Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Sensors & Ground Control

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

 

FAA sells interim policy for unmanned aircraft as bridge from past to future

FAA sells interim policy for unmanned aircraft as bridge from past to future

WASHINGTON, 27 March 2015. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials in Washington have established an interim policy to speed airspace authorizations for certain commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operators who obtain Section 333 exemptions.

FAA grants experimental airworthiness certificate for Amazon unmanned aircraft

FAA grants experimental airworthiness certificate for Amazon unmanned aircraft

WASHINGTON, 20 March 2015. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials have issued an experimental airworthiness certificate to an Amazon Logistics Inc. unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) design to be used for research and development and crew training.

Air Force asks Northrop Grumman to beef-up cyber security for BACN communications

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass., 2 March 2015. Military communications experts at Northrop Grumman Corp. are beefing-up a major airborne battlefield communications system to protect it from computer hackers and other cyber security threats.

FAA proposes regulations to facilitate integration of small UAS into U.S. aviation system

FAA proposes regulations to facilitate integration of small UAS into U.S. aviation system

WASHINGTON, 17 Feb. 2015. Officials in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Washington have proposed a framework of regulations allowing routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the national aviation system, and accommodating future technological innovations.

FAA achieves critical milestone with proposed rule on commercial UAV use, AUVSI's Wynne says

FAA achieves critical milestone with proposed rule on commercial UAV use, AUVSI's Wynne says

ARLINGTON, Va., 17 Feb. 2015. President and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), Brian Wynne, calls the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA’s) proposed rule for small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) "a good first step" to allow commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

FAA small UAS rule is important first step in airspace integration, says AIA’s Blakey

FAA small UAS rule is important first step in airspace integration, says AIA’s Blakey

ARLINGTON, Va., 17 Feb. 2015. The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) draft regulations for the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as drones, is “an important step towards the integration of UAS into civil airspace,” says Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO Marion C. Blakey.

General Atomics to build 24 MQ-9 Block 5 Reaper attack UAS in $279.1 million contract

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 16 Feb. 2015. Unmanned aircraft system (UAS) designers at General Atomics in Poway, Calif., will provide the U.S. Air Force with 24 MQ-9 Block 5 Reaper attack drones under terms of a $279.1 million contract announced earlier this month.

Lockheed Martin unveils flexible Legion Pod sensor system for various aircraft

Lockheed Martin unveils flexible Legion Pod sensor system for various aircraft

ORLANDO, Fla., 12 Feb. 2015. Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] introduced Legion Pod – a multi-function sensor system that supports collaborative targeting operations between multiple aircraft in radar-denied environments.

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).

F-35 fighter, P-8A patrol jet, KC-46 tanker are big winners in 2016 DOD budget

WASHINGTON, 9 Feb. 2015. The U.S. military's F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter (JSF) -- one of the nation's costliest defense programs -- leads efforts by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to upgrade and build new military aircraft in the Pentagon's fiscal 2016 budget request, submitted this past week.

BAE Systems to develop ASW drone to help Navy P-8A hunt enemy subs from altitude

ARLINGTON, Va., 2 Feb. 2015. Anti-submarine warfare (ASW) experts at BAE Systems are developing an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) sensor payload able to look for submerged enemy submarines by detecting small variations in the Earth's magnetic field.

Aerospace engineers need to look at liquid cooling, Curtiss-Wright technical fellow advises

Aerospace engineers need to look at liquid cooling, Curtiss-Wright technical fellow advises

PHOENIX, 20 Jan. 2015. High-density, high-performance processors can create thermal management challenges. Extended temperature operating environments and long life exacerbate system design issues. VITA is helping to solve a lot of these problems, admits Ivan Straznicky, technical fellow, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions in Ottawa, Canada.

Global governments, militaries investigate LTE communications via aerostats, unmanned aircraft swarms

Global governments, militaries investigate LTE communications via aerostats, unmanned aircraft swarms

PHOENIX, 19 Jan. 2015. Radar and communications, specifically Long Term Evolution (LTE), applications are growing, explains John Long, vice president integrated systems at LCR Embedded Systems Inc., a provider of chassis, backplanes, and integrated systems in Norristown, Pa.

PHOENIX, 19 Jan. 2015. VITA Executive Director Jerry Gipper opened the annual Embedded Tech Trends (ETT) conference in Phoenix today with an overview of global electronics developments. Among them are: ubiquitious computing and the proliferation of digital devices, inexpensive digital storage, connectivity, and the “sensor-ization of technology,” or the trend of “putting sensors on everything.” At the same time, “drones are kind of a big deal,” Gipper said, quoting USA Today’s coverage of Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015 in Las Vegas. Gipper and his cohorts recall having seen hundreds of drones, also known as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at CES.

Embedded Tech Trends 2015 opens, concentrates on electronics innovation

PHOENIX, 19 Jan. 2015. VITA Executive Director Jerry Gipper opened the annual Embedded Tech Trends (ETT) conference in Phoenix today with an overview of global electronics developments. Among them are: ubiquitious computing and the proliferation of digital devices, inexpensive digital storage, connectivity, and the “sensor-ization of technology,” or the trend of “putting sensors on everything.”

Navy orders three RQ-21A Blackjack small tactical UAS for Navy and Marines surveillance

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 19 Jan. 2015. U.S. Navy officials are buying three new RQ-21A Blackjack small tactical unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to provide surveillance capability for U.S. Marine Corps and Navy tactical commanders.

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