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Defense

3-Phase Single-Step Power Correction in MilAero Systems

As OEMs seek advantages in Size, Weight, Power and Cost (SWaP-C), focus is shifting to advancements in power electronics. Gaining an advantage requires close attention not only to...

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Defense

Using Sensor Technology to Combat Legacy Issues in Defense Avionics

Reliance on aging military platforms has become a global concern and military aircraft today are expected to remain in service for longer than their original life cycles....

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Defense

Counterfeit Electronics in the DOD Supply Chain

Counterfeit semiconductor devices entering the Department of Defense (DOD) supply chain continue to pose risks to many of our country’s most sophisticated aerospace and defense systems....

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Aerospace

Touch and Go

Since the digital revolution changed forever the pilot’s working environment, innovators and suppliers of cockpit systems have strived to provide a continuous stream of new developments and products that offer increasingly...

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Aerospace

Sandwich Cores for the Future

The search for lighter weight, stronger materials to construct airplanes and spacecraft remains as important as ever. But it takes a long time for new materials in aerospace structures to make their way into...

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Aerospace

Making AESA Radar More Flexible

A modular, building-block approach brings greater design flexibility to Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar technology, simplifying system integration, and permitting rapid first-line repair with no...

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Aerospace

Developing Secondary Surveillance Radar Automated Test Equipment

Unlike primary radars, Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR) calculates the range and azimuth of a target, such as an aircraft, using a bidirectional communication link to gather...

Application Briefs
Defense

Aircraft Casting Alloy

IBC Advanced Alloys Corp.
Wilmington, MA
855-237-2522
www.ibcadvancedalloys.com

IBC Advanced Alloys Corp. will continue production of components for Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II...

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Defense

War-Game Simulation Software

MASA Group
Paris, France
+33 1 55 43 13 20
www.masagroup.net

Military training tools must work effectively with reduced staff numbers and simulate a large variety of situations. Following 12...

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Test & Measurement

VPX Chassis for Missile System

Verotec
Manchester, NH
603-821-9921
www.verotec.us

Using a hit-to-kill approach, a US Army anti-ballistic missile system called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) is designed to shoot...

Technology Update
Defense

Signal Compression Technology Enables E-Fan's Flight, Potential Enhanced 'Black Box' Possibilities

V-Nova Ltd. demonstrated the capabilities of its PERSEUS data compression technology for aerospace applications as part of Airbus’...

Technology Update
Defense

TRB Turns Composites Focus to Aerospace Sector

TRB Lightweight Structures Ltd. recently released an aerospace-grade lightweight honeycomb composite panel designed for interior applications, expanding the application areas for its range of...

Technology Update
Defense

Preparing for First Flight on Mars

With its eye on Mars, NASA Armstrong has been working on a prototype it refers to as the Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars, or Prandtl-m, which is “a flying wing aircraft with a...

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Automotive

2016 Civic Structure Employs 'First' Partial In-Die Soft Zones

The 2016 Honda Civic employs selectively-tempered in-die “soft zone” technology in the B-pillars and rear frame rails, allowing zones within a single frame piece to have...

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Defense

SIP DC-DC Converters

Premier Magnetics (Lake Forest, CA) has announced additions to its PDCS family of self-contained, single- in-line-package (SIP) DC-DC converters for distributed power applications. The additions to the PDCS product...

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Defense

5-Slot 3U Mission Computer

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (Ashburn, VA) announced that its Defense Solutions division has introduced a new fully integrated 5-slot 3U OpenVPX™ rugged mission computer designed to quickly deploy computer power on...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Contactless Connectivity System

TE Connectivity’s (TE) (Berwyn, PA) new ARISO Contactless Connectivity system, available from Mouser Electronics (Mansfield, TX), is a hybrid interconnect system that allows for both power and data to be...

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Defense

Micro System-on-Module

Inforce Computing®, Inc. (Fremont, CA) has announced the ultrasmall Inforce 6501™ Micro System-on-Module (SOM). The Inforce 6501 Micro SOM is powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 805 processor. The Snapdragon 805...

Products

Carbon-Graphite Bushings

Metallized Carbon Corporation (Ossining, NY) has announced Metcar® carbon- graphite bushings for use in gear pumps that pump aviation fuel for aircraft engines. The carbon- graphite bushings are used to support both...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

XMC Modules

Acromag’s (Wixom, MI) new XMC-7A200 is a XMC mezzanine module enhanced with Xilinx ® Artix® -7 FPGA for low-power consumption and exceptional 128M × 16-bit Quad DDR3 SDRAM processing performance. Reconfigurable Artix-7 FPGA...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Small Form Factor Systems

4DSP (Austin, TX) has announced two new additions to its Compact Embedded System (CES) line. The CES820 and the ruggedized CESCC820 variant both feature an upgraded Xilinx Kintex UltraScale FPGA and support for the...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Flow Transmitter

The AS-FT Flow Transmitter from FCI Aerospace (San Marcos, CA) features a rugged, highly reliable thermal dispersion technology sensor design that is ideal for mission-critical air, gas and fluid monitoring systems on...

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VPX Embedded Computer

Kontron (Augsburg, Germany) introduced its next-generation StarVX high performance embedded computing (HPEC) system based on the company’s VX3058 3U VPX single board computer (SBC). Leveraging the processing power of...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Flat Cable Assemblies

Cicoil's (Valencia, CA) flat cable assemblies are designed for use in targeting pods, thermographic camera and infrared sight systems typically utilized in multi-role fighter aircraft, attack helicopters and maritime...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Aerospace Gimbals Test Service

A new test service introduced by Bal Seal Engineering, Inc. (Foothill Ranch, CA) offers OEMs verified performance results for Bal Seal® spring-energized rotary/face seals used in aerospace and...

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Materials

Structural Composites with Tuned EM Chirality

Work on structural composites with tunable chiral elements has produced electronically tunable overall chiral composites, mechanically tunable chiral composites, flat lenses with soft hyperbolic...

Briefs
Defense

Advanced, Single-Polymer, Nanofiber-Reinforced Composite

A strategic goal of the U.S. Air Force is to be able to deliver munitions to targets anywhere around the globe in less than an hour. This will require very high speeds and novel lightweight and temperature-resistant materials. Nanocomposites are promising emerging materials for structural...

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Defense

Quantitative Diagnostics of Multilayered Composite Structures with Ultrasonic Guided Waves

Aging infrastructure has a major impact on safety, increasing the need to assess damage severity. Machinery, systems, and components such as...

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Aerospace

Reactive, Multifunctional, Micellar, Composite Nanoparticles for Destruction of Bio-Agents

Multifunctional composites have been investigated for destruction of bio-agents. These materials’ unique properties at the nano scale, including...

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Transportation

Software's Growth Shines Spotlight on Eliminating Defects

Software’s becoming a greater factor in vehicle development, prompting a heightened focus on reducing the number of defects in code. Early planning, discipline, and continuous...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Can Turning off the Engine Turn Customers On?

Stop-start systems have seen success in Europe, but development teams focused on the U.S. market are still working to get the right combination of fuel efficiency and comfort. Smooth restarts...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

New Astra Is Opel-Vauxhall's "No Excuses" Car

General Motors’ European duo, Opel and Vauxhall, have created a convincingly fresh design and engineering challenge to Volkswagen’s ubiquitous Golf and Ford’s Focus.

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Propulsion

Engineering a 1000-Mph Car

Engineering a car designed for a 0-1000 mph (1610 km/h) time of 55 seconds is one of the world’s most unlikely, most daunting, and most exciting challenges. That is the task of Mark...

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Electronics & Computers

Tracking the Trends in Commercial Vehicle Communications

Seasoned operators of commercial vehicles will say they can sense how their vehicles are performing based on the sounds and vibrations the vehicles produce. Today, the latest...

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Energy

Hot-Stamping Process from Schuler Employs Flexible 'Pressure Controlled Hardening'

In the press hardening method, parts are heated to 930°C (1,706°F) and then simultaneously cooled and hardened in the subsequent forming process, which gives the parts their extremely high rigidity.

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RF & Microwave Electronics

The Benefits and Advantages of Digital Signal Processing

In the quest for increased performance, flexibility, configurability, communications, and remote monitoring and control, the power electronics industry is increasingly moving from...

Technical Innovation
Software

Rugged Data-Acquisition Systems Speed Tests of Off-Highway Equipment

Just as engineers of consumer vehicles are being asked to shorten development cycles and improve performance, reliability, and safety, so are developers of off-highway...

Technical Innovation
Software

Evaluating New Forestry Machines in a Fraction of the Time

The predominant forest harvesting method used in northern Europe is cut-to-length logging (CTL). CTL is based on a two-machine solution—a harvester is used for felling,...

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Automotive

Citroën Plans to Go Boldly on New Suspension System

“Citroën is all about boldness: taking calculated risks and being different,” says Linda Jackson, the U.K. born CEO of the thoroughly French OEM.

INSIDER
Aerospace

Army Researchers Add Power and Range to Artillery

Picatinny Arsenal (NJ) engineers are improving artillery by extending its range, power and versatility using an electrically-responsive method to control energetic materials such as...

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Defense

Armor Plating Has Built-In Transparent Ceramic Eyes

Protecting yourself usually involves a tradeoff. If you want maximum physical protection, whether from biting predators or exploding artillery shells, it generally compromises your ability...

INSIDER
Defense

Mineral Could be Used to Create Transparent Armor

Imagine a glass window that’s tough like armor, a camera lens that doesn’t get scratched in a sand storm, or a smartphone that doesn’t break when dropped. Except it’s not glass;...

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Aerospace

NASA Takes First Steps Toward Drone Traffic Management

NASA recently successfully demonstrated rural operations of its unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) traffic management (UTM) concept, integrating operator platforms, vehicle performance, and ground infrastructure. The next steps involve further validation through Federal Aviation Administration...

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Test & Measurement

New Methods Detect and Predict Fatigue-Related Aircraft Cracks

Researchers are developing tools and technology to detect the formation of cracks in aircraft components and monitor their progression. The team is conducting comprehensive...

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Propulsion

Precision NASA Thruster Keeps Spacecraft Still

The European Space Agency’s LISA Pathfinder spacecraft is on its way to space with the Disturbance Reduction System (DRS), a thruster technology developed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory....