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Risk mitigation process for utilization of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) parts in CCD camera for military applications
Author(s): Anees Ahmad; Scott Batcheldor; Steven C. Cannon; Thomas E. Roberts
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents the lessons learned during the design and development of a high performance cooled CCD camera for military applications utilizing common commercial off the shelf (COTS) parts. Our experience showed that concurrent evaluation and testing of high risk COTS must be performed to assess their performance over the required temperature range and other special product requirements such as fuel vapor compatibility, EMI and shock susceptibility, etc. Technical, cost and schedule risks for COTS parts must also be carefully evaluated. The customer must be involved in the selection and evaluation of such parts so that the performance limitations of the selected parts are clearly understood. It is equally important to check with vendors on the availability and obsolescence of the COTS parts being considered since the electronic components are often replaced by newer, better and cheaper models in a couple of years. In summary, this paper addresses the major benefits and risks associated with using commercial and industrial parts in military products, and suggests a risk mitigation approach to ensure a smooth development phase, and predictable performance from the end product.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 September 2002
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4771, Optomechanical Design and Engineering 2002, (9 September 2002);
Show Author Affiliations
Anees Ahmad, Raytheon Co. (United States)
Scott Batcheldor, Raytheon Co. (United States)
Steven C. Cannon, Raytheon Co. (United States)
Thomas E. Roberts, Raytheon Co. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4771:
Optomechanical Design and Engineering 2002
Alson E. Hatheway, Editor(s)

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