Jet Propulsion Without Fossil Fuel

Researchers demonstrated a prototype device that uses microwave air plasmas for jet propulsion instead of fossil fuel. The plasma jet was created by compressing air into high pressures and using a microwave to ionize the pressurized air stream.

Posted in: INSIDER, Defense, Propulsion

yuDrones for Disaster Response

Natural disasters, like wildfires and hurricanes, can lead to many lives lost and billions of dollars in costs across the U.S. each year. To help reduce that impact, drones have great potential to assist emergency responders.

Posted in: INSIDER, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Defense

Second Vendor F-35 Canopy Testing Completed

Testers from the Holloman High Speed Test Track, in conjunction with members of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office, Lockheed Martin, Martin Baker, and BAE Systems, successfully conducted an F-35 static ejection seat test to evaluate pilot survivability using a canopy transparency from a new manufacturer. The purpose of this test was to demonstrate that the ejection seat is able to penetrate through the canopy without severely injuring the pilot if there is ever a failure with the Transparency Removal System (TRS); TRS is a charge designed to fracture the cockpit canopy acrylic prior to ejection.

Posted in: INSIDER, Aerospace, Defense, Design, Product Development, Coating/Surface Modification, Materials

Army to Consider Electric Vehicles, Alternative Fuel Options

Commercial-led advancements in electric vehicle technology have pushed the Army Futures and Concepts Center to take a hard look at the capability and find ways to integrate it throughout the Army's wheeled-vehicle fleet, the program's director said. A draft white-paper proposal focusing on the employment of electric vehicles is currently in the works, said Lt. Gen. Eric Wesley, the FCC director. The head of Army Futures Command, Gen. John Murray, will be among the first to review the proposal, which is slated for internal release this summer.

Posted in: INSIDER, Automotive, Defense, Alternative Fuels, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage, Automotive, Transportation

Study Uses AI to Estimate Unexploded Bombs from Vietnam War

Researchers have used artificial intelligence to detect Vietnam War-era bomb craters in Cambodia from satellite images – with the hope that it can help find unexploded bombs. The new method increased true bomb crater detection by more than 160 percent over standard methods. The model, combined with declassified U.S. military records, suggests that 44 to 50 percent of the bombs in the area studied may remain unexploded.

Posted in: INSIDER, Defense, Computers, Electronics & Computers, Imaging, Visualization Software

First Restartable Rocket Motor

Los Alamos researchers developed the first-ever restartable motor for solid rockets. They demonstrated restarting the motor at least six times in succession. All other solid rocket motors in use are a “one and done” scenario for maneuvering in space.

Posted in: INSIDER, Aerospace, Defense

Drone Swarms: A Transformational Technology

The U.S. military is prioritizing development of drone swarms as a means to reduce risk to our warfighters.
Posted in: Articles, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Data Acquisition, Defense, Displays/Monitors/HMIs, Internet of Things, Automation, Robotics, Data Acquisition, Detectors, Sensors

Connectors Lighten the SWaP Burden in UAV/MUMT Aircraft Electronics

Combat is being transformed by Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUMT) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technologies that improve a warrior’s situational awareness.
Posted in: Articles, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Connectivity, Data Acquisition, Defense, Fastening, Joining & Assembly, Mechanical Components, Automation, Robotics, Data Acquisition, Sensors

Playing Defense⁠ — Uncertain Regulations Stall the Implementation of Counter-UAS Technology in The U.S.

A raft of companies have emerged to provide counter-UAS technologies, but challenges remain.
Posted in: Articles, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Data Acquisition, Defense, Regulatory and Guidance Documents, Standards and Standards Development, Government, RF & Microwave Electronics, Threat Location, Targeting, & Surveillance, Automation, Robotics, Data Acquisition, Detectors, Sensors, Monitoring

Robotic Combat Vehicles: Putting the Brains Behind the Brawn

A new era of Robotic Combat Vehicles (RCV) is about to begin
Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Defense, Computers, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Automation, Robotics

UAS Interceptor System

In a recent demo conducted in Israel, RAFAEL’s Drone Dome C-UAS system performed interceptions of multiple drones.
Posted in: Application Briefs, Aeronautics, Aviation, Defense, Detectors

Towed Array Sonar System

The SwordFish™ is capable of underwater target search, detection, tracking, and classification.
Posted in: Application Briefs, Defense, Data Acquisition, Detectors, Sensors

Underwater Connectors

Northrop Grumman Corporation has signed its first non-exclusive agreement to manufacture niobium-based connectors (NiobiCon™) specifically designed for harsh environments.
Posted in: Application Briefs, Defense, Fastening, Joining & Assembly, Machinery, Mechanical Components

Rebar Tying Robot

SkyMul founders believe that their SkyTy solution can help speed up the construction of the more than 22,000 bridges that will need to be replaced in the next 10 years.
Posted in: Application Briefs, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Defense, Imaging, Visualization Software, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Machinery, Mechanical Components

Anti-Drone Remote Weapon System

Weighing only 70 kilograms, the Pitbull-3 delivers Point & Shoot technology
Posted in: Application Briefs, AR/AI, Defense, Video, Robotics

UAV Fuel Management System

Valcor Engineering was tasked with creating a turn-key fuel management system for a new UAV.
Posted in: Application Briefs, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Defense, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage

Counter-Drone Technology

Titan is an autonomous, A.I.-enabled counter drone solution that forces drones to safely land without disrupting nearby communications or electronics.
Posted in: Application Briefs, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, AR/AI, Artificial Intelligence, Defense, Government, Detectors, Sensors

Assessing the Effectiveness of a Combat UGV Swarm in Urban Operations

Recent technological advancements could enable the military to employ robotic platforms in swarms to help overcome operational challenges in an urban environment.
Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Machinery, Mechanical Components, Automation, Robotics, Data Acquisition, Detectors, Sensors

Validation of Architecture Models for Coordination of Unmanned Air and Ground Vehicles via Experimentation

Using the relationship of system architecture products and model-based systems engineering analysis, a UAV-UGV team can collaboratively conduct the structured, rudimentary tasks necessary to find a person in distress.
Posted in: Briefs, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Communications, Motion Control, Positioning Equipment, Automation, Robotics, Mathematical/Scientific Software, Software

Effectiveness of Inter-Vehicle Communications and On-Board Processing for Close Unmanned Autonomous Vehicle Flight Formations

Developing an effective cooperative communication system for unmanned aerial vehicles can increase their autonomy, reduce manpower requirements, and improve mission capabilities.
Posted in: Briefs, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, AR/AI, Artificial Intelligence, Communications, Defense, Computers, Electronic Components, Electronics, Electronics & Computers

Systems Engineering Approach to Develop Guidance, Navigation and Control Algorithms for Unmanned Ground Vehicle

This research explores the development of a UGV capable of operating autonomously in a densely cluttered environment such as the tropical jungles or plantation estates commonly found in Asia.
Posted in: Briefs, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Automation, Robotics, Software, Transportation

NASA Develops Unique Materials for Next Generation Aircraft

As NASA looks to the future of flight, the agency is investing in technologies aimed at changing the aviation industry as we know it. These developments vary from basic materials to full-scale experimental aircraft, all designed to increase efficiency and reliability, while decreasing weight and cost.

Posted in: INSIDER, Aerospace Manufacturing and Machining, Aerospace, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Ceramics, Composites, Materials

Airbus Reveals Blended Wing Aircraft Demonstrator

Airbus has revealed MAVERIC (Model Aircraft for Validation and Experimentation of Robust Innovative Controls), its “blended wing body” scale model technological demonstrator. At 2 meters long and 3.2 meters wide, with a surface area of about 2.25m², MAVERIC features a disruptive aircraft design, that has the potential to reduce fuel consumption by up to 20% compared to current single-aisle aircraft. The “blended wing body” configuration also opens up new possibilities for propulsion systems type and integration, as well as a versatile cabin for a totally new onboard passenger experience.

Posted in: INSIDER, Aerospace Manufacturing and Machining, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Transportation

Quantum Effect Triggers Unusual Material Expansion

You know how you leave space in a water bottle before you pop it in the freezer—to accommodate the fact that water expands as it freezes? Most metal parts in airplanes face the opposite problem. At high altitudes (low temperatures) they shrink. To keep such shrinkage from causing major disasters, engineers make airplanes out of composites or alloys, mixing materials that have opposite expansion properties to balance one another out.

Posted in: INSIDER, Aerospace Manufacturing and Machining, Aerospace, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Materials, Metals

Predicting In-Flight Air Density for More Accurate Landing

Knowing the air density outside a spacecraft vehicle can have a substantial effect on its angle of descent and ability to hit a specific landing spot. A new onboard algorithm provides important real-time data to aid in steering the craft.

Posted in: INSIDER, Aerospace Manufacturing and Machining, Aerospace, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Mathematical/Scientific Software

Air Force Gunsmith Shop Creates Rifle for Aircrew

The Air Force Gunsmith Shop – part of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Armament Directorate – recently completed delivery of a new rifle for aircrew in most ejection seat aircraft. Known as the Aircrew Self Defense Weapon (GAU-5A), the 5.56 mm caliber rifle was designed by the Gunsmith Shop in close coordination with the small arms engineer to provide downed aircrew with additional firepower while they wait for rescue.

Posted in: INSIDER, Defense, Custom & Contract Manufacturing, Manufacturing & Prototyping

Hypersonic Glide Vehicle Successfully Tested

A flight test of the joint Army-Navy hypersonic glide vehicle across the Pacific was a success thanks to a dedicated team who managed complexity and change, officials said. A joint team of soldiers, sailors, Defense Department civilians, contractors, national labs, and industry partners spent months preparing for the launch at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai.

Posted in: INSIDER, Defense, Measuring Instruments, Test & Measurement, Testing Procedures

Rheinmetall to Supply Laser Light Module to Swiss Army

Rheinmetall has signed a contract with Switzerland’s Federal Office for Defence Procurement (Armasuisse) to supply VarioRay LLM laser light modules to the Swiss Army. Under the contract, Rheinmetall will deliver 9,640 devices starting May this year, with completion expected by the end of 2022. The company will also supply accessories, spare parts and offer training support to the Swiss Army. Rheinmetall Air Defence is serving as the general contractor for the project while Rheinmetall Soldier Electronics is the manufacturer.

Posted in: INSIDER, Defense, Lasers & Laser Systems

System Identifies, Tracks, and Captures Enemy Drones

Sandia National Laboratories robotics experts are working on a way to intercept enemy unmanned aircraft systems mid-flight. The government and defense industry have been exploring ways to intercept enemy unmanned aircraft systems, with some organizations having success in deploying nets toward targets from single drones. Sandia’s research built upon swarm coordination and carrying nets as a team.

Posted in: INSIDER, Aerospace, Aviation, Defense

New Products: April 2020 Aerospace & Defense Technology

Aircraft simulation systems, server boards, rugged computers, and more.
Posted in: Products, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Communications, Board-Level Electronics, Computers, Electronic Components, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, PCs/Portable Computers, Power Management, Power Supplies, Mechanical Components, Simulation Software, Software