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Imaging

Hybrid Thermal and Red Dot Sight

The advanced MIL-STD Mepro TIGON sight has arrived.

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Materials

Low Distortion Titanium in Laser Powder Bed Fusion Systems

As the acceptance and application of additive manufacturing technology continues to evolve and grow, alloy selection will prove to be an important part of the development process.

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Aerospace

Review of Recent Capability Improvements in Ultrashort Pulse Laser Sources: Closing the Relevancy Gap for Directed Energy Applications

The horizon for directed energy (DE) applications, using ultrashort pulse lasers (USPLs), is quickly approaching.

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Photonics/Optics

Communicating Via Long-Distance Lasers

There’s a better way to use light to communicate over long distances: lasers.

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Unmanned Systems

Counter-Directed Energy Weapons: Defense of Air Assets

The global proliferation of directed energy weapon technology presents a new threat for the United States.

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Imaging

Laser Cleaner Robot

A robotized system automatically removes primers and other protective coatings from F-35 wing components.

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Laser Wire Additive Manufacturing System

ADDere printing not only a rocket combustion chamber and nozzle, but seamlessly merged them into one full size rocket thrust chamber assembly.

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Materials

New Diamond Super-Material Enhances Aircraft Survivability

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

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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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Photonics/Optics

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

Bore Elevation and Azimuth Measurement System (Beams)

A newly developed laser apparatus verifies that the pointing accuracy requirement of a weapon’s fire control system is met.

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Energy

High-Energy Laser Weapon Systems

The next few years will help determine whether high-energy lasers become a staple of the battlefield.

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Materials

Getting the Most Out of Laser Wire Additive Manufacturing

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) powder-based systems aren't the only ways to print metals.

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

UAS Interceptor System

In a recent demo conducted in Israel, RAFAEL’s Drone Dome C-UAS system performed interceptions of multiple drones.

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Photonics/Optics

NASA Prepares for the Moon and Mars with Expanded Deep Space Network

NASA is adding a new antenna for communicating with the agency’s farthest-flung robotic spacecraft.

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Photonics/Optics

Ultrafast Optics: Vector Cavity Lasers — Physics and Technology

Fiber lasers have found widespread applications in industrial material processing, scientific research and military systems due to their advantages of easy maintenance,...

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Software

Integration of Adaptive Optics Into High-Energy Laser Modeling And Simulation

The U.S. Navy is constantly predicting future threats and contemplating new weapon technologies to counter them. One of those technologies is directed-energy (DE)...

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Photonics/Optics

3D Meta-Optics for High-Energy Lasers

The scope of this research radically changed the way novel components are designed and fabricated for high-energy applications. This 3D Meta-Optics platform was, and is, essentially engineering the...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Matrix-Free Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Using Metal-Organic Frameworks

Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) is a soft ionization technique that is widely applied in the characterization of large biomolecules using...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Forward-Looking Lidar Can Revolutionize Driver-Assistance Systems

Part I of this multipart series cast a spotlight on vehicle crashes, a majority of which are forward-facing and result from driver error. Automakers are striving to develop...

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Aerospace

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,...

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Photonics/Optics

Laser Guided Rocket System

Arnold Defense
St. Louis, MO
636-575-9190
www.arnolddefense.com

Arnold Defense, the St Louis based international manufacturer and supplier of 2.75-inch rocket launchers, recently announced the...

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Photonics/Optics

Combating Infrared Threats on the Battlefield

There have been several news headlines lately about offenders pointing commercial lasers at helicopters or police personnel, temporarily blinding and distracting them. An increasing number of...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

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...

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Photonics/Optics

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...

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Materials

Taming the Thermal Behavior of Solid-State Military Lasers

Laser diodes and laser diode arrays (LDAs) are widely used throughout military systems, for sighting and range finding, but also at high power levels as offensive and defensive...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Robotic Paint Removal System

Air Force Research Laboratory
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH
+1 937-255-0017
www.wpafb.af.mil

AFRL Materials Integrity engineers recently played a key role in enabling the safer and more...

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Defense

Laser Detecting Systems

Whether engaged in an asymmetric fight with an insurgent or a conventional battle with a “near-peer” adversary, today's battlefield presents combatants with significant challenges. Rapidly advancing technology and...

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Propulsion

Customizable Rocket Launchers

Arnold Defense
Arnold, MO
(636) 296-5417
www.arnolddefense.com

Arnold Defense, an international manufacturer and supplier of 2.75-inch rocket launchers, has been generating considerable interest...