About ESA Alert System

The ESA Alert system covers failures and problems having negative impact upon the performance of space systems, which are detected at any stage of the space system life cycle, starting from design, up to operations and ending at withdrawal from service.

The ESA Alert system covers failures related to:

  • Electrical, Electronic and Electromechanical (EEE) parts
  • mechanical parts
  • pyrotechnic devices
  • materials
  • test equipment
  • software used by several users, including application software for modelling and analysis
  • equipment procured against a supplier's specification
  • CAM (Civil Aviation & Military) equipment

and problems encountered with:

  • safety
  • manufacturing processes
  • handling procedures
  • standard test methods
  • standard operational procedures
  • methods and tools used for software development and test
  • continuity of the production of an item by a manufacturer (interruption or termination of)

The ESA Alert System website provides a non-restricted area providing general information on the system and the possibility to apply for participation, and an area with access restricted to the participants in the system, with read-only access to all ESA Alerts.

Access to the restricted area is only granted to ESA staff, European National Space Agencies and European Space industry, working for ESA.

Last update: 23 June 2009

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