It seems our industry's biggest headlines these past few months have been about looming sequestration, fiscal cliffs, future defense cuts, and other indications of gloom and doom for the aerospace and defense electronics industry.
Imagine a wave of distracting light strobes, blinding lasers, electronic warfare jammers, or other kinds of non-lethal weapons that pop up to the ocean's surface without warning in the middle of an adversary's naval battle group.
U.S. government researchers are consulting industry on enhancing future capability to reuse satellite antennas, apertures, and other components from decommissioned satellites in high-Earth orbit and build new satellites robotically in orbit to reduce the costs of replacing failed satellites.
Lockheed Martin Corp. has delivered the software waveform for the U.S. Navy's Mobile User Objective System (MUOS). The new waveform will enable military satellite communications terminal providers to deploy equipment that makes use of enhanced capabilities.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and Boeing are teaming on the U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate solicitation for the Army's joint multi-role (JMR) technology demonstrator (TD) phase 1 program.
Boeing subsidiary Argon ST will continue to supply U.S. Navy surface ships with countermeasures that lure torpedoes away by mimicking a vessel's propulsion system.
Next-generation combat aircraft tap embedded computing innovations for increased data fusion and mission effectiveness.
Embedded real-time software evolves as security concerns, multi-core functionality, and customer demands for software that can do everything put pressure on the industry.
There are many different ways to add security to software, but there is more to it than meets the eye.
PCI technology is setting a course to move PCI embedded computing into the modern era of high-speed, switch-fabric serial interconnects, and enable PCI to compete directly with VPX and take a role in aerospace and defense applications, as well as for industrial rugged uses such as railroads, oil and gas, and factory automation.
U.S. Air Force researchers are trying to prop-up lagging domestic ability to design modern spacecraft star trackers that are affordable enough for commercial space applications.
Wireless data communications experts at the U.S. DARPA have released an industry solicitation to develop a military data link able to transmit data at 100 gigabits per second within one radio frequency channel.
Laser specialist Coherent Inc. in Santa Clara, Calif., has acquired Lumera Laser GmbH in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
U.S. Navy electro-optics researchers plan to ask industry to develop charge-coupled device (CCD) cameras and simulators as part of a future Earth-observation satellite called Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) that will study the variability of Earth's ionosphere, which can interfere with communications and geopositioning signals.
Satellite designers at the Aerospace Corp. in El Segundo, Calif., needed a semiconductor laser illumination source for use on CubeSat miniaturized spaceborne satellites. They found their solution from Avo Photonics Inc. in Horsham, Pa.
The Airborne Solutions division of Elbit Systems of America LLC in Fort Worth, Texas, will redesign and upgrade the Apache Block III AH-64D mission processor to provide performance and technology improvements, as well as to combat component obsolescence.
The General Dynamics Corp. C4 Systems segment in Scottsdale, Ariz., will provide 53 additional AN/USC-61 four-channel digital modular radios for new Navy ships, submarines, and inshore sites.
Vetronics designers at Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions in Ashburn, Va., needed a rugged military GPS receiver for the company's Digital Beachhead vetronics networking appliance for armored combat vehicles.
The largest and most complex missile-defense flight test ever attempted, which engaged five ballistic and cruise missiles at the same time, used OpenVPX-based radar processing subsystems from Mercury Systems in Chelmsford, Mass.
Engineers from a multinational joint venture building the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) needed rugged servers and workstations to enhance MEADS computer power. They found their solution from Z Microsystems in San Diego.
U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) officials sought a flight low-rate crosslink wireless communications platform for the System F6 program. They found their solution at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio.
One Stop Systems Inc. in Escondido, Calif., is introducing the CUBE desktop expansion enclosures that attach to a laptop computer or workstation through Thunderbolt or PCI Express.
Software design tool specialist MathWorks in Natick, Mass., is introducing Release 2012b (R2012b) software to enable engineers using the DO Qualification Kit to qualify Simulink and Polyspace verification tools for DO-178C and supplements including DO-331.
PCI-Systems Inc. in Sunnyvale, Calif., is introducing 3U and 6U VPX single-board computers based on the Intel Core i7 microprocessor for land-based, marine, and avionics applications.
Aitech Defense Systems Inc. in Chatsworth, Calif., is introducing the RIO-NG modular digital processor that can be customized for high-reliability industrial, space, and military embedded systems that require small size and low power consumption.
Data Device Corp. (DDC) in Bohemia, N.Y., is introducing the RP-26401000N0 and RP-2621X000 solid-state power controllers with onboard DC-to-DC converters, a command interface, and digital discrete control capability for vetronics power management.
Cross Match Technologies Inc. in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., is introducing two versions of its Mobile Essentials software development kit (SDK) that integrates its Verifier Mw wireless, handheld fingerprint scanner with Android and Blackberry smartphones.
Aeroflex Motion Control Products in Hauppauge, N.Y., is introducing miniature and high-definition commercial slip rings for robotic systems, electrical test and manufacturing equipment, security cameras, medical equipment, and CCTV pan-and-tilt camera mounts.
Coaxial Components Corp. in Stuart, Fla., is introducing the 3221-1-L series of right-angle bend assembly provides an alternative to the standard right-angle SMA coaxial connector with a low-profile device, delivering increased electrical performance at higher frequencies.
The Microsemi Corp. SoC Products Group has earned QML Class V and QML Class Q qualifications for the company's RTAX-DSP field-programmable gate arrays, which means the FPGAs are approved for use in satellites, manned spacecraft, and other space applications.
An expert drives home the criticality of connector quality and resiliency in aerospace and defense applications.
The U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman have completed a series of deck handling trials for the X-47B UCAS demonstrator aircraft aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman.
Aeroflex Motion Control Products is introducing miniature and high-definition commercial slip rings for robotic systems, electrical test and manufacturing equipment, security cameras, and more.
U.S. Navy officials issued an urgent order to equip the service's MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter with the Telephonics Corp. RDR-1700 maritime-surveillance radar system.
U.S. Air Force test experts are surveying industry for companies able to provide UMVs and sensor payloads to help monitor and recover air-delivered test weapons and provide other support to the Air Force 96th Test Wing and its ocean test range near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.