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Articles : Robotics, Automation & Control
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, WA, has been operated by Battelle and its predecessors since the lab’s inception in 1965. For more than 50...

Briefs : Aerospace
Orion Guidance, Navigation, and Control Flight Software

The Orion Spacecraft is NASA’s vehicle for manned exploration outside of low Earth orbit. At the center of the Guidance, Navigation & Control (GN&C) subsystem is the GN&C Flight Software (FSW) that executes on the Vehicle Management Computers (VMCs). This software receives...

White Papers : Aerospace
FDM Lightweight Structures Design Guide

Many aerospace and automotive applications require parts with a very high stiffness-to-weight ratio. Thanks to the design freedom of FDM technology, special structures can be created to optimize material use and maximize part stiffness.

News : Software
NASA Supercomputer Simulations Reveal 'Noisy' Aerodynamics
Simulation allows NASA researchers to better understand and predict the changes that contribute to aircraft noise.
White Papers : Materials
Synergistic Coatings Meet Demanding Aerospace Challenges

Aerospace and airframe manufacturers know how difficult it is to design components that can withstand extreme environments while providing corrosion and wear protection. Making things even more complicated is the need to comply with international standards, such as REACH. While engineers...

Articles : Aerospace
2017 Create the Future Design Contest: Aerospace & Defense Category Winner

Airfoil Performance Monitor (APM)

John Maris, Puthy Soupin, Ludovic Laberge, and Marie-Hélène Larose
Marinvent Corporation
Saint-bruno, Quebec, Canada

The patented Airfoil Performance Monitor (APM) provides real-time information to pilots...

Articles : Electronics & Computers
2017 Create the Future Design Contest Special Awards Section

The Create the Future Design Contest was launched 16 years ago by Tech Briefs Media Group (publishers of Tech Briefs magazine) to help stimulate and reward engineering innovation. Since then, the annual contest has drawn more than 14,000 product design ideas from engineers, students,...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Trick or Treat: Spooky Space Sounds from NASA, and 8 Techs that Creep and Crawl

Getting into the Halloween spirit, NASA released a collection of the spookiest sounds ever recorded by the agency's spacecraft instruments. Captured radio emissions reveal whistling helium, howling planets, and other mysterious noises from the depths of space.

White Papers : Aerospace
Avoiding DO-254 Events: Major/Minor Change Classification

Rochester Electronics documents a design replication process that develops form, fit and functionally equivalent devices which falls under a DO-254 minor change classification.

News : Aerospace
A Q&A with Orbital ATK: Exploring the Roots of Rocketry

At Orbital ATK, Mark Ogren works on the preliminary design of the company’s propulsion technologies, including targets, interceptors, or space launch vehicles. Ogren spoke with Tech...

News : Aerospace
When Stars Collide: LIGO Detects Gravitational Waves from ‘Kilonova’ Light Show

In the galaxy NGC 4993, located approximately 130 million light-years from Earth, two neutron stars collided. And, for the first time, scientists detected...

White Papers : Defense
Antenna Basics

The antenna is the most intrinsic component of all RF systems, yet the principles of antenna design and wave propagation are rarely discussed outside the entry level engineering classes. Rohde & Schwarz has developed an educational white paper on Antenna Basics to reteach the basic principles in a simplified manner.

Question of the Week : Aerospace
In 10 years, will brain-controlled UAVs support critical applications?

In this week’s INSIDER story, researcher Panagiotis Artemiadis predicted that we will see an increase in brain-controlled UAVs within the next ten years. The mind-controlled drones, according to the Arizona State University professor, will play critical application roles as...

News : Motion Control
Drone Control: How the Human Brain Can Guide Robotic Swarms

Who needs a keyboard, a mouse, or a joystick? A researcher from Arizona State University wants to command machines with the human brain.

White Papers : Materials
3D Printing's Impact on the Value Chain

Over the past several decades, 3D printing has expanded into markets in unique ways as innovators have embraced the technology. It wasn’t until the last few years, however, that its potential has been more broadly realized. During this awakening, there has been a rise in claims that the technology will...

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