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SEPTEMBER 2020 I DESIGN007 MAGAZINE 75 Aurora Circuits on Ultra-Heavy Copper PCBs E It's always fun to talk with a company that can do something different—in this case, ultra- heavy copper PCBs, meaning over 20-ounce copper. Wanting to know more, Dan Beaulieu talked to Aurora Circuits Director of Business Development Thad Bartosz. Understanding MIL-PRF-31032, Part 2 E In Part 2 of this series on understanding the military PCB performance standard MIL- PRF-31032, Anaya Vardya explains how the first step in the process is to develop a quality man- agement plan (QMP). From the Hill: 7 Steps for MIL-PRF-31032 Certification E Mike Hill's past columns have detailed how military electronics are being used in an ever- increasing application rate. In this column, he shares seven certification steps, resources, and timetables for consideration when certifying to MIL-PRF-31032. Electronics Manufacturing Industry Applauds Congressional Actions E IPC, the global electronics manufacturing asso- ciation, applauds leaders in the U.S. Senate and House for approving IPC-backed measures that will bolster the resiliency and security of the U.S. defense electronics industrial base. NASA Awards Rapid IV Contracts for Spacecraft Systems and Services E NASA awarded contracts to five aerospace firms for the Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition IV spacecraft and related services. Each contrac- tor has one or more core spacecraft offerings available under their contract. U.S. Air Force Awards Virtual Reality Training Contract to Street Smarts VR E Street Smarts VR, whose virtual reality train- ing platform is used across U.S. military and law enforcement organizations, announced a contract with U.S. Air Force Global Strike Com- mand (AFGSC) Security Forces that deepens their commitment to maximizing readiness for Airmen through more realistic training. NASA Astronauts Safely Splash Down After First Commercial Crew Flight to Space Station E Two NASA astronauts splashed down safely in the Gulf of Mexico for the first time in a com- mercially built and operated American crew spacecraft, returning from the International Space Station to complete a test flight that marks a new era in human spaceflight. Goodwinds Composites: Putting a Helicopter on Mars E On July 30, 2020, Nolan Johnson spoke with Leland Holeman and Amelia Cook, the owners of Goodwinds Composites. While Goodwinds may be a small business, they still pack a heavy punch in the carbon fiber fabricating business. Case in point, the NASA Perseverance Mars rover mission, which had just launched as we captured this interview, carries a helicopter (named Ingenuity) in its payload and contains custom parts fabricated by Goodwinds. Sandia Labs Honors STEM High School Students E Sandia National Laboratories honored 26 girls from California high schools in the Tri-Val- ley, East Bay, and San Joaquin County at the annual Sandia Women's Connection Math & Science Awards.

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