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54 The PCB Magazine • November 2017 Cloudy with a Chance of Radiation: NASA Studies Simulated Radiation In each life a little rain must fall, but in space, one of the biggest risks to astronauts' health is radi- ation "rain". NASA's Human Research Program (HRP) is simulating space radiation on Earth fol- lowing upgrades to the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory (NSRL) at the U.S. Department of Ener- gy's Brookhaven National Laboratory. Sensible Design: Thermal Management— The Heat is On Thermal management materials are designed to prolong equipment life and reduce incidences of failure. They also maintain equipment performance parameters and reduce energy consumption by re - ducing operating temperatures, and minimising the risk of damage to surrounding components. Update on IPC's Validation Services and Hints of What's to Come SMTA International is the perfect time to get up- dates on IPC happenings. One that I'm always cu- rious about is the Validation Services programs. At the busy show, I managed to find a quiet spot so Randy Cherry, IPC's director of Validation Services, could fill me in on the latest. Developing New Magnetic Device Materials Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering Luqiao Liu is developing new magnetic materials, known as antiferromagnets, that can be operated at room temperature by reversing their electron spin and can serve as the basis for long-lasting, spintronic computer memory. American Standard Circuits Upgrades to ISO 9001:2015 American Standard Circuits has recently upgraded their ISO quality management certification to the latest standard, ISO 9100:2015. Developing Sensors to Defend Aircraft Against Lasers MIT Lincoln Laboratory team is working on ground-based cameras that detect sources of la- ser beam attacks on aircraft and may lessen dan- gers for pilots. Drones to Grow Mind of Their Own The use of drones is gaining popularity among en- vironmentalists and law enforcement officials alike due to the robots' ability to reach far-flung locales not easily accessible to humans. A person typical- ly sets the drone on a pre-determined path to col- lect data. New Radar Sensor Provides Clear Vision in Any Weather DARPA's Video Synthetic Aperture Radar (ViSAR) program recently completed flight tests, success- fully demonstrating a new sensor that can capture real-time video through clouds. Global Defense Spending Momentum will Provide $771 Billion Opportunity for Industry The Strategy Analytics Advanced Defense Systems (ADS) service report, "Global Defense Spending Outlook 2016-2026," forecasts the global defense budget will grow to $2.41 trillion in 2026, with the opportunities available to industry growing at a CAGR of 3.5%, to reach $771 billion. Rockwell Collins' Cabinconnect™ Wireless Offering Addresses the Growing Trend Toward Bring Your Own Device Rockwell Collins is addressing the growing passen- ger demand to be connected on their own devices while flying with its CabinConnect™ inflight wire- less connectivity and entertainment solution. MilAero007 Highlights

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