MIL-STD 810 Overview

MIL-STD-810 environmental condition testing

Quick look:

  • Defines detailed testing procedures designed to determine how equipment holds up under a variety of conditions the equipment may encounter while being used, transported and stored
  • Adopted June 14, 1962, with many updates and additions since
  • Applicable for DoD applications and has been adopted by many commercial applications



About MIL-STD-810

This is an equipment testing standard by the United States Department of Defense (DoD). It describes detailed testing procedures designed to determine how equipment holds up under a variety of conditions—such as temperature, impact, vibration and humidity—the equipment may encounter while being used, transported and stored.

While the standard is extensively used for testing rugged computing equipment, it was not specifically designed for these purposes. As a result, some tests are ambiguous when applied to computing equipment.

MIL-STD-810 testing methods

With MIL-STD-810, which many consider the rugged standard, it’s best to look at it as a comprehensive set of environmental standards, rather than a single specification. Explore these links to learn more about our approach to individual testing methods.

  • MIL-STD 810 Method 500 Low Pressure (Altitude)
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 501 High Temperature
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 502 Low Temperature
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 503 Temperature Shock
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 504 Contamination by Fluids
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 505 Solar Radiation (Sunshine)
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 506 Rain (Wind/Blown Rain)
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 507 Humidity
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 508 Fungus
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 509 Salt Fog
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 510 Sand and Dust
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 511 Explosive Atmosphere
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 512 Leakage
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 513 Acceleration
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 514 Vibration
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 515 Acoustic Noise
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 516 Shock
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 518 Acidic Atmosphere
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 519 Gunfire Vibration
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 520 Temp, Humidity, Vibration
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 521 Icing, Freezing Rain
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 522 Ballistic Shock
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 523 Vibro-Acoustic/Temperature

MIL-STD-810 compliance

Here are questions to ask a vendor to validate their MIL-STD-810 compliance test methods:

  • Which MIL-STD-810 testing methods were used?
  • What were the parameters?
  • Was testing done by an independent facility?
  • Has this computer passed field verification trials or been successfully proven on a mission?
  • Can I see the testing report?

The answers will help you confirm that the necessary testing was completed or if a product was merely designed to be tested, a telltale sign of potential problems.

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