To provide the reader with an overview of the fundamentals of standards. The context of the course will be describing what standards are, how they apply, the importance and implications of using them, and how some certain industry-specific and general quality management standards, such as ISO 9000 and AS 9100, related to NASA and the aerospace industry.  All small sat and cube sat projects are governed by multiple standards and team members need to be aware of these.  Also, note that the AAQ standards search tool can be used to identify applicable standards by keyword.

Why Learn about Standards?

Standards form the fundamental building blocks for product development by establishing consistent protocols that can be universally understood and adopted. This helps fuel compatibility and interoperability and simplifies product development and speeds development. Standards are globally adopted and applied in many markets, they also fuel international trade.


  1. Introduction to Standards
  2. ISO 9000
  3. AS Standards