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Teledyne FLIR Defense, part of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated, has announced the launch of an innovative and first-of-its-kind small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) payload that can be used to provide NATO Standard laser target designation for laser-guided weapons. The Teledyne FLIR StormCaster™-DX is an advanced, multi-role laser designator payload built especially for use on the FLIR R80D SkyRaider™ UAS platform. StormCaster-DX is uniquely designed to manage target areas using a Laser Spot Tracker while affecting the terminal guidance of laser guided munitions. Until now, this capability was only possible with larger UAS platforms or ground-based systems. Potential applications for the technology range from manned or unmanned air strikes to precision-guided mortars, naval gunfire, or air-launched effects. “StormCaster-DX is an absolute gamechanger for small unit operations and represents a significant force multiplier,” said Dr. JihFen Lei, executive vice president and general manager of Teledyne FLIR Defense. “For the first time, warfighters will be able to survey and manage the battlefield while performing laser designation with standoff from a rucksack-portable drone, allowing faster decision-making and targeting that help ensure mission success.

At the ISMRM 2022 conference, Bruker announced the launch of innovative 7 Tesla and 9.4 Tesla conduction-cooled Maxwell magnets for its market-leading preclinical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems portfolio. Following the success of its BioSpec Maxwell 3 Teslamodel, the new range of Maxwell 7 Tesla and 9.4 Tesla magnets eliminates the need for liquid helium or nitrogen refills, while offering high-field sensitivity and resolution for advanced preclinical MRI and PET/MR research. The new BioSpec Maxwell MRI portfolio incorporates high-performance technology into easy to use systems for a range of preclinical applications, with simplified siting, installation and maintenance, as typically no building modifications are necessary. The systems offer a small-footprint and low maintenance that combines touchscreen ease of use with full MR imaging flexibility.

G-tec wraps up Calvados UXO ID and clearance campaign

G-tec has completed the UXO detection and clearance campaign at the Calvados offshore wind farm in France, covering an area of more than 2,200 kilometers. After cross-evaluation of the multi-sensor datasets, combined with historical and site data, the number of anomalies was reduced to few UXO-like targets during a collaborative iterative process by a joint team of experts from the client, G-tec and its Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) partner Geomines. The UXO-like targets were then visually inspected by an ROV spread and identified by the EOD experts aboard. The campaign resulted in the identification of three actual UXOs, which were reported to the French authorities for safe disposal. Calvados is being developed by Éolien Maritime France (EMF) and wpd. EMF is a joint venture between EDF Renewables, Enbridge, and CPP Investments. MMT SWEDEN AB was appointed in August 2021 to carry out the UXO survey along the project’s export cable route. First, a geophysical survey was conducted from the survey vessel Geofocus, and this included seabed mapping using a Multibeam Echosounder and Side Scan Sonar, as well as UXO detection using the MagWing 6.8 gradiometer frame.

Thermo Fisher Scientific today launched a new collection of qPCR biopharma offerings to help accelerate drug development to meet a growing demand for novel biologics. The QualTrak comprehensive suite of qPCR tools is comprised of a premium selection of trusted Applied Biosystems solutions, including QuantStudio 6 and 7 Pro Real-Time PCR Systems* and TaqMan and TaqPath master mixes and assays, to consistently and accurately support the biopharma industry from discovery to post-approval manufacturing. "PCR-based technologies play an integral role across all phases of drug development, and biopharmaceutical developers and manufacturers need reliable tools to help them avoid wasting precious time and resources repeating and revalidating steps," said Santhosh Nair, vice president and general manager of qPCR at Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Nocturne Drones, one of the world's leading providers of drone shows, is presenting a new special unit for drone defense – Nocturne Drone Defense Systems – in cooperation with San Francisco-based Dedrone. A business unit of the German company Technology Arts, Nocturne Drones specializes in unique drone shows for customers such as E.ON, Xbox and the state of Saxony-Anhalt on the Day of German Unity. Nocturne Drones recently broke a Guinness World Record for the most consecutive formations of drones. The company chose Dedrone to expand its portfolio and protect shows around the world from unauthorized drones. "Safety is our top priority. Since we often work in sensitive areas, it is our aim to make our shows even safer and to offer our customers complete protection against drones from a single source. In view of the ever-increasing danger posed by drones at events we chose to partner with Dedrone, the world's leading provider of airspace security," explained Jens Hillenkötter, Managing Director of Nocturne Drones and world-renowned designer and producer of multimedia shows.

Battelle is the latest organization to battle per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals, using supercritical water oxidation technology to fight the contaminants. And its solution may have the boldest name yet: the PFAS Annihilator. PFAS, or so-called forever chemicals, persist in the environment. They’ve been found in water, air, fish, and soil at locations around the globe and linked to harmful health effects in humans and animals. But Battelle says its technology will make it difficult to keep calling them “forever” chemicals, says Amy Dindal, PFAS program manager for Battelle, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. “The end product is inert salts and PFAS-free water,” Dindal says, summing up the results of a recent pilot demonstration project at a wastewater treatment facility in Michigan. There, a mobile Annihilator was used to “safely and completely destroy” PFAS in contaminated water at a plant operated by Heritage-Crystal Clean.

908 Devices and CPI have formed a collaboration to develop cell culture media that will be optimized to allow for improved process control. 908 Devices, a US-based company specializing in chemical and biomolecular analytical devices, has formed a collaboration with CPI to optimize mammalian cell-culture media and feeding strategies. The aim of the project is to improve growth, protein titer, and protein quality attributes. Under the agreement, CPI researchers will employ 908 Devices’ REBEL desktop analytical device for at-line cell-culture media analysis, which will help to identify and subsequently control key process parameters in bioprocessing workflows, the companies stated in an April 21, 2022, press release. Currently, 908 Devices and CPI scientists are implementing at-line media analysis for a Chinese hamster ovary cell line expressing a monoclonal antibody in small-volume cell culture bioreactor systems through to process scale-up. The scientists are monitoring nutrient levels critical to process stability and product quality and are ultimately controlling outcomes through the design of media formulations and the implementation of optimized feeding strategies, according to the release.

Silent Sentinel will provide a unique multi-sensor electro-optical platform for Rheinmetall Canada’s Mission Master SP A-UGV as part of the UK MoD’s Robotic Platoon Vehicles (RPV) programme. Silent Sentinel will be equipping the Mission Master SP with a range of sensors, some of which have been designed specifically for this contract. The bespoke sensor system will provide the Mission Master SP with threat detection, recognition, and identification at long ranges and in all weather and lighting conditions. The contract forms part of an order placed by the British Army for the final phase of the RPV programme, known as Spiral 3. The RPV programme will determine the extent to which uncrewed vehicles can boost the combat effectiveness and capabilities of dismounted troops at the platoon level. The UK first procured four Mission Master vehicles in 2020, under the Spiral 1 project, followed by another deal in February 2021 to procure four more vehicles under Spiral 2. According to Shephard Defence Insight, the Mission Master is an eight-wheeled UGV which can be used for battlefield surveillance, CBRN detection, cargo transport and medical evacuation.