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Deployable – Instrument Landing System

Thales Group
Cedex, France
+ 33(0)1 57 77 86 26
www.thalesgroup.com

The United States Air Force's (USAF) activities to establish air superiority and support ground combat units often require the use of secure airfields in remote and challenging areas. Thales Deployable – Instrument Landing System (D-ILS), a compact and movable variant of the standard ILS, can help them accomplish this mission.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aeronautics, Aviation, Defense, Mechanical Components, Instrumentation
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Multirole Utility Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters
Marignane Cedex, France
+33 (0)4 42 85 60 51
helicopters.airbus.com

Airbus Helicopters will be providing an additional four H225M (previously known as the Eurocopter EC725) multirole utility helicopters to the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) as part of their fleet strengthening program. This follow-on order will bring the RTAF's H225M fleet up to 12 units by 2021.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aeronautics, Aviation, Defense, RF & Microwave Electronics
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Drone-Elimination Fire Control System

Smart Shooter Ltd.
Kibbutz Yagur, Israel
+ 972-72-3202111
www.smart-shooter.com

Smart Shooter's SMASH fire control system adds digital precision to in-service rifles and ammunition. It has been successfully tested by US Special Operations Forces and other military agencies, and it officially entered operational service with the Israel Defence Forces in early 2018. The latest and most advanced variant – SMASH 2000 Plus – has the capability to lock, track and accurately hit conventional targets as well as small, fast and maneuverable tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), day and night.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aeronautics, Aviation, Data Acquisition, Defense, Imaging, Data Acquisition, Detectors, Software
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Weapons Calibration App

Double Shoot
Ramat Gan, Israel
+972-52-9208000
www.double-shoot.com

Double Shoot, an Israeli company that is pioneering advanced systems for zeroing high accuracy weapons and scoring systems, recently unveiled a unique and innovative smartphone application for zeroing weapons, range scoring, and comparison. The versatile application can be used with a variety of assault rifles and machine guns.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Data Acquisition, Defense, Imaging
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Evaluation of Aeronautical Design Standard – 33 Using a UH-60A Black Hawk

In 1982, the U.S. Army Aeroflightdynamics Directorate (AFDD), then assigned under the U.S. Army Aviation Systems Command (AVSCOM), began development of a new handling qualities specification for military rotorcraft. This effort resulted in the U.S. Army's initial Aeronautical Design Standard–33 (ADS-33A), “Handling Qualities Requirements for Military Rotorcraft,” published in May 1987. It was initially applied to the RAH-66 Comanche Helicopter program, meaning the handling qualities requirements generally related more to scout and attack classes of rotorcraft. As more data became available and lessons learned emerged from using ADS-33A, refinements were implemented into ADS-33B and ADS-33C).

Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Data Acquisition, Instrumentation, Test & Measurement, Transportation
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Circuit Models for Robust, Adaptive Neural Control

This project seeks to reproduce the neural circuits used by the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans for locomotion. Caenorhabditis elegans is a small (~1.2 millimeter) nematode found in rotting fruit in many parts of the world. It feeds on bacteria and is neither parasitic nor pathogenic. Although capable of sexual reproduction, most laboratory strains reproduce primarily as self-fertilizing hermaphrodites, with each adult hermaphrodite producing approximately 300 progeny (Figure 1).

Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Physical Sciences, Instrumentation, Test & Measurement
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Pulsed Microwave Plasma Instrumentation for Investigation of Plasma-Tuned Multiphase Combustion

Strategies to control solid rocket propellant regression rate require a robust throttling technique applicable to high performance propellant formulations. Currently, several methods to control and throttle either motors or subscale propellant strands exist, including chamber pressure control (e.g. pintle nozzles or rapid depressurization quench), infrared laser irradiation of the burning surface to increase burning rates, development of inherently unstable combustion chamber geometries (producing either local pressure or velocity perturbations), and electrically sensitive hydroxylammonium nitrate (HAN)-based formulations in which burning rate is controlled by a voltage potential. However, these techniques are limited in that they either can only be used with low flame temperature (low specific impulse) propellants, result in low propulsion system mass fraction (pintle), are only capable of producing a single perturbation, or are formulation specific.

Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, RF & Microwave Electronics
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Synthetic Aperture Radar for Helicopter Landing in Degraded Visual Environments

The development of sensors to assist helicopter landing in degraded visual environments (DVEs) is currently an important US Army requirement addressing the Survivability of Future Vertical Lift Platforms program, one of the Army's modernization priorities.

Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Data Acquisition, Detectors, Sensors
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Novel Characterization Methods for Anisotropic and Mixed-Conduction Materials

State-of-the-art electronic and optoelectronic devices require electronic materials with specialized properties that cannot be characterized with standard methods, or that must be characterized with extra precision. As a result of this research, the following new materials characterization methods have been developed:

Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace
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Boeing, ELG Carbon Fibre Find New Life for Airplane Structure Material

Boeing and ELG Carbon Fibre recently announced a partnership to recycle excess aerospace-grade composite material, which will be used by other companies to make products such as electronic accessories and automotive equipment. The agreement – the first of its kind for the aerospace industry – covers excess carbon fiber from 11 Boeing airplane manufacturing sites and will reduce solid waste by more than one million pounds a year.

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