Application Briefs Defense
Missile Defense Battle Manager
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Falls Church, VA
The Northrop Grumman Corporation-developed Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System...
Metal Additive Manufacturing
Additive manufacturing (AM) – the process of building up solid layers of material to form a finished solid part — is an emerging and exciting technical discipline. Also referred to as “3D printing,” many...
Cognitive Radio: The New Architecture of Space Communications
NASA spacecraft typically rely on human-controlled radio systems to communicate with Earth. As collection of space data increases, NASA looks to alternative radio technologies to...
Application Briefs Aerospace
Custom Flexible Shafts
S.S. White Technologies
St. Petersburg, FL
S.S. White Technologies, a company that specializes in the design and manufacture of flexible shafts and related assemblies, is...
Application Briefs Manufacturing & Prototyping
Compression Molding Press
Beckwood Press Company
Beckwood Press Company, a company that specializes in the design and manufacturing of custom hydraulic presses, automation systems,...
Single Event Effects in High Altitude Aerospace Sensor Applications
There are many advantages to utilizing active electronics versus the passive systems often used in aircraft applications, such as pressure, temperature, and flow sensors....
Microstructural and Mechanical Characterization of 2-D and 3-D SiC/SiNC Ceramic-Matrix Composites
The purpose of this endeavor was to investigate the effect of 3-D weave architecture on PIP-processed ceramic-matrix composites (CMC)....
Articles Test & Measurement
Testing Military Vehicle Steering Systems
Military vehicles play a vital role in protecting our society — and inevitably encounter many extreme conditions across their lifespan. From the varying weight, to the rough terrain, there is a lot...
Briefs Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Evaluation of Peel Ply Surface Preparation of Composite Surfaces for Secondary Bonding
Lightweight composite structures offer significant long-term cost-saving opportunities for the U.S. Army as replacements for traditional metal structures....
Enhanced Contacts for Inverted Metamorphic Multi-Junction Solar Cells Using Carbon Nanotube Metal Matrix Composites
In order to address issues related to mechanical and vibrational stresses that are commonly experienced in mounting, launch,...
Fiber-Reinforced Thermoplastic Composites
Reinforcing polymers with strong/stiff fibers is nothing new. Such materials have been used pretty much since aircraft were first created. In those pioneering days, wings were reinforced with woven...
Round TFT LCD Displays
Data Image (Winter Park, FL) has announced new round TFT LCD color displays in two sizes: 3" and 4.2" in diameter. They can be used as digital avionics, power meters, speedometers, rpm gauges,...
Briefs Electronics & Computers
Reusable Rapid Prototyped Blunt-Impact Simulator
Rapid prototyping (RP) is the term most commonly used to describe additive manufacturing technologies. An additive manufacturing technology is any manufacturing process that fabricates a part...
Application Briefs Data Acquisition
Biological Threat Detectors
FLIR Systems, Inc.
FLIR Systems, Inc. announced recently that it has received a delivery order for FLIR IBAC™ 2 biological agent detector...
Application Briefs Test & Measurement
Laser Guided Rocket System
St. Louis, MO
Arnold Defense, the St Louis based international manufacturer and supplier of 2.75-inch rocket launchers, recently announced the...
News Test & Measurement
A Chat with 2019 Toyota RAV4 Chief Engineer Yoshikazu Saeki
Yoshikazu Saeki (above) is the chief engineer for the Toyota RAV4 and Toyota Highlander. Saeki (54) joined the company in 1987 as a suspension engineer on the Land Cruiser team...
Articles Green Design & Manufacturing
Delphi Injects Life into Diesel
Delphi Technologies is predicting a period of unprecedented change for the truck and off-highway powertrain markets. However, chief technology officer Mary Gustanski reports that the company is more than...
Applying Augmented Reality Technology to Aerospace Manufacturing
New and powerful projection based augmented reality (AR) technology is transforming the way products — ranging from turbine engines to pacemakers — are made, while...
Lightweighting Parts Using 3D Metal Printing
Metal additive manufacturing (3D printing), also known as Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) or Powder Bed Fusion (PBF), is changing the way metal parts are designed and produced. New software,...
Does Your Coating System Require Climate Control? What to Look For and What to Expect
There is one aspect of the paint and coatings finishing business virtually guaranteed to give the budget director heart failure: climate control. There's...
Articles Test & Measurement
Optimizing Plasma Treatments to RESOLVE Challenging Adhesion Issues
The process of determining the ideal plasma treatment that will resolve a challenging bonding or adhesion issue is an exact science, often the domain of chemists and...
Knorr-Bremse Puts the Brakes on Automated Driving
The German commercial-vehicle supplier used the IAA stage in Hanover to demonstrate its expertise in highly automated driving (HAD) functions—environment recognition, decision-making...
Editorial Unmanned Systems
Bauma Industry Barometer: Tech-Focused in North America
The triennial behemoth of an off-highway trade fair, bauma, may be a few months away yet, but setup for what essentially becomes a city of towering machinery began in November, with...
National Space Council Receives Report on Human Spaceflight in Low-Earth Orbit
As requested by the National Space Council; NASA, the Department of State, and the Department Commerce have submitted a report outlining future opportunities...
Smart Skin Simplifies Spotting Strain in Aircraft
Thanks to one peculiar characteristic of carbon nanotubes, engineers will be able to measure the accumulated strain in an airplane over the entire surface or down to microscopic levels....
News Manned Systems
Logos Technologies Redkite Airborne, Wide-Area Sensor Takes Flight in the Netherlands
European government officials gained their first glimpse of Logos Technologies’ Redkite wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) sensor in operation, during...
German Air Traffic Controllers Shift to Completely Remote Operations at Saarbrücken Airport
Yesterday, a Luxair regional airliner arriving at Saarbrücken Airport was the first aircraft remotely cleared for landing from the Deutsche...
Just Say the Words: What3words
If you’re standing in the middle of New York’s Rockefeller Center or on beachside road outside Cape Town, how do you tell a rideshare where to pick you up? Most places on our planet, from fields and...
News Manufacturing & Prototyping
FADA-CATEC Uses 3D Printing to Slim down the CHEOPS Satellite
The “CHaracterising ExOPlanets Satellite” (CHEOPS) – the first European Space Agency (ESA) scientific satellite to developed and manufactured in Spain – will launch...
News Unmanned Systems
Automation Streamlines Accreditation to Speed Aerospace and Defense Technology Deployment
Government agencies are not known for moving quickly, and the Risk Management Framework (RMF) accreditation process is a prime example. For defense...
News Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Could This Infinitely Variable Compression Mechanism Be the Next Piston Engine Game-Changer?
Whether its for economic incentives or reaching environmental goals, automotive and aerospace engine makers are continually chasing fractions...
INSIDER Robotics, Automation & Control
Self-Generated Power Will Reduce Soldier Load
The bionic power knee harvester, also known as the PowerWalk, is an energy-harvesting device that is attached to both the upper and lower areas of both legs and generates power from movement....
Wind Tunnel, Lasers Provide Hypersonic Proving Ground
It’s about speed, and Sandia National Laboratories, with a hypersonic wind tunnel and advanced laser diagnostic technology, is in a position to help U.S. defense agencies understand...
INSIDER Robotics, Automation & Control
AUDS Goes Undetected With New Ammunition
For the third iteration, the AUDS (anti-unmanned aerial vehicle defense system) recently returned to Fort Sill for the Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment (MFIX). During the last few MFIX events,...
News Manned Systems
Moog to Collaborate on Bell Air Taxi
Forth Worth, Texas-based Bell Helicopter, a subsidiary of Textron Inc., will collaborate with Elma, New York-based Moog, for the development of the Flight Control Actuation System (FCAS) to support...
Japan Signs on for Second Boeing KC-46 Military Tanker and Transport Aircraft
Japan officials continue to boost the country’s defenses against threats, exercising the option to add a second Boeing KC-46 Pegasus military aerial...
News Manned Systems
Latest Boeing Business Jets 777X VIP Cabin Concept Debuts at MEBAA in Dubai
Pulling out all stops, Boeing Business Jets debuted the “Shaheen” BBJ 777X at the 2018 Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) show in Dubai,...
SAE Demo Day Captures Public Perception of Autonomous Vehicles
With the goal of gaining insight into the public’s perception of self-driving technology, SAE International on Dec. 12-14 hosted its second “SAE Demo Day” at Babcock...
High-Altitude Pseudo Satellites: New Battle for Inner Space, Part I
Farnborough International Airshow 2018 coincided with the opening of the world’s first serial HAPS assembly line by Airbus Defence and Space, with the Farnborough-based...
High-Altitude Pseudo Satellites: New Battle for Inner Space, Part II
A new development applicable to the production of the Airbus Zephyr lightweight, solar unmanned aircraft is the Airbus Spider radar payload, a novel commercial...
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines Completes Assembly of First Pratt & Whitney GTF PW1200G Engine
The first Pratt & Whitney PW1200G Geared Turbofan (GTF) engine assembly was completed at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero...
Improving Performance of Hybrid-Electric Aircraft
Although hybrid-electric cars are becoming commonplace, similar technology applied to airplanes comes with significantly different challenges. University of Illinois aerospace...
Virtual Runway, Real Pilot Practice
When a plane overshoots the final approach, often the pilot’s natural — and dangerous — instinct is to pitch the aircraft up to slow down and land. It’s one of the leading causes of accidents,...
USAF Take Rates Continue to Drop Despite Retainment Bonuses
Despite the May 2018 decision to increase the cap for pilot retainment bonuses – or “take rates” – the United States Air Force (USAF) is still suffering from a major...
Northrop Grumman Tests, Qualifies Orion Launch Abort Motor for Flight in Cold Conditions
Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE:NOC), NASA, and Lockheed Martin engineers brought the Orion spacecraft one step closer to its first flight atop...
Boeing Delivers First Airplane from New 737 Completion and Delivery Center in Zhoushan, China
Boeing and joint venture partner Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd (COMAC) marked the delivery of the first aircraft from the new...
Astronaut Garbage Is a Serious Operational Concern When Travelling to the Moon and Mars
For decades, the approach to managing astronaut refuse has involved temporarily storage and then disposal – either by returning it to Earth or by...
Marvin Test Solutions Tailors GX3800e PXI Express FPGA Module for Test, Automation, Instrumentation Engineering
Marvin Test Solutions Inc., a global provider of test solutions for aerospace, defense, and manufacturing, in Irvine,...
LIFT Aircraft Unveils Personal Multirotor Aircraft for Experiential Entertainment
Matt Chasen, founder of the online shipping marketplace company uShip, has entered the personal air mobility industry with a new venture called LIFT...
News Manned Systems
First Airbus Helicopters H160 Takes Flight
The first serial Airbus Helicopters H160 medium utility helicopter rolled off the brand-new assembly line in Marignane, France and performed its first flight in a unique “signature” livery....
News Weapons Systems
PAE ISR Engineers Boost Resolute Eagle UAS Networking, Endurance, Payload Capacity with Persistent Systems MPU5
PAE ISR engineers in Sterling, Virginia, have selected MPU5 Wave Relay mobile ad hoc networking (MANET) technology from...
The UK’s First Digital Air Traffic Control Tower
Cranfield Airport just became the first airport in the United Kingdom (UK) to have an operational digital air traffic control (ATC) center. Over the next few months, the airport –...
Sikorsky, Boeing Debut Future Vertical Lift Dual-Rotor Design with SB>1 DEFIANT Helicopter
Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE:LMT), in Stratford, Connecticut, and Boeing Defense, Space & Security (NYSE:BA) in Berkeley, Missouri,...
News Data Acquisition
Additive Manufacturing Is Transforming Mobility Engineering, Driving the Factory of the Future
Additive manufacturing continues to advance and transform mobility engineering, as aerospace and automotive firms increasingly adopt and invest...
News RF & Microwave Electronics
New Horizons Spacecraft to Reach Ultima Thule
NASA’s New Horizons interplanetary space probe – part of the agency’s New Frontiers program – was launched in 2006 to perform a flyby of Pluto and capture images of our solar...
News Unmanned Systems
For Auto Industry, Blockchain Still in Formative Phases
The automotive industry continues to ride the blockchain bandwagon, evaluating potential uses and helping develop the infrastructure for using distributed-ledger technology (DLT) in...
Airbus Helicopters VSR700 Makes First Fully Autonomous Flight
The Airbus Helicopters VSR700 demonstrator – a light military tactical unmanned aerial system (UAV) developed by Airbus Helicopters SAS (formerly Eurocopter) of Marignane,...
University of Rochester Lab Creates New 'Reddmatter' Superconductivity Material...
INSIDERElectronics & Computers
MIT Report Finds US Lead in Advanced Computing is Almost Gone - Mobility...
Airbus Starts Testing Autonomous Landing, Taxi Assistance on A350 DragonFly...
Boeing to Develop Two New E-7 Variants for US Air Force - Mobility Engineering...
PAC-3 Missile Successfully Intercepts Cruise Missile Target - Mobility...
Air Force Pioneers the Future of Synthetic Jet Fuel - Mobility Engineering...
HD Hyundai Envisions Future of Sustainable Energy
Redesigning the Systems Engineering Process to Speed Development of...
90° Hybrid Coupled Power Amplifier – Pros and Cons
Manufacturing & Prototyping
Tailoring Additive Manufacturing to Your Needs: Strategies for Performance and...
How to Achieve Seamless Deployment of Level 3 Virtual ECUs for...
Specifying Laser Modules for Optimized System Performance
The Power of Optical & Quantum Technology, Networking, &...
Driver-Monitoring: A New Era for Advancements in Sensor Technology
Leveraging Machine Learning in CAE to Reduce Prototype Simulation and Testing