Anthony Lai, Business and R&D Director for Space
Headquartered in California, Aitech is recognized as a leader in providing reliable, rugged embedded systems for the most unforgiving conditions in military, defense, aerospace, and space applications. The company has more than three decades of experience in fielding COTS or modified commercial-off-the-shelf products in subsystems to meet and exceed the requirements for several satellite missions with no failures reported. “We have been focusing on fielding spacecraft electronics for short-duration spaceflight like launch vehicles, small and micro satellites in NEO and LEO environments from the beginning including human spaceflights in the shuttle program and the International Space Station (ISS) with over a hundred single board computers and network switch capabilities on orbit in ISS for years,” says Anthony Lai, Business and R&D Director for Space, Aitech.
Aitech intentionally develops different grades or ruggedization levels of radiation-tolerant products, including its recent expansion with Series 300 products for LEO market, in addition to the Series 500 products for the GEO and deep space. At each level, the products come with radiation characterization and mitigation that is appropriate for the radiation environments at the price point that clients can afford.
“Our rugged electronics products are specifically designed for harsh terrestrial environments and can survive both tactical radiation (man-made nuclear environments) and natural radiation space environments,” adds Lai.
Further, with the recent explosive growth of LEO satellites and constellations, Aitech created a Series-300 level designed for LEO customers who need the highest level of performance in general-purpose processors and graphics processors. Aitech has set up multiple integrated product teams to support multiple design and production customer requirements simultaneously. “Our production line is expandable to produce large constellation programs with high production rates of 10-50 satellite subsystems per month in our U.S. location,” Lai mentions.
He goes on to mention that in 2020 when the pandemic was looming large, the space and defense industry faced tremendous challenges owing to the shortages of electronics parts. Even after more than a year into the pandemic, the problem has not been fully solved as many facilities are still not able to work with full strength. To this end, Aitech’s standard product approach—to build base products, which can be hardware or software configured to meet specific functional or performance requirements. This helps clients meet their launch windows during the global supply chain crisis.
Our production line is designed to be quickly expandable to support large constellation programs with high production rates of 10-50 satellite subsystems per month in our U.S. location
Having such a holistic approach, Aitech today prides itself in successfully delivering products for programs such as NASA spacecrafts, satellites and human spaceflight mission, Orion capsule, CST-100, Dream Chaser, SpaceShipTwo for space tourism, and the list goes on. “We always stand beside our clients by undertaking a flexible and agile approach. No matter what the situation is, our team is always ready to help clients address all their mission critical needs,” Lai prides.
Going forward, Aitech’s primary objective is to make more advancements on the technology front. In fact, the company is careful in investing and selecting technologies for future product offerings without putting its customers’ mission at risk. Aitech will continue developing the next-generation single board computers while delivering faster time to market and more capabilities and options to customers. Aitech will also find opportunities to emerge as a better partner to its worldwide customers in the coming years in three divisions across three continents. For this, the company will focus on the scalability of its manufacturing and supply chain operations. “Our customers can count on the pedigree of our products and have well-calculated risk while optimizing and shortening the timeline by completing work in parallel,” concludes Lai.