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Radar Signal Generation with a High-Performance AWG

Radar ensures the safety and security of the skies, and lives depend on it. That’s why radar design measurements call for high frequency, realistic stimulus signals. You need to create these complex radar test signals at high frequencies, but what’s the best solution?

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Aerospace, Defense, Electronics & Computers, RF & Microwave Electronics
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The 3D Printing Landscape: Then and Now

Frequently used as a design validation and prototyping tool in its early days, the 3D printer now supports a much wider range of applications, from shape-conforming electronics to the creation of printed living tissue. Tech Briefs spoke with industry expert Terry Wohlers about 3D printing's emerging possibilities.

Posted in: News, News, News, Aerospace, Consumer Product Manufacturing, Custom & Contract Manufacturing, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping & Tooling, Implants & Prosthetics
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Commando Helicopter

Leonardo-Finmeccanica Rome, Italy +39 06 32473313www.leonardocompany.com/

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced recently that the first AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin Mk4 successfully completed its maiden flight at its Yeovil facility in southwest England. Leonardo is upgrading 25 Royal Navy Merlin Mk3/3A aircraft to Merlin Mk4/4A standard as part of the Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP) contract. The MLSP contract is valued at £330 million and was awarded in January 2014 by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). Deliveries of aircraft will start in 2017 and continue through to 2020 with the work being performed at Leonardo’s Yeovil facility.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Defense, Military aircraft, Rotary-wing aircraft
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Touchscreen Tablet Mission System

Inzpire Lincolnshire, UK +44 1522 688 231www.inzpire.com

GECO, from UK-based Inzpire, is a military grade rugged touchscreen tablet mission system that is currently in frontline operational use with the British Armed Forces, and is also fielded internationally on 15 different aircraft types including fighter planes and attack and support helicopters.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Defense, Computer software and hardware, Human machine interface (HMI), Displays, Military aircraft
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M1 Abrams Tank Engine Updates

Honeywell Aerospace Phoenix, AZ 602-365-3099https://aerospace.honeywell.com

The Honeywell-powered M1 Abrams tank has been a mainstay of the U.S. military’s heavy armored forces for more than 25 years. Over that time, global defense strategies and battlefield engagements have changed, meaning the M1 Abrams now requires more power, extended mission range, and greater dependability.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Defense, Engine control systems, Gas turbines, Military vehicles and equipment
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Aircraft Automation System

Aurora Flight Sciences Manassas, VA 703-369-3633www.aurora.aero

Aurora Flight Sciences is breaking ground in the world of automated flight through its work on the Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program. Aurora recently demonstrated automated flight capabilities with ALIAS flying a Cessna Caravan through basic maneuvers under the supervision of a pilot.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Defense, Flight control actuators, Optics, Human machine interface (HMI), Flight tests, Unmanned aerial vehicles
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Pulse Analysis Techniques for Radar and Electronic Warfare

Pulsed signals are widespread in radar and other electronic warfare (EW) applications, and they must be accurately measured for manufacturing, design of countermeasures, and threat assessment. Pulse measurements are an especially challenging area for signal analysis due to a combination of factors. Fortunately, many of the improving signal processing and analog-digital conversion technologies behind the generation of complex pulse environments also enable new techniques for effective pulse analysis.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Mathematical analysis, Measurements, Radar, Military vehicles and equipment
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Flat Cable Technology for Aerospace Applications

There are those who think all cables are created equal. Well, they're not.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Downsizing, Wiring, Product development
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Electric Rockets and the Future of Satellite Propulsion

Humans have been using rocket propulsion for almost a millennium, starting with Chinese rockets and “fire arrows” in the 13th century and continuing to the modern era's powerful Space Shuttle and Falcon rockets. For most of that history, rockets have been chemically fueled, but in the past century scientists and engineers have also experimented with electric rockets, also known as ion engines or ion propulsion systems.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Electric power, Product development, Rocket engines, Satellites, Spacecraft
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Designing Electronic Warfare to Regain Airborne Military Dominance

For decades, military aircraft have relied on electronic warfare (EW) solutions to protect assets and dominate airspace. The ability of the United States to detect and track aircraft, or avoid detection has played a major role in its ability to project power globally and maintain freedom of operation in the air.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Electronic equipment, Security systems, Defense industry, Military aircraft
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