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Space Mission and Hardware Design: From the Idea to a Successful Demonstration in Space
Dr. Ing- Jan Budroweit

Jan Budroweitweit is communication system engineer and radiation effects expert at the German Aerospace Center (DLR). He received his PhD (Dr.-Ing) at the Technical University of Hamburg (TUHH) in the field of radiation-tolerant communication system design and development in 2021.After he finished his Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) from the university of applied science Hamburg in 2013, he joined the DLR Institute of Space System in Bremen (Germany) as full-time scientific employee where he already worked as part-time research assistant. He was the responsible communication engineer for the DLR satellite mission Eu:CROPIS, the second satellite which has been fully processed (design, integration and testing) by the DLR and which has been successfully launched in 2018.Besides his communication engineering activities at DLR space missions, his ongoing research areas involve the development of integrated multiband communication platform solutions for spacecraft. Research topics are the prediction, characterization and mitigation of radiation effects in electronic components and systems (specifically in radio systems and RF devices). Since 2020, Jan Budroweit is the founder and team leader for radiation effects in space systems supporting the ongoing space missions of the DLR.


Jan Budroweit is a member of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (IEEE MTT-S) and serves as speaker (speaker bureau) for the Technical Committee on Aerospace Systems (MTT-29). Furthermore, he is working with other IEEE societies such as the IEEE Nuclear & Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS) and continuously contributing to their corresponding conferences and the societies network.”

Space Upscreening: A Cost Effective and Time Sensitive Approach
Mohammad Qadir and Boris Benger

Mohammad Qadir is an engineer at Mini-Circuits who has for the past couple of years assisted customers across the space and defense industry in various projects and opportunities, both large and small. A graduate from NYU's Tandon School of Engineering, Mohammad found his place in the RF & Microwave industry after joining Mini-Circuits Pipeline Program. Now a graduate of that program, he's a full-time Applications Engineer primarily focusing on space up screening and hi-rel applications.


Boris Benger is a Microwave and RF engineer with over thirty-five years’ experience in engineering and manufacturing components for design of RF systems. He is currently a Senior Applications Engineer at Mini-Circuits, and previously held leadership roles at MITEQ and L3 Narda-MITEQ. Throughout his career, Boris has Directed and coordinated design, manufacturing, support, documentation, and testing activities to ensure compliance with specifications and customer requirements for varieties of RF components and sub-systems. He has spent decades on the cutting edge of design and implementation of military, civilian, dual-use, and, most recently, space qualified components.

Risk Mitigation of RF COTs Components in High Reliability Applications
Zayd Babamir

Abstract – Size, Weight, Performance and Cost (SWaP-C) considerations for high reliability and mission critical applications such as Space is increasing the adoption of Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) components in system design. The manufacturing variability of COTS and their lower pedigree as compared to QML and Qualified devices requires a risk mitigation strategy to allow deployment on a Manufacturing Lot Date Code basis. 100% Device Screening, Sample Size Qualification, and Destructive Physical Analysis of components are the industry standard approach to assess a manufacturing lot for infant mortality, long term reliability, and manufacturing pedigree respectively. Proper selection of electrical test parameters, environmental conditions, and physical reliability assessments within the risk mitigation strategy are critical to mission assurance. In this presentation we illustrate a comprehensive approach to qualify RF COTS components for space applications including novel electrical and environmental test solutions,  common failure modes, and interpretation of results.


Zayd Babamir- Micross STS,  Director of Business Development.  Zayd has eight years of industry experience with Micross holding various roles in device assembly, device reliability and electrical test, and product line management for multiple Micross sites and divisions. As Micross STS Director of Business Development, he is the main subject matter expert on advanced test and qualification capabilities at our Milpitas, CA and Apopka, FL facilities.  He spearheads all our major space qualification engagements from deep space to new space including NASA PEMs qualifications.  Micross offers the most complete turnkey solution for PEMs and COTS devices based on NASA instructions (PEM-INST 001) as well as any customer-provided screening requirements. Micross brings 40+ years expertise in upscreening and qualifications; in-house assembly, component modification and electrical & reliability test methods to our PEMs solutions.  Zayd has a BSEE degree from the University of Central Florida.

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