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As a U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Energetics Center, the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division (NSWC IHD) is a leader in the Navy's Energetics Enterprise. Its mission is to provide research, development, test and evaluation and in-service support of energetics and energetic materials for propulsion systems, ordnance & pyrotechnic devices and fuzing for Navy, Joint Forces, and the Nation. Capabilities include research, test, and engineering of chemicals, propellants, explosives, related electronic devices and associated ordnance equipment.
 
In short, the U.S. Navy and other Federal Government agencies and allied nations come to NSWC IHD for energetic systems solutions — the organization supports the warfighter of today, anticipates their future needs, and makes discoveries for the next generation.
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2022
11 May 2022

AI Goggles Will Guide Medics in Emergencies

A research team will develop an artificial intelligence tool, Medical Assistance, Guidance, Instruction and Correction, or MAGIC, to assist combat field medics in 50 medical skills applied during common procedures.
9 May 2022

BNNano

BNNano are a company that manufacture boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) and NanoBarbs, their own adapted BNNTs. IDTechEx spoke with Steve Wilcenski (Founder and CEO).
3 May 2022

Cue Health

Cue Health offers a point-of-care diagnostic test platform for at-home testing of respiratory diseases.
26 Apr 2022

Successful Terrestrial Microwave Power Beaming Demonstration

Researchers have demonstrated the feasibility of terrestrial microwave power beaming by transmitting 1.6 kilowatts of power over 1 kilometer, the most significant power beaming demonstration in nearly 50 years.
19 Apr 2022

Efficient Power Conversion: GaN FETs

EPC is a provider of power semiconductors using gallium nitride (GaN) technology. The key areas discussed with IDTechEx were the benefits of their GaN FETs (field-effect transistors) over the typical silicon MOSFETs (metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors) for applications such as LiDAR and for low voltage electric motors.
13 Apr 2022

Alphacore Inc.

Alphacore is a US-based company focusing on analog, mixed signal, and radio frequency products, imaging solutions, radiation-hardened technologies, and emerging technology.
12 Apr 2022

Army Barracks: Largest 3D Printed Structures in the Western Hemisphere

At more than 5,700 square feet each, these barracks will each be the largest 3D-printed structures in the Western Hemisphere. They will also be the first 3D-printed structures that comply with the DoD's newly-released Unified Facilities Criteria for additive concrete construction, which provides guidance for DoD construction.
21 Mar 2022

A Fabric That Hears Your Heart Beat

Inspired by the human ear, a new acoustic fabric converts audible sounds into electrical signals.
16 Mar 2022

Titomic

Titomic are an Australian metal additive manufacturing company making cold spray printers using 'Titomic Kinetic Fusion' technology. IDTechEx spoke with non-executive director Dr. Andreas Schwer at Formnext 2021.
14 Mar 2022

Abbott Point of Care

Abbott Point of Care and rapid diagnostics is a segment of Abbott Laboratories' diagnostics division. Abbott is the leader of the point-of-care diagnostics industry. The segment's products focus on infectious diseases and cardiometabolic disease diagnostics.
2 Mar 2022

SPEE3D

Australian start up SPEE3D have developed technology for 3D printing metals called 'Supersonic 3D Deposition', otherwise known as cold spray.
1 Mar 2022

World's Largest 3D Printed Logistics Vessel

Researchers have achieved a groundbreaking milestone in composite manufacturing with the production of two 3D-printed prototype logistics vessels for the US Department of Defense. The longer of the two vessels, the largest ever 3D-printed, simulates ship-to-shore movement of 20-foot containers representing equipment and supplies. The second vessel can transport a Marine rifle-squad with organic equipment and three days of supplies.
1 Mar 2022

Raymor Industries

Raymor Industries is a small but longstanding company that specialises in the plasma torch process for the production of various nanomaterials. IDTechEx caught up with Dr Norma Mendoza and Jefford Humes.
22 Feb 2022

Biden's Critical and Emerging Technologies: Areas To Watch

In February 2022, the White House issued an updated list of critical and emerging technologies that the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), and National Security Council (NSC) have identified as being important for US national security. Numerous technology areas have been featured, including advanced manufacturing, hypersonics, biotechnologies, and artificial intelligence. Of these, IDTechEx has highlighted which areas to watch and why exactly the White House has shortlisted them as critical technologies.
17 Feb 2022

Polaris Program Aims to Advance Human Spaceflight

The Polaris Program is a first-of-its-kind effort to rapidly advance human spaceflight capabilities, while continuing to raise funds and awareness for important causes here on Earth. The program will consist of up to three human spaceflight missions that will demonstrate new technologies, conduct extensive research, and ultimately culminate in the first flight of SpaceX's Starship with humans on board.
11 Feb 2022

Soft Robot Morphs From a Ground to Air Vehicle Using Liquid Metal

Imagine a small autonomous vehicle that could drive over land, stop, and flatten itself into a quadcopter. The rotors start spinning, and the vehicle flies away. Looking at it more closely, what do you think you would see? What mechanisms have caused it to morph from a land vehicle into a flying quadcopter?
10 Feb 2022

Autonomous Black Hawk Helicopter Makes First Flight Without Crew

ALIAS is a flexible, extensible automation architecture for existing manned aircraft that enables safe reduced crew operations, which facilitates the addition of high levels of automation into existing aircraft. It also provides a platform for integrating additional automation or autonomy capabilities tailored for specific missions.
8 Feb 2022

Smart Watch Detects Heat Strain in Military Trainees

In 2020, more than 2,000 U.S. service members experienced heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Such injuries pose a "significant and persistent threat to both the health of US military members and the effectiveness of military operations," according to a recent military health report. Young or inexperienced recruits are especially vulnerable.
4 Feb 2022

AI Headset Helps Military Pilots Perform Expected and Unexpected Tasks

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Perceptually-enabled Task Guidance program to develop a prototype artificial intelligence assistant. The prototype will be embedded in an augmented reality headset to help rotary pilots perform expected and unexpected tasks.
4 Feb 2022

Optomec Receives $1.25 Million Order for Metal Additive Repair System

Optomec announced the receipt of a $1.25 Million order for a production Metal Additive Manufacturing machine for the maintenance of industrial gas turbine components. The long-time customer, a Fortune 500 energy equipment supplier, will install the machine in one of its service facilities in the Middle East region.