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Unmanned Autonomous Helicopter

Northrop Grumman Corp.
West Falls Church, VA
703-280-2900
www.northropgrumman.com

All Navy aircraft must go through electromagnetic interference testing to ensure that they can operate safely in the ship environment. In preparation for ship-board flights, the Northrop Grumman Corporation’s MQ-8C Fire Scout will be tested for its ability to operate safely in the intense electromagnetic environment aboard U.S. Navy ships. The MQ-8C Fire Scout uses specially designed Faraday cages to protect the aircraft’s sensitive equipment from signal interference.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Rotary-wing aircraft, Unmanned aerial vehicles
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Unmanned Aircraft Must Rise Above Barriers for Commercial Applications

Historically, the unmanned aircraft system (UAS) market has been dominated by military applications from surveillance to active engagement. In the near term, the market’s military focus is expected to continue. However, with projected growth from around $6 billion today to nearly $12 billion in 2023 (according to the Teal Group), large-scale commercial adaptation is not only possible, but likely.

Posted in: Technology Update, Aerospace, Defense, Unmanned aerial vehicles
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Ethernet Switch and Router Technology

Curtiss-Wright Corporation
Ashburn, VA
973-541-3700
www.curtisswright.com

Curtiss-Wright Corporation’s Defense Solutions division recently received a contract from Sierra Nevada Corporation to supply its COTS-based rugged Ethernet Switch and Router technology for use aboard Pilatus PC-12 Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) equipped aircraft under the Knight Ryder program. Under the agreement, Curtiss-Wright will provide Sierra Nevada Corporation with its Parvus DuraMAR® 5915 router and Parvus DuraNET® 3000 switch products. The initial contract is valued at approximately $530,000.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Switches, Telecommunications
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DAQ and I/O Control Platforms

United Electronic Industries (Walpole, MA) has announced two military-grade DAQ (Data Acquisition) and I/O Control platforms. Using a modular architecture, the DNR-MIL and DNA-MIL are supported by over 50 plug-and-play-compatible analog, digital, and communications I/O boards. Specific interfaces are available for: ARINC-429, MIL-1553, CAN, RVDT/LVDT, synchro/resolver, RS-232/422/485, strain gauge, quadrature encoder, high-voltage analog outputs, high-drive outputs up to 50 mA, analog inputs up to 300V, DIO to 150V, and other applications. All I/O boards are accessed through 38999-style connectors using a single API layer. Each platform is factory tested, rated for operation from -40°C to +70°C, and able to withstand 5g vibration and 100g shock.

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Custom cPCI Backplane

Verotec (Derry, New Hampshire) offers a custom 6U, 2 x 4 slot CompactPCI backplane for flight simulation applications. In addition to integrating two independent 4-slot systems on a single backplane, additional I/O headers and other interfaces are incorporated. Verotec offers a range of standard PICMG2.0 Rev 3 compliant CompactPCI backplanes in 3U, 6U, and 9U heights, 2 to 16 slots wide. The products are available in various configurations: 32/64-bit, 33/66MHz, left or right system slot, and 5V/3.3V voltages. Other bus structures, such as VPX, VXS, VME64, and VXI architectures, are also supported with backplanes and development systems.

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RF Inductors

Gowanda Electronics (Gowanda, NY) has announced military approval for four thru-hole RF inductor series: MLRF10M, MLRF15M, MLRF18M, and MLRF17S. The wire-wound, molded, thru-hole RF inductors meet the military’s Qualified Product List (QPL) requirement for MIL-PRF-15305. MLRF10M is approved for MIL-PRF-15305 Military Part Numbers MS75083 (phenolic core), MS75084 (iron core), and MS75085 (ferrite core). Performance includes: inductance from 0.10 to 1000 μH; Q Min from 25 to 55; SRF MHz Min from 3.40 to 680; DCR Ohms Max from 0.08 to 72; and Current Rating DC mA from 28 to 1350. Operating temperature range is -55°C to +125°C for MS78083; -55°C to +105°C for MS75084 and MS75085.

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Power Supply Boards

ADL Embedded Solutions (San Diego, CA) has announced a 150W ADLPS104ISO-150 power supply board. The technology, designed for -40°C to +85°C operation, provides ATX voltages in a stackable PCI/104-Express form factor. The ADLPS104ISO-150 offers up to 500V of galvanic isolation from dirty power and unwanted transients.

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Accelerometers

Meggitt Sensing Systems (Irvine, CA), a Meggitt group division, has extended its set of Endevco-brand Isotron accelerometers. Features include multiple sensitivity options; wide-band frequency response; signal ground isolation from case; low noise floor; and TEDS capablity.

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Switches

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) offers 40G/10G Layer 3 managed switches for AdvancedTCA (ATCA). Designers can choose throughput levels: 320G, 480G, or 640G. Each slot runs either 40G or 10G. The ATCA switch provides two ports of 40GbE/10GbE to Zone 3 RTM, 13 ports to the Fabric Channel, and one port to the Update Channel. Dual 10G ports route to the RTM (Zone 3). Front panel ports include octal 10/1000/1000 Ethernet, one GbE, and one RS-232 via RJ-45.

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Air Data Computer

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (Ashburn, VA) has introduced the Air Data Computer Module (ADCM). Designed and manufactured by Defense Solutions’ Avionics & Electronics business unit, the ADCM provides aircraft avionics designers with a compact, slot-based technology for integrating air data processing directly into their platform’s existing host equipment. The vibrating cylinder sensor technology can be integrated into existing avionics such as Attitude Heading Reference Systems (AHRS), Electronics Flight Instrument Systems (EFIS), Inertial Reference Systems (IRS), or Global Navigation Inertial Reference Systems (GNIRS).

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