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.


The qualification testing sequence includes:

  • Full Performance Verification
  • Transportation & Bench Handling Shock
  • Transportation Random Vibration
  • Thermal Cycle
  • Temp/Humidity/Altitude
  • Shock
  • Vibration
  • Electromagnetic Interference (EMI)
  • Memory Verification
  • Circuit Protection
  • Leakage (enclosure seal compliance)


8/10/18: Flight Qualification Testing of 3 NASA/Sagrad AFTU test articles began

8/11/18: Full Performance Verification completed

8/19/18: Transportation & Bench Handling Shock completed

8/20/18: Transportation Random Vibration completed

8/27/18: Thermal Cycle (24-cycles) completed

9/15/18: Temperature / Humidity completed

9/20/18: Temperature / Altitude completed

9/28/18: Vibration and Shock completed

10/25/18: Electromagnetic Interference completed

Qualification testing will be completed in Q4 of 2018

First operational flight anticipated in Q4 of 2018

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

March 12, 2017

Self-destruct in action

For the first time in decades of launches from the Cape, responsibility for commanding the rocket to self-destruct, if necessary, lay with computers on board the SpaceX Falcon 9. Read More




Sagrad is a privately-held corporation, incorporated in August of 2004. The business is organized into four business units that provide products and engineering services to companies worldwide.

  • Wi-Fi
  • Aerospace
  • OEM Products
  • Electronics Manufacturing

Sagrad provides full lifecycle electronics development, from requirements through design, development, in-house manufacturing, test and packaging.