Satellites

Challenge

BAe Space Systems and then Astrium Space Systems have used MK Automatic test systems for over 10 years, from the time of the ST-1 satellite. The test systems are used to perform electrical integrity tests on the most complex harness assemblies that make up the electrical system of the Astrium satellites.

All test programmes are automatically generated from data base stores of wiring lists, using MK’s Automatic Programme Generation software. To create these programmes manually would take around five days, automatically the programmes are created within 2 hours.

The system performs Continuity, Short circuit, and High voltage Insulation tests. The satellite harness has over 9000 wires within it. The test systems are all over 19500 test points.

The systems are able to be moved between Astrium factories, and can be set up ready for test within a few hours of arrival. This is testimony to the rugged build and ease of use of the system.

System Specification

2 wire Measurement continuity measurement up to 1000mA
1000V DC High voltage insulation Test capability
500V AC Hi-Pot test capability
Heavy Duty Mobile cabinets
Full interface cabling assembly.