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ICAO environmental committee brings aircraft CO2 standard closer to adoption

ICAO environmental committee brings aircraft CO2 standard closer to adoption

MONTRÉAL, 10 Feb. 2016. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) is recommending an aircraft carbon dioxide CO2 emissions standard, paving the way for its ultimate adoption by the U.N. agency’s 36-State Governing Council.

A4A applauds ICAO aircraft emissions standards decisions

A4A applauds ICAO aircraft emissions standards decisions

WASHINGTON, 10 Feb. 2016. Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for U.S. airlines, commends the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) for its agreement on carbon dioxide (CO2) certification standards for new aircraft and on a particulate matter standard for new aircraft engines.

Boeing calls ICAO aircraft emissions standard ‘real progress’

Boeing calls ICAO aircraft emissions standard ‘real progress’

SEATTLE, 10 Feb. 2016. Boeing [NYSE:BA] “commends the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) for reaching agreement on the first global standard for aircraft carbon-dioxide emissions,” according to a company statement.  

Bill seeks to spin off air traffic control from Federal Government

Bill seeks to spin off air traffic control from Federal Government

WASHINGTON, 9 Feb. 2016. The Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act (H.R. 4441) is a six-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that reportedly “maintains the FAA’s role as the nation’s aviation safety regulator;" yet, it also “seeks to establish an independent, not-for-profit corporation, outside of the federal government, to modernize and provide U.S. air traffic control (ATC) services.”

Engineers uncover magic of microbes for biofuels, threat detection

Engineers uncover magic of microbes for biofuels, threat detection

ARLINGTON, Va., 9 Feb. 2016. Synthetic biology – producing or re-engineering microbes or other organisms to perform specific tasks, such as developing biofuels, monitoring chemical threats, and improving the health and physical performance of warfighters – is a top priority for engineers given its far-ranging and broad-based impact on warfighter performance and fleet capabilities, according to Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Mat Winter.

Raytheon enters final phase of FAA air traffic control system modernization on STARS platform

Raytheon enters final phase of FAA air traffic control system modernization on STARS platform

DULLES, Va., 9 Feb. 2016. Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) won a $135 million Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) contract modification to upgrade air traffic control systems at the final 22 airports to the Standard Terminal Automation System (STARS). STARS platform implementation at these 22 sites will complete the NextGen terminal automation modernization of every major FAA National Air Space facility by December 2019.

Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS) from Raytheon

Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS) from Raytheon

The Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS) from Raytheon Company in Waltham, Mass., provides a state-of-the-art air traffic control (ATC) system for managing terminal area airspace for both the Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Department of Defense (DOD).

Curtiss-Wright 3D-printed chassis supports VITA 48.8 standard, helicopter and UAS applications

Curtiss-Wright 3D-printed chassis supports VITA 48.8 standard, helicopter and UAS applications

ASHBURN, Va., 8 Feb. 2016. Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division is supporting the new VITA 48.8 Air Flow Through (AFT) cooling standard with a range of 3U and 6U modules designed to bring the advanced cooling technology to rugged deployed embedded systems, for applications such as helicopters and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

Lockheed Martin to upgrade communications avionics in Air Force fleet of F-22 jet fighters

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah, 8 Feb. 2016. Military avionics experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. will upgrade the communications and navigation systems in the U.S Air Force fleet of F-22 Raptor advanced tactical jet fighter aircraft under terms of a $9.3 million contract modification.

Boeing to build 20 P-8A submarine hunter maritime patrol aircraft in $2.5 billion order

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 8 Feb. 2016. U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft experts are making plans to order 20 new Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft for U.S. and Australian military forces.


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Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)

Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)

The Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) is the Nation’s next generation of polar-orbiting environmental satellites. JPSS is a collaborative effort between NOAA and NASA, and represents significant technological and scientific advancements in severe weather prediction and environmental monitoring and will help advance weather, climate, environmental and oceanographic science. 

EHang 184 autonomous aerial vehicle

EHang 184 autonomous aerial vehicle

EHang, a Chinese manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also commonly referred to as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones, has introduced what is being called the first personal, all-electric autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV).

Boeing rolls out first 737 MAX

Boeing rolls out first 737 MAX

Boeing provided a bright spot in Washington State -- and the global and local aerospace communities – as the first 737 MAX 8 exited the airframe manufacturer’s paint hangar in Renton, Wash.

Blue Origin New Shepard reusable rocket

“Now safely tucked away at our launch site in West Texas is the rarest of beasts—a used rocket,” says Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin in Kent, Wash. “Blue Origin’s reusable New Shepard space vehicle flew a flawless mission—soaring to 329,839 feet and then returning through 119-mph high-altitude crosswinds to make a gentle, controlled landing just four and a half feet from the center of the pad. Full reuse is a game changer, and we can’t wait to fuel up and fly again.”

HondaJet bizjet

HondaJet, Honda's first commercial aircraft

The HondaJet is a fast, high-flying, quiet, and fuel-efficient light business jet (bizjet). The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with "the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin G3000," company officials say.

White Papers & Executive Briefings

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Press Releases

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

Pentek Adds VITA 49 Protocol Engine to Cobalt FPGA Boards

Pentek, Inc., today announced the newest member of its highly popular Cobalt® family of high-speed data converter XMC FPGA modules: the 4-channel Cobalt Model 71664, is a 200 MHz 16-bit A/D with programmable digital down converter, based on the Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA. The Model 71664 is the first Pentek product

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