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Floating Armor Torso System

BCB International Ltd.
Cardiff, UK
+44 (0)2920 433 700
www.bcbin.com

A Floating Armor Torso System (FATS), designed for marine-based forces, inflates when coming into contact with water. If the wearer were to be shot or injured in the line of duty and fall into a river, lake or the sea, the BCB technology would automatically inflate within seconds. The armor increases to the capacity of the size of the inflatable.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Defense, Protective clothing
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Tracking WiFi Signals to Passively See Through Walls

University College London (UCL) researchers are investigating passive radar technologies that can see through walls using WiFi radio waves. The novel research required a real-time, passive (non-cooperative) wireless target detection demonstration system capable of tracking moving bodies through walls and obstacles. Much like traditional radar systems, the approach still relies on detecting the Doppler shifts in radio waves as they reflect off moving objects. However, unlike traditional radar systems that actively transmit radio waves, the passive system relies on the existing WiFi signals that already swamp our airwaves. The complete lack of spectrum occupation and power emission ensures the radar is undetectable, making it ideal for military or security surveillance in urban settings.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Articles, Aerospace, Communications, Wireless, Defense, RF & Microwave Electronics, Imaging, Radar, Military vehicles and equipment
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Flight Critical Power Electronics

Crane Aerospace & Electronics
Lynwood, WA
425-743-8321
www.craneae.com

Crane Aerospace & Electronics, Power Solutions, will be supplying flight critical power electronics for the new COMAC C919 family of narrow body aircraft being built in China. COMAC is an acronym for the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. It is a short-medium range commercial trunk liner that will feature a substantial amount of indigenous intellectual property. Its all-economy class layout entails 168 seats, and the hybrid class layout will feature 156 seats. The basic version is designed to cover a range of 4,075 km, while the enhanced version can stretch to 5,555 km. Its economic life is designed to be 90,000 flying hours, or 30 calendar years.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Aviation, Defense, Electronics & Computers, Power Supplies, Avionics, Flight management systems, Power electronics
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Mine-Sweeping Device

Minelab Electronics
Torrensville, Australia
61-8-8238-0888
www.minelab.com
NIITEK
Dulles, VA
703-661-0283
www.niitek.com

Minelab Electronics, an Australian company known for its metal detectors, has partnered with NIITEK, a Dulles, VA-based developer of ground-penetrating radar, to produce a mine-sweeping device that detects both metal and shapes in the ground. Together they have won a contract to supply a mounted mine detection system for US Husky Detection System (HMDS) military vehicles.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Detectors, Radar, Protective equipment, Military vehicles and equipment
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Integrated Underwater Security System

ATLAS ELEKTRONIK UK
Winfrith Newburgh, Dorchester, UK
+44-1305-212400
www.uk.atlas-elektronik.com
SIGNALIS SAS
Bezons, France
+33-1-39-96-44-44
www.signalis.com

Effective surveillance of coastal border areas requires the use of very sensitive and advanced radar systems and processing software. SIGNALIS and ATLAS ELEKTRONIK have jointly developed an interface for Cerberus Mod 2 Diver Detection Sonar (DDS), providing a fully integrated underwater surveillance and security system.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Electronics & Computers, Data Acquisition, Detectors, Sensors, Radar, Security systems, Marine vehicles and equipment
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Unmanned Ocean Drone

Liquid Robotics
Sunnyvale, CA
408-636-4200
www.liquidr.com

Accurately forecasting weather conditions and currents prior to mission deployment is an invaluable intelligence tool for the warfighter. Being able to accurately predict a Category-5 typhoon or hurricane, instead of a tropical storm, also saves lives, saves property, and saves time in evacuations. The Liquid Robotics' Wave Glider®, a surfboard-sized ocean drone filled with sensors, computers, and communications equipment, can survive a Category-5 typhoon while continuously collecting and transmitting meteorological and oceanographic data. Previously this type of data was unobtainable because it was too risky to send manned ships out in the middle of a hurricane/typhoon; buoys can become severely damaged or come off their moorings in such conditions; and satellites have difficulty seeing through the dense cloud cover.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Communications, Defense, Thermal Management, Data Acquisition, Robotics, Marine vehicles and equipment, Unmanned aerial vehicles
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Software-Designed System Improves Wireless Test Speed and Coverage

As wireless standards become more complex, the number of operational modes for these devices increases exponentially. As progression continues to the latest WiFi standard, new modulation schemes, more channels, more bandwidth settings, and additional spatial streams are added. Additionally, characterizing WLAN transceivers is especially challenging when faced with thousands of independent operational gain settings.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Design processes
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Fully Autonomous Unmanned Vehicles

Lockheed Martin
Bethesda, MD
866-562-2363
www.lockheedmartin.com/unmanned

Lockheed Martin, in collaboration with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), successfully conducted a fully autonomous resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance and target-acquisition demonstration using its Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) unmanned ground vehicle, K-MAX unmanned helicopter and Gyrocam optical sensor.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Unmanned aerial vehicles
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Unmanned Demonstrator Flight Control Systems

North Atlantic Industries
Bohemia, NY
631-567-1100
www.naii.com

North Atlantic Industries (NAI) has been chosen by Lockheed Martin Skunk Works® to provide navigation system solutions for the Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded System (ARES) vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) demonstrator. Vehicle management computer (VMC) and actuator interface unit (AIU) requirements were met utilizing NAI’s commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) SIU6 chassis.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Flight control systems, Unmanned aerial vehicles
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Autonomous Black Hawk Helicopter

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
Stratford, CT
1-800-946-4337
www.sikorsky.com/

Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., is developing its first product to feature Matrix™ Technology by converting a retired UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter into an optionally piloted variant capable of a wide spectrum of missions. With the autonomous Black Hawk, Sikorsky plans to build on the success of its Matrix Technology and Manned/Unmanned Resupply Aerial Lifter (MURAL) autonomy programs to deliver a new level of mission flexibility to combat and logistic planners. The product will integrate autonomy and advanced fleet management technology with refurbishment experience to provide a cost-effective, dependable and sustainable system.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Autonomous vehicles, Rotary-wing aircraft
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