Active Engineering handbooks

The following handbooks can be downloaded in PDF or MS Word format.

The European Space Agency hereby disclaims any liability for use of these electronic documents and assumes no responsibility for any error or omission therein. See the License agreement – Disclaimer for more information.


  1. ECSS-E-HB-10-02A – Verification guidelines (17 December 2010)
  2. ECSS-E-HB-10-12A – Calculation of radiation and its effects and margin policy handbook (17 December 2013)
  3. ECSS-E-HB-11A – Technology readiness level (TRL) guidelines (1 March 2017)
  4. ECSS-E-HB-20-02A – Li-ion battery testing handbook (1 October 2015)
  5. ECSS-E-HB-20-05A – High voltage engineering and design handbook (12 December 2012)
  6. ECSS-E-HB-20-07A – Electromagnetic compatibility handbook (5 September 2012)
  7. ECSS-E-HB-20-20A – Guidelines for electrical design and interface requirements for power supply (15 April 2016)
  8. ECSS-E-HB-31-01 Part 1A to 16A – Thermal design handbook (5 December 2011)
  9. ECSS-E-HB-31-03A – Thermal analysis handbook (15November2016)
  10. ECSS-E-HB-32-20 Part 1A to Part 8A – Structural materials handbook (20 March 2011)
  11. ECSS-E-HB-32-21A: Adhesive bonding handbook (20 March 2011)
  12. ECSS-E-HB-32-22A: Insert design handbook (20 March 2011)
  13. ECSS-E-HB-32-23A: Threaded fasteners handbook (16 April 2010)
  14. ECSS-E-HB-32-24A – Buckling of structures (24 March 2010)
  15. ECSS-E-HB-32-25A: Mechanical shock design and verification handbook (14 July 2015)
  16. ECSS-E-HB-32-26A: Spacecraft mechanical loads analysis handbook (19 February 2013)
  17. ECSS-E-HB-40A – Software engineering handbook (11 December 2013)
  18. ECSS-E-HB-50A – Communications guidelines (18 November 2008)
  19. ECSS-E-HB-60-10A – Control performance guidelines (14 December 2010)
  20. ECSS-E-HB-60A – Control engineering handbook (14 December 2010)