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Small Form Factor Embedded Systems

As sensor processing hardware like data converters, FPGAs and CPUs evolve to handle more channels with higher signal bandwidths, designers can develop powerful distributed signal acquisition and pre-processing subsystems in small form factor (SFF) enclosures located right next to the sensors. They connect to central processing or storage resources using wideband gigabit serial links, now often exploiting low cost, standardized optical cables and interfaces. Major benefits include high signal quality over long distance, improved maintainability, and easier insertion of new technology. Since these same benefits apply across many different applications and installations, SFF system vendors now offer a bewildering array of enclosures targeting the unique requirements of each customer.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Defense, Architecture, Embedded software, Integrated circuits, Sensors and actuators
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Cassini Stays in Touch with NASA's Radio Science Subsystem

After almost 20 years in space, NASA's Cassini spacecraft begins the final chapter of its remarkable story of exploration. From now until September, Cassini will undertake a set of orbits that is, in many ways, like a whole new mission. Following a final close flyby of Saturn's moon Titan, Cassini will leap over the planet's icy rings and begin a series of 22 weekly dives between the planet and the rings.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Defense, Data exchange, Radar, Radio equipment, Spacecraft
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Rotorcraft Anti-Icing Systems

Flying anytime, anywhere, in all-weather conditions is one of the most challenging technology and capability goals across the rotorcraft industry to meet a growing demand for reliability, safety and the ability to allow platforms and their operators to deliver whenever needed. Countering the detrimental and dangerous effects of ice on rotorcraft is part of this mission and Leonardo Helicopters has devoted significant efforts over the years to design, develop, test and integrate ice protection systems onto its current generation production aircraft models.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Defense, Aircraft deicing, Product development, Rotary-wing aircraft
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Making Laser Weapons a Reality

Directed energy weapons first took a step towards reality in the 1980s under President Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), dubbed “Star Wars” by the media. But, the technology didn't really materialize at that time and the cessation of the Cold War largely removed the immediate impetus to develop it. Since then, lasers have become widely used in military applications, particularly for target designation and aircraft countermeasures, but there is still no significant deployment of lasers as offensive weapons. Now, advances in high power fiber laser technology, particularly in the efficiency, compactness and weight of their pump diode lasers, are poised to make laser weapons a practical reality.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Fiber optics, Lasers, Defense industry, Military vehicles and equipment
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Redundant Transmitting System in Aircraft (RTSA)

In air navigation, a flight transponder (transmitter-responder) is a device that emits an identifying signal in response to an interrogating received signal. Transponders are used as Identification of Friend or Foe (IFF) systems in military aviation, and also in Air Traffic Control (ATC) Secondary Surveillance Radar (beacon radar) systems for general aviation and commercial aviation.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Radar, Wireless communication systems, Aircraft
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Leopard 2 Tank Retrofits

Jenoptik Defense & Civil Systems
Wedel, Germany
+49 3641 65-2255

As part of a Polish modernization program for the Leopard 2 tank, Jenoptik was recently awarded contracts to supply 126 17-kilowatt auxiliary power units to the Polish company ZM Bumar Labedy S. A. The company Rheinmetall Defence will receive another seven of these units as well as ten electric turret and weapon stabilization systems.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Defense industry, Auxiliary power units, Military vehicles and equipment
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Mobile Weapons Stations

KONGSBERG Protech Systems (KPS)
Johnstown, PA
814-269-5700

KONGSBERG Protech Systems (KPS), one of the world's leading suppliers of Remote Weapon Stations (RWS) recently unveiled their latest system developments at the Orbital ATK Bushmaster User Conference. The Bushmaster demonstration showcased the PROTECTOR LW30, with a M230 LF cannon and the PROTECTOR Medium Caliber (remote) Turret (MCT) with both 30mm and Super 40mm cannons.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Defense industry, Military vehicles and equipment, Missiles
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Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Vehicles (ARFF)

Oshkosh Defense, LLC
Oshkosh, WI
920-235-9150

Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation company, announced that the U.S. Marine Corps has received Milestone C approval to begin Full Rate Production (FRP) on the P-19 Replacement (P-19R) Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle program. This approval represents a major milestone for the $192 million P-19R ARFF contract, which was awarded to Oshkosh in May 2013 to replace the P-19A fleet.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Defense industry, Fire fighting, Military vehicles and equipment, Rescue and emergency vehicles and equipment
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Rugged Smart Displays

General Micro Systems, Inc.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
800-307-4863

General Micro Systems, Inc.'s SD19 rugged smart display is being deployed for use in modernizing select U.S. Navy ships. This smart, all-in-one display will be distributed throughout the Navy's fleet to replace an existing “dumb” display that had been facing end-of-life challenges. The display will actually combine two functions into one: a rugged, 19- inch LCD with special electrical, mechanical and environmental characteristics; and a rugged Intel®-based single-board computer running Microsoft® Windows.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Computer software / hardware, Displays, Defense industry, Marine vehicles and equipment, Military vehicles and equipment
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Industrial-Scale Metal 3D Printer

Sciaky, Inc.
Chicago, IL
877-450-2518

Sciaky, Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries, Inc. (PSI), announced recently that Airbus was scheduled to take delivery of a state-of-the-art Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM™) 110 System. The renowned aircraft manufacturer will utilize Sciaky's industrial-scale metal 3D printing system to produce large structural parts made of titanium.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, CAD / CAM / CAE, Additive manufacturing, Refractory materials, Titanium, Parts
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