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Streamlining EMC Solutions for Avionics Interfaces

Lightning strikes to jet airliners are common - about once every 1000 flight hours. The DO-160G standard, Environmental Conditions and Test Procedures for Airborne Equipment, is a standard for the environmental testing of avionics hardware. Many airplane manufacturers specify DO-160G Section 22, lightning induced transient susceptibility, as a requirement for critical systems like guidance, radars, communications, engine control, and heat and air controls. Aircraft fuselage, wing and tail flight controls, wing tips, fin tips, engine nacelles, and landing gear are the areas most likely to be hit by lightning strikes.

Posted in: Articles, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Communications, Electronic Components, Semiconductors & ICs, Test & Measurement
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Ruggedizing Commercial-Grade Computers into MIL-Hardened Systems

As performance capabilities for embedded computing products expand, the requirements for commercial-grade and MIL ruggedized systems blur into similar specifications. There are increasing demands to take feature-rich, successful industrial/commercial enclosure systems into MIL or other harsh environment applications. Similarly, engineers are designing up-front computing platforms that they can expand into harsher environments.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Defense, Computers, RF & Microwave Electronics
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Multirole Utility Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters
Marignane Cedex, France
+33 (0)4 42 85 60 51
helicopters.airbus.com

Airbus Helicopters will be providing an additional four H225M (previously known as the Eurocopter EC725) multirole utility helicopters to the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) as part of their fleet strengthening program. This follow-on order will bring the RTAF's H225M fleet up to 12 units by 2021.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aeronautics, Aviation, Defense, RF & Microwave Electronics
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Drone-Elimination Fire Control System

Smart Shooter Ltd.
Kibbutz Yagur, Israel
+ 972-72-3202111
www.smart-shooter.com

Smart Shooter's SMASH fire control system adds digital precision to in-service rifles and ammunition. It has been successfully tested by US Special Operations Forces and other military agencies, and it officially entered operational service with the Israel Defence Forces in early 2018. The latest and most advanced variant – SMASH 2000 Plus – has the capability to lock, track and accurately hit conventional targets as well as small, fast and maneuverable tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), day and night.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aeronautics, Aviation, Data Acquisition, Defense, Imaging, Data Acquisition, Detectors, Software
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Weapons Calibration App

Double Shoot
Ramat Gan, Israel
+972-52-9208000
www.double-shoot.com

Double Shoot, an Israeli company that is pioneering advanced systems for zeroing high accuracy weapons and scoring systems, recently unveiled a unique and innovative smartphone application for zeroing weapons, range scoring, and comparison. The versatile application can be used with a variety of assault rifles and machine guns.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Data Acquisition, Defense, Imaging
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Boeing, ELG Carbon Fibre Find New Life for Airplane Structure Material

Boeing and ELG Carbon Fibre recently announced a partnership to recycle excess aerospace-grade composite material, which will be used by other companies to make products such as electronic accessories and automotive equipment. The agreement – the first of its kind for the aerospace industry – covers excess carbon fiber from 11 Boeing airplane manufacturing sites and will reduce solid waste by more than one million pounds a year.

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Customizing Computer-Aided Design

MIT researchers have devised a technique that “reverse engineers” complex 3-D computer-aided design (CAD) models, making them far easier for users to customize for manufacturing and 3-D printing applications.

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Northrop Grumman and Airbus Partner on “Wing of Tomorrow” Program

Northrop Grumman Corporation recently finalized a Cooperation and Research Agreement to work closely with Airbus on the Wing of Tomorrow program. The three-year agreement expands the current Northrop Grumman relationship with Airbus and explores complex composite wing stiffener forming automation with out-of-autoclave material systems through an investment in equipment, test articles and engineering support.

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Cartilage-Like Material Enables Structural Battery

A structural battery prototype incorporates a cartilage-like material to make the batteries highly durable and easy to shape. The idea behind structural batteries is to store energy in structural components like the wing of a drone.

Posted in: INSIDER, News, Defense, Power
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Study Could Help Aircraft Avoid Dynamic Stall

University of Illinois researchers are studying the physics of dynamic stall so that it can be used beneficially and reliably by aircraft. The problem has been studied at low speeds but at higher speeds, the process becomes significantly disorganized and difficult to understand.

Posted in: INSIDER, News, Defense, Simulation Software
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