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56 The PCB Design Magazine • October 2015 MilAero007 Highlights ELCOSINT—The Future of High-Temperature Interconnect The increasing need for electronic assemblies to endure high-temperature operating conditions in aerospace, automotive, oil and gas drilling, power management and renewable energy applications, whether those conditions involve high ambient temperatures, high cycle temperatures or high junction temperatures, is driving the development of high-temperature interconnection technologies. Fortifying Computer Chips for Space Travel Space is cold, dark, and lonely. Deadly, too, if any one of a million things goes wrong on your space- ship. It's certainly no place for a computer chip to fail, which can happen due to the abundance of ra- diation bombarding a craft. Worse, ever-shrinking components on microprocessors make computers more prone to damage from high-energy radiation like protons from the sun or cosmic rays from be- yond our galaxy. Sensor Data Fusion Offers Countermeasures Against Small Drones Airbus Defence and Space has developed a coun- ter-UAV system which detects illicit intrusions of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) over critical areas at long ranges and offers electronic countermea- sures, minimizing the risk of collateral damage. NASA is Laser-focused on Deep Space Communication Today's technology has all but eliminated time de- lays in telecommunication on Earth, but when they do occur they can be frustrating, especially when trying to communicate complex or time-sensitive information. The same type of delay could happen when communicating with spacecraft and crew members in deep space on the journey to Mars. China Now Third Largest Importer of Defence Equipment China's defence budget is expected to almost dou- ble by the close of this decade, according to a new analysis released today by IHS Inc., the leading global source of critical information and insight. Self-healing Material Could Plug Life-Threatening Holes in Spacecraft For astronauts living in space with objects zooming around them at 22,000 miles per hour like rogue super-bullets, it's good to have a backup plan. Al- though shields and fancy maneuvers could help protect space structures, scientists have to prepare for the possibility that debris could pierce a vessel. The Drones Report 2015 The fast-growing global drone industry has not sat back waiting for government policy to be ham- mered out before pouring investment and effort into opening up this all-new hardware and com- puting market. Advancing Bio-inspired Micro-robotics Technology BAE Systems will have a significant role working with the MAST Alliance's team of scientists from the U.S. Army, academia, and industry as it ad- vances bio-inspired micro-robotics technology to extend the remote sensing capability of U.S. ground forces. "The technologies being devel- oped under MAST will support products that ex- tend soldiers' capabilities while keeping them out of harm's way," said Bill Devine, MAST's strategic development manager for BAE Systems. Construction to Begin on World's Largest Camera The Department of Energy has approved the start of construction for a 3.2-gigapixel digital cam- era—the world's largest—for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. Teeny Tiny Guardians of Our Chips Counterfeit, cloned, and otherwise doctored elec- tronic chips already are circulating in markets and the problem is only likely to grow in the com- ing years. Shown here are dummy "dielets" that DARPA-supported researchers have produced to help them learn how to dice, sort, pick, place and otherwise handle such teensy components, which would affix to individual chips with a footprint the size of a dust speck. 56 The PCB Design Magazine • October 2015

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