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58 The PCB Magazine • December 2017 All About Flex: More on UAVs and Flexible Circuits The use of drones or unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs) is growing at a nearly exponential rate. This includes drones used by the government, pri- vate companies and hobbyists. If you have $100, you can find a long list of drones for purchase. Nine Dot Connects: Good Design Instruction is a True Value-Add Nine Dot Connects has certainly blazed an inter- esting trail. The company started out as an Altium reseller, but in less than a decade, Nine Dot Con- nects has also become a design service bureau and a provider of PCB design instruction, training, and consulting services. Coast to Coast Names Ed Porter President and CEO Coast to Coast Circuits has named Ed Porter pres- ident and CEO. Porter has served in a variety of managerial and executive leadership roles over the last 20 years within leading organizations in the printed circuit board industry, including TTM Technologies and Sanmina SCI. NPL and SMART Group to Hold Design, Process & Reliability Seminar The National Physical Laboratory and SMART Group will hold a seminar November 9, 2017, that will showcase the latest research and results from NPL projects looking at solder joint and contami- nation failure, coating thickness measurement, sol- der joint reliability, and high temperature reliabil- ity for alternative solders and substrates materials. American Standard Circuits Appoints Tony Monaco to Sales Team American Standard Circuits has recently added industry veteran Tony Monaco to the company's sales team. Leveraging Industry Shows to Create a Presence At the recent SMTA International show in Rose- mont, Illinois, I had an opportunity to meet with Mark Osborn, president and owner of Colonial Circuits, based in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Colo- nial Circuits is a supplier of PCBs, mainly for the defense industry. Catching up with…Brigitflex Today, Brigitflex is building unique custom-made boards for companies all over the world, from large defense and aerospace companies to small incuba- tor companies inventing new products. They have become well-known as the shop to go to when nobody else can solve your problems. 'Lighten Up' - Deep Space Communications via Faraway Photons A spacecraft destined to explore a unique asteroid will also test new communication hardware that uses lasers instead of radio waves. New RoboBee Flies, Dives, Swims and Explodes out the of Water New floating devices allow this multipurpose air- water microrobot to stabilize on the water's sur- face before an internal combustion system ignites to propel it back into the air. This latest-generation RoboBee, which is 1,000 times lighter than any previous aerial-to-aquatic robot, could be used for numerous applications. Marine Communication Systems Market Witnessing Surge in Advanced Technology Technavio market research analysts forecast the global marine communication systems market to grow at a CAGR of more than 8% during the fore- cast period, according to their latest report. MilAero007 Highlights

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