Equipment and services market to reach $129bn in 2023 as backhaul growth hits 3%

The market for telecoms equipment and services is growing at just 1% a year, according to a forecast due out in the next few weeks.

Jimmy Yu and Stefan Pongratz of the Dell’Oro group say that the market was worth $121 billion in 2018 and will be $129 billion in 2023.

Source: Telecoms equipment, services market to reach $129bn in 2023

Air Force to deploy ground-based laser weapons in one of the first field tests of directed-energy weapons | Military & Aerospace Electronics

The 10-kilowatt High Energy Laser Weapon Systems (HELWS) are to be mounted on small ground vehicles and aimed using an interface similar to a video game controller. The prototype laser weapons are from Raytheon and use commercial electronic components like high-performance lithium-ion batteries.

Because laser weapons could fire constantly without wasting ammunition, military technology experts have theorized they could one day be useful in combatting the small, remotely operated quadcopter drones that ISIS has used.

Ground-based laser weapons also are expected to be an effective counter against swarming attack drones, a concept that a handful of countries are exploring.

Source: laser weapons ground-based unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) | Military & Aerospace Electronics

Max 737 grounding sees global seat capacity drop by 41m | Intelligent Aerospace

The MAX line of passenger aircraft proved popular with carriers because it has both greater range and fuel efficiency, as well as more seats compared to non-MAX models of the 737.

With domestic carriers expecting the MAX groundings to last through the summer, airlines will likely top $4 billion in lost revenue up to November, says

Source: boeing 737 max lost revenue for carriers | Intelligent Aerospace

NEC corporation flying car evtol flying taxi japan | Intelligent Aerospace

null editors went with a headline that read “Japan Has Built a Flying Car that Actually Works,” though NEC Corporation isn’t the first company to put an eVTOL capable of carrying people airborne.

The Japanese company did find success, however, and showed its eVTOL aircraft making its maiden flight on August 5.

Source: NEC corporation flying car evtol flying taxi japan | Intelligent Aerospace

Two AI-led inventions poke at future of patent law | Intelligent Aerospace

Aerospace and military computer experts have been utilizing hardware to utilize artificial intelligence (AI) to streamline decision making and implement automation among myriad other areas.

But what happens when you use AI to produce new hardware?

Can the AI’s “invention” be patented?

The interesting piece by Nancy Cohen for The United Kingdom, where the University of Surrey is located, requires that inventions are made by an inventor – a human being.

Similarly in the United States, a person needs to author a book or take a photo for copyright to take effect, but people have AI snapping pics and writing predicatively.

Companies no doubt would be keen to patent clever discoveries made by AI, but there will likely have to be changes made to laws for legal protections to be enacted.

Source: can artificial intelligence inventions be patented | Intelligent Aerospace

Russia unveils ambitious project to power batteries of orbiting satellites with special lasers | Military & Aerospace Electronics

Russia is developing a “space gas station” – a group of robots that will use lasers to recharge satellites in near-Earth orbit, say experts at the Alexander Mozhaysky Military Space Academy in St. Petersburg. The prototype for the planned spacecraft is a spherical object, with solar panels and photovoltaic modules.

Such a robotic structure will be fitted with batteries and a pulse charger based on a supercapacitor, capable of accumulating and transmitting electrical energy to orbiting satellites by laser.

Source: laser satellites power | Military & Aerospace Electronics

Fatal collisions are leading the U.S. Navy to replace touchscreens on ship bridges with manual controls | Military & Aerospace Electronics

The result of the investigation conducted and released recently by the National Transportation Safety Board revealed that the lack of proper training on the touchscreen interface caused the crash that killed 10 persons and 58 others in a ship.

The collision between an oil tanker and destroyer USS John McCain took place on August 2017. The investigation report states that the sailors in charge of the helm lost control that leads them to direct the ship towards the oil tanker instead of going the opposite way.

Source: collision touchscreen ship | Military & Aerospace Electronics

Army researchers eye fuel cells to provide power for infantry wearable electronics on the leading edge | Military & Aerospace Electronics

Units of forward-positioned Army soldiers may not have quick access to battery recharging, and may depend entirely on their batteries for night vision, radios, small soldier-worn sensors, portable laptops for drone control, and other combat-essential items.

This new effort focuses on creating an entirely new fuel cell over the next five years that seeks to replace hydrogen with methanol for smaller, safer, and more efficient electricity-generating fuel cells for soldiers in combat.

Source: battery recharging fuel cells power | Military & Aerospace Electronics

How 5G & the Trade War Are Ringing the Changes for Ericsson | Light Reading

The arrival of 5G and the trans-Pacific trade war are changing the vendor business.

At least that’s the experience of Ericsson, a supplier to two South Korean telcos rolling out the world’s first 5G networks.

South Korea’s early charge into 5G technology has meant the Swedish vendor has changed the way it delivers its solutions.

It is continuously upgrading its network software, a major departure from the traditional approach of “dropping two software versions a year,” said Fredrik Jejdling, Ericsson executive VP and head of business area networks.

“In order to keep up continuous improvement of the networks we do it twice per month, every second week.

Source: How 5G & the Trade War Are Ringing the Changes for Ericsson | Light Reading

New Semiconductor Paves Way for Non-Toxic Solar Cells | Design News

Solar panels have been a great benefit to the world’s interest in deriving electricity from alternative energy sources. However, one drawback to the technology is that the panels and cells themselves are created from toxic and non-environmentally friendly materials.

Engineers at Washington University in St. Louis—working with the Department of Energy (DoE)–aim to help solve this problem with a discovery that paves the way for nontoxic perovskite solar cells.

The team—led by Rohan Mishra, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and materials science in the McKelvey School of Engineering–has discovered a new semiconductor comprised of potassium, barium, tellurium, bismuth, and oxygen that could replace lead-based semiconductors used in perovskite solar cells.

Source: New Semiconductor Paves Way for Non-Toxic Solar Cells | Design News