Aerospace & Defence
Autonomous capabilities for planetary rovers on the moon
Milrem Robotics has secured a European Space Agency (ESA) contract to start applying its autonomy capabilities towards planetary rovers. The current project, planned as the first in a series of projects, is for mapping the current state of the art of planetary rovers and for developing tools to increase planetary rover autonomy using methods Milrem Robotics is currently applying in its terrestrial ecosystem of products. The agreement was signed l...
Distributed propulsion aircraft come to market
Multiple thrusters are one thing in aircraft. In vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) they reduce the efficiency deficit with helicopters, providing unmatched redundancy and stability in wind. However, the term distributed propulsion (DP) primarily refers to a fundamentally new form of wing that intimately blends aerodynamics with thrust and zero emissions.
Planetary roller screw lands on Mars
Ewellix has developed and manufactured a planetary roller screw that recently landed on Mars as part of NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Mission. Ewellix engineers worked in collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at the California Institute of Technology to develop a roller screw component for the Perseverance Rover that would be robust enough to withstand the extreme conditions of outer space and Mars, which can...
Durable MIL-DTL-5015 connectors for military applications
Reliability and durability are critical requirements for any electrical connectors for military applications. Whether they are utilised in military ground vehicles or essential aircraft, these connectors must withstand the extreme environments that come with any military application. With safety being of utmost importance, heavy-duty military specifications have been implemented to ensure reliable operations at all times, no matter the conditions...
Optimising next-generation sustainable aviation fuel
CPI has announced the launch of the FASTACEJET project to optimise technology for the scalable, cost-effective and energy-efficient production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The outcomes of this project have the potential to minimise reliance on fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the global aviation industry.
Radiation-hardened MOSFET qualified for space power
Microchip Technology has announced the qualification of its M6 MRH25N12U3 radiation-hardened 250V, 0.21 Ohm Rds(on), metal–oxide–semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) for commercial aerospace and defense space applications.
How close are we to commercial space flight?
It feels like Richard Branson has been talking about whisking us all into space for decades, but what progress is actually being made? With Virgin Galactic completing the first of three test flights on May 22nd, it seems like 2021 might finally be the year that commercial space flight sees its launch.
Sustainability will become a key equipment requirement
The Chief Executive Office of Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S), Air Marshal Sir Simon Bollom, KBE, CB, FREng, has talked about the organisation’s role in multi-domain integration, sustainability and SME engagement in the latest exclusive In Conversation With interview hosted by DSEI Senior Military Adviser, Air Vice-Marshal (ret’d) Gary Waterfall.
DSEI 2021 to run as a live event
Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) has confirmed it will take place as originally scheduled from 14th-17th September at ExCeL London. The decision to proceed follows close consultation and discussion with the UK Government and industry stakeholders.
Maritime traffic monitoring microsatellite launched with KONGSBERG technology
KONGSBERG technology is set to play a pivotal role in the working life of a recently-activated microsatellite. The Norwegian Space Agency’s new NorSat-3, launched on April 29th, 2021 from Vega Flight VV 18 which took off from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guyana, will be used by the Norwegian Coastal Administration for monitoring maritime traffic in Norway’s busy seaways. Its AIS and NRD (Navigation Radar Detector) payload ...