Palmdale, CA —Since the end of the Cold War, the first flights of any new military aircraft have been few and far between. It's been nearly a decade since the prototypes for the Advanced Tactical Fighter, which resulted in the F-22 fighter program, were made.
Now this summer, perhaps by the time this is read, the two concept demonstrators for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) will fly. The modular-design airplane, when operational, will come in three flavors but be built on a single production line. Those types are: a conventional takeoff and landing fighter for the U.S. Air Force, a navalized version to operate off of aircraft carriers for the U.S. Navy, and a vertical takeoff and landing variant for the U.S. Marines and the British Royal Navy.
Program schedule calls picking the design winner in early 2001.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
The age of touch could soon come to an end. From smartphones and smartwatches, to home devices, to in-car infotainment systems, touch is no longer the primary user interface. Technology market leaders are driving a migration from touch to voice as a user interface.
Soft starter technology has become a way to mitigate startup stressors by moderating a motor’s voltage supply during the machine start-up phase, slowly ramping it up and effectively adjusting the machine’s load behavior to protect mechanical components.
A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes a start on developing control schemes, process measurements, and modeling and simulation methods for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.
If you’re developing a product with lots of sensors and no access to the power grid, then you’ll want to take note of a Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Designing Low Power Systems Using Battery and Energy Harvesting Energy Sources."
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