Coating Improves Pilots’ Visibility in Rainstorms

An Air Force Research Laboratory-developed product called HydroSkip repels water from aircraft transparencies, addressing the issue of limited visibility caused by heavy rain that can impair the pilot’s ability to navigate the plane and land safely.

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Safer Electric Solid Propellants for Rocket Engines

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Missouri University of Science and Technology, and NASA conducted experiments to understand the behavior of a high-performance electric propellant compared with a traditional propellant.

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Supersonic Aircraft Window Goes Virtual

NASA’s X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft will eliminate the cockpit’s forward-facing window, replacing it with the eXternal Visibility System (XVS) that uses a 4K monitor that serves as the central window and allows the pilot to safely see traffic in his or her flight path. The XVS displays stitched images from two cameras outside the aircraft combined with terrain data from an advanced computing system.

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Experiments Differentiate Between Underground Nuclear Tests and Earthquakes

Sandia National Laboratories researchers, as part of a group of National Nuclear Security Administration scientists, have wrapped up years of field experiments to improve the United States’ ability to differentiate earthquakes from underground explosions, key knowledge needed to advance the nation’s monitoring and verification capabilities for detecting underground nuclear explosions.

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Army Showcases New Electronic Warfare Tech

The Army is advancing its ground-based precision navigation and timing (PNT) technology to counter spoofing threats and improve operations in a multi-domain environment.

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Developing IR Materials as Signaling Tools for Military Operations

Battle Sight Technologies has acquired a second patent license related to infrared materials as signaling tools for nighttime military operations.

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Safe, Inexpensive Way to Propel CubeSats

Finding inexpensive solutions for propelling CubeSats is one of the most critical components of the rapidly growing industry of commercial launches of satellites the size of a loaf of bread. Researchers have created a novel micropropulsion system for CubeSats using a liquid fed pulsed-plasma thruster.

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Sensor Could be Game-Changer in Airline Safety

A new sensor, that can detect ice accumulation in real-time, might be a game-changer when it comes to airline safety and efficiency. The sensor could detect the precise moment when ice begins to form on a surface. Due to their high sensitivity, low power, ease of fabrication, and planar profile, microwave resonators were used.

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Platform Converts Standard Aircraft to UAV, and Back

The Robotic Pilot Unmanned Conversion Program (ROBOpilot) converts a general aviation aircraft into an unmanned vehicle and then returns it back to its original configuration – all without making permanent modifications to the aircraft.

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New Products: September 2019 Aerospace & Defense Technology

Mobile Workstation

Eurocom's (Ottawa, Canada) latest mobile workstation, the Tornado F7W, features a modular MXM 3.1 slot-based GPU allowing easy reconfiguration of GPU capabilities. The GPUs offered are ISV-certified, workstation-class NVIDIA Quadro P5200, P4200 and P3200 cards, which are suitable for CAD/CAE/CAM software such as Adobe, AutoCAD, CATIA and SOLIDWORKS. Over time, a user can choose to swap out the Quadro-based GPU and reconfigure the system to run a different MXM 3.1-compatible GPU (GTX-based cards, for example).

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