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The sky’s the limit for utilizing the higher ends of the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum.
Learn how to protect critical conductors, dielectric, and optical fibers from deforming, cracking, or unraveling
Creep is an especially important consideration for engineers designing jet engine turbines.
Companies are introducing "Industry 4.0" technology at a rapid pace, turning the next-generation vision of manufacturing into reality.
For many manufacturers, plasma-applied coatings and surface treatments can play a significant role in new product development.
With such great abundance, why is titanium so expensive?
Custom enclosure gaskets can meet a variety of mechanical shock and thermal requirements.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
New Manufacturing Process for Monocoque Components
A new process enables large monocoque components to more accurately retain their shape after cooling.
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Today's technology must increase production rates and part quality, while reducing setup times and costs.
Replacing hard chrome requires aerospace companies to critically evaluate why they used it in the first place.

In the recent past, military acquisition has shifted from being locked into large long-term contracts to developing complex systems in...

The design of avionics systems must balance several factors. First, engineers want to increase the performance of the systems installed in aircraft or spacecraft. Second, they want...

Articles: Unmanned Systems
Microturbine Propulsion for UAVs
The continued use of reciprocating engines has limited the UAV market’s ability to reach its true growth potential.
A centralized IMA approach offers several advantages.
Afaq Ahmed Abbasi of Northwestern Polytechnical University explains his innovative approach.

The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has been working with Raytheon to design efficient, broadband, linear, high-power amplifiers and robust, broadband, low-noise...

U.S. rival countries have been rapidly modernizing their militaries, with publicized advances that pose credible challenges to U.S. supremacy in all aspects of warfare: air, land, sea, space and...

Heat-seeking missiles have been in use against both rotorcraft and fixed wing aircraft since the mid-1950s, and countermeasures to deceive their guidance systems have been employed...

SPYNEL sensors are passive wide area surveillance systems with automatic intrusion detection and tracking capabilities. The 360° thermal sensors offer 24/7 situational awareness by detecting and tracking...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Machining Titanium Aero-Frames

The rise of titanium for aerospace applications has been well documented in recent years. Equally, the challenges associated with the efficient, productive and high-quality machining of this popular material,...

Quality assurance and flight certification of critical aerospace parts and assemblies have reached new levels of sophistication in recent years. Leading aerospace and defense manufacturers...

Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Aerospace Work Platforms — More than Meets the Eye

For maintenance personnel in the aerospace industry to do their jobs effectively, they need to be able to get physically close to the equipment they are working on. This statement sounds...

As the demand for greater control and functionality increases, position-sensor-instrumented hydraulic cylinders are becoming more important in the heavy industry, mobile equipment, and subsea...

While FMC (FPGA Mezzanine Card) celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, it continues to provide a variety of benefits to the embedded system developer. These include sustained...

Modern radar systems are complex and depend heavily on advanced signal processing algorithms to improve their detection performance. At the same time, the radio front-end must meet...

Advanced thermoplastic composites-and their emergence as prominent materials for future aerospace applications–are sparking a flurry of activity from...

Understanding RF, especially microwave switching, can be a challenge. In many cases, test systems have been compromised because a test engineer did not consider all the...

A jet engine is the very definition of “mission-critical.” A critical failure could cause a serious accident that endangers hundreds of lives. To prevent this from happening,...

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