Special Coverage


Air And Missile Defense System To Get Smarter Software

When a missile is launched against an enemy target, it would be nice to have a lot of good information about that target. But when "decision makers push the fire button, they may have very little data, and sometimes not timely enough data," said Col. Rob Rasch Jr., project manager, Integrated Air and Missile Defense Project Office, or IAMD, at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. "Nowhere in the current Army architecture is there a way to share information from all of our various sensors and weapons to have better integrated coverage," he pointed out, referring to situational awareness for those operating Patriot and other missile defense systems like those used for short-range air defense.

Posted in: Photonics, Fiber Optics, Sensors, Software, Communications, Aerospace, Aviation, RF & Microwave Electronics, Antennas, Defense, News


Weekly Status Reporting & Approval Application Revision 2

The Weekly Status Reporting & Approval Application is a Web application that enables organizations to gather weekly or monthly (periodically) statuses electronically from all employees using a time-based process. Users input their status, which may include uploaded images, into previously agreed-to categories. The system provides an approval process that allows for forwarding of statuses up the organizational hierarchy by designated approvers. Approved statuses get put into a final downloadable report. Historical statuses can be downloaded in report form to get a year at a glance for individuals and groups.

Posted in: Software, Briefs, TSP


CoolSPICE: SPICE Simulator for Cryogenic Electronics

Accurate assessment of circuits at cold temperatures is extremely difficult due to lack of models and tools that can simulate circuit behavior at cryogenic temperatures. A library of cryogenic temperature models was built, as well as a circuit simulator that can use those models and simulate complex circuits at temperatures as low as 4 K.

Posted in: Software, Semiconductors & ICs, Briefs, TSP


Telescience Resource Kit, Release 3

Release 3 of the Telescience Resource Kit (TReK) has become available. TReK 3 is a suite of application programs that can be used to monitor and control a payload aboard the International Space Station. TReK provides both local ground support system services and an interface to utilize remote services provided by the Payload Operations Integration Center.

Posted in: Software, Briefs


Software Tools for Fault Management Technologies

The ability to detect, diagnose, and respond to faults and anomalies in a timely fashion is a major concern in space missions. Fault Management (FM) primarily concerns operational mitigations of spacecraft failures. Qualtech Systems worked towards development of software tools for facilitating FM by using TEAMS (Testability Engineering and Maintenance System) as the underlying platform. The software tools will aid in satisfying a large subset of FM objectives: Determining completeness and appropriateness of FM designs and implementations; decreasing the labor and time required to develop and test FM models and algorithms; improving visualization of FM designs and analytic results; aiding testing and V&V (verification and validation) of FM designs and determining residual risk resulting from incomplete coverage; and increasing reliability of FM systems are major areas of focus.

Posted in: Software, Briefs


Driving Simulator Helps Engineers Calculate Human Factor

Simulations are an important development tool in the automobile and utility vehicle. The properties of vehicle components, such as how they respond in an accident, their reliability, or their energy efficiency can be investigated using simulations before the first component is manufactured. Researchers developed an interactive driving simulator using RODOS (robot-based driving and operation simulator) with which realistic interaction between human and vehicle can be analyzed.

Posted in: Motion Control, Software, Simulation Software, Transportation, Automotive, Machinery & Automation, Robotics, News


Avionics Reliability – Thermal Design Considerations

Thermal design for reliability faces challenges from power dissipation demands from increased processing, sensing and communication requirements plus targets for size, weight and operation. Address thermal challenges effectively with electronics cooling simulation that brings electronic and mechanical design flows closer.

Posted in: Software, White Papers