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Army eyes mast-mounted infrared sensors able to detect and track humans and aerial drones

Army eyes mast-mounted infrared sensors able to detect and track humans and aerial drones

FORT BELVOIR, Va., 28 Feb. 2013. U.S. Army researchers are surveying industry to find companies able to build ground-based wide-area infrared search and track (IRST) sensors that can track unmanned aerial drones, as well as humans on foot, art ranges as far as several kilometers.

Air Force places urgent order for VarTech 20.1-inch displays for F-15 avionics test bench

Air Force places urgent order for VarTech 20.1-inch displays for F-15 avionics test bench

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga., 27 Feb. 2013. U.S. Air Force officials are placing an urgent order to VarTech Systems Inc. in Baton, Rouge, La., for 27 of the company's VT201R 20.1-inch rack-mount liquid crystal display (LCD) panels for an upgrade to avionics test benches for the Boeing F-15 jet fighter aircraft.

Specification enhancements approved to speed PCI/104-Express and PCI Express/104 data rates

Specification enhancements approved to speed PCI/104-Express and PCI Express/104 data rates

NUREMBERG, Germany, 26 Feb. 2013. The PC/104 Consortium, the embedded computing organization that maintains specifications supporting the PC/104 form factor, has approved enhancements to the PCI/104-Express and PCI Express/104 specifications, with provisions for PCI Express Generation 2 and Generation 3.

A & J to provide mil-spec electronics enclosures for two Navy littoral combat ships

A & J to provide mil-spec electronics enclosures for two Navy littoral combat ships

PANAMA CITY, Fla., 26 Feb 2013. U.S. Navy shipboard electronics experts will look to A & J Manufacturing Co. in Tustin, Calif., to provide mil-spec electronic equipment enclosures and related equipment for the Multiple Vehicle Communications Systems (MVCS) on two new littoral combat ships (LCS).

Thales to operate Visionix and InterSense HMD acquisitions as Thales Visionix Inc.

Thales to operate Visionix and InterSense HMD acquisitions as Thales Visionix Inc.

ARLINGTON, Va., 25 Feb. 2013. Thales USA in Arlington, Va., has completed the acquisition of the Visionix helmet-mounted display (HMD) and InterSense motion tracking businesses formerly owned by Gentex Corp. in Zeeland, Mich., and is operating the combined acquisitions as Thales Visionix Inc.,a wholly-owned subsidiary of Thales.

Air Force asks Boeing for compact laser targeting system for forward-deployed combat controllers

ORLANDO, Fla., 22 Feb. 2013. The Boeing Co. Defense, Space & Security segment in Orlando, Fla., will provide the U.S. Air Force with a lightweight, compact laser targeting system under terms of a $3 million contract announced this week to help direct Air Force combat controllers direct combat aircraft pilots to their correct targets.

Air Force takes first step in replacing obsolete CRT displays in F-15E jet fighter-bomber

Air Force takes first step in replacing obsolete CRT displays in F-15E jet fighter-bomber

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga., 21 Feb. 2013. U.S. Air Force avionics experts are taking the first steps in replacing obsolescent cathode ray tube (CRT) displays in the Boeing F-15E jet fighter-bomber with contemporary technology such as liquid crystal displays (LCDs) or other flat-panel technology.

DARPA moves ahead with Active Authentication (AA) to secure computers without passwords

DARPA moves ahead with Active Authentication (AA) to secure computers without passwords

ARLINGTON, Va., 20 Feb. 2013. Government researchers are looking into software approaches for securing military computer systems with advanced biometrics rather than user passwords in ways that focus on the unique aspects of the individual.

Air Force challenges industry to step up for cutting-edge research in laser medicine

Air Force challenges industry to step up for cutting-edge research in laser medicine

ARLINGTON, Va., 19 Feb. 2013. U.S. Air Force researchers are asking commercial companies and universities to join a program aimed at using lasers and other light source technology to develop applications in medicine, photobiology, surgery, and closely related materials sciences for military needs.

Boeing joins Tawazun ADASI to develop unmanned vehicles and payloads in Middle East

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, 19 Feb. 2013. The Boeing Co. Defense, Space & Security in St. Louis and Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investments Co. (ADASI) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates are working together to address the growing Middle East market for unmanned systems, Boeing officials say.

IARPA kicks off superconducting research program for high-performance computing

IARPA kicks off superconducting research program for high-performance computing

WASHINGTON, 18 Feb. 2013. Computer scientists at the U.S. Intelligence Advanced Projects Agency (IARPA) in Washington will brief industry 12 March on an upcoming project to investigate substituting superconducting computing technology for conventional computing technologies and metal interconnects in an attempt to cut the power demands of high-performance computing.

Laird boosts expertise in electronics cooling and energy harvesting with Nextreme acquisition

Laird boosts expertise in electronics cooling and energy harvesting with Nextreme acquisition

EARTH CITY, Mo., 15 Feb. 2013. Executives of Laird Technologies Inc. in Earth City, Mo., are boosting their company's expertise in electronics cooling and electronics thermal management with their acquisition of Nextreme Thermal Solutions Inc. in Durham, N.C., officials announced this week.

Green Hills operating system chosen for Marine Corps helicopter avionics computer upgrade

Green Hills operating system chosen for Marine Corps helicopter avionics computer upgrade

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., 14 Feb. 2013. Military avionics designers at the Northrop Grumman Corp. Electronic Systems segment needed a multicore software operating system for the company's Gen II mission computer for the U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopter avionics upgrades. They found their solution from Green Hills Software in Santa Barbara, Calif.

DARPA to brief industry 26 Feb. on SSPARC program to share RF spectrum among radar and communications

DARPA to brief industry 26 Feb. on SSPARC program to share RF spectrum among radar and communications

ARLINGTON, Va., 14 Feb. 2013. U.S. military researchers will brief industry Feb. 26 on a new program to develop technology for radio frequency spectrum sharing among radar and communications systems with the goal of improving overall radar and communications capability.

Navy Boeing P-8 maritime patrol jet to receive anti-submarine warfare (ASW) system upgrades

Navy Boeing P-8 maritime patrol jet to receive anti-submarine warfare (ASW) system upgrades

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 13 Feb. 2013. The U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon, a military maritime patrol version of the Boeing 737 single-aisle passenger jet, will receive anti-submarine warfare (ASW) system upgrades and support services under terms of a $7.2 million contract modification announced Monday.

NASA looks to SEAKR Engineering for optical communications space digital processor

NASA looks to SEAKR Engineering for optical communications space digital processor

GREENBELT, Md., 12 Feb. 2013. Spacecraft designers at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., needed a radiation-hardened space digital processor to demonstrate laser communications relay technology to establish optical communications between geosynchronous satellites and Earth. They found their solution from SEAKR Engineering Inc. in Centennial, Colo.

Cooper Interconnect adds Dixie Aerospace as a global distributor of ground power products

CAMARILLO, Calif., 11 Feb. 2013. Cooper Interconnect, a provider of harsh-environment interconnect solutions, has added Dixie Aerospace as a global distributor for aviation ground power products.


Air Force to brief industry on infrared surveillance sensor for commercial satellite

Air Force to brief industry on infrared surveillance sensor for commercial satellite

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., 10 Feb. 2013. U.S. Air Force officials will brief industry on 12 March to present an overview of the upcoming Wide Field of View (WFOV) Hosted Payload (HP) project and get industry feedback on objectives, requirements, definitions, and costs.

DARPA releases solicitation for ICECool thermal-management program for embedded computing

DARPA releases solicitation for ICECool thermal-management program for embedded computing

ARLINGTON, Va., 8 Feb. 2013. Military researchers released a formal industry solicitation Wednesday for a major new initiative to demonstrate advanced electronics cooling techniques for high-performance embedded computing (HPEC) and RF monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) power amplifiers with convective or evaporative microfluidic cooling built directly into the electronic devices and packaging.

Special Operations looks to Insitu and ScanEagle UAV for 24/7 ISR services

Special Operations Command looks to Insitu and ScanEagle UAV for 24/7 ISR contract services

MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., 8 Feb. 2013. Officials of U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., needed intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) support under the Mid-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft System (MEUAS) ISR service program. They found their solution from Insitu Inc. in Bingen, Wash.

Army extends support for UAV man-hunting radar from Northrop Grumman through 2013

Army extends support for UAV man-hunting radar from Northrop Grumman through 2013

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 7 Feb. 2013. U.S. Army officials have announced their intention to extend support for a radar system for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and manned aircraft that is specially designed to detect and track moving land vehicles and even humans traveling on foot.

Three join DARPA ASPN navigation sensor-fusion program to reduce U.S. need for GPS

Three join DARPA ASPN navigation sensor-fusion program to reduce U.S. need for GPS

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 6 Feb. 2013. Three U.S. research firms are joining a project to develop a prototype sensor fusion system for land, sea, and airborne applications that can accept inputs from several kinds of navigation sensors so that warfighters can maintain navigation capability with or without Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite navigation.

Air Force asks industry for 270-volt DC power converters for use in F-35 depot maintenance

Air Force asks industry for 270-volt DC power converters for use in F-35 depot maintenance

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah, 5 Feb. 2013. U.S. Air Force aircraft maintenance specialists are reaching out to industry to acquire four 270-volt DC power converters that will supply the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter with electrical power while the aircraft is undergoing depot-level maintenance.

Navy chooses SWIR camera from Sensors Unlimited for day/night sight sensor research

Navy chooses SWIR camera from Sensors Unlimited for day/night sight sensor research

DAHLGREN, Va., 4 Feb. 2013. U.S. Navy researchers needed a rugged high-resolution shortwave infrared (SWIR) camera with snapshot exposure for advanced weapons research. They found their solution from the UTC Aerospace Systems Sensors Unlimited Products segment in Princeton, N.J.

Real-time software from LynuxWorks takes flight on Gulfstream G280 business jet avionics

Real-time software from LynuxWorks takes flight on Gulfstream G280 business jet avionics

SAN DIEGO, 31 Jan. 2013. Avionics designers at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids Iowa, and Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. needed a DO-178 safety-critical-software-certified real-time operating system for the Rockwell Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics suite aboard the Gulfstream G280 large-cabin midrange business jet. They found their solution from LynuxWorks Inc. in San Jose, Calif.

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