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Space company Astrotech acquires imaging technology in auction

Space company Astrotech acquires imaging technology in auction

AUSTIN, Texas, 24 March 2015. Astrotech Corp. (Nasdaq:ASTC), a provider of disruptive technology solutions, acquired certain key assets and intellectual property from Image Trends Inc. during a bankruptcy auction. Company officials coupled the acquired technologies, intellectual property, and know-how with selected high-performance space imaging technologies to establish Astral Images Inc., intended to revolutionize the film-to-digital conversion process for the new ultra-high definition 4K standards, affirms Thomas B. Pickens, CEO of Astrotech.

FAA grants experimental airworthiness certificate for Amazon unmanned aircraft

FAA grants experimental airworthiness certificate for Amazon unmanned aircraft

WASHINGTON, 20 March 2015. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials have issued an experimental airworthiness certificate to an Amazon Logistics Inc. unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) design to be used for research and development and crew training.

U.S. Army Research Lab advanced dashboard may change military aviation

U.S. Army Research Lab advanced dashboard may change military aviation

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 19 March 2015. A futuristic dashboard could change the way Army aviation operates, allowing for autonomous location tracking and updates on the health of an aircraft even at the material level, according to U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) scientists.

Sparton acquires Stealth.com, expands into ruggedized electronics space

Sparton acquires Stealth.com, expands into ruggedized electronics space

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., 19 March 2015. Sparton Corp.’s (NYSE:SPA) wholly owned subsidiary, Sparton of Canada Ltd., has acquired Stealth.com Inc., an Ontario-based manufacturer of built-to-order and custom-configured ruggedized computers and peripherals – such as mini PCs, rackmount server PCs, portable PCs, and touch-screen displays – for military, government, industrial, and commercial applications.

Rockwell Collins to provide oceanic data link services to FAA for increased safety, fuel savings

Rockwell Collins to provide oceanic data link services to FAA for increased safety, fuel savings

ANNAPOLIS, Md., 18 March 2015. Rockwell Collins won a seven-year Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) contract to provide its oceanic data link (ODL) service to enable real-time, data communications between pilots and air traffic controllers, the goal of which is to have aircraft fly more efficient routes to save fuel and enhance safety.

First Italian F-35A rolls off production line

First Italian F-35A rolls off production line

CAMERI, Italy, 12 March 2015. The Italian Ministry of Defense, Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi, and Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) achieved a milestone today when the first Italian F-35A Lightning II rolled out of the Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility in Cameri, Italy. It is the first F-35A assembled internationally and the first of eight aircraft currently being assembled at Cameri.

11 presumed dead after Black Hawk helicopter crashes during military training exercises

11 presumed dead after Black Hawk helicopter crashes during military training exercises

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., 11 March 2015. Search-and-rescue crews are on the scene of a helicopter accident and recovering debris of the crashed aircraft near range site A-17 at Eglin Air Force Base (AFB), a few miles southwest of Valparaiso in Okaloosa County, Florida. Eleven, including four aircrew and seven Marines, are presumed dead.

World ATM Congress draws thousands from around the world to Madrid

World ATM Congress draws thousands from around the world to Madrid

MADRID, 11 March 2015. The third edition of World ATM Congress continues this week at the IFEMA Feria de Madrid in Spain. Organizers from the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) and Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) expect the 2015 event to top last year’s record attendance of 6,265 individuals from around the world.

ATCA and CANSO open 2015 World ATM Congress in Madrid

ATCA and CANSO open 2015 World ATM Congress in Madrid

MADRID, 10 March 2015. Officials at the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) and Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) opened the third edition of the World Air Traffic Management (ATM) Congress today in Madrid, Spain.

Exelis to provide airfield monitoring solutions to Los Angeles International Airport

Exelis to provide airfield monitoring solutions to Los Angeles International Airport

HERNDON, Va., 10 March 2015. Officials at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Calif., sought to enhance airport safety and efficiency. They found their solution at Exelis (NYSE:XLS), a provider of critical network systems, selecting the company’s airfield monitoring solutions.

Rockwell Collins introduces ARINC MultiLink comprehensive flight tracking

Rockwell Collins introduces ARINC MultiLink comprehensive flight tracking

ANNAPOLIS, Md., 10 March 2015. Rockwell Collins officials are unveiling the ARINC MultiLink flight tracking service as a comprehensive, cost-effective global flight tracking solution for airlines. 

Airbus Helicopters unveils all-new H160 medium-class rotorcraft, formerly called X4

Airbus Helicopters unveils all-new H160 medium-class rotorcraft, formerly called X4

ORLANDO, Fla., 3 March 2015. Airbus Helicopters at HAI Heli-Expo 2015 today revealed its all-new H160 medium-class rotorcraft – the first product introduced under the transformed Airbus Helicopters corporate identity. The 5.5-6-ton-class, twin-engine H160 rotorcraft integrates up to 68 different Airbus Helicopters-patented technologies.

Airbus Helicopters unveils X4 medium-sized aircraft, new era of rotorcraft excellence at Heli-Expo 2015

Airbus Helicopters reveals X4 medium-sized aircraft, new era of rotorcraft excellence at Heli-Expo 2015

ORLANDO, Fla., 3 March 2015. Airbus Helicopters officials delivered on their promise of one year ago, providing Heli-Expo 2015 attendees a glimpse of the company’s all-new X4 rotorcraft.

AgustaWestland debuts 7 Tonne AW139 with payload and range increase, reduced weight

AgustaWestland debuts 7 Tonne AW139 with payload and range increase, reduced weight

ORLANDO, Fla., 3 March 2015. AgustaWestland unveiled at Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli-Expo 2015 in Orlando an optional kit for the company’s AW139 twin-engine helicopter.

HAI Heli-Expo 2015 opens in Orlando with 725 vendors, more than 50 aircraft, roughly 20,000 attendees

HAI Heli-Expo 2015 opens in Orlando with 725 vendors, more than 50 aircraft, roughly 20,000 attendees

ORLANDO, Fla., 3 March 2015. Helicopter Association International (HAI) opened Heli-Expo 2015, the annual trade show and exposition dedicated to vertical aviation, in Orlando, Fla.

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