What is ESCIES
What is ESCIES
The European Space Components Information Exchange System, ESCIES, is a consequence of the Space Components Ad Hoc Committee (SCAHC) Recommendation R6 to establish an information exchange system on component data with access available to all European users.
Every year a large amount of data and documentation is produced in Europe in the frame of studies, evaluations, procurement and quality assurance activities related to space components. The combined knowledge represents a considerable value. ESCIES aims to systematically collect and make available this data to the European space component community.
Large companies have built up databases through their role as a prime contractor. However, medium and small-scale companies, of which there are many in Europe, should have access to such tools and to this knowledge base as well. The result of a lack of information can adversely affect the selection and application of components, by creating duplication of activities; causing delays in design; and may result in reduced quality and reliability of the space systems. European companies can, in addition, improve their global competitive positions, by having full visibility to essential component-related information at key times throughout the design to launch phases of space projects. The companies will be more capable of working as an integrated team, from the prime contractors to procurement agents.
It was recognised by the SCAHC that it would be of paramount importance that component data, as described above, be shared among all partners in Europe via a Europe-wide network. The data and information to be considered as part of the system are those related to procurement, alerts, radiation, quality assurance and component standards (ESCC, EPPL etc.). In addition, information on the availability of residual components from the various programmes and from manufacturer stores should be made available. This re-use of overruns and fast access to components in case of failures or redesign could lead to cost savings to programmes.