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Healthy Sensing: Do You Know When Your Proximity Sensor Is Sick?

The age of the fully connected aircraft is upon us and it isn’t coming a minute too soon to meet the demands of today’s commercial aircraft. The integration of smart components helps to increase revenue and reduce the cost to serve. Honeywell has designed and implemented the patented FAVCO (Fixed Amplitude Variable Current Oscillator) technology, which allows for continuous health monitoring capable of detecting the majority of circuit and sensor faults.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Aerospace, Defense, Sensors

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Zero-Emissions Electric Aircraft: Theory vs Reality

Many different electrically propelled aircraft have been or are soon to be flying. Recently a zero-emissions electric aircraft, Solar Impulse, flew around the world with zero fuel. However, an electric aircraft with the payload and range of a B-777 and having zero-emissions is a few more decades in the future.

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Analog-to-Digital Converter

The new EV12AD550 1.5GSps ADC from e2v (Chelmsford, UK) supports high dynamic range at 4.5GHz and S-band direct digitization, which enables space systems to avoid costly down conversion requirements. Future Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Earth observation systems, for example, will be able to operate this ADC at up to 5.5GHz without the need for down conversion. The removal of down conversion stages reduces the weight, size and power consumption of the overall space system, helping to reduce expensive orbit costs.

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Aerospace Composites

Victrex (West Conshohocken, PA) launched a new line of PAEK-based composites for the aerospace industry in the form of unidirectional (UD) tape and laminate panels. Introduced under the brand VICTREX® AE250 composites, the new product group enables the production of continuously- reinforced components that can perform under load. Such components include brackets, clips, clamps, and housings used throughout the aircraft in primary and secondary structures.

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Rugged Data Recorders

DTS (Seal Beach, CA) has released SLICE HG, a new standalone 3-channel system; 31.75 mm in diameter × 42.52 mm; 20,000 g shock-rated; programmable bandwidth DC to 40 KHz; with adjustable sampling 10 to 500,000 sps/ch. Data direct-writes to 16 GB flash memory, which can store >4 hours at the max sampling rate. The small potted aluminum enclosure is designed to be embedded in the test article, which also helps improve data quality. Sensor support includes: bridge, MEMS, strain, IEPE, load and temperature sensors.

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Rugged Sunlight Readable Tablet

AMREL (Los Angeles, CA) announced the launch of APEX PX5, a 10.1" fully rugged, sunlight readable tablet. The APEX PX5 is built to meet modern demands with a tough magnesium chassis and a durable ABS plastic cover. Boasting a speedy 4th generation Intel® Haswell Core™ i5 processor, the APEX PX5 Tablet is ideal for graphic and other data-intensive applications. Its capacitive multi-touch display is made from scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and supports glove touch, and a digitizer option.

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DC/DC Converters

Gaia Converter (Laval, QC, Canada) has extended its ultra-wide input voltage range DC/DC Converters platform to the new High Rel MGDD-08 series, targeting military and airborne applications. The MGDD-08 Series 9-60V & 80V transient input voltage range complies with Mil-Std-1275, 704 or DO-160 standards without an additional front end protection device. This unique performance is achieved via Gaia’s proprietary switching techniques while also keeping efficiency over 90%. With 2 outputs (for parallel, serial or symmetrical operation) of 3.3V, 5V, 12V, 15V and 24V, they can cover a wide variety of needs such as single 3.3V to 48V output, +&- 15V or 2×24V outputs for example.

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