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Manned Systems

ATHENA Sensor Brings Generational Leap to Airborne MANPAD Protection

Since their introduction, Man-Portable Air Defense Systems – heat-seeking, shoulder-fired missiles – have been a persistent threat to U.S. Army aviation. Infrared...

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Imaging

Shaking Outside the Box to Advance Flight Research

A technique called Shake the Box predicts the positions of already-tracked particles and then corrects errors using image matching. The algorithms triangulate the positions of new particles in the measurement domain, enabling scientists to look at higher-particle densities with greater positional accuracy.

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Photonics/Optics

Spatial Calibration for Accurate Long Distance Measurement Using Infrared Cameras

All commercially available camera systems have lenses (and internal geometries) that cannot perfectly refract light waves and refocus them onto a two-dimensional (2D) image sensor. This means that all digital images contain elements of distortion and thus are not a true representation of the real world.

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Products
Manufacturing & Prototyping

New Products

See the new products, including the NDT 1000 inspection system, a PU-5200 certifiable display computer, RJ45 connectors, servers, and more.

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Photonics/Optics

Free-Space Quantum Communications in Harsh Environments

The project aims to explore the possibility of all-weather secure quantum communication using macroscopic quantum states of light.

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RF & Microwave Electronics

How Laser Communications Innovation is Finally Coming of Age and Driving Innovation in Defense

Though laser technology has advantages over radio, and those advantages are growing as innovation accelerates, what is essential to realize is that they need not be in competition.

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Photonics/Optics

Towards Greater Sensitivity: A Brief FTIR and Infrared-Based Cavity Ring Down Spectroscopy Comparative Study

Cavity Ring-Down spectroscopy (CRDS) is a newer IR absorption-based technique made possible by the use of tunable pulsed lasers. Rather than using a broadband (blackbody) emitter as is done with traditional IR techniques, a pulsed laser is tuned across wavelengths into an optical cavity.

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Photonics/Optics

Determining Optical Material Parameters With Motion in Structured Illumination

Ellipsometry measures the amplitude ratio and the phase difference between polarized light reflected from the surface of a film and determines the refractive index or thickness by fitting the experimental data to an optical model that represents an approximated sample structure.

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Photonics/Optics

Deep Image Prior Amplitude SAR Image Anonymization

Synthetic Aperture Radar images are a powerful tool for studying the Earth’s surface. They are radar signals generated by an imaging system mounted on a platform such as an aircraft or satellite. As the platform moves, the system emits sequentially high-power electromagnetic waves through its antenna.

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Government

AI-Enabled Detection System Set To Replace Aging Airspace Awareness System

Execution of new fielding and funding strategies will lead to the delivery of a cutting-edge surveillance, identification, and tracking system that monitors and...

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Aerospace

Ultraviolet Spacecraft Camera

Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory is building two key flight camera systems for a NASA spacecraft that will explore the layer of the atmosphere where Earth meets space.

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Aerospace

Teledyne FLIR to Produce 1,000 Pocket-Sized Drones for Use in Ukraine

Norway's Ministry of Defense (MOD) has placed an order with Teledyne FLIR Defense to procure Black Hornet 3 Personal Reconnaissance Systems for use in Ukraine. The...

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Electronics & Computers

Euclid Space Telescope Begins Mission to Study Dark Energy and Matter

ESA’s Euclid spacecraft lifted off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, on July 1, 2023. The successful launch marks the...

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Imaging

Filtered Rayleigh Scattering Enables Laser-Optical Measurement of Turbofan Thrust

Pratt & Whitney and Virginia Tech announced a pioneering new technology for calculating thrust using lasers to enable high-fidelity measurement of key...

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Communications

Context-Aware Visual Search Using a Pan-Tilt-Zoom Camera

Introduced here is the formal PTZ Search Problem. In the PTZSP, a fixed PTZ camera starts at a given PTZ position and must move through the continuous 3D space of PTZ coordinates to detect as many objects of interest as possible as quickly as possible.

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Aerospace

Automated Atmospheric Correction of Nanosatellites Using Coincident Ocean Color Radiometer Data

Researchers present a machine-learning-based method for utilizing traditional ocean-viewing satellites to perform automated atmospheric correction of nanosatellite data.

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Electronics & Computers

3D Scanning Provides Key Weapon for Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing

While AI, AR, and IIoT are increasing production efficiency and time to market, 3D scanning still has not been exploited by aerospace and defense manufacturers for its full potential to do the same.

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Weapons Systems

High-Speed Midwave Infrared Cameras Enable Military Test Range Tracking System

Infrared thermography consists of three specific wavelengths, including short-wave infrared, midwave infrared, and long wavelength infrared.

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Photonics/Optics

Overcoming Performance Limitations of Distributed Brillouin Fiber Laser Sensors

Distributed fiber sensors are a powerful tool for structural health monitoring and environmental sensing due to their ability to remotely monitor the strain at 1,000s of locations using low-cost optical fiber.

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Materials

Electro-Optic Materials Research

Here, a summary of the main lines of effort for the Electro-Optics Materials Research program including its goals and major accomplishments of the past five years.

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Aerospace

Using an Open Architecture Approach to Military Avionics

The system was developed to reduce the high number of controlled flight into terrain accidents in the southeast region of Alaska.

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Software

New HPC4EI Project to Create 'Digital Twin' Models for Aerospace Manufacturing

A partnership involving Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory aimed at developing “digital twins” for producing aerospace components is one of six new...

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Aerospace

Ball Aerospace Starts Final Assembly of Space Force's Next Generation Operational Weather Satellite

Ball Aerospace completed the spacecraft bus for the Weather System Follow-on-Microwave (WSF-M) satellite, the U.S. Space Force's...

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Aerospace

Airbus Starts Testing Autonomous Landing, Taxi Assistance on A350 DragonFly Demonstrator

Airbus UpNext, a wholly owned subsidiary of Airbus, has started testing new, on ground and in-flight, pilot assistance technologies on an A350-1000...

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Aerospace

Rapidly Adaptable Standards-Compliant Radio

RASOR™, L3Harris’ new Modular Open System Approach (MOSA) solution, delivers next-generation JADC2-enabling capability to the U.S. military.

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Photonics/Optics

AFTC Gains New Test Capability

As weapon system designers continue to innovate for the defense of the nation, the Air Force Test Center must advance the test capabilities available to develop and prove the superiority of those systems...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Through-Wall Imaging System

Camero-Tech has launched the Xaver™ 1000, a new generation of the Camero Xaver™ product line.

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Designing Multi-Channel Microwave Radio Systems Using Optical Interconnects

Imagine if it was possible to build multi-channel microwave radio systems leveraging optical rather than copper interconnects.

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Test & Measurement

Real-Time Signal Analyzer

Jamming and spoofing, two types of intentional disruption of communications, are ever-increasing threats, and getting ever more difficult to combat.

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