AFTU Product Qualification

Completed and upcoming qualification testing

Sagrad has spent four years collaborating with NASA, the Air Force, DARPA and the FAA to develop our first multipurpose AFTU which is now in flight qualification.


Initial qualification testing was completed in late-2018. Technical performance through the test sequence revealed no performance issues.

Final inspection uncovered a mechanical issue isolated to one specific component – a through-hole capacitor. We have chosen to improve the design with an appropriate surface-mount capacitor, with no other changes to the current design. This improved board design will be part of a new series of qualification tests; there is high confidence in the successful completion of this qualification based on the success of the initial qualification.

New qualification units are being prepared and new qualification tests are planned to begin in early Q2 2019. Completion of qualification is anticipated near the end of Q2 2019.


The qualification testing sequence includes:

  • Full Performance Verification
  • Transportation & Bench Handling Shock
  • Transportation Random Vibration
  • Thermal Cycle
  • Temp/Humidity/Altitude
  • Shock
  • Sinusoidal and Random Vibration
  • Electromagnetic Interference (EMI)
  • Repetitive Function
  • Circuit Protection

QUALIFICATION MILESTONE (anticipated completion)

(5/10/19) Flight Qualification Testing of 4 NASA/Sagrad AFTU test articles begins

(5/30/19): Acceptance Testing complete

(6/2/19): Transportation & Bench Handling Shock complete

(6/3/19): Transportation Random Vibration complete

(6/11/19): Thermal Cycle (24-cycles) complete

(6/17/19): Temperature / Humidity / Altitude tests complete

(6/19/19): Shock and Vibration tests complete

(7/6/19): Electromagnetic Interference tests complete

(7/10/19): Repetitive Function tests complete

(7/11/19): Circuit Protection tests complete

(7/12/19): Final Full Functional Test complete

(7/14/19): Internal Inspection complete

Qualification testing will be completed in early Q3 of 2019

First operational flight anticipated in Q4 of 2019

AFTS News & Announcements

Lisa Valencia
May 24, 2017

Engineer Manages AFTS Software Certification

Lisa Valencia is the project manager for the Autonomous Flight Termination System, AFTS, in the Engineering Directorate at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Lisa is working with Sagrad to develop AFTUs for the program. Read More




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