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News from key aerospace industry associations on ATC/ATM, avionics, helicopters, and UAS

VITA ratifies SpaceVPX next-generation space interconnect standard

PHOENIX, 15 April 2015. Members of the VITA trade association dedicated to open system architectures in critical embedded system applications, announce the long-awaited ratification of VITA 78 SpaceVPX Systems. The SpaceVPX specification has completed the VITA and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) processes, reaching full recognition under guidance of the VITA Standards Organization (VSO) and achieving ANSI recognition as ANSI/VITA 78.00-2015.

FAA proposes regulations to facilitate integration of small UAS into U.S. aviation system

FAA proposes regulations to facilitate integration of small UAS into U.S. aviation system

WASHINGTON, 17 Feb. 2015. Officials in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Washington have proposed a framework of regulations allowing routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the national aviation system, and accommodating future technological innovations.

FAA achieves critical milestone with proposed rule on commercial UAV use, AUVSI's Wynne says

FAA achieves critical milestone with proposed rule on commercial UAV use, AUVSI's Wynne says

ARLINGTON, Va., 17 Feb. 2015. President and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), Brian Wynne, calls the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA’s) proposed rule for small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) "a good first step" to allow commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

FAA small UAS rule is important first step in airspace integration, says AIA’s Blakey

FAA small UAS rule is important first step in airspace integration, says AIA’s Blakey

ARLINGTON, Va., 17 Feb. 2015. The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) draft regulations for the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as drones, is “an important step towards the integration of UAS into civil airspace,” says Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO Marion C. Blakey.

Aerospace engineers need to look at liquid cooling, Curtiss-Wright technical fellow advises

Aerospace engineers need to look at liquid cooling, Curtiss-Wright technical fellow advises

PHOENIX, 20 Jan. 2015. High-density, high-performance processors can create thermal management challenges. Extended temperature operating environments and long life exacerbate system design issues. VITA is helping to solve a lot of these problems, admits Ivan Straznicky, technical fellow, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions in Ottawa, Canada.

Secure, trusted computing requirements rise as aerospace vendors go global

Secure, trusted computing requirements rise as aerospace vendors go global

PHOENIX, 20 Jan. 2015. Aerospace and defense departments and prime contractors are looking to sell more globally; yet, risks are inherent in doing so. “As more and more platforms and systems are deployed, risk is there that assets will fall into at the hands of adversarial nations or people,” explains Steve Edwards, technical fellow and product marketing manager at Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions in Ashburn, Va.

Creative Electronic Systems and industry deliver VPX in a small form factor

Creative Electronic Systems and industry deliver VPX in a small form factor

PHOENIX, 19 Jan. 2015. VNX, the new VITA 74 standard, is essentially VPX in a smaller form factor, explains Bill Ripley, who oversees business development, product management, and engineering at Creative Electronic Systems (CES) in Switzerland.

VME and VPX adopted widely for defense, yet to break into civil aerospace

VME and VPX adopted widely for defense, yet to break into civil aerospace

PHOENIX, 19 Jan. 2015. The largest market for VME and VPX components continues to be defense, explains Toby Colquhoun, senior analyst with IHS Electronics & Media, during a discussion of the world electronics market at VITA’s Embedded Tech Trends in Phoenix. Whereas the largest sector for VME and VPX components adoption is defense, the growing civil aerospace market sector has yet to embrace the technologies.

VadaTech debuts A/D and D/A converter FPGA mezzanine card

VadaTech debuts A/D and D/A converter FPGA mezzanine card

HENDERSON, Nev., 14 Jan. 2015. VadaTech, a manufacturer of embedded boards and application-ready platforms, has unveiled its new FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) designed to serve as both an A/D converter and D/A converter. The module, which is compliant with the VITA 57 specification, is targeted at radar, communications, automated test equipment (ATE), physics, and video/broadcast applications.

Concurrent ships rugged, conduction-cooled VPX boards based on Intel E3800 Atom processor

Concurrent ships rugged, conduction-cooled VPX boards based on Intel E3800 Atom processor

WOBURN, Mass., 7 Jan. 2015. Concurrent Technologies is now shipping deployment quantities of its TR D2x/msd board in rugged, conduction-cooled variants.

ATCA holds Aviation Cyber Security Day, urges industry-government collaboration to address cyber security challenges

ATCA holds Aviation Cyber Security Day, urges industry-government collaboration to address cyber security challenges

ALEXANDRIA, Va., 12 Nov. 2014. Officials at the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA), a valued industry associate of Intelligent Aerospace, are holding an Aviation Cyber Security Day in an Arlington, Va., hotel on 13 Nov. 2014.

Space systems, subsystems technologies benefit Earth applications, not just space-based missions

Space systems, subsystems technologies benefit Earth applications, not just space-based missions

IAC 2014, TORONTO, 2 Oct. 2014. A panel of aerospace professionals from government agencies, academia, and the private sector convened in Toronto at the 65th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) today to discuss the applications of technologies and lessons learned from the International Space Station (ISS) to applications on Earth, such as robotics technologies used in life-saving surgeries, and even Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

FAA boosting Chicago air traffic control operations, increasing flight throughput daily in wake of severe electronics damage

FAA boosting Chicago air traffic control operations, increasing flight throughput daily in wake of severe electronics damage

WASHINGTON, 1 Oct. 2014. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic controllers managed more operations at Chicago O’Hare than at any other airport in the country, according to an agency spokesperson, as FAA officials struggle to return Chicago area flight operations back to normal following a major incident.

Cooperation, integration key to safe single airspace with civil and military aircraft, says Eurocontrol’s Director General

Cooperation, integration key to safe single airspace with civil and military aircraft, says Eurocontrol’s Director General

ATCA/CMAC, NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., 30 Sept. 2014. “Airspace should not be designated as either permanently civil or military but considered as a continuum in which all use requirements have to be accommodated to the greatest extent possible,” says Frank Brenner, director general of Eurocontrol, during the Air Traffic Control Association’s Civil/Military Aviation Conference (CMAC) in National Harbor, Md.

Air Traffic Control Association partners with Intelligent Aerospace

Air Traffic Control Association partners with Intelligent Aerospace

ATCA/CMAC, NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., 30 Sept. 2014. Intelligent Aerospace, the annual aerospace event and industry resource, and the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA), the renowned industry association dedicated to progress in the science of air traffic control and the preservation of a safe flight environment in Alexandria, Va., have entered into a strategic partnership to jointly support and serve the rapidly expanding global aerospace community. The agreement was struck during ATCA’s 59th Annual Conference and Exposition and Civil/Military Aviation Conference (CMAC) being held this week, 28 September – 1 October 2014, in National Harbor, Maryland.

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