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72 The PCB Magazine • March 2017 NASA Selects Proposals for First-Ever Space Technology Research Institutes NASA has selected proposals for the creation of two multi-disciplinary, university-led research insti- tutes that will focus on the development of tech- nologies critical to extending human presence deeper into our solar system. Trackwise Improved Harness Technology Achieves Major Milestone Trackwise, a UK-based specialist manufacturer of products using printed circuit technology, is pleased to announce the successful completion of a major milestone in the development of Im- proved Harness Technology™—the manufacture of a 30-foot, 6-layer flexible multilayer PCB. EuroTech: ENIPIG—Next Generation of PCB Surface Finish MACFEST is a multi-partner project co-funded by Innovate UK to develop an electroless nickel/im- mersion palladium/immersion gold (ENIPIG) "uni- versal surface finish" for printed circuit boards. Project partners are University of Leicester, MTG Research, C-Tech Innovation, A-Gas Electronic Ma- terials, Merlin Circuit Technology and the Institute of Circuit Technology. TTM Celebrates Grand Opening of Denver West, Colorado TTM Technologies celebrated the grand opening of its Denver West Building in Littleton, Colorado with government officials, customers, TTM lead- ers, and employees. The Denver West Building al- lows TTM to expand its capacity and capabilities to better support customers. Global Commercial Avionics Systems Market Posts Revenue of $25.34B in 2016 Transparency Market Research (TMR) has prog- nosticated the global commercial avionics sys- tems market to take advantage of the rising investments and adoption of leading-edge tech- nologies to register a CAGR of 3.5% between 2016 and 2024. By the end of the forecast period, the global market is envisaged to reach $31.07 billion. In 2016, the market had generated a rev- enue of $25.34 billion. Accurate Engineering Purchases New Hot-Air Solder Leveler from New Technology Overman Accurate Engineering has purchased a new NTO- 1824LF HASL machine to upgrade that process and give their customers an unsurpassed surface finish. Space Radio Could Change How Flights are Tracked Worldwide NASA's powerful radio communications network allows us to receive data such as pictures of cryo- volcanoes on Pluto—or tweets from astronauts aboard the International Space Station. But to send larger quantities of data back and forth faster, NASA engineers wanted higher-frequency radios that can be reprogrammed from a distance using software updates. Engineers Build Robot Drone that Mimics Bat Flight Bats have long captured the imaginations of scien- tists and engineers with their unrivaled agility, but their complex wing motions pose significant tech- nological challenges for those seeking to recreate their flight in a robot. EIPC 2017 Winter Conference Review of Day 2 Almost everyone made it back to the conference room for the start of the second day of the EIPC Winter Conference in Salzburg, even those who had enjoyed the late networking session into the early hours! All Flex Adds IPC Expert Steven Bowles as Senior Engineer All Flex expanded its product engineering talent pool by hiring Steven Bowles to join the compa- ny and relocate to Minnesota after spending two years at L-3 Fuzing and Ordnance Systems in Cin- cinnati, Ohio. MilAero007 Highlights

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