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Understanding Condensation Leads to Better De-icing Materials

Water repellency is needed for surfaces to shed condensation buildup. New research by the University of Illinois and North Carolina State University shows that the necessity of water repellency is unclear and that the slipperiness between the droplets and solid surface appears to be more critical to the clearing of condensation.

Posted in: INSIDER, Defense, Coating/Surface Modification, Coatings & Adhesives, Materials
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Acetone and Light Create a Green Jet Fuel Additive

Common nail polish remover combined with light upgrades it to higher-mass hydrocarbons, creating an additive that can be blended with conventional jet fuel with environmental benefits. Los Alamos National Lab converted bio-derived acetone to isophorone and then used a UV lamp to convert it to a cyclobutane, a type of hydrocarbon with high energy density for fuels applications.

Posted in: INSIDER, Defense, Materials
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New Products: February 2020 Aerospace & Defense Technology

Flexible testing systems; mission-defense tech; high-speed comparators; and more.
Posted in: Products, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Communications, Wireless, Defense, Board-Level Electronics, Computers, Electronic Components, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Materials, Machinery, RF & Microwave Electronics, Automation, Robotics, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Software, Instrumentation, Measuring Instruments, Monitoring, Test & Measurement
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Adding Context to Full-Motion Video for Improved Surveillance and Situational Awareness

Full motion video (FMV) sensors are essential assets and provide real-time situational awareness with minimal latency.
Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Data Acquisition, Defense, Cameras, Displays/Monitors/HMIs, Imaging, Video, Data Acquisition, Sensors, Monitoring
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Implementing an Aerospace Factory of the Future

Companies are introducing "Industry 4.0" technology at a rapid pace, turning the next-generation vision of manufacturing into reality.
Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Artificial Intelligence, Connectivity, Industry 4.0, Wireless Technologies, Data Acquisition, Internet of Things, Joining & Assembly, Machinery, Mechanical Components, Avionics, RF & Microwave Electronics, Satellite/Spacecraft Communications, Data Acquisition, Sensors
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Outsourcing Plasma Treatments for Surface Modification

For many manufacturers, plasma-applied coatings and surface treatments can play a significant role in new product development.
Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Defense, Board-Level Electronics, Electronic Components, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Thermal Management, Coatings & Adhesives, Materials, Joining & Assembly, Cleaning and Disinfection
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A New Network Design for the “Internet from Space”

Satellites do not play a major role in the world’s Internet infrastructure...yet.
Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Communications, Wireless, Connectivity, Computers, Imaging
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90° Hybrid Coupled Power Amplifier – Pros and Cons

Wireless communications is a broad market and PAs fill a wide array of those applications.
Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Defense, Electronic Components, Power Management, Power Supplies, Power, Antennas, Avionics, RF & Microwave Electronics
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RAD-HARD Microelectronics for Space Applications

Learn how to protect electronics from the extreme environment of space.
Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Defense, Electronic Components, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Thermal Management, RF & Microwave Electronics, Satellite/Spacecraft Communications
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Underwater Signal Processing System

A Portable Acoustic Range system measures noise radiated by submarines, as well as surface vessels.
Posted in: Application Briefs, Defense
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Precision 3D Bioprinter

nScrypt is now launching the nRugged 3D Bioprinter.
Posted in: Application Briefs, Defense, Cameras, Imaging, 3 D Printing & Additive Manufacturing, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Machinery
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Automatic Drone Detection System

Tektronix partnered with Erisys RF Solutions to release an automated drone detection solution.
Posted in: Application Briefs, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Defense, Manufacturing & Prototyping, RF & Microwave Electronics, Threat Location, Targeting, & Surveillance, Automation, Data Acquisition, Detectors, Sensors, Monitoring
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Shoulder-Launched Weapon System

Guided flight tests have been completed.
Posted in: Application Briefs, Defense, Imaging, Lasers & Laser Systems, Detectors, Sensors
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Attack Reconnaissance Helicopter

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. company, recently announced a new rotorcraft, Bell 360 Invictus,
Posted in: Application Briefs, Aeronautics, Aviation, Defense, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Power Transmission, Propulsion, Transportation
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Electronic Warfare Weapon

Powered by a turbojet engine, the SPEAR missile offers over double the range.
Posted in: Application Briefs, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Defense, Power Transmission, Propulsion, RF & Microwave Electronics, Threat Location, Targeting, & Surveillance
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Weyl Semimetals (WSM) for Electronics Applications

New synthesized materials open the way to govern the density of helicity, axial charge, and its flow, axial current.
Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Materials, Semiconductors & ICs
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Future Advances in Electronic Materials and Processes - Flexible Hybrid Electronics

There are still significant obstacles to the manufacture and use of flexible hybrid electronics in military applications.
Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Electronic Components, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Power Management, Power Supplies, Materials, Photonics, Semiconductors & ICs, Sensors
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Evaluation of the Effects of Hydrogen Peroxide on Common Aircraft Electrical Materials

A study aims to find a suitable decontaminant that can be used successfully in complex transportation vehicles with no negative impact on sensitive electronic equipment.
Posted in: Briefs, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Board-Level Electronics, Electronic Components, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Composites, Materials, Transportation
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Energy Harvesting for Soft-Matter Machines and Electronics

A new class of soft multifunctional materials could be used to convert mechanical deformation from vibrations and stretching into electrical energy.
Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Energy, Energy Harvesting, Imaging, Composites, Materials, Metals, Optical Components, Optics
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Calculating Electrical Requirements for Direct Current Electric Actuators

When designing electro-mechanically actuated systems, there are several electrical design requirements that must be determined.
Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Batteries, Electronics, Power Management, Power Supplies, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Harvesting, Energy Storage, Mechanical Components, MEMs, Motion Control, Motors & Drives, Semiconductors & ICs, Sensors
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The Impact of Cyber Cameras on the Intelligence Community

The ability to covertly access and manipulate cyber cameras could provide valuable strategic data for the US intelligence community.
Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Connectivity, Data Acquisition, Design, Cameras, Imaging, Data Acquisition, Software
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Heterogeneous Integration Technology

Integrating different types of devices and materials could increase their functional density, improving the performance of electro-optic systems for sensor applications.
Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Machinery, MEMs, Avionics, RF & Microwave Electronics, Transmitters/Receivers, Semiconductors & ICs, Sensors
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Collins Aerospace to Provide Critical Subsystems for NASA’s Orion Spacecraft

Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., has signed a contract with Lockheed Martin to provide critical subsystems to support production of NASA’s Orion spacecraft fleet for Artemis missions III through VIII. Valued at $320 million, the systems being provided by Collins Aerospace will play an important role in enabling NASA’s goal of boots on the Moon by 2024, as well as establishing a sustained presence on and around the Moon to prepare for missions to Mars.

Posted in: INSIDER, Aerospace Manufacturing and Machining, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Defense, Power Management, Power Supplies, Thermal Management, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Power
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Dowty Propellers Opens New Headquarters and Production Facility

Dowty Propellers recently opened a new facility in Brockworth, England to provide a modern operation for the company's development, manufacture and support of state-of-the-art propeller systems with all-composite blades.

Posted in: INSIDER, Aerospace Manufacturing and Machining, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Composites, Materials
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Airbus Announces Expansion of Aircraft Manufacturing in the U.S.

Airbus announced that, as part of its plan to produce 63 A320 Family aircraft per month in 2021, the company will expand its industrial footprint in the U.S. by increasing the production rate of A320 family aircraft at its Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile to seven per month by the beginning of next year. This increase, and continued recruiting for the A220 manufacturing team, will result in a further 275 jobs added at the Alabama-based facility over the next year. The company will also invest another $40 million through construction of an additional support hangar on the site, bringing its total investment to more than $1 billion in the Gulf Coast city.

Posted in: INSIDER, Aerospace Manufacturing and Machining, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Defense, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Materials
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NASA Technologies Improve Drone Design

Taking to the sky is what NASA does best. The agency is offering drone design improvements that can help create the next wave of advanced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Technologies are available that cut wing weight to keep drones flying longer, components that keep UAV swarms in the air despite a broken drone, shape memory alloys that reconfigure aircraft in flight, and a compact droned that flys for 24 straight hours.

Posted in: INSIDER, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Defense, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Materials
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Making Airplane Parts Without the Massive Infrastructure

A modern airplane’s fuselage is made from multiple sheets of different composite materials that must be wheeled into warehouse-sized ovens where the layers fuse together to form a resilient, aerodynamic shell.

Posted in: INSIDER, Defense, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Composites, Materials, Metals, Fastening, Joining & Assembly, Nanotechnology
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High-Speed Real Time Recording Systems

In today’s world of high-speed A/D converters operating in the gigahertz range, real-time signal recording has become a challenging task that requires specialized hardware and intelligent application software. When designing a real-time recorder capable of streaming sustained data to disk at rates of up to 5 GB/sec and higher, the system developer has to consider the limitations presented by the recorder’s operating and file systems, the limitations of disk drive technology, the hardware interfaces, and the RAID controller technology.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Data Acquisition, Research Lab, Test & Measurement
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Critical Techniques for High-Speed A/D Converters in Real-Time Systems

To help define the meaning of “high-speed A/D” used in this handbook, we will be focusing primarily on A/D converters with sampling rates higher than 100 MHz. We will review sampling techniques, FPGA technology and we will present the latest Pentek high-speed A/D products and applications based on them.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Communications, Data Acquisition, Electronics & Computers, Government
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Putting VPX and Open VPX to Work

Before the advent of OpenVPX, designers of embedded systems took advantage of the extreme connectivity offered by VPX (VITA 46), but were faced with a virtually unlimited number of possible implementations. Specific choices for the control and data channel assignments for each slot, the backplane connectivity, and serial fabrics were often made somewhat arbitrarily to suit the particular needs of the current system. Although following the general framework of VITA 46, each system tended to be so unique, that the boards and backplanes designed for one system were seldom usable in other systems, even from the same vendor.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Data Acquisition, Defense, Electronics & Computers
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