Electronics in aerospace applications such as satellites and aircraft are subjected to high levels of radiation from high-energy particles (heavy ions). ST proposes a large portfolio of products specifically designed, packaged, tested and qualified so they comply with the standards for aerospace defined by the qualifying agencies.

ST has supported European space applications since 1977, being qualified by the ESA (European Space Agency) since the agency's inception. Today, ST has broadened its efforts by qualifying products according to the American QML-V standard (of the US DLA - Defense Logistics Agency), and in accordance with RHA certification (Radiation Hardness Assurance).

ST offers a wide space product range, from diodes and transistors to A/D converters and voltage regulators, through its traditional logic circuits range. It is actively working on further expanding this offer.

ST celebrates the success of Comet-Explorer Satellite Rosetta

After a 6 billion km journey that started more than 10 years ago, the space satellite Rosetta finally reached Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko and has successfully placed a probe called Philae on the comet to obtain images from its surface and analyze its content. This is the first operation of its kind in the history of space exploration and the valuable information Philae has relayed back to Earth is set to enable dramatic steps forward in understanding how the universe was formed.

In participating in the Rosetta/Philae project, ST 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.