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78 SMT007 MAGAZINE I FEBRUARY 2021 Tales from a Trailblazer: An Interview with Christine Davis E Columnist Steve Williams recorded a series of interviews with new I-Connect007 colum- nist Christine Davis, president and founder of contract manufacturer CAMtek, who recently joined Zentech Bloomington. As a female busi- ness owner in a male-dominated industry, Christine has a unique perspective on what it takes to thrive in the electronics industry, and shares some of her stories and lessons learned along the journey. Space Launch System Exploration Upper Stage Passes Critical Design Review E Boeing and NASA have successfully completed a critical design review for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) Exploration Upper Stage (EUS), confirming the EUS design for contin- ued development and transition to hardware build. Boeing has already started fabrication activities that will support building the first EUS at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. U.S. Congress Approves Funds for R&D on Lead-Free Electronics in Aerospace, Defense and High- Performance Applications E On Monday December 21, 2020 the U.S. Congress approved $10 million for research into the issues surrounding lead-free electron- ics in mission-critical applications. IPC, the global association of electronics manufactur- ers, and its allies had called for these funds to be included in the Fiscal 2021 Defense Appro- priations bill. Elbit Systems Awarded $24M Contract to Supply Tactical Computers for Royal Netherlands Army E Elbit Systems Ltd. was awarded an approxi- mately $24 million contract from the Dutch Ministry of Defence to supply the Royal Neth- erlands Army with new vehicular tactical com- puters. e contract will be performed over a 30-month period. L3Harris Technologies Demonstrates Antenna Technology for U.S. Space Force Satellite Communications E L3Harris Technologies has successfully com- pleted a technology demonstration, under a Defense Innovation Unit prototype contract, for the U.S. Space Force satellite communica- tion system to improve communications with the agency's growing number of satellites. A Martian Roundtrip: NASA's Persever- ance Rover Sample Tubes E e tubes carried in the belly of NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover are destined to carry the first samples in history from another planet back to Earth. Sensible Design: To Coat or Encapsu- late—Making an Informed Choice for Electronics Protection E One of the most frequently asked questions we receive from customers is, "Which is better to protect my PCB: a coating or a resin?" In this month's column, Phil Kinner demystifies why one may be more suitable for your application than the other and explores coatings and resins in more detail.

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