Test & Measurement

Heavy Ground Testing Puts Airbus’ BelugaXL On Track for First Flight

In preparation for its upcoming maiden flight, Airbus’ first BelugaXL is now in its heavy ground test phase – which focuses on the highly modified airframe for this next-generation oversize cargo airlifter.

Posted in: INSIDER, News, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Defense, Test & Measurement

Converting Existing Copper Wire Firing System to a Fiber-Optically Controlled Firing System for Electromagnetic Pulsed Power Experiments

After extensive review from the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Electrical Safety Office, it was determined that the existing firing system in Experimental Facility 167 (EF 167) was not adequate to safely perform pulsed-power experiments with gunpowder- or air-driven guns. This firing line used solid copper wire, which provided a continuous electrical conduction path between the high-voltage capacitor in the test chamber and the firing/control room, where personnel are stationed when experiments are performed (Figure 1). This poses a safety risk since high voltage can travel from the test chamber and potentially result in personnel injuries and damaged equipment.

Posted in: Briefs, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Automotive, Defense, Electronic Components, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Power Management, Power Supplies, Materials, Metals, Mechanical Components, Power, Power Transmission, Inspection Equipment, Instrumentation, Measuring Instruments, Monitoring, Test & Measurement, Automotive, Transportation

Armament Test Set

Marvin Test Solutions, Inc.
Irvine, CA

Marvin Test Solutions, Inc., a company that specializes in globally-deployed test solutions for military, aerospace, and manufacturing organizations, announced that it has received new contracts for its MTS-3060 SmartCan™ from multiple international customers to support armament systems testing on different platforms. When deployed, the Smart-Can's international customer list will grow to 12 countries using 8 different aircraft of various types and blocks. The new SmartCan contracts cover F/A-18, Hawk, F-16, and F-15, as well as the first Army test application.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Defense, Imaging, Video, Instrumentation, Measuring Instruments, Monitoring, Test & Measurement

New Pulse Analysis Techniques for Radar and EW

Pulsed signals are widespread in radar and other electronic warfare (EW) applications, and they must be accurately measured for manufacturing, design of countermeasures, and threat assessment; however, pulse measurements are an especially challenging area for signal analysis due to these factors:

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Data Acquisition, Defense, RF & Microwave Electronics, Instrumentation, Measuring Instruments, Monitoring, Test & Measurement

Soldier-Robot Team Communication: An Investigation of Exogenous Orienting Visual Display Cues and Robot Reporting Preferences

The advancement of robot capabilities and functionality has changed the way in which soldiers perform many of their operational tasks. The various unmanned air, ground, and submersible vehicles currently deployed have significantly impacted present-day warfare.

Posted in: Briefs, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Communications, Wireless, Defense, Industrial Controls & Automation, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Automation, Robotics, Test & Measurement, Automotive, Transportation

New Products: May 2018 Aerospace & Defense Technology

Rapid Deployment SIGINT Sensor

VStar Systems (San Diego, CA) announced the addition of a pod version of its MA-C SIGINT Sensor, the MA-C MiniPod™. Two active high frequency (HF) antennas allow for intercept and copy of land mobile radios from both direct Line of Sight (LOS) as well as Near Vertical Incidence Skywave (NVIS) signals for Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) communication methods. The MA-C MiniPOD can be installed on most standard airborne racks/missile launchers for integration on a wide variety of platforms.

Posted in: Products, Board-Level Electronics, Computers, Electronic Components, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Composites, Materials, Robotics, Sensors, Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Software, Instrumentation, Measuring Instruments, Monitoring, Test & Measurement

New Products: April 2018 Aerospace & Defense Technology

RF Cable

PIC Wire & Cable® (Sussex, WI), a Division of The Angelus Corporation, recently announced the launch of its new RFMATES ® ULTRALITE UH25107 cable. UH25107 is a 50 ohm RF aerospace cable that is highly shielded, light and flexible. The cable's sophisticated design yields low loss characteristics that make it a robust solution for systems requiring a low dB loss budget for antenna runs, like SATCOM and Iridium systems.

Posted in: Products, Aerospace, Communications, Defense, Board-Level Electronics, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, PCs/Portable Computers, Power Management, Power Supplies, Motion Control, RF & Microwave Electronics, Sensors, Test & Measurement

Engine Air-Brakes

Airplanes, one of humanity's greatest inventions, evoke feelings of awe and amazement for most people, unless you live uncomfortably close to a major airport, in which case the feeling may become annoyance and irritation. Constant aircraft noise causes sleepless nights, stress and other health issues, reducing quality of life.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Aviation, Motion Control, Propulsion, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Software, Test & Measurement

Phonon Confinement Effect in TiO2 Nanoparticles as Thermosensor Materials

TiO2 or ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) have a very strong finite-size dependency in their Raman spectra or photoluminescence (PL) spectra due to the phonon confinement effect or the quantum confinement effect. Together with a fast grain growth kinetics and a high stability under high temperature and pressure, they can forensically retain the complete thermal history of an event. By spatially distributing these NPs during thermal events such as blasts or weapon tests, a spatially and temporally non-uniform thermal environment can be determined by a direct read off their Raman or PL spectra at various locations.

Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Thermal Management, Materials, Nanotechnology, Photonics, Force Sensors and Resistors, Sensors, Test & Measurement

pH-Dependent Spin State Population and 19F NMR Chemical Shift Via Remote Ligand Protonation in An Iron(II) Complex

The development of transition metal-based molecules and materials that can be switched between low-spin and high-spin electronic states has constituted a highly active area of research over the past several decades. Indeed, the magnetic bistability of such spin-crossover compounds make them potential candidates for molecular switches and chemical sensors, as the spin transition can be controlled by a number of external stimuli, such as temperature, pressure, and light.

Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Electronic Components, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Materials, Metals, Data Acquisition, Sensors, Measuring Instruments, Test & Measurement