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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

April 13, 2014

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.

TriQuint RFMD

High-level executive provides insight into TriQuint-RFMD merger into $2B company

April 9, 2014

EXECUTIVE Q&A: TriQuint and RFMD have merged to form a new company (name to be announced) with combined revenue of more than $2 billion, serving the defense/aerospace, network infrastructure, and mobile device communities. A senior manager talks specifically about infrastructure and defense.

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

April 6, 2014

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.

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

March 30, 2014

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.

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

March 23, 2014

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.

U.S. military forces plan to spend more than $2.4 billion in fiscal 2015 on unmanned aerial vehicle production

U.S. military forces plan to spend more than $2.4 billion in fiscal 2015 on unmanned aerial vehicle production

March 16, 2014

WASHINGTON, 16 March 2014. U.S. military leaders plan to spend $2.45 billion next year on unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) procurement and research, with the RQ-4 Global Hawk, MQ-9 Reaper, and the experimental U.S. Navy Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance And Strike (UCLASS) system expected to be the biggest winners.

Air Force AC-130U Spooky special-ops aircraft gunship to receive rugged network switches from Crystal Group

Air Force AC-130U Spooky special-ops aircraft gunship to receive rugged network switches from Crystal Group

February 23, 2014

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla., 23 Feb. 2014. U.S. Air Force avionics experts needed ruggedized Cisco network switches for the AC-130U Spooky gunship. They found their solution from Crystal Group Inc. in Hiawatha, Iowa.

Overcome budget constraints with cloud deployment, tips for aerospace & defense organizations

February 14, 2014

Breakthrough technology advances in aviation, space exploration, and weaponry are hallmarks of the aerospace & defense (A&D) industry, but the same pioneering attitude doesn’t always show up in the internal IT departments. It’s not uncommon on for an A&D company to still be relying on spreadsheets and manual systems to manage complex regulations and multi-phase government programs. 

Understanding the effort and cost of a DO-254 program, an executive Q&A with Logicircuit

Understanding the effort and cost of a DO-254 program, an executive Q&A with Logicircuit

February 10, 2014

Avionics Intelligence Chief Editor Courtney E. Howard sits down for an executive Q&A session with Michelle Lange, an expert on DO-254, DO-178, and other aviation standards and requirements and current director of marketing and sales at Logicircuit Inc. with headquarters in Alpharetta, Ga. Logicircuit has just made its DO-254 Effort Estimator tool available to the public, and Avionics Intelligence has the exclusive story.

Logicircuit

Estimating the effort and cost of a DO-254 program

February 10, 2014

Even though the RTCA/DO-254 document was invoked as policy in 2005, many companies are just now facing compliance with this guidance for the development of their airborne electronic hardware (AEH) projects. The first question people in this situation usually ask is “How much additional effort or cost will this be?” This is especially true of program managers attempting to cost a program for bidding purposes.

UAV command and control

Creating Secure C2 Links for UAVs

February 5, 2014

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are at the forefront of an evolution. Since the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) re-authorization bill was signed in February 2012, giving the green light for commercial operation of UAVs, the industry has been abuzz with new opportunities for implementation. These unmanned systems are no longer primarily associated with war and combat situations. With a deadline of Sept. 15, 2015 for full integration into U.S. airspace, it is highly likely that UAVs will play an increasing role in our critical infrastructure operations.

aerospace connectors

Engineer attentions turn to cables and connectors

January 28, 2014

The complexity of aerospace and defense vehicles-manned and unmanned in the air and in space-continues to grow at a strong pace. Militaries worldwide are increasingly adopting multi-role vehicles capable of performing a wide variety of missions.

UAS

Important considerations in designing electrical power systems for unmanned aircraft systems

January 13, 2014

Pneumatic and hydraulic actuators and controls are fast becoming the dinosaurs of the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) world, replaced with electrical motors and electronic computers and sensors. This trend places an increasing burden on the team member who is tasked with the design of the unmanned electrical power distribution system. Five factors that affect the performance and reliability of the platform must be considered when specifying components for the UAV power system. Prioritizing each of these factors in your power distribution design is critical.

IFS

Hot aerospace technologies in 2014: 3D printing, machine-to-machine interfaces, and predictive analysis

January 9, 2014

With the arrival of the new year, Brendan Viggers, head of product management for IFS Defence in London, comments on the top three technology trends he sees making a big difference in aerospace & defense (A&D) for 2014. 

Sec. McKeever

Aerospace leaders partner to propel unmanned aircraft systems, aerospace technologies and applications forward

January 6, 2014

Great aerospace minds are partnering to propel unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and aerospace technologies and applications forward, describes Dr. Stephen W.S. McKeever, Secretary of Science & Technology for the State of Oklahoma. 

Northrop Grumman to develop predictive-maintenance models to anticipate and prevent Air Force airframe cracks

Northrop Grumman to develop predictive-maintenance models to anticipate and prevent Air Force airframe cracks

December 29, 2013

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 29 Dec. 2013. U.S. Air Force maintenance experts need better ways to predict cracking on aircraft and other airframe structural problems through modeling and simulation. They found their solution from the Northrop Grumman Corp. Aerospace Systems segment in Redondo Beach, Calif.

Bombardier

Bombardier readies C-Series for avionics testing

December 23, 2013

Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier is expected to begin testing its second C-Series flight test vehicle in the coming weeks. While the first flight test vehicle was used to evaluate the limitations of the new aircraft, the second test vehicle will be used to evaluate aircraft systems including pressurization, hydraulic, and electrical. A third test vehicle is also expected to lift off in the coming weeks and that aircraft will be dedicated to testing the C-Series avionics systems.

Air Force approaches industry for power upgrades that enable B-52H bomber to carry MIL-STD-1760-compatible weapons

Air Force approaches industry for power upgrades that enable B-52H bomber to carry MIL-STD-1760 weapons

December 15, 2013

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla., 15 Dec. 2013. U.S. Air Force bomber experts are surveying industry to find companies with the expertise to upgrade power control and distribution systems aboard the B-52H jet bomber to apply MIL-STD-1760 power to the B-52H's bomb-bay and underwing weapons.

High-performance aerospace and defense systems harness the power of innovative microprocessors

High-performance systems harness the power of microprocessors

December 9, 2013

Aerospace and defense professionals, in the quest to do more with less, have turned their attentions to infusing systems new and old with robust, capable, and efficient microprocessors. A wealth of high-performance embedded computing (HPEC) options exist, however, causing systems architects and systems integrators to take pause and closely consider all alternatives when selecting silicon.

HPEC

High-performance processing at the edge

December 9, 2013

Myriad missions rely on a robust, reliable, and secure intelligence infrastructure, including high-performance embedded computing (HPEC), on the digital battlefield.

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