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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.

Navy looks to Aitech for embedded computing boards on LCAC amphibious landing craft

Navy looks to Aitech for embedded computing boards on LCAC amphibious landing craft

PANAMA CITY, Fla., 30 Jan. 2013. U.S. Navy landing craft designers needed rugged single-board computers and other embedded computing components for command, control, communications, computers, and navigation (C4N) equipment aboard the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) amphibious assault vessel. They found their solution from Aitech Defense Systems Inc. in Chatsworth, Calif.

Army research eyes next-generation SiC military high-voltage switching devices

Army research eyes next-generation SiC military high-voltage switching devices

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., 29 Jan. 2013. U.S. Army researchers are asking for industry's help in pushing the state of the art in silicon carbide (SiC) semiconductor power electronics technology for next-generation high-voltage switching devices for military and commercial applications.

Navy chooses embedded computing and networking from Kontron for Special Forces SIGINT

Navy chooses embedded computing and networking from Kontron for Special Forces SIGINT

CHARLESTON, S.C., 27 Jan. 2013. U.S. Navy designers needed single-board computers and embedded computing Ethernet networking cards for a signals intelligence (SIGINT) system for Special Operations Forces called the Joint Threat Warning System (JTWS). They found their solution from Kontron America Inc. in Poway, Calif.

AAI Corp. chooses power-conversion electronics from Analytic Systems for Shadow UAV

AAI Corp. chooses power-conversion electronics from Analytic Systems for Shadow UAV

DELTA, British Columbia, 24 Jan. 2013. Engineers at the AAI Corp. Unmanned Systems segment in Hunt Valley, Md., needed power electronics for the AAI Shadow tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). They found their solution from Analytic Systems Ware LTD in Delta, British Columbia.

Industry to receive details of plan to demonstrate advanced cooling for embedded computing

Industry to receive details of plan to demonstrate advanced cooling for embedded computing

ARLINGTON, Va., 23 Jan. 2013. U.S. military researchers plan to brief industry on a project to demonstrate advanced electronics cooling techniques for RF monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) power amplifiers and high performance embedded computer modules that would design convective or evaporative microfluidic cooling directly into the electronic devices and packaging.

Ericsson to acquire Devoteam IT operations in France

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 22 Jan. 2012. Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC), a provider of communications technology, has announced its intention to acquire Devoteam Telecom & Media operations in France.

Laser tail gunners: DARPA seeks to use laser weapons to defend aircraft from rearward attack

Laser tail gunners: DARPA seeks to use laser weapons to defend aircraft from rearward attack

ARLINGTON, Va., 22 Jan. 2013. Laser experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. will move forward with flight tests of a futuristic laser weapon system designed to protect combat aircraft against attacks from the rear under terms of $9.5 million contract modification awarded this month from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va.

Interest growing in fiber and optical connectors for embedded computing and avionics designs, says Bishop & Assoc.

Demand for connectors in embedded computing forecast to grow 4.2 percent this year

LONG BEACH, Calif., 21 Jan. 2013. The connector market for embedded computing is forecast to reach $168.5 million in 2013, up 4.2 percent year over year from 2012, said Bob Hult, director of product technology at Bishop & Associates Inc., today at the VITA Embedded Tech Trends conference in Long Beach, Calif.

DARPA to brief industry on expanded program to reuse parts from orbiting dead satellites

DARPA to brief industry on expanded program to reuse parts from orbiting dead satellites

ARLINGTON, Va., 21 Jan. 2014. U.S. government researchers will brief industry 8 Feb. on enhancing future capability to reuse apertures, antennas, 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.

Raytheon to provide networked sensor and weapons processing for newest Burke-class destroyer

Raytheon to provide networked sensor processing for newest Burke-class destroyer

WASHINGTON, 18 Jan. 2013. U.S. Navy officials needed a networked sensors and weapons-management system for the future Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner (DDG-116), the first of the Flight IIA: Technology Insertion versions of the destroyer. They found their solution from the Raytheon Co. Network Centric Systems segment in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Navy chooses General Dynamics to provide flight computers for jet bomber and EW aircraft

Navy chooses General Dynamics to provide flight computers for jet bomber and EW aircraft

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 17 Jan. 2013. U.S. Navy aviation experts needed advanced flight computers for the service's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet jet fighter bomber and E/A-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft. They found their solution from General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems in Minneapolis.

Air Force surveys industry for unmanned marine vehicles (UMVs) for Eglin test wing

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., 16 Jan. 2013. U.S. Air Force test experts are surveying industry for companies able to provide unmanned marine vehicles (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.

DARPA seeks to develop non-lethal weapons and sensors that pop up from the ocean's depths

DARPA seeks to develop non-lethal weapons and sensors that pop up from the ocean's depths

ARLINGTON, Va., 15 Jan. 2013. Imagine a bunch of distracting laser strobes, electronic warfare jammers, or other kinds of non-lethal weapons that pop up seemingly up without warning from the ocean's depths in the middle of one of the world's naval battle groups.

Air Force seeks to prop-up lagging U.S. space star tracker manufacturing capability

Air Force seeks to prop-up lagging U.S. space star tracker manufacturing capability

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 13 Jan. 2013. 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. Star trackers are space-qualified optical devices that help position satellites and manned spacecraft accurately in space.

Pilatus chooses 3U VPX avionics mission computer for PC-21 turboprop trainer aircraft

Pilatus chooses 3U VPX avionics mission computer for PC-21 turboprop trainer aircraft

CHARLOTTE, N.C., 11 Jan. 2013. Avionics designers at Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. in Stans, Switzerland, needed open-architecture mission computer subsystems for the avionics suite of the Pilatus PC-21 high-performance turboprop military trainer aircraft. They found their solution from Curtiss-Wright Controls Inc. in Charlotte, N.C.

IARPA seeks industry help with artificial intelligence approaches to interpreting data

IARPA seeks industry help with artificial intelligence approaches to interpreting data

WASHINGTON, 10 Jan. 2013. U.S. intelligence experts are asking industry for help in developing new artificial intelligence theories that could enable analysts to glean valuable information from probing into the way humans understand complex and abstract concepts.

Navy to approach industry for space-based CCD cameras for Earth observation satellite

Navy to approach industry for space-based CCD cameras for Earth observation satellite

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss., 9 Jan. 2012. 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.

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