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Date: 06-12-14

Comet probes by ESA has 10,000 radiation-hardened devices made by ST

STMicroelectronics said the space satellite Rosetta and its probe Philae has over 10,000 radiation-hardened, high-reliability semiconductor devices designed and manufactured by ST.

Rosetta launched in 2004 has travelled for 10 years to land a probe called Philae on Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko, first such operation of its kind in the history of space exploration. Philae while residing on the comet is doing some experiments on how the universe was formed. Rosetta to accompany the comet through its closest approach to the Sun in August 2015.

Semiconductor device maker STMicroelectronics disclosed it has delivered to the Central Parts Procurement Agency four device types including more than 4000 radiation-hardened logic ICs and more than 6500 rad-hard transistors. All devices were qualified by the European Space Agency (ESA) to the European quality system.

“With a track record of providing hi-rel components to key space exploration programs since 1977, ST’s products continue to prove their durability and reliability over hundreds of millions of flying hours,” said Nunzio Martelli, Group Vice President, Industrial & Power Discrete Group, STMicroelectronics. "The technical success of Rosetta and Philae arriving alongside Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko is, at least in part, further proof of the durability and reliability of ST’s products.”

ST make its defense and aerospace grade components at Rennes (France) plant, which is certified by the European Space Component Committee and the US Defense Logistics Agency.

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