ECSS-E-ST-20-21C – Electrical design and interface requirements for actuators (15 May 2019)


In general terms, the scope of the consolidation of the electrical interface requirements for electrical (hold down and release or deployment) actuators in the present ECSS-E-ST-20-21 and the relevant explanation in the handbook ECSS-E-HB-20-21 is to allow a more recurrent approach both for actuator electronics (power source) and electrical actuators (power load) offered by the relevant manufacturers, at the benefit of the system integrators and of the Agency, thus ensuring:

  • better quality
  • stability of performances
  • independence of the products from specific mission targets


A recurrent approach enables manufacturing companies to concentrate on products and a small step improvement approach that is the basis of a high quality industrial output.



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See also the supporting ECSS Handbook ECSS-E-HB-20-06A ‘Assessment of space worst case charging handbook’ (15 May 2019)