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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.

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.

Multi Wheel Encoder for aviation cockpits and transportation offered by Elma

FREMONT, Calif., 11 May 2015. Elma Electronic Inc. in Fremont, Calif., is introducing the Multi Wheel Encoder for aviation cockpits, transportation, construction, and test and measurement applications in outdoor environments.

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.

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.

EMI/RFI shielding essential in safety-critical systems

Advances in electronics technology deliver myriad benefits, but also pose challenges – especially for today’s engineers. The proliferation of advanced electronics and wireless solutions is driving the need, now more than ever, to shield safety- and mission-critical systems from electromagnetic interference (EMI), also known as radio frequency interference (RFI).

Power electronics connectors for military and commercial aerospace uses introduced by TE

HARRISBURG, Pa., 4 May 2015. TE Connectivity in Harrisburg, Pa., is introducing the AS81714 Series II DEUTSCH CTJ connector modules that are customizable for military and commercial aerospace applications.

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.

MIL-STD-1553/1760 dual avionics transceiver for height-restricted uses offered by Holt

MISSION VIEJO, Calif., 27 April 2015. Holt Integrated Circuits in Mission Viejo, Calif., is introducing the HI-2579CG 3.3-volt MIL-STD-1553/1760 dual avionics transceiver for applications using cards with component height restrictions like PMC and XMC.

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.

Rugged avionics computer for commercial aircraft introduced by Curtiss-Wright

ASHBURN, Va., 20 April 2015 The Curtiss-Wright Corp. Defense Solutions division in Ashburn, Va., is introducing the MPMC-9355-0002 multi-platform avionics computer for image, signal, and radar processing aboard military and commercial aircraft and ground vehicles.

Aircraft cabin innovations garner awards

Aircraft cabin innovations garner awards

HAMBURG, Germany, 16 April 2015. A panel of judges at Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany, awarded seven of the world's smartest ideas for the aircraft cabin of the future with the Chrystal Cabin Award. An international judging panel announced the winners of the Chrystal Cabin Award 2015 in Hamburg, Germany. B/E Aerospace, Embraer, SABIC Innovative Plastics, SII Deutschland, ViaSat, Etihad Airways and Hamburg University of Applied Sciences won the most prestigious prize in one of seven categories for their extraordinary cabin concepts and products.

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.

Interface computer introduced by DDC to develop MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC 429 applications

BOHEMIA, N.Y., 13 April 2015. Data Device Corp. (DDC) in Bohemia, N.Y., is introducing the Avionics Interface Computer (AIC), a scalable, programmable, and portable platform to develop and test MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC 429 system applications via an Ethernet network.

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