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EDITED BY BRUCE D. NORDWALL

EDITED BY BRUCE D. NORDWALL
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THE INTEGRATED STANDBY FLIGHT INSTRUMENTS 

THE INTEGRATED STANDBY FLIGHT INSTRUMENTS for the new Boeing 7E7 will be provided by Thales. An LCD will show pitch and roll attitude, heading, airspeed and altitude, and landing approach deviations in a format similar to the primary flight displays. Boeing had previously selected Thales to supply the 7E7's electrical power conversion system.

APPLIED RADAR IS EXPANDING 

APPLIED RADAR IS EXPANDING its antenna capabilities beyond patch and conformal devices into the field of electronic textiles. The company, based in North Kingstown, R.I., says manufacturing methods now permit lightweight, flexible antennas to be produced with performance surpassing current solutions and at drastic cost reduction. Textiles could displace printed circuit antenna technology for many applications. After structural integrity and microwave performance issues are satisfied, antennas could be embedded in composite airframes.

HONEYWELL IS HELPING TO OPTIMIZE SPACE 

HONEYWELL IS HELPING TO OPTIMIZE SPACE on the CV-22 Osprey's instrument panel with a dual-mode instrument. When standby instruments are not required, the 5 X 5-in. liquid crystal display will present TCAS information. Honeywell will supply displays for 50 U.S Air Force Osprey tiltrotor aircraft under a contract with Boeing.

NORTHROP GRUMMAN IS WORKING 

NORTHROP GRUMMAN IS WORKING with the U.S. Air Force to fuse data from a variety of sensors as a basis for collision-avoidance systems for unmanned aerial vehicles. The concept is to create an autonomous "see and avoid" system that would permit UAVs and manned aircraft to operate safely in the same airspace. Work under this contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio, aims to verify, through simulation, a sensing architecture designed under a previous award.

THALES WILL UPGRADE 

THALES WILL UPGRADE Iran's air traffic management capability with four state-of-the-art systems for the country's primary regional airports. Each has the Eurocat control center, a Star 2000 primary S-band radar and co-mounted RSM 970S monopulse secondary surveillance radar, which should enhance international as well as regional ATC. Thales sold Iran an en route ATC system in 1997, which included 10 monopulse secondary surveillance radars, en route control centers for Tehran and Shiraz, and navaids for domestic airports.

HONEYWELL'S new RDR-4000 DIGITAL WEATHER RADAR 

HONEYWELL'S new RDR-4000 DIGITAL WEATHER RADAR avoids the use of energy dissipating waveguides by mounting the radio frequency components--synthesizer and solid-state transmitter/receiver unit--on the antenna drive for the flat-plate, X-band antenna. Digital signals from the radar processor to the synthesizer are carried by coaxial cables, with only a short waveguide from the T/R to the antenna.

QUALCOMM AND AMERICAN AIRLINES ARE EXPLORING 

QUALCOMM AND AMERICAN AIRLINES ARE EXPLORING ways for passengers to use commercial cell phones inflight for air-to-ground communication. In a recent 2-hr. proof-of-concept flight, representatives from government and the media used commercial Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) third-generation cell phones to place and receive calls and text messages from friends on the ground. For the test flight from Dallas-Fort Worth, the aircraft was equipped with an antenna in the front and rear of the cabin to transmit cell phone calls to a small in-cabin CDMA cellular base station.

THE DEFENSE ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECTS AGENCY 

THE DEFENSE ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECTS AGENCY is contracting with Lockheed Martin to develop a prototype network that combines direct laser communication for high bandwidth (at 10-40 Gbps.), with Ku-band radio frequencies as a backup for reliable data links in the presence of clouds, sandstorms and other obscurants. The goal is more sensor-to-shooter information, without overloading the communication system, as happens today.

THE FAA, EUROCONTROL AND NASA ARE EXPLORING 

THE FAA, EUROCONTROL AND NASA ARE EXPLORING options for globally interoperable voice and data communications for the next generation of air traffic services. NASA will present an overview of advanced communication, navigation and surveillance (CNS) technologies being considered under project ACAST, established for that purpose, in a workshop in Cleveland on Aug. 24-25 (http://acast.grc.nasa.gov/workshop). Eurocontrol is conducting a parallel effort. The intent is for the FAA, Eurocontrol and NASA to then get together to agree on technology solutions.

A RECENT JOINT TASK FORCE EXERCISE 

A RECENT JOINT TASK FORCE EXERCISE at Ft. Bragg, N.C., spotlighted improvements in delivering real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensor imagery to warfighters. Advanced synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery from a U-2, moving target indicator and SAR data from Joint-STARS, and direct imagery downlinked from a shared reconnaissance pod on an F/A-18 were received and processed on the battlefield by the Army's Tactical Exploitation System (TES), made by Northrop Grumman. TES is a component of the Distributed Common Ground System-Army.

LOCKHEED MARTIN IS UPGRADING 

LOCKHEED MARTIN IS UPGRADING radars and data processing systems for command posts in Samarkand, Tashkent and Khanabad Air Base, Uzbekistan. The company also will provide its SkyLine automated air traffic management system at Khanabad. SkyLine offers flight and radar data processing and a flexible configuration that can work with tower, terminal control area or flow monitoring service.

ENGINEERING SAMPLES OF THREE 

ENGINEERING SAMPLES OF THREE new high-density, radiation-tolerant field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are now available from Actel Corp. Primarily intended for satellite buses and payloads, the RTAX-S family offers an alternative to the long design cycle for application-specific integrated circuits. The devices use single-event-upset hardened flip-flops with an architecture that eliminates the need for more costly triple-module redundancy, without sacrificing die area, according to the company. Embedded static random access memory is also optimized to operate in space.

THE NEWLY INAUGURATED SHANNON 

THE NEWLY INAUGURATED SHANNON, Ireland, en route air traffic management center expects to handle 90% of transatlantic flights when the Northern Oceanic Transition Area airspace is implemented in January 2005. With the current airspace, Shannon handles 70% of the transatlantic traffic. Both the Shannon and Dublin centers are equipped with Thales Eurocat ATM and voice communication control systems. This has the added benefit of providing a virtual center for the Irish Aviation Authority, allowing remote supervision and flexibility in locating the controllers.

ROCKWELL COLLINS WILL SPEND FIVE MONTHS 

ROCKWELL COLLINS WILL SPEND FIVE MONTHS studying ways to upgrade the Ground Element Minimum Essential Emergency Communications Network System. Improvements include updating advanced EHF communications using Milstar satellites and redundant VLF communication paths for critical strategic message traffic. The goal is to replace existing fixed and deployable ground systems before the end of 2009. These nuclear command-and-control systems are used by USAF's Air Combat Command and Air Mobility Command for bomber, tanker, reconnaissance and other alert communications facilities.

CELIGHT OF SILVER SPRING, MD., WILL WORK 

CELIGHT OF SILVER SPRING, MD., WILL WORK with Northrop Grumman to support the secure digital coherent optical communications program for the Defense Dept.'s Defense Micro-Electronics Activity. CeLight's ultimate goal is to provide a secure, ultra high-speed optical transceiver that can be used to thwart jamming and eavesdropping of optical communication links. The initial emphasis will be on signal transmission through the atmosphere from ground to aircraft, aircraft to aircraft, and aircraft to satellites.

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