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DARPA ARCOS program developing Automated Rapid Software Certification tools for Military Systems, Platforms

Military systems are increasingly using software to support functionality, new capabilities, and beyond. Before a new piece of software can be deployed within a system however, its functional safety and compliance with certain standards must be verified and ultimately receive certification. As the rapid rate of software usage continues to …

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Material platforms for Photonic integrated circuits (PIC) enable LiDAR, quantum and neuromorphic computing

To meet the growing demand for data created by 5G, the Internet of Things, and cloud and streaming video, many data centers are upgrading their networks to 400-Gbit/s optical links using photonic integrated circuit (PIC) technology. Compared with electronic integrated circuits, PICs have several advantages, including lower power consumption, much …

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LabView for test and measurement, data acquisition and motion control devices

Electronic system-level design is an electronic design methodology that is defined as “the utilization of appropriate abstractions in order to increase comprehension about a system, and to enhance the probability of a successful implementation of functionality in a cost-effective manner.”  The basic premise is to model the behavior of the …

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DARPA establish Quantum Computing Application Metrics, and Benchmarks for guiding progress of Quantum computers

Quantum computers shall bring power of massive parallel processing, equivalent of supercomputer to a single chip. They can consider different possible solutions to a problem simultaneously, quickly converge on the correct solution without check each possibility individually. This dramatically speed up certain calculations, such as number factoring.   Quantum computers …

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Satellite EMI/EMC testing standards

The space vehicles greatly vary in size from small satellites and CubeSats to vehicles such as the Mars Rover and other large launch vehicles. All of these spacecraft have electronic devices that need to operate properly in space with a very low failure rate.   Modern computers operate in a …

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Investor Business Plan is a crucial document to raise capital

Roughly one-third of startups fail because of a lack of funding. They may have brilliant ideas, but not enough financial support to survive. The financing industry is becoming very selective and competitive. Key investors will want to look at your Business Plan before providing capital.   An Investor Business Plan is …

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DARPA NOM4D for Robust on-orbit or in-Space Manufacturing by building large structures on orbit and moon

There is global space race among countries to build Moon bases, harness it’s mineral resources and helium-3, fuel for future nuclear fusion power plants. Space agencies in China, Japan, Europe, Russia, Iran , Canada and a few private companies all hope to send people to the moon by as early …

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Satellite Integration, Verification & Validation to ensure successful civil and military missions

NASA describes a spacecraft as “a vehicle or device designed for travel or operation outside the Earth’s atmosphere.” A satellite is described as “a type of spacecraft that orbits the Earth, the moon or another celestial body.” Over the past several decades of years the small satellite mission market has been …

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Modified Agile for Hardware Development (MAHD) Framework

Scrum is one of the most widely-used flavors of Agile, mostly applied to software development projects. It starts with describing the customer experience through user stories. Teams work on high-priority user stories in rapid cycles called sprints, deliver working software that is validated by users, and incorporate feedback quickly into …

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Work-breakdown structure (WBS)

A work-breakdown structure (WBS) in project management and systems engineering, is a deliverable-oriented breakdown of a project into smaller components. A work breakdown structure is a key project deliverable that organizes the team’s work into manageable sections phases, deliverables and work packages. The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK 5) defines …

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