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MDA delivers RADARSAT-2 information to the Netherlands for government, scientific, research applications

MDA delivers RADARSAT-2 information to the Netherlands for government, scientific, research applications

RICHMOND, B.C., 15 May 2015. MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA; TSX:MDA), a global communications and information company, will provide RADARSAT-2 information to the Netherlands Space Office (NSO) for the next five years according to a $3.3 million (Canadian) contract amendment. The RADARSAT-2 information will be used to provide Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) information for government users as well as scientific and research purposes through the NSO Satellite Data Portal, a portal that enables the government of The Netherlands to disseminate satellite imagery to Dutch entities.

Thin film optical filter blocks laser interference and improves flight safety

Thin film optical filter blocks laser interference and improves flight safety

Lamda Guard, a subsidiary of Metamaterial Technologies Inc, in the U.K., has developed metaAIR, which uses an array of nano-particles of specific periodic geometry (called metamaterials) to protect flight crews from laser strikes.

FAA Administrator Huerta addresses effects of unmanned aircraft on national airspace, safety

FAA Administrator Huerta addresses effects of unmanned aircraft on national airspace, safety

ATLANTA, 6 May 2015. FAA Administrator Micheal Huerta held a press conference today at AUVSI 2015 in Atlanta to discuss the Federal Aviation Administration’s activities, as well as challenges and soultions, around the integration of myriad unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also commonly called drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), into the national airspace system (NAS).

FAA debuts B4UFLY app to help UAS pilots operate safely and legally

FAA debuts B4UFLY app to help UAS pilots operate safely and legally

ATLANTA, 6 May 2015. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) launched and demonstrated B4UFLY, a new smartphone application (app), today at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Unmanned Systems 2015 conference in Atlanta, Ga. FAA officials will release the app, designed to help model aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) users know if it is safe and legal to fly in their current or planned location, to approximately 1,000 beta testers later this summer.

Parrot taps Azimuth channel emulator for drone testing in real-world conditions

Parrot taps Azimuth channel emulator for drone testing in real-world conditions

PARIS, 5 May 2015. Officials at Parrot, a global provider of advanced technology wireless products in Paris, sought an automated, mobile solution for testing the performance of its drones in real-world conditions. They found their solution at Azimuth Systems Inc. in Acton, Mass., with the company’s ACE MX channel emulator.

French airport adopts Implant Sciences explosives detection devices to protect travelers

French airport adopts Implant Sciences explosives detection devices to protect travelers

WILMINGTON, Mass., 1 May 2015. Implant Sciences Corp. (OTCQB:IMSC), a manufacturer of explosives trace detection (ETD) for homeland security applications, has received an order for 25 QS-B220 explosives trace detection systems from a major airport in France. The systems will be used to fulfill the European security regulations requirement for screening passengers and checked bags.

Sidestepping safety requirements will end is disaster, aircraft engineers warn

Sidestepping safety requirements will end is disaster, aircraft engineers warn

AMSTERDAM, 30 April 2015. Aircraft Engineers International (AEI) officials warn that the air travelling public in Europe is exposed to an increasing risk of injury because European regulators condone he inconsistent and inadequate application of safety regulations.    

 

Develop the unhackable drone: Dr. Dewar addresses security in safety-critical systems in free webcast today

Develop the unhackable drone: Dr. Dewar addresses security in safety-critical systems in free webcast today

WASHINGTON, 28 April 2015. Can unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also commonly called drones, be truly unhackable, or might all unmanned vehicles be susceptible to falling into the wrong hands? It is essential, perhaps now more than ever before, to engineer safety- and mission-critical systems and platforms within a secure environment, taking care to select and implement the optimal digital development workflow.

NSA certifies Rockwell Collins MILS encryption device, enables interoperability of new and legacy aircraft

NSA certifies Rockwell Collins MILS encryption device, enables interoperability of new and legacy aircraft

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, 22 April 2015. National Security Agency (NSA) officials have issued Type 1 certification for Rockwell Collins new Multiple Independent Level of Security (MILS) encryption device and architecture: KOV-74.

U.S. Central Command selects SES to provide satellite capacity

U.S. Central Command selects SES to provide satellite capacity

RESTON, Va., 17 April 2015. Global satellite solutions provider SES Government Solutions (SES GS) won a one-year task order with four one-year option periods to provide 288 millihertz (MHz) of Ku-band satellite capacity to support forces deployed to the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) area of operation.

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 Administrator Huerta on NextGen ATC: ‘A lot is at stake, and we need to get this right’

FAA Administrator Huerta on NextGen ATC: ‘A lot is at stake, and we need to get this right’

WASHINGTON, 15 April 2015. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta testified before Chairman Thune, Ranking Member Nelson, and members of the Senate Commerce Committee on the reauthorization of the FAA, crediting government and industry for partnering to upgrade and future-proof the aviation system in the U.S. He also acknowledged the FAA’s continuing work on transforming the national airspace system (NAS), including En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM), a new high altitude air traffic control system that accommodates NextGen technologies and replaces a legacy system from the 1960s.

Investment in Asian armed forces grows thermal imaging market, according to Transparency Market Research

ALBANY, N.Y., 8 April 2015. The global thermal imaging market, valued at $3,192.5 million U.S. in 2012, will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.76 percent through 2019, when it will reach $6,098.8 million U.S., according to a Transparency Market Research study. Thermal imaging is on an excellent growth path, with applications in surveillance, security, maintenance, monitoring, firefighting, public safety, and more.

Wencor Group acquires PHS, expands aircraft repair solutions portfolio

Wencor Group acquires PHS, expands aircraft repair solutions portfolio

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga., 8 April 2015. Wencor Group has acquired PHS/MWA Aviation Services (PHS), a certified FAA/EASA Repair Station and provider of aircraft repair solutions in cargo and interior systems, hydraulics, and power and controls.

InfoZen to support mission-critical TSA programs under homeland security contract

BETHESDA, Md., 2 April 2015. Officials in the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS’s) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) sought a partner to support transportation vetting programs. They found their solution at InfoZen, a cloud broker and provider of mission-critical IT services in Bethesda, Maryland, awarding the company a five-year, $212 million contract.

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