Enhanced emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in U.S. public schools continues to grow, with federal investment in STEM education totaling more than $3 billion annually for primary and secondary schools, according to the National Science and Technology Council. But even with schools’ boosted interest in engineering and math, students often find themselves at a loss as they think about college and careers. Interaction with real-world engineers in actual work situations—especially in the students’ local areas—may help as they make crucial decisions about their college years and beyond.
CHELMSFORD, MA. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) officials granted commercial Laboratory Suitability to VPT Rad's MIL-STD-750 Test Method 1080 for Single Event Effects (SEE), therefore expanding their current portfolio with DLA suitability status . DLA also completed an audit on the company's Quality Assurance program, covering VPT Rad’s suite of DLA-approved irradiation test services.
Decreasing costs for satellite launches have created new opportunities for nontraditional small satellites in alternative orbits. The application of expensive radiation-hardened (rad-hard) certified components is often not warranted for these applications. Rather, radiation-tolerant technology can provide these smaller projects with both substantial savings and an enhanced safety margin. Reliable methods to determine if commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components are radiation tolerant can allow designers to screen components for the target radiation criteria that meet the mission requirements.