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Will USVs Redefine Naval Warfare?

Will USVs Redefine Naval Warfare? Like their airborne UAV counterparts, unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) could give the U.S. Navy a significant advantage on the high seas in terms of stealthy strikes, remotely operated patrols, and long range missions. One USV that's up to the task may be the Piranha from Zyvex Marine. Sporting a lightweight structure of nano-enhanced carbon fiber, this 54 ft long USV consumes 12 gal fuel/hr and cruises at 24 knots (44 km/hr). According to the manufacturer, the 8,000 lb boat saves 75% of the fuel that a traditional boat consumes at 50 gal/hr. As a result, this fuel economy translates to a 2,500 mile or 10x longer range carrying a 15,000 lb payload (video).

Airborne and Ground-based Telemetry

Emhiser Research, Inc.
Comply with UID Marking Regulations
with Epilog

Epilog Laser Corp.

Airborne and Ground-based Telemetry Equipment With over 30 years of experience in developing space, airborne, and ground-based telemetry products, Emhiser is a tested and reliable source for the aerospace and defense industries.

True FM digital transmitter available in L-Band and S-Band with programmable transmitter carrier frequency in 1.0 MHz steps using RS232.

Comply with UID Marking Regulations with Epilog Laser-etch barcodes, data-matrix codes, serial numbers, and more with a FiberMark system from Epilog. Whether applied to an individual part or a non-removable tag, the FiberMark provides a cost-effective solution for UID regulations. Featuring a 12 in. x 24 in. worktable and user-friendly controls, the FiberMark helps meet all your marking needs.

Achieve Peak Performance with SolidWorks
Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corp.
LYNX CMOS Low-light Imaging Sensor
PHOTONIS Technologies SAS

Achieve Peak Performance with SolidWorks Achieve Peak Performance with SolidWorks. The U.S. federal government, agencies, and military use Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks® software to quickly design strategic defense equipment, arms, vehicles, and vessels.

Customers include Howe and Howe Technologies, who increased innovation in extreme vehicle design using SolidWorks products. Learn more.

LYNX CMOS Low-light Imaging Sensor The Lynx CMOS sensor is a new low-light digital image sensor for high performance under both daylight and low-light level conditions. The Lynx CMOS sensor offers read noise below 4e-, 100 fps, 9.7 µm² pixels, and a low 200 mW power consumption in an SXGA resolution, ideal for low-light surveillance.

Optimal Solutions . . .
Military Load Cell Applications

Military Load Cell Applications There are a variety of different load cells types manufactured by Strainsert, and we will work with the customer to identify the optimal solution. Our goal is to provide the most responsive, accurate, efficient force measurement solutions for research, testing, weighing, and control applications.

The load cell can be mounted in a variety of locations and configurations so the testing process provides comprehensive and accurate data. Visit us here for more information!

Materials . . .
Liquid Body Armor

Liquid Body Armor Typical 25 lb body armor puts on more pounds with protective ceramic and metal plates. One solution from BAE Systems utilizes a shear-thickening liquid that reduces thickness and weight, while delivering more maneuverability. Upon a bullet's impact, the liquid's suspended particles lock together to dissipate the force. When combined with fewer Kevlar layers, the liquid-modified hybrid armor is 45% thinner (video).

Thin Film with Properties Galore

Thin Film with Properties Galore Using theoretical modeling, MIT researchers have discovered that thin films of bismuth-antimony exhibit some properties like graphene plus various others by changing conditions. In fact, electron flow could be hundreds of times faster than typical silicon chips, which may lead to significantly faster processors. Much more efficient power production would also be useful for thermoelectric powered satellites.

Communications & Surveillance . . .
Surveillance Bot Conquers Rugged Terrain

Surveillance Bot Conquers Rugged Terrain Precise control is the key to letting this 11 lb robot jump through windows and climb staircases. Via a piston actuator powered by a disposable fuel cartridge, the SandFlea can tackle 30 ft heights. Landing attitude is gyro-stabilized, while special wheels handle landing shock. Equipped with live video for remote control, this lightweight spy is launched by a laser-based guiding system (video).

Surveillance Targets the Arctic

Surveillance Targets the Arctic Able to operate down to -50 F and in deep snow, an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) is on the wish list of the U.S. military (video). Nicknamed KODIAK, the driver-optional military vehicle has to be based on a commercial platform for part availability and local repair, according to Northern Command. The ATV must be capable of carrying a sensor payload, described as fulfilling "threat assessment; persistent stare [and] mobile surveillance" duties.

Put Power Where It's Needed

SunWize Technologies, Inc.
Your Exotic Metal Alloy Supply Chain

Leading Edge Metals and Alloys, LLC.

Put Power Where It's Needed When deploying outdoor apparatus, power isn't always where you want it to be. However, with SunWize solar electric systems, you can locate your equipment anywhere. No power outages, as SunWize systems produce power 24/7. Low maintenance systems require no refueling and are easy to install.

Your Exotic Metal Alloy Supply Chain Solution Leading Edge Metals is an ISO9001:2008 and AS9120A stocking metals distributor with 35 years of experience. We are your source for Nickel Alloys, Kovar, Invar, and Titanium. Contact us today for your Defense metals needs.

Need to Reduce SWaP?
Data Device Corporation (DDC)
Introducing a Cost-effective 10 MHz OCXOs
Isotemp Research, Inc.

Need to Reduce SWaP? Only DDC delivers the world's smallest complete MIL-STD-1553 solutions!

•  Smallest size
•  Lowest weight
•  Lowest power

Mini-PCIe card; Mini-USB card; and Total-AceXtreme®. More info...

Introducing a Cost-effective 10 MHz OCXOs Introducing 10 MHz OCXOs that guaranteed a Phase Noise of -100 dBc at 10 Hz offset. It features HCMOS output and has frequency stabilities as good as ±30 ppb from 0C to +70C at DIP package of 20 x 13 mm. Aging is ±0.5 PPM per year. Input voltage is +5V. Learn more.

Electric/Electronic Components . . .
DNA Verifies Electronics as Genuine

DNA Verifies Electronics as Genuine With millions of counterfeit electronic components finding their way into military systems, the U.S. Department of Defense is seeking methods to easily identify the fakes. One promising way is to use plant DNA to mark genuine electronics. This customer marker can be incorporated into ink, laminates, metal coatings, thread, varnish, and more. False positives are rated at one in a trillion.

Motor Makes Automated Explosives Detector

Motor Makes Automated Explosives Detector Possible Having decided to automate a handheld explosives detection device, its designers set out to find a motor small enough to fit the crowded housing. In addition, a high motor efficiency was necessary to permit sample analysis using available battery power. This case history describes the DC motor chosen for the job. In the end, the motor also made detection more consistent.

Design & Assembly . . .
3D Printing Begets Smart UAV Wing

3D Printing Begets Smart UAV Wing Rapid prototyping companies, Stratasys and Optomec, have co-produced what they say is the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) wing featuring surface-printed electronics. Using Optomec's proprietary aerosol jet system, the team incorporated sensor, antenna, and other circuitry directly onto the surface of the wing component, shaped by the Stratasys Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) system (see video).

Expediting Designs of Airframe Assemblies

Expediting Designs of Airframe Assemblies Managing the complexities of airframe assemblies just got easier thanks to two newly released companion tools: Syncrofit™ and Quality Planning Environment™ (QPE). With the packages, aerospace OEMs and their suppliers automate the process of identifying engineering characteristics and transferring them to quality plans for first article inspection. Used for designing large aerostructures and assemblies, Syncrofit 2012 offers enhanced visualization of fastener data in complex assemblies.

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Integrated Electrical and Optical Slip Rings

Electro-Miniatures Corporation
Pyroid® HT Pyrolytic Graphite Thermal

MINTEQ® International Inc, Pyrogenics Group

Integrated Electrical and Optical Slip Rings Electro-Miniatures can package a lot with your slip ring, including fluid and fiber optic rotating joints. The unit pictured includes an impressive array of signal circuits, a fiber optic rotating joint, and an encoder. Ask us about including a fluid pass, too! One call, one component...many functions. Learn more.

Pyroid® HT Pyrolytic Graphite Thermal Spreaders Pyrogenics, a COTS price performance leader in thermal management materials, introduces Pyroid® HT. Available in sheets or shapes, Pyroid® HT heat spreader material offers 4 times (1700 W/m°K) conductivity of copper at only 25% of the weight!

Pyroid® HT provides an economical footprint with better performance for all thermal applications.

When Machining Technical Ceramics has
to be Precise...Every Time

Insaco, Inc.
Hermetic Solutions

CeramTec North America

When Machining Technical Ceramics has to be Precise...Every Time Insaco machines technical ceramics, sapphire, glass, and quartz materials to very precise tolerances for dimension, flatness, wedge, and cylindricity. Defense customer profile is centered on applications where tight tolerances are critical to the end-use application. Insaco is ITAR compliant and our engineers are available to discuss concepts and material choices. Learn more.

Hermetic Solutions CeramTec's glass-to-metal seal technology provides a highly reliable hermetic seal for use in single or multi-pin feedthrough applications for military, aerospace, telecommunications, and medical markets. The design of the feedthrough can be customized to specific requirements creating innovative solutions and a competitive advantage for our customers. ISO 9001:2008

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