Satellite, SatCom, and Space Technology

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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.

VITA ratifies SpaceVPX next-generation space interconnect standard

PHOENIX, 15 April 2015. Members of the VITA trade association dedicated to open system architectures in critical embedded system applications, announce the long-awaited ratification of VITA 78 SpaceVPX Systems. The SpaceVPX specification has completed the VITA and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) processes, reaching full recognition under guidance of the VITA Standards Organization (VSO) and achieving ANSI recognition as ANSI/VITA 78.00-2015.

Microsemi expands space portfolio with RTG4 radiation-tolerant FPGAs for high-speed signal processing

Microsemi expands space portfolio with RTG4 radiation-tolerant FPGAs for high-speed signal processing

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., 10 April 2015. Microsemi Corp. (Nasdaq:MSCC), a provider of semiconductor solutions, is introducing its RTG4 family of high-speed signal processing radiation-tolerant field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).

Growing in-flight connectivity market holds great potential for satellite businesses

Growing in-flight connectivity market holds great potential for satellite businesses

LONDON, 10 April 2015. The commercial aircraft connectivity market is expected to achieve retail revenues of $3.2 billion U.S. by 2024, with in-flight connectivity (IFC) FSS Ku-band and HTS installs on wide-body and narrow-body airplanes will driving market growth, according to NSR's Aeronautical Satcom Markets (Third Edition) report. 

Readers asked to weigh-in on the importance of cyber security and cyber warfare

NASHUA, N.H., 9 April 2015. The editors of Intelligent Aerospace and Military & Aerospace Electronics are reaching out to readers in an effort to gauge the importance that the aerospace and defense industry places on cyber security, information security, and cyber warfare.

Air Force asks Boeing for prototype avionics for upgrade of Air Force One aircraft

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla., 30 March 2015. Special aircraft experts at the Boeing Co., are moving forward with a project to upgrade important avionics subsystems aboard the nation's two VC-25A presidential transport aircraft, which when in operation are known as Air Force One.

Space company Astrotech acquires imaging technology in auction

Space company Astrotech acquires imaging technology in auction

AUSTIN, Texas, 24 March 2015. Astrotech Corp. (Nasdaq:ASTC), a provider of disruptive technology solutions, acquired certain key assets and intellectual property from Image Trends Inc. during a bankruptcy auction. Company officials coupled the acquired technologies, intellectual property, and know-how with selected high-performance space imaging technologies to establish Astral Images Inc., intended to revolutionize the film-to-digital conversion process for the new ultra-high definition 4K standards, affirms Thomas B. Pickens, CEO of Astrotech.

SAIC services to support U.S. Strategic Command systems and missions

SAIC services to support U.S. Strategic Command systems and missions

MCLEAN, Va., 19 March 2015. Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE:SAIC) in McLean, Va., won a subcontract from Constellation West, a provider of mission-critical technology solutions for the U.S. government, to support the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Systems and Missions Support (USAMS) III program.

Sparton acquires Stealth.com, expands into ruggedized electronics space

Sparton acquires Stealth.com, expands into ruggedized electronics space

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., 19 March 2015. Sparton Corp.’s (NYSE:SPA) wholly owned subsidiary, Sparton of Canada Ltd., has acquired Stealth.com Inc., an Ontario-based manufacturer of built-to-order and custom-configured ruggedized computers and peripherals – such as mini PCs, rackmount server PCs, portable PCs, and touch-screen displays – for military, government, industrial, and commercial applications.

Crane Aerospace & Electronics Microwave Solutions targets space with new Ku-Band Iso-Divider

Crane Aerospace & Electronics Microwave Solutions targets space with new ku-band iso-divider

CHANDLER, Ariz., 18 March 2015. Crane Aerospace & Electronics Microwave Solutions is introducing an 8-way unit to its family of Ku-Band Iso-Divider products, designed to deliver small size, low weight, and high reliability for space applications.

Marines ask ViaSat for hatch-mount SATCOM streaming-video antenna for KC-130J aircraft

QUANTICO MARINE BASE, Va., 16 March 2015. U.S. Marine Corps aviation experts needed hatch-mount satellite communications (SATCOM) antennas for the KC-130J Super Hercules utility turboprop aircraft. They found their solution from ViaSat Inc. in Carlsbad, Calif.

Upgraded Blue Sky Networks asset-tracking software has SMS and email formatting

LA JOLLA, Calif., 2 March 2015. Blue Sky Network (BSN) in La Jolla, Calif., is introducing upgrades to the company's SkyRouter’s Alert Notification system for tracking aircraft and other assets by satellite.

Engility acquires TASC, expands into analysis of space systems architectures, data, geospatial intelligence

Engility acquires TASC, expands into analysis of space systems architectures, data, geospatial intelligence

CHANTILLY, Va., 26 Feb. 2015. Engility Holdings Inc. (NYSE:EGL) has completed its acquisition of TASC Inc. for approximately $1.3 billion, creating “a leading government services provider with a customer footprint that spans the federal services market,” officials say.

Boeing to build all-electric propulsion satellite for SES

Boeing to build all-electric propulsion satellite for SES

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., 19 Feb. 2015. Boeing [NYSE:BA] will build for SES S.A. a new, all-electric 702SP satellite that will enable SES’s airline customers to provide in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) over North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.

Particle-filled silicones provide EMI shielding and environmental sealing

Particle-filled silicones provide EMI shielding and environmental sealing

By Dominic Testo
Particle-filled silicones are elastomeric compounds that combine the advantages of silicone with the electrical properties of metals. An inert, synthetic rubber, silicone offers thermal stability over a wide temperature range and resists ozone and ultraviolet (UV) light. Silicone rubber also resists water, and can be formulated to impart electrical conductivity. When filled with tiny metal particles, typically silver-plated or nickel-coated, silicone compounds can be used for environmental seals that resist electromagnetic interference (EMI).

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