Aerospace & Defense

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When supplier product lifecycles fight back

When supplier product lifecycles fight back

By Kevin Konkos As a young systems engineer I was often mentored by my Chief Systems Engineer to define requirements beyond product features and consider the “ilities”.  These “ilities,” such as reliability, maintainability, and supportability define the success of the product over the entire product lifecycle.  As a mid-twenties systems engineer it was hard for me to imagine the issues…
Cybersecurity:  The Importance of Protecting Data at Rest with VxWorks

Cybersecurity: The Importance of Protecting Data at Rest with VxWorks

By Ka Kay Achacoso A few months ago, Equifax had a data breach that exposed to hackers the names, social security numbers, credit card numbers, driver’s license numbers, and other sensitive personal information and resulted in a total of 145.5 million consumers impacted by this cyber security breach  after the forensic investigation concluded.  The resulting outcry from potentially affected businesses…
Wind River Recognized with Prestigious Military & Aerospace Electronics Innovation Awards

Wind River Recognized with Prestigious Military & Aerospace Electronics Innovation Awards

By Chip Downing 2017 is yet one more banner year for the Wind River VxWorks 653 Platform. We are proud to announce that Wind River has been recognized once again by Military & Aerospace Electronics and Intelligent Aerospace Technology with a Gold award for VxWorks 653 -- a testament to the value and capabilities of this industry leading product. We also…
FACE™ Exhibition & Technical Interchange Meeting

FACE™ Exhibition & Technical Interchange Meeting

By Chip Downing The Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) technical standard and business approach was proven yesterday at the FACE Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) sponsored by NAVAIR at Patuxent River.  Over 30 avionics systems suppliers exhibited their FACE platform solutions at the Solomons Conference Center.  This event is driving the future of the FACE standard, transitioning from building and testing…
The FACE™ Standard is now Ready and Open for Business

The FACE™ Standard is now Ready and Open for Business

By Chip Downing 2017 is a banner year for The Open Group Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) Consortium.   It is now crossing its seventh anniversary and has completed the technical and business documents that will drive new FACE procurements with enduring efficiencies for generations of military aircraft.  The FACE approach is now ready for building efficient, affordable, and competitive next…
Aviation Electronics Europe, ARINC653 & Multi-core Certification

Aviation Electronics Europe, ARINC653 & Multi-core Certification

By Paul Parkinson Last week, I attended the Aviation Electronics Europe 2017 conference, which was held in Munich for the third consecutive year. It’s a popular location due to its excellent transport links, Bavarian cuisine, and of course weissbier. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Staying Ahead of the Competition in a Growth Market’, and the keynote presentations covered…
Securing the E-Enabled Aircraft

Securing the E-Enabled Aircraft

By Alex Wilson Aviation Electronics Europe has just finished in Munich. The show continues to grow and this year was no exception, with some interesting keynotes from EASA and Airline for Europe, A4E. I noticed the UK standing out in Europe (no surprise there) for being having the highest Passenger Tax across all the European countries! I was presented a…
Don’t Miss New Multi-Touch Platform Created By Wind River/Presagis/CoreAVI

Don’t Miss New Multi-Touch Platform Created By Wind River/Presagis/CoreAVI

By Chip Downing  I know that there will be lots of product awards passed out next week at Embedded World 2017, but one of the hottest solutions at the event will be the new multi-touch platform created by Presagis, CoreAVI, and Wind River. This multi-touch demonstration is a control and visualization environment for a control station and shows what the…
Great Moments for Space and Wind River in 2016

Great Moments for Space and Wind River in 2016

By Linda Pirrotta 2016 was a tremendous year for space exploration and discovery. Let's take a look at two espeically significant NASA missions. DAWN The Dawn mission was an extraordinary achievement for NASA-JPL, capping decades of exploration that expanded our knowledge and technological expertise in deep space by orbiting and exploring both the protoplanet Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres. On June…
Software Containment in VxWorks:  VxPOD – A Separation Alternative to Virtualization

Software Containment in VxWorks: VxPOD – A Separation Alternative to Virtualization

By Ka Kay Achacoso The challenge in hardware consolidation for real-time embedded systems is ensuring that sub-systems don’t interfere with each other.   To take advantage of the space and hardware cost reduction that comes with hardware consolidation, some systems use virtualization technology to separate sub-systems from each other.  With Virtualization, a hypervisor is run either on the hardware (Type 1…