$133 Million Anti-Ballistic Missile Sale to Japan

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 Washington (CNN)  – The Trump administration notified Congress on Tuesday that it has approved the potential sale of SM-3 anti-ballistic missiles to Japan in a deal estimated to be worth $133.3 million, according to a State Department statement.

 Included in the sale are four Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missiles, four MK 29 missile canisters, and other technical, engineering and logistics support services.

The SM-3 Block IIA is an anti-ballistic missile that can be employed on Aegis-class destroyers or on land, via the Aegis Ashore program, according to a State Department official.

“If concluded, this proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security interests of the United States by enhancing Japan’s Maritime Self Defense Force’s … ability to defend Japan and the Western Pacific from ballistic missile threats,” the official said.

The sale would also “follow through on President (Donald) Trump’s commitment to provide additional defensive capabilities to treaty allies” threatened by North Korea’s “provocative behavior,” the official added.

Throughout 2017, North Korea has conducted a series of ballistic missile tests despite constant criticism from the West and trade sanctions.

The most provocative moment came November 29, when North Korea said it successfully tested a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile, topped with a “super-large heavy warhead” which it said was capable of striking the US mainland.

Last month, Japan’s cabinet approved a plan to buy two US-built Aegis missile defense systems, state broadcaster NHK reported, as the country faces increasing hostility from neighboring North Korea.

Russia slams US plan to sell anti-missile system to Japan
Russia accused the US of violating an arms control treaty by agreeing to supply anti-missile systems to Japan.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the deal with Japan was part of a bigger plan by the US for a “global anti-missile system.”

Zakharova claimed they were in breach of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, an arms control agreement between Moscow and Washington that has been in force for 30 years.

“We need to bear in mind that all these systems have universal missile launchers that can use all types of missiles. It means another violation of the INF treaty and we see that Japan is an accomplice in this matter,” she said.

The US rejected the accusation. “The United States is in full compliance with the INF Treaty. Russian claims to the contrary are false and meant to deflect attention from Russia’s own very clear violations,” a spokesman for the US State Department told CNN at the time.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis spoke with Japan Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera on Monday to discuss a range of US-Japan alliance matters and reaffirmed US commitments to the defense of Japan — pledging to work closely with his Japanese counterpart to bolster critical alliance capabilities.  (content credit: by Zachary Cohen and Ryan Browne, CNN, 1/9/2018)

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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.

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All you need to know about frequencies on which drones operate

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As described in Wikipedia, FPV (First-person View) is also known as RPV (Remote Person View) or video piloting. It is a method used to control an RC Vehicle, from a driver’s or pilot’s point of view. The sudden spike in use of Drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles over the past few years has also increased the use of FPV’s which are most commonly used to pilot these objects.

The “Drone or UAV” is either driven or piloted by a remote from the First Person perspective that is delivered via wireless technology onto the pilot’s goggles or monitor. More complex versions of drones include a pan and tilt camera that is controlled by a gyroscope sensor in the Pilot’s goggles fitted with two onboard cameras that enable a 3D view.

Let’s take a look at the basics of Radio Frequencies:

2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz are two of the most common frequencies when you are dealing with FPV Quadcopter drones.
2.4 GHz is the common RF used by Quadcopters for connecting the ground transmitter to the drone. If you are familiar with frequencies, then you may already know that 2.4 GHz is the same frequency that wireless computer networks work in. So as anticipatable it may seem there have been several incidents reporting the loss of control over the Flying objects in dense housing areas where there are too many wireless signals.

Another problem that is associated with Quadcopters is that they interfere with their onboard systems. This is mainly because of the involvement of two transmitters – one for transferring the pilot signals to the vehicle and the other for transferring the video signals back to the pilot.

5.8 GHz is another RF used in quadcopter technologies, to avoid the entangling of frequencies in the same band. This frequency is commonly found in the DJI Phantom models. Let’s take a look at how the DJI Phantom Quadcopters avoid the most prevalent problems when dealing with radio frequencies.

Phantom 1 – This UAV operates at 2.4 GHz. If you plan on adding an FPV, then you must do it yourself and use the 5.8 GHz frequency to avoid common problems.

In case you want to use a GoPro or any other action camera with its unique wireless system, remember to turn the Wireless Option off. Otherwise, it will interfere with the aerial vehicle. Phantom FC40 – This drone uses the 5.8 GHz RF to fly because it has a separate 3.4 GHz system to transmit videos and photos to the pilot.

Phantom 2 – This drone uses the 2.4 GHz RF for the control set and thus you must use add-on kits that use 5.8 GHz frequency to transmit FPV signals.

Phantom 2 Vision and Vision+ – Both of these drones use the 5.8 GHz for control and 2.4 GHz for FPV, smartphone app connection and telemetry.

Final Verdict

Thus, if you buy a Phantom drone or any other drone without a camera, you must use an FPV device with a 5.8 GHz frequency and vice versa to get a smooth experience. It is worth noting that both the RF signals are considered LOS or Line of Sight signals, which means that they will not function if there is any barrier in between the Drone and your Remote Control. It is best to fly a drone in areas where you can see it with the naked eye. Otherwise, you might end up damaging or losing your drone altogether. (content credit:

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Manufacturing Trends: 2018 Watchlist

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Manufacturing continues to be a stalwart among U.S. industries — the industry provided more than 12 million full-time positions and represented about $6 trillion in nominal gross domestic output during the first quarter of 2017.

Yes, many sectors of U.S. manufacturing have taken their hits over the years, but by-and-large it continues to be resilient, managing through by incorporating new methods and technologies while navigating through the related challenges.

Currently, several tech-related advancements, which include the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), robotics, and 3D printing, are delivering efficiencies and new opportunities in the way manufacturers approach developing products, managing new operations, and serving customers. At the same time, manufacturers are facing emerging challenges, such as how to manage through legacy systems, finding and keeping viable workforce talent, and how to handle large volumes of data appropriately and effectively. All of these issues subsequently impact key operational areas and the effectiveness with which manufacturers can take advantage of technology trends.

So, let’s take a look at what kind of advancements and challenges manufacturers will be dealing with over the coming year(s):

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Made possible by the availability of low-cost sensors and more advanced connectivity, the IIoT continues to make great strides in manufacturing. In fact, manufacturers are expected to invest $267 billion in IIoT technologies by the year 2020.

Because the IIoT can connect devices, systems, and software across operations in a logical and efficient manner, it enables manufacturers to get all of the information they need to make decisions in real time. Its functionality can convert data into different units of measure, communicate with other machines, log stats and even manage equipment or production lines if safety or performance problems surface. IIoT functionality can also track quotas, determine predictive maintenance intervals for equipment and enable analyses of product usage that can better inform future product and service development.

Robots / Automation

While they’ve played a role in manufacturing for decades, robotics and automation will play an even more influential role in the future. In fact, the Boston Consulting Group estimates that global spending on robotics is expected to reach $67 billion by 2025, $24.4 billion of which will be in the industrial sector. This automation will help manufacturers achieve new levels of precision, productivity, and safety beyond the ability of humans, particularly in hazardous environments. And because programming industrial robots continues to become easier, especially with the incorporation of capabilities such as voice and image recognition, these robots have the capabilities to duplicate more complex human tasks with better consistency than ever before. Robots are hard at work in a wide variety of industries, from healthcare and food manufacturing to automotive and consumer goods manufacturing, working right alongside humans to execute sometimes very complex tasks with a high level of precision. Robots are especially valuable in industries that handle hazardous materials, in situations where safety is a concern, in facilities that require clean rooms (like pharmaceutical plants), and in lights-out facilities that operate 24/7.

Will robots eventually take over everyone’s manufacturing jobs? To the extent they can eliminate humdrum tasks and jobs, the answer is a qualified yes. However, they will also create new and different jobs—close to 15 million over the next decade according to Forrester Research estimates. Someone still has to program, monitor, and maintain those robots, after all.

Augmented Reality

A variety of new tools are enabling manufacturers to develop and test different scenarios related to product design, assembly line setups and the like before physical products are developed. These tools simulate the product creation phase, helping to expedite problem-solving, reduce the time to manufacturing and ensure the process delivers exactly what the manufacturer intended to create. In addition to product development, the technology is also being used for inventory tracking, worker training, and to deliver a variety of useful data that can be used to gain insight into the company’s overall operational efficiency.

3D Printing

3D printing, which can facilitate the seamless creation of products using a single machine, is also putting a stamp on manufacturing. It’s quickly being recognized as an option for manufacturers to save time and budget during the product development process — especially when it comes to making prototypes — which can reduce new product investment and help deliver those products more quickly to market. While the technology still has a way to go before it can provide much broader usage applications, meaningful implications for higher-volume production are anticipated across products ranging from toys to medical devices.

(content credit:, Oct. 2017)

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Taking Aim at Mistletoe!

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Those aren’t berries (and other weird facts) about Mistletoe.

Darlings have smooched under its verdant branches since British servants popularized the notion in the 18th century. Spurning a kiss was bad luck, after all (or so says Norse mythology). But ask Blue Ridge Community College horticulture professor Carolyn Evans about mistletoe, and she’ll tender the truth on this Christmastime classic.

Mistletoe is a leech, says Evans. A hemiparasite, the organism freeloads nutrients and water from trees. Though there are more than 1,300 species of mistletoe, particularly volatile subtypes in the genus Arceuthobium (aka dwarf mistletoe) choke out weak hosts, leaving them for dead.

What’s more, folks who sell it as seasonal garnishing are eerily tightlipped. A nursery owner in Brevard says some tree trimmers peddle mistletoe for under-the-table profit. Another vendor from Upstate South Carolina offers that her father harvests it on private property. Two sources — a Polk County agricultural leader and a Henderson County relative — reveal the way it’s sometimes harvested: shot right out of the tops of trees. (Clearly, decorating for the holidays is more of a scandalous business than previously assumed.)

Wanting to debunk mistletoe’s mystique, Bold Life asked Evans a few questions on yuletide flora.

Where does mistletoe grow?
It’s not fussy. It typically grows on oaks, hickories, pecan trees, and maples. Different species are found across the continental United States. Some have also been found in Central America, Africa, and Europe. I grew up in the eastern part of the state, and it’s more abundant there than in the mountains. Here, you might find it in Tryon or the Foothills, not so much in the higher elevations. It’s a semi-tropical plant that requires direct sunlight.

Green mistletoe close up. Nature background. Christmas plant

Horticulturalists call mistletoe a hemiparasite. Can you define this term?
Mistletoe is unique in that it can photosynthesize just as well as it can sap nutrients from its host’s vascular system. A normal parasite would not be able to make its own food. And unlike most plants, mistletoe has no root system. Instead, it has what’s called haustoria. That’s essentially a kind of vascular tissue that allows mistletoe to affix itself to its host. It’s like a fungus.

So it’s bad for the environment?
Not exactly. Birds love the fruit. A lot of people think they’re berries, but they’re called drupes. Birds eat these drupes and then they pass through their digestive system. When it comes out the other end, it’s sticky. So, the bird actually — I’m trying to be as polite as possible here — wipes itself on the tree branch. Now, the seed is stuck on the tree with a bit of fertilizer. If it’s in a good spot, it will germinate. Some people wonder, “How did it get way up there?” Well, that’s how it happens.

Have you heard of tree trimmers selling the stuff for extra cash?
No, I haven’t. But it makes sense — they’re already up there. Mistletoe is hard to find around here. To buy, at least. It’s easier to find when you start heading toward Winston Salem or the Piedmont area.

What is this about shooting mistletoe out of trees?
That’s the way we did it growing up in Rocky Mount. Friends of mine would go hiking in the woods and just shoot it down out of the trees because, well, it’s too high up there. You need to be in a rural area, of course.

And be able to take decent aim …
For certain.

(Content credit: Lauren Stepp, community section, Bold Life Magazine, December, 2017)

Molecule by molecule: How carbon capture cuts CO2 emissions

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Extracting carbon dioxide molecules from a stream of exhaust before the CO2 enters the atmosphere is easier said than done… and it’s not even that easily said.

But, carbon capture and storage (CCS), which also doesn’t roll off the tongue, has the potential to transform the way power plants reduce CO2 emissions. Using CCS technology in a 500-megawatt power plant could eliminate enough CO2 to offset the amount of greenhouse gases that hundreds of thousands of cars produce each year.

The oil and natural gas industry has used CCS for years, but a collaboration between FuelCell Energy and ExxonMobil is developing a new CCS technology that could also produce additional power while removing CO2 emissions.

Check out how carbon capture can reduce the CO2 emissions at a power plant and how that compares to emissions from the automotive and residential sectors.


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What differentiates Coaxicom from all the others?

  • Large piece part inventory in-stock and ready for assembly
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  • Quote and ship same day, if needed
  • Engineering services
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  • Proprietary designs and packaging
  • Price matching
  • US manufacturer with quality materials
  • Machinists with decades of experience
  • Specialists in hard-to-find or obsolete parts
  • Accessible and proven customer support
  • Meets MIL-PRF spec

Locating the part you need quickly is vital to production, so Coaxicom can cross most competitor’s products and supply a part equivalent easily. Coaxicom’s cable builder can aid in finding the assembly you need or design your own from any combination of in-stock compatible connectors and cables.

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Is Too Much Power a Dangerous Thing?

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RF attenuators are a universal building block within the RF design arena. Dependent upon their type, they can be designed using just resistors, they may need a switch, either mechanical or solid state, or they may use diodes to make them continuously variable over a given range.

What is an attenuator?                                                                               

As the name implies RF attenuators reduce the level of the signal, i.e. they attenuate the signal.

This attenuation may be required to protect a circuit stage from receiving a signal level that is too high. Also an attenuator may be used to provide an accurate impedance match as most fixed attenuators offer a well-defined impedance, or attenuators may be used in a variety of areas where signal levels need to be controlled.

Types of RF Attenuators:     

Attenuators can be categorized in a number of ways according to their capabilities and the technologies they use.

  • Fixed RF attenuator:   As the name implies fixed attenuators have a specific value and this cannot be changed. They may come in a variety of formats from small in-line items in a similar format to connector adaptors to those in small boxes with connectors on the ends to those incorporated within equipments.
  • Variable RF attenuators:   variable RF attenuators are normally used in applications where it is necessary to continuously vary the level of a signal. Typically they provide a continuous level change by varying an analogue voltage on the input control line. They are normally used where accuracy is not a prime requirement.

Applications Include:                                                                           

Attenuators are used in a wide variety of applications for the control and measurement of RF energy and are vital in the wireless, energy, telecommunications, broadcast, military, medical, energy and aerospace industries.

When used within its specifications, an attenuator is an indispensable component in monitoring measurement and system applications. Coaxicom supplies a variety of high-performing attenuators from SMA: VSWR 1.35:1, TNC: VSWR: 1.35:1, BNC 50 and 75 Ohms, and Type N 1.35:1 Max.

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Don’t Miss this Fascinating Story: The Little Spacecraft that Could.

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The Voyager mission was only supposed to last four years. But 40-years after the launch of Voyager 1 and 2, the spacecrafts are still sending back messages from the farthest reaches of the final frontier.

(p.s. sorry for the short commercial but it enabled us to showcase this incredible story you won’t  want to miss.)

Also for nearly 4-decades, 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 most revolutionary engineering achievements. Whether it’s supplying SMA/TNC connectors to NASA, specialized torque wrenches to Argonne National Labs, a contributor to the U.S. Navy’s Super Ship, or hand-building 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 return to the website here. Or get an instant download of the Product Reference Sheet.

(Produced by Andy Court. Associate producers, Evie Salomon, Sarah Fitzpatrick and Alex J. Diamond© 2017 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.)

Integrated circuits printed directly onto fabric for the first time

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Your future smartphone may be woven into your machine-washable clothes.

A sample integrated circuit printed on fabric. (credit: Felice Torrisi)

Researchers at the University of Cambridge, working with colleagues in Italy and China, have incorporated washable, stretchable, and breathable integrated electronic circuits into fabric for the first time — opening up new possibilities for smart textiles and wearable textile electronic devices.

The circuits were made with safe, and environmentally friendly inks, and printed using conventional inkjet-printing techniques.

The new method directly prints graphene inks and other two-dimensional materials on fabric to produce integrated electronic circuits that are comfortable to wear and can survive up to 20 cycles in a typical washing machine. The technology opens up new applications of smart fabrics ranging from personal health to wearable computing, military garments, fashion, and wearable energy harvesting and storage.

Final step in fabrication of an inkjet-printed field effect transistor (FET) heterostructure on textile. (Right) Side-view schematic and photo. (credit for images: Tian Carey et al./Nature Communications; composite: KurzweilAI)

Based on earlier work on the formulation of graphene inks for printed electronics, the team designed new low-boiling-point inks, allowing them to be directly printed onto polyester fabric. They also found that roughness of the fabric improved the performance of the printed devices. The versatility of this process also allowed the researchers to design all-printed integrated electronic circuits combining active and passive components.

Non-toxic, flexible, low-power, scalable

Most wearable electronic devices that are currently available rely on rigid electronic components mounted on plastic, rubber or textiles. These have limited compatibility with the skin, are damaged when washed, and are uncomfortable to wear because they are not breathable.

“Other inks for printed electronics normally require toxic solvents and are not suitable to be worn, whereas our inks are both cheap, safe and environmentally friendly, and can be combined to create electronic circuits by simply printing different two-dimensional materials on the fabric,” said Felice Torrisi, PhD, of the Cambridge Graphene Centre, senior author of a paper describing the research in the open-access journal Nature Communications.

The process is scalable and according to the researchers, there are no fundamental obstacles to the technological development of wearable electronic devices — both in terms of their complexity and performance. The printed components are flexible, washable, and require low power — essential requirements for applications in wearable electronics.

The teams at the Cambridge Graphene Centre and Politecnico di Milano are also involved in the Graphene Flagship, an EC-funded, pan-European project dedicated to bringing graphene and GRM technologies to commercial applications.

The research was supported by grants from the Graphene Flagship, the European Research Council’s Synergy Grant, The Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, The Newton Trust, the International Research Fellowship of the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the Ministry of Science and Technology of China. The technology is being commercialized by Cambridge Enterprise, the University’s commercialization arm.

Abstract of Fully inkjet-printed two-dimensional material field-effect heterojunctions for wearable and textile electronics

Fully printed wearable electronics based on two-dimensional (2D) material heterojunction structures also known as heterostructures, such as field-effect transistors, require robust and reproducible printed multi-layer stacks consisting of active channel, dielectric and conductive contact layers. Solution processing of graphite and other layered materials provides low-cost inks enabling printed electronic devices, for example by inkjet printing. However, the limited quality of the 2D-material inks, the complexity of the layered arrangement, and the lack of a dielectric 2D-material ink able to operate at room temperature, under strain and after several washing cycles has impeded the fabrication of electronic devices on textile with fully printed 2D heterostructures. Here we demonstrate fully inkjet-printed 2D-material active heterostructures with graphene and hexagonal-boron nitride (h-BN) inks, and use them to fabricate all inkjet-printed flexible and washable field-effect transistors on textile, reaching a field-effect mobility of ~91 cm2 V−1 s−1, at low voltage (<5 V). This enables fully inkjet-printed electronic circuits, such as reprogrammable volatile memory cells, complementary inverters and OR logic gates.  (content credit: