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Soyuz set for first French Guiana launch

October 20, 2011 10:33 am | News | Comments

A Russian Soyuz rocket will blast off from French Guiana on Thursday in a new East-West partnership designed to redraw commercial competition in space.

Sine Wave Inverters Provide Up to 3000 VA for Rail, Military and Industrial Apps

October 13, 2011 12:47 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer announced a series of efficient, pure sine wave inverters that provide up to 3000 VA of power. The PRP-3000 Series has versions that meet industrial (EN60950) or rail (EN50155) standards. Standard input voltages of

12-bit DACs Suit Speed-Critical Applications

October 12, 2011 1:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

DATEL announced the DAC-12100 Series of low power 12-bit current output digital to analog converters that have TTL/CMOS compatible inputs. With a 100 MHz conversion rate, these ultra-high speed devices suit speed critical applications such as

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Sofradir awarded multi-million Euro MUSIS-CSO Infrared contract

October 11, 2011 12:09 am | News | Comments

Sofradir announces today that it has been awarded a multi-million Euro contract to manufacture Infrared (IR) detectors for the engineering and flight model phases for the MUSIS/CSO next generation Earth observation military satellites.

Crane Aerospace & Electronics Power Solutions TRUs Fly on Gulfstream G650

October 10, 2011 2:49 pm | News | Comments

Crane Aerospace & Electronics Power Solutions was selected by Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. to supply its Transformer Rectifier Units (TRU) on the Gulfstream G650. The five 250A TRUs on each G650 provide DC bus power throughout the aircraft. The TRU is common across the Gulfstream fleet of both the existing G450 & G550 and the new G650 aircraft. This commonality across the fleet will help

Mars Express observes clusters of recent craters in Ares Vallis

October 7, 2011 6:32 am | News | Comments

Newly released images taken by ESA’s Mars Express show an unusual accumulation of young craters in the large outflow channel called Ares Vallis. Older craters have been reduced to ghostly outlines by the scouring effects of ancient water.

Dream is over for Virgin Galactic space tourist

October 7, 2011 5:56 am | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Venture capitalist Alan Walton has trekked to the North Pole, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and skydived over Mount Everest. A hop into space to enjoy a few minutes of weightlessness would have been the ultimate adventure.

Power and Control Module Suits Rugged Environments

October 6, 2011 12:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Controls Electronic Systems announced a rugged Power and Control Module (PCM) board that provides high level control and bridging to a system host via Ethernet (IEEE 802.3), USB, RS-232 and CANbus. This rugged

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Planar Transformers Tout High Performance From Space-Saving Designs

October 6, 2011 12:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Standex Electronics introduced a full lineup of planar transformers which are asserted to deliver high-performance from compact, low-profile designs. The planar transformers provide low leakage inductance and repeatable capacitance. Available in

Triaxial Accelerometers Are Tailored for Low-to-Medium Frequency Applications

October 6, 2011 11:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dytran Instruments has introduced the 7503A Series, a family of high precision triaxial MEMS DC accelerometers designed for use in both commercial and military applications. The accelerometers combine a

ESA finds that Venus has an ozone layer too

October 6, 2011 11:04 am | News | Comments

ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft has discovered an ozone layer high in the atmosphere of Venus. Comparing its properties with those of the equivalent layers on Earth and Mars will help astronomers refine their searches for life on other planets.

Composite Shell Circular Connectors Suit Low Weight Apps

October 5, 2011 11:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

API Technologies' Spectrum Control product line announces its new composite connector series. These composite connectors feature shells fabricated from high grade thermoplastic. Designed to

GreenPeak Silicon Selected by the European Space Agency

October 4, 2011 12:47 pm | News | Comments

GreenPeak Technologies announced that its radio communication controller chip was assessed by the European Space Center, ESA/ESTEC, for use in aerospace applications and was endorsed for its superior RF performance, ultra-low power requirement and excellent interference robustness. 

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GreenPeak Selected by the European Space Agency

October 4, 2011 6:01 am | News | Comments

GreenPeak Technologies announced that its radio communication controller chip was assessed by the European Space Center, ESA/ESTEC, for use in aerospace applications and was endorsed for its superior RF performance...

Epoxy Preforms Have Low Outgassing Properties

October 3, 2011 8:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Multi-Seals Inc. introduced a line of Uni-form epoxy preforms with low outgassing properties. These cross-linked pre-shaped thermoplastics release minimal amounts of trapped gasses or condensable material under vacuum conditions and elevated heat. Low

Aerospace Engineering Students win NASA Design Competition

October 3, 2011 6:00 am | News | Comments

University of Virginia Engineering students, led by Professor Jim McDaniel, won first place in the NASA Environmentally Responsible (Green) Aviation College Student Challenge.

China successfully launches ''Heavenly Palace'' space craft

September 30, 2011 6:50 am | by Pedja Kujundzic and Jimmy Guan, Reuters | News | Comments

China successfully launched an experimental craft on Thursday paving the way for its first space station amid a blaze of national pride, bringing the growing Asian power closer to matching the United States and Russia with a long-term manned outpost in space.

Mercury's close-up shows lava flows and ''hollows''

September 30, 2011 6:45 am | by Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters | News | Comments

Mercury may have a lot in common with Earth, but close-up images and data captured by NASA'S MESSENGER probe this year show it's still a bit of a planetary weirdo.

Multicore DSPs, the key to military applications

September 29, 2011 6:18 am | by Hector Rivera, Marketing Manager, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

As signal processing requirements continue to climb in waveform-intensive applications including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), sonar, radar, signals intelligence (SIGINT) and software defined radio (SDR), the use of multiple digital signal processors (DSP) cores is a key enabler.

European experts follow satellite reentry

September 27, 2011 10:36 am | News | Comments

ESA closely monitored the reentry on 24 September of the UARS observatory satellite. The Agency's Space Debris Office worked with NASA and international partners in a coordinated prediction and risk-assessment exercise.

Lockheed F-35 JSF Flight Testing Montage

September 27, 2011 5:30 am | Videos | Comments

Flight testing montage of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

High-Temperature Semiconductor Solutions

September 22, 2011 12:03 pm | by Mont Taylor, Texas Instrumetns, www.ti.com | Articles | Comments

Although there is still an abundance of oil and gas, the future requires continued technological improvement to access deposits that are found ever deeper underground. As these wells become deeper they also become extremely hot, and using high-reliability, high-temperature electronics for down hole drilling equipment is necessary.

Inrush Current Limiter Protects Avionics and Military Power Systems

September 21, 2011 11:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

VPT Inc., a HEICO company announced a new power protection module, the DVCL Inrush Current Limiter. The module controls potentially damaging inrush current drawn by DC-DC converters, EMI filters, and discrete capacitors during startup. With a

Application development kits conform to MIL-STD-1553

September 21, 2011 9:11 am | Holt Integrated Circuits | Product Releases | Comments

IAR Systems today announced its collaboration with HOLT Integrated Circuits for their MIL-STD-1553 application development kit, HI-6130. HOLT Integrated Circuits is a major supplier of ICs for avionics and military data bus and display applications.

Maxwell Technologies Launch UK Division to Target European Space Market

September 21, 2011 8:19 am | News | Comments

One of the United States’ leading producers of components for the global space and satellite industry has opened a new UK division in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Maxwell Technologies UK Ltd has also reached a manufacturing agreement with Yarmouth-based C-MAC MicroTechnology to

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