Aerospace & Defense

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Anniversaries and Coincidences

Anniversaries and Coincidences

By Alex Wilson This year was one for some decade anniversaries, always big occasions, the first being 30 years since my graduation from Imperial College. I have many fond memories of life at Imperial, including my first computing experience in FORTRAN 77 on the college mainframe, and meeting my future Brother-in-Law! This year we all met up to celebrate this…
IoT is Growing Up

IoT is Growing Up

By Tim Skutt I spent a couple days this week at AUVSI XPONENTIAL – “the industry's largest congregation of unmanned systems professionals”.  I’ve attended this event for the past five years and this year was a definite turning point for the industry, and I think it’s a commentary on where IoT is in general. A former colleague I ran into…
Aviation Electronics Europe 2016

Aviation Electronics Europe 2016

By Paul Parkinson Recently, I attended the Aviation Electronics Europe 2016 conference, which was held in Munich again after the successful conference in 2015. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘International Avionics Challenges – Integrating the Single Sky’, and there were a number of presentations about the advances in aeronautical communications, navigation and surveillance systems (CNS) to enable air…
Wind River Technology Powers Airbus Helicopters’ Integrated Modular Avionics System

Wind River Technology Powers Airbus Helicopters’ Integrated Modular Avionics System

HIGHLIGHTS VxWorks 653 Platform serves as a key technology in the Airbus Integrated Modular Avionics helicopter implementation. Developed with the Wind River COTS platform, Airbus Helicopters’ Helionix avionics system provides unprecedented levels of performance and safety. VxWorks 653 Platform is used in over 350 programs by more than 200 customers on over 75 aircraft and supported by 24 partners.  Wind…
MILCOM 2015

MILCOM 2015

By Chip Downing (@ChipDowning) I am truly looking forward to MILCOM 2015 this week in Tampa, Florida.   Wind River will have a significant presence there showcasing our Wind River Helix portfolio with a wide range of demonstration platforms supporting the foundations of tactical clouds and secure tactical communications. We will have our multi-level-secure (MLS) demonstration with our VxWorks MILS…
RTI’s Cert Package Completes FACE™ Software Solution Stack

RTI’s Cert Package Completes FACE™ Software Solution Stack

By Chip Downing I am really excited about Real-Time Innovations (RTI) releasing its RTCA DO-178C Certification Data Package for its Connext® DDS Cert product. This is the “missing link” to providing a complete Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) software solutions stack where all of the components have readily available commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) safety certification evidence.  Two years ago our partners and…
The Vicarious Astronaut

The Vicarious Astronaut

By Barry Brown The Vicarious Astronaut:  When I was ten years old we were given an assignment to write about what we wanted to be when we grow up.  I was convinced I would be an astronaut.  My detailed report included several innovative rocket designs. My parents were not well off, but somehow Mom managed to scrape together enough to get a…
TaxiBot Certified for Take-off

TaxiBot Certified for Take-off

By Paul Parkinson  Working in the Aerospace & Defence sector, I sometimes meet customers who are taking a radical approach to address a challenging business problem. TaxiBot is an excellent example of one of these bold innovations - a semi-autonomous robotic tractor designed to reduce fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, aircraft noise and risk of foreign object damage (FOD) while aircraft are…
It Seems Like Just Yesterday…

It Seems Like Just Yesterday…

By Mike Deliman The Mars Rover Curiosity landing was three years ago! It’s time to update… #1YearOnMars is now #3YearsOnMars! It seems like just yesterday that a delicately orchestrated seven-minute long ballet of gravity, terror, rockets, and sky crane deposited Curiosity Rover on the Red Planet.  In fact, just three years ago, we all were able to watch JPL’s Mission Control office over the…
SAE 2015 Aviation Technology Forum in Shanghai

SAE 2015 Aviation Technology Forum in Shanghai

By Alex Wilson From the SAE website “The SAE International Aviation Technology Forum will provide an open technical forum for engineers in aircraft design, aircraft engine design/integration, aircraft system/component suppliers, aviation authorities, aircraft design consultants and aircraft maintainers/sustainers, to get an overview of aircraft design processes from beginning to end, including modeling and simulation, safety assessment, electronics design, health monitoring,…