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29 Jan, 2014

J VanDomelen Aerospace professionals have, for the past two months, been eagerly watching the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program (CLEP) Chang’e 3 mission to the Moon. Late last week, however, the China National Space Administration’s (CNSA’s) dreams of having its Chang’e 3 lander and Yutu (or Jade Rabbit) lunar rover successfully perform a lengthy mission (one year for the lander and three months for the rover) on … Read More

Technology, Moon, Mentor Graphics, Chang'e 3, China National Space Administration, Mentor.com, Mil-Aero, Milaero, Aerospace, CNSA, Geek, COTS, Jade Rabbit, Chinese Lunar Exploration Program, Lunar, Mentor, CLEP, Electronic, Electric, Yutu

30 Aug, 2013

J VanDomelen Test engineers at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., crashed an old Marine helicopter at the Landing and Impact Research facility. NASA collaborated with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on the full-scale Transport Rotorcraft Airframe Crash Testbed. The goals of the complex crash-test event are to test aircraft seatbelt safety, to make aircraft safer and … Read More

Mentor Graphics, Mentor, Mentor.com, COTS, Software, Crash, Technology, Transport Rotorcraft Airframe Crash Testbed, Aerospace, Xbox, Microsoft, helicopter, Mil-Aero, Kinect, Milaero, Military, Geek

30 Nov, 2012

J VanDomelen The military/aerospace (mil/aero) industry is obsessed with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) this month. The FAA is occupied with the safe integration of UAVs in public airspace. The Pentagon is buzzing about the first recorded attack on a military drone in the airspace over the Persian Gulf. The public is growing more concerned and vocal about UAVs as they relate to privacy. Unmanned aircraft systems … Read More

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29 Nov, 2012

J VanDomelen Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, are the topic of much conversation in the military/aerospace (mil/aero) community; much of the talk centers on UAVs in airspace, in fact. This month, the Pentagon confirmed that an Iranian attack aircraft fired on an unarmed U.S. drone on the morning of Nov. 1, 2012. Iranian leaders and lawmakers do not deny firing on the unmanned aircraft. The point of contention, … Read More

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28 Nov, 2012

J VanDomelen Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), now commonly referred to as remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) or remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) by federal agencies, standards bodies, and military organizations worldwide, are again the hottest topic of discussion in the military/aerospace (mil/aero) community. What has the industry, and the greater public, buzzing? The prospect of sitting in a window seat of … Read More

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27 Jul, 2012

J VanDomelen Forty-three years ago, on 20 July 1969, the United States Apollo 11 became the first manned mission to the moon. Were you aware, however, that it the first space vehicle to reach the vicinity of the moon was not manned at all? Intrigued? This geek hopes so. Fun fact: Unmanned spacecraft reached the vicinity of the moon a decade before the first manned mission landed on the lunar surface. The Soviet … Read More

Moon, Milaero, Apollo, Mentor, Mentor Graphics, Mentor.com, Mil-Aero, Aerospace, Geek, Electric, electrical, Hardware, Luna, Computer, Luna 1, COTS, Electronic, Engineer, nasa, spacecraft, unmanned, Sally Ride, Soviet Union

26 Jul, 2012

J VanDomelen Forty-three years ago this month, astronauts made history. The Apollo 11 mission, a milestone in human history, continues to be celebrated worldwide decades later. The first words spoken on the moon by Neil Armstrong, the first to step onto the lunar surface, remain among the most famous and inspirational in the world: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Nearly 500 million people … Read More

Neil Armstrong, nasa, Apollo 11, Mentor.com, Mil-Aero, Milaero, Moon, Aerospace, Geek, COTS, Hardware, Electric, Mentor, Buzz Aldrin, Mentor Graphics, Cold War, Electronic, electrical, Engineer, Soviet Union, Technology

25 Jul, 2012

J VanDomelen A popular children’s toy has been named the first domestic robot, the first robotic toy, and a threat to national security in the U.S. Can you guess which toy? It was the cute, lovable, and interactive Furby! The Furby was produced by Tiger Electronics from 1998 to 2001, and again by Hasbro between 2005 and 2007. In fact, it has just been announced that the Furby will again line store shelves; it will … Read More

Furby, Engineer, Geek, Tiger Electronics, COTS, Mentor.com, Mil-Aero, Milaero, Computer, NSA, Hardware, Electronic, Hasbro, Mentor, Electric, Mentor Graphics, electrical

23 Jul, 2012

J VanDomelen Unmanned drones are likely coming to an air space near you. The eventual and unavoidable integration of myriad unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), both civil and defense, in the same airspace as commercial airliners and military aircraft is a hotly debated topic. Civilian and military communities are actively voicing a wealth of concerns—such as over safety, privacy, and security—about the prospect. Government … Read More

Mentor, Geek, Mentor Graphics, President Obama, COTS, UAV, unmanned, Aerospace, Warfighters, Mentor.com, Mil-Aero, FAA, Milaero, Drone, Military

29 Jan, 2012

J VanDomelen System interoperability is a major issue and continual challenge in military and aerospace (mil/aero) applications. Electronic components and solutions from various vendors must all work together. The same is true of legacy versus modern systems. Many industry pundits in the mil/aero community have long compared the challenge to trying to have a 50-year-old communicate effectively with a newborn—they … Read More

electrical, Electric, Electronic, Software, Mentor Graphics, Mentor.com, Computer, Mil-Aero, Aerospace, Milaero, Engineer, Geek, Hardware, COTS, Mentor

28 Jan, 2012

J VanDomelen Systems integration is no small feat. Ensuring disparate parts and systems—standalone solutions from multiple vendors—talk and work together seamlessly and reliably is a challenge. In fact, the systems integrator, not to mention the MRO (maintenance, repair, and overhaul) specialist charged with keeping systems in good working order over decades of deployment, has been given many nicknames reflective … Read More

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30 Dec, 2011

J VanDomelen Just this month, PKC Eesti AS, a supplier of electrical wiring harnesses to European truck makers and a subsidiary of Finland’s PKC Group Oyj, announced that it is deploying the latest technology from the Mentor Graphics Capital suite of tools at its factory in Estonia. Among the tools adopted is the Capital HarnessXC product, which is designed to enable harness engineers to create detailed, validated, … Read More

Electronic, electrical, PKC Group, Military, Computer, Mentor Graphics, Mentor.com, COTS, Mil-Aero, Capital HarnessXC, Milaero, Engineer, Geek, Electric, Hardware, Mentor

26 Dec, 2011

J VanDomelen The availability of sufficient power to drive myriad electronics in ground combat vehicles is a major concern in the military and aerospace (mil/aero) market. Current military ground vehicle platforms are outfitted with a wealth of electronics—including command and control, communications, radar and radar jamming, weaponry, counter-IED/countermeasures, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance … Read More

Electronic, electrical, Geek, Stryker, Military, battlefield, Mentor Graphics Capitol, Mentor.com, COTS, Mil-Aero, Aerospace, Milaero, Hardware, HMMWV, Electric, Mentor, Mentor Graphics

26 Oct, 2011

J VanDomelen The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market sector has experienced the most dynamic growth of any sector in the global aerospace industry this decade, according to a 2011 market study. Analysts at Teal Group, an aerospace and defense market analysis firm based in Fairfax, Va., predict UAV spending to nearly double over the next decade. Current worldwide UAV expenditures total $5.9 billion annually—a figure … Read More

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30 Aug, 2011

J VanDomelen STEM jobs are essential to growth in America, says United States Commerce Secretary Gary Locke in his blog (http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/07/14/stem-jobs-help-america-win-future). “Unfortunately, many U.S. businesses have frequently voiced concerns over the supply and availability of STEM workers. Companies operating on the forefront of technological innovation need more of them.” Major players … Read More

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