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Big, fat bill on privatizing air traffic control pits consumers against airlines

WASHINGTON, 12 Feb. 2016. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved legislation that would transfer control of the national air traffic control (ATC) system out of the hands of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to a not-for-profit corporation.

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Counter-droid system hijacks, captures rogue craft

WASHINGTON, 12 Feb. 2016. There are now more small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), also known as drones, than conventional manned aircraft registered with the U.S. government, underscoring — for anyone still skeptical — that UAS have shed their novelty status and entered the mainstream. But for all the recreational and economic activity created by the proliferation of small unmanned aircraft, the potential security and safety threats they pose continue to compound.

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RIT and Pictometry partner on UAS testing

ROCHESTER, N.Y., 12 Feb. 2016. Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) officials are working with a local company to expand research on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as drones. The university is utilizing a special way of testing those unmanned aerial devices. RITand the aerial imaging companyPictometryare partnering to build an outdoor enclosure that includes netting to keep the drones they will be testing from getting too far away.

President’s budget request targeted at hardware/software modernization, moving to satellite-based system

President’s budget targeted at hardware/software modernization, moving to satellite-based ATC

WASHINGTON, 12 Feb. 2016. The U.S. President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2017 supports the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) plans for air traffic controller and safety staffing, research and development, capital investment, and the modernization of the air traffic system through NextGen, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx explains.

Sec. Foxx: $98.1 billion DOT Budget Request emphasizes safety, innovation, opportunity

Sec. Foxx: $98.1 billion DOT Budget Request emphasizes safety, innovation, opportunity

WASHINGTON, 11 Feb. 2016. The $98.1 billion the President is requesting for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 “reflects an ambitious 30-year vision for this Department to take the United States Beyond Traffic and toward a transportation network that matches the changing geography of where people live and work; fosters innovation and takes advantage of evolving technology; and provides access to opportunity without regard to zip code or any other demographic,” says U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.

Final satellite in GPS IIF constellation taps Orbital ATK motor, solar array, thermal, and antenna equipment

Final satellite in GPS IIF constellation taps Orbital ATK motor, solar array, thermal, and antenna equipment

DULLES, Va., 11 Feb. 2016. Orbital ATK Inc. (NYSE:OA) contributed integrated hardware to the launch of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket and GPS Block IIF satellite payload from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

Aerojet Rocketdyne places twelfth GPS navigation satellite into orbit for U.S. military

Aerojet Rocketdyne places twelfth GPS navigation satellite into orbit for U.S. military

SACRAMENTO, Calif., 11 Feb. 2016. Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), placed the last in a block of 12 global positioning system navigation satellites (GPS IIF) into orbit for the U.S. Air Force. This last mission launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion included an RL10C-1 upper-stage engine, six helium pressurization tanks, and a dozen Centaur upper-stage thrusters used for roll, pitch, yaw and settling burns.

Boeing and U.S. Air Force complete 12-satellite GPS IIF constellation

Boeing and U.S. Air Force complete 12-satellite GPS IIF constellation

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., 11 Feb. 2016. Boeing [NYSE:BA] and U.S. Air Force engineers completed the GPS IIF constellation with the launch of the 12th Boeing-built satellite.

Rugged, reliable laptops key in Air Force weather systems, alerting airmen to critical conditions

Rugged, reliable laptops key in Air Force weather systems, alerting airmen to critical conditions

United States Air Force personnel carry out missions all over the globe in virtually every environment imaginable. With the mission of providing "compelling air, space, and cyber capabilities for use by the combatant commanders," it's essential to get the right information to the right person at the right time. To that end, tracking weather data in real time to advise airmen on potentially critical conditions is among the most important tasks toward ensuring safe, successful missions.

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.

DSP282 Dual Quad Core Multiprocessor

Scalability for best size, weight and power (SWaP) Designed for size, weight and power (SWaP) sensitive application's, Abaco's high performance embedded computing (HPEC) platforms deliver expanded mission capabilities across a wide range of manned- and un-manned airborne, ground and naval platforms.


The KVH GEO-FOG 3D commercial off-the-shelf inertial navigation system (INS) has KVH’s highly accurate Fiber Optic Gyro (FOG)-based 1750 inertial measurement unit (IMU) as its core processor. With a data rate 10x faster than competing systems, the advanced GEO-FOG 3D includes 3 KVH DSP-1750 gyros, the world’s smallest high performance FOG, integrated with 3 low noise MEMS accelerometers, 3 axes of magnetometers, a pressure sensor, and an option of a single or dual antenna GNSS receiver.

ONYX HD: Video HD Rugged Computer Unit-Watch, track, overlay, record, and stream your EO/IR sensors in 1920*1080p @30fps

Thanks to ONYX HPEC heterogeneous platform based on Haswell + E8860, it offers up to 2*HD-SDI + 2*PAL simultaneous video captures, 4*HD-SDI, DVI, VGA, STANAG graphic outputs, H.264 video streaming and Metadata extraction/insertion. ONYX-HD had passed DO-160 & MIL-STD-810 EQT, works between -40°C/+71°C: He wait for your next program of C4ISR, search and rescue, 360° awareness, border control, digital video mapping, augmented reality, EMS and more.

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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

Critical Techniques for High-Speed A/D Converters in Real-Time Systems

January 19, 2016

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January 19, 2016

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New! High-Speed Switched Serial Fabrics Improve System Design

October 5, 2015

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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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