In the areas of energy, transport, aeronautics, and space, standardization gains more and more significance. In particular, it maintains competitiveness, allocates proactive potential growth areas and helps to intensify international cooperation. The practical-oriented implementation of research results and innovation by means of standardization allows a cost reduction via harmonization of project interfaces and product specifications, reduction of undesirable engineering diversity and planning reliability in joint projects of research and industry.
As the national aeronautics and space research center of the Federal Republic of Germany, DLR actively and executively gets involved with standardization activities in various national and international boards (DIN, CEN, ISO), pools, and organizations. In its national Space Agency function, DLR coordinates the participation of German research and industry, such ensuring the national interests in global space cooperation.
Research and Development Phase Standardization has been implemented within the DLR as a tool for standardization. It shall speed up the transfer of DLR new technologies and research results to the general public and in industrially applicable products. The Standardization and EEE-Parts Division supports the DLR project responsible researchers and developers while realizing standardization activities e.g. INS and TNS projects.
In reference to space technology, reliability, maintainability, and life duration of active and passive electronic, electric, and electromechanic parts are essential success factors of quality assurance. For spaceflight application, these EEE-parts must meet high requirements concerning radiation-, vibration-, and temperature resistance. The availability of strategic parts in Europe – independent of manufacturer countries’ export regulations – is another crucial point. In the context of a national technology development and qualification program for EEE-parts, the needs for parts is identified and priorized. For this, a close coordination with European space agencies, national and European space industry, and part manufacturers takes place.
The European Space Components Coordination (ESCC) as a cooperation between space agencies, component manufacturers and users harmonizes the different EEE parts programs in Europe as well as a specification system for the qualification of EEE-parts. DLR coordinates and represents the national position of the DLR space agency as well as the interests of German manufacturers and users.