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MAY 2021 I DESIGN007 MAGAZINE 81 NASA Begins Final Assembly of Spacecraft Destined for Asteroid Psyche E Set to launch next year, the agency's Psyche spacecra will explore a metal-rich asteroid in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. IPC Study: Europe's Economic Recovery, Long-Term Future Depend on Attention to Electronics Manufacturing Industry E A new IPC study, "Digital Directions, Greener Connections," finds the electronics manufac- turing industry has largely withstood the nega- tive effects of the COVID pandemic and is poised to help drive Europe's economic recov- ery and resilience, especially if anticipated gov- ernment decisions take a supportive approach. Defense Speak Interpreted: Industrial Base Evaluation E So, what is an "industrial base" to the Defense Department? And wouldn't we expect a "bat- tle plan" from Defense, not an "industrial strat- egy"? We want to review the Defense Industrial Strategy in the January 2021 Report to Con- gress from the Acquisition and Sustainment section of the Department of Defense. Arlon EMD Introduces 84HP Prepreg to Compliment the 85HP Laminate System E Arlon Electronic Materials introduces 84HP high-performance 250⁰C Tg temperature poly- imide resin prepreg. Arlon developed 84HP as a prepreg bonding companion to Arlon's 85HP filled pure polyimide resin laminate system. 84HP is designed for use in filling etched areas in polyimide multilayers that contain thick copper metal cores. Her Voice: I'm Not Betty Crocker E It takes both reason and intuition to outfit a manufacturing facility, a point I was able to demonstrate as we prepared and moved into our new building several years ago. IPC Issues Call for Participation for IPC APEX EXPO 2022 E IPC invites engineers, researchers, academics, technical experts and industry leaders to sub- mit abstracts for IPC APEX EXPO 2022 to be held at the San Diego Convention Center. Elbit Systems of America Completes Acquisition of Sparton Corporation E Elbit Systems of America, LLC has completed the acquisition of Sparton Corporation from an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. for $380 million, subject to customary price adjustments, resulting in a significant expansion of Elbit Systems of America in the United States. BAE Systems Australia Invests in Hypersonic Weapons Capabilities E BAE Systems Australia announced that it will increase its investment in Australia to support the rapid development of a sovereign high- speed weapons capability. Lockheed Martin Awarded $1 Billion Contract for Precision Fires All-Weather Rocket E Lockheed Martin received a $1.12 billion con- tract from the U.S. Army for Lot 16 production of Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) rockets and associated equipment.

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