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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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Aerospace

Solar-Powered Satellite Hardware in Orbit

The Photovoltaic Radio-frequency Antenna Module is the first orbital experiment designed to convert sunlight for microwave power transmission for solar power satellites.

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Photonics/Optics

NRL’s Hybrid Tiger UAV Soars at Demonstration

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory engineers recently demonstrated Hybrid Tiger, an electric unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with multi-day endurance flight capability. The team integrated...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Investigation of Flight Dynamics and Controls for a Solar-Tracker-Mounted UAV

A new study explores the dynamics behavior of the parallel mechanism mounted UAV.

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Unmanned Systems

Mars Rover Electric Motors

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

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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).

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Green Design & Manufacturing

Marelli’s COVID-Killing Cabin Purifier

Marelli North America is offering a solution to the problem of interior air quality in shared-use/autonomous vehicles. The upgraded HVAC setup purifies passenger car cabin air, including the...

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Communications

Quantifying Autonomous Soaring on a Surveillance and Communications Relay Mission

Research demonstrates that a surveillance mission is still achievable by unmanned vehicles while performing autonomous soaring.

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Electrodeposition of Metal Matrix Composites and Materials Characterization for Thin-Film Solar Cells

Metal matrix composites can electrically bridge the cracks that appear in semiconductor substrates and the composite grid lines.

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Lightweight Sensing and Control System for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Monitoring

A new sensing and control system for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) allows for semi-autonomous flight. Pilots need not leave the ground to conduct routine monitoring and surveillance quickly and cost-effectively. Such systems are particularly useful during long flight...

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Energy

From LASER World of PHOTONICS 2019: Light as the Key to Global Sustainability

The increased use of photonics has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions — by 3-billion tons.

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Energy

AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: Helicopter Drones

Three new unmanned helicopters were unveiled at AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL show in Chicago.

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Test & Measurement

Cognitive Radio: The New Architecture of Space Communications

NASA spacecraft typically rely on human-controlled radio systems to communicate with Earth. As collection of space data increases, NASA looks to alternative radio technologies to...

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Materials

Enhanced Contacts for Inverted Metamorphic Multi-Junction Solar Cells Using Carbon Nanotube Metal Matrix Composites

In order to address issues related to mechanical and vibrational stresses that are commonly experienced in mounting, launch,...

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Photonics/Optics

Air Force Research Lab and Industry Advance Multi-Junction Solar Cells

Experts at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) continue to expand the scope of their technological expertise, rising above the Earth’s surface to meet the...

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Energy

Solar Powering UAVs

One of the largest problems facing the aerospace industry involves size, weight, and power (SWaP) analysis and the increasing size of payloads with typically a finite amount of power to drive ever more demanding systems....

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Energy

Going Off-Road With Hard-Carbon Lithium-Ion Battery Technology

EnerDel’s second-generation Mobile Hybrid Power System (MHPS) was delivered in May to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Research and Development Center in Champaign, IL. It...

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Energy

Soldiers Use Sunlight to Improve Combat Capability

Soldiers are enlisting the sun's power in Afghanistan. Ten solar generators are now providing special forces soldiers in distant outposts with the energy they need to accomplish their...