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Maritime Unmanned Aircraft System

AeroVironment, Inc.
Monrovia, CA
626-357-9983
www.avinc.com

AeroVironment, Inc., a specialist in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for both defense and commercial applications, and ESG...

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Test & Measurement

Inter-Laboratory Combat Helmet Blunt Impact Test Method Comparison

As the medical community learns more about brain injury, the importance of blunt impact mitigation becomes more apparent. As such, it is critical to make sure that research...

Articles
Sensors/Data Acquisition

Using Thermoplastics in Aerospace Applications

In August 2017, Qantas Airlines laid down the challenge to both Boeing and Airbus to offer an aircraft that can cross one of aviation's “last frontiers.” That “last frontier” was an...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Communicating from Space: The Front End of Multiscale Modeling

As satellites and astronauts travel further out in space, the more communication challenges they face. NASA launched the InSight Mission on May 5, 2018 from Vandenberg Air Force...

Briefs
Materials

Hydraulic Testing of Polymer Matrix Composite 102mm Tube Section

The objective of this research was to hydraulically pressurize the internal diameter of one 102mm Polymer Matrix Composite (PMC) over-wrapped cylinder up to 25,000 pounds per...

Application Briefs
Materials

3D Printed Spacecraft Parts

Stratasys Ltd.
Eden Prairie, MN
952-937-3000
www.stratasys.com/aerospace Phoenix Analysis and Design
Technologies (PADT) Tempe, AZ
1-800-293-PADT
www.padtinc.com

Stratasys Ltd.,...

Products
Sensors/Data Acquisition

New Products

Barometric Pressure Sensor

Bosch Sensortec (Reutlingen, Germany) has introduced a new high performance barometric pressure MEMS sensor, the BMP388. The BMP388 delivers outstanding altitude stabilization in drones,...

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Software

Designing a High-Speed Decoy Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

Drone aircraft and their uses have been evolving quickly, supported by a great deal of ongoing research. One area of increasing interest is the decoy drone, designed to mimic the...

Articles
Sensors/Data Acquisition

Using Turbine Flow Meters for Aerospace Test and Measurement Applications

Turbine flow meters have long been a preferred technology for obtaining precise measurements of fluid flow in the aerospace industry. In addition to their high...

Articles
Data Acquisition

In-Flight Real-Time Avionics Adaptation

Avionics is a very restricting domain for obvious safety reasons. Along with miniaturization comes the idea of integration. More functionality on one spot requires a good management of privacy and...

Application Briefs
Propulsion

Diesel Frigate Engines

Fairbanks Morse
Beloit, WI
1-800-356-6955
www.fairbanksmorse.com

Fairbanks Morse - an EnPro Industries company - has been awarded a contract to deliver eight FM | Colt-Pielstick diesel engines to power...

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Aerospace

Laser-Based System Could Expand Space-to-Ground Communication

A new research project announced recently as a collaboration between the Georgia Institute of Technology and satellite communications provider Xenesis could help open the...

Application Briefs
Photonics/Optics

Optical Seeker for Munitions Systems

BAE Systems
Nashua, NH
603-885-4321
www.baesystems.com

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), through the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, has awarded BAE Systems...

Briefs
Data Acquisition

Permeation Tests on Polypropylene Fiber Materials

The Toxic Industrial Chemical/Toxic Industrial Material (TIC/TIM) Task Force MFR#1 published in February 2009 focuses on inhalation hazards in an operational environment and provides a list...

Articles
Connectivity

Starship Road Trip

Dubbed the Starship Initiative, the collaboration between Shell and AirFlow Truck Co. on the Starship Class 8 concept truck achieved 178.4 ton-mpg for freight ton efficiency (FTE) in a recent cross-country drive, a...

News
Energy

Deutz Advances ‘E’ Strategy—prototypes on the Horizon

Deutz previously had indicated that alternative drives will play an increasingly important role in its core segments in the future. Taking the next step in that direction, the...

News
Power

Intelligence Drives Efficiency, Safety and Uptime of Commercial Vehicles

Several leaders of global commercial-vehicle manufacturers converged in mid-July for a press workshop to discuss the most pressing technological, logistical and...

News
Electronics & Computers

Link Readies Semi-Active Cab Suspension for Intro on Select 2020 Models

Link Manufacturing targets heavy-duty vehicles that transition from on- to off-road terrain, in particular, for what it claims will be the industry’s first...

News
Power

Big Data and Next-Gen Prognostics for Heavy-Duty Vehicles

Diagnostics have been around for a long time and are well understood and standardized. Huge amounts of diagnostic data have piled up over the years; fortunately, the data is...

INSIDER
Aerospace

Insect-Inspired Drone Deforms on Impact

A hybrid origami drone can be stiff or flexible depending on the circumstances. When airborne, the structure is stiff enough to carry its own weight and withstand the thrust of the propellers....

INSIDER
Aerospace

Sensing Platform Manages Aircraft Corrosion

Called the Weather Instrumentation and Specialized Environmental Monitoring Platform (WISE-MP), a device being developed by the Air Force can measure conditions that can be detrimental to...

INSIDER
Defense

Tail-Controlled Rocket Demonstrates Near-Vertical Impact at Extended Range

After six years of extensive research, engineers at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center have conducted a successful...

INSIDER
Defense

Rockwell Collins Unveils Combat Targeting and Communications Gateway

Rockwell Collins has unveiled FasTAK™, a new tactical combat targeting system and secure communications gateway for success in today’s digital battlefield.

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Energy

Opel’s Revamped Engineering Mission

When the French Groupe PSA (Peugeot, Citroën, DS Automobiles), took German Opel/Vauxhall off GM’s hands last year for $2.1 billion, PSA stressed it would make great use of the German company’s...

News
Mechanical & Fluid Systems

GKN Turns the CV Joint Inside-Out

GKN Driveline is developing an innovative driveshaft concept that literally turns inside out the traditional configuration of the constant-velocity joint (CVJ), bringing potential benefits to both...

What We’re Driving
Propulsion

2018 Ford Fiesta Active

When a company adds the title “Active” to the name of a best-selling model it might generate the expectation of all-wheel-drive, chunky tires and a general “take me to the mud” image.

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Aerospace

Device Can Prevent Aircraft Accidents

A new device can increase aircraft safety during takeoff. During the first 10 seconds of the takeoff roll, the device predicts if the aircraft will reach the sufficient speed for taking off. The...

INSIDER
Aerospace

Launching Graphene to the Stratosphere

Researchers are testing the properties of graphene after it has been launched into the stratosphere. Two-dimensional graphene has a unique combination of being extremely flexible, harder than...

What We’re Driving
Power

Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

It’s hardly a secret that Toyota’s Tacoma owns the midsize pickup market—both in raw sales and in perception. After a kinda-sorta redesign of the Tacoma for 2016, the TRD Pro model followed for 2017 to...

Technology Report
AR/AI

WePredict Ready to Rock Component-Quality Analytics

Somewhere near the zip code of Big Data is the emerging neighborhood of Big Analytics, where computer scientists, research analysts, mathematicians and statisticians intake the...

Road Ready
Mechanical & Fluid Systems

2019 Dodge Challenger: Deceased Demon Seeds Stronger and Wider Muscle-Car Lineup

The 2019 Dodge Challenger lineup sees a savvy refresh that keenly redistributes its muscle-car strengths. With the one-model-year-only Demon passing into...

Technology Report
Power

Ford Shifts to Vehicle Architectures

Ford Motor Company is going from nine global platforms to five flexible vehicle architectures with a strong emphasis on sharing modules. The automaker’s revised product development process is...

News
Software

The Navigator: Explosion in Compute Power Enables Automated Driving

Over the course of this summer as I continue to follow all the companies developing automated driving systems, I’ve also been reading a preview copy of the new book...

News
Propulsion

2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited

Don’t know how I overlooked the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid for so long, but it gets my personal award for most pleasant—and pleasingly surprising—vehicle I’ll drive in 2018. Yep, this thing is...

News
RF & Microwave Electronics

NASA Selects Frontier Aerospace to Continue Development of New Deep Space Thruster

NASA’s Space Technology and Mission Directorate (STMD) awarded Simi Valley, Calif.’s Frontier Aerospace Corporation with “Tipping Point” funding to...

News
Aerospace

T-X Competition to End in September with Selection of New USAF Trainer Aircraft

According to officials, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) will select a new trainer aircraft by September 30 – before the end of the 2018 fiscal year. The...

News
Weapons Systems

Boeing Wins MQ-25 Contract

Boeing, headquartered in Chicago, will build the U.S. Navy’s first operational carrier-based unmanned refueling aircraft, the MQ-25 Stingray. The $805-million engineering and manufacturing development (EMD)...