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Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, IEEE

Issue 10 • Date Oct. 2000

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  • The engineering of systems engineers

    Publication Year: 2000 , Page(s): 3 - 8
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  • What is systems engineering?

    Publication Year: 2000 , Page(s): 9 - 10
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    There are probably more definitions of "Systems Engineering" than there are AESS members. In its simplest form systems engineering is the design of the whole as opposed to the design of the parts. The vast number, complexity and diversity of elements can overwhelm and degrade system performance and reliability. Embedded processing and software can be both a boon and a bane. A systems engineer anal... View full abstract»

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  • Electronic technologies that enabled aerospace

    Publication Year: 2000 , Page(s): 11 - 14
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    This section highlights early electronics milestones that have made significant contributions to aerospace and defense. Today everyone thinks digital, whereas more than 50% of electronic advances since society founding 50 years ago were in the analog or continuous domain. It is too easy to forget that before the 1970s and 1980s analog systems had been the norm. Digital electronics emerged late in ... View full abstract»

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  • Impact of aerospace on computers

    Publication Year: 2000 , Page(s): 15 - 18
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    Electronics and computers have long been associated with aviation, defense and aerospace. Many aerospace advances would have been impossible without digital computers, and digital computers would not have progressed as rapidly without aerospace. In some sense you may thank aerospace for the computer on your desk and Internet in your life. DoD and NASA programs drove computer technology for the fir... View full abstract»

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  • Systems progress

    Publication Year: 2000 , Page(s): 17 - 18
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  • Energy and power

    Publication Year: 2000 , Page(s): 19 - 26
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    Energy sources for aerospace systems include electrochemicals, mechanical rotation, solar illumination, radioisotopes, and nuclear reactors. Energy is converted to power with engines, turbines, photovoltaics, thermoelectric and thermionic devices, and electrochemical processes. Although some early spacecraft flew with battery power, for longer flights the choice has been either solar or nuclear. M... View full abstract»

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  • Radar in the twentieth century

    Publication Year: 2000 , Page(s): 27 - 46
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    Heinrich Hertz, who first demonstrated the basic principle of radar, might be called the first radar scientist. A fellow German, Christian Hulsmeyer, can be called the first radar engineer. In the early 1900s, Hulsmeyer built, patented, demonstrated, and tried to sell to various shipping companies and navies a shipborne radar, based on Hertz's apparatus, for avoiding collisions of ships with one a... View full abstract»

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  • Aero-transport electronics getting from here to there

    Publication Year: 2000 , Page(s): 45 - 46
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  • Aviation electronics/avionics

    Publication Year: 2000 , Page(s): 47 - 61
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    International regulations prohibit aircraft from entering high-density airspace and heavily trafficked over-ocean airways without suitable avionics. The widespread use of GPS navigation and increasing complexity of passenger entertainment systems have become the latest electronics trends on large commercial aircraft. The cost of avionics plus software is approaching 50% of the total. New aircraft ... View full abstract»

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  • Launch vehicle booster avionics

    Publication Year: 2000 , Page(s): 62 - 64
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    The following topics are discussed: guidance and navigation; closed loop radio guidance; inertial systems; analogue and digital autopilots; and on-board computers. View full abstract»

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  • Spacecraft avionics

    Publication Year: 2000 , Page(s): 65 - 70
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    The following topics are dealt with: orbit determination; attitude control; spacecraft sensors; control torque; and redundancy management. View full abstract»

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  • Air traffic control systems

    Publication Year: 2000 , Page(s): 70 - 78
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    The following topics are dealt with: ATC evolution; navigation and landing; navigation aids; surveillance and weather; automation systems. View full abstract»

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  • The future of transportation systems

    Publication Year: 2000 , Page(s): 79 - 82
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    The emergence of a world-wide duopoly in the design and production of large commercial aircraft at the end of the 1990s and cutbacks in aerospace and defense has put significant pressure on the number of avionics manufacturers. A similar duopoly exists very nearly for US military aircraft. In 1999, mergers created two large avionic suppliers in the USA. European avionics suppliers have also been c... View full abstract»

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  • Space systems

    Publication Year: 2000 , Page(s): 83 - 84
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  • International Space Station (ISS)-a star is born

    Publication Year: 2000 , Page(s): 84 - 88
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    The impact of systems engineering approach, materials science developments and robotics on further developments of Space Stations is discussed. View full abstract»

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  • Global Positioning System-the newest utility

    Publication Year: 2000 , Page(s): 89 - 95
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    The Global Positioning System (GPS) has become the high tech utility of the 20th century. It was developed by the US Department of Defense as a precise navigation reference for the military services. Although the signal available to civilian users had been purposely degraded in what is called selective availability (SA), it is one of a few technological success stories that had positive unintended... View full abstract»

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  • Satellite communication-a continuing revolution

    Publication Year: 2000 , Page(s): 95 - 107
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    SATCOM technology has revolutionized communications over the last 40 years. Initial SATCOM systems provided trunk telephony through large, fixed stations; current systems offer many services to smaller, fixed and mobile terminals. Personal Communications Systems, when fully implemented, will allow individuals to communicate with "anyone, anywhere, anytime," and thus transform the world into a trul... View full abstract»

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  • Communicating across the solar system

    Publication Year: 2000 , Page(s): 108 - 117
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    The next chapter in our ongoing quest for discovery began in the last half of the 20th century, with the initiation of robotic exploration of our solar system. In less than fifty years, we have broken free of Earth's gravity and flown spacecraft to every planet in the solar system except Pluto. The ultimate goal of this exploration is to establish a virtual (and, perhaps, someday, an actual) human... View full abstract»

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  • Space-borne imaging

    Publication Year: 2000 , Page(s): 118 - 124
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    Radar's ability to "see" through darkness, clouds and smoke and to cover large areas gives it unique power as a global remote-sensing tool. Imaging radar evolved from its beginnings 50 years ago through airborne research to space-borne systems. Operational space-borne systems of today are capable of generating global geological and topographic maps, using advanced synthetic aperture radar techniqu... View full abstract»

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  • Automated testing

    Publication Year: 2000 , Page(s): 125 - 130
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    Since the DoD was the leader in incorporating transistors, ICs and embedded processors, they also were on the forefront in developing automatic test equipment. The term automatic test equipment (ATE) encompasses all phases of computer controlled testing. It is based on the integration of instruments, computers and software. These systems generally include five basic elements: control, stimulus, me... View full abstract»

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  • Security technology

    Publication Year: 2000 , Page(s): 131 - 136
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    Security requirements and capabilities have changed dramatically over the past fifty years. Personal identification and detection of illegal substances including explosives have come to the forefront. With the proliferation of computers the security of information has also become a major concern. Substantial advances have been made over the last three decades in entry control, counter-terrorism, c... View full abstract»

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  • Today... tomorrow [of multidisciplinary systems of systems]

    Publication Year: 2000 , Page(s): 137 - 144
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    Some recent or near future examples of multidisciplinary systems of systems are illustrated. They include: upgraded Shuttle avionics; Airbus fly-by-wire; integrated modular electronics; electric automobiles; all-electric aircraft; and JointSTARS system. View full abstract»

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  • Into the future

    Publication Year: 2000 , Page(s): 144 - 148
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    A look into some future developments is presented. These are: the concept of an air vehicle that can stay aloft for days, weeks, even months; free flight; satellite navigation; intelligent transportation systems; automobile autopilot; personal airmobile; STAP; systems of systems; nanotechnology and MEMS. View full abstract»

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 IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine is a monthly magazine that publishes articles concerned with the various aspects of systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments as well as news and information of interest to IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society members.

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