Military & Aerospace Electronics News

Military upgrades march in step with modular design

Anthony Green describes the processes a manufacturer needs to implement to ensure mil-spec reliability for electronic control circuits. The pace of development of electronics in the military and aerospace market brings its own challenges for the manufacturer when undertaking major upgrades to legacy products that already meet regulatory standards…

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Military builds on open standards and SDR

Military hardware has adopted the practices of the commercial market to enjoy the benefits of open standards, modular system architectures and software-defined radio, write Nigel Forrester and Paul Moakes In the embedded industry, there is over 30 years’ experience of using open standards based building blocks in defence applications…

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Low cost flexi-satellites to be built by Airbus in the UK

The UK’s latest multi-million pound space facilities, for flexi-satellites, were officially opened last month with the signing of  a first €180m contract. The new European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications (ECSAT) is a joint initiative between the UK government and the European Space Agency (ESA). RAL…

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UK-built SSTL satellites will be used for city planning in China

Three Earth observation satellites designed and built by UK-based Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL) have been placed in a low earth orbit, from where they will provide Earth observation. The launch of the SSTL satellites is an example of the international nature of space technology in 2015. The UK-manufactured…

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NTSB concludes Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crash review

Human error, not mechanical fault, caused the crash of the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo last October, a review has concluded. But the companies behind the craft and the regulator that approved its flight are not off the hook. The crash was a result of co-pilot Michael Alsbury unlocking the spacecraft…

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Intersil rad-hard multiplexers offer ESD protection

Intersil has introduced rad hard multiplexers that offer ESD protection, signal chain accuracy and timing performance. The ISL71840SEH 30V 16-channel multiplexer is a drop-in replacement for Intersil’s widely adopted HS9-1840ARH, which has been aboard nearly every satellite and space exploration mission, including NASA’s recent Orion…

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STMicroelectronics researches potential of FD-SOI for high-rel

STMicroelectronics is working with the French universities to create a high-reliability semiconductor research laboratory. The Radiation Effects and Electrical Reliability (REER) Joint Laboratory is a multi-site research establishment that will bring together teams from the IM2NP Institute, based in Marseille and Toulon, and specialist engineers from the ST…

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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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