Special Coverage

Technique Provides Security for Multi-Robot Systems
Bringing New Vision to Laser Material Processing Systems
NASA Tests Lasers’ Ability to Transmit Data from Space
Converting from Hydraulic Cylinders to Electric Actuators
Automating Optimization and Design Tasks Across Disciplines
Vibration Tables Shake Up Aerospace and Car Testing
Supercomputer Cooling System Uses Refrigerant to Replace Water
Computer Chips Calculate and Store in an Integrated Unit
Electron-to-Photon Communication for Quantum Computing

Lindley Johnson, Planetary Defense Officer, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D. C.

NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO), managed at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., is responsible for early detection of potentially hazardous objects, like asteroids and comets, and issuing warnings about their potential impacts. This requires teamwork from observatories around the world. NASA’s Planetary Defense Officer, Lindley Johnson leads the global effort to detect and follow near-earth objects

Posted in: Who's Who, Aerospace, Data Acquisition, Imaging
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New Heater Technology Reduces Space, Weight and Failure

The SmartHeat SLT Thin-Film heater is a new and unique self-limiting heater solution. Minco’s SmartHeat regulates temperature at the molecular level, eliminating the need for separate sensors and controllers which minimizes points of failure and reduces the total system footprint for space and weight sensitive applications.

Posted in: Upcoming Webinars, Sensors
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Direction Finding: Its Importance in Our Changing World

Direction finding is important for civilian, defense, and law enforcement purposes. It involves the use of specialized instruments, antennas, and methods to determine the physical location of a source of RF energy or target. A radio direction finder estimates the direction of an emitter by measuring and evaluating electromagnetic field parameters. This 10-minute audio-visual presentation looks at direction-finding methods, applications, configurations, and benefits. Viewers will be able to submit questions and download a new Rohde & Schwarz white paper that is an essential resource for understanding all aspects of direction finding.

Posted in: Dynamic White Papers, Antennas, RF & Microwave Electronics
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Product of the Month: July 2017

Tektronix, Beaverton, OR, introduced the TTR500 Series USB vector network analyzer, a USB-based RF test instrument. It includes VectorVu-PC analysis software and built-in bias tee for testing active devices. The 2-port, 2-path S-parameter VNA features 100 kHz to 6 GHz frequency range, 122 dB dynamic range, less than 0.008 dB trace noise, and -50 to +7 dBm output power. The built-in bias tee allows for 0 to ± 24V, and 0 to 200 mA on both ports for active devices. The analyzer operates with any Windows PC or laptop, and VectorVu-PC software controls and calibrates the instrument. For automated test systems in design or manufacturing, the software offers programmatic support for SCPI commands, including command compatibility with common legacy VNAs for integration into existing test systems. In addition, the software offers an offline mode for data analysis with an output file format compatible with common EDA simulation tools. Accessories include a rugged carrying case, rack mount kits, phase-stable cables, attenuators, adapters, and calibration kits.

Posted in: Products, Instrumentation, Measuring Instruments, Monitoring, Test & Measurement
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Flexibility in Low-Cost Microphone Array Systems

As more and more production items are required to comply with a variety of environmental standards, noise control is increasingly key to successful market placement. Effective control of testing costs is equally as critical as deployment of the systems themselves. The ADLINK's fully modular solution provides flexible configuration based on actual demand, while substantially reducing implementation costs, for highly efficient and precise measurement with minimal investment.

Posted in: White Papers, Test & Measurement
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Connecting the Unconnected: Evolving Manufacturing Connectivity, Part I - Challenges to Brownfield Development

Learn about common obstacles encountered on the road to connected manufacturing, and preview some solutions provided by ADLINK and Intel. Cisco estimates that 92% of the 64 million manufacturing machines in worldwide operation are unconnected to any network, despite remaining in full use on production lines everywhere. To prevent considerable costs being incurred, viable optimization of existing machines embodies connection to the Internet, effectively integrating them into Smart Factory systems while maximizing acquisition and analysis of operational data, all within acceptable cost constraints.

Posted in: White Papers, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Test & Measurement
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Solving Your Toughest Design Challenges with Silicones

How do you ensure efficient component molding and manufacturing? How do you solve self-healing issues with your flow control valves? How do you improve resistance to repeated sterilization? How do you minimize hysteresis and enhance resilience in your devices? The answer is simple: Momentive silicone elastomers can deliver the performance required to meet healthcare’s most rigorous design challenges – including clarity, flexibility, durability, biocompatibility, processability and more that outperform other materials.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Bio-Medical, Medical
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New SAE Standards on Additive Manufacturing: World’s First for Aerospace Industry

Industry standards play an important role in helping the public by ensuring quality and consistency in the products produced for the marketplace. The emerging field of additive manufacturing (AM) enables parts to be printed in 3D from electronic files created on a computer. These parts are being used in critical applications such as aircraft engines. It is imperative that these parts be manufactured and tested to the strictest standards. SAE International has created the Aerospace Material Specification committee on Additive Manufacturing (AMS-AM). The FAA provided SAE with a task request in support of the formation of a standards committee to develop aerospace material specifications and other related documents that would assist the FAA in developing guidance material for AM certification — certification of parts for use on aircraft such as parts for commercial jets that carry passengers over large bodies of water where there is no room for error or inferior quality.

Posted in: White Papers, Manufacturing & Prototyping
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Technical Webinar Series from the Editors of TBMG: Advances in Wearable Technologies

Wearable devices are gaining widespread use in industries such as medical, military/defense, and consumer products. These devices range from passive monitors and diagnostic systems to complex surveillance devices. One area where great strides are currently being made are robotic prosthetics and powered exoskeleton bionic devices to help people with severe disabilities live more normal lives. As the technologies incorporated in these wearables – including sensors and electronics – become increasingly more complex, design engineers must learn how best to package and integrate them for maximum comfort, durability, and efficiency.

Posted in: On-Demand Webinars, Upcoming Webinars, Electronics
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Requirements Engineering for Safety-Critical Systems

In safety-critical projects, Requirements Engineering is often perceived as a “necessary evil” rather than active support in the development process. Challenges arise between the writing of requirements, categories and levels of abstraction, and the high degree of freedom in Functional Safety Standards, and the practical benefits of effective requirements engineering are lost.

Posted in: Upcoming Webinars, Software
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