The Satellite Industry has brought exciting developments to the military, commercial space and consumer markets that have drastically changed the way we communicate. Over the course of just a few decades there have been significant advances that are now indispensable to modern life. While the potential for new satellites is on the rise, there is a perception that they are prone to risk with a high probability of failure. Effective quality management for the satellite industry has been critical in satisfying the exacting requirements of this emerging market in order to continue innovation.
According to the Department of Defense (DoD), Satellite Manufacturing is a subset of the National Security Space Sector. The sector includes also includes launch services, ground systems, satellite components and subsystems, networks, engineering services, payloads, propulsion and electronics. This is a highly specialized niche market that requires strict oversight and compliance to industry standards.
As projects in this space become more complex, the importance of effective quality management for the satellite industry and associated services rises. Cutting edge technologies combined with the uniqueness of each project can present several quality challenges. Product demand for satellites is inconsistent and funding sometimes uncertain as a result. National Security Space projects often involve a long development cycle, making it difficult to prevent a compromise in quality. A failure in a satellite, launcher or ground support equipment can present devastating consequences. In addition to lost investment in time and money, problems can damage property or even bring end to human life.
Foreign acquisitions and supply chain globalization make it increasingly hard to find reliable suppliers. All components and subcomponents must meet design and life expectancy requirements. Without proper control of the supply chain, products will fail.
An effective quality management solution provides real-time access to quality and manufacturing data for a synced view of the enterprise, ensuring operational excellence throughout the product lifecycle. Visibility into costs allows for greater control of internal processes, as well as supply chain efforts.
Complete traceability of every part in the manufacturing process ensures all components and material meet quality standards. Effective quality management software provides objective evidence of compliance to DoD requirements for counterfeit parts avoidance, mitigation and disposition, and helps satellite manufacturers effectively control their supply chains.
The ability to provide extensive detailed inspection reports including photographic attachments and objective evidence can greatly facilitate problem resolution in case of a failure or problem that may arise after a satellite has been deployed.
The introduction of effective quality management software brings many benefits:
- Electronic document history
- Traceability of all material
- Detailed inspection reports
- Equipment calibration records
- Closed loop CAPA process
- Effective nonconformance reporting
- Validation of industry standards and regulations
- Supplier management / rating capability
TIP Technologies works with several leading satellite manufacturers to effectively manage quality operations. Contact TIP Technologies today for a demo of our fully integrated TIPQA Quality Management Solution and learn how to create a competitive advantage.