Rugged Data Recorders

Rugged Data Recorders - DTS’

DTS’ (Seal Beach, CA) ultra-small SLICE MICRO and NANO data recorders are rugged and designed to embed directly in the test article – even small drones. The NANO has a footprint of just 26 × 31 mm. The standalone systems include a microprocessor, excitation, full signal conditioning, and sample up to 500,000 sps/channel.

SLICE direct-writes data to 16 GB flash memory. SLICE delivers precision shock and vibration data in low and high temperatures, high altitudes and low-pressure environments (meets MIL-STD-810-E) and is 500g shock rated with a 5,000g option available.

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Vertical Gyro Modules

Vertical Gyro Modules - MEMSIC Inc.

MEMSIC Inc. (Andover, MA) has announced the addition of the VG380 to its portfolio of inertial modules. These new vertical gyros provide highly accurate pitch and roll (with respect to gravity), in both static and dynamic conditions. The static and dynamic accuracy is specified at +/-0.2 and +/-1.0 degrees (respectively) over the -40°C to +85°C temperature range. The VG380 is offered in two package/interface options, VG380SA and VG380ZA.

The VG380SA is a 41 × 48 × 22 mm module designed for standalone applications, including built-in power conditioning (compatible with power supplies from 9 – 32V), and with RS-232/RS-422 interface. The VG380ZA is designed for OEM/embedded applications, offering a much smaller 24 × 37 × 9.5 mm package, and an SPI/UART interface for convenient integration into an end user system.

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25W Ku-Band Transceiver

25W Ku-Band Transceiver - Smiths Interconnect

Smiths Interconnect (Stuart, FL) recently released a new Ku-Band 25W High Power Transceiver (HPT). This HPT is a complete airborne SatCom solution, integrating a GaN SSPA, upconverters, downconverters, and digital control technology to offer a highly modular system complete with advanced interoperability features and multiple Built-in-Test (BIT) functions.

For applications that require additional commercial air transport use assurance, an optional vibration insensitive OCXO installed on a vibration isolation platform is available. The HPT can transmit from 13.75 to 14.5 GHz from an IF frequency of 950 to 1700 MHz with a gain variation of less than 1.0 dB over any 36 MHz band and provides the frequency block down conversion from 10.7 to 11.7 GHz to the low band IF of 950-1950 MHz or from 11.7 to 12.75 GHz to the high band IF of 1100-2150 MHz. The Receive bands are selectable with commands over the Ethernet bus.

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FMC+ Direct RF Conversion Module

FMC+ Direct RF Conversion Module - Abaco Systems

Abaco Systems (Huntsville, AL) announced the FMC134 FMC+ FPGA Mezzanine Card Direct RF Conversion Module. The card can operate as a 4-channel receiver at 3.2GSPS or a 2- channel receiver at 6.4GSPS. Using 16 of the available 32 high speed JESD204B lanes, the FMC134 is capable of a total maximum transfer rate of 200 Gigabits/second. Unlike some alternative solutions, it is fully compliant with the VITA 57.4 standard, providing customers with the assurance of compatibility and interoperability across different FPGA carriers.

The FMC134 is ideally suited for applications including traditional and bi-static radar; multi-channel radar; digital beamforming; wideband receivers; wireless communication SDR; and signals intelligence receivers. The FMC134 supports FMC stacking, giving customers the ability to take advantage of unused signals for the possibility of up to eight ADC channels on a single FMC site.

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Drone and UAV Components

Drone and UAV Components - Stafford Manufacturing Corp.

A broad range of standard and custom shaft collars, couplings, clamps, and mounts for attaching cameras, sensors, and other devices to drones and UAVs have been introduced by Stafford Manufacturing Corp. (Wilmington, MA). Featuring ODs as small as 0.500" and bore sizes from 0.062", they can be manufactured to specification from various materials such as aluminum, stainless steel, titanium, brass, and plastics. Offered in sizes up to 6.00" I.D., depending upon configuration, collars and clamps are available in one-, two-piece, and hinged styles.

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GNSS Receiver

GNSS Receiver - Swift Navigation

Swift Navigation (San Francisco, CA), in conjunction with Carnegie Robotics LLC (CRL) (Pittsburgh, PA), announced their first joint product, Duro™, a ruggedized version of Swift Navigation’s flagship Piksi™ Multi dualfrequency RTK GNSS receiver. Built for outdoor operations, Duro combines a rugged enclosure with centimeter-accurate positioning.

Features include: Dual-frequency RTK GNSS; tough, military-grade hardware; IP67 rating; weatherproof external enclosure design with M12 standard-sealed connectors; onboard MEMS IMU and magnetometer; future-proof hardware with in-field software upgrades; protected IO, including RS232 Serial Ports, 100mbit Ethernet, Event Inputs, PPS, PV, CAN-Bus; durable UV and chemical-resistant powder-coating; and flexible mounting interfaces.

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EO/IR Gimbal Sensor Suite

EO/IR Gimbal Sensor Suite - AeroVironment, Inc.

AeroVironment, Inc. (Monrovia, CA) announced that its Mantis i45 electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) gimbal sensor features an advanced suite of ultra-high-resolution EO and long wave IR imagers as well as a new low-light camera for optimum operations at any time of day in a single payload. Its EO/IR/low-light/illuminator sensor suite – features dual-color, 15-megapixel (MP) cameras (wide and narrow views), improved (640 x 480 MP) infrared imagery, a new 1.5 MP low-light camera, a high-power illuminator, 50-times zoom in EO, optional on-board storage of high definition video and highresolution stills, and a dedicated on-board image processor.

AeroVironment’s Mantis i45 gimbal also provides the same electro-optical image resolution as its predecessor i25 gimbal at up to seven times the distance. In addition, the Mantis i45 is backward compatible with deployed Puma AE systems, and its waterproof design protects against sand, dust, rain, salt fog, snow, mud and 100 percent relative humidity conditions.

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Differential Measurement System

Differential Measurement System - Kaman Precision Products, Inc.

The Measuring Division of Kaman Precision Products, Inc. (Middletown, CT) has announced the availability of its KD-5100 differential measurement system, which provides resolution to a nanometer of positional change. Featuring a small package size – only 2 x 2.12 x 0.75 inches thick – the KD-5100 is a good choice for applications where space is a limiting factor. It is manufactured to MIL-H-38534, with MIL-SPEC components used throughout the electronics module wherever possible.

The KD-5100 features rugged construction, with a mean time between failures of better than 238,000 hours in a space flight environment and 55,000 hours in a tactical environment. Kaman also offers the DIT-5200, a commercial version of the KD-5100 for applications where mil-spec requirements, size, weight and power consumption are not critical.

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Conduction Cooled MicroTCA Carrier Hub

Conduction Cooled MicroTCA Carrier Hub - VadaTech

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) has announced the UTC040C Conduction Cooled MicroTCA Carrier Hub (MCH). The UTC040C includes a PCIe Gen3 switch with 1024Gbps aggregate bandwidth, automatic speed negotiation, and virtual switch (multiple domain, non-transparent port support) to enable partitioning of the system with multiple root complexes. Base interface Ethernet is via a managed layer two/three GbE switch with 12 ports 10/100/1000-BaseT interface via the front panel. The same field-proven standards-compliant IPMI management stack is used that has been widely deployed over generations of MCH products.

The UTC040C can be used to configure arbitrary JTAG Slave devices on AMC cards. Virtual Probe services are also available to provide JTAG via Ethernet for standard development tools to treat the MCH/JSM combination as if it was a standard JTAG probe.

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Tube-to-Fin, Liquid-to-Air Heat Exchangers

Tube-to-Fin, Liquid-to-Air Heat Exchangers - ATS

Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc. (ATS) (Norwood, MA) has announced a new line of tube-to-fin, liquid-to-air heat exchangers. A heat exchanger is a device that allows heat from a fluid (either a liquid or a gas) to pass to another liquid or gas without the two fluids having to mix or come into direct contact. The heat exchanger fins and tubes are made of copper and stainless steel to be suitable for a variety of fluids, including water, dielectric fluids and custom designed heat transfer fluids. Each of the seven heat exchanger sizes is available with or without a fan.

ATS offers 49 options of heat exchangers to meet a variety of needs. Lengths range from 5.8-21.9 inches, widths from 5.8-14 inches, and heights from 1.8-2.6 inches. Tube diameters are available at 0.375 and 0.5 inches. The heat exchangers have silver-solder brazed joints and have been internally cleaned and externally coated for corrosion protection. ATS has pressure tested the heat exchangers and can customize them for different fans. They have heat transfer capacities up to 250W per 1°C difference between the inlet liquid and the inlet air temperatures.

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Rugged USB 3.1 Hub and Charging Platform

Rugged USB 3.1 Hub and Charging Platform - MilSource

MilSource (Los Angeles, CA) a U.S.-based distributor of Techaya’s military-grade and rugged Ethernet solutions, recently announced the industry’s first rugged USB 3.1 hub and charging platform for connectivity and communication between multiple USB devices in weight and space-constrained fixed-wing/rotor aircraft, soldier carry and harsh commercial environments. The small form factor MILTECH™ 303 USB hub has six USB 3.1 ports, a dedicated IO port, and an optional single gigabit Ethernet port.

In addition to offering USB connectivity, the flexible MIL-TECH 303 can power and charge USB devices using a wide voltage range of 12-28 VDC and up to 2A downstream power per port. It supports multiple popular battery charging profiles including DCP, CDP, SDP and custom profiles via SMBus or OT.

The rugged MILTECH 303 is designed to meet MIL-STD-810F standards, uses passive cooling to eliminate moving parts and has sealed connectors to protect against water and dust. It measures 82.2mm x 64.1mm x 26mm and weighs less than 140 grams.

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This article first appeared in the August, 2017 issue of Aerospace & Defense Technology Magazine.

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