Home

High-Speed Imaging System

Photron, Inc. (San Diego, CA) has introduced the FASTCAM Mini UX50 rugged, lightweight high-speed camera. The new, 1.3 megapixel (1,280 x 1,024 pixels) high-speed sensor operates at 2,000 frames per second (fps) at full resolution, 2,500 fps at 720 HD resolution, and up to 160,000 fps at reduced resolution. Photron’s FASTCAM Mini UX50 is compact (120 mm x 120 mm x 90 mm) and lightweight (less than 1.5 Kg). It delivers light sensitivity to ISO 12232 Ssat standards: ISO 6,400 for monochrome and ISO 5,000 for color. Three memory options are available, 4GB, 8GB, or up to16 GB for extended recording durations and triggering flexibility.

www.photron.com

Posted in: Products
Read More >>

Tunable Blue Diode Laser

New Focus (Santa Clara, CA), a Newport Corporation brand, has extended its range of Littrow tunable lasers with the TLB-7102-02 Vantage(TM). The direct blue diode laser is tunable from 421 to 423 nm and ideally suited for calcium ion trapping at 422.79 nm. The power and tuning range are optimized at a user specified wavelength with a guaranteed 10 mW at 423 nm. The new Littrow-design Vantage laser has been specifically developed for atomic research labs and applications like BEC, MOT and laser cooling experiments where the wide tuning and narrow linewidth of New Focus’ premium Littman-Metcalf lasers are not always required.

www.newport.com/Vantage

Posted in: Products
Read More >>

Custom Optical Mounts

Optical Surfaces Ltd. (Kenley, UK) specializes in providing custom modified versions of its high-precision optical mounts for challenging applications. Typical custom modifications include mounts for non-circular optical components and for supporting larger diameter optics (<600mm). Various motorized mount options are also available to suit applications in hostile environments (under vacuum, elevated temperature, high pressure) or where limited space makes manual adjustment difficult. As an option to the standard 2-axis gimbal micrometer-driven action, Optical Surfaces mounts can be fitted with x-y-z linear stages if required. Constructed in black anodized aluminum — OS mounts provide a secure and stable platform for optical components with diameters from 100mm to 550mm.

www.optisurf.com/index.php/products/product-6/custom-mounts

Posted in: Products
Read More >>

Army to Get New IED Detector Technology

Detecting improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan requires constant, intensive monitoring using rugged equipment. When Sandia researchers first demonstrated a modified miniature synthetic aperture radar (MiniSAR) system to do just that, some experts didn't believe it. But those early doubts are long gone. Sandia's Copperhead — a highly modified MiniSAR system mounted on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — has been uncovering IEDs in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2009. Now, according to senior manager Jim Hudgens, Sandia is transferring the technology to the U.S. Army to support combat military personnel.

Posted in: INSIDER, News, Defense, Electronics & Computers, Imaging, Antennas, RF & Microwave Electronics, Data Acquisition, Detectors, Sensors
Read More >>

Army Develops First-of-Its Kind Phase-Coherent Fiber Laser Array System

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Computational and Information Science Directorate's Intelligent Optics Team, and partners, recently developed, engineered, demonstrated and delivered the world's first known working Adaptive Phase Coherent Fiber Laser Array system, which will better enable soldiers' directed energy weapons and laser communication systems on the battlefield. The development of the system spurred from a collaborative agreement between U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Labs, Optonicus and various academic partners.

Posted in: INSIDER, News, Defense
Read More >>

Hybrid-Electric Distributed Propulsion Explored

Recent advancements in electronics, computers, and power distribution have made distributed propulsion feasible, but major challenges remain.

Posted in: Articles, News, Defense
Read More >>

3-D Printing in Aerospace: Not Just Winging It

The demand for innovative manufacturing technology that produces lighter parts with stronger material grows each day in the competitive aerospace industry. 3-D printing, also known as “additive manufacturing,” is at the center of this innovation.

Posted in: Articles, News, Aerospace, Defense
Read More >>

Embry-Riddle to Offer Master’s in Unmanned Systems

Unmanned systems coursework will examine the application, development, management, and policies of unmanned systems and address issues including regulation; systems design; policy and ethics; education and training; and human performance and machine interaction.

Posted in: Articles, News, Aerospace, Defense
Read More >>

Sikorsky, NREC Partner for Matrix Application to Demonstrate U.S. Army Autonomous UGV Delivery

The project is an 18-month program sponsored by the U.S. Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC) through the Robotics Technology Consortium.

Posted in: Articles, News, Aerospace, Defense
Read More >>

Designing Quieter Aircraft via Acoustic Simulation

Greater fuel efficiency and low emission requirements have grown into such an urgent imperative in aircraft design that it often overshadows an equally significant factor in air travel—noise. Airbus shows that it’s possible to infuse acoustic simulation into design processes from beginning to end, giving engineers the acoustic simulation intelligence they need to create quieter aircraft, according to Free Field Technologies.

Posted in: Articles, News, Aerospace, Defense
Read More >>