VPT Receives Approval of Radiation Hardness Assurance Plan from U.S. Defense Logistics Agency

June 01, 2011 by Jeff Shepard

VPT, Inc. received approval of its Radiation Hardness Assurance Plan from the United States Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Land and Maritime, the office of primary involvement for MIL-PRF-38534. As a result of this approval, VPT’s series of space-qualified dc-dc power converters will appear imminently on Standard Military Drawings (SMDs) with a radiation assurance level P.

Specifically, the DLA certified VPT to MIL-PRF-38534 Appendix G, Radiation Hardness Assurance Requirements (RHA) for hybrid microcircuits and multi-chip modules.

With the new radiation hardness (RH) certification, VPT customers can be confident that the procedures and practices in place for making the RH assurances have been reviewed and approved by industry experts in the field of radiation hardening for electronics. Under the new approved plan, VPT’s radiation hardness procedures will be subject to regular audits and approvals by the DLA.

"VPT is already a leader in providing solutions to the various space agencies around the world," explained Leonard Leslie, Space Products Manager for VPT. "With many successful missions in our history, we are pleased that this formal designation will provide extra assurance for customers of our space-qualified products going forward."

VPT offers space-qualified dc-dc power converters and dc-dc point of load converters with power levels from six to 120W. All products are manufactured in VPT’s facility that is certified to MIL-PRF-38534 Class H and Class K. VPT products currently power many programs in space, including the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), Pluto New Horizons, LCROSS, Messenger, GPSIIF and GPS IIRM.