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INSIDER: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The “Jaws of Life” for Bomb Squads

Recently in Rhode Island, the Office of the State Fire Marshal was called in by local law enforcement to examine a possible pipe bomb. Once the area was secured and the public was at a safe...

On-Demand Webinars: Electronics & Computers
Watch Live at 11 am ET: The 2020 Create the Future Contest Awards

For the first time, the winners of the Create the Future Design Contest will be announced live! Join us for this special one-hour presentation as we honor our 2020 Grand Prize...

Autonomous aircraft systems have the potential to save lives, and NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center’s Resilient Autonomy project is at the forefront of development. These advanced software...

DARPA and the U.S. Air Force (USAF) today announced successful completion of captive carry tests of two variants of the Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept...

The Self-Propelled Crane Aircraft Maintenance and Positioning (SCAMP II) is an Army aviation maintenance enabler, the primary mission of which is to remove and replace...

Researchers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are seeking to patent a novel process for manufacturing a type of material called preceramic polymer-grafted nanoparticles,...

For pilots, fatigue can lead to small mistakes with significant consequences. A NASA app shows what’s going on in the body when fatigue prevents you from working safely – and which telltale signs...

Advancing technology associated with explosives, propellants, and pyrotechnics — what the scientific community calls energetic materials — is the goal of a new...

Two DARPA-developed technologies – a novel decision aid for mission commanders and a rapid software integration tool – played a critical role in the recent Air Force demonstration of the...

INSIDER: Test & Measurement
3D Ultrasound Shows Aircraft Defects

A two-in-one technology provides 3D images of structural defects in metallic structures that can develop in aircraft. The system, developed by Tohoku University researchers in Japan in...

Artificial intelligence can be used for a plethora of defense applications, including command and control of military operations.
Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Unmanned Ground Vehicles
The Marine Corps will use the FLIR Centaur to assist in disarming improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

A drag sail, developed at Purdue University, will be onboard a rocket and deploy at the end of the rocket’s mission to accelerate the vehicle’s deorbit. A drag sail passively...

Chemical weapons pose a serious threat to civilian and warfighter lives, but technology from the U.S. Army Small Business Technology Transfer program reduces those risks. Researchers...

INSIDER: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Heat Conduction Method for More Efficient Aircraft

An engineer at Virginia Tech has developed an aircraft thermal management technology that stands ready for adaptation into other areas. The planar bridging-droplet thermal diodes...

Docking stations for satellite phones; aircraft wiring; spectrum analyzers; and more.
Articles: RF & Microwave Electronics
Army Advances Materials for New Low-Profile Antenna

Army scientists have developed a first-of-its-kind antenna that could change how ground vehicles and airborne systems communicate, transmit, and receive radio frequency communications.

While the flashiest military innovations like new fighter jets attract the most attention, advancements in RF/microwave absorbers are crucial enablers of these larger innovations.
Application Briefs: Defense
Rear Fuselage Packer
To date, the rear fuselage packers have been used in the production of over 500 aircraft.
Application Briefs: Defense
Mars Rover Electric Motors
A number of maxon's precision DC and BLDC motors were designed into the Perseverance rover.
Application Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Solar-Powered Structures
Pvilion, a solar-powered fabric provider, was recently awarded a contract by the United State Air Force (USAF).
Application Briefs: Data Acquisition
Remotely Piloted Aircraft
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems recently flew its SkyGuardian in the skies above Southern California as part of a joint flight demonstration with NASA.
Application Briefs: Software
CAM Software
HyperMILL ® CAM software and 5-axis machining is being used to make parts for an advanced NASA satellite mission.
See how Modeling and Simulation (M&S) can be used to explore the design trade space of directed energy weapons.
The day of the first deployable UCAV armed with a high-energy laser weapon is not far away.
Miniature sensors, 3D printing platforms, lightning test systems, and more.
Learn about the challenges that arise when you try to reverse-engineer the console configuration for a NATO E-3 AWACS.
From jet engine components to high-speed airframes, vanadium alloys are deployed in virtually every jet aircraft flying today,
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Thrust in Space - The Nuances of Thruster Valve Design
More and more companies are designing rockets, satellites, and reusable space vehicles that require thruster valves to position, maintain, or change vehicle orbit in space.

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