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Follow online: International Space Station symposium in Berlin

May 1, 2012 2:09 pm | News | Comments

Senior scientists and heads of the five International Space Station partners will present ground-breaking research and discuss future projects in Berlin on 2–4 May. Follow the first International Space Station symposium live on the web through its dedicated website.

Icy Alpine caves setting for Mars mission tests

May 1, 2012 1:59 pm | News | Comments

Scientists were out of this world on Tuesday about tests in icy Alpine caves of the technology needed for a mission to Mars one day. "We have learned an infinite amount in the past three days," project leader Gernot Groemer from the Austrian Space Forum said of the 11-nation field test in the Dachstein region near Salzburg.

Space shuttle Enterprise lands in New York atop jet

April 27, 2012 2:05 pm | by Thomas Zambito, Reuters | News | Comments

The space shuttle Enterprise flew to New York from Washington on Friday piggybacked atop a Boeing 747, making a dramatic flight along the Hudson River past the Statue of Liberty to the delight of observers. En route to John F. Kennedy International Airport, the retired shuttle flew at low altitude along the river, giving residents of New York and New Jersey an extraordinary view of the craft.

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First Mars Express gravity results plot volcanic history

April 27, 2012 1:25 pm | News | Comments

Five years of Mars Express gravity mapping data are providing unique insights into what lies beneath the Red Planet’s largest volcanoes. The results show that the lava grew denser over time and that the thickness of the planet's rigid outer layers varies across the Tharsis region.

China's space know-how said threat to U.S., Taiwan

April 27, 2012 11:43 am | by Jim Wolf, Reuters | News | Comments

China's growing capabilities in space could undercut any U.S. military response if Beijing resorted to force to bring self-ruled Taiwan into its fold, a study released Friday by a congressionally mandated U.S. commission said.

Losing the space race ex post facto

April 26, 2012 11:27 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The United States is conceding the space race...43 years after winning it. The Space Shuttle's ignominious retirement closes the door on an engineering marvel and an American institution. And the public didn’t bat an eyelash. How did we get to this point? How did space travel become blasé? When Neil Armstrong took one small step for (a) man, half a billion people tuned in around the world.  

Army tactical communication network organization reflects on its rich history

April 24, 2012 3:54 pm | by Project Manager Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, www.army.mil | News | Comments

As the parent organization of Project Manager Warfighter Information Network-Tactical celebrates its 25th anniversary this month, PM WIN-T reflects back on its own history, with roots in early satellite development that date back more than 60 years.

SpaceX delays its trip to space station

April 24, 2012 12:39 pm | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

Space Exploration Technologies, a privately held firm founded and run by entrepreneur Elon Musk, is delaying its trial cargo run to the International Space Station, Musk announced Monday. "Am pushing launch back approximately a week to do more testing on Dragon docking code. New date pending coordination with NASA," Musk said in a Twitter post.

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17-micron thermal sensor with standard serial link simplifies IR camera designs

April 24, 2012 9:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

ULIS announces today the launch of Pico384E, a new 17-micron pixel size thermal sensor with I2C, the standard Inter-Integrated Circuit link used in many of today’s electronic devices. I2C makes IR sensors compatible with the large-scale production processes used in visible cameras.

ATCA chassis offers 50% more computing density, AC power

April 20, 2012 9:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pixus Technologies has introduced a new 6U AdvancedTCA (ATCA) SlotSaver Shelf that gains 2 slots of payload card usage, along with AC power.   The density, full redundancy, and versatile power configuration is well suited for telecom, military/aerospace, and high-end networking/computing applications.

VCO operates from 2558 MHz to 2575 MHz

April 10, 2012 10:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's CVCO55CC-2558-2575 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates from 2558 MHz to 2575 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.3 V to 4.7 V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -120 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset and has

Earth, this is Space Station, do you hear me?

April 10, 2012 10:48 am | News | Comments

Are you following Andre Kuipers' mission through his blog, Twitter or Flickr? Astronauts are sharing the privilege of being in space with the people back at home via social media. Communication with space stations has not always been so easy.

Doing more with less: How today’s electronics providers are adapting to DoD budgets cuts

April 4, 2012 8:21 am | by Dusty Kramer, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Parvus Corporation | Articles | Comments

In February of this year, the DoD proposed a new budget which would cut procurement and research spending on communications and electronics by nearly one-fourth in the next two years.

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Power user conference to highlight operational energy innovation

April 3, 2012 10:21 am | by Nancy Jones-Bonbrest, PEO C3T | News | Comments

Supplying tactical electric power to the battlefield in a reliable, energy-efficient way is a key goal of the Department of Defense's Project Manager Mobile Electric Power and the focus of an upcoming Users' Conference.

Flexible COTS integrated subsystem functions out of the box

April 3, 2012 6:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Aitech Defense Systems Inc. now offers the compact RediBuilt rugged COTS computer that boots and executes a real-time operating system right out of the box. This flexible computer can accommodate either Intel or Freescale processors...

May 2012: Military & Aerospace

April 3, 2012 12:00 am | Digital Editions | Comments

This issue discusses military electronics, including how OEMs are adapting to DoD budget cuts. Senior Technical Editor Jon Titus summarizes his experience at Design West, while Executive Editor Chris Warner editorializes about Apple in “The human price point for electronics.”

High-Power IR Emitters Tout Very Uniform Optical Beam

April 2, 2012 7:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Opto Diode introduced the second product in the super-high-power series of gallium aluminum arsenide (GaAlAs) infrared (IR) emitters, the OD-110W. Featuring a very uniform optical beam, the new device is

Triaxial Connectors Are Weatherproof

April 2, 2012 7:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intelliconnect (Europe) Ltd, has extended its range of high-reliability Triaxial connectors. Two new families of Triax connectors are now available; the TRB series bayonet connectors and the TRT series featuring a threaded coupling. These connectors are

Complete Embedded Radar Acquisition and Scan Conversion System Resides on a Single VME Card

March 26, 2012 6:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (CWCDS) has announced the availability of SoftScan/1905, its new integrated embedded Radar Acquisition and Scan Conversion system that combines the company’s SoftScan radar scan conversion software and a

Hyperabrupt Varactor Diodes Suit VCO, Phase Noise and Voltage Tuned Filter Applications

March 26, 2012 5:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks introduced three miniature 0402 hyperabrupt varactor diodes for VCO, phase noise and voltage-tuned filter applications. These discrete, small form factor devices are offered in a low profile plastic surface mount technology package where

Behlman receives follow-on order for COTS Power Supplies used by the US Navy for airborne missions

March 26, 2012 5:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Behlman Electronics has received an additional order for a quantity of its Model 00389 COTS power supplies for U.S. Navy’s airborne anti-submarine and anti-ship surveillance and targeting systems.

Wireless Communications Toolkit Enables Wireless Protocol Creation for Almost Every App

March 14, 2012 6:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lime Microsystems has announced a Universal Wireless Communications Toolkit that allows developers to create wireless protocols of almost any complexity with ease. The Toolkit comprises

DC-DC Converter Provides Zero Cross Regulation Error

March 12, 2012 6:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

VPT Inc. is offering a new dual output 15-W DC-DC converterwith no cross regulation error. Suited for use in commercial avionics, military avionics, and other critical reliability power systems, the new DVAB Series is a

Precision Adapters Tout Metrology Grade Performance at Commercial Grade Price

March 7, 2012 5:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Southwest Microwave, Inc. (SMI) announced a full range of precision adapters, both within-series and between-series, encompassing SMA, SMA to N, 2.92 mm, 3.5 mm to 2.40 mm, 2.92 mm to 2.40 mm, SSMA to 2.40 mm, and 2.40 mm. The offering includes

VPX: The state of the ecosystem

March 1, 2012 10:22 am | by Gregory Powers, Market Development Manager, Aerospace, Defense & Marine, TE Connectivity | Articles | Comments

High-speed processing requires generous bandwidth from the board level to the I/O. VPX, with a backplane connector system supporting 6.25 Gb/s in a switched fabric architecture, is the latest generation of embedded computer systems.

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