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Air Traffic Control Association partners with Intelligent Aerospace

Air Traffic Control Association partners with Intelligent Aerospace

ATCA/CMAC, NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., 30 Sept. 2014. Intelligent Aerospace, the annual aerospace event and industry resource, and the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA), the renowned industry association dedicated to progress in the science of air traffic control and the preservation of a safe flight environment in Alexandria, Va., have entered into a strategic partnership to jointly support and serve the rapidly expanding global aerospace community. The agreement was struck during ATCA’s 59th Annual Conference and Exposition and Civil/Military Aviation Conference (CMAC) being held this week, 28 September – 1 October 2014, in National Harbor, Maryland.

Progeny Systems continues work to upgrade P-8A mission software to open-systems standards

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE–DIX–LAKEHURST, N.J., 29 Sept. 2014. Aircraft software experts at Progeny Systems Corp. in Manassas, Va., are helping the U.S. Navy upgrade software to enable existing airborne mission computers to disseminate collected maritime airborne mission data in real time.

Honeywell wins $15.7 million to provide cockpit displays for Navy jets

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 29 Sept. 2014. U.S. Navy avionics experts needed a variety of cockpit displays for the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet jet fighter-bomber and the EA-18 Growler electronic warfare jets. They found their solution from the Honeywell International Inc. Aerospace segment in Albuquerque, N.M.

Power PRM for UAS and other SWAP-constrained military applications introduced by Vicor

ANDOVER, Mass., 29 Sept. 2014. Vicor Corp. in Andover, Mass., is introducing the power pre-regulator module (PRM) for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and other military systems designs that focus on small size, weight, and power (SWAP).

“As the role of the engine evolves, we have to understand the systems around it and support subsystems,” says Michael L. Zierolf, engineer/technologist, energy systems & technology, GE Aviation in Cincinnati, Ohio. Zierolf and his colleagues at GE Aviation presented at SAE's Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference (ASTC) in Cincinnati, Ohio, this week.
GE Aviation’s Garrigan stresses need to intelligently integrate with safety in mind

GE Aviation’s Garrigan stresses need to intelligently integrate with safety in mind

CINCINNATI, Ohio, 24 Sept. 2014. Neil R. Garrigan, executive manager - advanced integrated products at GE Aviation opened the SAE 2014 Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference (ASTC) this week in Cincinnati, Ohio, with a discussion of propulsion, power, and avionics technologies and systems integration. He stressed the need to “intelligently integrate” electronics systems and technologies.

Problems with cost overruns, missed deadlines, supplier quality issues, and negative Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports

SAE to publish AS6500 manufacturing management standard

CINCINNATI, Ohio, 23 Sept. 2014. Problems with cost overruns, missed deadlines, supplier quality issues, and negative Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports prompted the formation of the SAE G-23 Manufacturing Management Committee. The recognition of manufacturing and quality problems kicked off a 360-degree study led by Dr. Tom Christian, ASC/EN, describes Committee Secretary Hamid Akhbari, AFLCMC/EZSM, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (AFB), during the SAE 2014 Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference (ASTC) this week in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Lockheed Martin to upgrade Terrain Awareness Warning System software on MH-60 helicopters

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 22 Sept. 2014. Helicopter avionics experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. are preparing to improve the safety of U.S. Navy Sikorsky MH-60 helicopters with new software and other upgrades.

Raytheon to upgrade TV-guided Maverick air-to-ground missiles with the latest laser guidance

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 22 Sept. 2014. Missile designers at the Raytheon Co. are upgrading versions of the AGM-65 Maverick air-to-ground missile by replacing relatively old optical TV-guided seekers with late-model precision-guided laser sensors.

GaN RF and microwave amplifier for X-band radar applications introduced by Comtech PST

MELVILLE, N.Y., 22 Sept. 2014. Comtech PST Corp. in Melville, N.Y., is introducing the model BMC858109-600 gallium nitride (GaN) RF amplifier for X-band radar applications.

NASA selects Boeing CST-100 as next American spacecraft, awards $4.2 billion under Commercial Crew Program

NASA selects Boeing CST-100 as next American spacecraft, awards $4.2 billion under Commercial Crew Program

HOUSTON, 18 Sept. 2014. Boeing (NYSE:BA) won an award of $4.2 billion from NASA to build and fly the United States’ next passenger spacecraft. Boeing’s Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 is being developed as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which aims to resume U.S.-based flights to space by 2017.

IMSAR chosen to develop small radar systems for small unmanned aerial systems

NATICK, Mass., 15 Sept. 2014. U.S. Army researchers needed synthetic aperture radar (SAR) systems for a variety of unmanned aerial system (UAS) systems. They found their solution from IMSAR LLC in Springville, Utah.

Boeing prepares to build 24 AH-6I light helicopter gunships for Saudi Arabia

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 15 Sept. 2014. Military helicopter designers at the Boeing Co. Defense, Space & Security segment in Mesa, Ariz., are preparing to build 24 new AH-6I light helicopter gunships.

COTS analog module for flight test applications introduced by Curtiss-Wright

ASHBURN, Va., 15 Sept. 2014. The Curtiss-Wright Corp. Defense Solutions division in Ashburn, Va., is introducing the Acra KAM-500 ADC/136 commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) analog module for flight test instrumentation applications.

Cobham to acquire Aeroflex in merger expected to close 12 September 2014

Cobham to acquire Aeroflex in merger expected to close 12 September 2014

PLAINVIEW, N.Y., 11 Sept. 2014. Aeroflex Holding Corp. (NYSE:ARX), a global provider of microelectronic components and test & measurement equipment, is on track to merge with Cobham plc (LSE:COB.LN), a U.K.-listed company that designs and manufactures a wide range of equipment, specialized systems, and components for the aerospace, defense, energy, and electronics industries.

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