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DynCorp International and NASA make history with WB-57 aircraft rebuild

DynCorp International and NASA make history with WB-57 aircraft rebuild

FORT WORTH, Texas, 21 Aug. 2014. DynCorp International (DI) and NASA engineers, mechanics, and logisticians working on the NASA Aircraft Maintenance Operational Support (AMOS) program have made aviation history by reconstructing a WB-57 aircraft 40 years follows its last mission.

Greece, U.S. continue to enhance NATO airpower

Greece, U.S. continue to enhance NATO airpower

SOUDA BAY, Greece, 20 Aug. 2014. The bilateral training between Greek and U.S. air forces continues this week with more large-force employments (LFE).

Antares rocket

Antares rocket

The Antares medium-class launch vehicle represents a major increase in the payload launch capability that Orbital can provide to NASA, the U.S. Air Force and commercial customers compared to its heritage small-class space launch vehicles such as Pegasus, Taurus and Minotaur. The Antares rocket can launch spacecraft weighing up to 14,000 pounds (6,400 kilograms) into low-Earth orbit, as well as lighter-weight payloads into higher-energy orbits.

Cygnus cargo spacecraft

Cygnus cargo spacecraft

Orbital Sciences Corp. originally developed the Cygnus cargo spacecraft as part of a joint research and development initiative with NASA. Cygnus consists of a common Service Module (SM) and a Pressurized Cargo Module (PCM).

Pilatus Centre Canada (PCC), in association with Northeast Engineering & Development Ltd., has recieved a Transport Canada Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the new Pilatus PC-12 Enhanced Vision System (EVS).

Pilatus Centre Canada wins STC for Pilatus PC-12 high-definition enhanced vision system

THUNDER BAY, Ontario, 19 Aug. 2014. Pilatus Centre Canada (PCC), in association with Northeast Engineering & Development Ltd., has received a Transport Canada Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the new Pilatus PC-12 Enhanced Vision System (EVS).

Navy asks Raytheon to upgrade electronic subsystems in AIM-9X Block II air-to-air missile

Navy asks Raytheon to upgrade electronic subsystems in AIM-9X Block II air-to-air missile

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 18 Aug. 2014. Air-to-air missile designers at the Raytheon Co. Missile Systems segment in Tucson, Ariz., will make several subsystem upgrades to the AIM-9X Block II aircraft-launched heat-seeking missile under terms of a $44 million contract modification.

Low PIM cable jumpers for black boxes, test gear, and antennas offered by Pasternack

Low PIM cable jumpers for black boxes, test gear, and antennas offered by Pasternack

IRVINE, Calif., 18 Aug. 2014. Pasternack Enterprises Inc. in Irvine, Calif., is introducing low passive intermodulation (PIM) cable jumpers with formable coax for low PIM applications like black boxes, test equipment racks and cabinets, distributed antenna systems (DAS), and lab testing.

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Leverage COTS IP to speed development, comply with requirements, and mitigate SEE, urges Logicircuit’s Lange

An avionics regulations and certification expert from Logicircuit describes the upcoming FAA National Systems, Software and Airborne Electronic Hardware conference and its value, commercial off-the-shelf IP, and the path to certification.

Aerojet Rocketdyne tests rocket motor for Low Earth Orbiting Nanosatellite Integrated Defense Autonomous System

Aerojet Rocketdyne tests rocket motor for Low Earth Orbiting Nanosatellite Integrated Defense Autonomous System

SACRAMENTO, Calif., 14 Aug. 2014. Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Low Earth Orbiting Nanosatellite Integrated Defense Autonomous System (LEONIDAS) first-stage, solid-propellant rocket motor (LEO-46) has completed a hot-fire static test at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

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Aerospace technology leaders open SAE 2014 Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference

WARRENDALE, Pa., 13 Aug. 2014. SAE International is holding the SAE 2014 Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference 23-25 Sept. 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Neil R. Garrigan, executive manager, Advanced Technology Systems, Programs and Strategy at GE Aviation, is delivering the keynote speech to open the conference.

Sikorsky, Boeing to build SB>1 Defiant helicopter technology demonstrator for future vertical lift

Sikorsky, Boeing to build SB>1 Defiant helicopter technology demonstrator for future vertical lift

WASHINGTON, 13 Aug. 2014. U.S. Army Aviation Technology Directorate (AATD) officials have contracted Boeing (NYSE:BA) and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), to continue developing the SB>1 Defiant medium-lift helicopter for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator Phase 1 program (JMR TD), designed to pave the way for the next generation of vertical lift aircraft.

ETC installs altitude chambers at Spanish Air Force aerospace training center

ETC installs altitude chambers at Spanish Air Force aerospace training center

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa., 12 Aug. 2014. Environmental Tectonics Corp. delivered and installed two altitude training and research chambers at the Spanish Air Force’s (SPAF’s) aerospace medical training center (CIMA) in Madrid, Spain.

Navy chooses secure data transfer units from Physical Optics for carrier-based combat jets

Navy chooses secure data transfer units from Physical Optics for carrier-based combat jets

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J., 11 Aug. 2014. U.S. Navy air warfare experts needed encrypted data transfer units for the carrier-based F/A-18E/F fighter-bombers and EA-18G electronic warfare jets. They found their solution from Physical Optics Corp. in Torrance, Calif.

Navy preparing for major presence of new P-8 maritime patrol jets at Whidbey Island NAS, Wash.

Navy preparing for major presence of new P-8 maritime patrol jets at Whidbey Island NAS, Wash.

SILVERDALE, Wash., 11 Aug. 2014. U.S. Navy maritime patrol experts are preparing for a major presence of the new Boeing P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol jet at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in Oak Harbor, Wash., as the new jet slowly begins to replace the venerable Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion maritime patrol turboprop.

200-Watt limiter for air traffic management and radar systems introduced by M/A-COM

200-Watt limiter for air traffic management and radar systems introduced by M/A-COM

LOWELL, Mass., 11 Aug. 2014. M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. in Lowell, Mass., is introducing the MADL-011014 200-Watt CW power L-band limiter for air traffic management, radar systems, and other demanding applications that require high peak and CW power.

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