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White Papers: Test & Measurement
Empowering Future-Proof Test Organizations Through Standardization

Aerospace and defense organizations find themselves in a continual juggling act of integrating cutting-edge technology while maintaining legacy testers, providing...

White Papers: Aerospace
AGM's Environmental Control Hardware Protects Military and Industrial Equipment!

Since 1970, AGM Container Controls, Inc. (Tucson, AZ) has led in the design and fabrication of environmental control hardware for the military, defense,...

White Papers: Automotive
Advanced Materials Terms and Acronyms

Advanced materials discoveries are revolutionizing the future and enabling technological innovation that benefits society. What are “advanced materials,” and what are some of the terms that are key...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Executive Roundtable: 3D Printing
Tech Briefs posed questions to 3D printing/AM industry execs, to get their views on issues like metal printing, new materials, and environmental sustainability.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Autonomic and Apoptotic Highly Distributed System
Applications include distributed computer systems, computer security, and commercial satellite systems.
Landers to small bodies such as comets and asteroids can use this program to estimate the terrain richness of the previously unmapped small body.
The technique could be used to improve navigation for robots, drones, or pedestrians.
This lightweight and efficient mechanism enables retention, release, and deployment of solar arrays and antennas.
NASA Spinoff: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Space Station Garden Shines Light on Earth-Based Horticulture
NASA’s LED lighting system enables food and other crops to be grown indoors in places like skyscrapers.
This new design could conserve energy used for defrosting airplanes, appliances, and more.
This framework determines regional landslide probability in near real time.
Articles: RF & Microwave Electronics
Products of Tomorrow: May 2020
A cryptographic ID tag, a high-reliability NASA switch, and a stretchable thermoelectric generator...
This NASA center hosts the world’s greatest collection of wind tunnels and flight simulation facilities

The last thing you probably do when a fly buzzes toward you is marvel at its graceful wing and body kinematics. But that’s exactly what researchers at Cornell University’s Itai Cohen Group...

Technology Leaders: Photonics/Optics
Tackling Aircraft Laser Strikes from the Ground
To reduce the increasing frequency of attacks, the ground-based Laser Aircraft Strike Suppression Optical System (LASSOS) has been developed by researchers from the MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
By taking a closer look at the delta deposits on Mars, Stanford University researchers concluded that the Jezero Crater is still the best place to search for signs of life on Mars.
White Papers: Aerospace
Selecting the Correct Level of DC-DC Converter for Your Application

Most power systems for high-reliability applications can be constructed from standard power modules. The typical scenario requires various DC output voltages and power...

White Papers: Aerospace
Laser Requirements for Time Gated Active Night Vision Imaging Systems

In 1929, physicist Kalman Tihanyi made a significant impact on the world when he invented the world’s first night vision camera. While the original night vision imaging...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Square Structural Joint with Robotic Assembly Tool
Square trusses replace round for enhanced strength and robotics compatibility.
This technology cancels out the vibrations of a satellite by vibrating the solar panels in the opposite direction.
See some of the world-changing tools and technologies launched by Caltech scientists, from earthquake monitoring to helping the blind see.
Applications include powering portable electronic devices and sensors, and harvesting waste mechanical energy for aircraft, automobile, and other transportation equipment.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Additive Manufacturing Method for Sub-Microscale Three-Dimensional Structures
Applications include MEMS, microlattice fabrication, and other sub-microscale 3D structures with a broad range of materials.
The coating protects parking decks, bridges, concrete piers, offshore platforms, buildings, and cooling towers.
Technology used to search for extraterrestrial life can characterize radioactive material.
Applications include homeland security, vehicle anti-collision systems, telecommunications systems, and industrial instrumentation.
Special Reports: Electronics & Computers
RF & Microwave Electronics - April 2020

In this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Aerospace & Defense Technology and Tech Briefs, read about how advances in RF electronics are enabling new applications in space and ground...

Tech Talks: Aerospace
Electropolishing for the Aerospace Industry

Engineers in the aerospace industry are constantly challenged to improve the fit and function of components used in commercial and military aircraft. Parts used in these aircraft must withstand high-stress and corrosive conditions with long-term use. This Tech Talk discusses how...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Why Test Data is Integral to Digital Transformation

Test systems and test data are often excluded from digital transformation projects. This could be contributing to a low success rate for these projects at aerospace and defense companies....

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