Military, Aerospace & Hi-Rel

October 2019
Commercial Space Revenue Climbs to High of $328.86 Billion
Revenues from global commercial space activity in 2018 climbed to their highest level ever and now make up nearly 80% of the total global space industry, according to new findings from The Space Report Quarter Three. The Space Foundation published the third quarter 2019 issue of The Space Report today
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10/31/2019
Moving from Electromechanical to Solid-State in Relays and Circuit Breakers

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Figure 1: Contact wear in an electromechanical relay

As a mature technology, electromechanical relays and circuit breakers are well established, however they continue to suffer from some inherent weaknesses. Moving to solid-state technology can address these but introduces its own challenges. So, what is the right solution? In the movies, whenever the
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10/31/2019
DIN-Rail Power Supplies Awarded Network Rail Certification
PULS Power is pleased to announce that five of their QS Series products have been awarded full acceptance certification by Network Rail for use with signaling equipment in environments not exceeding 95% relative humidity. The Network Rail product acceptance process is required for products intended for use on
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10/29/2019

Efficient DC-AC Inverter for High-Voltage Electric Vehicles
Santa Clara, CA - Bel Power Solutions announced a new DC-AC inverter, which offers a high efficiency commercial off-the-shelf solution for powering accessories on commercial electric and hybrid vehicles, including vehicles for emergency services, public utilities, deliveries and airports, as
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10/29/2019
GaN in Space

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Figure 1. Solar panels deployed on a satellite (Image courtesy of NASA)

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10/29/2019
Equipment for Thin Magnetic Ribbon Minimizes Energy-Loss

Developed manufacturing equipment for amorphous ribbon.

JST announces that enterprise-led development of production equipment for ultra-low loss nano crystal (*1) ribbon, supported through the NexTEP-B type phase of the agency's "Adaptable and Seamless Technology Transfer Program through Target-driven R&D" (A-STEP) program (*2), has succeeded in its
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10/28/2019
Pointing 5,000 Robotic 'Eyes' at the sky to see Dark Energy

DESI's 5,000 spectroscopic "eyes" can cover an area of sky about 38 times larger than that of the full moon, as seen in this overlay of DESI's focal plane on the night sky (top).

A new instrument mounted on a telescope in Arizona aimed its robotic array of 5,000 fiber-optic "eyes" at the night sky on Oct. 22 to capture the first images showing its unique view of galaxy light. It was the first test of the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, known as DESI, which
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10/28/2019
NASA Selects First Mode, ASU to Develop Marathon Moon Rover
SEATTLE -- First Mode has been selected by NASA to develop a pioneering lunar mission concept with Arizona State University (ASU). The effort will be funded through NASA’s Planetary Mission Concept Study program. The Intrepid mission would develop and deploy the Intrepid
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10/28/2019
ePumps Proudly Announces Partnership with SpaceX
ePumps.com is honored to announce their role in SpaceX’s upcoming Artemis I mission. The mobile launch pad for the upcoming Artemis I mission, called Pad 39B, was the site of a recent test launch in preparation for the mission to the lunar
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10/24/2019
TVS Diodes Feature High Peak Power and Current Ratings
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Bourns, Inc., introduced its Model 15KPA-SD-Q transient voltage suppressor (TVS) diode series. Bourns designed its latest TVS diodes for use in DC bus clamping applications, and to protect sensitive electronics applications against overvoltage transients. In addition, these new protection
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10/22/2019
Composite Metal Foam Outperforms Aluminum Aircraft Wings

Composite metal foam, with ruler for scale.

The leading edges of aircraft wings have to meet a very demanding set of characteristics. New research shows that a combination of steel composite metal foam (CMF) and epoxy resin has more desirable characteristics for use as a leading-edge material than the aluminum currently in widespread use. "We
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10/22/2019
Computer Scientists Receive Award for Pioneering Work

Professor Reinhard Wilhelm of Saarland University

For their pioneering work, which was published in 2001, they were honored yesterday evening in New York at the International Conference on Embedded Software. Embedded software comprises programs that run on computers and control a technical system, for example, the anti-lock braking system (ABS) in
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10/17/2019
CopperMax Plating System for MicroLink's UAV Solar Cells
KALISPELL, Mont. -- Semiconductor equipment manufacturer ClassOne Technology announced the sale of its Solstice S8 electroplating system to MicroLink Devices, a manufacturer of advanced, lightweight, and flexible solar cells. The new 8-chambered Solstice equipment, designed specifically for ≤200mm processing,
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10/15/2019
Screwless Terminal Blocks Ideal for High-Temp Operation
CUI Devices’ Interconnect Group announced the addition of screwless terminal block connectors for high temperature applications. Featuring wide -40 to +130°C operating temperature ranges, the horizontal orientation TBLH10‑350 and TBLH10‑500 series as well as the vertical orientation TBLH10V‑350 and
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10/15/2019
Traco Power - new 0.6 and 1A POL converters
The TSR-WI line is a set of non-isolated POL converter series with an ultra wide 8:1 input voltage range which come in standard SIP-3 packages. Covering the majority of standard bus- and battery voltages this POL converter line is a versatile solution for many applications
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10/15/2019
Server and AI Engine Set for Vehicle and Airborne Systems
WASHINGTON, D.C. — At the Association for the United States Army (AUSA) conference, General Micro Systems (GMS) announced that its new S422-SW and X422 combination has been chosen for two new military development programs. The system pair brings a massive amount of server processing power, 10/40/100 Gigabit
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10/14/2019
CDM Distributes Sumitomo's SAE AS23053 Heat Shrink Tubing
Turnersville, NJ - CDM Electronics announced the availability of their deep inventory of SAE AS23053 extended dimensional life heat shrink tubing manufactured by Sumitomo Electric Interconnect Products Inc. (SEIP).  The new SAE AS23053 standard requiring QPL approval replaces MIL-I-23053,
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10/13/2019
Precision Products Becomes Distributer for Microdrones
Rome, NY -- PRECISION PRODUCTS is becoming a distributor of Microdrones. Available immediately, Precision Products is offering Microdrones Integrated Systems that come with everything a commercial user needs to get started using drones for surveying and mapping – the UAV, the sensors, and the software
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10/13/2019
Lower-Power Family of Isolated, Regulated DC-DC Modules
Power density, low weight and ease-of-use are critical considerations when designing isolated, regulated DC-DC converter systems for a broad range of robotics, UAV, rail, communications and defense/aerospace applications. The new DCM2322 ChiP family, a lower-power variant of the Vicor DCM3623 series, are targeted
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10/09/2019
Sample Kits for GaN on SiC 0.15Îm-gate Technology
Tao Yuan, Taiwan – WIN Semiconductors Corp has developed sample kits for its gallium nitride (GaN) based 0.15μm-gate technology. The NP15-00 mmWave compound semiconductor technology is ideal for transmit power amplifiers used in 5G mmWave radio access networks, satellite communications and
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10/03/2019