Radiation testing of semiconductors is time-consuming and expensive. There are limited test facilities available and often a long waiting list to get "beam time." It is, however, an important part of product testing that is required for devices that will be used in high-radiation environments, such as space.
FRANCE. The C-band radar instrument, built by Airbus Defence and Space, for the Copernicus Sentinel-1B satellite is en route to the spacecraft at Thales Alenia Space (TAS) in Italy, the prime contractor for the program. The satellite is scheduled to launch in 2016 to join Sentinel-1A after the integration and testing is complete.