Vidyasagar Shetty, Keith Rogers, Diganta Das, and Michael Pecht
CALCE Electronic Products and Systems Center
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
David Hiemstra and Stephen Martin
MacDonald Dettwiler Space and Advanced Robotics Ltd.
9445 Airport Rd, Brampton,
Ontario L6S 4J3, Canada
The Shuttle Remote Manipulator System End Effector Electronics Unit was designed in the 1970s with a target application life of ten years. They have performed without any failures for over 20 years. In 2001-2002, the manufacturer of the Shuttle Remote Manipulator System in collaboration with the CALCE Electronic Products and Systems Center of University of Maryland performed an analysis of the remaining life of the End Effector Electronics Unit. This article present the portion of the remaining life assessment performed by CALCE. CALCE's portion of the remaining life assessment concluded that the printed wiring board assemblies of the EEEU could be extended until 2020 due to the robust design and lack of damage caused to the printed wiring board assemblies.
Complete article is available to CALCE Consortium Members.