Military/Aerospace

Airliner OEMs Struggle with Increasing Complexity

Some have asked whether the aerospace industry is trading reliability for time to market. When focusing on the reliability element of this question, we see higher aircraft reliability with more electrification. There has been a long-standing trend to electrify more functions on the airplane (think converting mechanical and pneumatic systems to electrical), and reliability is…

NASA: Hard-Earned Lessons Can Yield Reliability

In the aftermath of the fatal Apollo 1 launchpad fire in January 1967 — among the most egregious examples of sacrificing safety and reliability to schedule — the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration learned the hard lessons of the avoidable tragedy, pulled up its socks, and built some of the most reliable machines ever…

Boeing Crashes Highlight a Worsening Reliability Crisis

A growing body of evidence indicates that electronics, aerospace, and other technology manufacturers under unrelenting competitive pressure are placing time-to-market considerations ahead of reliability — even for mission-critical systems. In the stunning case of the Boeing 737 Max, evidence is mounting that the airplane maker, abetted by regulators, compromised safety in its quest to compete…

Countering Drones with Animal-Inspired Robots, Acoustic Sensors, AI and More

The UK Ministry of Defence’s innovation hub, the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), has awarded a total of £2m to 18 separate projects that aim to develop new capabilities to detect, disrupt and defeat the hostile and malicious use of drones. The contracts are the result of the Countering Drones competition launched earlier this year.…

High-Performance, Hardened Designs for Military/Aerospace Environments

Space has always held a profound attraction for people, providing an inexhaustible source of inspiration and a continuous challenge. The difficulties of conquering space, and the inevitable competition among nations to reach milestones along the way, have sparked our collective imagination and yielded technological innovations that, in many cases, have found their way into consumer…