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Portable Gas Detection Shrinks to New Dimensions

A sensor for detecting toxic gases is now smaller, faster and more reliable, setting it up for integration into a highly sensitive portable system for detecting chemical weapons. Better miniature sensors can also rapidly detect airborne toxins where they occur, providing key information to help emergency personnel respond safely and effectively to an incident.

Posted in: INSIDER, News, Defense, Data Acquisition, Detectors, Sensors, Transducers
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Army Rebuilding Short-Range Air Defense

The Army is now standing up short-range air defense units, known as SHORAD battalions, and offering a five-week pilot Stinger course for soldiers in maneuver units. It's all part of a critical effort to defend maneuver units against the threat of aircraft, drones and cruise missiles, said Col. Mark A. Holler, commandant of the Air Defense Artillery School at Fort Sill.

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Operating at the Speed of Thought

When a cyber-warrior defends a complex computer network, or a pilot commands a team of unmanned vehicles, or a submarine officer interacts with intricate sensor systems, they are often limited by conventional interfaces: their fingers, eyes and ears. And while commercial technology has opened new possibilities for controlling complex systems — touch screens, mixed reality and voice control — taking full advantage of these increasingly fast, smart and sophisticated systems will require direct interface with the brain.

Posted in: INSIDER, News, Defense, Computers, Electronic Components, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Biosensors, Sensors, Transducers
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FAA’s New Rules Could Reintroduce Civil Supersonic Jets

The FAA announced two rulemaking activities on civil supersonic aircraft noise that could reintroduce supersonic passenger travel for the first time since the Concorde retired in 2003.

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NASA Tests Electric Aircraft Power Systems

NASA Glenn has repurposed its Hypersonic Tunnel Facility to create the NASA Electric Aircraft Testbed (NEAT), a reconfigurable facility that can accommodate power systems for large passenger airplanes, like a Boeing 737, with megawatts of power.

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Air Force Technology Reclaims Obsolete Aircraft Parts

The average age of Air Force aircraft is over 28 years. As a result, parts can be difficult to acquire when original suppliers are no longer in existence. The Maturation of Advanced Manufacturing for Low Cost Sustainment (MAMLS) program was created to utilize advanced technologies to address the current challenges of keeping aging aircraft flying safely.

Posted in: INSIDER, News, Defense, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping & Tooling
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Answering Your Questions: Are Military Standards Influencing Commercial UAV?

Boosted by a growing use in industries such as agriculture, media, and mining, the commercial UAV market is anticipated to reach over $15.6 million by 2026.

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Inside Story: The Role of the SFFs in Rugged HPEC Computing

For more than 30 years, Aitech has worked with its customer to develop high reliability embedded systems for rugged commercial, military, defense and space applications. Recent company initiatives have focused on the integration of Intel-based rugged PCs and GPGPUs into small form factors, meeting the growing need for inherent security features within hardware platforms and advancements in power, processing and communications in mission-critical systems. Here we talk with Doug Patterson, VP of Global Marketing for Aitech to look at how shrinking system size, coupled with increasing computing density, is impacting embedded computing design principles.

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LASER World of PHOTONICS, Day 3 — Unusual Exhibits

Wandering through five exhibition halls filled with cutting-edge technology, you see a lot of lasers, optics, cameras, test & measurement systems, and production equipment. But just when you think you’ve seen it all, you occasionally come across something quite unusual and completely unexpected.

Posted in: News, Blog, Automotive, Cameras, Imaging, Machinery, Mechanical Components, Lasers & Laser Systems, Optical Components, Optics, Photonics, Automation, Robotics, Instrumentation, Measuring Instruments, Monitoring, Test & Measurement, Automotive, Transportation
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LASER World of PHOTONICS, Day 2: Bigger is Better

There’s an old adage that “size doesn’t matter,” but you wouldn’t know that from walking the show floor at LASER World of PHOTONICS 2019 in Munich, Germany.

Posted in: News, Blog, Fiber Optics, Lasers & Laser Systems, Optical Components, Optics, Photonics
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