Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Sensors & Ground Control

UAS, UAV, RPAS, and drone technologies, including ground control stations and electro-optical payloads


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.

Northrop Grumman to build three Air Force advanced Global UAS for surveillance

Northrop Grumman to build three Air Force advanced Global UAS for surveillance

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 8 Sept. 2014. Unmanned aerial system (UAS) designers at the Northrop Grumman Corp. Aerospace Systems segment in San Diego will build three advanced versions of the RQ-4B Global Hawk high-altitude, long-range UAS under terms of a $240.7 million contract.

in-flight entertainment and connectivity

Copper and fiber co-exist in commercial aerospace

Aircraft depend increasingly on digital electronics for information and control. The trend toward MEA (more electric aircraft) highlights the transition from mechanical systems to electronically controlled systems. As the electronics content in both aircraft operation and passenger amenities continues to grow, so do the processing loads. Embedded computers are evolving to allow ever-increasing sophistication in flight sensors and radar. Distributed processing—moving the processing power from a centralized location to the point of use—still requires communication between boxes.

Navy to ask industry to develop laser weapon prototype for deployment on helicopters

Navy to ask industry to develop laser weapon prototype for deployment on helicopters

RIDGECREST, Calif., 4 Aug. 2014. U.S. Navy airborne weapons experts are ready to kick off a program to develop a high-energy laser weapon for manned and unmanned helicopters to perform a variety of military operations at sea.

Infrared sensor payload for UAVs, helicopters, and light jets introduced by Elbit

Infrared sensor payload for UAVs, helicopters, and light jets introduced by Elbit

HAIFA, Israel, 4 Aug. 2014 2014. Elbit Systems Ltd. in Haifa, Israel, is introducing the DCoMPASS FHD iMEP all-in-one integrated surveillance sensor payload for lightweight platforms like light attack and search and rescue helicopters, medium-sized unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and special-mission light jets.

Hyperspectral VNIR sensor for small hand-launched UAVs introduced by Headwall

FITCHBURG, Mass., 28 July 2014. Headwall Photonics Inc. in Fitchburg, Mass., is introducing the Nano-Hyperspec sensor to provide small hand-launched commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with hyperspectral imaging capability.

Hermes UAS

Elbit Systems showcases next-generation pilot situational awareness, flight safety, and aircraft protection

FARNBOROUGH, England, 15 July 2014. Elbit Systems officials are demonstrating solutions designed to meet the changing requirements of the defense and commercial aviation industries at Farnborough International Airshow 2014.

Rugged 6U OpenVPX XMC carrier card for military aircraft offered by Curtiss-Wright

ASHBURN, Va., 14 July 2014. The Curtiss-Wright Corp. Defense Solutions division in Ashburn, Va., is introducing the VPX6-218 rugged 6U OpenVPX XMC carrier card for deployed applications intended for harsh defense and aerospace environments such as manned and unmanned aircraft and ground combat vehicles.


Airborne EW on the rise, focuses on A2AD and pivot to Pacific, says Andy Dunn of Exelis

"The biggest changes in the world [relate to] the Pivot to the Pacific and reacting to the anti-access/area-denial (A2AD) strategies. Electronic warfare (EW) demands in the past were to support ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, so the focus of those EW investments were counter-IED, for example, and other technologies to fight that war and counter the threats of those campaigns," explains Andrew "Andy" Dunn, VP, Business Development, Integrated & Electronic Warfare, Exelis Inc., Electronic Systems Division.

Aviation authorities to brief industry this fall on UAS sense-and-avoid technologies

LAUREL, Md., 7 July 2014. U.S. government aviation authorities will meet with industry this fall to discuss lightweight sense-and-avoid technologies to enable unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to operate safely with manned aircraft in crowded civil airspace.

Homeland Security officials to order broad-area airborne maritime search radars from Raytheon

Homeland Security officials to order broad-area airborne maritime search radars from Raytheon

WASHINGTON, 7 July 2014. Maritime surveillance experts at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington needed airborne radar systems for searching the surface of the ocean for a variety of security applications. They found their solution from the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in McKinney, Texas.

Rugged computer for airborne command centers and unmanned vehicles offered by Crystal

HIAWATHA, Iowa, 7 July 2014. Crystal Group Inc. in Hiawatha, Iowa, is introducing the RS111S13 rugged embedded computer for rackmount applications in tight confines like airborne command centers, unmanned vehicles, submarines, ships, server rooms, and process control centers.

4DSP delivers data acquisition, signal processing, and storage solution in XMC form factor

AUSTIN, Texas, 3 July 2014. 4DSP’s new FM788 is an FPGA-based, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) card designed to deliver unparalleled performance for a variety of applications, including beamforming, direction finding, radar, and satellite communications.

Intelligent Aerospace

Groundbreaking Intelligent Aerospace Event Issues Call for Papers

SPOKANE, Wash., 3 July 2014. Intelligent Aerospace Conference Director Courtney E. Howard is issuing a Call for Papers for the Intelligent Aerospace 2015 conference, to be held 6-8 Oct. 2015 at Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Chassis Plans

Enhancing displays used in unmanned aircraft systems ground control stations

Displays used in ground stations for unmanned vehicles must be usable not only in an indoor facility but also deployed in a field location such as a vehicle or out in the open where there may be direct sunlight. To use a standard LCD display several improvements must be made to improve the brightness, contrast and ruggedness of the display.  

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