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FAA’s new rules for small unmanned aircraft systems now in effect

FAA’s new rules for small unmanned aircraft systems now in effect

WASHINGTON, 30 Aug. 2016. The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) first operational rules for routine non-hobbyist use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, are now in effect. Provisions of the new rule, Part 107, are designed to minimize risks to other aircraft and people and property on the ground, FAA officials explain.

Striving for superior SWaP in rack-mounted airborne systems

Striving for superior SWaP in rack-mounted airborne systems

Many of today’s airborne applications have small conduction-cooled computing modules performing the basic processing and connectivity tasks in a system. Less common, but just as important, are the heavy signal processing and multifunctional computing systems that require more space. These systems are often rack-mounted in the aircraft with a front-to-rear cooling configuration. Traditionally, these systems are more bulky and heavy. We’ll take a look at ways to provide superior size, weight, and power consumption (SWaP) in these rackmount airborne systems.

Is the Navy's P-8A Poseidon evolving into a multi-sensor strategic reconnaissance plane?

HOWARD'S TOWER, 29 Aug. 2016. The U.S. Navy's P-8A Poseidon -- a long-range maritime-patrol and submarine-hunting version of the Boeing 737-800 single-aisle passenger jet -- may be evolving into a multi-sensor strategic reconnaissance aircraft that eventually could rival other surveillance planes like the Navy EP-3 and the Air Force RC-135.

Lockheed Martin to install F-35 training & simulation facility at Lemoore NAS

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 29 Aug. 2016. U.S. Navy air combat experts are expanding training & simulation activities for the F-35C carrier-based joint strike fighter to help give F-35 pilots and flight crews a realistic training experience possible at the most economical cost possible.

Small-form-factor rugged embedded computer for avionics uses offered by VersaLogic

TUALATIN, Ore., 29 Aug. 2016. VersaLogic Corp. in Tualatin, Ore., is introducing the rugged credit-card-sized VL-EPU-3311 Osprey small-form-factor rugged embedded computer for military, avionics, and medical applications.

Boeing delivers advanced satellite communications network to Mexico

Boeing delivers advanced satellite communications network to Mexico

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., 26 Aug. 2016. Boeing (NYSE:BA) has delivered to Mexico an advanced satellite communications systems which opens high-speed data and voice communications to the entire country, including previously unserved areas. The Mexsat system, having completed its final tests, was formally accepted by the Ministry of Communications and Transportation.

Intelsat 33e satellite launched into orbit with advanced digital payload, anti-jam and other security features

Intelsat 33e satellite launched into orbit with advanced digital payload, anti-jam and other security features

LUXEMBOURG, 25 August 2016. Intelsat 33e, the second of seven planned Intelsat EpicNG high-throughput satellites, launched from French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle. Intelsat 33e, manufactured by Boeing for Intelsat S.A. (NYSE:I), is equipped with the most advanced digital payload on a commercial spacecraft and combines wide beams and spot beams with frequency reuse technology, officials describe.

Stratasys Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator boasts Siemens’ motion control hardware, PLM software

Stratasys Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator boasts Siemens’ motion control hardware, PLM software

MINNEAPOLIS, 25 Aug. 2016. Additive manufacturing/3D printing solutions company Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ:SSYS) and Siemens engineers have been working very closely together to further their shared vision of making 3D printing a viable and indispensable component of production manufacturing for aerospace and other industry verticals. The companies have integrated Stratasys core additive manufacturing technologies with industrial motion control hardware and design–to-3D printing software capabilities provided by Siemens to form the Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator, designed to revolutionize the 3D printing of composite parts.

Expanding UAV market driving IEEE standardization efforts

Expanding UAV market driving IEEE standardization efforts

By Kamesh Namuduri

One interesting addition to this year’s Farnborough International Airshow was a specialized exhibit showcasing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), more commonly referred to as drones or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Visitors were introduced to the latest drone technologies and applications, which are continuing to drive significant market growth as military and municipal applications for drones are on the rise. This, in turn, has seen new commercial applications bringing brought into play, which have the potential to drive even more rapid and extensive use of drones to address a wide variety of scenarios.

Aerospace supply chain under cost pressure as OEMs seek technically adequate, best cost solutions

Aerospace supply chain under cost pressure as OEMs seek technically adequate, best cost solutions

The commercial aerospace sector holds great opportunity, while the defense side is winding down, recognizes Tim Shillair, new product introduction supply chain and operations manager (NPI SCM/Ops manager) at Crane Aerospace & Electronics in Lynnwood, Washington. Virtually all market analysts tend to favor this view, as do the latest market figures and forecasts.


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Airbus E-Fan electric aircraft makes U.S. debut with hybrid engine

Airbus Group's E-Fan

Airbus Group officials debuted the E-Fan 1.2 experimental electric aircraft during EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with a new hybrid electric/gas engine. 

Erickson helicopter

Erickson Inc. helicopter assists forestry researchers

Erickson Inc. in Portland, Oregon, will deliver one exclusive-use, light-lift helicopter for charter services to an interagency field crew led by the Alaska DNR Division of Forestry, United States Department of Agricultural (USDA), and United States Forest Service under a five-year contract. 

Bell V-280 Valor tiltrotor

The Bell V-280 Valor is a third-generation tiltrotor being developed by Bell Helicopter, as prime contractor, with Lockheed Martin and an aerospace industry team for the United States Army's Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program. The aircraft was officially unveiled at the 2013 Army Aviation Association of America's (AAAA) Annual Professional Forum and Exposition in Fort Worth, Texas, with a projected first flight in 2017.

EagleEye delivers unmanned aircraft with “brain on board”

EagleEye delivers unmanned aircraft with “brain on board”

EagleEye was founded in 2014 by a team of three entrepreneurs in the software industry – and all are licensed pilots. They set out to develop an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a “brain” on board that could make decisions based on real-time inputs from sensors and cameras, and that does not need a pilot to constantly oversee the mission.

Erickson helicopters

Erickson Incorporated medium-lift helicopters suppress fires

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a global provider of aviation services in Portland, Oregon, won two exclusive-use contracts with the State of Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources for wildfire suppression. Under the contracts Erickson will provide two medium-lift helicopters.

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Press Releases

KVH Surpasses 200,000 Mobile Satellite Antennas for Broadband Connectivity and Satellite TV Reception

MIDDLETOWN, RI – February 11, 2016 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), announced today that it recently shipped its 200,000th mobile satellite antenna, setting a milestone in the mobile satellite marketplace. The antennas include KVH’s award-winning TracPhone line of satellite communications antenna systems for broadband access at sea, and the

Abaco Systems Recognized by Mentor Graphics for Innovative Design

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.— February 9, 2016 Abaco Systems today announced that it was chosen by Mentor Graphics as the winner of “Best Overall Design” in Mentor’s 26th annual PCB Technology Leadership Awards. The award acknowledges engineers and designers who use innovative methods and design tools to address today’s complex PCB

X-ES Announces a Xilinx Artix-7 FPGA-Based VME Bridge

Extreme Engineering Solutions, Inc. (X-ES) announces several new 6U VME SBCs featuring a Xilinx Artix-7 FPGA-based VME Bridge. These 6U VME products are designed to be pin-compatible with the Radstone/GE/Abaco PPC7D VME IDT Tsi148-based card, providing users with a straightforward, disruption-free upgrade path for legacy systems and a solution to

Low-Cost, High-Reliability, Plug & Play Industrial Motor Controller

Bohemia, New York (January 2016) Data Device Corporation (DDC) introduces a new, low-cost BLDC motor controller for speed, torque and position control. The MC-5000 series BLDC motor controller provides a turnkey, plug-and-play solution, that is available in configurations to support motors that utilize Hall sensor or sensorless commutation for torque

Abaco Systems Announces DSP282 High Performance Multiprocessor for Demanding Applications in Harsh Environments

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.— January 19, 2016 Responding to the growing customer requirement for more compute power per chassis slot for demanding applications, Abaco Systems today announced the DSP282 6U OpenVPX rugged multiprocessor. Designed for processor-intensive systems deployed in harsh environments such as radar, sonar and image- and sensor processing, it

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