Software Hardening in Space-Based Systems

Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, Space Systems Division Computer Science, 2002-03

Liaison(s): Craig Snow, Kevin Romero
Advisor(s): Christopher Stone
Students(s): Andrew Klose (PM), Eric Angell, James Simmons, Marty Weiner

Current space-based digital electronics lag their commercial counterparts by several generations. The physical hardening process required to protect these components from exoatmospheric radiation events is both costly and time-consuming. This project examines the feasibility of implementing a software-based alternative to this process. Specifically, we examine the question of whether the increased processing power and memory capacity of commercially available components provide sufficient resources for software-implemented detection of radiation effects.