Avionics Design – June 2017
June 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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Multicore, COTS certification, open architecture the hot topics at European avionics event
Multicore, COTS certification, open architecture the hot topics at European avionics event

Discussions on safety certification, certifying commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and software to Design Assurance Level – A (DAL-A), and leveraging open architecture standards for avionics took place among embedded computing suppliers attending the Aviation Electronics Europe show and its sister conference the Avionics & Space Testing Expo – both held this spring in Munich.


Unmanned ground vehicle pilots drones for
Unmanned ground vehicle pilots drones for "eye in the sky"

By pairing sensors on an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) with one or more unmanned aerial systems (UASs), Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) researchers in San Antonio, Texas, can create an "eye in the sky" to improve situational awareness in extreme environments. The technology enables UGVs to pilot UASs in hazardous environments – whether difficult terrain, in the middle of a battlefield, or extreme hot and cold temperatures – which provides critical situational-awareness data to enable safer maneuvers.


It's time for VITA 47: Raise the bar on defining ruggedization, reliability
It's time for VITA 47: Raise the bar on defining ruggedization, reliability

How rugged is "rugged"? The answer to that question should have a clear and consistent answer that gives system integrators the confidence and surety that a specific module from a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) supplier will perform and survive in the conditions their application requires. All too often though, claims made by COTS vendors that their module will meet a certain range of durability (temperature, shock, and vibration) are not based on a common, industry standard that enables the customer to make meaningful comparisons between different boards from different vendors.


VME Forever

VME has been at the heart of rugged embedded computing for over 30 years. Alternative architectures have come along – but VME is still thriving. And: there are good reasons why VME will continue to thrive – as this white paper explains.


Making High-Integrity Code Safe and Secure

Sponsored by: MathWorks
June 29, 2pm ET


Demystifying Security for Military Data Storage

Sponsored by: Mercury Systems
June 28, 11am ET



Honeywell, NASA get closer to wider adoption of supersonic flight
Honeywell, NASA get closer to wider adoption of supersonic flight

Honeywell and NASA announced the completion of a two-year test to determine the most effective way to show pilots flying supersonic jets where people on the ground may hear sonic booms; the technology may potentially eliminate one of the primary barriers to the broad adoption of supersonic flight.


Harris to upgrade F-35 Lighting II mission system avionics
Harris to upgrade F-35 Lighting II mission system avionics

At the Paris Air show, Lockheed Martin officials selected Harris Corp. to upgrade mission system avionics for the F-35 Lightning II as part of the Technology Refresh 3 (TR3) program. This will boost the aircraft's data storage, display processing, and throughput capabilities, officials say.


Thales Alenia Space acquires portion of Airstar Aerospace
Thales Alenia Space acquires portion of Airstar Aerospace

Satelllite and spacecraft company Thales Alenia Space -- the joint venture between Thales and Leonardo -- confirmed that it has acquired a minority stake in French company Airstar Aerospace, a company that manufactures airships and flexible structures that are capable of operating at all altitudes.


Esterline to deliver avionics systems for Germany's CH-53GS/GE helicopter
Esterline to deliver avionics systems for Germany's CH-53GS/GE helicopter

Airbus Helicopters officials selected Esterline Corp. to supply its CMC Electronics brand Integrated Helicopter Solution for the upgrade of the German Armed Forces' CH-53GS/GE Sea Stallion helicopters.


Tata & Lockheed Martin sign F-16 Block 70 aircraft agreement
Tata & Lockheed Martin sign F-16 Block 70 aircraft agreement

Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) and Lockheed Martin officials signed an agreement with the intent to jointly produce the F-16 Block 70 in India.



DynCorp awarded U.S. Army aviation logistics contract valued at up to $795 million
DynCorp awarded U.S. Army aviation logistics contract valued at up to $795 million

The U.S. Army has awarded DynCorp International (DI) a firm-fixed-price contract for logistics support services for government-owned fixed-wing fleets performing transport aircraft missions (C-12, C-26, and UC-35 fleets, with limited services for T-6 fleets).






Navy to receive first deployable P-8A Poseidon trainers
Navy to receive first deployable P-8A Poseidon trainers

U.S. Navy officials tasked Boeing to deliver the first deployable P-8A Poseidon trainers, allowing aircrew and operators to improve their mission readiness even while serving away from home.


NASA, partners test next phase of UAV traffic-management system
NASA, partners test next phase of UAV traffic-management system

NASA and several aviation and industry partners report that they recently conducted successful tests of five different unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) demonstrating multiple operational scenarios, including parachute-initiated emergency supply deliveries and aerial survey operations.


Kutta joins Dynetics team working on DARPA unmanned system project
Kutta joins Dynetics team working on DARPA unmanned system project

Kutta Technologies has received a Phase 2 subcontract from Dynetics (Huntsville, Alabama) to assist Dynetics with the development of UASs under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Gremlins program.


USAF combat helicopter program completes design review
USAF combat helicopter program completes design review

The U.S. Air Force Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) program passed the the Air Vehicle Critical Design Review (CDR), which prepares the program to proceed to assembly, test, and evaluation of the HH-60W helicopter.


Drone provides live feed and damage assessment after Oklahoma tornado
Drone provides live feed and damage assessment after Oklahoma tornado

Textron Systems Unmanned Systems, a business of Textron Inc. announced today that its Civil & Commercial team provided support of disaster response efforts for the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management.


Elbit Systems of America to develop F-35 aircraft panoramic cockpit display
Elbit Systems of America to develop F-35 aircraft panoramic cockpit display

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics officials tasked Elbit Systems of America, LLC. to develop a cockpit display replacement for the F-35 aircraft. The development contract is for the Technology Refresh 3, Panoramic Cockpit Display Unit.




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