Control Platform Toolkit

Charles River Analytics
Cambridge, MA
(617) 491-3474

Charles River Analytics Inc., a developer of intelligent systems solutions, recently partnered with Sensics, Inc., creators of the OSVR software stack; Technology, Modeling & Simulation, and Training Consultants (TMST), who provide consulting expertise across the spectrum of live, virtual and constructive training of emerging technologies; and the Virtual Reality Medical Center (VRMC), which provides virtual reality exposure therapy. Together, the team designed and developed the VIRTUOSO interface for the US Army Research Laboratory. VIRTUOSO supports natural human interactions in mixed reality/virtual reality/augmented reality (MR/VR/AR) environments.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Defense, Electronics & Computers, Displays/Monitors/HMIs, Imaging

Rocket Launchers

Arnold Defense
Arnold, MO
(636) 296-5417

Arnold Defense, an international manufacturer and supplier of 2.75-inch rocket launchers, has been generating considerable interest in its new, ultra-light LWL-XII and M260 2.75-inch/70mm Weapon Systems.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Lasers & Laser Systems, Photonics, Propulsion

Radar Sensor Systems

Kelvin Hughes
London, UK
+44 19 9280 5200

Kelvin Hughes recently announced a number of new coastal surveillance / Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) radar sensor sales references in Australia including installations in the Port of Melbourne and contracts awarded for Chevron (Barrow Island) and Port Hedland.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Defense, Electronics & Computers, Antennas, RF & Microwave Electronics, Detectors, Sensors

Counter UAV System

SteekRock UAV
London, UK
+44 (0) 20 7491 8186

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is one of the most significant technological developments in the last decade. However, where once such equipment was unique to military operations, the use of a new generation of small and cheap to buy UAVs has spread exponentially. This brings a new dimension to contemporary terrorism, with those determined to do harm, seeking different ways of carrying out attacks on civilians.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Antennas, RF & Microwave Electronics, Automation

Designing for Compressive Sensing: Compressive Art, Camouflage, Fonts, and Quick Response Codes

Compressive sensing (CS) is a relatively new field that has caused a lot of excitement in the signal processing community. It has superseded Shannon's time-honored sampling theorem, which states that the sampling rate of a signal must be at least twice its highest frequency. In CS, the necessary sampling rate depends on the sparsity of signal, not its highest frequency, reducing sampling requirements for many signals that exhibit natural sparsity. This compression happens on the hardware level, allowing systems to be designed with benefits ranging from increased resolution and frame rates to decreased power consumption and memory usage. Despite this enthusiasm for CS and the large quantity of research being performed, the number of commercial systems that use CS is relatively few. The problem of designing a CS strategy that increases functionality while actually reducing overall system cost has not been solved in many areas. This is a developing field where not only are new applications for CS still being developed, but also fundamental aspects of CS theory are still evolving.

Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Electronic Components, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Imaging, Fiber Optics, Optical Components, Optics, Data Acquisition, Sensors

Calculation of Weapon Platform Attitude and Cant Using Available Sensor Feedback

When firing artillery, there is typically a maximum angle that the platform cannot exceed relative to the Earth plane. This is due to the large recoil forces involved and the risk of destabilizing the platform the weapon is mounted to. Mobile systems are particularly sensitive to this as the attitude of the platform relative to Earth is constantly changing. A simple solution is to add pitch and roll sensors directly to the platform. However, many mobile systems already have an assortment of sensors that can be used to calculate the platform attitude.

Posted in: Briefs, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Data Acquisition, Defense, Mechanical Components, MEMs, Data Acquisition, Sensors, Transportation

Validation of Automated Prediction of Blood Product Needs Algorithm Processing Continuous Non-Invasive Vital Signs Streams (ONPOINT4)

Hemorrhagic shock occurs frequently in natural and man-made disaster scenarios. To control bleeding and to provide necessary resuscitation, swift and accurate diagnosis and decision-making are required. Early recognition of bleeding and the need for targeted interventions could improve both survival and resource management, allowing the receiving hospital to prepare required blood, surgeons, or other resources in advance of patient arrival and to conserve valuable resources in those patients who are not bleeding. Resources can be saved through avoidance of over-triage, thereby reducing unnecessary air transport, unnecessary blood transfusions, and unnecessary evaluation with labs, X-rays, and computed tomography scans, which is important in all resource-constrained and austere environments.

Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Data Acquisition, Defense, Industrial Controls & Automation, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Diagnostics, Patient Monitoring, Data Acquisition, Sensors

Phonon Confinement Effect in TiO2 Nanoparticles as Thermosensor Materials

TiO2 or ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) have a very strong finite-size dependency in their Raman spectra or photoluminescence (PL) spectra due to the phonon confinement effect or the quantum confinement effect. Together with a fast grain growth kinetics and a high stability under high temperature and pressure, they can forensically retain the complete thermal history of an event. By spatially distributing these NPs during thermal events such as blasts or weapon tests, a spatially and temporally non-uniform thermal environment can be determined by a direct read off their Raman or PL spectra at various locations.

Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Thermal Management, Materials, Nanotechnology, Photonics, Force Sensors and Resistors, Sensors, Test & Measurement

Evading In-Flight Lightning Strikes

MIT engineers are proposing a new way to reduce a plane's lightning risk using an onboard system that would protect a plane by electrically charging it. The proposal may seem counterintuitive, but the team found that if a plane were charged to just the right level, its likelihood of being struck by lightning would be significantly reduced.

Posted in: News, Defense

Analytical Methods Help Develop Antidotes for Cyanide, Mustard Gas

To develop antidotes for chemical agents, such as cyanide and mustard gas, scientists need analytical methods that track not only the level of exposure but also how the drug counteracts the effects of the chemical. That's where the work of Erica Manandhar, postdoctoral research associate at South Dakota State University, comes in.

Posted in: News, Defense