Lead remains critical to the safety and reliability of space systems
The European space manufacturing industry is a strategic sector for the region. Used across the industry for decades, lead plays an integral part in high reliability applications requiring longevity in the European space industry. The use of tin-lead solder alloys for example protects from the threat of ‘tin whiskers’. These micro-cracks grow in avionic systems and cause short circuits that destroy critical on-board functions. Lead reduces this unacceptable risk for space exploration.
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