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Global demand for commercial passenger jets over next two decades set at 36,770 worth $5.2 trillion

Global demand for commercial passenger jets over next two decades set at 36,770 worth $5.2 trillion

July 21, 2014

FARNBOROUGH, England, 21 July 2014. Analysts at the Boeing Co. in Seattle predict global demand for commercial passenger jets will be 36,770 new airplanes over the next 20 years worth $5.2 trillion. Boeing, one of the world's largest commercial jet manufacturers, made its announcement this past week at the Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, England.

An SA-17 missile fired from a Buk launcher would make short work of a 777 passenger jumbo jet

An SA-17 missile fired from a Buk launcher would make short work of a 777 passenger jumbo jet

July 18, 2014

HOWARD'S TOWER BLOG, 18 July 2014. It looks like Malaysia Airlines had another really bad day yesterday. News reports say a Malaysia Airlines 777 jumbo jet en-route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down over Ukraine where government forces and Russian-backed separatists are locked in a civil war in the eastern region of the country.

Exelis

Airborne EW on the rise, focuses on A2AD and pivot to Pacific, says Andy Dunn of Exelis

July 10, 2014

"The biggest changes in the world [relate to] the Pivot to the Pacific and reacting to the anti-access/area-denial (A2AD) strategies. Electronic warfare (EW) demands in the past were to support ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, so the focus of those EW investments were counter-IED, for example, and other technologies to fight that war and counter the threats of those campaigns," explains Andrew "Andy" Dunn, VP, Business Development, Integrated & Electronic Warfare, Exelis Inc., Electronic Systems Division.

Accenture

Farnborough Airshow agenda: the biggest aerospace challenges and how to solve them

July 8, 2014

Most of the difficult challenges with building airplanes are well known, such as delivering them to market faster at lower costs, yet the solutions to them continue to be elusive or insufficient. In fact, well publicized delays in delivering major aircraft models to market have cost the industry billions of dollars.

Aviation authorities to brief industry this fall on UAS sense-and-avoid technologies

July 7, 2014

LAUREL, Md., 7 July 2014. U.S. government aviation authorities will meet with industry this fall to discuss lightweight sense-and-avoid technologies to enable unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to operate safely with manned aircraft in crowded civil airspace.

Navy asks Boeing to update obsolescent electronic modules in F/A-18 AESA airborne radar

June 30, 2014

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 30 June 2014. Component obsolescence in advanced weapon systems is one of the most nagging and costly challenges of long-term systems development, but U.S. Navy officials are seeking to nip this problem in the bud for one of their newest airborne radar systems.

Chassis Plans

Enhancing displays used in unmanned aircraft systems ground control stations

June 26, 2014

Displays used in ground stations for unmanned vehicles must be usable not only in an indoor facility but also deployed in a field location such as a vehicle or out in the open where there may be direct sunlight. To use a standard LCD display several improvements must be made to improve the brightness, contrast and ruggedness of the display.  

Worldwide demand for altimeters and pitot tubes to grow 12.2 percent over next five years

Worldwide demand for altimeters and pitot tubes to grow 12.2 percent over next five years

June 23, 2014

DALLAS, 23 June 2014. The global market for aircraft altimeter systems and pitot tubes will rise 12.2 percent from an estimated $2.3 billion this year to $2.62 billion in 2019, predict analysts at market researcher Markets and Markets in Dallas. These sensors measure aircraft altitude and speed.

Three companies to design new L-band RF power amplifiers to improve GPS signals efficiency

Three companies to design new L-band RF power amplifiers to improve GPS signals efficiency

June 16, 2014

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M., 16 June 2014. U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites may be on the way to becoming smaller and more power efficient with a series of planned upgrades to the way the satellites generate navigation signals.

MicroTCA

MicroTCA: a compelling open COTS alternative for aerospace and defense applications

June 6, 2014

By Ian Shearer, VadaTech

In recent years, MicroTCA has seen increasing adoption in embedded computing systems for aerospace and defense applications. So why are system designers selecting MicroTCA for these applications when you have a seemingly suitable standard in OpenVPX?

Tax credit

R&D credit open to more companies thanks to modified IRS regulations

June 4, 2014

By Jim Foster, J.D.
On 3 June 2014, the United States (U.S.) Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published a policy change that will benefit research and development businesses to the tune of millions of dollars through the promulgation of temporary regulation TD 9666.

flight recorder

Are black boxes obsolete?

June 3, 2014

By Chip Downing, Wind River
Black boxes have been the foundation of safety analyses for over 50 years, but do we need a more modern, more timely, and more accurate way to understand airline safety issues?

satellite

DigitalGlobe geospatial data aids in search and rescue efforts

May 1, 2014

EXECUTIVE Q&A: DigitalGlobe, which merged with GeoEye in 2013, provides earth observation and geospatial imagery, information, and advanced analysis tools that have been used to aid in myrFEATiad search and rescue efforts, including those related to Typhoon Haiyan. 


Global UAV market to reach $2.3 billion by 2023, as AVIC of China is poised to become world's largest aerial drone maker

Global UAV market to reach $2.3 billion by 2023, as AVIC of China is poised to become world's largest aerial drone maker

April 30, 2014

NEWTOWN, Conn., 30 April 2014. The global market for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will more than double over the next decade, rising from $942 million this year to $2.3 billion 2023, predict analysts at market researcher Forecast International in Newtown, Conn

Navy lays groundwork to begin official competition to build carrier-based combat unmanned aerial vehicle

Navy lays groundwork to begin official competition to build carrier-based combat unmanned aerial vehicle

April 23, 2014

PATUXENT RIVER NAS Md., 23 April 2014. Four U.S. designers of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are set to square-off in a do-or-die competition to build the first deployable carrier-based combat UAV. U.S. Navy officials have signaled the imminent release of a solicitation to design the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) aircraft.

Air Force reaches out to industry to find leading-edge technologies for possible major upgrade to AWACS aircraft

Air Force reaches out to industry to find leading-edge technologies for possible major upgrade to AWACS aircraft

April 13, 2014

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass., 13 April 2014. U.S. Air Force surveillance experts are reaching out to industry for enabling technologies that would improve the airborne moving target indication (AMTI) capabilities of the of the E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning & Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft.

TriQuint RFMD

High-level executive provides insight into TriQuint-RFMD merger into $2B company

April 9, 2014

EXECUTIVE Q&A: TriQuint and RFMD have merged to form a new company (name to be announced) with combined revenue of more than $2 billion, serving the defense/aerospace, network infrastructure, and mobile device communities. A senior manager talks specifically about infrastructure and defense.

Raytheon to develop hypertemporal multispectral sensor space instrument for Air Force Research Laboratory

Raytheon to develop hypertemporal multispectral sensor space instrument for Air Force Research Laboratory

April 6, 2014

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M., 6 April 2014. U.S. Air Force space surveillance experts are looking to the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in El Segundo, Calif., to blend multispectral images of the Earth taken over time to extract important reconnaissance information that otherwise might not be visible to intelligence analysts.

Air Force asks General Atomics to upgrade UAV ground-control stations for use with the Internet

Air Force asks General Atomics to upgrade UAV ground-control stations for use with the Internet

March 30, 2014

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 30 March 2014. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) experts at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. in Poway, Calif., are performing major software upgrades on U.S. Air Force UAV ground control stations to enhance UAV ground control over the Internet.

Air Force aircraft upgrade experts considering AESA radar improvements for B-1 and B-52 strategic bomber fleets

Air Force aircraft upgrade experts considering AESA radar improvements for B-1 and B-52 strategic bomber fleets

March 23, 2014

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 23 March 2014. U.S. Air Force bomber experts are considering upgrading the Air Force fleet of B-1 Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress long-range jet bombers with active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar systems to improve bomber surveillance and targeting capability.

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