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Photonics/Optics

Fiber Optic Rotary Joints Add a Spin to Sensing, Mobile, and Robotic Fiber Systems

To the passing optical signals, fiberoptic rotary joints (FORJs) are nothing more than fiber connectors, which provide connection between one or multiple...

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Imaging

Multi-Sensor Electro-Optic Platform

Silent Sentinel’s offering includes a dual Electro-Optic/Infra-Red camera payload, a laser range finder, and a panoramic surveillance camera.

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Energy

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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Electronics & Computers

Developing a 6DoF Aircraft Munitions Optical Tracking System

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation software estimates the trajectory of separation between the aircraft and the store. But how reliable is the CFD model in real-life situations?

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Photonics/Optics

A Comparative Evaluation of the Detection and Tracking Capability Between Novel Event-Based and Conventional Frame-Based Sensors

This research establishes a fundamental understanding of the characteristics of event-based sensors.

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Characterization of Turbulent Unsteady Separation Using Photonic Micro-Skin Friction and Wall Pressure Sensors

Learn about a photonic skin friction and wall pressure sensor.

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Nanotechnology

Frequency Agile Plasmonic Antennas and Sensors

A new way of assembling individual nanostructures will facilitate better design principles for plasmonic photonic devices.

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Photonics/Optics

Missile Protection System

The AMPS-MLRD missile protection system provides enhanced protection for military and civilian aircraft against the growing threat of ground to air missiles.

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Laser Cleaner Robot

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

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Materials

More Bang for the Buck: A New Design and Manufacturing Method for Deep Penetrating Bomb Cases

There is a new way to design penetrators and projectiles: Composites.

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Photonics/Optics

An Ultrafast Testbed for Comprehensive Characterization of Photonics, Electronic, and Optoelectronic Properties of Integrated Nanophotonic Structures

High-speed testing technology will enable advances such as new digital signal processing and computing platforms in the optical domain.

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Electronics & Computers

Atomistic- and Meso-Scale Computational Simulations for Developing Multi-Timescale Theory for Radiation Degradation in Electronic and Optoelectronic Devices

One particular semiconductor, gallium arsenide (GaAs), has received considerable attention due to its potential electronic applications.

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Defense

Light Tactical Vehicle

The MRZR Alpha is the newest light tactical vehicle from the military provider Polaris Government and Defense.

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Photonics/Optics

A Prototype Fuel Gauge for Orbit

Liquids aren’t as well behaved in space as they are on Earth. Inside a spacecraft, microgravity allows liquids to freely slosh and float about. The National Institute of Standards and Technology...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

3D-Printed NACA Inlet

A company's first metal additively manufactured part took to the skies on a SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) test flight.

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Test & Measurement

Reverse Engineering Technology

A company was retrofitting older avionics and needed a CAD model of the panel to see how it would fit.

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Unmanned Systems

New Products: October 2020 Aerospace & Defense Technology

Network analyzers, FPGAs, mobile surface measurement, and more.

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Robotics, Automation & Control

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

Analysis of Broadband Metamaterial Shielding for Counter-Directed Energy Weapons

Given the importance of electronics in modern warfare, the ability to rapidly develop a counter to such weapons will be essential to sustaining military operations.

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Defense

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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Semiconductors & ICs

New Diamond Super-Material Enhances Aircraft Survivability

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

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Electronics & Computers

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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Weapons Systems

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.

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Aerospace

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

New Enhanced Visual Acuity System Will Help Pilots Fly More Safely

Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of Raytheon Technologies Corp., is helping the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps transition from analog to digital night vision systems with...

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Electronics & Computers

New Products: August 2020 Aerospace & Defense Technology

Miniature sensors, 3D printing platforms, lightning test systems, and more.

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Detection with Quantum Radar

A new radar prototype utilizes quantum entanglement as a method of object detection.

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Test & Measurement

sUAS-Based Payload Development and Testing for Quantifying Optical Turbulence

Understanding how atmospheric effects can impact operational conditions is important to the development of High Energy Laser (HEL) weapon systems.

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Test & Measurement

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.