Reflow Soldering Satellite Components

  Top  The circuit board after soldering.  Bottom left  Erica and Marc reflow soldering.  Bottom right  The transceiver after soldering as seen from a stereo microscope (10x).

Top The circuit board after soldering. Bottom left Erica and Marc reflow soldering. Bottom right The transceiver after soldering as seen from a stereo microscope (10x).

Reflow soldering is a technique used to connect very small electrical components together using a soldering paste and heat. Marc, an electrical engineering student, and Erica, a medical physics student, spent the afternoon reflow soldering small transceivers that are smaller than 1cm x 1cm in size.  These transceivers will be used to communicate with the satellite.