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Interoperable components with standardized interfaces key to future aerospace systems

Interoperable components with standardized interfaces key to future aerospace systems

LONG BEACH, Calif., 5 April 2014. U.S. Government officials seek interoperable components that support a variety of [satellite] buses, providing an easy, standardized interface, to build satellites more efficiently and competitively, describes Bernard “Bernie” F. Collins II, senior advisor, office of the Director of National Intelligence, U.S. Government, at the Space Tech Conference in Long Beach, Calif.

Reinventing the military RF phased array antenna

DARPA hires seven companies, spends more than $100 million, to reinvent the RF phased array antenna

ARLINGTON, Va., 4 April 2014. U.S. military researchers plan to spend more than $100 million, involve at least seven defense companies, and award at least nine separate contracts in a landmark project to speed development of electronic RF phased array antennas for communications, signals intelligence (SIGINT), radar, and electronic warfare (EW).

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.

Progeny to upgrade Navy ASW planning systems

Progeny Systems to enhance and upgrade Navy anti-submarine warfare (ASW) planning system

WASHINGTON, 2 April 2014. Systems integrators at Progeny Systems Corp. in Manassas, Va., will continue upgrading and enhancing a U.S. Navy decision-support system designed to help Navy commanders plan attacks on enemy submarines.

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.

Tomahawk SATCOM to receive new I/O circuit cards

Raytheon to replace obsolescent I/O circuit cards in Tomahawk missile communications system

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 1 April 2014. Cruise missile designers at the Raytheon Co. Missile Systems segment in Tucson, Ariz., will upgrade the satellite data link transceiver of the Tomahawk Block IV tactical land-attack missile under terms of an $8.9 million U.S. Navy contract modification announced Monday.

12 square-off for $5.79 billion in networking

Air Force picks 12 companies to compete for $5.79 billion worth of computer networking jobs

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala., 31 March 2014. U.S. Air Force information technology (IT) experts are choosing 12 companies to compete for as much as $5.79 billion to provide network operations and management services for a wide variety of military computer needs.

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.

Qatar Armed Forces partners with Thales to develop optionally piloted aircraft

Qatar Armed Forces partners with Thales to develop optionally piloted aircraft

DOHA, Qatar, 29 March 2014. Thales officials have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Qatar Armed Forces to assist in the development of an Optionally Piloted Vehicle – Aircraft (OPV-A), a high-performance intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) system, and the delivery of an end-to-end training solution.

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.

Video: Could R-COTS be the next magic term?

Video: R-COTS the right direction for redefining COTS, but still misses mark, panelists say

NASHUA, N.H., 28 March 2014. It looks like R-COTS -- short for ruggedized commercial off the shelf -- is emerging as the term of choice to describe commercially developed electronic technology that can operate in environmental extremes and offer the market long-term manufacturer support.

New computer and radar systems for C-5M airlifter

Lockheed Martin to install new mission computers and weather radars in Air Force C-5M cargo jets

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 26 March 2014. Military avionics experts at the Lockheed Martin Corp. Aeronautics segment in Marietta, Ga., will upgrade the mission computer and weather radar systems in the giant C-5M Super Galaxy cargo jet under terms of an $84.3 million contract announced late Tuesday.

VTOLs, SAT launches, and networks on Rapid Fire

Osprey replacements, assured networking, and inexpensive satellite launches this week on Rapid fire

NASHUA, N.H., 26 March 2014. A new generation of vertical takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) aircraft, inexpensive satellite launches from conventional aircraft, and keeping networked communications open in dire conditions highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Google Hangout discussion this week ponders if high-rel industry needs a new term for COTS

Google Hangout discussion this week ponders if high-rel industry needs a new term for COTS

NASHUA, N.H., 25 March 2014. Join a panel of embedded computing experts at 3 p.m. eastern time on Thursday 27 March 2014 for a Google Hangout discussion of the term COTS -- short for commercial off-the-shelf -- and whether it's time for a new term to describe today's new generation of high-reliability COTS components.

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.

Boeing eyes satellite launches from aircraft

Boeing to help DARPA find ways to launch satellites inexpensively from aircraft in $30.7 million contract

ARLINGTON, Va., 24 March 2014. Rocket scientists at the Boeing Co. Advanced Network & Space Systems segment in Huntington Beach, Calif., will help U.S. military researchers develop rapid and inexpensive launch capability to place small satellites in orbit at a cost of less than $10,000 per pound.

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.

CSCI to network warplanes with ground control centers

Navy taps CSCI for secure video networking of Marine combat aircraft and ground centers

RIDGECREST, Calif., 23 March 2014. U.S. Navy aerial warfare experts needed special network-security software to enable combat aircraft to exchange video and imagery data securely with tactical control centers. They found their solution from Computer Systems Center Inc. (CSCI) in Springfield, Va.

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Intelsat and Airbus to provide global satellite communications with secure access to Ku-band channels

LUXEMBOURG, 22 March 2014. Intelsat S.A. (NYSE:I), a provider of satellite services, has entered into a new agreement with Airbus Defense & Space that bridges maritime very small aperture terminal (VSAT) services to Intelsat’s High Throughput Satellite (HTS) Epic platform.

Four set to develop advanced tiltrotor technology

DARPA competitors vying to design fast vertical-takeoff aircraft expands to four

ARLINGTON, Va., 21 March 2014. Aeronautical experts at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., have expanded their stable of companies to four that are competing to design a high-speed vertical takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) aircraft as an alternative to today's Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor.

Pilots ready to control UAVs over the Internet

Air Force asks General Atomics to upgrade UAV ground-control stations for use with the Internet

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 20 March 2014. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) experts at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. in Poway, Calif., are performing major software upgrades on U.S. Air Force UAV ground control stations to enhance UAV ground control over the Internet.

Lockheed Martin to upgrade EW on Egyptian F-16s

Lockheed Martin to upgrade airborne electronic warfare systems aboard Egyptian F-16 jet fighters

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 19 March 2014. Lockheed Martin Corp., maker of the F-16 Fighting Falcon jet fighter, will upgrade airborne electronic warfare (EW) systems aboard Egyptian F-16 jet fighters under terms of a $6.9 million contract modification announced Tuesday.

<p><B>NASHUA, N.H., 18 March 2014.</B> Potentially dangerous cuts in military research, a software upgrade for NASA mission control, and the end in sight for development of the next-generation anti-ship missile highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.</p>  <p>Each week the Military & Aerospace Electronics exclusive Rapid Fire interview at Google Hangouts highlights and discusses the top three stories of this week, chosen by John Keller, chief editor of Military & Aerospace Electronics.</p>

Research cuts, a new anti-ship missile, and NASA software upgrades this week on Rapid fire

NASHUA, N.H., 19 March 2014. Potentially dangerous cuts in military research, a software upgrade for NASA mission control, and the end in sight for development of the next-generation anti-ship missile highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Military research spending continues to trend down; when do we risk a budget cut too far?

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 18 March 2014. Cutting-edge U.S. military technology relies increasingly on innovations in commercial industry. We know this because the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) budget earmarked for military technology research and development is on a long downward slide.

Demonstration of new anti-ship missile nears end with $175 million contract to Lockheed Martin

ARLINGTON, Va., 18 March 2014. A U.S. military research program to develop an advanced anti-ship missile to replace the ageing Harpoon missile is nearing the end of its demonstration phase, and the program to develop and deploy the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) should switch over to the U.S. Navy by early 2016.

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