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Adamant: A Soon-to-be Open Source, Mission-Critical Flight Software Framework Written in Ada

By embracing an open-source approach, Adamant opens the doors to wider collaboration, community contributions, and the exchange of best practices in the discipline of flight software. Adamant open-source on GitHub will be released later this year.

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Aerospace

Hybrid Propulsion Systems

Benchmark’s turnkey hybrid chemical + electric propulsion systems will leverage the high thrust capabilities of its non-toxic chemical Halcyon HTP propulsion systems and the precision maneuverability of its Xantus metal plasma thrusters.

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Electronics & Computers

SAE International Extends Call for Abstracts, Seeks Submissions for AeroTech Conference

Engineering Events staff at SAE International in Warrendale, Pennsylvania, have extended the call for abstracts through September 21 for the...

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Application Briefs
Imaging

Cryogenic Thermal Subsystem

The Cryogenic Thermal Subsystem’s most critical function is to provide cooling to maintain the detectors in two of the Roman Coronagraph Instrument’s cameras at sufficiently low temperatures of approximately minus 161o F, which will allow them to function with the required sensitivity.

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Energy

Full-Scale Micro-launcher Rocket

Micro-launchers such as Orbex Prime give satellite manufacturers a dedicated launch service, in contrast to larger, ‘rideshare’ launchers, where small satellites are often a secondary payload, and frequently face significant delays.

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Energy

Designing for Space and Other Extreme Environments

In aerospace and defense, applications rely on mission-critical components to ensure proper functioning in extreme environments. In the many instances in this field where...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Machining Beryllium

Because beryllium is extremely expensive, the learning curve for potential competitors is costly.

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Microtube Technology: A Catalyst for Next-Gen Aerospace Thermal Control

Intergalactic, an aerospace thermal management company, has an inventive approach to heat exchangers.

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Aerospace

Space Industry Test Challenges

Avionics engineering teams should minimize testing time to accelerate the pace of innovation required for the next era of space exploration.

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Precision Micromotors

The Mars helicopter features six brushed DC motors.

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Semiconductors & ICs

Radiation-Hardened ICs

See how the integrated circuits supported a mission to examine asteroids.

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News
Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Quality Management Experts Provide Guidance on AS9100 Standard, Equipment Calibration

Quality management professionals across the global aerospace and defense community discuss the AS9100 international standard, audits, and equipment...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Industry Invited to Participate in AeroTech Aerospace and Defense Technical Program

SAE International is inviting global participation in its AeroTech® aerospace and defense technology conference and exhibition, which is for the first...

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Power

Time with the Teardown Titan

Competitive benchmarking has long played a vital role in the auto industry, but until recently, it’s been an insider’s game. Then came a surprise hit on YouTube: Munro Live. The ongoing series is...

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Unmanned Systems

Wireless Charging for Lunar Robots

See how WiBotic — a maker of wireless charging and fleet energy management technologies — is preparing robots for the Moon.

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Weapons Systems

Low-Impact Space Weather Sensors and the U.S. National Security Spacecraft

Low-impact sensors close a gap in the U.S. space weather observation network.

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Energy

Multipurpose Batteries Make it Easier to Get Around on Mars

NASA-funded research by Clemson University scientists could lead to the creation of lighter, faster-charging batteries suitable for powering a spacesuit or even a Mars rover.

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RF & Microwave Electronics

CubeSat Spacecraft

The Space Dynamics Laboratory will build six spacecraft for NASA’s Sun Radio Interferometer Space Experiment mission.

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Aptiv’s Satellite Route to ‘Democratizing’ Autonomous Tech

Despite the myriad challenges the world faced in 2020, it was a "great year of growth” for Aptiv, the technology company formerly known as Delphi Automotive, according...

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Electronics & Computers

Why Heat Exchanger Manufacturers Need to Rethink Design and Fabrication

Brazing isn't efficient, says an industry expert, and it's time for a change.

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Photonics/Optics

New Diamond Super-Material Enhances Aircraft Survivability

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

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RF & Microwave Electronics

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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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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Propulsion

Thrust in Space - The Nuances of Thruster Valve Design

More and more companies are designing rockets, satellites, and reusable space vehicles that require thruster valves to position, maintain, or change vehicle orbit in space.

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Original Equipment
Manned Systems

Nikola Looks to Accelerate Production, Hydrogen Infrastructure

Nikola Corp.’s recent merger with VectoIQ Acquisition Corp., a publicly traded special-purpose acquisition company, is expected to help accelerate the company’s...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Covariance and Uncertainty Realism in Space Surveillance and Tracking

Characterizing uncertainty in estimating the state of a resident space object is one of the fundamentals of many space surveillance tasks.

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Aerospace

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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Aerospace

How Augmented Reality Can Modernize Aerospace And Defense Manufacturing

Businesses are using AR to overhaul processes, drive efficiencies, reduce manufacturing errors, and improve their bottom line.

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Test & Measurement

Understanding Fiber Optic Transceiver Design and Test Rules

The design of avionics systems must balance several factors. First, engineers want to increase the performance of the systems installed in aircraft or spacecraft. Second, they want...

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