Trends in radiation-hardened electronics for space

June 12, 2024
Join our online panel discussion as industry experts explore the critical balance of radiation tolerance in commercial space applications, vital for the longevity of spacecraft handling reconnaissance, telecommunications, and streaming video. Learn about the economics of rad-hard components, the implications of on-orbit failures, and the latest enabling technologies in this price-sensitive market.

This webinar was originally held on June 12th, 2024, and is now available for on demand viewing. 

Duration: 1 hour

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Today's commercial space applications are increasing demand for radiation-hardened and radiation-tolerant electronics components to help spacecraft delivering reconnaissance, telecommunications, and streaming video survive in the harsh radiation environment of space for as long as possible.

In this price-sensitive market, the question is how much radiation tolerance is too much, and how much is not enough? Millions of dollars are at stake if modern commercial satellite constellations suffer unanticipated on-orbit failures.

During this online panel discussion, industry experts will discuss radiation hardness issues for New Space applications, the economics of commercial rad-hard, and the consequences of on-orbit failures, with an eye to today's most promising enabling technologies.


Marti McCurdy
Owner and CEO
Spirit Electronics

Marti McCurdy, owner and CEO of Spirit Electronics, is a veteran not only of the semiconductor business but also of the United States Air Force. Marti’s focus as CEO is to serve the aerospace and defense industry with high reliability supply chain solutions that include component distribution and value-added services. Marti’s mission is to bring her high standard of customer service and cultivated relationships to serve the A&D sector.

Jeremy Ferrell
Director of Engineering
VPT, Inc.

Jeremy graduated Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Tech in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, followed by a Master’s in Power Electronics in 2002, also from Virginia Tech. During his time at VPT he has led the design of many different projects including thick film hybrid and PCB switching converters. His leadership has played a pivotal role in pushing technological boundaries within the high reliability and space power supply industry.

HelenAnn Brown
Technical Marketing Manager
Apex Microtechnology

HelenAnn Brown is an accomplished marketing professional with a decade of industry experience. She began her marketing career as a Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator for Missouri Valley College while she was obtaining her BS in Marketing. In 2017, HelenAnn would transition to Grinz Orthodontics where she would become the Marketing Director before being appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2019. While at Grinz, HelenAnn was responsible for planning, developing, and implementing all Grinz marketing, accounting, human resource strategies, and public relations activities, both internal and external. 

In 2021, HelenAnn brought her skillsets to Apex as a Technical Marketing Manager responsible for supporting the overall go-to-market activities for the company. HelenAnn aligns Apex's sales team and new product development team while keeping abreast of the electronics industry and competitive landscape. As Technical Marketing Manager, she develops and optimizes relationships with customers to anticipate and respond to customers’ business as affected by changes to technology, demand, and market conditions. During her tenure at Apex Microtechnology HelenAnn headed the release of Apex Microtechnology’s portfolio of radiation tolerant analog components.

HelenAnn holds a BS in Marketing/Accounting from Missouri Valley College and an MBA in Marketing from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.