Embedded Computing

Air Force reaches out to industry to find leading-edge technologies for possible major upgrade to AWACS aircraft

Air Force reaches out to industry to find leading-edge technologies for possible major upgrade to AWACS aircraft

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass., 13 April 2014. U.S. Air Force surveillance experts are reaching out to industry for enabling technologies that would improve the airborne moving target indication (AMTI) capabilities of the of the E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning & Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft.

DARPA researchers eye standard building blocks for RF phased array antennas to speed development and lower costs

DARPA researchers eye standard building blocks for RF phased array antennas to speed development, lower costs

ARLINGTON, Va., 13 April 2014. U.S. military researchers plan to spend more than $100 million, involve at least seven defense companies, and award at least nine separate contracts in a landmark project to speed development of electronic RF transmit and receive arrays for communications, signals intelligence (SIGINT), radar, and electronic warfare (EW).

Rugged, rad-hard 10-bit A/D converter introduced by DATEL for avionics, space, and military applications

Rugged, rad-hard 10-bit A/D converter introduced by DATEL for avionics, space, and military applications

MANSFIELD, Mass., 13 April 2014. The DATEL Business Unit of Murata Power Solutions in Mansfield, Mass., is introducing the ADS-1011 series rad-hard analog-to-digital (A/D) converters in hermetically sealed ceramic packages for aerospace and defense applications.

Garmin Team X introduces G3X Touch large flight display system

Garmin Team X introduces G3X Touch large flight display system

OLATHE, Kan., 8 April 2014. Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN) and a provider of satellite navigation solutions, announced its G3X Touch large touchscreen, glass flight display system for installation in experimental amateur-built and light sport aircraft (LSA). The non-certified G3X Touch system is designed to provide pilots easy-to-read, easy-to-use, high-resolution, 10.6-inch flight displays with split-screen functionality and advanced interface options.

Raytheon to develop hypertemporal multispectral sensor space instrument for Air Force Research Laboratory

Raytheon to develop hypertemporal multispectral sensor space instrument for Air Force Research Laboratory

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M., 6 April 2014. U.S. Air Force space surveillance experts are looking to the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in El Segundo, Calif., to blend multispectral images of the Earth taken over time to extract important reconnaissance information that otherwise might not be visible to intelligence analysts.

Navy continues effort to extend range of helicopter UAVs; asks Northrop Grumman to build five MQ-8C Fire Scouts

Navy continues effort to extend range of helicopter UAVs; asks Northrop Grumman to build five MQ-8C Fire Scouts

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 6 April 2014. Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designers at Northrop Grumman Corp. will build five long-range unmanned helicopters for operation from destroyers and other surface warships under terms of a $43.8 million U.S. Navy contract announced this past week.

Air Force initiative to keep giant C-5M Galaxy flying moves to new avionics mission computers and weather radars

Air Force initiative to keep giant C-5M Galaxy flying moves to new avionics mission computers and weather radars

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 6 April 2014. Military avionics experts at the Lockheed Martin Corp. Aeronautics segment in Marietta, Ga., will upgrade the mission computer and weather radar systems in the giant C-5M Super Galaxy cargo jet under terms of an $84.3 million contract.

Boeing’s Simpson: Commercial technologies and approaches, hosted payloads can reduce cost of access to space

Boeing’s Simpson: Commercial technologies and approaches, hosted payloads can reduce cost of access to space

LONG BEACH, Calif., 2 April 2014. When TSAT was cancelled in 2009, the recommendation was to leverage commercial and leverage TSAT technologies to build next-generation aerospace systems and platforms, describes Jim Simpson, president, Boeing Satellite Systems International, Space and Intelligence Systems, The Boeing Company during a talk at the Space Tech Conference in Long Beach, Calif.

Aerospace firms can do more with less with digital design tools

Aerospace firms can do more with less with digital design tools

LONG BEACH, Calif., 2 April 2014. “The pressures are going to continue and we need to change the way we do business and how we manufacture,” stresses Tim Cahill, vice president, engineering, Lockheed Martin Space Systems at the Space Tech Conference in Long Beach, Calif.

Interoperable components with standardized interfaces key to future aerospace systems

Interoperable components with standardized interfaces key to future aerospace systems

LONG BEACH, Calif., 2 April 2014. U.S. Government officials seek interoperable components that support a variety of [satellite] buses, providing an easy, standardized interface, to build satellites more efficiently and competitively, describes Bernard “Bernie” F. Collins II, senior advisor, office of the Director of National Intelligence, U.S. Government, at the Space Tech Conference in Long Beach, Calif.

Aerospace

Aerospace market robust, driving electric propulsion, says Arianespace expert at Space Tech Conference

LONG BEACH, Calif., 1 April 2014. Shaping the future of space transportation are SpaceX, Arianespace, United Launch Alliance (ULA), and Orbital Sciences, according to Carissa Christensen, managing partner, of the Tauri Group. Christensen moderated the keynote session, “Launch Services Market – Competition, Access & Affordability,” at the Space Tech Conference in Long Beach, Calif.

U.S. military researchers ready to kick off program to enable unmanned aircraft to share information and work together

U.S. military researchers ready to kick off program to enable unmanned aircraft to share information and work together

ARLINGTON, Va., 30 March 2014. U.S. military researchers will brief industry in April on an upcoming project to enable surveillance and attack unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to work together on missions involving electronic jamming, degraded communications, and other difficult operating conditions.

Air Force asks General Atomics to upgrade UAV ground-control stations for use with the Internet

Air Force asks General Atomics to upgrade UAV ground-control stations for use with the Internet

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 30 March 2014. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) experts at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. in Poway, Calif., are performing major software upgrades on U.S. Air Force UAV ground control stations to enhance UAV ground control over the Internet.

DOD officials choose Exelis to provide EW jammer pods to Turkish air force F-16 jets in $75.3 million contract

DOD officials choose Exelis to provide EW jammer pods to Turkish air force F-16 jets in $75.3 million contract

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga., 30 March 2014. Electronic warfare (EW) designers at the Exelis Electronic Systems segment in Clifton, N.J., will build ALQ-211(V)-9 Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare System (AIDEWS) pods for F-16D Block 50 jet fighters of the Turkish air force under terms of a potential $75.3 million contract announced Friday.

Rugged Freescale P3041 QorIQ quad-core 3U CompactPCI computer board introduced by MEN Micro

Rugged Freescale P3041 QorIQ quad-core 3U CompactPCI computer board introduced by MEN Micro

BLUE BELL, Pa., 30 March 2014. MEN Micro Inc. in Blue Bell, Pa., is introducing the G51 3U CompactPCI Serial single-board computer for data acquisition, encryption, simulation, process control, and other communications and processing systems that require intense, reliable data throughput.

Nvidia

NVIDIA Jetson TK1 kit enables local analysis of data captured by UAS, satellites

SAN JOSE, Calif., 27 March 2014. More than 3,500 professionals flocked to NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC), where NVIDIA CEO and Co-Founder Jen-Hsun Huang introduced the NVIDIA Jetson TK1 Developer Kit, enabling software developers and engineers to harness mobile processors for the advancement of avionics and other embedded systems.

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NVIDIA Jetson TK1 Development Kit brings mobile supercomputer to avionics systems

SAN JOSE, Calif., 27 March 2014. NVIDIA CEO and Co-Founder Jen-Hsun Huang, in his keynote presentation at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference (GTC) in San Jose, Calif., launched a developer platform based on a mobile supercomputer for embedded systems.

COTS

Behlman provides COTS power supplies for U.S. Air Force RC-135 surveillance aircraft

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., 24 March 2014. Behlman Electronics Inc., provider of power products for military, industrial, and commercial applications, won a follow-on order for its commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) DMCA4000 power supply for use aboard the U.S. Air Force RC-135 Rivet Joint all-weather surveillance aircraft.

Air Force aircraft upgrade experts considering AESA radar improvements for B-1 and B-52 strategic bomber fleets

Air Force aircraft upgrade experts considering AESA radar improvements for B-1 and B-52 strategic bomber fleets

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 23 March 2014. U.S. Air Force bomber experts are considering upgrading the Air Force fleet of B-1 Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress long-range jet bombers with active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar systems to improve bomber surveillance and targeting capability.

L-3 realigns business segments to drive growth, create value

L-3 realigns business segments to drive growth, create value

NEW YORK, 19 March 2014. L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL) has reorganized its business segments to better align its organizational structure with customer priorities and increase operational efficiencies, officials say.

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