Humans on Mars? The possibility is ever-growing, but getting them there will certainly involve Napcap welding of spacecraft materials.
National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (Nadcap) welding is an exceptionally clean and uniform process used in aerospace projects. Nadcap-certified processes use premium metals due to their higher purity and corrosion-resistance properties. The results include improved supplier quality, reduced operational costs and higher quality production overall.
Axenics holds the D 17.1 Nadcap Welding Certification in accordance with Nadcap standards. While Axenics does not currently have any Mars-related projects in the works, our Nadcap certification certainly makes our team capable of participating in that lofty goal.
The Humans to Mars Summit took place May 8-10, 2018, at George Washington University in Washington D.C. One of the key debates is when humans will actually step foot on the red planet. Speculation says mid-2033, when Mars and Earth are nearer to each other in orbit.
The current administration is adamant in moving toward the Mars goal. Lockheed Martin’s unmanned spacecraft is currently headed toward Mars and is scheduled to land on the planet in November 2018.
It nearly goes without saying that Lockheed Martin is Nadcap certified. Although Nadcap accreditation was originally established as a means of standardizing quality assurance measures for the aerospace and defense industries, the accreditation has become a symbol of excellence across the board.
Axenics’ Nadcap accreditation assures our commercial and military aerospace customers that Axenics is sufficiently equipped to produce quality material for Tier One, Tier Two and/or Tier Three suppliers, maintaining the high standards set forth by the industry.
Axenics offers Nadcap welding services for everything from engines, airframes and landing gear to missile systems and space vehicles – and everything in between. Our certified staff is capable of welding 300-series stainless steel and Inconel 625, performing Nadcap-certified welds that range in size from ¼-inch to 4-inch welds and beyond.
Axenics performs Nadcap welding for simple welds, complex assemblies, machine components and small-diameter tubes. Each step of the process is documented for traceability and accountability by every person who comes into contact with the metals, from start to finish. By using a traceable process, metals can be traced back to their mill of origin so that the precise chemical makeup of each metal is known.
At Axenics, we maintain a Class 100 Cleanroom, and our technicians use ultra-high-purity argon, allowing us to maintain the cleanest welds in the industry. This allows us to perform cleanroom welding and assemblies for industries and projects where it is required.
All of our products are carefully inspected and helium leak-tested before leaving our facilities to ensure they meet or exceed customer expectations.