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Energy

Engineering to Beat the Battery Boundaries

It’s a big step from motor racing technology, hypercars and jet fighters to a baby’s mobile incubator able to withstand a 20g-impact, but that’s the usual business at Williams Advanced...

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Connectivity

Is Ground-Penetrating Radar the Next Innovation for Automated-Vehicle Sensing?

Most of the existing autonomous-vehicle (AV) localization strategies try to replicate how human drivers perceive the world. But reliable autonomy requires...

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Data Acquisition

Reconstructing Accidents in the ADAS Age

With advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS) evolving rapidly, the technology will continue to improve safety as it augments the skill and attention of human drivers. Accidents will still occur,...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Special Delivery – by ‘Bot

When road users and pedestrians in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan, first view the REV-1 in action, they see a funky little electric three-wheeler quietly navigating the city’s streets on its own. Observers...

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Unmanned Systems

Training Data-Hungry AI Algorithms

Training the algorithms of Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based systems for autonomous or highly automated driving requires enormous volumes of data to be captured and processed. The algorithms must be...

Application Briefs
RF & Microwave Electronics

Damage & Repair Tracker

The UK's fleet of Merlin Mark 2 helicopters has been testing the tlmNexus' Damage & Repair Tracker (DaRT).

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Rear Fuselage Packer

To date, the rear fuselage packers have been used in the production of over 500 aircraft.

Application Briefs
Robotics, Automation & Control

Mars Rover Electric Motors

A number of maxon's precision DC and BLDC motors were designed into the Perseverance rover.

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Weapons Systems

Directed-Energy System to Defeat Small Unmanned Aircraft System Swarms

New weapons technology is needed to combat the proliferation of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS).

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Photonics/Optics

New Diamond Super-Material Enhances Aircraft Survivability

A diamond composite is the ultimate optics and semiconducting super-material.

Briefs
Test & Measurement

WIAMan Technology Demonstrator Sensor Codes Conforming to International Organization for Standardization/Technical Standard (ISO/TS) 13499

The Warrior Injury Assessment Manikin (WIAMan) Project is in the process of developing anthropomorphic test devices.

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Electronics & Computers

Solar-Powered Structures

Pvilion, a solar-powered fabric provider, was recently awarded a contract by the United State Air Force (USAF).

Application Briefs
Data Acquisition

Operating System Software

Learn about the The INTEGRITY-178 tuMP RTOS.

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Army Advances Materials for New Low-Profile Antenna

Army scientists have developed a first-of-its-kind antenna that could change how ground vehicles and airborne systems communicate, transmit, and receive radio frequency communications.

Products
RF & Microwave Electronics

New Products

Docking stations for satellite phones; aircraft wiring; spectrum analyzers; and more.

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Electronics & Computers

Thermal Management for Directed Energy Weapons

Advanced thermal management is one of the keys to bringing directed energy weapons online and to allow them to operate at peak performance.

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Defense

Rocket Engine Technology

This effort will mark the first representative flight of an aerospike engine after many decades of research and abandoned flight efforts.

Articles
Weapons Systems

From DC to Daylight — How Innovations in Microwave Absorbers Shield the Warfighter

While the flashiest military innovations like new fighter jets attract the most attention, advancements in RF/microwave absorbers are crucial enablers of these larger innovations.

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Photonics/Optics

Beam Propagation Model Selection for Millimeter-Wave Directed Energy Weapons

See how Modeling and Simulation (M&S) can be used to explore the design trade space of directed energy weapons.

Application Briefs
Sensors/Data Acquisition

Remotely Piloted Aircraft

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems recently flew its SkyGuardian in the skies above Southern California as part of a joint flight demonstration with NASA.

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Unmanned Systems

Experimental Design of a UCAV-Based High-Energy Laser Weapon

The day of the first deployable UCAV armed with a high-energy laser weapon is not far away.

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Development of a Secure Private Neural Network Capability

Learn how to fully implement a Secure Private Neural Network.

Application Briefs
Data Acquisition

CAM Software

HyperMILL ® CAM software and 5-axis machining is being used to make parts for an advanced NASA satellite mission.

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Semiconductors & ICs

Radiation-Tolerant FPGAs Solve Spacecraft Design Challenges

Learn about the different FPGA technologies that are available for space applications, and the process for developing the components.

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

New Heat Conduction Method for More Efficient Aircraft

An engineer at Virginia Tech has developed an aircraft thermal management technology that stands ready for adaptation into other areas. The planar bridging-droplet thermal diodes...

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Aerospace

Simulating Lunar Human Landing and Urban Air Mobility

NASA Ames researchers in the Vertical Motion Simulator (VMS) are designing the Human Landing System (HLS) to deliver humans to the lunar surface as part of the Artemis project. The...

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Propulsion

Nontoxic, Salt-Based Propellant Could Power Rockets

In smaller spacecraft such as CubeSat satellites, a salt-based monopropellant is showing promise. The propellant, called FAM-110A, is a mixture of two commercially available salts. It...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Venting for EV Battery Packs

Batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) need protection from harsh external conditions. Generally located on the underside of the vehicle, EV battery enclosures protect the cells from exposure to water, dust,...

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Defense

30mm Airburst Ammo Will Give Soldiers New Capabilities

Northrop Grumman Corporation received a contract from the U.S. Army’s Project Manager for Maneuver Ammunition Systems (PM-MAS) to develop the next generation airburst cartridge for...

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Materials

Army Fields New Chemical Detection Technology

Chemical weapons pose a serious threat to civilian and warfighter lives, but technology from the U.S. Army Small Business Technology Transfer program reduces those risks. Researchers...

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Defense

Adranos Secures Government Contracts for Hypersonic Research

Adranos Inc., a Purdue University-affiliated company that has developed a high-performance solid rocket fuel called ALITEC for missile and space launch systems, has obtained...

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Unmanned Systems

2020 Hype Cycle for Connected and Smart Mobility

Gartner Inc.’s annual Hype Cycle (below) has become a much-anticipated metric of the maturity and market viability of numerous technologies related to automated driving and new...

Q&A
Manned Systems

Q&A: Bollinger Still Expanding in Heavy-Duty EVs

Things are very busy right now for heavy-duty electric vehicle (EV) startup Bollinger Motors. The company, founded in June 2015, recently moved into significantly larger digs in Oak Park,...

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Unmanned Systems

Plastics Exec Calls for Standards to Drive New Material Opportunities

The plastics industry is rethinking its next generation of automotive materials to meet new demands in what it calls “the ACCESS framework” – Autonomy,...

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Materials

All-Composite EV Wheel Heads to Production

Designed for EV and niche applications, the first commercially viable, low cost, lightweight, all-composite wheel moves to the next phase of development with a pilot production run. The...

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Materials

Ford’s Mielewski Envisions Broad Portfolio of Renewable Materials

A broad portfolio of renewable materials is available now that can help the automotive industry reduce its carbon footprint. Many of these new materials exceed the...

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Data Acquisition

NASA and Boeing Partner to Advance Aviation

NASA research projects are flying aboard a Boeing 787 Dreamliner as part of Boeing’s 2020 ecoDemonstrator program. Results from these flights will help continuing development of technology to...

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Materials

Mission Will Test Drag Sail to Bring Rocket Back to Earth

A drag sail, developed at Purdue University, will be onboard a rocket and deploy at the end of the rocket’s mission to accelerate the vehicle’s deorbit. A drag sail passively...

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Motion Control

Sticking the Landing on the Moon and Mars

Future spacecraft bound for the Moon or beyond will benefit from high-powered computer simulations underway at the University of Michigan that will provide a framework NASA can use to better...

Road Ready
Imaging

Nissan Reveals Design for Next-Generation Z Sportscar

Giving hope to automotive enthusiasts that niche models will remain in at least some automakers’ lineups, Nissan this week revealed the Z Proto, “signaling the company's intent...

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Power

Bollinger Expanding Planned EV Lineup with the Deliver-E Commercial Van

Class-3 EV startup Bollinger Motors has announced an addition to its future lineup of vehicles – a delivery truck. The cleverly named Deliver-E concept is an...

Q&A
Connectivity

Integrating Ultra-Low NOx Technology Presents Challenges

Ultra-low NOx regulations proposed by the California Air Resourced Board (CARB) call for 0.05 g/hp-hr tailpipe NOx in 2024, with a second stage in 2027 further reducing NOx to...

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Energy

2021 ID.4 Is Volkswagen’s First U.S.-Market Dedicated EV

Volkswagen revealed its 2021 ID.4 electric vehicle (EV) on September 23, the brand’s first-ever dedicated EV for the U.S. market. The ID.4 is the initial model in an eventual...

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Power

SAE Kicks off Project to Develop Cyber-Secure EV Charging

Electric-vehicle charging is critical to the mainstreaming of EVs. A 2019 study by the International Council on Clean Transportation estimates that to create, by 2025, a charging...

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Power

Turbocharged Hybrid: 2021 Kia Sorento Revealed

Kia has revealed its 2021 Kia Sorento, an all-new version of its popular 3-row, 5-door mid-size SUV. This is the fourth generation of the Sorento, which was first introduced in 2002, and...

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Transportation

Cellular V2X Pilot Launching in Virginia

Cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology is going live via a pilot program in Virginia, with the specific goals of improving work-zone and traffic-signal safety. The Virginia Department...

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Manned Systems

Startups Emerge as Accelerators for Commercial-Vehicle Technologies

Speed has become a more critical factor as the commercial vehicle (CV) industry races to meet global market demands and stricter emissions regulations. The need for...