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Mr. Spock Explains Pi….Fascinating!

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HAPPY PI  DAY 2018 EVERYONE!

Pi Day and Pi Approximation Day are two unofficial holidays held to celebrate the mathematical constant π (pi).  Scroll for video.

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14, or in the month/day date format as 3/14; since 3, 1 and 4 are the three most significant digits of pi. March 14 is also the birthday of Albert Einstein so the two events are sometimes celebrated together.

Pi Day is observed on March 14, because of the Ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes’ first rough approximation of pi as being 3.14. (A few years later, Archimedes was able to calculate a much better approximation of pi.) However, 22/7 is actually a closer approximation of pi than 3.14 is. Thus, a more “accurate” Pi Day could be found in the more common calendar, 22/7, or July 22.

Sometimes the so-called Pi Minute is also commemorated. This one occurs twice on March 14 at 1:59 a.m., and 1:59 p.m. If pi is truncated to seven decimal places, it becomes 3.1415926, making the Pi Second occur on March 14 at 1:59:26 a.m. (or 1:59:26 p.m.). If a 24-hour clock is used, the Pi Second occurs just once yearly, on March 14 (3/14) at 1:59:26 in the morning.

There is a large variety of ways of celebrating Pi Day and most of them include eating pie and discussing the relevance of pi. Pi Day is often celebrated with pies, given that pi and pie are homophones.

The first Pi Day celebration was held at the San Francisco Exploratorium in 1988, with staff and public marching around one of its circular spaces, then consuming fruit pies. The museum has since added pizza to its Pi Day menu.

The founder of Pi Day was Larry Shaw, a now-retired physicist at the Exploratorium who still helps out with the celebrations. (content credit: www.cute-calendar.com)

How will you celebrate?


[UPDATED: 3/9/2018] – STUART, FLORIDA – Coaxial Components Corp. (Coaxicom), a company dedicated to the design and manufacturing of RF and Microwave components is honored to be a “spoke in the wheel” on many of today’s engineering and research achievements.

Whether it’s working with Yale University on non-magnetic connectors, supplying SMA/TNC connectors to NASA, specialized torque wrenches to Argonne National Labs, or hand-crafting, custom cable assemblies for a mid-west university advancing healthcare with new MRI technologies.

Companies and organizations from around the globe seek Coaxicom’s parts and expertise because we’ve earned the reputation for military-grade quality, speed and innovation.

To learn more about Coaxicom or to Request a Quote email us here. Or get an instant download of the Product Reference Sheet.

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Coaxicom: A Leader in Non-Magnetic Connectors.

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Coaxial Components Components (best known as Coaxicom) offers one of the widest array of premium, non-magnetic connectors to industry giants such as NASA, Lockheed Martin, and medical device manufacturers like Medtronic.

In the past, ferromagnetic steel connectors with trace quantities of magnetic material present in the strike layers or as material impurities, causing magnetic fields of 1 milligauss or more. This level of magnetism was sufficient to impair the operation of highly-sensitive equipment.
Today, to ensure optimum non-magnetism levels and repeatability, each Coaxicom non-magnetic connector is manufactured under the most controlled process using a beryllium copper body and Tri-M3 plating.

This combination produces no detectable change in magnetic field testing. This result has been repeated, checked and verified by academics and test engineers at Yale University. This type of precision is not just desired… it is a mandate for medical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), space exploration and satellite applications.

All  personnel here are responsible for achieving and then upholding quality standards. We always ensure a high level of customer satisfaction and to maintain  commitments, productive relationships, and provide a positive environment for our staff and our customers. – Julian Andrews, Operations Manager

Coaxicom’s non-magnetic connectors are available in SMA, SSMA, MMCX, SMP, and SMB. Many of the non-magnetic pieces are available for immediate shipment and can be delivered within 24-to-48-hours. But for customers requiring unique specifications, Coaxicom works tirelessly with engineers to understand exact technical needs, performance expectations and cost parameters.

Exs. 3118-9 SMA female coaxial connector from Coaxial Components Corp. has an interface type of solder pot receptacle and a 50 Ohm impedance. Female SMA coaxial connector provides a minimum frequency of DC and a maximum frequency of 18 GHz.

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Coaxicom’s Florida manufacturing facility has been meeting tough delivery requirements while ensuring excellent quality standards since 1984 including military specifications MIL-PRF 39012, MIL-A 55339, MIL-C-83517, and MIL-STD-348 as applicable.

 

For specs, drawings or to request assistance from Coaxicom’s engineering staff, call 866-262-9426, email: Sales@Coaxicom.com or visit www.Coaxicom.com to chat online.


[UPDATE: 3/9/2018-Stuart, Florida, www.Coaxicom.com, ] Coaxicom designs and manufactures an extensive line of standard, as well as custom microwave and RF connectors all available in 50 or 75 Ohm impedance. We have proudly served Customers in industries including the US military, automotive, medical, instrumentation, aerospace, defense, telecom, wireless alternative energy and more. Coaxicom is committed to providing outstanding service, value and quality with our made in the USA RF Connectors since 1984. Coaxicom also offers world-class manufacturing capabilities necessary to deliver the quality and reliability our customers demand including Military specifications MIL-PRF 39012, MIL-A 55339, MIL-C-83517, and MIL-STD-348 as applicable. Learn more about our RF Connectors.

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Better particle accelerators with SRF technology.

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Better particle accelerators with SRF technology.

The use of superconducting radio frequency (SRF) technology is a driving force in the development of particle accelerators. Scientists from around the globe are working together to develop the newest materials and techniques to improve the quality and efficiency of the SRF cavities that are essential for this technology. (http://www.fnal.gov/)

The Debut of Coaxicom’s Updated End Launch Connectors.

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Stuart, Florida-March 3, 2018-Florida-based Coaxial Components Corp.,(Coaxicom) designs and manufactures RF and Microwave components that now includes a series of updated End Launch Connectors.

The debut of this durable line of End Launch Connectors is to meet the increasing need of engineers who are required to transition microwave energy from coaxial to planar transmission line structures; applications that mandate high-performance and resolute reliability.

With the prevalence of networking, cyber security, high-speed communications, and even 5G, The Coaxicom End Launch Connector is now a “go-to” solution that saves space, time and money.

Today, Coaxicom offers 1.85, 2.4, 2.92mm, male and female and high and low-profile versions. Other specs include an impedance of 50 Ohm, and a temperature range of -55 to +125 degrees Celsius. The beryllium copper contact is particularly well-suited for telecommunications, wireless and most digital applications. The stainless steel bodies, PEI insulators, and passivated finishes are high-performing with frequencies from 40 to 65-GHz. Gold finishes are also available upon request. 3.2 or 3.9 options can be ordered, but may require a lead time.

All RoHs compliant, the Coaxicom End Launch Connectors are low-loss and available on order by emailing orders@coaxicom.com, or calling 866-COAXICOM (262-9426). Request a data sheet for product specifications.

Founded in 1984, Coaxicom’s mission is to be an engineers’ valued resource by providing a broad array of U.S. made RF/Microwave products from connectors to cable assemblies; along with accessible engineering assistance, and next day deliveries.

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Can Origami Be The Key to Complex Air Force Needs?

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Researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory are exploring origami concepts in relation to science, physics, mathematics and engineering to create new solutions for the Air Force. 

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Origami, the art of paper folding, has captivated generations of audiences across the globe, as artists craft intricate, intriguing figures and objects by folding just a single sheet of paper.For scientists and engineers at the Air Force Research Laboratory, the prospect of using origami to create complex, multi-functional materials from a two-dimensional substrate is a highly attractive concept, with the potential to deliver engineering solutions and new applications for the Air Force.

“A decade or so ago, we started seeing some amazing origami, with artists creating things like dragons, human replicas, objects with curved surfaces and more just out of a single sheet of paper. Scientists and engineers saw this and thought, ‘wow,’ how can we leverage this in our work and attach a function to it, taking advantage of this amazing art for our needs?” said Dr. Kazuko Fuchi, a research engineer from the University of Dayton Research Institute on the AFRL team. “That’s how the excitement in origami started.”

The AFRL approach to origami differs from that of an artist, as computational mathematics, physics and engineering disciplines all play an integral role in the exploration of origami for technology applications. The greatest challenge, according to Dr. Andrew Gillman, a research scientist with UES, Inc. working at the AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, is understanding a design space that has thousands of possibilities. This is the first step towards exploiting its technological potential.

“One of the interesting things about origami is that it provides a platform for some extreme mechanical behaviors,” said Gillman. “But to simulate and model these requires the development of complex mathematical theories to understand motions. I’ve been developing mathematical algorithms to help us better understand the origami deformation process. The optimal tool would enable us to describe what we want to do and generate the ideal shape and location for fold lines.”

The potential for origami to generate unique structures simply by the folding or flattening of a two-dimensional substrate suggests numerous applications of interest to the Air Force. One of these is the morphing wing concept.

“Morphing, or adaptive structures, have been around since the Wright Brothers,” said Dr. Alex Pankonien, an aerospace research engineer at the AFRL Aerospace Systems Directorate. “The very first powered, heavier-than-air flying machine was a morphing aircraft. Movement depended upon wires bending structures. We ask, what if origami could be used to configure a wing profile in flight?  This capability could enable an aircraft to have a large wing span to travel to a field of battle, but a narrow wing for attack, all configured while in flight.”

“Since origami can enable multiple different states with a multi-point structure, we see the connection in matching origami’s multi-point structure to multi-point problems, like this aircraft wing changing shape,” he continued.

At the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Dr. Phil Buskohl and his team are also looking at mechanical and electromagnetic applications of origami for Air Force needs.

“We began exploring (origami) years ago for military needs like morphing aircraft. But since then, we’ve looked at other types of physics that are relevant, particularly those related to electro-magnetic applications such as antenna deployment or for signal filters,” said Buskohl. “For example, with filters, you can shift what frequency you block through the folding process, which is essentially a passive approach to electro-magnetic tuning. You may also be able to protect devices from mechanical insults, much like the way packaging protects an object in shipment, because you can absorb energy through different deformations of a foldable structure. Origami gives precise control of the deformation process through bending versus the stretching of the facets.”

Dr. Alexander Cook, a research scientist at UES, Inc., who also works at the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, is exploring ways to use additive manufacturing to print circuits on substrates that are subsequently folded for electromagnetic applications.

“For antennas and frequency selective surfaces, the geometry is extremely important,” Cook said. “With origami, we can take advantage of the shape and form of the facets for application needs. I can print a circuit on a flat surface and then fold it to get a three dimensional structure, which can enable different electromagnetic applications or filters depending on the way the substrate is folded.”

From a systems design perspective, this can enable fewer systems to be needed on an aircraft, as theoretically two antennas or applications can exist in a single foldable device. Origami may also enable deployable applications in diverse domains.

“Origami is also useful for space applications. Typically a large surface area is required for an application like a solar array or antenna, but it has to get into space by a launch vehicle. Origami may provide a way to fold an application to fit a launch vehicle and also provide diverse folded states of application utility once there,” said Buskohl. “We are still in the prototyping stages, with the goal of proving out these concepts. For instance, we need to understand how a folded structure can impact the performance or mechanics of an application.”

It is a challenging design space, say the researchers, but the tremendous potential of origami to generate solutions for the Air Force is worth the effort.

“What is the right way to look at origami from an engineering standpoint? What are the hard problems that we can solve using this?” said Pankonien. “We are taking something out of the art realm and merging it with mathematics, physics, mechanics and computation to design useful tools for the future.” (content credit: http://www.wpafb.af.mil, by Marisa Alia-Novobilski, Air Force Research Laboratory /February 09, 2018).

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 Coaxicom designs and manufactures an extensive line of standard, as well as custom microwave and RF connectors all available in 50 or 75 Ohm impedance. We have proudly served Customers in industries including the US military, automotive, medical, instrumentation, aerospace, defense, telecom, wireless alternative energy, networking, and security.

Coaxicom is committed to providing outstanding service, value and quality with made in the USA RF Connectors since 1984. 

Learn more about our RF Connectors. Have a question or need pricing email: Sales@Coaxicom.com.

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The Cable Assembly of your Dreams!

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Maybe saying “Cable Assembly of your dreams” is a little silly, but when you think about everything you go through to get the right cable, it can be a huge pain in the neck. You go to a website and they have the cable type you are looking for, but available in only half the length you want. So you buy a coupler and two cables. Instead of purchasing one item, you now have 3, which is something else you didn’t want to do.

What if you go to the website and they don’t have the cable you are looking for at all and you need to buy various adapters? All you are doing is affecting the performance of an overpriced and shoddily made cable!

Thankfully, you can now build your own cable assembly with Coaxicom! The cable assembly available on the Coaxicom site is the most advanced on the internet! Get the exact cable you want, in the length you want with the connectors you want. With a custom made cable assembly, there will no longer be testing multiple cables, adapting, coupling or jumping through various hoops like you may have in the past!

 

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$11.7 Million to Provide Thousands of Mobile Satellite Transceivers to Support the U.S. Army’s Blue Force

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Comtech Announces Initial $11.7 Million Order to Provide Several Thousand Mobile Satellite Transceivers to Support the U.S. Army’s Blue Force Tracking-2 Program.

MELVILLE, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– February 21, 2018– Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (Nasdaq:CMTL) announced today that during its second quarter of fiscal 2018, its Command and Control Technologies group, through its Maryland-based subsidiary, Comtech Mobile Datacom Corporation, which is part of Comtech’s Government Solutions segment, was awarded an initial $11.7 million order to immediately provide several thousand of its next generation MT-2025 Mobile Satellite Transceivers in support of the U.S. Army’s Blue Force Tracking-2 (“BFT-2”) system.

The BFT-2 system, which is part of the U.S. Army’s Joint Battle Command-Platform (JBC-P) program, provides global real-time situational awareness and networking capabilities for U.S. warfighters. The order was received pursuant to a firm fixed price contract from ADS, Inc.Manufacturing production will occur at Comtech’s high-volume technology manufacturing center which is located in Tempe, Arizona. Comtechexpects to begin shipments during the second half of its fiscal 2018. Additional orders are expected.

Comtech’s next generation MT-2025 transceiver, which is also known as the Blue Force Tracker-2 High Capacity (“BFT-2-HC”) Satellite Transceiver, meets BFT-2 protocols, provides best-in-class reliability and is fully backward compatible with the U.S. Army’s Blue-Force Tracking-1 system (“BFT-1”).

Fred Kornberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of Comtech Telecommunications Corp., said, “I am delighted that the U.S. Army has chosen us to meet their immediate operational needs. The Army has Comtech’s full commitment in supporting both the BFT-1 and BFT-2 requirements. I look forward to delivering this initial and other orders well into the future.”

Comtech currently provides sustaining support for the BFT-1 system and previously shipped over 100,000 BFT-1 mobile satellite transceivers.

The Command & Control Technologies group is a leading provider of mission-critical, highly-mobile C4ISR solutions.

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. designs, develops, produces and markets innovative products, systems and services for advanced communications solutions. The Company sells products to a diverse customer base in the global commercial and government communications markets.

Certain information in this press release contains statements that are forward-looking in nature and involve certain significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from such forward-looking information. The Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings identify many such risks and uncertainties. Any forward-looking information in this press release is qualified in its entirety by the risks and uncertainties described in such Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

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Get a Quality Cable Assembly, Made in the U.S.A.

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For years, people have been choosing inexpensive Imported connectors for their components. Though saving money comes at a price and folks have realized the cash they are saving now comes with consequences down the road. Cheaply made parts not only run the risk of breaking down easily, but the quality of the products affects how they operate as well. Noise, fuzz and interference are much more prevalent in a cable assembly that was made overseas. When lower grade copper, bad insulation and poor manufacturing practices are combined, you get a bad product.

The money that you wind up saving just goes towards the replacement of the cable a few months or a year down the road. When you choose a cable assembly that was made in the U.S.A. however, you not only get the peace of mind of getting customer service you can understand, direct from the manufacturer, but you are also getting a much higher quality cable assembly made by trained professionals.

Not only are you helping a company by buying American, you are also getting the best cables you can get! When you purchase a cable assembly from Coaxicom, you are investing in the future of your devices. By not having the noise and by having the extra durability, you will be extremely happy with the performance of the cable as well as its longevity.

Don’t skimp on the cables! Get a custom cable assembly from Coaxicom today!

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Low Frequency High Performance Attenuators from Coaxicom.

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Coaxial Components Corp. features their  DC to 4 GHz Attenuators. 

By utilizing an innovative alternative to high-cost stainless-steel production, Coaxicom’s attenuators provide a cost-effective solution for applications and in-field use within the medical, telecommunications/wireless, industrial, automotive, and aviation industries.

The low-frequency attenuator line is available in SMB, SMP and F series with an average power rating of 2 watts. The attenuators are available in reverse polarity, between series adapters, as well as 50 or 75 Ohm. These Coaxicom attenuator models are RoHS and REACH compliant and range from 1 dB up to 30 dB.

Many of the Coaxicom attenuator series are currently in-stock and available for immediate shipment. For customers requiring unique specifications, Coaxicom’s Florida manufacturing facility can meet demanding delivery requirements while ensuring excellent quality standards.

Coaxial Components Corp specializes in the manufacturing and sales of RF Connectors, Attenuators, Terminations, Adapters, Phase Adjusters and Cable Assemblies.

The company serves Customers in the aerospace, industrial, energy, transportation, national labs, network security and military sectors. All Coaxicom connectors conform to applicable Military standards, industry standards and specifications.

For more information or to order a product catalog, visit Coaxicom.com or call 866-COAXICOM (262-9426).

Coaxicom products are also available through our ever growing network of  Representatives and Authorized Stocking Distributors.

SpaceX’s first Falcon heavy flight will be immediately followed by a historic first landing attempt!

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SpaceX’s historic first Falcon Heavy flight will be immediately followed by a historic first landing attempt, too: The commercial space company headed by Elon Musk confirmed over the weekend that the test launch will also include an attempt to recover the three booster cores used by the rocket to propel it to orbit (via Space.com).

The two cores on either side of the rocket will return to LZ-1 and LZ-2, the land-based landing sites at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, and the one in the center will try to land back on “Of Course I Still Love You,” the autonomous drone barge that SpaceX uses as a floating landing pad out in the Atlantic Ocean.

View of the SpaceX Rocket Plume from Coaxicom.com in Stuart, Florida.

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy uses the equivalent of three Falcon 9 rockets in terms of engine power, providing a total max cargo capacity of around 120,000 lbs.

Trying to land all three boosters during the launch is a fittingly audacious capper to this ambitious launch, which will set the stage for SpaceX’s crewed orbital missions, and its plan to establish an orbital launch zone from which to then travel on to Mars, where it hopes to one day establish a base, eventually, maybe even a human colony.
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