16 Mar 2018







AEA (Atomic Energy Authority) Battery Systems Ltd
Attitude Control System
ADS-P Airbus Defence and Space, Portsmouth site
ADS-S Airbus Defence and Space, Stevenage site
ADTM Antenna Deployment and Trim Mechanism
AEL Airborne Engineering Ltd
AIG Astronomy Instrumentation Group (Cardiff Univ)
AIT Assembly Integration & Test
AIV Assembly Integration & Verification
ALM Additive Layer Manufacturing (3D printing)
AMU Atomic Mass Unit
ASDEC Advanced Structural Dynamics Evaluation Centre (Leicester Univ)
ASIC Application Specific Integrated Circuit
ATEX ATmosphère EXplosibles (EU Directive for equipment in explosive atmospheres)
AVS-UK Added Value Solutions (UK branch of Spanish company)
CAD Computer Aided Design
CAM Computer Aided Manufacturing
CCD Charge-Coupled Device (imaging detector)
CCDS Concurrent and Collaborative Design Studio
CCSI Centre for the Calibration of Space Instrumentation (RAL Space and NPL)
CDE Centre for Defence Enterprise
CDF Concurrent Design Facility
CEOI-ST Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation and Space Technology
CERN Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire
CFD Computational Fluid Dynamics
CFRP Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic
CISPR Comité International Spécial des Perturbations Radioélectriques
CMM Co-ordinate Measuring Machine
CNC Computer Numerically Controlled (lathe or milling machine)
COMSAT COMmunications SATellite
COSHH Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health
COTS Commercial Off The Shelf (parts or components)
CSO Composante Spatiale Optique (French military reconnaissance satellite)
CT Computer Tomography (3D X-ray imaging)
CTE Coefficient of Thermal Expansion
CVT Continuously Variable Thrust (rocket engine)
DAQ Data AcQuisition
DCL Declared Components List
DHMR Dry Heat Microbial Reduction (to avoid contamination of parts for planetary protection)
DLA Defence Logistics Agency (US radiation effects agency)
DLI Dual Layer Insulation (thermal protection)
DoF Degrees of Freedom
DPA Destructive Parts Analysis
DSRS Dundee Satellite Receiving Station
DUT Device Under Test
EAL European Astrotech Ltd
ECIT Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (at QUB)
ECR Electron Cyclotron Resonance (thruster)
ECSAT European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications (Harwell)
EDM Electrical Discharge Machining
EDS Electron Dispersion Spectrometry
EEE Electrical, Electronic and Electro-mechanical (parts or components)
EGSE Electrical Ground Support Equipment
EM Engineering Model (of a satellite subsystem or instrument)
EMC Electro-Magnetic Compatibility
EO Earth Observation
EOCF Earth Observation Characterisation Facility (Imperial College)
EOS Electro-Optic Sampling
EP Electric Propulsion
ESA European Space Agency
ESD Electro-Static Discharge
ESR Technology Engineering, Safety and Risks (originally of UKAEA) space tribology company
ESRF European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (Grenoble)
ESS Environmental Stress Screening
ESTEC European Space Technology Centre
ESTL European Space Tribology Laboratory (within ESR Technology Ltd)
ESQ Early Stage Qualification
EU European Union
EUT Experiment Under Test
FDIR Fault Detection, Isolation and Recovery
FEA Finite Element Analysis
FIR Far Infra-Red
FM Flight Model (of a satellite subsystem or instrument)
FPGA Field-Programmable Gate Array (microchip)
FSS Frequency Selective Surface (tuneable antenna)
FTIR Fourier Transfer Infra-Red (spectroscopy)
FWHM Full Width Half Maximum
GEO Geostationary Earth Orbit
GFRP Glass-Fibre Reinforced Plastic
GMP Geostationary Mini-satellite Platform (of SSTL)
GNSS Global Navigation Satellite System
GSE Ground Support Equipment
GSTP General Support Technology Programme (of ESA)
GTRC Gas Turbine Research Centre (Cardiff Univ)
HCT Hollow Cathode Thruster (EP)
HDLT Helicon Double Layer Thruster (EP)
HEPA High Efficiency Particulate Air (filter for cleanrooms)
HPA High Power Amplifier
HRAF Harwell Robotics and Autonomy Facility
HPOC High Pressure Optical Chamber
HSE Health and Safety Executive
HTP High-Test Peroxide (high concentration peroxide rocket fuel)
HTPB Hydroxyl-Terminated Poly-Butadiene (rocket fuel)
IGS Innovation and Growth Strategy
ILL Institut Laue Langevin (neutron research in Grenoble)
IMDG International Maritime Dangerous Goods (code)
IP Intellectual Property
IR Infra-Red
ISP International Space Propulsion
ISVR Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (Univ of Southampton)
ITAR International Traffic in Arms Regulations
IUT Item Under Test
JAXA Japan Aerospace eXploration Agency
JUICE JUpiter ICy moons Explorer (ESA mission)
JWST James Webb Space Telescope
KERMA Kinetic Energy Released per unit MAss (radiation dosimetry)
LDA Large Deployable Antenna
LDA Laser Doppler Anemometry
LEAF Large European Acoustic Facility (ESTEC)
LEEP Large European Electric Propulsion (chamber)
LEO Low Earth Orbit
LIDAR Light Imaging Detection And Ranging (distance measurements)
LMSCC Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
LN2 Liquid Nitrogen
LOX Liquid OXygen
LPDA Log Periodic Dipole Antenna
MAIT Manufacture, Assembly, Integration and Test
MEMS Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems
MEO Medium Eccentric Orbit
MGSE Mechanical Ground Support Equipment
MLI Multi-layer insulation
MMIC Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit
MSF Molecular Spectroscopy Facility (at RAL)
MSL Mars Space Ltd (Southampton EP company)
MSSL Mullard Space Science Laboratory (of UCL)
MWIR Medium Wavelength InfraRed
NASA National Aeronautics & Space Administration
NDT Non-Destructive Testing
NF Near Field (antenna)
NIACE Northern Ireland Advanced Composites and Engineering Centre, Belfast
NOX Nitric Oxides (various)
NPL National Physical Laboratory
OBDH On-Board Data Handling
OGSE Optical Ground Support Equipment
OSS Oxford Space Systems
OU Open University
PCB Printed Circuit Board
PDA Phase Doppler Anemometry
PDF Precision Development Facility (at RAL)
PEEK Poly-Ether Ether Ketone
PIM Passive Inter-Modulation (RF testing)
PIV Phase-resolved particle Imaging Velocimetry
PMP Parts, Materials and Process (management)
PPT Pulsed Plasma Thruster
PRF Pulse Repetition Frequency
PSD Power Spectral Density
PVD Physical Vapour Deposition
QAMEC Queen's Advanced Micro-Engineering Centre (QUB)
QCM Quartz Crystal Micro-balance (thruster measurement)
QCT Quad-Confinement Thruster (EP)
QUB Queen's University Belfast
RAL Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
R&D Research and Development
RAM Resonant Acoustic Mixing (of solid rocket propellant)
RAM RF Absorber Material
R&T Research and Technology
REACH Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of CHemicals
REF 2014 2014 Research Excellence Framework (university research ranking)
REL Reaction Engines Ltd
RF Radio Frequency
RGA Residual Gas Analyser
ROE Royal Observatory Edinburgh
SABRE Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine
SADM Solar Array Drive Mechanism
SAR Synthetic Aperture Radar
SCAPA Scottish Centre for the Application of Plasma-based Accelerators
SEL Single Event Latch-up
SEM Scanning Electron Microscopy
SEU Single Event Upset
SLM Selective Laser Melting (manufacturing)
SME Small & Medium Enterprise
SRC Space Research Centre (Univ of Leicester)
SRS Shock Response Spectrum
SSC Surrey Space Centre (of Univ of Surrey)
SSD Source to Surface Distance (radiation testing)
SSTL Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd
STEM Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (teaching)
STFC Science and Technology Facilities Council
TAS-UK Thales Alenia Space – UK part
TDS Time Domain Spectroscopy
TID Total Ionising Dose (of radiation)
TQCM Total Quantity of Condensable Material
TRL Technology Readiness Level
TVAC Thermal VACuum
TVC Thrust Vector Control (of rocket engine)
TWI Technology The Welding Institute Technology Centre (materials joining technology)
UAV Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
UHF Ultra-High Frequency
UKAS UK Accreditation Service
UKSA UK Space Agency
USW University of South Wales (Newport)
UTIAS-SFL University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies – Space Flight Laboratory
VHF Very High Frequency
VHM Vector Helium Magnetometer
VLWIR Very Long Wavelength Infra-Red
VNA Vector Network Analyser
XRF X-Ray Fluorescence