Avionics Design
 
 
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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JOHN MCHALE, EDITORIAL EDITOR
 
Welcome to our annual Unmanned Systems issue, our yearly highlight of the hottest embedded computing elements in military unmanned platforms. We bring this to you every year on the eve of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Xponential show as the magazine and its editorial staff hit the exhibition floors and conference rooms of the event.
 
 
 
 
 
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SALLY COLE, SENIOR EDITOR
 
Weaponized drones pose a clear and escalating threat to deployed U.S. forces. The increased danger means that layered counter-drone approaches are now essential for detecting, identifying, tracking, and killing not just lone drones but coordinated groups and swarms.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LISA DAIGLE, ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR
 
Raytheon will act as a key partner in the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance's project to develop the first and most advanced unmanned aircraft system (UAS)-testing airspace corridor in the U.S. in New York state.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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JOE WLAD, VEROCEL
 
Unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) operating in the National Airspace System (NAS) continue to proliferate. In response, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is issuing regulatory changes that will affect policy regarding safety certification of unmanned aircraft - military and commercial - that travel in the NAS. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MARIANA IRIARTE, TECHNOLOGY EDITOR
 
The day one keynote speeches at Xponential 2018 were all pretty clear on one theme: There is no walking back the evolutionary path that unmanned systems have been paving for decades.
 
 
 
 
 
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LISA DAIGLE, ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR
 
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is making progress toward its plan to demonstrate airborne launch and recovery of multiple low-cost, reusable unmanned aerial systems (UASs), which it calls its "Gremlins" program.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
AVIATION MAINTENANCE MAGAZINE
 
What sparked your interest in fixing airplanes or aviation in general? I'm sure there was a moment when something clicked, and you thought, "That is what I want to do!" 
 
 
 
 
 
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MARIANA IRIARTE, TECHNOLOGY EDITOR 
 
The U.S. Air Force second phase of the Light Attack Experiment at Holloman Air Force Base (AFB), New Mexico is now underway. Pilots are flying the Sierra Nevada/Embraer A-29 Super Tucano and the Textron Aviation AT-6B Wolverine during a three-month...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LISA DAIGLE, ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR
 
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao recently announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has chosen 10 state, local, and tribal governments to participate in the DOT's unmanned aircraft aystems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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LISA DAIGLE, ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR
 
The U.S. Air Force has selected three existing bases at which the B-21 Raider will replace B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit aircraft beginning in the mid-2020s.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MARIANA IRIARTE, TECHNOLOGY  EDITOR
 
KLX, Inc. and Boeing officials entered a definitive agreement in which Boeing will acquire KLX Inc. to enhance its growing services business. The agreement comprises an all-cash transaction for $63 per share and the assumption of approximately $1 billion of net debt, totaling $4.25 billion.
 
 
 
 
 
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AVIATION MAINTENANCE MAGAZINE
 
Boeing subsidiary Tapestry Solutions, recently announced it will implement an advanced Enterprise Resource Planning/Logistics Management Information System (ERP/LMIS) for the Qatar Armed Forces that will maximize readiness for troops on land, air and sea. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LISA DAIGLE, ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR
 
A new market study from Technavio, "Global Drone Identification Systems Market 2018-2022," forecasts that the global drone identification systems market will grow at a combined annual growth rate [CAGR] of 24.25 percent during the study period, 2018-2022.
 
 
 
 
 
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LISA DAIGLE, ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR
 
Avionics company Sagetech Corporation reports that it is set to provide its MXS transponder to NASA as the government agency conducts detect-and-avoid (DAA) research in the area of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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JOHN MCHALE, EDITORIAL DIRECTOR
 
Editorial Director John McHale discusses some of the cool tech that exhibitors were able to experience the first day of AUVSI's Xponential show earlier this month. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
AVIATION MAINTENANCE MAGAZINE
 
A Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas news outlet, NBCDFW.com and NBC 5 Investigates is reporting that months before the uncontained engine failure on Southwest 1380, the FAA found "distrust between managers and mechanics at Southwest's Dallas maintenance base was so bad, FAA investigators feared it could put passengers at risk."
 
 
 
 
 
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LISA DAIGLE, ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR
 
Lockheed Martin announced at the AUVSI/Xponential show that it has upgraded its Indago 3 -- a small quadrotor unmanned aerial system (UAS) -- with high-resolution infrared sensors capable of day or night operations.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MARIANA IRIARTE, TECHNOLOGY EDITOR
 
Many people fear the unmanned world as they fear automation will make their jobs obsolete and them unemployed. Not so, said Xponential keynote speakers Dr. David Autor, Ford Professor of Economics and Associate Head, Department of Economics, at MIT and Bryan Wynne President and CEO of AUVSI.
 
 
 
 
 
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LISA DAIGLE, ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR
 
Unmanned aerial system (UAS) technology provider PrecisionHawk (Raleigh, North Carolina) debuted what it says is the first beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS)-enabled, multirotor drone platform at the AUVSI Xponential event.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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MARIANA IRIARTE, TECHNOLOGY EDITOR
 
Technology Editor Mariana Iriarte recaps the keynotes speeches and the ethical implications behind designing unmanned systems. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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LISA DAIGLE, ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR
 
Rockwell Collins, as part of two weeks of critical testing recently for the NASA Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) program, served as the UAS Service Supplier (USS) for the safe management of a UAS flying beyond visual line-of-sight.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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LISA DAIGLE, ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR
 
Insitu -- a subsidiary of The Boeing Company and Overwatch Imaging -- has successfully integrated a customized TK-5 Firewatch smart tactical mapping payload on Insitu's ScanEagle unmanned aerial system (UAS). 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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JOHN MCHALE, EDITORIAL DIRECTOR 
 
Editorial Director John McHale dives into the trends that he's seen during AUVSI's Xponential show. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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