RF Micro Devices announced today that it has been awarded a $1.5 million R&D contract by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) related to gallium nitride (GaN) microelectronics, including the development of materials, device fabrication and high power circuits.
Specialists at Eglin Air Force Base conducted their second aircraft performance evaluation using an environmentally-friendly, biomass-derived fuel, this time with an F-15 Eagle. The jet flew at a variety of flight conditions, achieved supersonic speeds, and landed with no issues, though it was powered with a hydro-processed renewable jet blend fuel Oct. 22...
Autonomous systems that navigate their surroundings are becoming more viable as sensor technology improves and computing power increases. Google’s car is the most recent high-profile system, but even vacuum cleaners and lawn mowers now drive themselves.
The adoption rate for unmanned systems continues to increase in the military, defense, aerospace and robotics industries, and is now also being embraced in many new markets across a variety of applications. The benefits of autonomous mobility...
Agilent Technologies Inc. announced that it has been awarded a $35 million contract by the U.S. Army. Under the terms of the contract, Agilent will deliver up to 1,600 MXG microwave analog signal generators over seven years, to the Army as part of its Test Equipment Modernization (TEMOD) program.
Krayden, Inc., a leading distributor of engineered materials, introduces Huntsman’s Epocast 1617 A/B Aerospace Epoxy. The easy to handle Epocast 1617 epoxy syntactic from Huntsman is a low-density, self-extinguishing compound used for edge sealing honeycomb structures.
Curtiss-Wright Controls, Inc. today announced that it has received a contract from General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) to provide rotary potentiometers for the U.S. Army’s STRYKER armored combat vehicle. The estimated value of the contract is up to $300 thousand per year for the lifetime of the STRYKER vehicles...
A report released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives calls Canada’s planned procurement of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter “fundamentally flawed.” According to the CCPA, “Canada does not need the F-35, either for North American/domestic roles or for expeditionary roles.”
Virgin Galactic's space tourism rocket SpaceShipTwo achieved its first solo glide flight Sunday, marking another step in the company's eventual plans to fly paying passengers. SpaceShipTwo was carried aloft by its mothership to an altitude of 45,000 feet and released over the Mojave...
The Robotic Lunar Lander Development Project at the Marshall Center performed a series of hot-fire tests on two high thrust-to-weight thrusters -- a 100-pound-class for lunar descent and a 5-pound-class for attitude control. The team used a lunar mission profile during the test of the...
Virgin Galactic, a US company developing commercial manned space flight system and tourism, announced the successful completion today of the first piloted free flight of SpaceShipTwo, named the VSS Enterprise.
The United States Navy has awarded a 5-year contract to IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. that will provide the Navy and other U.S. federal government agencies with contract pricing on the IDEAL LanTEK II network cable certifier.
Officials at the Air Force Cyberspace Technical Center of Excellence here are conducting the first official Cyber 200 and 300 courses beginning Oct.12. On Oct. 28, more than 100 students will graduate from the Air Force Institute of Technology's newest educational courses designed to develop the Air Force's cyber workforce.
The undersecretary of the Air Force helped launch the federal government's energy awareness month at the U.S. Air Force Academy here Oct. 1. Erin C. Conaton, accompanied by Terry Yonkers, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and logistics, chose the Academy as the location to highlight the Air Force's energy efforts...
International Rectifier introduced the SBB Series of non-isolated, radiation hardened (RAD-Hard) Point-of-Load (POL) voltage regulators. The new devices are designed to maximize efficiency in space applications including satellites requiring long mission life up to 15 years or 100Krads of total ionizing dose (TID).
Kontron introduced its MicroTCA platform OM6040D, which is designed for up to four high-end AdvancedMCs and features a 10 Gbit/s Ethernet switched backplane enabling high data flow rates. In the maximum configuration with 4x Kontron AM5030 processor modules, the 5U platform
Americans everywhere prosper because of the nation's digital infrastructure, and therefore all citizens must defend it, President Barack Obama said Oct. 4. October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and in a proclamation released, President Obama said all Americans must understand they have a responsibility to secure cyber networks.
The Rohde & Schwarz ZVA110 high-end network analyzer covers the entire frequency range from 10 MHz to 110 GHz. Its dynamic range, high output power and measurement speed make the analyzer appropriate for
WinSystems introduced a PC/104-compatible 1 GHz single board computer (SBC), dubbed the PCM-VDX-2-512. It is designed for headless space- and power-limited systems. It has two Ethernet, four USB 2.0, and four asynchronous serial channels plus
Coinciding with the release of Iron Man 2 on Blu-Ray/DVD, Raytheon unveiled a real-life wearable robotic suit. The second-generation exoskeleton (XOS 2) purportedly is lighter, faster and stronger than its predecessor, yet it uses 50 percent less power. Before one conjures Sci-Fi fantasies of space marines, it’s worth pointing out what the XOS 2 is not—it isn’t a futuristic robotic battle suit.
Digital Power Corporation has developed a portable 90 W converter that can be powered from many different sources. It is intended for use with a wide variety of mobile devices in a wide variety of environments. The mobile switcher can
Microchip Technology Inc. announced two digitally controlled DC/DC converter reference designs with advanced, high-efficiency topologies. Complete documentation — including software, Gerber files, MATLAB® models, Webinars and application notes — can be downloaded for free from Microchip’s Web site. These new reference designs are
Pentek, Inc., today announced a major expansion of its popular Cobalt family of data acquisition modules for high-performance applications.
Raytheon has unveiled its second-generation powered exoskeleton, the XOS 2, coinciding with the release of Iron Man 2 on DVD. The XOS 2 is ligher, faster and uses 50% less power than the XOS 1 proof-of-concept robotic suit. Powered by an internal-combustion engine driving hydraulic...
Dawn VME Products announces its CCE-3VX4 ruggedized 4 slot conduction cooled enclosure for VPX 3U modules.