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Research Highlights Future Hypersonic Flight Challenges

Southwest Research Institute engineers are conducting tests that elucidate the conditions a future aircraft may experience traveling faster than 10 times the speed of sound. Because that environment is so unique, recreating realistic flight conditions to test vehicles for hypersonic flight is a challenge.

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Porsche and Boeing Partner on Urban Air Mobility

Porsche and Boeing have partnered to leverage their unique market strengths to study the future of premium personal urban air mobility vehicles.

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NASA and Industry Electrify Commercial Aviation

NASA and U.S. industry are exploring electrified aircraft propulsion as a fuel- and- cost-efficient alternative to traditional jet engine-powered airplanes. But to make electric commercial flight possible, the aircraft must be able to produce and operate safely with at least a megawatt (MW) of power.

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AUSA 2019: A Really Cool Computer

Ben Sharfi, the founder and CEO of General Micro Systems (GMS), had a grin that virtually lit up his entire booth. “Let me show you the Product of the Year,” he exclaimed as I walked into the booth.

Posted in: News, Blog, Data Acquisition, Defense, Board-Level Electronics, Computers, Electronic Components, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Power Management, Thermal Management
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AUSA 2019: Eyes in the Sky

It just wouldn’t be a military technology show without a few drones on display. One of the more interesting ones I encountered was AeroVironment’s new Puma LE. The “LE,” in case you’re wondering, stands for “Long Endurance.”

Posted in: News, Blog, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Batteries, Antennas, Sensors
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AUSA 2019: Military Preps for Open Sensor Standards

SOSA, the Sensor Open Systems Architecture Consortium, held a press conference on Monday afternoon at AUSA 2019 to discuss their progress to date and future plans with members of the media.

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AUSA 2019: A View From the Show Floor

The Association of the United States Army — more commonly known as AUSA — kicked off their annual meeting and trade show at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. on Monday, October 14, and as usual, opening day was a huge success.

Basically, this event showcases everything a modern soldier might need, from sidearms and safety glasses to battle computers and communications systems, from robots to helicopters and fighting vehicles.

More from AUSA 2019

Read more of Bruce A. Bennett’s blog posts from Washington D.C.:

AUSA 2019: Eyes in the Sky AUSA 2019: Military Preps for Open Sensor Standards AUSA 2019: A 'Titan' Computer
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Answering Your Questions: How Will the Military Use Motion Control Technology?

To keep soldiers off the battlefield where possible, agencies like the Department of the Defense require the best military robotics systems.

Posted in: News, Blog, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Defense, Mechanical Components, MEMs, Motion Control, Motors & Drives, Positioning Equipment, Automation, Robotics
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Army Hopes to Use AI to Create More-Efficient Fuel Cells

As part of an effort to address the gap the U.S. Army faces in its need for long-lasting power and batteries for warfighters, an Army-funded research team has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that officials say identifies a promising material for creating more-efficient fuel cells. Researchers said the system, developed at Cornell University, is a potential breakthrough in both materials science and machine learning. It relies on a collective of algorithmic bots, each performing a distinct task and sifting through hundreds to thousands of combinations of elements to create a map of phases—arrangements of atoms in relation to each other—that humans can then use to determine which might work as a new material.

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How to Dismantle a Nuclear Bomb

How do weapons inspectors verify that a nuclear bomb has been dismantled? An unsettling answer is: They don’t, for the most part. When countries sign arms reduction pacts, they do not typically grant inspectors complete access to their nuclear technologies, for fear of giving away military secrets.

Posted in: INSIDER, News, Defense, Data Acquisition, Detectors, Inspection Equipment, Instrumentation, Measuring Instruments, Monitoring, Test & Measurement, Testing Procedures
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