Archive For September, 2006

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C-130 AMP Spreads Its Wings

Last week Boeing issued a press release about the maiden flight of the C-130 Avionics Modernisation Programme (AMP) aircraft. The C-130 AMP (GlobalSecurity.org) will extend the aircraft's capability for many years to come by replacing federated systems with digital systems employing an Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) architecture using ARINC 653. This is also a proud moment for Wind River, because…

UAV Roadmap

On Monday, I posted the blog entry Why "My Other Vehicle is Unmanned"? which mentioned the regulatory challenges facing the development of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and their introduction into civil airspace. On Wednesday, Lockheed Martin announced in a press release that it has been selected by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Program Office to assist in the…

Why “My Other Vehicle is Unmanned”?

You are probably wondering why I've given my blog such a strange title. It's a tribute to a bumper sticker which I was given at a Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) conference organised by AUVSI.  Although the reference to UAVs is mildly amusing, it makes the serious point that unmanned systems are becoming more and more pervasive. Unmanned Systems (Wikipedia: UAVs)…