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Materials

Solar and Thermal Energy Harvesting Textile Composites for Aerospace Applications

The proposed research focuses on developing novel energy harvesting devices that can be integrated with loadbearing structures in an air vehicle (e.g. a UAV)....

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Materials

Thermo-Elastic Nondestructive Evaluation of Fatigue Damage in PMR-15 Resin

New aircraft are expected to use more composite materials. This drives the need for nondestructive evaluation (NDE) of composite materials. Current aircraft are flown...

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Materials

Characterization of Ceramic Composite Materials Using Terahertz Nondestructive Evaluation Techniques

This work describes the use of nondestructive evaluation (NDE) techniques to characterize defects such as rust, voids, etc. in materials,...

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Materials

High Strain Rate Mechanical Properties of Glassy Polymers

Arange of experimental data has been generated describing the response of glassy polymers to high strain rate loading in compression. Recently, research programs that study the combined effects of temperature and strain rate have made significant steps in providing better understanding of...

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Aerospace

Solving the Power/Energy Paradox for High-Power Defense Applications

While often used interchangeably, power and energy are not the same. Energy is the capacity to perform and power is the rate at which that capacity is exercised — the...

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Aerospace

The Role of Engineering Simulation in the Evolution of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Across all domains (land, sea, and air), the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) has shown explosive growth and, as their value continues to be...

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Data Acquisition

Optimizing High Reliability Power Distribution System Designs

As the performance requirements of avionics, military, and space electronic systems increase, so do the demands on the power supplies for these systems. Successful system designs...

Application Briefs
Defense

Wireless Power via Laser

Technology from LaserMotive (Kent, WA) converts electricity to light using lasers, and projects that light onto a specialized solar cell array, which then converts the light back into electricity. The “wireless...

Application Briefs
Unmanned Systems

Vertical Take-Off and Landing UAV

The Air Force has announced that the MLB V-Bat Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) UAV from the MLB Company (Sunnyvale, CA) has been selected for a Phase II SBIR award. The military branch seeks a vehicle...

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Defense

Electronics Authentication Program

To deal with the crisis of counterfeit electronics flooding into the US defensesupply chain, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), a procurement and supply arm of the U.S. Department of Defense, is...

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Test & Measurement

Testing Modern Radios

Several techniques are now being employed to ensure efficient communications across the chaotic radio spectrum. Chief among them is Software Defined Radio (SDR), which uses software to dynamically control communications...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Record and Playback Capabilities for Car Radio and GPS System Testing

With its international headquarters in Germany, IAV Automotive Engineering is one of the leading engineering and design providers for the automotive industry, working for...

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Electronics & Computers

Mixed-Signal Cards

BEEcube (Fremont, CA) offers six ADC and DAC cards for wireless applications. The cards have VITA-57 FMC-HPC form factor and are pluggable in any of BEEcube’s products. The FMC104 ADC and FMC105 DAC are singlechannel,...

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Test & Measurement

Digital Radio Test System

Aeroflex (Minneapolis, MN) offers the 3550 digital radio test system featuring a color touchscreen. Designed for Professional Mobile Radio (PMR), public safety, and other land mobile radio applications, the system...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Sheet Antenna

Pulse Electronics Corp. (San Diego, CA) has introduced a near-field communications (NFC) antenna that enables mobile phones to read data from a distance of up to 40 mm. The ferrite sheet antenna sends and receives clear signals...

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Electronics & Computers

Connectors

Times Microwave Systems (Wallingford, CT) has announced nonsolder, two-piece, EZ 7/8 EIA flange, 716DIN, and type N connectors for LMR-1200-DB and LMR-1200-FR flexible low-loss 7/8” 50-Ohm coaxial cables. The connectors utilize...

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Electronics & Computers

Co-Axial Adapters

Bracke Manufacturing, LLC (Newport Beach, CA) offers a series of coaxial adapters featuring radius rightangle bodies. The BM50011 N Male to N Female Radius Right Angle adapter delivers a VSWR performance of 1.3:1 through 18...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

RF Switches

Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. (San Diego, CA) offers the HaRP™ SPDT PE42422 RF switch that provides linearity of 115 dBm IIP2, and 70 dBm IIP3, low insertion loss of 0.4 dB @ 3 GHz, and high isolation of 28 dB @ 3 GHz. The...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Transceiver

Lemos International (Barrington, RI) offers the SHX1 multi-channel VHF transceiver from Radiometrix with a usable range of over 5km, 500mW RF power and narrowband performance. It is available on 151-154 MHz MURS Band frequencies....

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RF & Microwave Electronics

RF Waveform Software

X-COM Systems, LLC, a subsidiary of Bird Technologies (Reston, VA), has introduced Version 3.0 of its RF Editor Graphical RF Editor software for modifying and building custom RF signal waveform files for use in defense,...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

RF/IF Recorder

The Talon™ RTS 2709 ultrawideband RF/IF recorder from Pentek (Upper Saddle River, NJ) uses 12-bit, 3.6-GHz A/D converters and solid-state drive storage technology to achieve sustained recording rates up to 3.2 Gbytes per...

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Electronics & Computers

10Gb Ethernet Connectors

Mouser Electronics (Mansfield, TX) now stocks CeeLok Fas-T 10Gb Ethernet Connectors from TE Connectivity (Berwyn, PA). The IP67-rated connectors withstand harsh environments. Designed as a 100-Ohm impedance...

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Electronics & Computers

ATCA Chassis

Pixus Technologies (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) has introduced a new 6U AdvancedTCA (ATCA) SlotSaver Shelf that gains 2 slots of payload card usage, along with AC power. The 6U ATCA SlotSaver PXS0600 chassis features shelf...

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Electronics & Computers

Chassis Mount

Calex Mfg. Co. (Concord, CA) has announced the 75 Watt QCM Chassis Mount DC/DC converters, now available with a DIN mount adapter. The QCM Series offers an input range of 18 to 36 VDC and 36 to 75 VDC, with output voltages from...

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Electronics & Computers

FPGA

Microsemi Corp. (Aliso Viejo, CA) has introduced the SmartFusion®2 system- on-chip (SoC) field programmable gate array (FPGA). SmartFusion2 integrates flash-based FPGA fabric, a 166 megahertz (MHz) ARM® Cortex™-M3 processor,...

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Electronics & Computers

Video Compression Module

An enhanced version of the ICS-8580 high-definition video compression XMC module from GE Intelligent Platforms (Huntsville, AL) allows moving images to be captured, transmitted, and stored with low latency and...

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Electronics & Computers

Thermal Cyclers

Nextreme Thermal Solutions (Durham, NC) has released a reference design of a compact PCR thermal cycler for field-level DNA amplification. The thin-film eTEC thermoelectric modules feature thermal cyclers that enable shorter...

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Electronics & Computers

Ceramic Capacitors

API Technologies Corp. (Orlando, FL) has added MIL-grade SMPS ceramic capacitors to its Spectrum Control product line. The high-speed switch mode power supply (SMPS) capacitors feature low equivalent series resistance...

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Electronics & Computers

Communications Subsystem

North Atlantic Industries (NAI) (Bohemia, NY) has announced the Nano Inter face Unit (NIU1), a nano-sized subsystem with I/O capabilities. The technology connects to existing platform Ethernet networks, making data...

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Electronics & Computers

Transducers

The DIT-5200L, a low-noise differential impedance transducer from Kaman Precision Products (Colorado Springs, CO), offers true differential for common mode rejection, sub nanometer resolution, and high sensitivity: up to 10V/mil...

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Test & Measurement

DAQ Module

The DT9838 Strain- and Bridge-Based DAQ Module from Data Translation (Marlboro, MA) features simultaneous measurements of four 24-bit analog input channels; support for full-, half- , and quarter-bridge strain gage elements ,...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Wheel Force Transducer

Kistler North America (Novi, MI) has introduced the Kistler Type 9269A RoaDyn® S6HT System 2000, a six-component wheel force transducer (WFT) with specialty electronics platform, designed to measure three forces and...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Plastic Radomes

Custom-fabricated, weather-proof, plastic radomes from Mayfield Plastics (Sutton, MA) provide lightweight, durable antenna and electronics protection. Custom thermoformed from a selection of plastics that will not interfere...

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Test & Measurement

Digital Electronic Caliper

Hexagon Metrology (North Kingstown, RI) has announced the Brown & Sharpe TWIN-CAL IP67 calipers, which include a built-in output connection. The main components of the IP67-compliant tool are encapsulated and...

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Electronics & Computers

Ultra-Broadband Directional Coupler

KRYTAR (Sunnyvale, CA) recently introduced the Model 101050013 directional coupler, which performs over the ultrabroadband frequency range of 1.0 to 50.0 GHz. The single unit’s frequency range enables...

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Materials

Microbullets Reveal Material Strengths

In the macro world, it’s easy to see what happens when a bullet hits an object. But what happens at the nanoscale with very tiny bullets? A Rice University lab, in collaboration with researchers at...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Researchers Aim to Create ‘MacGyver’ Robot

Robots are increasingly being used in place of humans to explore hazardous and difficult-to-access environments, but they aren’t yet able to interact with their environments as well as...

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Energy

Soldiers Use Sunlight to Improve Combat Capability

Soldiers are enlisting the sun's power in Afghanistan. Ten solar generators are now providing special forces soldiers in distant outposts with the energy they need to accomplish their...