SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Electronics and electro-optics that must withstand harsh conditions in space, such as radiation, temperature extremes, and long periods without maintenance

The next super weapon: believe me, nobody's ready for it

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 22 April 2014. Military powers throughout history have based their strengths on revolutionary super weapons that adversaries couldn't match.

Zeta to provide Navy RF and microwave test gear

Navy researchers choose specialized RF and microwave test equipment from Zeta Associates

WASHINGTON, 22 April 2014. U.S. Navy researchers needed space communications test and measurement equipment to help analyze signals for space experiments and to help develop technologies for potential naval deployment. They found their solution from Zeta Associates Inc. in Fairfax, Va.

SEAKR to build space lasercom digital processor

NASA awards $6.5 million contract to SEAKR to build space digital processor for lasercom

GREENBELT, Md., 13 April 2014. Laser communications (lasercom) experts at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., needed a space-qualified digital processor to support an optical communications relay between Earth and geosynchronous orbit over an extended period. They found their solution from SEAKR Engineering Inc. in Centennial, Colo.

R-COTS Ethernet switches picked for rocket launch

Rocket designers choose R-COTS Ethernet switches from Curtiss-Wright for Atlas and Delta launch

SALT LAKE CITY, 11 April 2014. Rocket scientists at the United Launch Alliance (ULA) in Centennial, Colo., needed rugged Ethernet switches for the Atlas V and Delta IV launch vehicles. They found their solution from the Curtiss-Wright Corp. Defense Solutions division in Ashburn, Va.

More-than-Moore: the new era of microelectronics development for military applications

With the stakes for achieving superior systems integration continuing to rise, even as military budgets shrink, change is in the air for how military and aerospace companies will meet the need for ever-improving electronics.

Ocean pickets, standard design on Rapid Fire

Unmanned ocean sentinels, standard radar and satellite design this week on Rapid Fire

NASHUA, N.H., 8 April 2014. A surveillance picket line of unmanned marine vehicles, seven companies and a $100 million investment in RF and microwave design, and a future of standard building blocks for satellites highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Rugged, rad-hard 10-bit A/D converter introduced by DATEL for aerospace and defense uses

Rugged, rad-hard 10-bit A/D converter introduced by DATEL for aerospace and defense uses

MANSFIELD, Mass., 7 April 2014. The DATEL Business Unit of Murata Power Solutions in Mansfield, Mass., is introducing the ADS-1011 series analog-to-digital (A/D) converters in hermetically sealed ceramic packages for aerospace and defense applications.

Hosted payloads: Opportunity exists for commercial and military collaboration, questions and concerns remain

Hosted payloads: Opportunity exists for commercial and military collaboration, questions and concerns remain

LONG BEACH, Calif., 5 April 2014. “We are at an inflection point, and have opportunity now,” says Skot Butler, vice president, satellite networks & space services at Intelsat General Corp. “Technology advances, mounting government pressures, emerging new launch access, and more present the opportunity to have a meaningful new dialog about a national space architecture that benefits us all.”

Interoperable components with standardized interfaces key to future aerospace systems

Interoperable components with standardized interfaces key to future aerospace systems

LONG BEACH, Calif., 5 April 2014. U.S. Government officials seek interoperable components that support a variety of [satellite] buses, providing an easy, standardized interface, to build satellites more efficiently and competitively, describes Bernard “Bernie” F. Collins II, senior advisor, office of the Director of National Intelligence, U.S. Government, at the Space Tech Conference in Long Beach, Calif.

Hypertemporal imaging: the next Big Challenge for high-performance embedded computing

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 1 April 2014. It might be a fun exercise to sit with the leading practitioners of high-performance embedded computing (HPEC) to trade opinions about what are the toughest, gnarliest, most knee-buckling HPEC challenges in the foreseeable future.

Microwave space qualified power electronics for space-flight uses introduced by Crane

Microwave space qualified power electronics for space-flight uses introduced by Crane

WEST CALDWELL, N.J., 30 March 2014. Crane Aerospace & Electronics Microwave Solutions in West Caldwell, N.J., is introducing the Microwave Space Qualified Products (MSQP) power electronics product line for space-flight applications.

Raytheon to build hypertemporal space sensor

Air Force Research Lab taps Raytheon to build hypertemporal multispectral space sensor

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M., 28 March 2014. U.S. Air Force space surveillance experts are looking to the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in El Segundo, Calif., to blend multispectral images of the Earth taken over time to extract important reconnaissance information that otherwise might not be visible to intelligence analysts.

1-to-24 GHz GaAs driver amplifier for military and space applications introduced by Custom MMIC

1-to-24 GHz GaAs driver amplifier for military and space applications introduced by Custom MMIC

WESTFORD, Mass., 27 March 2014. Custom MMIC in Westford, Mass., is introducing the CMD197 1-to-24 GHz distributed driver amplifier in die form for military, space, wideband communications, microwave radio, VSAT, and test instrumentation applications.

VTOLs, SAT launches, and networks on Rapid Fire

Osprey replacements, assured networking, and inexpensive satellite launches this week on Rapid fire

NASHUA, N.H., 26 March 2014. A new generation of vertical takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) aircraft, inexpensive satellite launches from conventional aircraft, and keeping networked communications open in dire conditions highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Boeing eyes satellite launches from aircraft

Boeing to help DARPA find ways to launch satellites inexpensively from aircraft in $30.7 million contract

ARLINGTON, Va., 24 March 2014. Rocket scientists at the Boeing Co. Advanced Network & Space Systems segment in Huntington Beach, Calif., will help U.S. military researchers develop rapid and inexpensive launch capability to place small satellites in orbit at a cost of less than $10,000 per pound.

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Intelsat and Airbus to provide global satellite communications with secure access to Ku-band channels

LUXEMBOURG, 22 March 2014. Intelsat S.A. (NYSE:I), a provider of satellite services, has entered into a new agreement with Airbus Defense & Space that bridges maritime very small aperture terminal (VSAT) services to Intelsat’s High Throughput Satellite (HTS) Epic platform.

Airborne networking when forces are outgunned

Air Force eyes layered airborne networking for degraded, outmanned, and outgunned conditions

ROME, N.Y., 20 March 2014. U.S. Air Force researchers are asking industry for ideas to improve military airborne networking that involves mid-altitude aerial layered voice and data communications in contested and operationally limited conditions.

Military research spending continues to trend down; when do we risk a budget cut too far?

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 18 March 2014. Cutting-edge U.S. military technology relies increasingly on innovations in commercial industry. We know this because the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) budget earmarked for military technology research and development is on a long downward slide.

Crane Aerospace & Electronics Microwave Solutions launches Ku-band Iso-Divider product line for space applications

Crane Aerospace & Electronics Microwave Solutions launches Ku-band Iso-Divider product line for space applications

CHANDLER, Ariz., 15 March 2014. Crane Aerospace & Electronics Microwave Solutions is launching its new Ku-band Iso-Divider product line designed for satellite applications.

Boeing selects Harris Corp. antennas for Inmarsat Global Xpress satellite

Boeing selects Harris Corp. antennas for Inmarsat Global Xpress satellite

MELBOURNE, Fla., 15 March 2014. Boeing engineers needed reliable Ka-band antennas for their work on the fourth Inmarsat Global Xpress satellite, part of Inmarsat’s $1.6 billion investment in the Global Xpress globally available, high-bandwidth, Ka-band network delivered by a single operator. They found their solution at Harris Corp. (NYSE:HRS) in Melbourne, Fla.

Tietronix to advance NASA mission software

NASA chooses Tietronix to perform software research and maintenance at mission control

HOUSTON, 13 March 2014. Mission control specialists at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Houston needed advanced software programming to support the agency's Mission Operations Directorate (MOD) and human spaceflight programs at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. They found their solution from Tietronix Software Inc. in Houston.

Lockheed Martin wins U.S. Army contract for autonomous SMSS and K-MAX demo

Lockheed Martin wins U.S. Army contract for autonomous SMSS and K-MAX experiment

DALLAS, 1 March 2014. Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) won a contract from the U.S. Army Robotics Technology Consortium to conduct an autonomous reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition experiment using its Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) unmanned ground vehicle and its K-MAX unmanned air vehicle.

Hyperspectral flight tests, asteroid camera, and laser weapon this week on Rapid Fire

NASHUA, N.H., 26 Feb. 2014. Hyperspectral flight tests, an asteroid camera, and a laser weapon highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Each week the Military & Aerospace Electronics exclusive Rapid Fire interview at Google Hangouts highlights and discusses the top three stories of this week, chosen by John Keller, chief editor of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

JPL scientists ask industry for CubeSat camera able to take color images of near-Earth asteroid

PASADENA, Calif., 20 Feb. 2014. U.S deep-space researchers are asking industry for ideas on how to develop space-qualified cameras for CubeSat spacecraft.

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