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24 Nov 22. RNLN Acquires Fleet Wide License for OSI’s ECPINS WECDIS.
- Most Advanced Naval Navigation Capabilities
- RNLN to be an Early Adopter of ECPINS 7, WECDIS 3 Compliant
- Navigation capabilities will be the most advanced
- ECPINS features GNSS Denied giving an extra punch to fleet tactical navigation
OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) has been contracted to deliver a Fleet Wide License for the next generation of ECPINS to the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) Fleet, Shore establishments and the Belgian Navy (BN) frigates.
“We are honoured that RNLN and BN will be amongst the first users of ECPINS 7,” stated Ken Kirkpatrick, President and
CEO. “ECPINS is at the heart of all OSI solutions, and as the most advanced WECDIS available, the RNLN and BN will
have the most advanced navigation system available.”
The Fleet Wide License allows both the current and new ECPINS versions to be rolled out over an unlimited number of
RNLN surface ships, submarines and shore establishments.
Denial of satellite-based navigation through jamming or spoofing the GPS signal is an increasing threat to navigation. To
counter this threat, ECPINS features unique submarine-proven GNSS-denied and 3D visualization capabilities, ensuring
continued safe and accurate tactical navigation.
“Globally, ECPINS is operational in 25 Allied and NATO navies,” stated Jim Davison, Vice President, Business
Development. “Our GNSS-denied technology operates on eighteen classes of submarines and offers a formidable tactical
punch to the capabilities of surface and subsurface vessels.”
ECPINS was the first WECDIS independently certified against WECDIS STANAG 4564 and continues to be fully compliant
with the standards. Further, being sensor agnostic, ECPINS offers flexible system integration and architecture in retrofits and new builds while delivering optimal tactical performance.
The signing of this contract further strengthens the strong relationship of OSI with the RNLN, BN, NL Defence Materiel
Organisation (DMO), RNLN Naval Academy, and the RNLN Maintenance and Sustainment Agency (DMI). (Source: ASD Network)
22 Nov 22. DEVCOM and JSNN partner on advanced nanoscale materials for future soldiers. The teams will manufacture nanomaterials that can be incorporated into a soldier’s clothing. The US Army Combat Capabilities Development (DevCom ) Soldier Center has entered a partnership with the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN).
The new partnership seeks to develop advanced nanoscale materials that can improve soldier protection.
Under a $1.05m cooperative agreement, a new joint collaborative laboratory has been created in North Carolina that will support research projects in the fields of nanoengineering and nanoscience.
Titled ‘Innovation Collaborative Laboratory for Nanotechnologies to Empower the Future Soldier’ (ICONS), the laboratory will allow DEVCOM scientists and engineers, and JSNN faculty-led research teams, students, and postdoctoral fellows to directly collaborate and conduct research.
The research projects will aim to advance technologies to support soldiers and future military requirements.
ICONS’s major focus areas include developing new sustainable nanoscale materials that can be integrated into yarn or fabric for soldiers, or used as additives for helmets and safety devices.
The materials will be designed to be lighter, faster, safer, and stronger.
The research teams will also have access to JSNN’s nanodevice fabrication facilities that can be leveraged to develop sensors that can detect several chemical hazards.
JSNN professors Dr Kristen Dellinger and Dr Tetyana Ignatova will co-lead the ICONS research projects.
JSNN dean Sherine Obare said: “This is a unique opportunity for JSNN students to engage in collaborative research that advances the technologies needed to support soldiers and other military-relevant applications.
“And with JSNN’s proximity to several North Carolina military bases, our researchers can directly connect with military personnel and veterans to understand the needs of soldiers to develop solutions from the users’ perspective.” (Source: army-technology.com)
24 Nov 22. Sensor-Decider-Effector Technologies Tested at Project Convergence 22. PC22 brought together thousands of soldiers from the United States, United Kingdom and Australia to conduct experimentation exercises that were intended to demonstrate technologies that will allow multinational military partners to interoperate within a deployment.
Scientists from the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) together with UK Army Headquarters’ Future Force Directorate (FFD), worked with US counterparts at the Research and Analysis Centre, White Sands Missile Range (TRAC-WSMR), to develop testing and observation methods.
Other UK units involved included the 20th Armoured Combat Battle Team (20 ABCT) and 2nd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment (2 YORKS). They joined the US Army’s 1st Cavalry Division.
The tests within PC22 looked to un-complicate the ‘sensor-decide effector’ (SDE) chain by testing a range of new technologies, some of which were present for the first time. According to DSTL, multiple UK objectives were achieved using UK systems and experimentation including:
- HYDRA-R: UK/US Artificial Intelligence Toolbox deployed, tested and trained to detect, recognise and identify enemy vehicles using UK and US surveillance video. HYDRA-R was the first live deployment of the UK/US Artificial Intelligence (AI) Toolbox, a jointly developed AI pipeline for selection, deployment and retraining of AI models in mission. UK and US personnel conducted the training and deployment of AI models against data collected by UK and US platforms. This was the first step towards deploying collaborative AI and autonomy in future Project Convergence trials.
- Cyber and Electro-Magnetic Activities (CEMA) Experimentation: successful use of an electronic warfare (EW) deception capability at scale and within a Combined Joint force.
- Remote and Autonomous Systems (RAS) Platoon: created a ‘network of things’ through autonomous systems integrated at the sub-tactical level through the US’s research project (Pj SHARE). Unmanned air and ground platforms were deployed and displayed on single soldier-borne devices which simultaneously showed real time information on UK and US dismounted forces.
- Sensor-Decider-Effector: To investigate the delivery of ‘any sensor, right decider and best effector’ by integrating a vertical slice (theatre to sub-tactical) of networked capability as part of a Joint and Combined (multinational) force. This was demonstrated successfully across a multinational formation, with one nation’s deciders able to engage targets which had been observed by other nations’ sensors.
- Expeditionary Combat Service Support: the mix of process, technology, organisation and information that offers the best advantage to maintainers supporting repair in the forward echelons was successfully investigated.
- UK Rangers: support successfully given to UK Rangers in the development and a testing of their concepts of employment and operations. The Ranger Regiment are Army Special Operations force integrated with US special operations forces (SOF) partners in deep battlespace, to enable defeat of enemy forces, disrupt command and control (C2) nodes and enable conventional manoeuvre. (Source: Armada)
24 Nov 22. Climate neutrality by the year 2035: Rheinmetall contributes to reducing climate-damaging CO2 emissions with photovoltaics
The technology enterprise Rheinmetall AG has taken a further step on the path to achieving climate neutrality by 2035, its stated goal. Thanks to the Group’s strong commitment and the support of local authorities, last summer a large solar power plant was successfully installed on the roofs of factory halls at Rheinmetall subsidiary Pierburg SA in Abadanio, Spain.
The 1,635 solar modules installed on the roof are now producing solar power. Annual output is expected to be in the region of 730,000 kWh. According to company calculations, this sustainably generated energy will cut the plant’s climate-harmful CO2 emissions by 175 tons annually.
For the past twelve years, the company has been systematically pursuing a long-term action plan in Spain to reduce its climate footprint, having conducted its first energy audit in 2009. Ever since, the company has done its utmost to be an efficient producer while simultaneously protecting the environment and reducing emissions. Over the years, in addition to the latest installation, the company has successfully implemented measures that have also enhanced the efficiency and sustainability of other industrial processes. These include the introduction of a geothermal exchange system, the insulation of pipes, automatic control systems for fan heaters, automatic compressed air control systems and compressed air systems for leak detection, LED technology and intelligent lighting systems (KNX), as well as coolant filtration and briquetting systems.
This year, the plant has won acclaim from various private and public sector bodies for its commitment and ongoing successful implementation of measures to optimize the reduction of CO2 emissions. In 2014 Pierburg in Spain received special recognition from the Energy Department of the Basque Government, and a year later its energy management system was recognized for good practice as part of the EFQM award. And in 2016 the plant won special recognition from the CEBEC, the confederation of the most important companies in the Province of Bizkaia.
23 Nov 22. NanoGraf Wins Contract from U.S. Government to Develop First Large-Volume Advanced Silicon Anode Manufacturing Facility in the U.S.
NanoGraf, an advanced battery material company and enabler of the world’s most energy-dense 18650 lithium-ion cell, today announced a contract award from the U.S. Government. The contract will fund the onshore manufacturing of high-performance silicon anode materials as the first large-volume silicon oxide manufacturing facility in the U.S. At peak production, NanoGraf will produce 35 T/Y, enough material to provide enhanced power for various battery applications.
The U.S. faces unprecedented battery market demand and a highly problematic supply chain, resulting in an increased need for the onshoring of battery manufacturing facilities. In awarding NanoGraf this production contract, the U.S. Government is taking an important step towards a strong supply chain by scaling material production of the world’s most energy dense 3.8Ah 18650 cylindrical lithium-ion cell, at 800 watt-hours per liter (Wh/L), which was announced in 2021.
“NanoGraf’s twin mission is to continually improve battery performance and to be a great partner for our customers across sectors, including government, automotive, and consumer electronics,” said Connor Hund, Chief Operating Officer. “This contract ensures continued improvements in battery performance and a more reliable supply chain as we bring our silicon-anode technology to scale.”
The 18-month contract complements NanoGraf’s existing domestic material production strategy and the company’s additional plans to support the electric vehicle market by 2024. NanoGraf will produce 35 tons of silicon anode material per year as the company scales to 1,000 tons per year to support the EV market. With NanoGraf’s proprietary silicon oxide material design, material prices will be on par with the cost of lower-performance graphite anodes.
The contract announcement comes on the heels of NanoGraf’s setting the new industry benchmark for the most energy dense lithium-ion 18650 battery. The next-generation cell will increase the energy density of batteries by over 20%, considerably lightening the load for users.
“Illinois is poised to become a leader in the electric vehicle revolution, thanks to leaders in our state like NanoGraf. With its groundbreaking research and production of light-weight, energy-dense batteries, NanoGraf is helping define the next generation of consumer and military vehicles,” said Senator Durbin. “I’m pleased to see the Department of Defense recognize the value in supporting NanoGraf’s mission, which will improve our military readiness and have immeasurable applications across industry.”
On being awarded this contract, NanoGraf will be moving to a new West Loop manufacturing facility in December and adding a large number of high technology operations and engineering jobs in the Chicago area.
23 Nov 22. Systematic supports international JEF exercise. A British-led defence alliance has used Systematic’s unrivalled battle management software to enable the command and control of a two-week multi-national exercise. The Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) consists of 10 nations who recently participated in Exercise Joint Protector in Denmark which focused on the planning and coordination of operations.
The UK Standing Force Joint Headquarters (SJFHQ) formed the framework for the exercise and used SitaWare Headquarters to provide that crucial situational awareness for all participants.
Consisting of nearly 500 personnel – 400 of which were British – JEF nations comprise Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and the Netherlands.
Systematic also sent personnel from its technical support team, ensuring that any questions from SJFHQ could be dealt with immediately for the exercise to run smoothly.
Multi-domain battle management
Captain Matt Boulind RN, Assistant Chief of Staff Operations for SJFHQ, said: “We were extremely pleased with the support provided by Systematic. This is the second time SJFHQ has used SitaWare Headquarters as part of a JEF exercise and we find it to be an invaluable command and control tool. This is a real leap forward for us in terms of interoperable and multi-domain battle management.”
SitaWare Headquarters provides a seamless, integrated C4ISR* system for all levels of command, allowing the sharing of a Common Operational Picture (COP) and coordination of plans and orders across both co-located and deployed forces.
It is in use by six defence forces of the 10 JEF nations and, provides the ability to exchange information across national forces, enabling true alliance partnerships. As it is built on an open architecture it allows for customised extensions and integration with legacy and third-party systems to increase the operational flexibility.
Standing Joint Force Headquarters (SJFHQ) is the United Kingdom’s deployable joint headquarters which is on a five-day readiness. SJFHQ has been given responsibility for the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) and Combined Joint Expeditionary Force (CJEF), both of which are concepts where the UK collaborates with international partners.
Lieutenant Colonel Lars Bossen is Denmark’s liaison officer in JEF and is stationed at SJFHQ in the UK. He said: “For SJFHQ, it is extremely important to train with the JEF nations. Such exercises provide SJFHQ with invaluable experience and input for the further development of the JEF.
“Joint Protector provides both an opportunity to train SJFHQ’s ability to deploy and establish a forward joint headquarters, and at the same time it allows the permanent staff and personnel contributions from the JEF nations to train the procedures essential to the effectiveness of the JEF.”
JEF nations have a common commitment to democracy, security and stability, with a geographical focus on the Baltic Sea region, the High North and the North Atlantic.
*C4ISR: Command, Control, Communications, Computers (C4) Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
23 Nov 22. DASA seeks Advanced Materials innovations to shape the future of defence. DASA has launched a new Innovation Focus Area to find Advanced Materials innovations to support generation-after-next defence capabilities.
- DASA has launched a new Innovation Focus Area (IFA) called Advanced Materials for Defence
- Funding provided by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory’s (Dstl) Advanced Materials Programme
- This IFA seeks Advanced Materials innovations across 2 challenge areas
The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is pleased to launch a new Innovation Focus Area (IFA), Advanced Materials for Defence. Advanced Materials is identified in the Defence Technology Framework as a critical technology family to drive innovation across defence. This IFA aims to harness these strengths in the UK landscape to provide innovative solutions in Advanced Materials to support generation-after-next defence capabilities.
DASA seeks innovations across two challenge areas:
- Challenge 1: Intelligent materials and structures
- Challenge 2: Materials for enhanced thermal management
Key dates and funding
This Innovation Focus Area will run for at least two funding cycles of the Open Call.
DASA expects to fund several proposals between £100K – £300K.
Do you have a novel idea or concept? Read the full IFA document and submit a proposal.
Advanced Materials for Defence challenge areas
This IFA has 2 challenge areas.
Challenge 1: Intelligent materials and structures
This challenge is focused on materials and structures that can either sense changes in their environment, actuate a change under extreme environmental conditions, or a combination of both. This challenge is also concerned with the lifing and ageing of deployable or morphing structures.
For this challenge area, DASA seeks innovations that consider operating environments such as:
- Complex weapons: Smart / functional structural materials
- Air: Materials to reduce maintenance requirements
- Space: Techniques for assessing the ageing and degradation of materials used in deployable systems
- Land: New technologies for material condition, self-diagnosis and repair, and novel multi-functional materials to support survivability through improved concealment
- Maritime: Develop technologies to support the rapid build, modification and deployment of naval vessels across different operating environments
In addition to the operating environments listed above, this IFA is also interested in understanding emerging innovations in functional, animate and metamaterials under the FAME project. The FAME project focusses on the development of vital enabling materials knowledge, concepts and technologies for later exploitation into systems. FAME is a cross-cutting project that encompasses all operating environments.
Challenge 2: Materials for enhanced thermal management
This challenge is focused on materials and structures that can withstand extremes of temperatures.
For this challenge area, DASA seeks innovations that consider operating environments such as:
- Complex weapons: Materials to enable increased endurance, range or operating temperatures
- Air: Materials to help reduce mass, volume and cost of thermal management systems and enhance other areas of performance
- Land: Materials to enhance the survivability and sustainment of platforms and users
- Maritime: Materials to improve the effectiveness of thermal management systems for on-board systems, allowing more heat transfer to take place in the same space
For a more detailed breakdown this IFA’s challenge areas, read the full IFA document.
Submit a proposal
Do you have an Advanced Material innovation that will support generation-after-next defence capabilities?
Learn more and submit a proposal: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/defence-and-security-accelerator-dasa-open-call-for-innovation/open-call-innovation-focus-areas#IFA038 (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
22 Nov 22. Linux Foundation and Rancher Government Solutions Partner to Support U.S. Government & Military Mission to Securely Modernize Tech.
Today, the Linux Foundation https://www.linuxfoundation.org/, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, announced it has partnered with Rancher Government Solutions https://www.ranchergovernment.com/, which is specifically designed to address the unique security and operational needs of the U.S. Government and military as it relates to application modernization, containers and Kubernetes.
The partnership combines the expertise of the Linux Foundation, the world’s leading resource for open source training and certifications, with the breadth and depth of RGS which is dedicated to helping the
U.S. Government and military achieve its missions to securely modernize via the cloud using containers and Kubernetes all with a focus on DevSecOps.
“Partnering with RGS to support the United States government in their adoption of open source through secure tools and training is critically important in these uncertain times,” said Clyde Seepersad, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Training & Certification, the Linux Foundation. “We could not be more proud to be working with RGS, whose focus on secure, open source tools and code – particularly Kubernetes and cloud-enabled DevSecOps – for the U.S. Government is mission critical.”
The partnership will enable U.S. Government personnel, through their relation with RGS, to easily access the Linux Foundation’s full catalog of nearly 100 training courses including courses focused on:
- Cloud & Containers
Personnel will also be able to easily enroll in certification exams for any of the standard setting cloud and open source certifications built by the Linux Foundation. The certifications cover a range of mission critical cloud and container exams, including:
- Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA)
- Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD)
- Certified Security Specialist (CKS)
- Kubernetes and Cloud Native Associate (KCNA)
“The Linux Foundation’s training and certification offerings are perfectly aligned to our core product and service offerings,” said Don Poole, Vice President of Corporate Communications & Marketing, Rancher
Government Solutions. “Together we will be able to offer a single source for support, tools, training and certifications essential to the U.S. Government mission to securely modernize its tech infrastructure.”
U.S. Government personnel looking to learn more about how RGS can support their mission. To learn more about the full range of Linux Foundation training and certification offerings visit: https://training.linuxfoundation.org/. (Source: PR Newswire)
18 Nov 22. Football-sized device could transform how Air Force collects F-35 data. An Air Force test and evaluation squadron hopes a football-sized device mounted in an F-35 fighter′s weapons bay might revolutionize how it collects in-flight data on operational fighter jets.
Air Combat Command’s 59th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada earlier this year started adding these devices, dubbed the Quick Reaction Instrumentation Package, or QRIP, to operational F-35s. Before that work began in March, QRIPs had been used in a dozen test F-35s across the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.
And in a Nov. 10 interview with Defense News, squadron commander Lt. Col. Nathan “Sheik” Malafa said he hopes to expand the use of these devices to more Air Force fighters — and perhaps even other aircraft across the fleet — allowing it to collect and “crowd-source” flight data much more cheaply than the service used to.
“QRIP is the end result of the gains of technology that we’re able to use to get everything smaller, more compact, and have a bigger impact,” Malafa said.
The Air Force regularly collects flight data from its aircraft, that is then sent back to contractors so the companies can improve its software. At the end of the process, the upgraded software is pushed out to combat aircraft.
In the past, Malafa said, test F-35s recorded data with a 2,500-pound pod that took up an entire weapons bay and cost $25m apiece. Sometimes data took weeks or months to access. That kind of a device was too cumbersome and expensive to even think of integrating into an operational aircraft, he said.
Advancements in technology and miniaturization of chips and other components made a much more compact system possible, he said.
Airmen in the 59th began developing the idea for a more compact data collection tool about three years ago. The data being collected by test fighters was inadequate and not coming in fast enough, he said, prompting the squadron to brainstorm ideas.
“It was a bar napkin kind of idea,” Malafa said. “What if we reduce the size? Because the program was not delivering the flight test instrumentation requirements in time for what we needed to do when the F-35s went from Block 2 to Block 3. So, necessity bore that innovation.”
That idea soon became QRIP, an 8-pound device roughly the size of a football that is bolted inside the F-35′s weapons bay without taking up all the room or requiring any panels to be removed. It can record almost a terabyte of data per flight. The price tag for a single Curtiss-Wright Corporation-made QRIP: $230,000, a fraction of the old system’s cost.
The QRIP is wired to the F-35′s computers to collect vehicle system and mission system data — everything from altitude, power levels, performance and any potential malfunctions that engineers would have to sift through after a flight to figure out what problems may need to be fixed.
The squadron began installing QRIPs on test F-35s a little more than two years ago, Malafa said, and then began considering the possibility of adding them to operational fighters.
The 59th has so far added QRIP to 19 operational Air Force F-35As, beginning in March 2022, and more are on the way. These F-35s are in a variety of locations, though Malafa would not specify where, and some have taken part in exercises outside of the continental U.S.
Having the QRIP loaded on operational F-35s flying real-world missions will allow the Air Force to collect a greater variety of flight data that it wouldn’t get in a test environment, Malafa said.
“They’re flying in Alaska where there’s mountains, [and in other] different types on environments and collecting that kind of data,” Malafa said of the operational F-35s.
Right now, QRIP is not on any other aircraft but Malafa said the squadron wants to put it on F-22s next — first test Raptors next year, and eventually moving to operational F-22s. An F-22-mounted QRIP is “well down the development pipeline” and being tested, he said.
The next step will be working with F-22 maker Lockheed Martin to figure out the best way to integrate QRIP into the F-22, although Malafa couldn’t say when it might be integrated into the F-22.
The squadron is also working on a QRIP for F-16s and A-10s, he said. F-15s already collect enough data, he said, but might need a new system to manage the information. And Malafa said his squadron is looking at how to get these devices into MQ-9 Reapers and bombers such as the B-52 Stratofortress.
And as the Air Force moves forward with its B-21 Raider, Next Generation Air Dominance family of fighter systems and drone wingmen known as collaborative combat aircraft, Malafa said it will be important for the Air Force to “bake in” this kind of data collection capability from the start. That way, the service won’t have to go back years later and retrofit them with technology like QRIP.
The flight data QRIP collects will help improve the mission data files the F-35 uses to understand its environment and know what threats to search for, Malafa said. It will also allow the Air Force to find and fix bugs in the software, collect information that intelligence offices could use, and help maintainers find or predict where the F-35 needs to be fixed.
And if something goes wrong with a fighter down the line, the pool of data collected by QRIP over the years could help the Air Force go back and try to find early warning signs of the problem.
Malafa said the Air Force wants to work with companies that provide artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to develop tool sets that could let it better use the data collected by QRIP.
“One of the things we’re looking at doing [with QRIP-collected data] is that predictive maintenance,” Malafa said. “If you can get ahead of the ballgame on that, that’s a game-changer.” (Source: C4ISR Networks)
22 Nov 22. Fugro joins forces with Carbonix to develop remote aerial operations. Dutch survey and geodata specialist Fugro is partnering with Sydney drone manufacturer Carbonix to establish a new long-range drone capability. It is Fugro’s first partnership working towards long-range Beyond Visual Line of Sight missions (BVLoS), bolstering Fugro’s existing Geographic Information System (GIS) capability. Carbonix will supply Volanti and Ottano vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drones over the next 27 months, to further enhance Fugro’s remote operations.
Fugro is a world leader in the transition to remote and autonomous operations with a global network of 9 remote operation centres (ROCs). From there Fugro operates boats and remotely operated vehicles remotely and provides survey, inspection and piloting services to the maritime industry across the world. Carbonix will support Fugro’s Australian long-range maritime and land projects from the sky, using state-of-the-art aerial surveying and data capture technology, while integrating with Fugro’s ROCs for the joint development of systems technology and capabilities.
“Carbonix has the vision to become a leader in long-range aerial data acquisition solutions enabling our business partners to become more effective in serving their customers. The partnership with Fugro will allow both our companies to align in enhancing their existing capabilities and market opportunities. It’s exciting to see how our vision aligns with our industry partner’s investments, their resources, and the future of their capability”, said Philip van der Burg, CEO Carbonix.
“As Fugro continues to expand its remote operations capabilities into the Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) sector, the Carbonix partnership helps to ensure we continue to offer our clients the latest technology available. The RPA advancements provided by Carbonix combined with Fugro’s remote operations infrastructure and expertise create the ideal habitat to progress BVLoS operations in Australia”, according to Paul Mullins, Director of Remote Operations APAC / IRM Operations Manager Fugro.
(Source: Rumour Control)
18 Nov 22. ePropelled Resolves Patent Dispute with Exro Technologies Inc.
ePropelled Inc., a leader in magnetics engineering and owner of its patented Dynamic Torque Switching (eDTS) technology for electric powertrain systems, is pleased to announce that it has resolved its dispute relating to the patent infringement lawsuit that ePropelled filed against Exro in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
The parties agree that Exro’s products as currently offered do not infringe upon any claim of ePropelled’s U.S. Patent No. 7,382,103 (“the ‘103 patent”). The parties have stipulated to the dismissal of the lawsuit. The parties have also stipulated to the dismissal of the defamation suit Exro filed against ePropelled in the Superior Court of Massachusetts, and the parties have filed a motion to withdraw the Petition for Inter Partes Review Exro had filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office challenging the validity of the ‘103 patent.
Importantly, Exro also agreed not to make or commercialize products capable of driving a permanent magnet brushless motor having three or more winding sections per phase and capable of operating in a configuration having a combination of series and parallel windings (i.e. a hybrid phase) in any country in which ePropelled maintains its patents.
“Through discovery in the litigation, ePropelled gained the assurances it needed that Exro’s current offerings were not infringing ePropelled’s valuable ‘103 patent on its Dynamic Torque Switching (eDTS) technology and Exro stipulated it would not infringe ePropelled’s international DTS Patent Portfolio before the patents expire. With these assurances, ePropelled is happy the matters between the parties are resolved to ePropelled’s satisfaction,” said Nick Grewal, ePropelled’s CEO.
ePropelled designs state-of-the-art motors, generators and power management systems. Our technology helps reduce energy consumption and improve system efficiency at a lower cost in the aerospace, manned and unmanned aerial vehicles, electric vehicles and pump motor markets. We are a leader in magnetics engineering, and our patented technology innovations are used in the air, land, and water, defining the future of electric propulsion.
ePropelled has offices in the United States, Europe, and India and collaborates with manufacturers of all types and sizes around the world. For more information, please visit epropelled.com. (Source: PR Newswire)
21 Nov 22. New quantum tool developed in groundbreaking experimental achievement. For the first time in experimental history, researchers at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) have created a device that generates twisted neutrons with well-defined orbital angular momentum. Previously considered an impossibility, this groundbreaking scientific accomplishment provides a brand new avenue for researchers to study the development of next-generation quantum materials with applications ranging from quantum computing to identifying and solving new problems in fundamental physics.
“Neutrons are a powerful probe for the characterization of emerging quantum materials because they have several unique features,” said Dr. Dusan Sarenac, research associate with IQC and technical lead, Transformative Quantum Technologies at the University of Waterloo. “They have nanometer-sized wavelengths, electrical neutrality, and a relatively large mass. These features mean neutrons can pass through materials that X-rays and light cannot.”
While methods for the experimental production and analysis of orbital angular momentum in photons and electrons are well-studied, a device design using neutrons has never been demonstrated until now. Because of their distinct characteristics, the researchers had to construct new devices and create novel methods for working with neutrons.
In their experiments, Dr. Dmitry Pushin, IQC and Department of Physics and Astronomy faculty member at Waterloo, and his team constructed microscopic fork-like silicon grating structures. These devices are so minuscule that in an area of only 0.5 cm by 0.5 cm, there are over six m individual fork dislocation phase-gratings. As a beam of single neutrons passes through this device, the individual neutrons begin winding in a corkscrew pattern. After travelling 19 meters, an image of the neutrons was captured using a special neutron camera. The group observed that every neutron had expanded to a 10 cm wide donut-like signature.
The donut pattern of the propagated neutrons indicates that they have been put in a special helical state and that the group’s grating devices have generated neutron beams with quantized orbital angular momentum, the first experimental achievement of its kind.
“Neutrons have been popular in the experimental verification of fundamental physics, using the three easily accessible degrees of freedom: spin, path and energy,” Pushin said. “In these experiments, our group has enabled the use of orbital angular momentum in neutron beams, which will essentially provide an additional quantized degree of freedom. In doing so, we are developing a toolbox to characterize and examine complicated materials needed for the next generation of quantum devices such as quantum simulators and quantum computers.”
The paper Experimental realization of neutron helical waves by Sarenac, Pushin and collaborators from the University of Waterloo, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory was recently published in the journal Science Advances. The research was funded through TQT, which is a Canada First Research Excellence Fund Initiative. Experimental devices were created in the Quantum Nano Fabrication and Characterization Facility at the University of Waterloo.
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