Manufacturing & Prototyping

Small Form Factor Systems

4DSP (Austin, TX) has announced two new additions to its Compact Embedded System (CES) line. The CES820 and the ruggedized CESCC820 variant both feature an upgraded Xilinx Kintex UltraScale FPGA and support for the new SDAccel development environment. These standalone, small form factor systems are complete and generic processing platforms for data acquisition, signal processing, and communication. The powerful UltraScale FPGA provides a flexible processing backbone for interfacing to the FMC site, CPU, and external DDR3 SDRAM.

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Flow Transmitter

The AS-FT Flow Transmitter from FCI Aerospace (San Marcos, CA) features a rugged, highly reliable thermal dispersion technology sensor design that is ideal for mission-critical air, gas and fluid monitoring systems on commercial and military aircraft.

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Flat Cable Assemblies

Cicoil's (Valencia, CA) flat cable assemblies are designed for use in targeting pods, thermographic camera and infrared sight systems typically utilized in multi-role fighter aircraft, attack helicopters and maritime surveillance vessels where cable failure is not an option. The compact, Flexx-Sil™ encased flat cable solutions are engineered to provide consistent electrical characteristics, space & weight savings, EMI/RFI suppression, and optimum cable flexibility.

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Aerospace Gimbals Test Service

A new test service introduced by Bal Seal Engineering, Inc. (Foothill Ranch, CA) offers OEMs verified performance results for Bal Seal® spring-energized rotary/face seals used in aerospace and defense gimbal applications. Bal Seal Engineering’s gimbal seal test equipment measures friction and leak rate using customer-defined hardware tolerances and operating conditions, including pressure and speed.

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Mobile Networking for Aircraft

Persistent Systems, LLC
New York, NY
212-561-5895
www.persistentsystems.com

The Wave Relay® 5010 Integration Unit, a Mobile Ad Hock Networking (MANET) product from Persistent Systems, LLC, was recently tested by a Department of Defense (DoD) customer. The technology underwent flight testing and evaluation in an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS).

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Fusible-Core Polymer

Egmond Plastic
Alkmaar, The Netherlands
+31-72-5614644
www.egmondplastic.nl

Fuel housings for aerospace applications have very complex inner geometries which are not moldable using conventional injection technology. Injection molding specialist Egmond Plastic has combined its fusible-core technology with a PEEK polymer provided by Victrex Polymer Solutions, located in Lancashire, England.

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Autonomous Aerial Refueling

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

Earlier this year, Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Navy successfully demonstrated fully autonomous aerial refueling (AAR) with the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) aircraft, marking the first time in history that an unmanned aircraft has refueled in-flight.

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Real-Time Operating System

Wind River
Alameda, CA
800-545-9463
www.windriver.com

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the largest government-owned defense and aerospace company in Israel, equipped its semi-autonomous airplane towing vehicle, TaxiBot, with the Wind River VxWorks® Cert Platform real-time operating system (RTOS) and Wind River Professional Services.

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In-Flight Ice Sensor

New Avionics Corp (Ft Lauderdale, FL) has introduced its next- generation new Ice*Meister™ Model 9732-PLASTIC ice detecting sensor for aircraft. Consisting of a probe, housing, circuit board, and lightweight blue cable, the unit has been tested at NASA Glenn, the world’s largest icing wind tunnel, and complies with defacto in-flight ice-detection standard SAE AS 5498.

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Hybrid Benchtop Chamber

TotalTemp Technologies (San Diego, CA) has introduced the HBC-SD49 Hybrid Benchtop Chamber that combines thermal conduction and convection in one unit, providing many of the best features of temperature chambers and thermal platforms together to maximize performance and control.

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