RUGGED COMPUTERS: Curtiss-Wright to provide Ethernet switches for Atlas and Delta launch

Rocket scientists at the United Launch Alliance (ULA) in Centennial, Colo., needed rugged Ethernet switches for the Atlas V and Delta IV launch vehicles. They found their solution from the Curtiss-Wright Corp. Defense Solutions division in Ashburn, Va.

ULA officials awarded a $2 million contract to Curtiss-Wright for Parvus DuraNET 3000 rugged commercial off-the-shelf Ethernet switches for ULA's work in the U.S. Air Force Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program.

The Parvus DuraNET 3000, an R-COTS version of the Cisco Systems IE-3000 industrial Ethernet switch, is hardened for demanding military and civil IP networking applications. The Parvus DuraNET 3000 Ethernet switches will contribute to a redundant on-vehicle local area network (LAN) used prelaunch to communicate with the flight control computer transferring pre-flight information to launch control, officials say. The switch routes compressed digital video off the launch vehicle. The Ethernet switch is part of ULA's common avionics initiative that seeks to use the same avionics design on Atlas and Delta rockets, which boost satellites into various Earth orbits.

FOR MORE INFORMATION contact www.parvus.com.


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