Aerospace & Defense

16 articles

Cost of security

Having read Paul Parkinson's blog about  the UK National CyberSecurity Strategy, it was interesting to read this article on the US government moves towards cloud computing. I have always been surprised by the seemingly complacent attitude towards security, especially with our approach of downloading daily patches and security fixes to the variety of software installed on our PCs. In the…

Laws of Robotics

As a member of the UK Institute of Engineering and Technology, and a keen science fiction fan, it is always great fun when I see mention of advanced robotics applications in space! This month sees the article by Piers Bizony on "Robonaut flies in". This is a great article outlining the mission on the NASA Robonaut. Robonaut was included in…

Airbus A400M and Boeing 787 Dreamliner first flight

Wow! What a week for our customers in Europe and USA! Last week saw the first flight of the Airbus A400M Military Transport and today the Boeing 787 Dreamliner took to the skies! Congratulations go out to Airbus, Boeing and all of their worldwide suppliers! Our man on the ground at Paine Field, Everett is Chip Downing, Director of A&D…

Wind River VxWorks MILS is Launched!

Today we launched our VxWorks MILS 2.0 product, details can be found on our web on the VxWorks MILS Page. VxWorks MILS 2.0 previously went into evaluation at NIAP at Common Criteria EAL 6+ and has been discussed by Paul Parkinson on his blog. I was interested in this release as the product addresses a lot of the concerns and…

Avionics 09

I am back in the office after a busy few weeks at Embedded World and Avionics 09. I read in the news that the third C-130AMP has its first flight ahead of schedule which is excellent news in these days of doom and gloom over the economy! The C-130 AMP is a heavy user of our technology, so that prompted…

Advanced technology

It is good to see that even with the current Financial Meltdown we continue to see funding for advanced technology and systems making slow but sure progress through the design life-cycle. Some examples have made the news in the last few weeks that I thought worth mentioning. The first is the increased use of MAV and in particular the fact…

Commercial Unmanned Vehicles

Well, it's been some time since my last blog - I guess I suffered from a severe case of blogger's block :-) What prompted me to blog today was my experience flying home from Amsterdam this week, and an unusual news story. As usual I started to doze as the aircraft taxied out to the runway, but as we started…

More Eclipse news

Following on from my last blog, I see that  RTI has also joined the Eclipse Framework. This bring to the Eclipse life cycle model RTI's excellent tool for looking at distributed systems using RTI's DDS through Eclipse Perspectives. You can read more about DDS at RTI's web site This means you now have the capability in Eclipse to move from…

Tools standardisation

Changing tracks for a moment I couldn't help but pick up on one of my Google Alerts this morning regarding what is essentially the technology behind DSO standardisation - ECLIPSE. Here is what I read Pluginfest Day TwoBy Adrian Taylor Some of the tools available from WindRiver, for example, are just light years ahead of what’s available for Symbian OS.…

Software Certification

I wonder why it is always the case that the period of time just before year end is suddenly very hectic! There must be a universal law about that, something like Murphy's Law...Anyway, I have just returned from 2 weeks of travel around Italy, Sweden and the US visiting customers and presenting our solutions. I always enjoy meeting folks and…