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Domaille Engineering to provide thermal management assemblies to Lockheed Martin for Space Fence

Domaille Engineering to provide thermal management assemblies to Lockheed Martin for Space Fence

ROCHESTER, Minn., 1 July 2015. Domaille Engineering LLC won a multimillion-dollar contract from Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] to manufacture thermal management assemblies for the Space Fence Program.

Microsemi ProASIC3 FPGAs certified to QML Class Q for radiation-tolerant space

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., 29 June 2015. Microelectronics experts at the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) at Fort Belvoir, Va., have placed the ProASIC3 field programmable gate array (FPGA) from Microsemi Corp. in Aliso Viejo, Calif., on the Qualified Manufacturers List (QML) for Class Q radiation-tolerant devices for use in space.

TEKEVER, ViaSat to expand civilian drone use with advanced satellite communications

TEKEVER, ViaSat to expand civilian drone use with advanced satellite communications

PARIS, 18 June 2015. The TEKEVER Group, an unmanned aerial systems (UAS) manufacturer, and ViaSat, a provider of communication technologies and services, have entered into a strategic alliance aimed at expanding the civilian use of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) platforms, also commonly known as drones, with advanced satellite communications. The companies are collaborating by adding ViaSat’s communication technologies onto TEKEVER’s UAS platforms to push the boundaries of UAS range in civilian beyond line of sight (BLOS) applications, officials say.

Septentrio Satellite Navigation acquires Altus Positioning Systems, grows GPS/GNSS portfolio

LEUVEN, Belgium, 16 June 2015. Septentrio Satellite Navigation has acquired Altus Positioning Systems, forming a global, integrated company delivering GPS/GNSS positioning equipment to and increasing advancements in the field of GIS. 

Hexcel invests in new carbon fiber plant in France

PARIS, June 2015. Hexcel is investing $250 million in the construction of a carbon fiber plant in Roussillon, France. Hexcel officials showed plans for the new facility during Paris Air Show.

Communications on-the-move antenna to link UAS and military vehicles offered by CPI

CAMARILLO, Calif., 8 June 2015. Communications & Power Industries (CPI) in Camarillo, Calif., is introducing the GMA-100QB communications on-the-move antenna system for communications on-the-move antenna applications on military ground vehicles.

NASA selects Boeing for first commercial human spaceflight contract

NASA selects Boeing for first commercial human spaceflight contract

HOUSTON, 28 May 2015. NASA issued a task order under Boeing’s [NYSE:BA] $4.2 billion Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract for the company’s first-ever service flight to the International Space Station (ISS) – marking the first time in human spaceflight history that NASA has contracted with a commercial company for a human spaceflight mission.

Aerojet Rocketdyne conducts hot-fire tests in support of U.S. Air Force Hydrocarbon Boost Technology Demonstrator program

Aerojet Rocketdyne conducts hot-fire tests in support of U.S. Air Force Hydrocarbon Boost Technology Demonstrator program

SACRAMENTO, Calif., 26 May 2015. Aerojet Rocketdyne (NYSE:AJRD) has completed the first in a series of hot-fire tests on the sub-scale oxygen rich pre-burner in support of the U.S. Air Force Hydrocarbon Boost Technology Demonstrator (HBTD) program.

Stratasys and MakerBot launch CubeSat challenge for aerospace engineers and students

Stratasys and MakerBot launch CubeSat challenge for aerospace engineers and students

MINNEAPOLIS, 21 May 2015. The CubeSat Challenge invites the GrabCAD community to use 3D printing to rethink the CubeSat, a standard small research satellite built by universities, aerospace startups, and independent makers around the world.

Laser navigation for unmanned aircraft in RF- and GPS-denied areas developed by ADSYS

ATLANTA, 18 May 2015. U.S. Navy shipboard unmanned aviation experts needed navigation and landing capability for unmanned aerial vehicles in areas where RF and GPS signals are jammed or disrupted. They found their solution from ADSYS Controls Inc. in Irvine, Calif.

MDA delivers RADARSAT-2 information to the Netherlands for government, scientific, research applications

MDA delivers RADARSAT-2 information to the Netherlands for government, scientific, research applications

RICHMOND, B.C., 15 May 2015. MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA; TSX:MDA), a global communications and information company, will provide RADARSAT-2 information to the Netherlands Space Office (NSO) for the next five years according to a $3.3 million (Canadian) contract amendment. The RADARSAT-2 information will be used to provide Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) information for government users as well as scientific and research purposes through the NSO Satellite Data Portal, a portal that enables the government of The Netherlands to disseminate satellite imagery to Dutch entities.

PRODUCT APPLICATIONS: EMI shielding technology a must for safety-critical systems engineering

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EMI/RFI shielding essential in safety-critical systems

Advances in electronics technology deliver myriad benefits, but also pose challenges – especially for today’s engineers. The proliferation of advanced electronics and wireless solutions is driving the need, now more than ever, to shield safety- and mission-critical systems from electromagnetic interference (EMI), also known as radio frequency interference (RFI).

Parrot taps Azimuth channel emulator for drone testing in real-world conditions

Parrot taps Azimuth channel emulator for drone testing in real-world conditions

PARIS, 5 May 2015. Officials at Parrot, a global provider of advanced technology wireless products in Paris, sought an automated, mobile solution for testing the performance of its drones in real-world conditions. They found their solution at Azimuth Systems Inc. in Acton, Mass., with the company’s ACE MX channel emulator.

Exelis delivers encryptors for GPS OCX to Raytheon

ROCHESTER, N.Y., 16 April 2015. Exelis (NYSE:XLS) delivered to Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) six enhanced ground encryptors designed to improve information security for the Global Positioning System Next-Generation Operational Control System (GPS OCX), part of the U.S. Air Force’s GPS modernization program.

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