As you can imagine it's very detailed and fairly identical to the IPC Class 3 standards that are probably most familiar to most of us. What is interesting is that the document reads like a legal paper!
Only Connect: NASA-standard quality
Welcome to another post in the series by Nick Locke, of Nicab Ltd, who has over 15 years experience in the electronics manufacturing industry specialising in interconnection cable assembly.
Last week I set you a little test on your soldering skills and, on the same subject, have you ever wondered what NASA recommend for standards of soldering techniques? Well wonder no more here is a document on the NASA website on soldering electrical connections.
I am sure the reality is probably somewhere closer to a usual high-Tec workshop under time and budget pressures but it's great to imagine being part of the best of the best. I also like to secretly imagine that one day that call is going to come through and the voice on the line says "we've heard good things about you and would like you to join our team". I know a guy can dream but the important thing is that we have this vision of being the best that we can be.
What NASA does inspire is the idea that we all want to go further to produce better quality of workmanship to provide the very best and most reliable equipment available. Striving to reach better standards to find that nirvana the point of perfection is a most admiral target.
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