Military & Aerospace Electronics Unmanned Vehicles Newsletter | December 18, 2012

December 18, 2012 UUV trends, satellite payloads, and combat drone trials highlight this month's top stories. Read on for specifics about these and other news items of interest to unmanned vehicles designers. Subscribe here to the Defense Executive e-newsletter, and be certain to visit the unmannned vehicles department of the Military & Aerospace Electronics Website frequently for the latest news and information. The Military & Aerospace Electronics Website is online at www.militaryaerospace.com.
Unmanned design trends
Video: Demand for autonomous underwater vehicles grows as technology advances
Skyler Frink speaks with David Kelly, CEO of Bluefin Robotics, about Autonomous Underwater Vehicles.
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Raytheon to help develop small satellites to give persistent-surveillance data to the front lines
Reconnaissance and surveillance experts at the Raytheon Co. Missile Systems segment in Tucson, Ariz., are helping a U.S. military effort to provide useful persistent-surveillance imagery on-demand to the lowest-echelon warfighter in the field from small low-cost satellites.
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X-47B drone completes catapult launch flight test
The X-47B drone has completed its first catapult launch. The test was conducted by Northrop Grumman Corp. and the U.S. Navy.
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X-47B drone demonstrates wireless ground handling for use on aircraft carriers
The X-47B unmanned combat air system (UCAS) has begun demonstrating its ability to be maneuvered safely and wirelessly on the crowded deck of an aircraft carrier.
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Unmanned contracts
Project moves ahead to develop mini-submarines for covert special operations forces
Leaders of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., are moving ahead with a project to develop mini submarines able to transport combat swimmers such as Navy SEALs covertly while minimizing swim time to maintain combat effectiveness.
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IAI chooses space camera from Elop for Italian OPTSAT 3000 observation satellite
Satellite designers at Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) at Ben Gurion International Airport, Israel, needed a space camera for the OPTSAT 3000 observation satellite they are building for the Italian government. They found their solution from Elbit Systems Electro-Optics Elop Ltd. (Elop) in Haifa, Israel.
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Raytheon-led team to continue development of UAV-based hyperspectral sensor to find hidden objects like IEDs
Multispectral sensors designers at the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in McKinney, Texas, will move ahead with developing a new sensor for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) able to see objects on the ground not visible to the human eye, such as hidden roadside bombs or illicit opium crops by detecting their spectral signatures.
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L3 to develop high-resolution night-vision sensor payload for Marine Corps tactical UAVs
U.S. Navy researchers are asking night-vision sensors experts at L-3 Integrated Optical Systems in Wilmington, Mass., to develop a prototype sensor that enables tactical nighttime wide-field-of-view persistent surveillance from an AAI Corp. Shadow-200 tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
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Procurement opportunities
DHS surveys industry for wireless IP mesh technology for covert federal law enforcement
Wireless communications experts at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington are surveying industry to gauge available capability for wireless IP mesh transceivers for video data by federal law enforcement agencies.
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Chandler/May acquired by Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has announced the acquisition of Chandler/May, Inc., a company that specializes in the design, development, integration, manufacturing, and support of mission critical systems for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (C4ISR) missions. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed and are not material to Lockheed Martin's results of operations.
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Unmanned business
Dual-output DC-DC power converter for unmanned vehicles, ships, and vehicles introduced by VPT
VPT Inc. in Blacksburg, Va., is introducing the VPT5-2800D dual-output DC-DC power converter for unmanned vehicles, ships, armored ground vehicles, and other rugged systems.
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Low-cost precision strike capability tested on drones
A GPS-guided munition was fired from a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in recent tests by General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems and the U.S. Army Armament Research and Development Engineering Center (ARDEC).
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Aurora, SRI International Sarnoff infuse Skate small unmanned aerial system with video processing
Engineers at Aurora Flight Sciences and SRI International Sarnoff have integrated the SRI Sarnoff DL Micro digital data link and video processor into the Aurora Skate small unmanned aerial system (SUAS) to maximize the real-time delivery of video.
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Rugged computer for radar processing in UAVs and combat vehicles introduced by Curtiss-Wright
Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions in High Wycombe, England, is shipping an enhanced version of its MPMC-9335 multi-platform mission computer (MPMC) for demanding compute-intensive applications such as image, data and radar processing in space-, weight-, and power-constrained uses such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and ground vehicles.
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Acquisition and logistics
Royal Thai Army selects Thales STARStreak for air defense
Officials in the Royal Thai Army sought an air defense system to help modernize the air forces protecting the Kingdom of Thailand. They found their solution at Thales United Kingdom.
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AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems selects TECOM for Expeditionary Ground Control Station contract
TECOM Industries Inc. won a $12 million firm-fixed-price contract from AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. Company, to provide portable ground-control stations.
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