Aerospace & Defence
Hydraulic vs electric in aviation
With the electrification of the automotive industry, the ambition quickly arose to transfer this to aviation to the same extent. Hydraulic systems give way to electric ones. The system's supply voltage increases to allow for greater ranges thanks to reduced mass.
Jankel wins first major order from their new 'Act Now - Armour Later'
Jankel and NGO protection systems has received an order for 35 Toyota LC200 vehicles following the recent launch of their 'Act Now - Armour Later' initiative. The vehicles have been ordered by an undisclosed existing customer and will be securely stored and maintained by Jankel prior to being armoured, as required.
Stratasys awarded airbus contract extension
Stratasys announced it has been awarded a contract extension for production of 3D printed polymer cabin interior components. While the initial contract with Stratasys was focused on production parts for the A350, this contract extension expands the range of parts printed for Airbus to include replacement and spare parts for maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) as well as parts for aircraft platforms (such as A300, A330, A340 and A320) in addit...
Interconnection in F-35 Lightning II stealth aircraft
All military programmes are valuable contracts to secure as they are typically long-term commitments that will generate stable future revenue for the businesses. The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II (previously known as Joint Strike Fighter/JSF) programme falls into this category, dating back to the late 1990s when the need for a 5th Generation aircraft began to evolve.
Perseverance rover reaches Mars with RTEMS
After years of preliminary work by NASA and a traversed flight distance of 292 million miles, the Perseverance rover successfully landed on Mars on 18th February 2021. One of the main goals of the Mars mission is to search for signs of primeval microbial life. The rover will analyse the geology of the planet and the climate of earlier times, and will be the first mission to collect and store Martian rocks and regolith (broken rocks and dust).
JAXA’s Hayabusa2 Spacecraft enabled by Rad-Hard ICs
Renesas Electronics has announced that its radiation-hardened (rad-hard) integrated circuits (ICs) were onboard the Hayabusa2 spacecraft that returned asteroid samples to Earth in an armored re-entry capsule on 6th December, 2020. Operated by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Hayabusa2 launched onboard the H-IIA rocket from the Tanegashima Space Center on December 3, 2014.
RF interconnections for Mil/Aero applications
Lane Electronics has made available a wide-ranging package of RF connectors, cables, lightning protectors and RF power limiters designed to connect and protect installations and systems across a broad range of Mil/Aero applications.
Autonomous vehicles in the military sector
In 2019, the US undersecretary of defense for research and engineering predicted that the army would have driverless vehicles before they were commercially available. More recently, Elon Musk has claimed that Tesla will have the technology for fully autonomous vehicles within a year. So, who is winning the race for Autonomous Vehicle (AV) technology? Here, Roger Brereton, Head of Sales at Pailton Engineering, surveys the AV landscape in the ...
Behind the scenes of the Mars Rover motor design
From the first successful Mars Rover mission in 1997, DC motors from maxon have been used in most successful robot missions to the Red Planet. Here Andrew Gibson, aerospace sales engineer at precision drives and motor specialists maxon UK, has discussed the secrets behind maxon’s success, and explores what it takes to make motors that can thrive in the challenging environment found on Mars.
Deterministic Ethernet in military front lines
In military and defence applications, speed is crucial. Whether that is the response time of deployed soldiers or the speed at which information is communicated from the field to outposts or command centres. This is where deterministic Ethernet comes into play.