Military & Aerospace Electronics News

Comment: 3D-printing revolution impacts on supply chains

Michael Minall, of Vendigital, sees the adoption of 3D-printing technology gaining momentum in the aerospace and defence sectors. Easyjet’s announcement of its intention to use 3D printing to produce replacement cabin parts is further evidence that a technological revolution in the sector is gaining momentum. And it is…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explodes minutes after launch

The explosion of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket mere minutes after launch on Sunday was strike one for US hopes of rebooting crewed space flight: this is the very type of rocket the company wants to use to send people into space in 2017. “You want a really, really reliable…

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Sir Richard Branson and Airbus back UK micro-satellite builder

UK-based micro-satellite builder OneWeb has raised $500m to fund its development of satellite-based systems for providing broadband communications and driving the roll-out of the IoT. OneWeb has also acquired 65 rockets including 21 Soyuz launch orders from Arianespace and 39 launches from Virgin Galactic’s LauncherOne…

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Space: X-ray Observatory pinpoints faraway neutron star

Astronomers at NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory have used echoes – albeit those of light – to work out the distance of an object far beyond the boundaries of Earth. Circinus X-1 is a binary star system located at the other end of the Milky Way from us. It contains…

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ESA preps Sentinel-2 satellite launch

Tomorrow sees the first launch of the two-satellite Sentinel-2 mission from French Guiana. The Sentinel-2A satellite will be launched on a Vega rocket from Europe’s Spaceport near Kourou. The event is scheduled to take place at 01:52 GMT. Sentinel-2 is the second mission for…

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TV signals used to track aircraft

Roke Manor, Thales UK and  the air traffic control service Nats have used existing TV signals to track aircraft. They say they have tracked 30 aircraft simultaneously at altitudes up to 10,000ft, from a transmitter at Crystal Palace. Three special receivers were used to measure the directions of signals…

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e2v launches high-rel e500v2 PowerPCs

e2V has announced QorIQ P1 PowerPC processors for avionics and defence electronics. Based on a PowerPC core architecture e500v2, they operate at up to 1.067GHz from -55 to +125˚C. “e2v ensures long-term continuity of supply with its Semiconductor Lifecycle Management (SLiM) programme, designed for aerospace and defence…

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How to balance safety and security in medical software

Say “software security” to most people and they will think of hacked bank accounts, or attacks on corporate databases. Closer to home, consider the current trend for hackers to target medical records rather than electronic credit card data as the former proves to be more profitable and less risky. The…

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