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FreeFlight Systems tests RANGR ADS-B system for UAS airspace integration test program

FreeFlight Systems tests RANGR ADS-B system for UAS airspace integration test program

WACO, Texas, 21 Nov. 2014. Engineers at Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station’s (TEES) Vehicle Systems & Control Laboratory (VSCL) have installed and flown the FreeFlight Systems RANGR ADS-B Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) system on their Pegasus II unmanned aircraft system (UAS)—an historic first for a certified ADS-B UAT system to receive FAA approval to be flown on a UAS.

Honeywell and AVIAGE Systems adopt Crane Aerospace & Electronics power electronics for COMAC C919 narrow-body aircraft

Honeywell and AVIAGE Systems adopt Crane power electronics for COMAC C919 narrow-body aircraft

LYNNWOOD, Wash., 20 Nov. 2014. Crane Aerospace & Electronics, Power Solutions, officials in Lynnwood, Wash., is supplying its power electronics products for use on the much-anticipated C919 family of narrow-body aircraft from Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd. (COMAC), a Chinese state-owned aerospace manufacturer in Shanghai, China.

Orbital wins NASA contract for scientific balloon engineering, flight operations for 15 missions annually

Orbital wins NASA contract for scientific balloon engineering, flight operations for 15 missions annually

DULLES, Va., 19 Nov. 2014. Space technology company Orbital Sciences Corp.’s (NYSE:ORB) Technical Services Division (TSD) in Greenbelt, Md., won a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) contract to operate the space agency’s Science Balloon Operations program.

European Space Agency, NASA contractors deploy 15,000 Microsemi space products on Rosetta spacecraft mission

European Space Agency, NASA contractors deploy 15,000 Microsemi space products on Rosetta spacecraft mission

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., 18 Nov. 2014. Officials at Microsemi Corp. (Nasdaq:MSCC), a provider of semiconductor solutions, reveal that more than 15,000 of the company’s reliable space products -- including FPGAs, diodes, transistors, and integrated circuits (ICs) – have been and continue to be used in mission-critical applications over the 10-year, four-billion-mile Rosetta Spacecraft mission by the European Space Agency (ESA), NASA, and technology partners. Microsemi products, included in several avionics and platform functions built by multiple ESA contractors, continue to support the mission as it conducts a wide variety of research. The Microsemi products supporting the mission, they add.

Crane Aerospace & Electronics expands power electronics portfolio, introduces new products at Electronica

Crane Aerospace & Electronics expands power electronics portfolio, introduces new products at Electronica

MUNICH, 11 Nov. 2014. Crane Aerospace & Electronics officials in Redmond, Wash., are unveiling several new power electronics products well suited to commercial aircraft, military aircraft, and civil and defense space platforms during Electronica in Munich, Germany, this week.

U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin deliver third MUOS secure communications satellite for mobile warfighters

U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin deliver third MUOS secure communications satellite for mobile warfighters

SUNNYVALE, Calif., 7 Nov. 2014. The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) have delivered the third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) spacecraft to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, where it will be prepared for a January 2015 liftoff aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket.

ATW debuts flexible waveguide, components for sattelite applications

ATW debuts flexible waveguide, components for satellite applications

WARWICK, R.I., 4 Nov. 2014. ATW Companies Inc., a supplier of precision tubing and fabricated metal components, provides flexible waveguide tubing and waveguide components for airborne, satellite, and space applications.

Orbital Antares rocket suffers catastrophic failure, destroying space vehicles and hosted payloads

Orbital Antares rocket suffers catastrophic failure, destroying space vehicles and hosted payloads

DULLES, Va., 31 Oct. 2014. Shortly after lift-off from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A in Virginia at 6:22 p.m. (EDT), an Orbital Sciences Corp. (NYSE:ORB) Antares space launch vehicle suffered a catastrophic failure. No casualties were incurred and property damage was limited to the south end of Wallops Island, but the launch vehicle, onboard spacecraft, and hosted payloads went up in flames.

Boeing to install strategic communications gear in Air Force airborne command post

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla., 27 Oct 2014. Strategic communications experts at the Boeing Co., are developing a system to enable military emergency command post aircraft to communicate with submerged submarines in the event of nuclear war or other global disasters.

Spanish satellite engineers choose AdaCore development environment for satellite control software

Spanish satellite engineers choose AdaCore development environment for satellite control software

BRISTOL, United Kingdom, 24 Oct. 2014. Oficials at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid / UPM) have selected AdaCore’s GNAT Pro cross-development environment for the UPMSat-2 UNION satellite project’s real-time, on-board and ground-control software. The 50-kilogram micro-satellite, scheduled to be launched in Q4 2015, will provide a technology demonstration platform for the university from a sun-synchronous orbit nearly 600 kilometers above Earth.

Air Force asks Northrop Grumman to stiffen Global Hawk UAS defenses against cyber attacks

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 20 Oct. 2014. U.S. Air Force unmanned aerial vehicle (UAS) experts are asking Northrop Grumman Corp. to upgrade the abilities of the Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAS) to resist computer hackers' attempts to commandeer or disrupt the unmanned aircraft while in flight.

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Inmarsat’s L-TAC provides beyond-line-of-sight satellite communications to U.S. government users

Inmarsat’s L-TAC provides beyond-line-of-sight satellite communications to U.S. government users

WASHINGTON, 10 Oct. 2014. Inmarsat, a provider of global mobile satellite communication (SATCOM) services, is harnessing the skills of its partners and the capabilities of its Inmarsat-4 satellite constellation to expand the availability of mobile tactical beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) communications to actively deployed U.S. and coalition forces.

Northrop Grumman delivers Space Based Infrared System payload to Lockheed Martin

Northrop Grumman delivers Space Based Infrared System payload to Lockheed Martin

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., 8 Oct. 2014. Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems has delivered a Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) payload to Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company in Sunnyvale, Calif. The payload -- the third delivered on the SBIRS Follow-on Production contract in 15 months -- will be integrated with a SBIRS geosynchronous (GEO) spacecraft in preparation for its projected launch in the summer of 2016.

RF and microwave adapters for aviation and military applications introduced by Fairview

ALLEN, Texas, 6 Oct. 2014. Fairview Microwave Inc. in Allen, Texas, is introducing a line of IP67 RF and microwave adapters for aviation, military, DAS, and cellular applications that require ingress protection from water and dust.

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