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Romanian air traffic control towers transition to Rohde & Schwarz VoIP-based systems to improve airspace safety

Romanian air traffic control towers transition to Rohde & Schwarz VoIP-based systems to improve airspace safety

MUNICH, 29 Sept. 2016. Engineers at Romanian air navigation service provider (ANSP) ROMATSA have replaced the voice communications systems at eight control towers with core Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology from Rohde & Schwarz in Munich, Germany. Rohde & Schwarz VoIP technology provides the tower’s air traffic services (ATS) unit a flexible architecture that will play a critical role in making Romanian ANSP installations cost-effective and ready for future growth, officials say.

Harris Corp. and Boeing partner to advance core mission avionics for current, future military aircraft

Harris Corp. and Boeing partner to advance core mission avionics for current, future military aircraft

MELBOURNE, Fla., 29 Sept. 2016. Harris Corp. (NYSE:HRS) and Boeing (NYSE:BA) are developing next-generation avionics technology for current and future military aircraft to improve and protect aviators’ missions.

Lockheed Martin wins $395 million to build U.S. Air Force GPS III satellites 9 and 10

Lockheed Martin wins $395 million to build U.S. Air Force GPS III satellites 9 and 10

DENVER, 28 Sept. 2016. U.S. Air Force officials have selected Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) in Denver, Colorado, to build the ninth and tenth Global Positioning System III (GPS III) satellites in the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation GPS III constellation. Lockheed Martin won $395 million for the production of long-lead items and full production of the next two space vehicles (SVs).

TRAK Microwave launches X-band synthesizer and upconverter for airborne environments

TRAK Microwave launches X-band synthesizer and upconverter for airborne environments

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., 28 Sept. 2016. TRAK Microwave – part of Smiths Microwave Subsystems with offices in Tampa, Florida, and Dundee, Scotland – is introducing the SYN152 X-band direct synthesizer/upconverter, which features four x2, x3, x4, and x17 multiplied output ports with various powers in the L-, S-, or X-bands as well as an X-band BIT detector.

BAE Systems and Ball Aerospace collaborate to bolster U.S. Navy’s ability to share critical data

BAE Systems and Ball Aerospace collaborate to bolster U.S. Navy’s ability to share critical data

WAYNE, N.J., 28 Sept. 2016. U.S. Navy officials selected BAE Systems in Wayne, New Jersey, to design, develop, test, and produce the Network Tactical Common Data Link (NTCDL) system to enable Navy personnel to share large quantities of critical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) data across platforms and networks under a contract worth up to $84.7 million.

Modern electronics hardware and software combine in compact communications systems to meet ever-increasing demands for real-time, high-speed information sharing.

Data in demand: answering the call for communications

Modern electronics hardware and software combine in compact communications systems to meet ever-increasing demands for real-time, high-speed information sharing.

Rocket Lab completes private orbital launch site in preparation of Electron test flight

Rocket Lab completes private orbital launch site in preparation of Electron test flight

MAHIA, New Zealand, 27 Sept. 2016. “Completing Launch Complex 1 is a significant milestone in the build-up to our first Electron test flight,” says Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck, who describes it as the world’s first private orbital launch complex and “a considerable opportunity to change how we access space.”

Physical Optics to provide rugged data recorders with cyber security for military helicopters

LAKEHURST, N.J., 26 Sept. 2016. U.S. Navy avionics experts needed components for rugged data recorders with cyber security for a variety of military helicopters. They found their solution from Physical Optics Corp. in Torrance, Calif.

Air Force asks Raytheon to provide another batch of small diameter bomb smart munitions

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., 26 Sept. 2016. Smart weapons experts at the Raytheon Co. will provide the U.S. military with a new batch of the GBU-39 small-diameter bomb (SDB) munitions under terms of a $49.2 million contract.

Power connectors for medium-power applications in avionics introduced by Amphenol

SIDNEY, N.Y., 26 Sept. 2016. Amphenol Industrial Products Group in Sidney, N.Y., is introducing the ePower-Lite line of medium-amperage power connectors for avionics, hybrid and electric vehicle applications, and other medium-power applications.


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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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