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Harris Corp. to acquire Exelis

Harris Corp. to acquire Exelis

MCLEAN, Va., 22 May 2015. Exelis Inc. shareholders have voted in favor of the acquisition by Harris Corp. in Melbourne, Florida, whereas the Department of Justice has terminated the waiting period applicable to the merger under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. Exelis and Harris officials now expect the merger to close on 29 May 2015, subject to the satisfaction of the remaining closing conditions. 

 

Stratasys and MakerBot launch CubeSat challenge for aerospace engineers and students

Stratasys and MakerBot launch CubeSat challenge for aerospace engineers and students

MINNEAPOLIS, 21 May 2015. The CubeSat Challenge invites the GrabCAD community to use 3D printing to rethink the CubeSat, a standard small research satellite built by universities, aerospace startups, and independent makers around the world.

Team of military pilots enter consumer drone market, launch UAV control software

Team of military pilots enter consumer drone market, launch UAV control software

FARGO, N.D., 21 May 2015. Botlink in Fargo, North Dakota, introduces the beta release of its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) control software on the heels of multiple near-misses between unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, commonly called drones) and manned aircraft, as well as close calls near the White House in Washington.  

UTC Aerospace Systems shows bizjet interior technologies, including in-flight entertainment and cabin management solutions

UTC Aerospace Systems shows bizjet interior technologies, including in-flight entertainment and cabin management solutions

GENEVA, Switzerland, 20 May 2015. UTC Aerospace Systems, part of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), is showing its latest business jet aircraft interiors, including in-flight entertainment (IFE) and cabin management systems (CMS), at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland.

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.

Airbus produces 3D-printed flight parts for A350 XWB aircraft with Stratasys technology

Airbus produces 3D-printed flight parts for A350 XWB aircraft with Stratasys technology

REHOVOT, Israel, 14 May 2015. Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has produced more than 1,000 flight parts on its Stratasys FDM 3D Production Systems from Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), a global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions. The 3D-printed aircraft parts were used on the company’s first-of-type A350 XWB commercial airplane, delivered in December 2014, in place of traditionally manufactured parts.

Rockwell Collins and NASA to design novel cockpit display, furthering supersonic civil transport aircraft development

Rockwell Collins and NASA to design novel cockpit display, furthering supersonic civil transport aircraft development

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, 14 May 2015. Rockwell Collins won a two-year NASA contract to develop a conceptual cockpit display that will provide a visual representation of sonic boom over the Earth’s surface to mitigate impact on populated areas. NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center will lead the research, working with engineers at the Rockwell Collins Advanced Technology Center.

Exelis and L-3 partner to help protect pilots from RFI threats

Exelis and L-3 partner to help protect pilots from threats

CLIFTON, N.J., 14 May 2015. Exelis (NYSE:XLS) and L-3 Platform Integration are partnering to provide electronic self-protection capabilities for the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command's (AFSOC) AC/MC-130J Commando II aircraft.

Autopilot and automated landing systems in demand to reduce pilot workload, human error

Autopilot and automated landing systems in demand to reduce pilot workload, human error

DUBLIN, 13 May 2015. The global autopilot systems market is poised to grow at a 6.78 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2019, according to Research and Markets’ "Global Autopilot Systems Market 2015-2019" report.

Kaman to deliver $68 million in Joint Programmable Fuze orders for use on military combat aircraft, manned and unmanned

Kaman to deliver $68 million in Joint Programmable Fuze orders for use on military combat aircraft, manned and unmanned

BLOOMFIELD, Conn., 13 May 2015. Kaman Corp.’s (NYSE:KAMN) Aerospace segment won several commercial sale purchase orders for the procurement of Joint Programmable Fuzes (JPF) totaling $68 million. The fuzes are expected to be delivered in 2015 and 2016.

Aeros patents cargo airship technology

Aeros patents cargo airship technology

LOS ANGELES, 12 May 2015. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted U.S. patent number 9,016,622 for the “Flight System for a Constant Volume Variable Buoyancy Air Vehicle,” with Onboard “Control-of-Static-Heaviness” (COSH) management invented and tested by Worldwide Aeros Corp. (Aeros) in Montebello, Calif.

Boeing to provide flight training and weapons tactics simulators for P-8A crews

ORLANDO, Fla., 11 May 2015. Training and simulation experts at the Boeing Co. will build and install several kinds of flight simulators for crews of the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol jet at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, Wash.

Demand for real-time data driving commercial avionics systems market growth through 2020

Demand for real-time data driving commercial avionics systems market growth through 2020

DALLAS, 8 May 2015. The commercial avionics systems market is on track to reach $23.7 million by 2020, growing at a high compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.06 percent, from $15.7 million in 2014, according to the latest report from MarketsandMarkets.

RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft moving toward modernization

RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft moving toward modernization

SAN DIEGO, 7 May 2015. The U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance autonomous unmanned aircraft system (UAS) has completed Milestone C approval, advancing the Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC)-built Global Hawk program in the Department of Defense's acquisition process and enabling modernization activity.

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.

Kollsman to provide infrared sensors for Marine Corps Cobra attack helicopters

CRANE, Ind., 4 May 2015. Military electro-optics experts at Kollsman Inc. in Merrimack, N.H., will provide night vision and targeting equipment for U.S. Marine Corps attack helicopters under terms of a $43 million contract.

Air Force orders nine Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems for French military forces

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 4 May 2015. U.S. Air Force electro-optics experts are helping the government of France acquire airborne, forward-looking turreted infrared sensors for long-range surveillance and target acquisition for NATO laser guided smart munitions.

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.    

 

UAV Turbines to lend engines for evaluation to UAV manufacturers

UAV Turbines to lend engines for evaluation to UAV manufacturers

MIAMI, 30 April 2015. UAV Turbines Inc. (UAVT) demonstrated a new generation of gas turbine engines designed for Group 3 and Group 4 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also called drones and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), in a range from 30 horsepower (hp) to 150 hp.

iPad EFB app blamed for technical glitch grounding American Airlines planes

iPad EFB app blamed for technical glitch grounding American Airlines planes

FORT WORTH, Texas, 29 April 2014. Several American Airlines commercial airplanes were grounded and dozens of flights delayed yesterday as the result of what airline spokespeople are calling an apparent glitch with a software application (app) on the Apple iPad computers used by cockpit crew. Travelers quickly took to Twitter, as pilots revealed that their iPads had gone black and many returned to the airports for a wi-fi (wireless-fidelity) signal to correct the issue. Airline representatives on Twitter blamed a “third-party app,” records show.

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.

Army orders Shadow catapult-launched UAVs for Army and Marine Corps brigade surveillance

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 27 April 2015. Textron Systems Corp. will provide new RQ-7B Shadow tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and ground-control systems under terms of a $79.5 million contract.

BAE to provide Navy shipboard IFF interrogators to identify friendly and enemy aircraft

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 27 April 2015. U.S. Navy aviation experts are asking BAE Systems to build identification-friend-or-foe (IFF) interrogators for surface ships and land installations to help identify friendly and potentially hostile aircraft.

Unmanned X-47B aircraft completes first autonomous aerial refueling with Honeywell navigation

Unmanned X-47B aircraft completes first autonomous aerial refueling with Honeywell navigation

PHOENIX, 23 April 2015. Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE:HON), together with Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy, advanced the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) program by achieving the first unmanned autonomous midair refueling.

UTC Aerospace Systems showcases operations in Mexico at inaugural aerospace fair

UTC Aerospace Systems showcases operations in Mexico at inaugural aerospace fair

CHARLOTTE, N.C., 22 April 2015. UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), is showcasing its Mexican operations and capabilities at the first-ever Aerospace Fair Mexico (Feria Aeroespacial Mexico 2015, FAMEX), which opens at the military base in Santa Lucia, Mexico, today.

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.

F-35 program advances with training deployment of 10 aircraft

F-35 program advances with training deployment of 10 aircraft

LUKE AFB, Ariz., 21 April 2014. Personnel at the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base (AFB) – responsible for training F-16 and F-35 fighter pilots and maintainers, qualifying instructors, conducting conversion pilot training, instructing forward air controllers, and deploying mission-ready combat pilots –performed the first F-35 training deployment this month. Luke AFB officials sent 10 F-35 Lightning II aircraft, half the base’s current fleet of F-35 jets, to Nellis AFB, Nevada, for two weeks to see how well the team could conduct operations elsewhere.

Gray Army Airfield at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., to receive new control tower

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash., 20 April 2015. The Gray Army Airfield, a helicopter airport at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., will receive a new air traffic control tower to replace a relatively old tower that's now considered an obstacle to aviation.

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