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Spring 2019, No. 1, vol. 1 / Romanian Cyber Security Journal

Hardware and Software Methods for Radiation Resistance Rising of the Critical Infrastructures

M. Ganciu, A. Groza, O. Cramariuc, B. Mihalcea, M. Serbanescu, E. Stancu, A. Surmeian, B. Butoi,
D. Dreghici, A. Chirosca and B. Cramariuc

Recently, it has become evident that continuous operation of critical infrastructures in space has turned into a matter of utmost priority for communications, command and control, reconnaissance and surveillance, global positioning and geodesy, navigation and timing. Space operations are also increasingly integrated into civilian activities such as Earth observation, weather prediction, assessing the impact of human activity on global climate, research and exploration. Spacecraft hardware depend on electronic components that must perform reliably over missions measured in years and decades. Space radiation is a primary source of degradation, as it poses reliability issues that can finally result in potential in the operation of these electronic components. Although simulation and modelling is valuable to understand the radiation risk for microelectronics, there is no substitute for testing. Although the effort of testing may be difficult and expensive, it is small compared to the cost of a radiation-induced failed mission, which can go up to hundreds of millions of euros. We report some methods to ensure Rad-Hard by Design, Rad-Hard by Process and Rad- Hard by Software, as well as associated testing methods by using laser-plasma accelerated particles. Thus, the PW laser facilities in Magurele at INFLPR (CETAL) and ELI-NP have the potential to become relevant for space applications, and to make a significant contribution for enhancing the reliability of critical infrastructures submitted to radiations from space, or in case of nuclear accidents like those in Chernobyl and Fukushima.

digital social order, cybercrime, cybersecurity.

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