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Air Electro Has Solutions for the Growing Autonomous Vehicles Industry

In this new decade, many major automotive manufacturers and technology companies are testing autonomous/self-driving vehicles. There are in fact currently 65 companies conducting these tests. Some of these companies Tesla (obviously), General Motors, Google, Apple, and Ford. Only one of those companies currently has attained a permit for fully driverless testing on California public roads
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Increased In-Flight Connectivity Drives Demand for Lightweight Connector Products

Air travelers and crew increasingly rely on in-flight connectivity. An expanding array of advanced products and design strategies gives airlines options for how to deliver both in-flight entertainment and critical communications. Over the five-year period spanning 2018 to 2023, in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems are projected to grow from an estimated value of $5 billion to
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On This Day In Aviation History: The Space Shuttle Columbia Blasts Off for Catastrophe

16 January 2003, 15:39:00 UTC, T minus Zero: Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-107) lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida. Columbia (OV-102) was America’s first space shuttle. This would be her final flight. 81.7 seconds after launch, Columbia was at approximately 66,000 feet (20,100 meters) altitude and 12.5 miles (20.1 kilometers) downrange, accelerating
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ISO Announces First Drone Safety Standards

The ISO has announced a set of international standards covering quality, safety, security and etiquette for the operation of commercial drones. The standards have been produced by the International Organization for Standardisation (ISO) after a year-long consultation with drone operators, academics and businesses. The ISO said the standards, which are the first in a series
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Embattled Boeing is Faced With New Crisis with Iran Plane Crash

As investigators scramble to work out what caused a Boeing 737-800 to crash early Wednesday, the embattled plane maker is grappling with another catastrophe as it continues to reel from its 737 Max crisis. The Ukraine-bound 737-800 crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran’s main international airport, killing all 176 onboard the plane. Early reports from
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Science Coming in 2020

Welcome to 2020! Other than being a numerically auspicious date that stands at the gateway of a fresh new decade, the year 2020 will probably be like any other year: Full of confusing and depressing events that will make you wish Earth had some sort of eject button. But, statistically speaking, there must be some
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NASA’s X-59 Quiet Supersonic Research Aircraft Cleared for Final Assembly

NASA’s experimental X-59 jet, which could make supersonic commercial travel a reality, has been cleared for final assembly. The X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft, designed by Lockheed Martin, could take its first flight as soon as 2021. This is NASA’s first large-scale, piloted x-plane (or experimental aircraft) in more than three decades, and its goal is to reduce the
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Eaton Acquisition of Souriau Connection Technologies Now Complete

Big news to close out 2019 and the decade with… Power management company plc (NYSE:ETN) announced it has completed the acquisition of the business of TransDigm Group Incorporated for $920 million. Headquartered in Versailles, France, Souriau-Sunbank is a global leader in highly engineered electrical interconnect solutions for harsh environments for customers in the aerospace, defense,
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Product Highlight: Radiall Fiber-Optic Connectors

Radiall is widely recognized as a leading and innovative manufacturer of multipin and modular connectors designed for the Aerospace and Defense markets. Air Electro offers full value-added capabilities on Radiall’s ARINC 404 and ARINC 600 product, in addition to stocking to modular EPX connectors. We maintain a vast inventory on all Radiall ARINC and EPX
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This Day In Aviation: The Legendary SR-71 Blackbird Takes First Flight

22 December 1964: Lockheed test pilot Robert J. “Bob” Gilliland made a solo first flight of the first SR-71A, 61-7950, at Air Force Plant 42, Palmdale, California. The “Blackbird” flew higher than 45,000 feet (13,716 meters) and more than 1,000 miles per hour (1,609 kilometers per hour) before landing at Edwards Air Force Base, 22
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This Day In Aviation: Apollo 17 Splashed Down

19 December 1972: At 2:25 p.m. EST—12 days, 13 hours, 51 minutes, 59 seconds after departing the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida—the Apollo 17 command module America (CM-112) returned to Earth, splashing down in the South Pacific Ocean, approximately 350 miles (563 kilometers) southeast of Samoa. The three 83 foot, 6 inch diameter (25.451 meters) ring sail main parachutes had deployed
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Product Highlight: Glenair As80549 Backshells & Accessories

As a franchised stocking distributor for Glenair, Air Electro offers a comprehensive selection of Mil-Spec and commercial backshells; from wire bundle strain reliefs, backshells, dummy stowage receptacles and protective covers, to advanced electromagnetic shielding and termination systems, extender backshells, pipe thread adapters, shorting caps, and cable sealing backshells. Glenair produces literally hundreds of thousands of
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Product Highlight: Radiall Multiport Connectors

Radiall is widely recognized as a leading and innovative manufacturer of multipin and modular connectors designed for the Aerospace and Defense markets. Multi-port connectors consist of multiple coaxial contacts of the same interface integrated into a single connector module. Coaxial contacts are carefully designed to provide low insertion force, blind mating and high reliability. Multiport
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Automation Connectors: How Automation Is Changing the Outlook of the Industry

Did you know that almost every product you’ve touched today was likely the result of an automated manufacturing process? A milk carton, a tube of toothpaste, your car, your computer: all of these items are now typically produced through a largely automated system. We’re currently in the midst of a digital transformation, and many manufacturers
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As the Skywalker Saga Wraps Up, Disney Launches Most Ambitious Star Wars Project Ever

Resistance base, Batuu, Outer Rim (aka Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Hollywood Studios, Orlando, Florida) — Whatever your sympathies to the rebellion or your level of Star Wars acumen, you’re rebel scum now. That’s your fate once you enter the most ambitious interactive attraction in Disney theme park history — Rise of the Resistance — which
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Product Highlight: Glenair Opto Electronic Products

Beginning in 2012 Air Electro teamed up with Glenair to be their first distributor to sell Glenair’s cutting edge optoelectronic product. Optoelectronics (also referred to as photonics) are various forms of optical transceivers/receiver assemblies, copper-to-fiber media converters, “active” connectors and cables and other devices used to convert digital electrical signals in electronic equipment into optical
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‘America’s Greatest Secret’ Now on Display at Ronald Reagan Library

A warplane whose existence was kept secret for nearly a decade now looms outside the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum in Simi Valley for all to see. On Saturday morning, the library’s new F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter exhibit kicked off with a short ceremony while the annual Reagan National Defense Forum carried on indoors. A ribbon-cutting preceded the midday
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Product Highlight: Ground Blocks, Terminal and Junction Models

Ground blocks and terminal and junction modules are used for grounding and wiring integration devices for commercial and military aircraft. Typical applications are lighting in the aircraft, IFE and galley. The ground blocks bodies are made from an aluminum alloy and terminal modules from polyphenylene sulfide. They meet the electrical, mechanical and environmental performance criteria
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Product Highlight: Radiall Quickmate Connectors

Quickmate Connectors Quickmate, a range of quick mating connectors were developed for the ease of wiring in cable—to—cable and PCB—to—cable applications. These connectors have unique slide lock system that features one finger mating—in a snap (Radiall Touch). Quickmate connectors offer designed cost-effective solutions for any industry. Applicable industries: Aerospace, Defense, Industrial, Medical, Space, Telecom, Test
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Thanksgiving In Space – How Astronauts Aboard the ISS Dine

Thanksgiving at the International Space Station Astronauts aboard the International Space Station plan on getting creative with their Thanksgiving meal in orbit. To commemorate Thanksgiving this year, the astronauts on board the International Space Station shared a video of themselves discussing the holiday and what it means to them. But they couldn’t talk about Thanksgiving without at least mentioning
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Product Highlight: Accessories and Backshells

As a franchised stocking distributor for Glenair, Air Electro offers a comprehensive selection of Mil-Spec and commercial backshells; from wire bundle strain reliefs, backshells, dummy stowage receptacles and protective covers, to advanced electromagnetic shielding and termination systems, extender backshells, pipe thread adapters, shorting caps, and cable sealing backshells. Glenair produces hundreds of thousands of different
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Tesla Unveils New Cybetruck; Pre-Sale Exceeds 200k Orders in First 72 Hours

Los Angeles, CA –  On 21 November, Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the long-awaited electric pickup truck at Tesla’s design studio in Hawthorne, Los Angeles, California. When the truck initially drove onto the stage, many in the crowd clearly couldn’t believe that this was actually the vehicle they’d come to see. The Cybertruck looks like
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Product Highlight: Contacts

Air Electro has been a leading specialist in military and commercial style contacts since opening our doors in 1952. We have some of the most experienced contact specialists in the military/aerospace industry and pride ourselves on being the largest franchised stocking distributor for Tri-Star Electronics since 1986. Our contact capabilities range from QPL Mil-Spec products
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Space Tech Expo Europe 2019

In its third year, Space Tech Expo Europe is the continent’s major dedicated supply-chain and engineering event for manufacturing, design, test and engineering services for spacecraft, subsystems and space-qualified components. The exhibition and conference draw attendance from thousands of industry leaders, decision-makers, engineers, specifiers and buyers to meet manufacturers across the supply chain for civil,
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Product Highlight: Radiall Waterproof RF Connectors

Radiall Waterproof RF Connectors Waterproof connectors are designed with specific sealing O-rings to prevent water ingress. They are suitable for use in outdoor and harsh environments, including, wireless telecom antennas, radio equipment, tactical radios and outdoor sensors. Waterproof connectors are sometimes referred to as watertight and are available in 2 main categories: panel sealed only
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Report Claims NASA Unnecessarily Favored Boeing Over SpaceX

A report found that NASA paid Boeing almost $300 million above the prices fixed by the Commercial Crew Program (CCP) contract. The money was meant as a compensation for “additional flexibilities” to accelerate the production of the Starliner capsule. The space agency’s inspector general deemed compensation as unnecessary. In its final report on the “Management
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Custom Products – Cylindrical Connectors with PC Tail Contacts

Cylindrical Connectors with PC Tail Contacts For applications where size, weight, and electrical performance are of paramount importance, connectors designed to mount directly to PC boards offer clear advantages over traditional “crimp and poke” contact terminations. Air Electro combines expertise in mil-spec I/O connectors and decades of experience designing and building custom PC tail contacts
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Product Highlights: Rectangular Connectors

Used in rugged and harsh environments, rectangular connectors offer design flexibility and ease of use as their advantage over other connector shapes. Air Electro is an authorized stocking distributor for Positronic, Souriau, Radiall, Amphenol, Glenair, TE Connectivity Deutsch and ADI Electronics as far as rectangular connectors go. Rectangular connectors are most often used industrial automation,
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Large Orders Coming In for Connectors for the Honeywell F-15 GPS/INS Upgrades

Los Angeles, CA – Air Electro has won a large electrical connector order from TTM Technologies for the Honeywell F-15 Embedded GPS/INS upgrades this week.  The order, which is scheduled to ship in 2020, is one of the largest for this program so far. The Honeywell F-15 Embedded GPS/INS Upgrade provides advanced performance navigation and
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Product Highlight: Radiall Rack and Panel Connectors

Rack and Panel Connectors Radiall’s Rack and Panel connectors are used in both military and commercial applications and represent the world’s leading range of products. This connector series is cost-effective, high—speed, as well as RoHS compliant. Line Replaceable Module (LRM) is the newest technology connector series offering the high—speed and cost-effective solutions featuring the EPX
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Product Highlight: D-Sub Connectors

D Sub connectors, also known as D Subminiature or D type connectors are small, lightweight connectors that are ideally suited for military equipment, industrial instrumentation, ground support devices and computer equipment. They can also be found in consumer electronics, telecommunications systems, medical equipment and local area networks (LANs). D Subminiature connectors are available in a
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Custom Products – Connectors w/ Integrated Backshells

Connectors with Integrated Backshells For connector applications where weight reduction and increased shell-to-shell conductivity are paramount, turn to Air Electro’s line of connectors with integrated cable management features. Cable clamps, banding porches, shrink boot adaptors, and other widely used backshell configurations are integrated directly into the connector in lieu of accessory threads and user-installed accessories.
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Product Highlights: Radiall Modular Connectors

Radiall Modular Connectors Air Electro is a leading distributor for Radiall’s modular connectors. EPX (EN4644), QM, and HDQX series are commonly used in various civil aviation applications and are the market’s go-to products because of the high density, lightweight benefits, and rapid installation. QM and EPX (EN4644) connectors offer plenty of modularity and flexibility with
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Glenair Mighty Mouse Connectors – All You Need to Know!

Glenair’s Mighty Mouse connectors are the industry standard for reduced size and weight applications. At half the weight and size of the regular D38999 connector, the Mighty Mouse series makes it a perfect choice where weight and space constraints are of critical design importance. Comparing the two series, the Mighty Mouse connectors have: Higher contact
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Custom Products – Manufacturing

Manufacturing With over 60 years of experience in the Mil/Aero Connector Industry, Air Electro has evolved into an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of custom connectors and contacts. Air Electro’s expertise in cylindrical and rectangular connectors with printed circuit contacts makes us the company of choice for custom applications. These products are available
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