MEMs

Engineered Resilient Systems

Analyzing large data is the process of methodically and systematically making decisions to reduce incomprehensible datasets down to a manageable size that can be viewed and understood easily. These reductions are made by performing data analytics, producing metrics, identifying patterns, and/or producing any other criteria of comparison that can be mathematically modeled.

Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Data Acquisition, Computers, Software, Inspection Equipment, Instrumentation, Measuring Instruments, Monitoring, Test & Measurement
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EO/IR Maritime Payload

CONTROP Precision Technologies Ltd.
Lanham, MD
571-331-0042
www.controp.com

CONTROP Precision Technologies Ltd., a company that specializes in Electro-Optics (EO) and InfraRed (IR) defense and homeland security solutions, recently demonstrated its iSea-25HD system. The new and lightweight EO/IR payload is said to have unsurpassed maritime surveillance capabilities and has been specially configured for observation from maritime vessels, including small boats, even in the harshest and most challenging environmental conditions.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Defense, Cameras, Imaging, Video, Lasers & Laser Systems, Detectors
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Defeating Commercial Drone Threats with Open-Source SDR

It’s nearly impossible to look at technology news without seeing an article about drones. Whether detailing how Amazon wants to use drones to deliver packages or revealing amazing aerial video of drones following Olympic snow-boarders, commercial drones are ubiquitous. Drone emergence has benefited many applications including sports broadcasting and wildlife preservation wilderness surveys. Offering powerful, intelligent software, drones are becoming less expensive and easier to use, with substantial operating range.

Posted in: Articles, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Communications, Defense, Power Management, Power Supplies, Lasers & Laser Systems, Optical Components, Optics, RF & Microwave Electronics, Software, Test & Measurement
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Waveform Synthesis for Shock Response Spectrum Replication, Applied to Ground Vehicle Component Testing

The motivation for this work is to mitigate shock levels on vehicle components, through testing new designs of equipment. The objective is to generate a time history to perform shock testing on military and commercial ground vehicle components. The time histories are used to drive hydraulic actuators coupled to a test specimen.

Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Power Management, Thermal Management, MEMs, RF & Microwave Electronics, Inspection Equipment, Instrumentation, Measuring Instruments, Monitoring, Test & Measurement, Testing Procedures
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Defining an Open System Architecture Standard for Defense Systems

For many years now, there have been efforts within the US defense community to adopt “Open System Architecture” principles (or OSA) for defense computing platforms. Stretching back to the mid-2000’s there have been numerous efforts by all service branches to define sets of OSA principles or requirements on the embedded computing systems they procure and deploy. While these efforts have resulted in widespread adoption of POSIX functions for common tasks and a gradual shift in the use of common form factors and technologies such as VPX and Ethernet, there are still wide disparities between products from different suppliers, which creates difficulties for integrators. Product variations also make technology insertions or system configuration changes expensive, time consuming, and often locked to a particular vendor.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Defense, Board-Level Electronics, Computers, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Power Supplies, Data Acquisition, Sensors
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Counter IED System

Netline Communications Technologies Ltd.
Tel Aviv, Israel
www.netlinetech.com

Netline Communications Technologies Ltd., a company that develops and manufactures high-end electronic warfare and spectrum dominance systems for defense forces and homeland security agencies, is supplying its C-Guard Reactive Jamming (RJ) Manpack system to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The system is already being operated by the IDF and is also in ongoing use by ground forces in NATO countries, Asia and Africa.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Communications, Defense, Manufacturing & Prototyping, RF & Microwave Electronics, Data Acquisition, Transportation
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Drone Control System

Kongsberg Geospatial
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
1-800-267-7330
www.kongsberggeospatial.com

Kongsberg Geospatial, an Ottawa-based geospatial and defense technology company, recently introduced a new multi-domain control system for coordinating the use of drones in the battlespace.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Data Acquisition, Defense, Automation, Robotics, Data Acquisition, Sensors, Software
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Unmanned Helicopter Drone

UAVOS Inc.
Mountain View, CA
650-584-3176
www.UAVOS.com

A Robinson-22 helicopter converted by UAVOS into an unmanned drone successfully completed in-air programmed missions. Its first flight, with a duration of more than 1 hour, was fully self-piloted, reaching a height of up to 2200 ft (670m). During the flight all scheduled tests were performed including fully automatic take-off, en-route flight and landing. Tuning of UAV control settings was also completed.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aeronautics, Aviation, Data Acquisition, Defense, Power Supplies, Motion Control, Motors & Drives, Positioning Equipment, Optical Components, Optics, Robotics, Data Acquisition, Sensors, Test & Measurement
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The Challenge of Replacing Hard Chrome

The search for a suitable replacement for hard chrome on aerospace components has been a key supply chain priority for aircraft manufacturers. This is because of the documented health risks to workers and the impact on the environment from exposure to hexavalent chromium, a carcinogen that occurs during the chrome plating process and is the most toxic form of chromium.

Posted in: Articles, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Coatings & Adhesives, Metals, Fastening, Joining & Assembly, Mechanical Components
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Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Vehicles

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) based machine learning technologies in autonomous vehicles is on the rise. Helping to drive this trend is the availability of a new class of embedded AI processors. A good example is NVIDIA’s Jetson family, which includes small form factor system on modules (SoMs) that provide GPU-accelerated parallel processing. These high-performance, low-power devices are designed to support the deep learning and computer vision capabilities needed to build software-defined autonomous machines. They derive massive computing capabilities from the use of a parallel processing GPU device with many cores, enabling next-gen computing devices to take on many of the tasks that were historically handled by humans or multiple, traditional computers.

Posted in: Articles, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, AR/AI, Artificial Intelligence, Defense, Board-Level Electronics, Electronic Components, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Power Management, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Industrial Controls & Automation
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