Technologies for the warfighter must run a cruel gauntlet of size, weight, and power consumption, as well as enhanced capability and affordability, before they can take their places alongside the most promising network-centric systems on the digital battlefield.
Not all waveform analyzers are the same, and so professionals should carefully consider the specifications and capabilities of the models available and weigh them against the specific needs of their military and aerospace application.
Air traffic management experts at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., are working with academia to find the most efficient avionics designs that enable passenger aircraft to descend safely and efficiently to their destination airports through heavy traffic and with minimal fuel burn.
U.S. Navy leaders are using the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and its escort ships as a demonstration laboratory of new open-systems shipboard networking technology, and to create a bridge to a new generation of high-performance military data networking aboard the Navy's fleet of warships.
U.S. Air Force researchers are asking industry to develop autonomous control technologies that will enable unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to operate together with piloted aircraft in congested airport terminal areas, and to achieve what the Air Force calls "same base, same time, same tempo" operations.
Cryptography experts at the MITRE Corp. in Bedford, Mass., are urging the aerospace and defense industry to participate in formulating a cryptographic application programming interface (API) standard for aerospace, defense, and other high-assurance applications.
Computer scientists at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., are asking industry for new high-performance computing technologies that could enable so-called extreme scale computing: the notion of exceeding today's petascale computing to achieve one quintillion (1,000,000,000,000,000,000) calculations per second.
U.S. Air Force leaders ordered eight Boeing C-17 Globemaster III rapid strategic airlift aircraft designed to operate from main operating bases or forward operating bases with short or unimproved runways.
KVH Industries Inc. in Middletown, R.I., is providing fiber-optic gyros (FOGs) to be used in remote weapons stations (RWS) that enable gunners on combat vehicles to operate, aim, and fire from inside their armored vehicles, away from hostile fire.
Optical researchers at Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) in McLean, Va., are attempting to create manufacturable gradient index (GRIN) optical lenses for size- and weight-constrained military electro-optics applications.
U.S. Coast Guard officials have chosen the Shipboard Peripheral Replacement System (SPRS) from Sabtech Industries in Yorba Linda, Calif., to upgrade the Mk 92 Fire Control System (FCS) on its medium- and high-endurance cutters.
RF and microwave specialists at the Cobham plc Sensor Systems segment in San Diego will provide microwave modules for ground-to-ground and air-to-ground missile systems built by Raytheon Co. under terms of a new $17.4 million contract.
Ultralife Corp. in Newark, N.Y., will provide the U.S. Army Land Warrior program with lithium-ion rechargeable batteries as well as vehicle, bulk, and individual soldier-based military battery chargers under terms of a $2.5 million contract.
Remote sensing experts at the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Lakehurst at Lakehurst Naval Air Station, N.J., needed advanced land radar processor (LRP) sensor payloads for persistent ground surveillance able to cue walking humans and vehicles.
Six Boeing 747-400 cargo jumbo jets at an international air cargo company will receive a maintenance-based information system from the Boeing Co. in Seattle that will help the carrier with predictive maintenance on its fleet of cargo jets.
Mercury Computer Systems Inc., an ISR subsystem provider, will deliver 6U OpenVPX computing modules and serial RapidIO IP (intellectual property) for a radar system upgrade on a leading tactical aircraft platform.
Aries Electronics in Bristol, Pa., is introducing a CSP test and measurement socket with a window that optically exposes 100 percent of the top of the device under test for failure analysis testing in emission microscopy or optical sensors applications.
GE Intelligent Platforms in Charlottesville, Va., is introducing the NETernity CP921RC-30x 6U CompactPCI 24-port rugged Gigabit Ethernet switch for harsh-environment applications in military, industrial, and telecommunications systems.
Amphenol Industrial in Sidney, N.Y., is introducing a rugged connector for power distribution as part of the company's line of NEPTUNE connectors for demanding power distribution applications like communications shelters, oil exploration, convention centers, manufacturing plants, and production platforms.
National Semiconductor Corp. in Santa Clara, Calif., is introducing the ADC12D1800 3.6 giga-sample-per-second analog-to-digital converter for software-defined radio, radar processing, signals intelligence (SIGINT), and electronic warfare applications.
Extreme Engineering Solutions Inc. (X-ES) in Middleton, Wis., is introducing the XPedite5470 high-performance 3U OpenVPX single-board computer with Freescale QorIQ P4080 processor for military embedded computing applications that require high performance in small form factors.
Mercury Computer Systems Inc. is introducing the Ensemble 2000 six-slot MicroTCA embedded computing chassis with switches built into the backplane to support Gigabit Ethernet (base interface) and a choice of communications fabrics, including RapidIO, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and PCI Express.
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