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AUVSI's Unmanned Systems

February 10, 2014 12:27 pm | Events

AUVSI's Unmanned Systems 2014 features the largest exhibit hall dedicated to unmanned systems in the world with over 350,000 sq. ft. (32,500 sq. m.) of space and more than 600 exhibitors. It is the place to find the latest solutions and products the industry has to offer and to connect with colleagues and new business partners.

Linear power supplies now UL and CE certified

February 7, 2014 3:26 pm | Acopian | Product Releases | Comments

Announced today by Acopian Power Supplies (Easton, PA) is the UL recognition and CE approval of their mini encapsulated series of linear regulated power supplies. The AC-DC power supply series is encapsulated in an ultra-compact, low profile housing to provide the ultimate in environmental protection in space-limited applications.

DC/DC products offer high efficiency, isolation

February 7, 2014 1:21 pm | Beta Dyne | Product Releases | Comments

BetaDyne (Bridgewater, MA) announces the low output noise LN-Series of DC/DC converters designed specifically to meet the needs of signal sensitive applications such as unmanned vehicles, test and measurement systems, medical instruments and data acquisition and control systems.

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5 tips for young engineers (from the experienced engineers)

February 7, 2014 11:19 am | by Sasha Gurke, Elsevier’s Engineering Fellow and Co-Founder, Knovel | Blogs | Comments

Don’t you wish you could turn back the clock and apply the lessons you’ve learned later in life to the decision you made earlier in your career? Well, if you’re a new engineer, here’s your chance. We collected advice from experienced engineers, asking what they wish they knew when they just starting an engineering career. 

What’s a “must-have” for harsh environment equipment protection?

February 6, 2014 3:23 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

There are all sorts of harsh environments where electronic components need to function perfectly regardless of the temperature, dirt, weather, or other challenges. So what's the best way to protect them? Here's a great opportunity to showcase your opinion and knowledge on the topic by answering the question below. Ready to give it a try?    

RF inductor series complies with military spec MIL-PRF-15305

February 6, 2014 3:11 pm | Gowanda | Product Releases | Comments

Gowanda Electronics (Gowanda, NY) announced that the company recently achieved military approval for four thru-hole RF inductor series: MLRF10M, MLRF15M, MLRF18M and MLRF17S. These Gowanda series meet the military’s Qualified Product List (QPL) requirement for military spec MIL-PRF-15305.

AFDX switch hardware comes in standard ANSI form factor 3U VPX

February 6, 2014 2:58 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TTTech announced the availability of the first AFDX switch hardware with the standard ANSI form factor 3U VPX (formerly known as VITA 46). The rugged, light, and space-saving switch will support customers in the design of optimized aerospace system architectures.

The anatomy of an asteroid

February 5, 2014 2:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Using very precise ground-based observations, Stephen Lowry (University of Kent, UK) and colleagues have measured the speed at which the near-Earth asteroid (25143) Itokawa spins and how that spin rate is changing over time. They have combined these delicate observations with new theoretical work....

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Crimp pins available in both gold and tin plating options

February 5, 2014 1:56 pm | Mill-Max Mfg. Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Mill-Max Mfg. Corp. (Oyster Bay, NY) announces the addition of new crimp pins to their selection of wire termination products.  These new pins are commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) equivalents to the popular Mil-Spec M39029 crimp pins.

HD camera ideal for low-light imaging

February 5, 2014 12:06 pm | Product Releases | Comments

UTC Aerospace Systems (CHARLOTTE, N.C.) introduces the newest high definition (HD) camera in its Sensors Unlimited MiniSWIR product line: the GA1280JSX. This new addition is a compact, mil-rugged 0.9MP high-resolution, high-sensitivity, shortwave infrared (SWIR) video camera....

This is what it’s like to fly a fighter jet

February 4, 2014 3:27 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Flying in a fighter jet isn’t an experience most of us will ever have. Personally, I’ve never had the urge, but for some, not being able to soar like Maverick is heartbreaking. Luckily for any wannabe pilots, Metropolis Entertainment — who make footage for simulators for places like this one which will show at London’s Science Museum — are more than willing to share the wealth.

Chemical weapons: Then and now

February 4, 2014 1:47 pm | by Steven Pike, Managing Director of Argon Electronics | Blogs | Comments

Sadly, human history offers all too many examples of how chemical weapons can be used to devastating effect. The employment of chemical warfare agents (CWAs) dates back to at least as far as 1000 BC, when the Chinese used arsenical smokes as weapons.

The F-35 is "a failure waiting to happen"

February 4, 2014 1:19 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here’s an oldie but goodie. Last year, Four Corners — an Australian current affairs program — did an expose on the troubled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, and their conclusions were ... none-too complimentary. Like their American counterparts, Australia is pursuing a one-size-fits all solution....

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Buck converter features 12µA quiescent current

February 4, 2014 11:37 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA) announces the LTC3638, a 140V input-capable high efficiency buck converter that delivers up to 250mA of continuous output current. It operates from an input voltage range of 4V to 140V, making it ideal for telecom, industrial, avionic and automotive applications.

High-power GaN switches designed for wideband applications

February 4, 2014 9:30 am | Rfmw Ltd, Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for a pair of high power GaN SPDT switches from TriQuint. The TGS2352-2-SM covers frequencies from 500MHz to 12GHz and handles input power up to 20W while the TGS2353-2-SM extends frequency coverage to 18GHz and handles up to 10 watts of input power.

Photos of the Day: The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

February 4, 2014 9:18 am | News | Comments

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has weathered numerous delays, controversies, and cost-overuns. The troubled jet, set to be the world's most expensive weapons program, will replace the majority of America's legacy fighters. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates called the F-35 the "backbone of America's tactical aviation fleet for decades to come."

Space flies offer clues about microgravity's impact on astronauts

February 3, 2014 2:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Fruit flies bred in space are offering scientists a clue as to how astronauts' immune systems may be damaged during prolonged space travel. A team of researchers from the University of California at Davis and the University of Central Florida has been studying the impact weightlessness has on fruit flies in space.

One planet, 2 stars: New research shows how circumbinary planets form

January 31, 2014 2:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Luke Skywalker's home planet Tatooine would have formed far from its current location in the Star Wars universe, a new University of Bristol study into its real world counterparts, observed by the Kepler space telescope, suggests. Like the fictional Star Wars planet, Kepler-34(AB)b is a circumbinary planet, so-called because its orbit encompasses two stars.

'Attention on the flight deck': What doctors can learn from pilots about communication

January 31, 2014 1:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As computers become common in medical examination rooms across the United States, a new study explores the role this technology plays in the doctor-patient relationship. The researchers looked to aviation, with its long history of success in complex communication between humans and machines, as an exemplar that may provide useful strategies to improve communication in the exam room.

Military Radar Summit

January 31, 2014 11:10 am | Events

In its 7th year, the event is the only one of its kind in North America that focuses solely on advancing military radar capabilities. This event will bring together the most influential and knowledgeable radar experts in order to discuss the future measures and strategies for Developing the Next-Generation Military Radar while Maintaining and Advancing Current Systems.

Photos of the Day: The Skywhale concept plane

January 31, 2014 9:00 am | News | Comments

The Skywhale, a concept plane by Spanish designer Oscar Vinals, would include three floors with a total seating capacity of 755 passengers. Much like luxury ocean liners, the top floor would be first class and have all the associated privileges. The middle floor would be business class, and the bottom floor would be coach.

Sea the future: New research on ocean conditions will aid planners

January 30, 2014 1:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Office of Naval Research Global (ONR Global) announced this week a grant to the University of Melbourne that will provide new insights into ocean conditions—crucial information for Navy planners involved in tactical and strategic decision-making. The project is intended to improve understanding of conditions in the Indian Ocean....

Engineering Update Episode #43: A 3-story, 755 passenger concept plane

January 30, 2014 11:16 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this week's episode of the Engineering Update: A 3-story, 755 passenger concept plane: The SkyWhale might not sound like the greatest name in the world for an airplane, but it's a pretty apt description for this flying beast. A minesweeping robot: Unfortunately, the task of clearing the mines is often prohibitively expensive or complicated....

Step-down regulator in 3mm x 4mm QFNNow offered in H grade & military MP grade to +150°C

January 29, 2014 2:39 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA) announces new high reliability H grade and military MP grade versions of the LTC3612, a high efficiency, 4MHz synchronous buck regulator that incorporates a constant frequency, current mode architecture. The device can deliver up to 3A of continuous output current....

Electronic tilt sensors can measure angle differentiation in two planes simultaneously

January 29, 2014 2:38 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Durakool (Elkhart, Indiana) is proud to debut the new electronic tilt sensors to their line of sensing devices. The E-tilt sensor is multi-axis and can measure angle differentiation in two planes simultaneously. On top of its multi directional feature this sensor is programmed to your customer's exact specifications.

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