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White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The Ultimate Shaft-To-Hub Connection

Kinematically ground polygonal shapes have been used as drive connections for more than 45 years. What is now referred to as Polygon Systems was developed by Fortunawerke, Stuttgart, West Germany, who...

Industrial metal 3D printers, force testers, machining centers, and more.
Learn about design considerations for manufacturing a battery pack that operates in extreme temperatures, absorbs shock and vibration, and maintains a watertight seal.
Articles: RF & Microwave Electronics
Practical 3D Printing of Antennas and RF Electronics
New multi-material 3D printers that can print both metal and dielectric materials enable the additive manufacturing of antennas and RF components.
Learn how digital twins improve the use and performance of robotic systems.
The Rapid And Cost Effective Rotorcraft (RACER) demonstrator is being developed by Airbus Helicopters (AH) to further validate the compound rotorcraft configuration.
Few materials used in manufacturing today are as versatile and desirable in performance applications as carbon fiber.
Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) powder-based systems aren't the only ways to print metals.
Coatings play a critical role in preventing the corrosion or wear of metal substrates. Make sure they meet specifications.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
Turbine Rotor Assembly Systems
RPI UK has installed two integrated rotor measurement and assembly platforms (iMAPs) at Atlanta-based Delta Airlines;
Investigating algorithmic approaches to create scalable, robust, multi-scale, and effective urban surveillance and crowd control strategies using UAVs and UGVs.

Testers from the Holloman High Speed Test Track, in conjunction with members of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office, Lockheed Martin, Martin Baker, and BAE Systems, successfully...

Articles: Internet of Things
Drone Swarms: A Transformational Technology
The U.S. military is prioritizing development of drone swarms as a means to reduce risk to our warfighters.
Combat is being transformed by Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUMT) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technologies that improve a warrior’s situational awareness.
A raft of companies have emerged to provide counter-UAS technologies, but challenges remain.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotic Combat Vehicles: Putting the Brains Behind the Brawn
A new era of Robotic Combat Vehicles (RCV) is about to begin
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Underwater Connectors
Northrop Grumman Corporation has signed its first non-exclusive agreement to manufacture niobium-based connectors (NiobiCon™) specifically designed for harsh environments.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Rebar Tying Robot
SkyMul founders believe that their SkyTy solution can help speed up the construction of the more than 22,000 bridges that will need to be replaced in the next 10 years.
Application Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Anti-Drone Remote Weapon System
Weighing only 70 kilograms, the Pitbull-3 delivers Point & Shoot technology
Recent technological advancements could enable the military to employ robotic platforms in swarms to help overcome operational challenges in an urban environment.
Using the relationship of system architecture products and model-based systems engineering analysis, a UAV-UGV team can collaboratively conduct the structured, rudimentary tasks necessary to find a person in distress.
This research explores the development of a UGV capable of operating autonomously in a densely cluttered environment such as the tropical jungles or plantation estates commonly found in Asia.

As NASA looks to the future of flight, the agency is investing in technologies aimed at changing the aviation industry as we know it. These developments vary from basic...

Airbus has revealed MAVERIC (Model Aircraft for Validation and Experimentation of Robust Innovative Controls), its “blended wing body” scale model technological demonstrator. At 2...

INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Quantum Effect Triggers Unusual Material Expansion

You know how you leave space in a water bottle before you pop it in the freezer—to accommodate the fact that water expands as it freezes? Most metal parts in airplanes face the...

Knowing the air density outside a spacecraft vehicle can have a substantial effect on its angle of descent and ability to hit a specific landing spot. A new onboard algorithm...

The Air Force Gunsmith Shop – part of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Armament Directorate – recently completed delivery of a new rifle for aircrew in most ejection...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Products: April 2020 Aerospace & Defense Technology
Aircraft simulation systems, server boards, rugged computers, and more.
NASA is adding a new antenna for communicating with the agency’s farthest-flung robotic spacecraft.

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