RF Military Electronics Featured Articles

  1. Development Tactics And Techniques For Small Form Factor RF Signal Recorders
    1/29/2019

    This paper describes the engineering considerations and design techniques used to develop a small form factor rugged recorder that can handle the extremely high data rates associated with very wide bandwidth RF signal recording. It is intended to provide engineers with ideas on how to bring this capability into confined and often extreme environments while focusing on military specification compliance, SWaP and ease of use with confidence.

  2. Hexadrone Systems Uses Fischer Connectors For Rugged Miniaturization And Modularity
    1/24/2019

    Robotics and unmanned applications rely on connectivity solutions that combine miniaturization with ruggedness for high performance. Fischer Connectors translates these requirements into innovative custom solutions with the Fischer MiniMax Series connectors.

  3. Countering Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS)
    1/10/2019

    The small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) market has experienced exponential growth with the advent of brushless electric motors and high energy density lithium batteries. This means that the average person can shoot aerial photographs and video, capture extreme sports moments, and enter the sport flying hobby with aircraft that are electronically stabilized and considerably less expensive to own and operate. However, this also increases potential for weapon platforms, privacy violations, and interference.

  4. Preparing For The SWARM
    12/5/2018

    Commercial and government programs are aiming to employ “swarms” of UAV’s in domestic and overseas operations. This includes counter-UAS systems, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, near-space and hurricane hunting drones. Swarms of UAVs can be controlled through autonomous UAV synchronization and formation flight, requiring minimal sensor operators.

  5. Selecting Microstrip Filters To Deliver Small Size At High Frequencies
    11/19/2018

    When selecting a filter implementation one factor that is common across all frequencies is optimizing the size of the filter given the application and the required performance. This article discusses the benefits for selecting microstrip filters to deliver higher frequencies in mmWave applications at smaller component sizes.

  6. Cobot, The Collaborative Robot – Get Ready For Industry 4.0
    10/30/2018

    Altair’s new cobot – a complex machine interacting with a human operator – is an example of a new successful design method with the use of simulation tools in industry 4.0. When creating complex products such as this, engineers must consider the entire mechatronics system, including structure, sensors, actuators with dynamic controls, electromagnetic compatibility. They must also interconnect machines for more flexibility, and increase productivity optimizing the maintenance process. This article discusses the design process for a cobot virtual demonstrator and how Altair’s HyperWorks was used in the process.

  7. Marines' “Mega Drone” Illustrates Need For High-Efficiency Microwave Power Modules
    4/3/2018

    A recent Military article revealed details about the US Marines' “mega-drone,” an impressive Group 5 aircraft (the largest class of military UAV) that can carry the same payload as an F-35B and fly a radius of up to 700 nautical miles at 30,000 feet, and will be able to fill “an extremely broad range of missions.

  8. RF Power Measurements In The Field
    3/14/2018

    Measuring RF power in a field environment can be accomplished accurately and inexpensively. It also involves a great deal of care and proper training to ensure equipment is accurately measured. Either way, accurate field power measurements will ensure transmitting equipment is operating properly.

  9. Satellite M2M, The IoT, And The Public Sector
    9/25/2017

    As machine-to-machine and Internet of Things technologies grow congruent with daily life, satellite-based IoT is increasingly relevant to the mix. Given that IoT devices are primarily used to eliminate the need for human interface, as well as provide real-time automated monitoring and control across distances, it’s often essential to enable its functioning in remote regions that lie outside the range of terrestrial network coverage.

  10. What The Rapid Commercialization Of Microwave And mm-Wave Spectrum Means For The Defense Industry
    9/5/2017

    As 5G technologies bring commercial applications into the microwave and mm-Wave bands, new challenges must be met to provide safety and security to armed forces and civilians alike.