Reliability assessments and their processes have been implemented only recently in complex aircraft programs. The authors, during their combined time working in the aviation industry, have developed a comprehensive Design for Reliability process.
In today’s new complex aircraft programs, reliability helps:
to lower the life cycle cost of the product,
to enhance aircraft/system availability,
to enhance the design for aftermarket services
to inherently improve safety through the improvement of the aircraft/system failure rate
and to increase customer satisfaction
The reliability assessment process on complex aircraft program, starts at the concept phase and supports the program throughout all its stages. A systematic reliability analysis of existing and future technical systems is a paramount precondition to lower the program risks and increase the operational efficiency of the system.
This paper makes recommendations to space applications based on reliability practices utilized on aircraft programs that have been certified in recent years.