Have you ever heard of Volcano Boarding? I hadn’t either, but it’s exactly what it sounds like. You get on a board made of some wood and metal, then fly down the side of an active volcano (yes, I said active). And if that’s not extreme enough, thanks to the boundless depths of the internet there are lists of activities across the globe that will make your adventure-seeking heart pound (or maybe hyperventilate).
Severe Environment Testing
Speaking of extreme, if you are a frequent visitor to the Samtec blog then you might have heard about Samtec’s new Severe Environment Testing (SET) initiative. With the demands for high functioning commercial standard interconnects, SET provides performance confidence for rugged applications and industries like Mil/Aero, Automotive, Industrial, and Medical.
While all Samtec products undergo standard qualification testing, SET pushes certain products beyond common requirements to ensure quality and durability in any extreme/harsh environment. SET testing includes:
- Higher Mating Cycles with 100% Humidity
- Intense Shock and Vibration: LLCR & Event Detection
- Temperature Cycling (500 Cycles)
- Non-Operating Class Temperature
- DWV at Altitude (70,000 feet)
- Electrostatic Discharge (ESD)
NASA & SET
Additionally, Samtec’s SET products are approved for NASA Class D missions. These missions require high-reliability, quick-turn, and cost-effective solutions for LEO and GEO satellites, SmallSats, CubeSats, and other space exploration applications.
So, if you don’t have plans soon for volcano boarding or orbiting the earth, then we suggest watching the new SET video below from the comfort of your chair.
To dig deeper into SET, please check out these additional links:
- SET Landing Page (for links to qualified products and reports)
- Severe Environment Testing Overview Page
- Severe Environment Testing for Connectors
- A Deep Dive into Severe Environment Testing
- A Deep Dive into Severe Environment Testing (Part II)
- What is Outgassing and How is it Tested?
- Connector Thermal Cycle Qualification For Military and Avionic Environments