Cinch Connectivity Solutions Introduces EMI Filtered Insert Solutions

Cinch Connectivity Solutions, a Bel group company and global leader in delivering reliable connectivity solutions, introduces Cinch Mil/Aero EMI Filtered Inserts.

In conjunction with Quell Technologies, Cinch now offers quick turn EESeal EMI filtered inserts which can be easily added to standard Cinch Mil-Spec connectors, for a reliable EMI control solution designed to meet your application needs. These Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) inserts are made of high-grade silicon rubber are specially designed to work with standard Cinch Mil-Spec connectors such as M26482, M5015, M83513, M26500 and M24308.

Customers can work directly with Cinch to design custom made inserts for the appropriate Cinch connector model, specifically designed to address their application needs. The EMI Inserts can be designed and delivered within a two-week time frame and are simple to install with no special tools required, providing a complete solution without the long lead times normally required for fully custom EMI filtered connectors.

Abaco Announces Single Board Computer and Avionics I/O Boards for Flight-Certifiable Applications

Abaco Systems has released two boards, the SBC314C single board computer and RAR15XC avionics data bus communications XMC mezzanine board, for embedded flight-certifiable applications. Previously only available as part of the FORCE2C rugged line replaceable unit (LRU), the two are now each available as separate boards.

The SBC314C 3U VPX single board computer (shown above), based on the NXP QorIQ T2081 Multicore Communications Power Architecture processor, is engineered in accordance with DO-254 DAL-A and features an XMC mezzanine site. It is pin-compatible with the SBC314, providing a pathway to flight certification for existing customers. The SBC314C supports a diverse I/O set that includes Gigabit Ethernet, serial communication ports, USB 2.0, SATA and GPIO.

The SBC314C is fully supported by Power-on Built-In Test (PBIT) and Bootloader, both engineered in accordance with DO-178C DAL-A, and supports ARINC 653 compliant operating systems including VxWorks 653, Deos, INTEGRITY-178 tuMP, and LynxOS-178 for integrators needing to build complex integrated modular avionics systems.

The RAR15XC XMC board (shown in main image above) delivers high-density MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC 429 data bus communications as well as avionics discrete I/O. The RAR15XC is pin-compatible with the RAR15X and provides operational capability for full integration into aircraft systems. It is engineered to meet the demands of the most safety-critical applications and provides high-level functionality to reduce the complexity of the application programming.

 “We’re excited to bring the SBC314C and RAR15XC to our customers as individual boards,” said Pete Thompson, VP of Product Management at Abaco. “While the FORCE2C continues to see great success in flight-certifiable applications, we have customers who have asked to make them available individually for integration into their own systems. We believe this is a natural progression as work to expand our flight-certifiable portfolio of boards, board sets and systems.”

Sagetech, NASA, and AATI Partner on Detect and Avoid System Demo

Sagetech Avionics, an aerospace technology company providing industry-leading situational awareness solutions for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), and American Aerospace ISR (AA ISR) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to integrate Sagetech’s Detect and Avoid (DAA) system into the AA ISR AiRanger unmanned aircraft.

The companies expect to have a certifiable prototype of the system ready for flight testing by the end of the year.

“Detect and Avoid systems are critical for beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) flight and critical to the mission of the long endurance AiRanger aircraft,” said Tom Furey, CEO of Sagetech Avionics. “We are pleased to partner with the innovative AA ISR group to bring the world’s first certifiable low-SWaP DAA solution to test flights.”

“American Aerospace ISR is pleased to partner with Sagetech for the integration of a certifiable DAA solution on our aircraft,” said Ali Etebari, General Manager of AA ISR. “We anticipate that this Detect and Avoid system will help facilitate Type Certification of our aircraft and enable our customers to fly commercial BVLOS missions safely in the National Airspace.”

Sagetech’s DAA system packages multiple core technologies into a single, low size, weight, and power (SWaP) DAA solution suitable for use on commercial unmanned aircraft as well as urban air mobility (UAM) platforms. Sagetech’s DAA system is ACAS-based, featuring technologies including a transponder, an interrogator, an ACAS-based DAA computer, software package, and other essential components. It is compatible with many off-the-shelf low SWaP radar and other traffic sensors.

The AiRanger is a fixed-wing unmanned aircraft with an endurance of over 17 hours (with payload). Powered by a fuel-injected gasoline engine, the AiRanger is designed for commercialized airborne applications in austere environments at large scale. Designed to be payload-capable, the fuselage can be configured to carry multiple airborne payloads including remote sensing, communication network, and emergency response systems. AA ISR will integrate Sagetech’s DAA solution as part of the AiRanger Type Certification with the FAA.

Lynx Launches LynxSafe for Improved Performance and Military Grade Security For Enterprise IT

Lynx Software Technologies announced the availability of LynxSafe, a family of products that now allows enterprise IT teams to apply Lynx’s long-standing expertise in secure mission critical systems to end-points. The first LynxSafe product, which is focused on secure laptops, creates isolated partitions that can run multiple security functions and secure operating systems. This enables architects to create products that deliver different levels of security for business and personal domains, which remains vitally important as people continue to work remotely and in zero-trust environments. 

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the security of the enterprise and IT worlds have faced a crisis of unprecedented proportions as people continue to work remotely. According to a Lynx study conducted in Q1 2021:

·         Over half of respondents (51%) believed their organization’s cybersecurity efforts hadn’t been strengthened since the start of the pandemic

·         60% of respondents hadn’t been notified of any apps and tools that did not meet the security standards set by their employers during the pandemic

·         Nearly 4 in 10 (36%) respondents were impacted by a cybersecurity hack during the pandemic – or knew someone who had been

As employers continue to offer remote and hybrid work options, LynxSafe provides a proven alternative to perimeter-based security, answering the unprecedented challenges of extended, fragmented workforces on top of the mounting threats IT teams were already facing.

“Organizations must deliver a failproof way to secure end-points such as laptops, edge servers, networking cards and other devices in a work-from-home, zero-trust environment,” said Pavan Singh, VP of Product Management at Lynx. “Effectively, what LynxSafe enables is the ability to extend the company firewall to the place where you are working, be that a house, a coffee shop, or an airplane. Lynx has a long history of securing mission-critical applications onboard vehicles for companies including Airbus, Collins Aerospace and NASA, where application failure is not an option, and we’re confident in LynxSafe’s ability to emulate this success for IT organizations.”

Unlike other enterprise-class hypervisors, which typically create a software abstraction layer between the hardware and the virtual equipment that runs on it, the LynxSafe works by using a separation kernel-based approach. The LynxSecure separation kernel is inherently more effective for creating secure end-points running multiple isolated functions, including domains for different security and classification levels. Two variants of the product exist: 

·         For high-threat environments, there is mandatory support for secure boot functionality and support for multiple levels of VPN. Use cases include the U.S. Department of Defense, and LynxSafe is aligned to support mandatory compliance requirements such as those called out in the Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) specification. Both solutions have been proven and are immediately available for the Dell Latitude 5410 class of laptops with a broader set of device support planned through 2021.

·         For moderate-threat environments, traditional methods of securing a laptop are no longer sufficient for the enterprise. LynxSafe’s manageability features allow IT departments to secure and manage an entire organization’s laptops, allowing the separation of security functions from the user operating systems, delivery of patches and updates as well as the deletion of important data, securely and remotely.

Other features and benefits of LynxSafe include:

·         The ability of an organization to run one or multiple VPNs in isolated partitions for security and the prevention of network tampering

·         Support for Windows and Linux, enabling existing applications to run unmodified

·         The ability for VMs to be managed remotely while people are working outside the office, saving operational costs 

·         Compatibility with industry-standard mobile device management and mobile app management frameworks

·         Secure encryption of data in the end-point through a remote key mechanism

·         Protection for the user’s sensitive data so that it is not compromised even if the laptop is lost

·         The opportunity for organizations to take their product through security certification programs with a focus on the mobility and security

LynxSafe is available now.

Aviation Companies Launch First In-Flight 100% Sustainable-Fuel Emissions Study on Commercial Jet

A team of aerospace specialists has launched the world’s first in-flight emissions study using 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on a wide-body commercial passenger aircraft.

Airbus, German research center DLR, Rolls-Royce and SAF producer Neste have teamed up to start the pioneering “Emission and Climate Impact of Alternative Fuels” project looking into the effects of 100% SAF on aircraft emissions and performance.

Findings from the study – to be carried out on the ground and in the air using an Airbus A350-900 aircraft powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines – will support efforts currently underway at Airbus and Rolls-Royce to ensure the aviation sector is ready for the large-scale use of SAF as part of the wider initiative to decarbonise the industry.

Fuel-clearance engine tests, including a first flight to check operational compatibility with the aircraft’s systems, started at Airbus’ facilities in Toulouse, France, this week. These will be followed by the groundbreaking flight-emissions tests due in April and resuming in Q4 2021, using DLR’s Falcon 20-E ‘chase plane’ to carry out measurements to investigate the impact of sustainable-fuel emissions. Meanwhile, further ground tests measuring particulate-matter emissions are set to indicate the environmental impact of SAF-use on airport operations.

Both the flight and the ground tests will compare emissions from 100% SAF made from HEFA (hydroprocessed esters and fatty acids) against those produced by fossil kerosene and low-sulphur fossil kerosene.

The SAF will be provided by Finnish oil-refining company Neste, a leading worldwide supplier of sustainable fuel. Additional measurement and analysis for the characterisation of the particulate-matter emissions during the ground testing will be delivered by the UK’s University of Manchester and the National Research Council of Canada.

“SAF is an important part of Airbus’ ambition to decarbonise the aviation industry, ensuring a sustainable future for air travel,” said Steven Le Moing, New Energy Programme Manager, Airbus. “It is a ready-to-use solution for current fleets and remains the most viable, long-term solution for long-haul flights where other technologies, such as hybrid-electric and hydrogen, are further from maturity.

“SAF is currently only permitted at up to a 50% volume blend with fossil kerosene but this exciting collaboration between industry, academia and government will provide us with a unique insight into how gas-turbine engines function using 100% SAF. The identification of the potential for emissions reductions, and the environmental impact of using such fuels in flight, will further lay the groundwork for its future certification.”

Dr Patrick Le Clercq, Project Manager at DLR, said: “By investigating 100% SAF, we are taking our research on fuel design and aviation climate impact to a new level. In previous research campaigns, we were already able to demonstrate the soot-reduction potential of between 30 and 50 percent blends of alternative fuels, and we hope this new campaign will show that this potential is now even greater.

“DLR has already conducted extensive research on analytics and modelling as well as performing ground and flight tests using alternative fuels with the Airbus A320 ATRA research aircraft in 2015 and in 2018 together with NASA.”

Simon Burr, Director Product Development and Technology, Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace, added: “In our post-COVID-19 world, people will want to connect again but do so sustainably. For long-distance travel, we know this will involve the use of gas turbines for decades to come. SAF is essential to the decarbonisation of that travel and we actively support the ramp-up of its availability to the aviation industry. This research is essential to support our commitment to understanding and enabling the use of 100% SAF as a low-emissions solution.”

Jonathan Wood, Vice President Renewable Aviation at Neste, said: “We’re delighted to contribute to this project to measure the extensive benefits of SAF compared with fossil jet fuel and provide the data to support the use of SAF at higher concentrations than 50%. Independently verified analysis shows 100% Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel delivers up to 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil jet fuel use when all life-cycle emissions are taken into account; this study will clarify the additional benefits from the use of SAF.”

IMOD DDR&D and IAI Inaugurate Advanced Navigation Technology Center

A new technology center dedicated to developing and producing non-GPS navigation systems was recently launched by the Directorate of Defense Research & Development (DDR&D), part of Israel’s Ministry of Defense (IMOD), and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). In the new center, IAI plans to develop and manufacture highly-accurate inertial sensors. These sensors will enable the production of next-generation navigation systems and will significantly increase their performance and capabilities.

The innovative navigation sensor technology is founded on unique Israeli innovation based on years of research and collaboration between DDR&D and IAI. These sensors will be implemented in various operational systems within Israel’s defense systems, thus enabling Israel to maintain its qualitative advantage and to continue to address the challenges of the modern battlefield.

“In launching the new compound, DDR&D demonstrates our position at the forefront of technology and its contribution to Israel’s technological independence,” Brig. Gen. Yaniv Rotem, Chief of R&D at UMOS DDR&D, said. “The extensive know-how and experience accumulated at DDR&D and TAMAM, our partners, allowed us to challenge ourselves with this new endeavor and accomplish something impressive. The follow-up program is just as challenging and we plan to work diligently until we prove the new capability in the various applications and in collaboration with IDF units.”

Avi Elisha, IAI’s TAMAM Division GM adds, “Our partnership with IMOD DDR&D dates back many years. We work together to achieve the ongoing enhancement of the innovative navigation systems for Israel. The new center we launched will allow highly accurate navigation capabilities with IAI’s unique technologies. Only a handful of countries have this technology, which is a game-changer in the field of inertial navigation.”

The new navigation technology center established at TAMAM, IAI’s electro-optics and navigation house in IAI’s Systems Missiles & Space Group, represents decades of experience in developing navigation systems.

Thales Launches New Digital Secondary Radar RSM NG for Safer ATM

Thales is unveiling the RSM NG, a new digital secondary radar – a meta-sensor for safer skies. The radar leverages the latest digital technologies to bring airports outstanding performance, cyber protection and optimized life-cycle costs.

Thales says a meta-sensor approach makes the radar unique. The 2 in 1 sensor ensures the quality, integrity and availability of data provided to air traffic controllers, contributing to the aircraft’s 3 NM separation standards. The RSM NG combines ADS-B and radar (Mode S) data for faster track initialization providing higher-quality information with reliability.The radar can track up to 2,000 flight tracks and share 64 data outputs simultaneously to different air traffic centers.

Based on international NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) framework, the RSM NG is cyber-secured by design, Thales says, with a single interface for controlling cybersecurity functions while maintaining the radar’s operational behavior.

Minimizing re-interrogation rates, the RSM NG reduces radio frequency pollution and provides an interference map to facilitate its integration in the environment.

All of these technological enhancements integrate seamlessly into the constant evolving ATC environment; in particular, the advanced digital architecture of the RSM NG supports software-defined upgrades to accommodate future technical requirements Thales says.

More compact and easy to deploy, the RSM NG incorporates HUMS capabilities (Health Usage and Monitoring System) for optimized maintenance. Re-engineered to limit life-cycle costs, the radar has a very compact design with 30% reduction in weight and volume, with now only two electronic cabinets instead of three.

“With more than 50 years of experience in secondary surveillance radars, Thales is constantly investing to lead the latest innovations in the market for air traffic control radars for safer skies. The RSM NG represents no less than 10 patents,”  said Marie Gayrel, director of ATC radar activities, Thales.

World’s First Multicore Avionics Certification to CAST-32A Uses the INTEGRITY-178 tuMP Multicore RTOS

Green Hills Software announced that the INTEGRITY-178 tuMP multicore real-time operating system (RTOS) is the first operating system to be part of a multicore certification to RCTA/DO-178C and CAST-32A. The certification is part of a Technical Standing Order (TSO) authorization for CMC Electronics’ PU-3000 Avionics Computer, and the TSO submission included evidence of meeting all CAST-32A requirements for multicore processors.

“CMC Electronics selected the INTEGRITY-178 tuMP RTOS after determining that it uniquely provides the robust partitioning, resource configuration, and certification support required for CMC’s next generation of multicore avionics products,” said Don Paolucci, Vice President, Engineering, at CMC Electronics. “INTEGRITY-178 tuMP reduces development and integration costs for CMC and our customers by providing full support for multicore processing with mixed-criticality applications up to DO-178C DAL A airborne safety requirements and certified conformance to the FACE™ Technical Standard.”

“Green Hills Software is proud to be part of the world’s first certified multicore avionics solution with a multicore operating system,” said Dan O’Dowd, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Green Hills Software. “We designed INTEGRITY-178 tuMP as a multicore RTOS from the beginning, and our 80 staff-year investment in multicore robust partitioning has paid off for our customers and their customers. While other companies have talked about getting a multicore certification for almost three years, CMC has actually achieved it using INTEGRITY-178 tuMP.”

The PU-3000 series of avionics computers is the fourth generation of avionics computers from CMC Electronics and is fit for the civil and military retrofit markets. Modular by design, the multicore PU-3000 can be used as a common computing platform in a large variety of functions allowing customers to simultaneously host combinations of several levels of applications into “one box” varying from primary flight display (PFD), navigation display (ND), flight management systems (FMS), radio management systems (RMS), flight director systems (FDS) to critical mission applications. CMC’s avionics computers are capable of hosting multiple high-demanding software applications developed to varying Design Assurance Levels, up to and including DAL A. The PU-3000 received authorization as a Flight Director under TSO-C198 “Automatic Flight Guidance and Control System (AFGCS) Equipment.” The TSO was approved by Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), with reciprocal acceptance from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

The INTEGRITY-178 tuMP high-assurance RTOS from Green Hills Software is the only RTOS that has actually been part of a multicore system certified to DO-178C airborne safety requirements. INTEGRITY-178 tuMP is a multicore RTOS with support for running a multi-threaded DAL A application across multiple processor cores in symmetric multi-processing (SMP) or bound multi-processing (BMP) configurations, as well as supporting the more basic asymmetric multi-processing (AMP). INTEGRITY-178 tuMP was the first RTOS to be certified conformant to the FACE Technical Standard, edition 3.0, and it is the only RTOS with multicore interference mitigation for all shared resources, enabling the system integrator to meet CAST-32A objectives. Multicore interference happens when more than one processor core attempts simultaneous access of a shared resource, such as system memory, I/O, or the on-chip interconnect. The bandwidth allocation and monitoring (BAM) functionality in INTEGRITY-178 tuMP ensures that critical applications get their allocated access to shared resources in order to meet their required deadlines, significantly lowering integration and certification risk. Together, the flexible multi-processing architecture and the multicore interference mitigation enable a system integrator to maximize multicore processor performance while meeting safety and security requirements.

Collins Bringing Next-Gen Sensors to FastJets

Collins Aerospace was awarded an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract modification by the US Air Force for its newest FastJet reconnaissance pod, the MS-110 Multispectral Airborne Reconnaissance system.

Collins says the newer MS-110 is a “step-change advancement in Airborne Reconnaissance capability and provides capabilities that are unmatched by targeting pods or sensors internally fitted inside the aircraft body.” These capabilities include:

  • High resolution imagery achievable at long/stand-off range for peacetime cross-broader surveillance or high-threat wartime scenarios
  • Advanced multispectral imagery (color and false-color composites) to detect targets with a higher degree of confidence or through poor weather/atmospheric conditions
  • Wide-area coverage in high resolution
  • Flexible planning/re-tasking for real-time changes in dynamic operational situations by aircrew
  • SCi-Toolset, a suite of software to help End Users extract critical intelligence from the MS-110’s imagery

“The combination of spatial and spectral resolution modalities provides customers with an exponential increase in intelligence gathering capabilities against challenging targets,” said Kevin Raftery, vice president and general manager, ISR and Space Solutions for Collins Aerospace.

Carlos Miller, VP Aerospace and Defense, Pioneer

Pioneer Metal Finishing Acquires Electrochem Solutions, a Precious Metal Plating Company in Silicon Valley

Pioneer Metal Finishing (Pioneer), a portfolio company of Aterian Investment Partners (Aterian), announced the acquisition of Electrochem Solutions (Electrochem).

Founded in 1982 and based in Union City, Calif., Electrochem is a metal finishing company in Silicon Valley. Electrochem provides a range of highly technical finishing solutions including gold plating, silver plating, anodizing, electroless nickel, and other services to clients primarily in the semiconductor fabrication equipment end market.

“Pioneer is the right choice for Electrochem, our employees and customers,” David Rossiter, owner of Electrochem, said. “Pioneer is recognized as the ideal buyer for family and founder owned metal finishing businesses. I am confident Pioneer will be a great home for our employees and customers because of our shared goals and values.”

Daniel Krasnow, principal at Aterian added, “We are excited to continue to build upon Pioneer’s strategy of acquiring leading metal finishing businesses. Electrochem expands Pioneer’s presence on the West Coast and adds new technical capabilities Pioneer can build upon.”

Defense, aviation and aerospace firms all demand mission-critical performance from precious metal plating and coating for a variety of rigorous applications including systems for missile guidance, aircraft power and thrust and satellite communications. Connectivity solutions, for example, must deliver 100% reliable current and voltage under potentially harsh conditions.

“For aerospace customers, this acquisition uniquely positions Pioneer to provide highly complex solutions, flexible capabilities and an ultra-reliable supply chain to a dynamic industry that’s exhibiting strong growth. Across all markets, customers appreciate the stability offered by Pioneer’s financial strength, broad customer base and large footprint across North America – currently 11 facilities and more than one million square feet of manufacturing capacity. Pioneer in committed to continually meet their needs today, tomorrow and into the future,” said Carlos Miller, Pioneer Metal Products’ VP Aerospace and Defense, shown above. “Like Pioneer, Electrochem has a proud history of developing and executing challenging engineered surface solutions that other companies shy away from. We’re now a one-stop shop for precious metal coatings that provide superior connectivity and anti-corrosion performance. Founded nearly 40 years ago, Electrochem focuses on functionally engineered precious metal plating, electroless nickel, aluminum anodizing, complex masking and clean room-based related services for specialized, high-tech components; Electrochem is an approved vendor for many Fortune 500 companies. Francisco Ruiz, current General Manager, will continue leading this division.”

Weil Gotshal & Manges advised Pioneer on the transaction.

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