Missions for the space environment differ from those of many terrestrial applications since they are presented with a radiation environment and long life requirements. Additionally, maintenance operations are extremely expensive if possible at all. The fundamentals of the radiation environment and radiation test techniques will be reviewed. Detailed specifications and failure modes will be analyzed, for each class of device and technology. Figures of merit will be given for specific devices in use. Design techniques to provide reliable operation in the radiation environment will be discussed as well as the analysis of device reliability issues such as single point failures and how to avoid them.
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