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Lockheed Martin delivers eCASS aircraft electronics test system to increase U.S. Navy aircraft fleet readiness

Lockheed Martin delivers eCASS aircraft electronics test system to increase U.S. Navy aircraft fleet readiness

ORLANDO, Fla., 23 Jan. 2015. Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) has delivered the first electronic Consolidated Automated Support System (eCASS), designed to maximize aircraft readiness, to the U.S. Navy.

Aerospace and defense engineers stress need for open standards, modular hardware and software

Aerospace and defense engineers stress need for open standards, modular hardware and software

PHOENIX, 20 Jan. 2015. “Modular hardware and software subsystems enable timely integration of emerging capabilities while minimizing platform integration issues,” says Benjamin Peddicord, chief, Intel Techology and Architecture Branch, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., with activities at Fort Belvoir, Va., and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

Aerospace engineers need to look at liquid cooling, Curtiss-Wright technical fellow advises

Aerospace engineers need to look at liquid cooling, Curtiss-Wright technical fellow advises

PHOENIX, 20 Jan. 2015. High-density, high-performance processors can create thermal management challenges. Extended temperature operating environments and long life exacerbate system design issues. VITA is helping to solve a lot of these problems, admits Ivan Straznicky, technical fellow, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions in Ottawa, Canada.

Interconnect speeds essential in embedded mission computer designs, says Creative Electronic Systems

Interconnect speeds essential in embedded mission computer designs, says Creative Electronic Systems

PHOENIX, 20 Jan. 2015. Interconnect speed is an important element in modern system designs, enabling “a fast network data pipe and getting faster,” according to a representative of Creative Electronic Systems (CES) in Switzerland. “PCI Express (PCIe) connections provide low latency, no overhead, and atomic operation,” he adds.

Secure, trusted computing requirements rise as aerospace vendors go global

Secure, trusted computing requirements rise as aerospace vendors go global

PHOENIX, 20 Jan. 2015. Aerospace and defense departments and prime contractors are looking to sell more globally; yet, risks are inherent in doing so. “As more and more platforms and systems are deployed, risk is there that assets will fall into at the hands of adversarial nations or people,” explains Steve Edwards, technical fellow and product marketing manager at Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions in Ashburn, Va.

Curtiss-Wright: Taming tin whiskers will take an industry-wide approach

Curtiss-Wright: Taming tin whiskers will take an industry-wide approach

PHOENIX, 20 Jan. 2015. Aerospace and defense systems integrators and primes are increasing efforts for growth through international sales, including foreign military sales (FMS), says Ivan Straznicky, technical fellow, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions in Ottawa, Canada.

Aerospace engineers opt for optical technologies

PHOENIX, 19 Jan. 2015. Aerospace and defense applications are increasingly going to optical implementations. “It’s a mature technology that has been used on a lot of programs,” explains Rodger Hosking, vice president and cofounder of Pentek in Upper Saddle River, N.J.

Industry seeks new, rugged interfaces as electronics in aircraft grows exponentially

Industry seeks new, rugged interfaces as electronics in aircraft grows exponentially

PHOENIX, 19 Jan. 2015. Legacy architecture is at its limit for aviation systems, says Michael Plannerer, head of development at MEN Mikro Elektronik GmbH in Numberg, Germany. The amount of electronic equipment in aircraft continues to increase, as does the need for new interfaces and rugged computer boards and systems for harsh, mobile, and mission-critical environments, he says.

Creative Electronic Systems and industry deliver VPX in a small form factor

Creative Electronic Systems and industry deliver VPX in a small form factor

PHOENIX, 19 Jan. 2015. VNX, the new VITA 74 standard, is essentially VPX in a smaller form factor, explains Bill Ripley, who oversees business development, product management, and engineering at Creative Electronic Systems (CES) in Switzerland.

Navy orders three RQ-21A Blackjack small tactical UAS for Navy and Marines surveillance

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 19 Jan. 2015. U.S. Navy officials are buying three new RQ-21A Blackjack small tactical unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to provide surveillance capability for U.S. Marine Corps and Navy tactical commanders.

Power amplifier for avionics communications and EW applications introduced by NuWaves

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio, 19 Jan. 2015. NuWaves Engineering in Middletown, Ohio, is introducing the NuPower 13G05A small, lightweight and high-efficiency power amplifier for a wide variety of air- or ground-based tactical, test, or training platforms.

VadaTech debuts A/D and D/A converter FPGA mezzanine card

VadaTech debuts A/D and D/A converter FPGA mezzanine card

HENDERSON, Nev., 14 Jan. 2015. VadaTech, a manufacturer of embedded boards and application-ready platforms, has unveiled its new FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) designed to serve as both an A/D converter and D/A converter. The module, which is compliant with the VITA 57 specification, is targeted at radar, communications, automated test equipment (ATE), physics, and video/broadcast applications.

NASC selects CAE simulation/training for TigerShark XP unmanned aircraft

NASC selects CAE simulation and training for TigerShark XP unmanned aircraft

WARMINSTER, Pa., 14 Jan. 2015. Officials at NAVMAR Applied Sciences Corp. (NASC), a supplier of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and professional engineering services, selected CAE in Montreal, Canada, as its preferred simulation and training provider for its TigerShark XP UAS.

Intertek gains accreditation for Colombian jet fuel laboratory

Intertek gains accreditation for Colombian jet fuel laboratory

BOGOTÁ, Colombia, 13 Jan. 2015. National Accreditation Organization of Colombia (ONAC, Organismo Nacional de Acreditación de Colombia) officials awarded Intertek ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation for a state-of-the-art jet fuel laboratory in Bogotá.

Lockheed Martin wins $308.3 million contract modification to upgrade radars on Taiwan F-16s

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 12 Jan. 2015. Airborne radar experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. are building 144 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar systems for a planned upgrade to Taiwanese F-16 jet fighters.

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