NASA Electronic Parts and Packaging (NEPP) Program, a cross-agency activity that evaluates new and emerging Electrical, Electronic, Electromagnetic and Electro-optical (Quad-E) part technologies, shares information, and develops tools for EEE parts assurance. Previously he supported the NEPP Program as the Hybrid Working Group Coordinator and managed the development of the NASA EEE Parts Assurance Standard (NASA-STD-8739.10). Pete received his Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the Naval Post Graduate School, in 2005, and his PhD in systems engineering from George Washington University, in 2017. He started working at NASA in 2009, after retiring from active duty as a United States naval officer following a twenty-two year career.


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