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NRL Researchers’ Golden Touch Enhances Quantum Technology

Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory discovered a new platform for quantum technologies by suspending two-dimensional (2-D) crystals over pores in a slab of gold. This new approach may help develop new materials for secure communication and sensing technologies based on the unique laws of physics at the atomic levels.

Posted in: INSIDER, Defense, Materials, Metals
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Army Leverages New Alliance for 3-D Printing Goals

Top university and industry researchers met recently at Carnegie Mellon University to forge a collaboration designed to improve on-demand 3-D printing. As part of a newly formed Research Alliance for Additive Manufacturing Innovations, the group will uncover best approaches to advance unified holistic multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary additive manufacturing research for Army acquisition and sustainment programs.

Posted in: INSIDER, Defense, 3 D Printing & Additive Manufacturing, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping & Tooling
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Researchers Develop Innovative Tools to Accelerate Composites Certification

In partnership with industry, a team of Air Force Research Laboratory/Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) personnel are developing the capability to accelerate certification of advanced manufactured composite structures. Creating a new materials characterization sub-facility, known as the Materials Solutions Network, will drive composite manufacturing into a physics-based exact science that can be predicted and modeled in ways impossible until now, allowing faster implementation of low-cost, short-term and limited-life technologies.

Posted in: INSIDER, Defense, Composites, Materials, Plastics
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Changing the Face of UAV Communications

The increase in unmanned aircraft (UA) traffic is leading to an increase in communications disruptions because too many vehicles are trying to use the same limited number of frequencies.

Posted in: INSIDER, Communications, Defense
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Understanding Condensation Leads to Better De-icing Materials

Water repellency is needed for surfaces to shed condensation buildup. New research by the University of Illinois and North Carolina State University shows that the necessity of water repellency is unclear and that the slipperiness between the droplets and solid surface appears to be more critical to the clearing of condensation.

Posted in: INSIDER, Defense, Coating/Surface Modification, Coatings & Adhesives, Materials
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Acetone and Light Create a Green Jet Fuel Additive

Common nail polish remover combined with light upgrades it to higher-mass hydrocarbons, creating an additive that can be blended with conventional jet fuel with environmental benefits. Los Alamos National Lab converted bio-derived acetone to isophorone and then used a UV lamp to convert it to a cyclobutane, a type of hydrocarbon with high energy density for fuels applications.

Posted in: INSIDER, Defense, Materials
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New Products: February 2020 Aerospace & Defense Technology

Wideband RF Transceiver

Analog Devices, Inc. (Norwood, MA) has introduced a new wideband transceiver within its RadioVerse™ design and technology ecosystem. The ADRV9026 is designed to support base station applications including single and multi-standard 3G/4G/5G macrocell base stations, massive MIMO (M-MIMO) and small cell systems. The new software defined transceiver supports both Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) and Time Division Duplex (TDD) standards.

Posted in: Products, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Communications, Wireless, Defense, Board-Level Electronics, Computers, Electronic Components, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Materials, Machinery, RF & Microwave Electronics, Automation, Robotics, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Software, Instrumentation, Measuring Instruments, Monitoring, Test & Measurement
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Adding Context to Full-Motion Video for Improved Surveillance and Situational Awareness

Full motion video (FMV) sensors are essential assets and provide real-time situational awareness with minimal latency.
Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Data Acquisition, Defense, Cameras, Displays/Monitors/HMIs, Imaging, Video, Data Acquisition, Sensors, Monitoring
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Implementing an Aerospace Factory of the Future

Companies are introducing "Industry 4.0" technology at a rapid pace, turning the next-generation vision of manufacturing into reality.
Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Artificial Intelligence, Connectivity, Industry 4.0, Wireless Technologies, Data Acquisition, Internet of Things, Joining & Assembly, Machinery, Mechanical Components, RF & Microwave Electronics, Data Acquisition, Sensors
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Outsourcing Plasma Treatments for Surface Modification

For many manufacturers, plasma-applied coatings and surface treatments can play a significant role in new product development.
Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Defense, Board-Level Electronics, Electronic Components, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Thermal Management, Coatings & Adhesives, Materials, Joining & Assembly, Cleaning and Disinfection
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