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Manned Systems

2019 Ram Chassis Cab: More Capability, More Driver-Assist Tech

The 2019 Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 Chassis Cab commercial trucks herald class-leading capability in towing, payload, and Gross Combined Weight Ratings (GCWR). “We drove our...

Q&A
Transportation

Freudenberg to Deliver Batteries, Fuel-Cell Stacks

Seals, gaskets, and O-rings are the unsung heroes of the industrial world, especially in commercial vehicles or mobile machinery. In a world dominated by news of autonomous vehicles...

Technology Report
Propulsion

GKN Demos ETwinster, World’s-First 2-Speed Torque-Vectoring BEV Transmission

GKN Automotive has unveiled what it claims is the world’s first 2-speed, torque-vectoring transmission for battery electric vehicles (BEVs). Featured on...

Technology Report
Power

VW's MEB Platform: A Modularity Enabler

Volkswagen’s MEB, an in-development chassis designed strictly for electric propulsion, enables a modular battery layout that can provide a Volkswagen Group electric vehicle (EV) with an estimated...

News
Power

Ford Debuts F-600 Chassis Truck at Work Truck Show

Ford Motor Co.’s newest commercial truck, the F-600 Super Duty chassis cab, slots between the Ford F-550 and F-650. The new nameplate, which hits a “sweet spot” in the market,...

Technology Report
Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Porsche Wet Mode Integrates Tech Under One Umbrella

Porsche has provided detail on its new Wet Mode technology for its latest, eighth-generation (aka 992) 911 coupe. The assistance system, which “listens” for potential wet road...

Technical Innovation
Sensors/Data Acquisition

AI, Standards Are Transforming Military Boards and Modules

Artificial intelligence (AI) is beginning to impact defense-industry surveillance and analysis systems, prompting a transformation in board and module designs. Suppliers of these...

News
Transportation

Streamlined HMIs Do More with Less

The phrase “less is more” has been a major part of human-machine interface (HMI) designs for several years as developers traded multiple knobs and buttons for cleaner input techniques. However, the...

Technical Innovation
Materials

MELD Exploits Plastic Deformation of Metals with Non-Melt Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing has been a catalyst in improving speed and efficiency during the product development process. However, the technology has been...

News
Electronics & Computers

Advancing Aftertreatment

Regulations in North America and Europe may have settled for the moment, but the pressure is still on for development in aftertreatment.

Articles
Power

Developing for Defense

Engineering drivetrain and propulsion solutions for military vehicles can require a different approach and unique considerations compared with developing for the commercial vehicle (CV) sector.

News
Manned Systems

Bigger Barrier to CBEVs: Batteries or Infrastructure?

Batteries have long been considered the main barrier to deployment of commercial battery-electric vehicles (CBEVs), but many industry insiders now believe charging infrastructure is a...

Articles
Sensors/Data Acquisition

How FMC Developments Support Legacy and Next-Gen Data Needs

While FMC (FPGA Mezzanine Card) celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, it continues to provide a variety of benefits to the embedded system developer. These include sustained...

Articles
RF & Microwave Electronics

An Integrated Framework for Complex Radar System Design

Modern radar systems are complex and depend heavily on advanced signal processing algorithms to improve their detection performance. At the same time, the radio front-end must meet...

Articles
Materials

Thermoplastic Composites to Play Enhanced Role in Next-Generation Aerospace Applications

Advanced thermoplastic composites-and their emergence as prominent materials for future aerospace applications–are sparking a flurry of activity...

Application Briefs
Electronics & Computers

Naval Surveillance System

CONTROP Precision Technologies Ltd.
Hod Hasharon, Israel
+972-9-744-0661
www.controp.com

CONTROP Precision Technologies Ltd., a company that specializies in electro-optics (EO) and infrared (IR)...

Briefs
Defense

Deep Installation Method for Three-Component Seismic Sensors

Successful sensor installation is important, as it directly affects how the sensor will perform. If conducted incorrectly, it could seriously degrade the data received and...

Articles
Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Understanding the “Black Art” of RF and Microwave Switching

Understanding RF, especially microwave switching, can be a challenge. In many cases, test systems have been compromised because a test engineer did not consider all the...

Articles
Electronics & Computers

A New Approach to Satellite Communications

In the Heinrich Hertz satellite mission, which will be launched in 2020, the DLR Space Administration (German Aerospace Center) plans to develop and operate a German communications satellite. The...

Articles
Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Using Ruggedized Test Equipment to Solve Jet Engine Problems

A jet engine is the very definition of “mission-critical.” A critical failure could cause a serious accident that endangers hundreds of lives. To prevent this from happening,...

Articles
Energy

Going Digital & Electric @ Bauma 2019

Digitalization, efficiency and sustainability are three megatrends that off-highway OEMs and suppliers touted this month at the triennial bauma trade fair in Munich, when they revealed their...

Briefs
Imaging

Simulation of Active Imaging Systems

Active imaging systems offer the promise of significantly improved tactical performance compared to passive military systems operating in adverse ground, air, and underwater/ maritime environments. These...

Application Briefs
Transportation

Vehicle Protection System

Leonardo DRS, Inc.
Arlington, VA
703-416-8000
www.drs.com

Leonardo DRS, Inc. and partner Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. of Israel have successfully completed a lengthy live-fire qualification...

Application Briefs
Communications

Video Encoders

Delta Digital Video
Horsham, PA
215-657-5270
www.deltadigitalvideo.com

Delta Digital Video, a division of Delta Information Systems Inc., was selected by L3 Technologies to deliver multiple Model 6880R...

Products
Electronics & Computers

New Products

Ruggedized Software Defined Radio Solutions

Pixus Technologies (Waterloo, Ontario) has developed ruggedized versions of commercial software defined radios. The RX310, the first in the series of small form factor...

Application Briefs
Manufacturing & Prototyping

Ballistic Helmets

3M
St. Paul, MN
888-364-3577
www.3M.com/Defense

Military and police forces across the world require cutting-edge protection to match an ever-evolving range of operational environments. Ceradyne, Inc., a 3M...

Application Briefs
Imaging

Small Arms Trainers

Meggitt Training Systems
Suwanee, GA
678-288-1090
www.meggitttrainingsystems.com

Meggitt Training Systems, a provider of integrated live-fire and virtual weapons training products and services for armed...

Briefs
Sensors/Data Acquisition

Characterization of Bore Temperatures and Stresses in Small Caliber Gun Barrels

Currently in the small arms community, with the push for lighter, stronger barrels with improved life, a more complete understanding of the bore's thermal and...

Articles
Defense

XPONENTIAL 2019 – An AUVSI Experience

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) is bringing this year's XPONENTIAL 2019 to McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. The event, which runs from April 29 – May 2, will feature...

Briefs
Sensors/Data Acquisition

Modular Biosensor Patch

Researchers are identifying new biomarkers to help monitor cognition and stress in the human body and enhance human performance. Traditional biomarkers like heart rate, temperature, oxygen partial pressure, blood...

INSIDER
Aerospace

AFRL, Universities Partner on 3D-Printed Composites

Joining forces with various universities, the Air Force Research Lab has demonstrated additively manufactured epoxy/carbon fiber composites used in many structural parts on aircraft and...

INSIDER
Aerospace

Liquid Crystals Could Deflect Laser Pointer Attacks on Aircraft

The sudden flash of a laser beam can incapacitate a pilot, risking the lives of passengers and crew. But because attacks can happen with different colored lasers – such as...

News
Defense

Boeing Flies First 737 MAX 7 with Updated MCAS Software

Chicago-based Boeing recently completed a “demo flight” of a 737 MAX 7 narrow-body airliner equipped with updated Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS)...

INSIDER
RF & Microwave Electronics

Scalable Agile Beam Radar Migrates to Multiple Platforms

Northrop Grumman Corporation has successfully integrated the advanced AN/APG-83 SABR system onto multiple configurations of F-16 aircraft and is now taking the next step in...

INSIDER
Sensors/Data Acquisition

MAPS-Enabled Countermeasures Defeat Threats in U.S. Army Field Tests

In a series of live-fire tests, systems equipped with MAPS-enabled countermeasures defeated 15 out of 15 anti-tank guided missiles by jamming their signals, causing...

INSIDER
Defense

Boeing Introduces New Unmanned System for Global Defense Customers

Boeing has introduced its newest unmanned platform, the Boeing Airpower Teaming System. Designed for global defense customers by Boeing Australia, it is the company’s...

Road Ready
Power

New Platform, Chic Sheetmetal for Tech-Centric 2020 Range Rover Evoque

Hanging nose down in a premium compact SUV at the summit of what looks like a near-vertical cliff face—and being told to keep feet off the pedals and mind on the...

News
Connectivity

Jeep Revives Its Pickup Mojo with 2020 Gladiator

Get ready for the fractionalization of the U.S.’s raucous pickup-truck market.

News
Test & Measurement

2020 Range Rover Evoque

It was an unusual beginning to a test drive: navigating a narrow, winding gravel path in the grounds of an English castle with the windshield blacked out and only an image of two front wheels and a couple of...

News
Imaging

2018 Toyota Camry

I was a little late in trying this new, eighth generation of the Camry and it represents an intriguing turn for a car that often is cast, somewhat unjustly, as the symbol for automotive blandness.

INSIDER
Propulsion

Public-Private Partnership to Improve Liquid Rocket Engines

NASA awarded a $5.2 million contract to Auburn University’s National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence to develop additive manufacturing processes and...

INSIDER
Aerospace

NASA Unveils Radically New Airplane Wing

NASA built and tested a radically new kind of airplane wing assembled from hundreds of tiny identical pieces. It could provide a significant boost in aircraft production, flight, and maintenance...

News
Data Acquisition

5G Cellular May Be Transformational for Automakers, Suppliers

Connected vehicles are going mainstream, autonomous vehicles are poised to emerge—and cellular communications appears to be a central infrastructural base for both. The...

News
Manufacturing & Prototyping

Automated-Vehicle ‘Goiters’ Be Gone!

Warts. Bumps. Blisters. Protruberances. These and other less-flattering terms are used by vehicle designers and engineers to describe the bulging, non-integrated sensor placement that has become...

INSIDER
Sensors/Data Acquisition

Detecting Radioactive Material from a Remote Distance

In 2004 British national Dhiren Barot was arrested for conspiring to commit a public nuisance by the use of radioactive materials, among other charges. Authorities claimed that Barot had...

News
Manned Systems

Wing’s UAS Delivery Service Has FAA Certification

Google LLC’s (Google’s) parent company, Alphabet Inc. (Alphabet), is moving forward with unmanned aircraft system (UAS) or “drone” delivery. Alphabet’s Wing project has become...

INSIDER
Aerospace

Bell and Rolls-Royce Collaborate on Advanced Propulsion Systems

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, recently announced a teaming agreement with Rolls-Royce for the development of an optimized propulsion system and continued risk...

INSIDER
Defense

Thermoplastic Drive Shaft System Developed for Aerospace Applications

herone GmbH, (Dresden, Germany) recently won the prestigious 2019 JEC Innovation Awards, in the Aerospace application category. The winning application was the...

INSIDER
Sensors/Data Acquisition

NASA to Advance Unique 3D Printed Sensor Technology

Mahmooda Sultana recently won funding to advance a potentially revolutionary, nanomaterial-based detector platform. The technology is capable of sensing everything from minute...

Technical Innovation
Connectivity

Security, Bandwidth Drive Over-The-Air Development

Over-the-air (OTA) updating has evolved rapidly from a limited function to a wide-ranging technology for keeping vehicle software up to date. As OTA moves deeper into the mainstream,...

Blog
Aerospace

AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: A Close-Up Look at Air Taxis

Taxi! A steady stream of AUVSI XPONENTIAL attendees got to see Bell's new air vehicle up close.

News
Aerospace

AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: A Real Thrill Ride

You think riding your Harley Davidson is exciting? Try the ElectraFly.