Deploying unmanned vehicles from jet fighters

Deploying unmanned vehicles from jet fighters

ARLINGTON, Va., 23 April 2014. U.S. military unmanned vehicle experts have developed many innovative ways to send drones on their missions. Unmanned vehicles can launch from runways and deploy from ships and submarines. But how about launching from the undercarriage of a jet fighter?

Scientists at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., are asking engineers at the Raytheon Co. Missile Systems segment in Tucson, Ariz., to come up with a preliminary design for launching unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) from the Navy carrier-based F/A-18 Hornet fighter-bomber.

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Rugged PC for industrial automation and in-vehicle applications introduced by MEN Micro

Rugged PC for industrial automation and in-vehicle applications introduced by MEN Micro

BLUE BELL, Pa., 23 April 2014. MEN Micro Inc. in Blue Bell, Pa., is introducing the MH70I modular, rugged PC for industrial automation and in-vehicle embedded computing applications.

Floating fiber, buoys back up tactical networks

DARPA to keep military communications open with floating optical fiber and networking buoys

ARLINGTON, Va., 22 April 2014. When military communications go down in the midst of battle due to electronic jamming or other interference, commanders want it restored fast, and military researchers are looking into ways of restoring disrupted links with undersea fiber-optic networks.

Zeta to provide Navy RF and microwave test gear

Navy researchers choose specialized RF and microwave test equipment from Zeta Associates

WASHINGTON, 22 April 2014. U.S. Navy researchers needed space communications test and measurement equipment to help analyze signals for space experiments and to help develop technologies for potential naval deployment. They found their solution from Zeta Associates Inc. in Fairfax, Va.

Safety-critical real-time software for Power Architecture avionics introduced by LynuxWorks

Safety-critical real-time software for Power Architecture avionics introduced by LynuxWorks

SAN JOSE, Calif., 22 April 2014. LynuxWorks Inc. in San Jose, Calif., is introducing the LynxOS-178 2.2.3 software release that brings this FAA Level A certifiable real-time operating system (RTOS) to Power Architecture-based platforms with features for avionics developers.

Navy chooses 3 Phoenix for sonar sensor fusion

Navy looks to 3 Phoenix to provide data-fusion sonar signal processing for submarines and ships

WASHINGTON, 21 April 2014. U.S. Navy sonar experts needed data-fusion technology to blend information from several different towed-array sensors to improve target detection and tracking. They found their solution from 3 Phoenix Inc. in Chantilly, Va.

UAV market headed upward, led by Chinese company

Global UAV market to reach $2.3 billion by 2023; Chinese company to be largest UAV builder

NEWTOWN, Conn., 21 April 2014. The global market for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will more than double over the next decade, rising from $942 million this year to $2.3 billion 2023, predict analysts at market researcher Forecast International in Newtown, Conn.

CMOS camera for color-critical applications in defense imaging systems introduced by Toshiba

CMOS camera for color-critical applications in defense imaging systems introduced by Toshiba

IRVINE, Calif., 21 April 2014. The Toshiba America Imaging Systems Division in Irvine, Calif., is introducing the IK-HD5 progressive-scan, full HD 1080p/1080i, 2.1 Megapixel, 3CMOS camera for color-critical applications in defense imaging systems.

DARPA eyes buoy nodes to restore data networks

DARPA considers buoy communications nodes to restore data networks in presence of enemy jamming

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.

High-reliability 12- and 15-volt power supplies introduced by TDK-Lambda

High-reliability 12- and 15-volt power supplies introduced by TDK-Lambda

SAN DIEGO, 18 April 2014. TDK-Lambda Americas Inc. in San Diego is introducing 12- and 15-volt models to the company's ZWS300BAF series of high-reliability power supplies for communications, broadcast, industrial, and test-and-measurement applications.

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.

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