Aviation & Aerospace White Papers and Case Studies

  1. Drogue Tracking Using 3D Flash LIDAR For Autonomous Aerial Refueling
    8/26/2011
    Autonomous aerial refueling (AAR) is an important capability for an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to increase its flying range and endurance without increasing its size. By Chao-I Chen and Roger Stettner, Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc.
  2. Case Study: Specialized Thin Film Optical Mirrors Enable VIRUS Spectrograph System In Dark Energy Experiment
    8/15/2011

    PG&O designed and delivered specialized optical mirrors to Texas A&M University and the University of Texas at Austin for use in building the first-of-its-kind VIRUS (Visible Integral-field Replicable Unit Spectrograph) instrument, a key part of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment, or HETDEX. The $36M international research project will study the force that causes the expansion of the universe to speed up, rather than slow down

  3. Case Study: Missile Launch Detection Program
    4/21/2011

    By the early 2000’s, the U.S. Air Force was in development of a newer, faster, more high-performance fighter aircraft - the F-22 Advanced Tactical Fighter. Modifications were made to the existing MLD system which was installed on the F-22 and used for several years.

  4. Case Study: Missile Launch Detection Program
    4/8/2011

    By the early 2000’s, the U.S. Air Force was in development of a newer, faster, more high-performance fighter aircraft - the F-22 Advanced Tactical Fighter. Modifications were made to the existing MLD system which was installed on the F-22 and used for several years.

  5. Avalanche Photodiodes (APDs) - A User Guide
    3/21/2011
    Avalanche photodiode detectors (APDs) have and will continue to be used in many diverse applications such as laser range finders, data communications or photon correlation studies. By Excelitas Technologies
  6. Avalanche Photodiodes (APDs) - A User Guide
    3/21/2011
    Avalanche photodiode detectors (APDs) have and will continue to be used in many diverse applications such as laser range finders, data communications or photon correlation studies. By Excelitas Technologies
  7. White Paper: Using Infrared Technology For Sensing And Remote Control Applications
    2/3/2011
    Infrared (IR) technology addresses a broad variety of wireless applications, especially in the areas of sensing and remote control. Today’s newest products such as cell phones, digital cameras, and DVD players as well as remote controls for every market segment rely on IR sensing and control devices. By ROHM Semiconductor
  8. Case Study: Vision Research High Speed Camera Helps Engineers Develop Cutting-Edge New Materials For Higher Performance Carpet Tufting
    9/16/2010
    Tufting is a highly-reliable manufacturing process which utilizes specially treated yarn and large, multi-needle sewing machines to create a carpet surface. Threaded with yarn, each needle punctures a woven fabric backing where a hook holds the yarn in place forming a tuft, or loop, as the needle is removed. By Vision Research, Inc.
  9. Application Note: Using SWIR In Intelligence, Surveillance, And Reconnaissance (ISR) Military And Security Systems
    8/31/2010
    Responding to the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) has become the focus of U.S. Defense policy, and with that, the need for greater intelligence collection has moved upward in priority.
  10. Expanding Markets On A Miniature Scale
    7/27/2010
    Components made from alumina (Al2O3), silicon nitride (Si3N4), aluminum nitride (AlN) and other ceramic materials are used in a wide range of electronic, automotive, aerospace, medical, and other high-tech applications. As these application areas continue to grow, manufacturers must find new and better solutions for machining these materials so that they can produce parts more cost effectively and on an increasingly smaller scale. While lasers have been used to drill, cut, and scribe ceramics for many years, the latest generation of laser systems offers new micromachining possibilities in ceramics.