Paul Williamson wrote:
I don't know what those authors meant, but I can tell you there was absolutely nothing special about the soldering on the digital boards for the original four Microsats -- except that it wasn't done very well and we had to repair many of the solder joints by hand during the bring-up process.
The docos I was reading was about a yet-to-be-launched Microsat from Australia know as BlueSat...
Thanks to the generosity of the good people at Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex http://www.cdscc.nasa.gov/, some of our students were fortunate enough to attend a NASA designed space soldering course.
After four days of intensive training, the attendees of the course have all learnt a great deal about how to solder space grade products. It was also an experience much enjoyed by everyone.
We would like to sincerely thank Mr Kevin Knights, Mr Gordon McMenemy, Mr Jack Hoffman and everyone else at the Complex for their kind help.