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56 The PCB Design Magazine • March 2016 New Galaxy-hunting Sky Camera Sees Redder Better A newly upgraded camera that incorporates light sensors developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is now one of the best cameras on the planet for studying outer space at red wavelengths that are too red for the human eye to see. New Tool Provides Successful Visual Inspection of Space Station Robot Arm As NASA takes a break in RRM operations, it's look- ing back on past achievements and celebrating one of its latest accomplishments: the successful inspection of Canadarm2, the International Space Station's (ISS) robotic arm. In time, this visual in- spection capability may help future servicing ven- tures at other orbits inspect for damage and fail- ures on their spacecraft. Mission Teams Prepare for Critical Days Moments after Sentinel-3A separates from its rock- et, a team of European mission control specialists will assume control, shepherding new spacecraft through its critical first days in space. Global Defense Industry Business Confidence Report H1 2016 This defense Industry Business Confidence Report H1 2016 presents executives' opinion on the busi- ness environment over January 2016–June 2016. Organizations can understand the market by ana- lyzing existing economic conditions, supplier price variations, sales performance, industry and com- pany growth outlook, spending patterns, and key priorities. Robotic Drones to Print Emergency Shelters for Those in Need A new research project aims to develop the world's first flying robots capable of autonomously assess- ing and manufacturing building structures to help areas suffering from natural disasters. New Made-in-NTU Satellite Technologies Pass Space Tests Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and BAE Systems have signed a $2.5 million partnership to jointly develop next- generation cybersecurity solutions in an era of ris- ing cyber attacks. Footsteps Could Power Mobile Devices When you're on the go and your smartphone battery is low, in the not-so-distant future, you could charge it simply by plugging it into your shoe. An innovative energy harvesting and storage technology developed by University of Wisconsin, Madison mechanical engineers could reduce our reliance on the batteries in our mobile devices, en- suring we have power for our devices no matter where we are. High-Performance Laminates High-performance laminates are characterized as base materials that in one or more aspects exceed the performance of FR-4, CEM, or paper/phenolic laminates. In this article, Karl Dietz talks about the different types of laminates, their dielectric require- ments, and how they are being manufactured. Fabrication Drawings and Electrical Test— Reading the Fine Print When a new PCB design is born, designers envision what the product will provide when completed. Whether the product is for the consumer, aero- space, military, medical or countless other markets, the designers—or more likely, the customers—ex- pect certain deliverables on the commodity they wish to purchase. FTG Receives New Multi-year Contract Awards for its Circuits Business Firan Technology Group Corporation (FTG), a leader in aerospace and defense electronics, an- nounced today that it has renewed two long-Term Agreements with a prominent US based Aerospace, Space and Defense Contractor for its Circuits To- ronto and Chatsworth facilities. MilAero007 Highlights

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