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September 10, 2009
AIAA — American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc.
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Register Today for GlobalSpec's Alternative & Renewable Energy Online Conference and Trade Show — October 6, 2009Register Today for GlobalSpec's Alternative & Renewable Energy Online Conference and Trade Show — October 6, 2009

Register Today for GlobalSpec's Alternative & Renewable Energy Online Conference and Trade Show — October 6, 2009 Join your peers and leading manufacturers for this free, informative, and interactive online conference and trade show — right from the convenience of your desktop. Participate in any or all of the educational sessions, network with peers, and meet with manufacturers eager to showcase their latest products, services, and new technology offerings.

Learn more about the educational sessions offered to meet your information needs, including:

• The World of Alternative & Renewable Energy
• Wind Power Industry Overview and Technology Discussion
• The Development of Tidal Current Turbine Technology
• The Significant Potential of Concentrator Photovoltaics
• Geothermal Legislation and its Affect on Technology

Should NASA Move to Metric?
Should NASA Move to Metric?

An article in New Scientist notes that NASA some five years ago agreed to comply with a directive that all departments of the U.S. Federal government move toward exclusive use of the metric system of measurement. And with the space shuttle now being phased out, to be replaced by an all-new launch vehicle program, one would think this would be a perfect time to make the move to metric. But it seems that NASA has second thoughts. The space agency is now saying that it would be cost-prohibitive to switch over any time soon.

The worry is that failing to adopt the world standard measurement system could hamper development of a global civilian space industry, due to compatibility and interoperability issues. And as the article notes, errors in converting between English and metric units resulted in the high-profile loss of the Mars Climate Orbiter, which crashed into that planet in September, 1999.

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Lightweight MC CombiTac for the
Aerospace Industry

Multi-Contact USA

Lightweight MC CombiTac for the Aerospace Industry Custom-made components for the modular connector system CombiTac, made of resilient plastics with aluminium contacts. The space-saving connectors and particularly lightweight contact elements are particularly suitable for aeronautic applications. With proven MC Multilam Technology for low contact resistance and a long product life. Contact MC USA for more detailed information!

Ultra-rugged and Intelligent Touch-sensitive Switching for Military/Aerospace Applications
ITW Switches

Ultra-rugged and Intelligent Touch-sensitive Switching for Military/Aerospace Applications Made from thick walled 316 Stainless Steel or 6061 Aluminum, ActiveMetal's housing provides shock, vibration, and vandal resistance not possible with traditional solid state switches. ActiveMetal's unique self-diagnosing capabilities extend system diagnostics to the operator interface. ActiveMetal's solid state technology provides virtually unlimited life in a sealed, durable switch.

CFD Software the Company Owner Buys
Software Cradle

CFD Software the Company Owner Buys Cost is a major factor when buying CFD software. Priced less than comparable software, Cradle SC/Tetra and STREAM should also be considered because: They are general purpose software. You choose the software that's best for you. They are designed to run on a PC. Share results using the license-free viewer.

When Precision is Not Optional
Steinmeyer, Inc.

When Precision is Not Optional Steinmeyer offers a complete range of aerospace grade ball screws ranging from 3 mm to 100+ mm diameter with a variety of ball nuts. Steinmeyer also provides wipers and ice scrapers.

Their EN9100 certified quality system and documentation process offers traceability and process control! Visit Steinmeyer at NBAA2009 October 20-22nd.

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Modular Cleanrooms Built to Any Size or Floorplan
Terra Universal, Inc.

Modular Cleanrooms Built to Any Size or Floorplan Terra Universal Modular Cleanrooms, available with steel and plastic panels, convert any production area into a clean processing environment. These free-standing structures use steel support frames and can be configured to meet cleanliness requirements to Class 1/ISO 3. Gowning areas and multi-suite designs available. Complete line of accessories includes pass-throughs, A/C, ionization and furnishings. Installation and certification services available. More on Terra...

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First in Flight Efficiency

First in Flight Efficiency Design an aircraft that can average at least 100 mph on a 200-mile flight for a chance to net $1.5 million. Administered for NASA by the Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency (CAFE) Foundation, the CAFE Green Flight Challenge invites hybrid, electric, solar, and biofuel-propelled craft designs for submission. Best performance by a bio-fueled aircraft will also garner a $150,000 prize at the July 2011 competition to be held in Santa Rosa, CA.

Avoid Last-minute Surprises

Avoid Last-minute Surprises With model-based design, engineers can test and verify design requirements from the very start of a project, saving time and preventing costly late-stage changes. A helicopter manufacturer used model-based design, which begins with an executable specification, to develop flight controls for a tiltrotor aircraft, trimming software development time by 40%. Engineers on the Joint Strike Fighter also relied on the approach to simulate avionics and propulsion systems.

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Why Fly the Wireless Way?

Why Fly the Wireless Way? Using wireless to transmit prognostics and diagnostics for aircraft is the goal of a UK government wireless initiative. Board members believe wireless facilitates better data communication. They also believe fewer cables will improve airplane weight and simplify assembly. Initial applications will not include flight-critical data.

Positioning Antennas in Space

Positioning Antennas in Space Using its Mercury digital servo drive controllers, this Barcelona, Spain based motion control specialist has developed an antenna positioning system for the European Space Agency. The 5 m long (16 ft) antenna mast can be positioned quickly (60 rpm) and smoothly in any direction with the precision of one degree.

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Stainless Steel Investment Castings in as
Little as Three Days

Prototype Casting Inc.

Stainless Steel Investment Castings in as Little as Three Days Prototype Casting Inc. is now offering stainless steel and mild steel castings in as little as three days, using investment casting and precision sand casting processes, depending on part geometry and complexity. The print envelope for investment casting is 11x7x7 inches and the precision sand envelope is approximately 20 pounds of stainless steel.

LCD Refinements Benefit ATC Operators
and Others

General Digital Corporation

LCD Refinements Benefit ATC Operators and Others Developed specifically for the STARS Program, the new GenStar III™ sunlight readable LCD monitor features LED backlights, which have numerous benefits compared to CCFL-type backlights: lower power consumption, heat emission, voltage, and operating temperature; longer life; increased ruggedness; and more. Still included are the intelligent features to ensure uninterrupted operation.

Battery Powered Material Handling

Appleton Mfg. Div., Productive Solutions, Inc.

Battery Powered Material Handling The CartMover™ is extremely powerful, compact and durable with steel frame construction. Quick charging battery and battery charger sold with each unit. This battery-powered material handler is perfect for increasing productivity and ensuring worker safety whenever heavy loads on wheels need to be moved. Test the CartMover™ risk-free!

"World Class International Solutions and Services Provider"
Materials Processing Inc./Mexico Painting Inc. (Materials Processing Div.)

'World Class International Solutions and Services Provider' Mexico Painting Inc. the first approved Geomet-321 applicator; adding it to it's vast list of anti-corrosive coatings and specialized pretreatments. Materials Processing Inc. specializing in "CARC-military" and "automotive" coatings; using robotic applications. MPI 28-years leading in the industries of Military, Automotive, Aerospace, Warehousing, and Logistics; servicing North America.

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Boron Nitride Epoxy Bids Heat Bye-bye

Boron Nitride Epoxy Bids Heat Bye-bye Designed for bonding, sealing, and potting, a boron nitride epoxy adhesive maximizes heat dissipation in aerospace, defense, and microelectronic assemblies. The two-component adhesive cures at room or elevated temperatures. It maintains chemical resistance and mechanical strength from -60 to 300 F, and controls heat in devices where weight is a concern.

The Challenge of Machining Composites

The Challenge of Machining Composites Carbon fiber reinforced plastics are tough to cut — even tougher when "layered" with titanium or aluminum. Consequently, a great variety of cutting strategies and tools are available, each tailored to a specific task. This report from Aerospace engineering & manufacturing online will give you "The edge on cutting aerospace composites."

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A Channel Crossing for Solar Airship?

A Channel Crossing for Solar Airship? That's the goal of "Projet Sol'r." A French team reports that construction is now complete. The carbon and aluminum frame, covered by synthetic fabric, carries 42 photovoltaic panels. The solar panels, supplemented with onboard batteries for take-off and landing, power the craft's electric motor. Target date for the crossing? This month.

Patented Engine Passes Test

Patented Engine Passes Test Announced at the Moscow Air Show: Endurance testing on Pratt & Whitney's PW1000G engine is complete. Explained in this Aviation Week video, the patented engine moves a relatively large mass of air with a smaller velocity change, thanks to the fan drive gear system pictured here. Production versions are scheduled for 2013. (Select Pratt Gears Up for PW1000G)

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High-performance Aerospace Applications

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms

High-performance Aerospace Applications GE Fanuc Intelligent Platform's expertise reaches from individual boards through fully integrated subsystems. It includes decades of design, testing, and validation of rugged electronics, plus avionics certification standards such as DO-178, DO-254, ARINC and Certifiable BSP's.

Temperature Solutions for Aerospace
and Defense

Ultra Electronics formerly Weed Instrument Company

Temperature Solutions for Aerospace and Defense Decades of successful experience with commerical and military aviation programs in many demanding flight applications. Our qualification experience and core sensor technology help us to quickly engineer and qualify a sensor for your unique requirements. Harsh environment sensor application notes available on our Website.

SONY FCB-EX490D / 990D / 1010

Industrial Vision Source

SONY FCB-EX490D / 990D / 1010 Sony FCB high-resolution block color cameras incorporate a 1/4-type EXview HAD CCD with an advanced Digital Signal Processing (DSP). This powerful combination enables these cameras to reproduce clear and detailed images at an extremely high horizontal resolution of 530 TV lines. These zoom module cameras are excellent in aerial view applications.

Lose Weight, Increase Performance,
Maximize Reliability


Lose Weight, Increase Performance, Maximize Reliability Leading aerospace companies rely on PA&E for custom electronic packaging and connectors that maintain hermetic integrity under the most extreme conditions. PA&E's unique materials, processes and experience can help you optimize designs for efficient thermal management, electrical performance, or to meet size or weight constraints.

How can we help you?

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2010 Professional Development
Courses Scheduled

AIAA — American Institute of Aeronautics
and Astronautics, Inc.

2010 Professional Development Courses Scheduled Courses: Systems Engineering Fundamentals, Flow Control for Specialists, Fundamentals of Composite Structure Design, Unmanned Aviation in the 21st Century, Hydrogen Safety Course, Best Practices in Wind Tunnel Testing, and more.

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BAE SYSTEMS. Be Remarkable.

BAE Systems, Inc.

BAE SYSTEMS. Be Remarkable. Discover the global leader that is developing, delivering and supporting the world's most advanced defense, security, electronics, IT, and aerospace systems. Learn much more at: baesystems.com

Help Wanted: Must be Willing to Fly

Help Wanted: Must be Willing to Fly If you work in aviation maintenance and are looking for a great opportunity, look to the Middle East, India, and China. Analysts predict these markets will account for the vast majority of new aircraft going into service during the next few years. Aviation MRO, in turn, is expected to grow by 10% annually, compared with global MRO growth of 3% to 5%.

Diversions . . .
Personal UAV Snaps Best Pictures

Personal UAV Snaps Best Pictures Small enough to fly indoors, a novel unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) sporting a high definition camera allows users to film from a distance of 300 ft. Thanks to its global positioning system and onboard sensors, which include solid state MEMS gyroscopes and accelerometers, the UAV is capable of flying outdoors in winds up to 18 mph. Watch it in action.

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