SIGNIFICANT EVENTS - EDUCATION and OUTREACH
11/01/02

JPL Presents OBPR Posters to Quantum Design

Quantum Design is located in San Diego, California and is currently the only supplier of DC Super-Conducting Quantum Interference Devices (SQUIDs). The DC SQUID is a critical sensor for several instruments selected to fly in the Low Temperature Microgravity Physics Facility (LTMPF) to the International Space Station (ISS). The LTMPF Project is managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Even though Quantum Design does not normally build flight hardware, they 'rolled up their sleeves' and worked with JPL engineers to build a lot of 30 flight-candidate DC SQUIDs. This lot of SQUIDs, built using improved workmanship practices suggested by JPL reliability engineers, will begin acceptance testing this week. Those SQUIDs that pass test are intended to be used for the first two LTMPF missions. In recognition for a 'job well-done', the JPL LTMPF Project presented several posters of the OBPR program to Quantum Design for display (See Figure 1). There was also some cake! (See Figure 2).

Poster presentation to the Quantum Design DC SQUID Team
Figure 1. Poster Presentation to the Quantum Design DC SQUID Team - From Left to Right: Greg DeGeller (C.O.O.), Hein Nguyen (SQUID Product Test), Lita Sambrano (Production Supervisor), Ron Sager (C.E.O.), Terry Guzman (SQUID Product Assembly), Socrates Gomez (Project Manager), Dan Polancic (Sales Manager), Bob Alexander (Quality Assurance Manager)


the cake
Figure 2. ...Then There Was Cake - Proclaiming "Quantum Design and NASA Fly SQUIDs in Space" on the ISS LTMPF, which is managed by JPL



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