MEMs

Tactical Communications System

Spectra Group
Tysons, VA
202-818-8429
www.spectra-group.us

Spectra Group (US), a specialist provider of secure voice, data and satellite communications systems, specifically optimized for use in remote and challenging environments, has been selected by the US DoD to take part in the 2019 Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiments (AEWE 2019) at Fort Benning.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Communications, Wireless, Data Acquisition, Defense, Imaging, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Materials, Data Acquisition
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Tiltrotor Aircraft

Bell Helicopter
Fort Worth, TX
817-280-2011
www.bellflight.com

During the thirty years since the V-22 Osprey first flew, the tiltrotor aircraft, built by Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, and Boeing, has fundamentally changed how the U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force operate in combat and support humanitarian operations. So far, more than 375 V-22 aircraft have accumulated more than 450,000 flight hours across a spectrum of missions. The aircraft has proven to be so versatile that the U.S. Navy now has plans to begin leveraging the Osprey’s unique capabilities by using a new V-22 variant to deliver personnel and cargo to its aircraft carriers.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aeronautics, Aviation, Defense
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Hydraulic Thermal Bypass Valve

ThermOmegaTech
Warminster, PA
877-379-8258
www.thermomegatech-adg.com

A system supplier to the U.S. Department of Defense recently approached ThermOmegaTech® to obtain a custom thermal bypass valve. Installed into a military vehicle’s hydraulic system manifold, the valve bypasses cold hydraulic fluid to reduce system load and quickly bring it up to operating temperature.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Defense, Thermal Management, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Fastening, Fluid Handling, Joining & Assembly, Machinery, Mechanical Components, MEMs
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Critical Communications Break Out of the Analog Mold

Once firmly rooted in its analog origins, critical communications is now steadily evolving to provide enhanced situational awareness. The latest public safety and military communications (MilCom) radios are more versatile and reliable, supporting ad-hoc networks to improve or enable connectivity. With higher-data-rate capabilities, critical communications solutions can send and receive high-resolution images, videos, and other types of data-intensive content. At the same time, they provide higher-quality voice communications while maintaining security. To ensure communications and interoperability, they still can support analog communications as a failsafe. These myriad capabilities are possible through the ongoing adoption of new technologies, ranging from digital public safety standards and modulation formats, to technologies like wireless local area networking (WLAN) and Long Term Evolution (LTE).

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Communications, Wireless, Data Acquisition, Defense, Imaging, Video, Manufacturing & Prototyping, RF & Microwave Electronics
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Hybrid Ultra-Low VOC and Non-HAP Rain Erosion Coatings

Numerous military aircraft and shipboard surfaces, such as radomes, antennas, gun shields, wing leading edges, and helicopter blade leading edges, are coated with a specialized erosion-resistant protective coating possessing strict performance requirements. These protective coatings must provide excellent rain erosion resistance, superior mechanical properties, good adhesion to the substrate and meet a host of other metrics outlined in MIL-PRF-32239 and SAE AMS-C- 83231A.

Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Coatings & Adhesives, Mechanical Components
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Collins Aerospace Redefines Mission Capabilities of C-130H Through Modernization Program with French Air Force

Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., has completed the first cockpit modernization of fourteen contracted Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules for the French Air Force. Collins Aerospace plays a central role in the on-going certification flight test campaign, in Bordeaux-Mérignac, France.

Posted in: INSIDER, Aerospace Manufacturing and Machining, Aerospace, Aviation, Computers, Electronic Components, Electronics, Electronics & Computers
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Lockheed Martin Completes NASA's Orion Spacecraft Capsule For Artemis 1 Mission To The Moon

The goal of humans again walking on the Moon is one giant leap closer. Lockheed Martin has completed building the capsule for NASA's Orion spacecraft. The crew module capsule for the uncrewed Artemis 1 mission to the Moon has been stacked on top of the Orion service module, which was also recently finished.

Posted in: INSIDER, Aerospace Manufacturing and Machining, Aerospace, Manufacturing & Prototyping
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Northrop Grumman to Demonstrate Robotic Manufacturing in Space

Made In Space (MIS) has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a subcontract to support NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) demonstration of the autonomous robotic manufacturing and assembly platform, Archinaut, on a flight mission. The flight demonstration contract award marks the second phase of the NASA-funded Archinaut technology development program which was initially awarded in 2016.

Posted in: INSIDER, Aerospace Manufacturing and Machining, Aerospace, 3 D Printing & Additive Manufacturing, Manufacturing & Prototyping
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Inside Story: Allied Motion

Many medical devices — from robotic surgery to autonomous delivery robots in hospitals, to dialysis equipment — use motion control products to operate. Allied Motion’s long and successful experience as a supplier to medical equipment manufacturers rests on our ability to offer the expertise, technologies, advanced products, and the global presence necessary to deliver high-quality motion solutions to our customers.

Posted in: News, News, Defense, Design, Industrial Design and Human Factors, Intellectual Property, Product Development, Consumer Product Manufacturing, Custom & Contract Manufacturing, Medical, Motion Control, Motors & Drives, Robotics, Surgical Robotics/Instruments
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"Eyes" for the Autopilot

Automatic landings have long been standard procedure for commercial aircraft at major airports; this is usually not the case at smaller airports. Researchers have developed a completely automatic landing with vision-assisted navigation that functions properly without the need for ground-based systems.

Posted in: INSIDER, News, Defense, Cameras, Imaging
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