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78 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I FEBRUARY 2020 MilAero007 Highlights Defense Speak Interpreted: What in the World Is MINSEC? E The Defense program designated MINSEC (Mi- croelectronics Innovation for National Securi- ty and Economic Competitiveness) is probably one that you have never heard of but will like- ly gather more headlines in the future. Dennis Fritz explains. AT&S Now in the Top League of Aircraft Suppliers E With the NADCAP accreditation, the Austri- an high-tech company has been recognized as a supplier of the highest quality standards in aircraft construction. The accreditation is now opening new doors in the aerospace sector. The Big Picture: Globalization— Tariffs and Alternate Sources E The new year is upon us, so Mehul Davé start- ed thinking about the main challenges his company and customers are facing as we enter 2020: tariffs and finding alternate sources for PCBs. Mehul shares his thoughts. NASA's Newest Astronauts Ready for Space Station, Moon, and Mars Missions E NASA welcomed 11 new astronauts to its ranks, increasing the number of those eligible for spaceflight assignments that will expand humanity's horizons in space for generations to come. The new astronauts successfully com- pleted more than two years of required basic training and are the first to graduate since the agency announced its Artemis program. A New Tool for 'Weighing' Unseen Planets E A new instrument funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation called NEID (pro- nounced "NOO-id"; sounds like "fluid") will help scientists measure the masses of plan- ets outside our solar system—exoplanets—by observing the gravitational pull, they exert on their parent stars. That information can help reveal a planet's composition, one critical as- pect in determining its potential habitability. The World of PCBs: Anything but Boring E Andy Shaughnessy had the chance to catch up with Megan Teta, CID+, product manager of design and education services at Insulectro. Megan explains why she's excited to become more involved in training and why the world of PCBs is anything but boring. I-007e Micro Webinars Releases Part 2 in 'Coatings Uncoated!' Series E The second part of the popular webinar series, Coatings Uncoated, is now available to view. Author of The Printed Circuit Assembler's Guide to Conformal Coatings for Harsh Environments and topic expert Phil Kinner from Electrolube shares highly focused educational information on conformal coating and encapsulation. The Government Circuit: IPC Marks Progress in Government Advocacy in 2019 E As we turn the calendar from 2019 to 2020, it is a natural time to take stock of the past year and look ahead to the year to come. Here are a few of the top stories of 2019 from Chris Mitchell's per- spective as a government relations professional working to support the electronics manufactur- ing industry through public policy advocacy. Zentech Manufacturing Acquires Trilogy Circuits E Zentech accelerates effort and strategy to build leading electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider for defense, aerospace, medi- cal, and other high-reliability industries.

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