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FreeFlight Systems tests RANGR ADS-B system for UAS airspace integration test program

FreeFlight Systems tests RANGR ADS-B system for UAS airspace integration test program

WACO, Texas, 21 Nov. 2014. Engineers at Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station’s (TEES) Vehicle Systems & Control Laboratory (VSCL) have installed and flown the FreeFlight Systems RANGR ADS-B Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) system on their Pegasus II unmanned aircraft system (UAS)—an historic first for a certified ADS-B UAT system to receive FAA approval to be flown on a UAS.

European Space Agency, NASA contractors deploy 15,000 Microsemi space products on Rosetta spacecraft mission

European Space Agency, NASA contractors deploy 15,000 Microsemi space products on Rosetta spacecraft mission

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., 18 Nov. 2014. Officials at Microsemi Corp. (Nasdaq:MSCC), a provider of semiconductor solutions, reveal that more than 15,000 of the company’s reliable space products -- including FPGAs, diodes, transistors, and integrated circuits (ICs) – have been and continue to be used in mission-critical applications over the 10-year, four-billion-mile Rosetta Spacecraft mission by the European Space Agency (ESA), NASA, and technology partners. Microsemi products, included in several avionics and platform functions built by multiple ESA contractors, continue to support the mission as it conducts a wide variety of research. The Microsemi products supporting the mission, they add.

TSA to deploy Implant Sciences desktop explosive trace detectors at multiple U.S. airports

TSA to deploy Implant Sciences desktop explosive trace detectors at multiple U.S. airports

WILMINGTON, Mass., 13 Nov. 2014. U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials in Washington needed an effective method of detecting explosive materials at multiple airports across the U.S. They found their solution at Implant Sciences Corp. (OTCQB:IMSC), a high-technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets in Wilmington, Mass. TSA officials have placed an initial order for 1,170 QS-B220 Desktop Explosive Trace Detectors and ancillary supplies.

MOSCOW, 6 Nov. 2014. Officials at Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec in Moscow, implemented lean technology across the company’s production in 2013 and have found that the lean technology pilot projects delivered a saving of roughly 70 million roubles last year.

Russian Helicopters saves 70 million roubles with lean technology pilot projects

MOSCOW, 6 Nov. 2014. Officials at Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec in Moscow, implemented lean technology across the company’s production in 2013 and have found that the lean technology pilot projects delivered a saving of roughly 70 million roubles last year.

Air Force to use existing on-board sensors to enable UAS to sense and avoid other aircraft

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 3 Nov. 2014. Military and industry researchers are finding ways to use existing sensors aboard manned and unmanned aircraft to enable the platform to sense and avoid other aircraft and operate safely in the National Airspace System (NAS).

Orbital Antares rocket suffers catastrophic failure, destroying space vehicles and hosted payloads

Orbital Antares rocket suffers catastrophic failure, destroying space vehicles and hosted payloads

DULLES, Va., 31 Oct. 2014. Shortly after lift-off from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A in Virginia at 6:22 p.m. (EDT), an Orbital Sciences Corp. (NYSE:ORB) Antares space launch vehicle suffered a catastrophic failure. No casualties were incurred and property damage was limited to the south end of Wallops Island, but the launch vehicle, onboard spacecraft, and hosted payloads went up in flames.

Emerging air traffic management technologies, procedures reduce emissions and fuel costs, NAV CANADA reports

Emerging air traffic management technologies, procedures reduce emissions and fuel costs, NAV CANADA reports

OTTAWA, Ontario, 30 Oct. 2014. "Working co-operatively with our airline customers and other industry partners, our efforts resulted in a GHG emissions reduction of 1.3 million metric tons and a fuel cost savings of over $500 million in 2013 alone," says NAV CANADA President and CEO John Crichton.

American Jet International, Million Air Charter pass Part 135 safety certification audit

American Jet International, Million Air Charter pass Part 135 safety certification audit

HOUSTON, Texas, 29 Oct. 2014. American Jet International (AJI), powered by Million Air Houston (HOU), has completed a two-day audit of its Part 135 Air Carrier Operations conducted by the Aviation Research Group/US (ARG/US).

FAA awards $10.2 million in low-emission grants to six airports

FAA awards $10.2 million in low-emission grants to six airports

WASHINGTON, 28 Oct. 2014. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials in Washington awarded $10.2 million in grants, under the FAA’s Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) program, to six U.S. airports with the goal of reducing emissions and improving air quality.

Gulfstream Aerospace chooses Elbit Systems Kollsman Enhanced Vision System for new G500 and G600 aircraft

NBAA—ORLANDO, Fla., 23 Oct. 2014. Gulfstream Aerospace officials selected Elbit Systems of America LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems, to deliver its Kollsman Enhanced Vision System - Superior Performance (EVS-SP) for the new Gulfstream G500 and G600 business aircraft.

Thales Wireless inflight entertainment system now standard on Gulfstream bizjets

Thales Wireless inflight entertainment system now standard on Gulfstream bizjets

NBAA—ORLANDO, Fla., 23 Oct. 2014. The Thales Wireless inflight entertainment (IFE) system has become the first wireless IFE to come standard on Gulfstream platforms, Thales officials are announcing during the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) conference and exhibition. Thales has been selected to provide its wireless IFE system on the Gulfstream 500 and 600 business jets (bizjets) unveiled this month.

Airports Authority of India to deploy Saab surface movement guidance, control systems

Airports Authority of India to deploy Saab surface movement guidance, control systems

EAST SYRACUSE, N.Y., 15 Oct. 2014. Officials at the Airports Authority of India (AAI) will deploy Saab Advanced – Surface Movement Guidance & Control Systems (A-SMGCS) at five airports in India. The Saab A-SMGCS will enhance situational awareness and runway safety at these growing airports, officials of the defense and security company explain.

Inmarsat’s L-TAC provides beyond-line-of-sight satellite communications to U.S. government users

Inmarsat’s L-TAC provides beyond-line-of-sight satellite communications to U.S. government users

WASHINGTON, 10 Oct. 2014. Inmarsat, a provider of global mobile satellite communication (SATCOM) services, is harnessing the skills of its partners and the capabilities of its Inmarsat-4 satellite constellation to expand the availability of mobile tactical beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) communications to actively deployed U.S. and coalition forces.

All avionics technology domains growing, with exception of HUDs, says Thales Avionics’ Gatti

All avionics technology domains growing, with exception of HUDs, says Thales Avionics’ Gatti

CINCINNATI, Ohio, 25 Sept. 2014. The avionics sector sits at the intersection of two major technology domains: electronics and aeronautical – with the added pressure of certification, describes Marc Gatti of Thales Avionics during his talk, titled “Technological Changes and Competitive Advantage: the New Deal for Avionics Firms,” at the SAE Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference (ASTC) in Cincinnati, Ohio, this week.

Problems with cost overruns, missed deadlines, supplier quality issues, and negative Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports

SAE to publish AS6500 manufacturing management standard

CINCINNATI, Ohio, 23 Sept. 2014. Problems with cost overruns, missed deadlines, supplier quality issues, and negative Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports prompted the formation of the SAE G-23 Manufacturing Management Committee. The recognition of manufacturing and quality problems kicked off a 360-degree study led by Dr. Tom Christian, ASC/EN, describes Committee Secretary Hamid Akhbari, AFLCMC/EZSM, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (AFB), during the SAE 2014 Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference (ASTC) this week in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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