Avionics Design – April 2017                               
April 2017

The Avionics Design monthly E-newsletter from the editorial staff of mil-embedded.com covers hardware and software avionics designs and certification issues in the commercial and military avionics markets in the U.S. and Europe via the Military Embedded Systems partnership with Aviation Maintenance magazine and the Aviation Electronics Europe show.

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RF and microwave technology enabling multimission unmanned systems
RF and microwave technology enabling multimission unmanned systems

The different roles that unmanned aerial systems (UASs) play - whether used for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), search-and-rescue missions, or photography - are prompting engineers to design more RF and microwave content into these systems to meet all the Department of Defense (DoD) as well as civilian requirements.


Preventive helicopter maintenance
Preventive helicopter maintenance

Preventive maintenance has always been a key element to keeping aircraft flying. Now more than ever. Fixing a problem before it becomes a problem has always been a major tenant in helicopter maintenance, with a large part of this ‘preventive maintenance’ practice based on estimating how many flight hours or cycles a part could safely be used, adding a ‘fudge factor’ for increased safety before it was overhauled or replaced.


Too Hot to Handle: Enabling Efficient Thermal Management in Military Electronics

Sponsored by: Elma Electronics, National Instruments, Themis Computer
May 4, 2pm ET


COTS Signal Processing for Radar and Electronic Warfare Systems

Sponsored by: Curtiss-Wright, Pentek, Abaco Systems, Annapolis Micro Systems
August 15, 11am ET


Rapid Prototyping a High-Performance Embedded Computing System

The availability of appropriate hardware can be a gating factor in the development of high performance, SWaP-constrained applications. However, this white paper describes an approach that can deliver a compelling process.



Open architectures and COTS testing hot topics among embedded computing suppliers at European avionics event
Open architectures and COTS testing hot topics among embedded computing suppliers at European avionics event

Discussions on safety certification and COTS open architectures for testing equipment were of most interest to embedded computing suppliers attending the Aviation Electronics Europe show and its sister conference the Avionics & Space Testing Expo -- both held this week in Munich.


Mimicking birds' flight could be the next step in drone design
Mimicking birds' flight could be the next step in drone design

Stanford University researchers are taking a closer look at the way animals fly, more specifically at the circular patterns of rotating air or vortices created by birds.


Air traffic control strikes cost EU GDP $13 billion in 2016
Air traffic control strikes cost EU GDP $13 billion in 2016

Aviation Electronics Europe keynote speaker Stefanie Erdmann, Policy Director at Airlines for Europe A4E, stunned many United Kingdom citizens in attendance when she reported that the UK has highest passenger tax spending across Europe and she got everyone's attention when she shared that Air Traffic Control strikes cost 140,000 jobs in 2016.


Unmanned aircraft certification challenges
Unmanned aircraft certification challenges

The industry understands how to enable safety certification for manned aircraft – fixed and rotary, commercial and military – but enabling such reliability on unmanned platforms remains a challenge.


Economics of modularity and reuse, continued
Economics of modularity and reuse, continued

In our March issue, I talked about how electronics-reuse initiatives within the Department of Defense (DoD) such as Hardware Open Systems Technology (HOST), the Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA), and the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) are driving commonality in avionics, radar, unmanned systems, and other defense applications, thus enabling long-term cost savings in an era of expensive platforms such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.


U.S. Navy Fire Scout completes testing amidst Sea-Air-Space exposition
U.S. Navy Fire Scout completes testing amidst Sea-Air-Space exposition

In a two-week period early this month, the Navy conducted initial testing on the Northrop Grumman-built MQ-8C Fire Scout and gathered with industry leaders to discuss the latest technology at the Sea-Air-Space, the Navy League’s Global Maritime Exposition.



Air Force agreement aims to reduce UAS noise pollution
Air Force agreement aims to reduce UAS noise pollution

The Air Force Research Laboratory and composite-systems company Owens Corning have entered into a cooperative research and development agreement to develop and understand best practices for measuring and labeling the sound produced by small UASs.





Air Force, Lockheed Martin demo manned/unmanned aircraft teaming
Air Force, Lockheed Martin demo manned/unmanned aircraft teaming

The Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the Air Force Test Pilot School, and technology contractor Calspan Corp. recently demonstrated manned/unmanned teaming of aircraft aimed at improving efficiency in combat and operational effectiveness for the warfighter.


Northrop Grumman and Terma will continue to team for F-35 parts
Northrop Grumman and Terma will continue to team for F-35 parts

Northrop Grumman and Terma have signed a memorandum of understanding, under which Terma will continue to collaborate with Northrop Grumman beyond their current contracted agreements for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.


U.S. Air Force extends F-16 service life
U.S. Air Force extends F-16 service life

U.S. Air Force officials are extending the service life of the Lockheed Martin's F-16 from 8,000 to 12,000 equivalent flight hours.


U.S. Navy demonstrates future mission control system in MQ-25 program
U.S. Navy demonstrates future mission control system in MQ-25 program

U.S. Navy officials completed its first demonstration in the MQ-25 program validating how the mission control system from an aircraft carrier will control and transmit information to a UAV in the future.


Elbit Systems to deliver helmet display and mission processor for MH-60S
Elbit Systems to deliver helmet display and mission processor for MH-60S

U.S. Navy officials selected Elbit Systems of America, LLC for a $50 million ID/IQ contract to provide the Helmet Display and Tracker System (HDTS) with the Continuously Computed Impact Point (CCIP) algorithm for the MH-60S.


Quantum3D, L3 partner for AWACS flight crew training system
Quantum3D, L3 partner for AWACS flight crew training system

Quantum3D Government Systems has been awarded a contract from the Link Simulation & Training division of L3 Technologies to supply portions of the flight crew training system for the U.S. Air Force’s new Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) for Diminishing Manufacturing Sources Replacement of Avionics for Global Operations and Navigation (DRAGON).


Lockheed Martin upgrades F-35 logistics system
Lockheed Martin upgrades F-35 logistics system

Lockheed Martin has been given the green light to install the next iteration of the Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) in F-35 Lightning II aircraft based at U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy F-35 sites. Along with a variety of improvements to the system's baseline, the upgrade enhances the ALIS's ability to manage forward operations and sustainment.




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