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DARPA eyes buoy nodes to restore data networks

DARPA eyes buoy nodes to restore data networks

ARLINGTON, Va., 18 April 2014. U.S. military researchers will brief industry late this month on an upcoming program to use small-diameter optical fiber and buoy relay nodes for the temporary restoration of military data networks amid jamming and other enemy attempts to disrupt communications.

Officials of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., will conduct industry briefings on the Tactical Undersea Network Architectures (TUNA) program on 28 April 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the DARPA Conference center at 675 North Randolph St. in Arlington, Va.

iRobot gets Navy order for bomb-disposal robots

iRobot lands another Navy contract for ground robots that assist bomb-disposal technicians

INDIAN HEAD, Md., 17 April 2014. U.S. Navy bomb-disposal experts are making another order to iRobot Corp. in Bedford, Mass., for manpackable robots designed to help Navy and Marine Corps. explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians detect, identify, and disable explosives from safe distances.

On your marks: UCLASS competion set to begin

Navy gets wheels in motion to start official competition to build carrier-based combat UAV

PATUXENT RIVER NAS Md., 15 April 2014. Four U.S. designers of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are set to square-off in a do-or-die competition to build the first deployable carrier-based combat UAV. U.S. Navy officials have signaled the imminent release of a soliciation to design the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) aircraft.

SEAKR to build space lasercom digital processor

NASA awards $6.5 million contract to SEAKR to build space digital processor for lasercom

GREENBELT, Md., 13 April 2014. Laser communications (lasercom) experts at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., needed a space-qualified digital processor to support an optical communications relay between Earth and geosynchronous orbit over an extended period. They found their solution from SEAKR Engineering Inc. in Centennial, Colo.

Raytheon to provide aircraft multispectral sensors

Electro-optics experts at Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems in McKinney, Texas, won two contracts worth $22.9 million total to provide multispectral sensors for U.S. military aircraft.

Army asks industry for 50-kilowatt laser

U.S. Army missile-defense experts are asking industry to supply an adjustable-power 50-kilowatt laser that with its cooling subsystem can fit on an 8-by-53-foot full-sized flatbed trailer.

Elbit tapped for night-vision data converters

Elbit to provide data conversion processors for Army helicopter night-vision equipment

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 11 April 2014. U.S. Army aviation experts needed special processors to convert electronic signals from helicopter sensors to trend information for display on night-vision equipment. They found their solution from Elbit Systems of America LLC in Fort Worth, Texas.

Military spending for electronics and communications stable after steep decline

Leaders of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) propose spending $10.67 billion in federal fiscal year 2015 for procurement and research in military communications, electronics, telecommunications, and intelligence (CET&I) technologies.

Optics In Motion tapped for fast-steering mirrors

Air Force chooses fast-steering mirrors from Optics In Motion for weapons test facility

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., 9 April 2014. U.S. Air force weapons experts needed fast-steering mirrors for the Guided Weapons Evaluation Facility (GWEF) at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., They found their solution from Optics In Motion LLC in Long Beach, Calif.

Ocean pickets, standard design on Rapid Fire

Unmanned ocean sentinels, standard radar and satellite design this week on Rapid Fire

NASHUA, N.H., 8 April 2014. A surveillance picket line of unmanned marine vehicles, seven companies and a $100 million investment in RF and microwave design, and a future of standard building blocks for satellites highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Think laser weapons are the stuff of fantasy? Next summer will see first Navy deployment

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 8 April 2014. I remember when laser weapons were the stuff of cartoons and comic books ... except that as kids we used to call them "death rays," "disintegrator rays," or just "ray guns."

Navy's first laser weapon deployment this summer

Navy announces plan to deploy laser weapon aboard amphibious assault ship late this summer

ARLINGTON, Va., 8 April 2014. U.S. Navy leaders plan to deploy the service's first laser weapon aboard a surface warship later this summer, say officials of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in Arlington, Va.

Navy buys 16 submarine sensor masts from L-3 KEO

Navy to buy an additional 16 Universal Modular Mast Systems from L-3 KEO in $15 million contract

WASHINGTON, 7 April 2014. U.S. Navy undersea warfare experts needed non-penetrating sensor masts for the fleet of Virginia-class fast-attack submarines. They found their solution from L-3 KEO (formerly Kollmorgen Electro-Optical) in Northampton, Mass.

Unmanned vehicles wanted for offshore surveillance

Coast Guard looks for unmanned ocean vehicles to hunt smugglers, poachers, and icebergs

NEW LONDON, Conn., 6 April 2014. U.S. Coast Guard ocean surveillance experts are shopping for mature unmanned marine vehicles (UMVs) to handle persistent-surveillance missions at sea such as watching for drug smugglers, icebergs, or illegal fishing.

Navy asks for five long-range Fire Scout UAVs

Navy asks Northrop Grumman to build five long-range Fire Scout UAVs in $43.8 million contract

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 3 April 2014. Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designers at Northrop Grumman Corp. will build five long-range unmanned helicopters for operation from destroyers and other surface warships under terms of a $43.8 million U.S. Navy contract announced late Wednesday.

Hypertemporal imaging: the next Big Challenge for high-performance embedded computing

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 1 April 2014. It might be a fun exercise to sit with the leading practitioners of high-performance embedded computing (HPEC) to trade opinions about what are the toughest, gnarliest, most knee-buckling HPEC challenges in the foreseeable future.

Sensors Unlimited's SWIR video camera is designed for low-light imaging and surveillance

The GA1280JSX compact, solid-state, 0.9 Mpixel shortwave infrared (SWIR) video camera features 1280 × 720 pixels with 12.5 micron pitch and 30 frames/s at full frame rate.

Navy orders three early model helicopter-based unmanned minehunting systems from Raytheon

WASHINGTON, 30 March 2014. Undersea warfare experts at the Raytheon Co. Integrated Defense Systems segment in Portsmouth, R.I., will provide the U.S. Navy with three Airborne Mine Neutralization Systems (AMNS) under terms of a $17.7 million contract modification announced this past week.

National Photonics Initiative volunteers visit Congress to urge support for photonics legislation

On behalf of the National Photonics Initiative (NPI), volunteers from industry and research labs across the USA visited Congressional offices to urge support for key issues related to photonics technologies and R&D.

Raytheon to build hypertemporal space sensor

Air Force Research Lab taps Raytheon to build hypertemporal multispectral space sensor

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M., 28 March 2014. U.S. Air Force space surveillance experts are looking to the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in El Segundo, Calif., to blend multispectral images of the Earth taken over time to extract important reconnaissance information that otherwise might not be visible to intelligence analysts.

One week to enter the CLEO/LFW Innovation Awards; win an iPad mini!

Washington, DC--The deadline for the CLEO/LFW Innovation Awards is April 2nd; all entrants have a chance to win an Apple gift card with value equivalent to an iPad mini!

Optical thin film coatings from Precision Glass made for industrial applications

A line of precision optical thin-film coatings includes thin-film filters with antireflection, heat-resistant, dielectric, and IR and visual transmission qualities.

With robots like these, who needs humans?

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 25 March 2014. U.S. military researchers have been reasonably successful over the past several years at designing robotic technology that enables unmanned aircraft, ships, and land vehicles to operate autonomously.

Raytheon gets another multispectral sensor win

Raytheon wins another contract for Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems for Navy helicopters

CRANE, Ind., 24 March 2014. Electro-optics experts at the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in McKinney, Texas, won another contract Friday to provide multispectral sensors for U.S. Navy helicopters.

Airborne networking when forces are outgunned

Air Force eyes layered airborne networking for degraded, outmanned, and outgunned conditions

ROME, N.Y., 20 March 2014. U.S. Air Force researchers are asking industry for ideas to improve military airborne networking that involves mid-altitude aerial layered voice and data communications in contested and operationally limited conditions.

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