Aerospace & Defense

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The Ravenscar Profile

By Paul Parkinson A few weeks ago, I took a few days leave to enjoy the end of the British summer and went hiking in the North Yorkshire Moors. What's that go to do with Aerospace & Defence or device software? Well, apart from the early-warning radar at the RAF Fylingdales base (wikipedia), you might think not very much. But…

Embedded Systems Show UK

By Alex Wilson Coming from a DSO Company it was interesting to visit the UK ESS in Birmingham this week. The first thing I noticed there was a distinct lack of traditional software vendors there; no Linux vendors for instance, couple of RTOS vendors,couple of  DSO Companies, and also none of the Semi companies there. Without these how do you…

Airbus Gets DSO “Religion”

By John Bruggeman Most likely, you’ve already read the news about the A380, the Airbus flagship super-jumbo jet.  The plane will now be ready for delivery another year later than originally planned.  That delay could cost Airbus’ parent company, EADS, $6.1 billion in lost revenue over four years.  And today it cost Airbus CEO, Christian Streiff, his job. Ouch! Now…

UAV’s – come on in, the swarm is fine…

By Mike Deliman UAVs are becoming a new darling in the worlds of flight and engineering. Paul  talks about some recent controversies in this blog entry, but what's all the hype about? UAVs come in all shapes and sizes, not just Global Hawks, Predators, and other glider-sized vehicles.  They also come in RC-sized packages, which can be used to rapidly…

View from Above.

By Mike Deliman It's not every day you can watch your work in action. It's even less often that you get to watch your work watching your work in action. :) Mars' latest arrival takes picture of second oldest running vehicle on the planet. Click for a high-res image Considering it's a photo taken from orbit while in motion... isn't…

A380 delays

By Paul Parkinson I was saddened to read in the news last week that EADS said that production of the Airbus A380 will be delayed a year (Forbes). Last year, I had the opportunity to attend a Professional Engineering Institutions lecture "A380 - Meeting The Challenge", which was given by Iain Gray, Managing Director of Airbus UK. The lecture covered…

C-130 AMP Spreads Its Wings

By Paul Parkinson 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 capability of 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…

UAV Roadmap

By Paul Parkinson 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…

Mars Rover: Extended Mission

By Mike Deliman Hello All, Every once in a while you get to hear something about a project you've worked on.  Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's not so good. Sometimes it's good enough to give you energy to work through the 20th hour... I'm extremely proud and happy to share the attached news.  Our kids on Mars have been given…

Why “My Other Vehicle is Unmanned”?

By Paul Parkinson 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…