Carlisle Interconnect Technologies Introduces Two High-Voltage Composite Wires

 Carlisle Interconnect Technologies (CarlisleIT) released two new high-voltage composite wire families for aerospace applications: a high-voltage composite wire family and an ultra-flexible high-voltage shielded composite wire family. These 1,000-volt composite wire families offer lighter weight and smaller diameters compared to similar extruded constructions in applications up to 260 °C.

Both wire families have exceptional installation characteristics, including Seamless Wrap PTFE jacket technology which offers the advantages of a tape wrap with a smooth outer surface. They also feature a high-strand-count, nickel-plated copper conductors for enhanced flexibility and routing capabilities.

“These new high-voltage composite wire families are joining our existing family of extruded products,” said Tom Turner, product manager for CarlisleIT. “Together, they solve the common problems EWIS engineers encounter in designing power distribution systems. Our high-voltage extruded family solves termination issues with their exceptional stripability, while our two new high-voltage composite wire families address wear issues with their chafing resistance, facilitate installation with their small diameter, and help meet design goals with their light weight.”

CCX Technologies Expands Cybersecurity Products to British and European Markets

CCX Technologies is expanding its cybersecurity presence into new markets, British and European military and government markets. Alexandre Lovell-Smith has joined the team as a consultant and is taking the lead in the company’s European and British commercialization strategy. 

“As we continue to grow and gain momentum on our Cybersecurity Products, SystemX, we are looking into entering new markets. Alex’s years of experience in government, defence, aviation and business will bring the expertise we need as we approach new segments,” said Chris Bartlett, president and co-founder of CCX Technologies.

“Alex’s time in the Royal Navy and the UK Ministry of Defence makes him a great fit to take on SystemX in Europe. We’re all looking forward to working with him, and it’s a pleasure to have him aboard our team.”

With his education focused on defence, aviation, and political science, Alex has the experience to take on the role. He has spent the last three years as a consultant at Anglesey Associates as the founder and director. 

“I’m looking forward to digging into the technical side of CCX Technologies’ cybersecurity platform SystemX,” said Lovell-Smith. “I’ve spent the last weeks getting to know the U.S. and Canadian team and learning the product line. CCX Technologies addresses the critical need for platform cybersecurity, and I’m enthusiastic about entering the European market.”

MITRE Names New Leadership for the Center for Advanced Aviation System Development and Air and Space Forces Division

MITRE named Kerry Buckley, Ph.D., vice president, Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD). CAASD is the federally funded research and development center that MITRE operates in support of the Federal Aviation Administration. Buckley, who most recently served as vice president, Air and Space Forces, will be leading MITRE’s overall domestic and international civil aviation, aerospace, and transportation operations. The FAA recently renewed MITRE’s contract to operate CAASD through 2030, reflecting an expanded mission for CAASD, which provides strategic guidance and technical expertise to improve the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System domestically and globally.

MITRE also named Eliahu (Eli) H. Niewood, Sc.D., vice president, Air and Space Forces, MITRE National Security Sector, to lead the strategy and delivery of technical capabilities and Air Force mission objectives. He most recently served as vice president, Joint and Cross-Cutting Capabilities, where he shaped major cross-functional and joint/multi-agency initiatives addressing national security challenges. Niewood will continue to oversee MITRE’s cross-cutting capabilities.

“Kerry and Eli bring a wealth of knowledge and experience from their leadership in defense and intelligence that will help shape our work program and strengthen our position to drive solutions of national impact,” said Jason Providakes, MITRE president and CEO. “Kerry will build upon MITRE’s significant legacy in aviation safety as we pioneer for a better future and expand our transportation and aerospace work. Eli will continue to accelerate capabilities and solutions that enhance our national security.”

“These leaders have a proven record of delivering solutions of national impact,” said Keoki Jackson, senior vice president and general manager, MITRE National Security Sector. “Kerry’s more than two decades with MITRE and her vision and skills in the air and space domain will help deliver the next generation of aviation and transportation safety and resilience. Eli will lead development of new capabilities to serve the critical needs of the Department of the Air Force and the U.S. Space Force in air and space warfighting, nuclear enterprise modernization, cyber operations, and superior battle management and logistics in contested environments.”

Buckley is a 2022 Federal 100 award winner for her leadership in building a foundation for public and private cooperation in the space domain. Since joining MITRE in 2000 she has served as MITRE’s vice president for intelligence programs, MITRE National Security Sector, and directed MITRE’s Information Technology Technical Center. Prior to MITRE, Buckley directed business process research at Veridian Corp., a unit of General Dynamics, and was an industrial/organizational psychologist at the Human Resources Research Organization and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Buckley earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and statistics from Boston University as well as a master’s degree in philosophy and a doctorate in industrial/organizational psychology from The George Washington University.

Niewood joined MITRE in 2017 bringing rich experience in systems analysis and tactical systems technologies. He has directed work in developing a new generation of command-and-control technology for the Department of Defense (DoD) and revamped the DoD-funded National Security Engineering Center’s analysis capabilities. Previously, Niewood was a technical adviser to the director of the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office. He also served as head of the Engineering Division at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he led a staff of nearly 400 and oversaw mechanical, aerospace, and control systems engineers building space payloads and aircraft sensor systems. Niewood holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

W. L. GORE Expands Mission Capabilities for Microwave RF Assemblies

W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) is introducing a new higher-frequency 40GHz option for its GORE-FLIGHT Microwave Assemblies. The new option will help EW and C5ISR users and customers who want to transport electrical signals reliably with minimal size, weight and power. The newest capability for GORE-FLIGHT Microwave Assemblies will allow for higher frequency applications that will offer low loss, high integrity and greater longevity cables.

“The new GORE-FLIGHT Microwave Assemblies are 40GHz airframe solutions that ensure mission-critical success and peace of mind for warfighters,” said Chris Ericksen, global product specialist, Microwave/RF for Aerospace & Defense. “Microwave/RF assemblies are susceptible to electrical challenges and mechanical stresses due to damage from installation and harsh environmental conditions, and Gore remains committed to providing critical components that can be counted on no matter the situation.”

The company says their GORE-FLIGHT Microwave Assemblies are lightweight cable solutions that ensure reliable performance for the life of the system.

The construction of these assemblies reduces total costs by withstanding the challenges of installation, reducing costly production delays, field service frequency and the need for purchasing replacements. They are also lighter weight, which improves fuel efficiency and increases payload.

These cable assemblies have been qualified to the most stringent specifications for airframe assemblies. Gore controls the entire manufacturing process from purchasing raw materials and creating and applying the proprietary dielectric material, through testing and shipping the final cable assembly.

Airbus Places Major Order with Kappa optronics

Kappa optronics is now part of the European MALE RPAS program, the Eurodrone after passing through a rigorous selection process at Airbus Defence and Space, which leads the European industrial consortium. The launch nations France, Italy, Spain, and Germany, represented by their joint armament organization, OCCAR, want to develop the Eurodrone entirely with European technology. 

Johannes Overhues, co-shareholder and managing director of Kappa optronics, said, “It is both a great honor and an obligation that Airbus has placed this trust in us. We look forward to making a decisive contribution to the success of the Eurodrone with our key expertise in the field of safety-critical vision systems for aerospace applications!”

Kappa is an international supplier in the field of aerospace cameras and vision systems,. With a development team in Germany and Spain, the company brings state-of-the-art multispectral sensor technology to 24/7 aerospace applications such as UAV piloting or aerial refueling. The Eurodrone is the second major aerospace program for which Kappa has been contracted by Airbus. A close partnership links the companies, and Kappa is a strategic supplier. For more than 15 years, Kappa has supplied a cutting-edge vision system for the world’s leading aerial refueling system in the Airbus A330 MRTT transport and tanker aircraft. For its outstanding performance, Airbus recognized Kappa as the most innovative supplier in 2019 with the “Best Innovator Overall award “. 

“In the last two years, we have positioned our aerospace division even more strongly and invested heavily,” Overhues says. “This includes, for example, the establishment of our new subsidiary in Madrid and a massive expansion of our international development team. Among other things, we were able to recruit 12 new specialist engineers in the aviation sector. We have also systematically expanded our technology portfolio, for example in infrared technology.” With dedicated process assurance and modern agile working methods, the company says it is equipped and qualified for the most demanding projects.

“For us, Kappa has always been a very reliable and technologically leading supplier with whom we enjoy working closely. Due to the investments made, Kappa has been able to compete with other suppliers once again in this important, European program,” says José-Maria Hernandez-Garcia, responsible purchaser of Airbus Defence and Space. Colleague Miguel Ángel Escudero García, Airbus Defence and Space program coordinator, adds, “The experience from the MRTT program was a good baseline, but our supplier qualification and selection procedures are very strict for any new program. The Kappa team had to prove their competence in detail to get into this program. They convinced us.” 

Kappa’s head of the Aviation Business Unit, Axel Zimmer added: “Our team has been preparing for this project for years and has performed excellently. We were able to win the selection process with our good and resilient concepts and we will also deliver a top performance in the implementation. How crucial a high-performance Eurodrone is for our independent defense capability in Europe has become clear to everyone this year at the latest. We know what we are working for!”  

Panasonic Avionics Introduces New Astrova IFE Seat-End Solution

Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic Avionics) is introducing its new in-flight entertainment (IFE) seat-end system, Astrova, by Panasonic Avionics.

“The launch of Astrova, by Panasonic Avionics, reflects a transformation in our business, how we develop our products, and how we engage with our customers,” said Ken Sain, CEO of Panasonic Avionics Corp. “Astrova is the first in-flight entertainment solution to truly recognize the untapped potential of seatback IFE and provides airlines with a powerful and targeted way of engaging with their passengers every time they fly.”

The company says Astrova, by Panasonic Avionics, demonstrates the its new approach to the market and its mindset in developing products and services “to help airlines drive higher net promoter scores (NPS), enhance passenger engagement, increase revenue, and deliver operational efficiencies through IFE and connectivity.” It leverages the latest consumer innovations to deliver unique passenger experiences that help carriers achieve their business goals. Several major airlines have selected Astrova, an innovative solution that also has the ability to provide easy, modular upgrades to in-cabin technology without full or costly interior changes.

An Enhanced Passenger Experience
On board Astrova-equipped aircraft, every passenger will immerse themselves in cinema-grade 4K OLED screens with High Dynamic Range (HDR) for the absolute best possible picture quality today. Passengers also will enjoy high fidelity audio through traditional wired connections or via Panasonic Avionics’ award-winning Bluetooth technology. By seamlessly interfacing their personal devices to the IFE system, passengers can create a multi-screen, multi-purpose environment which they are accustomed to at home.

As an industry first, Astrova by Panasonic Avionics will provide dedicated 67W of USB-C power to fast-charge passenger devices including notebooks and laptops.

Panasonic Avionics’ newest IFE seat-end solution also features programmable LED lighting that enhances passenger experience and enables airlines to optimize the cabin environment. Airlines can easily change the lighting to complement various phases of flight like food and beverage service. They also have the option to let passengers customize the lighting experience to their own personal preferences.

Maximizing Value to Airlines
Astrova, by Panasonic Avionics, redefines the role of the seatback IFE and reinforces its position as the most valuable opportunity for airlines to engage with their passengers. Because the average flight today is five hours, in-seat IFE offers a much longer dwell time than airline apps and other marketing channels. Astrova has been designed to provide significantly more opportunities to immerse passengers in an airline’s brand experience for both single-aisle and twin-aisle aircraft.

The solution is a seamless blend of newly developed hardware, software, and enterprise solutions that revolutionize the in-flight entertainment experience. Astrova lets airlines optimize the seatback to their individual commercial objectives, transforming it into an easily configured, flexible channel that caters to the personal and business needs of passengers each time they board an aircraft.

It also will be augmented and enabled by Panasonic Avionics’ global in-flight connectivity services. This allows airlines to easily personalize passenger content to engage them on a deeper level by providing access to passengers’ personal subscription services and content such as Apple Music, Spotify, Netflix, Disney+, YouTube, and HBO Max.

Maximizing the Return on Investment
Astrova, by Panasonic Avionics, re-imagines the ownership experience by delivering a range of commercial and operational benefits to airlines. Operational expenditure has been reduced by its ability to deliver faster on-wing maintenance and future upgrades.

Sustainability Contribution
To help airlines meet their sustainability goals, Astrova offers significant weight savings compared to other seat-end architectures, which will help airlines reduce fuel burn to help meet the airline industry’s climate goals.

Designed with modularity, scalability, and flexibility in mind, Astrova addresses the needs of modern airlines operating in today’ fast-changing market. Key hardware and software components can evolve over time to meet changing market requirements and satisfy ever-increasing passenger expectations. For example, a removable peripheral bar gives airlines the ability to easily add, upgrade or remove features such as USB power, Bluetooth audio, and other options.

It is also designed to be backward compatible with other Panasonic Avionics’ systems such as eX1, eX3, and NEXT, enabling operational commonality in areas such as media loading, spares and repairs for some line replaceable units, and cabin crew operations.

Andy Masson, Vice President of Product and Portfolio Management at Panasonic Avionics Corporation, said, “Astrova, by Panasonic Avionics, not only redefines in-flight entertainment but does so using a modular architecture that enables airlines to tailor it to support their individual commercial needs. The engaging, immersive, and connected experience it creates for passengers is matched by an operational ease of ownership that makes Astrova a win-win for airlines.”

Green Hills Software Extends FACE Certified Multicore RTOS to 11th Gen Intel Core i7

Green Hills Software has extended its certified multicore support of the INTEGRITY-178 tuMP safety-critical real-time operating system (RTOS) to the 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor (formerly Tiger Lake). INTEGRITY-178 tuMP is the only RTOS to be part of the certification of a multicore system to DO-178C and CAST-32A multicore requirements. Green Hills Software has extended INTEGRITY-178 tuMP RTOS’ long-standing support for Intel processors to single board computers and systems with the latest Intel Core i7 processor, including the AMMP-304-01 mission computer from Mercury Systems.

The 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor can deliver up to 40x better performance than traditional safety-certifiable processors when all four processor cores are active and used efficiently. Certification to RTCA/DO-178C airworthiness is very difficult for multicore processors due to the unpredictable behavior resulting from shared resource contention among processor cores. The requirements for addressing that multicore interference are specified in the CAST-32A multicore position paper. The INTEGRITY-178 tuMP RTOS is the only operating system to be part of a successful multicore certification to DO-178C and CAST-32A objectives. Avionics computers certified to DO-178C objectives using other operating systems have only one core active in a multicore processor, with the other cores typically held in reset.

“We are pleased to expand our collaboration with Green Hills Software through its support of our latest Gen 11 Core i7 CPU in safety-critical avionics,” said Tony Franklin, GM Federal and Aerospace Group, Intel Corporation. “The high performance of our latest processor in safety-critical airborne systems can only be realized with an operating system that supports full multicore utilization in a certifiable way. Green Hills Software has a demonstrated track record of multicore certifications.”

“Our SOSA aligned DAL-certifiable 3U OpenVPX AMMP mission computer leverages 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processors to accelerate avionics applications and deploy them faster,” said Jay Abendroth, vice president, Mercury Mission. “Combined with the Green Hills INTEGRITY-178 tuMP RTOS, the mission computer enables customers to leverage the latest commercial multicore technology to ensure rapid and successful safety certification.”

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 to a shared resource, such as system memory, I/O, or the on-chip interconnect. To further ease compliance to CAST-32A, Green Hills provides bandwidth allocation and monitoring (BAM) functionality in INTEGRITY-178 tuMP that 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 multicore interference mitigation enable a system integrator to maximize multicore processor performance while meeting safety and security requirements. For more information, visit www.ghs.com/integrity-178.

Exxelia Expands Range of Low Profile Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors

Exxelia is expanding its CUBISIC capacitor range with a HTLP (High Temperature Low Profile) version. This CUBISIC HTLP offers, in a thin rectangular packaging, the highest energy density of capacitors in its class, combined with a high temperature resistance (-55° → +125°C).

Exxelia expands its range of low profile aluminum electrolytic capacitors and defies high temperatures up to +125°C

The new range of CUBISIC HTLP by Exxelia offers:

● up to 60% more capacity than any other rectangular electrolytic capacitor on the market, in the same volume, while having a 5,000-hour life span.

● Covering a temperature range of -55° → +125°C, the CUBISIC HTLP is designed to provide excellent performance in extreme temperatures, compatible with the most severe military and aerospace applications.

Engineers facing complex design requirements and looking for an easily integrated product will gain space and reliability through the use of improved materials, fully REACH compliant.

The CUBISIC HTLP withstands 20g vibrations and is low-pressure qualified, making it compatible to 92,000 feet in altitude. It is ideally suited for integration into cockpits, actuators, and power generation in commercial and military aircraft as well as radar and laser systems.

Aitech’s SWaP-C-optimized U-C9140 is First SOSA Aligned PowerPC SBC for Real-time Data Processing in Military and Defense Applications

Aitech Systems, a provider of rugged boards and system level solutions for military, aerospace and space applications, now offers the low power U-C9140, a PowerPC-based 3U VPX single board computer (SBC) that is aligned to The Open Group Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) Technical Standard, Edition 1.0, providing for fast integration, improved time-to-market and lower risk.

“This unique combination of the PowerPC CPU architecture and alignment to the SOSA Technical Standard provides excellent performance in open standards-based real-time applications,” said Alex Trigoub, director, Board Level Product Line for Aitech. “It will also be Aitech’s first SOSA aligned SBC supporting FACE conformant Wind River VxWorks 653 OS and a compliant BSP. It fulfills a market need for designers looking for lower power consumption or who may want to reuse the widely-available existing PowerPC application code.”

Military and defense applications benefitting from this cost-effective SBC include mission computers, sensor signal processing, signal intelligence and electronic warfare, since it provides excellent performance per Watt.  In addition, the SBC’s FACE compliance (and future conformance) facilitates especially fast integration into airborne mission computers and applications.

The SOSA aligned U-C9140 is Aitech’s latest generation 3U VPX PowerPC SBC, based on NXP’s QorIQ T1/T2 Series SoC multi-core, multi-thread processors. For improved security assurance and protection against cyber-attacks, the U-C9140 also includes the latest QorIQ Secure Boot and Trust Architecture 2.0.

The variety of on-board I/O and large memory resources, including up to 8 GB of DDR3L and 64 GB of eMMC flash on-board mass storage, in combination with the powerful SoC processor, make the U-C9140 an ideal SBC for many real-time, rugged applications requiring superior SWaP-C optimization. An industry standard XMC slot provides flexibility and expandability, along with the availability, convenience and cost benefits of COTS.

FAA Launches ‘Be ATC’ Campaign to Recruit Next Diverse Generation of Air Traffic Controllers

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is launching “Be ATC,” a recruiting campaign to hire the next generation of air traffic controllers. The application window will be open nationwide from June 24-27 for all eligible U.S. citizens.   

Air traffic controllers are part of the FAA’s fast-paced, active team of 14,000 professionals in radar facilities and in air traffic control towers who keep the skies safe across the nation. Controllers have tremendous responsibility, handling an average of 45,000 flights a day and more than 5,000 aircraft traversing the skies at once during peak times.  

Anyone interested in becoming an air traffic controller can view more about eligibility requirements and application instructions at https://www.faa.gov/be-atc. Applicants can begin building a profile and learn how to apply.  

Building on last year’s successful campaign to receive more applications from women and other underrepresented groups, the FAA will again work with diverse organizations, host Instagram Live conversations, and work with social media influencers and others. The FAA has created a digital toolkit to get the word out.  

“We know that different perspectives add value to any organization, so it is important that we attract people with a wide range of backgrounds to help enhance our safety mission,” said Virginia Boyle, vice president for System Operations Services in the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization. 

“It’s a challenging job, but it’s also rewarding. At the end of the day when you get home and look up at the sky, you know that what you’ve done makes a difference,” said Jeffrey Vincent, vice president for Air Traffic Services in the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization. 

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, speak English clearly and be no older than 30 (with limited exceptions). They must have either three years of general work experience or four years of education leading to a bachelor’s degree, or a combination of both. Applicants must also pass the Air Traffic Skills Assessment (ATSA). Individuals who are selected are also required to pass all pre-employment requirements, including a medical examination, security investigation, and drug test.  

Selected candidates will train at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City, Okla. After successful completion of training, they will be placed in a radar facility or air traffic tower. Staffing needs will determine facility assignment, and applicants must be willing to work anywhere in the United States.  

“As aerospace technology continues to grow, we need people to join the FAA to ensure our airspace continues to be the safest in the world,” said FAA Deputy Administrator A. Bradley Mims. “We are looking for a diverse pool of candidates who are ready to rise to the challenge and become air traffic controllers.” 

The FAA’s controller workforce reached about 14,000 in fiscal year 2021. The FAA hired 509 new controllers in fiscal year 2021, and the FAA plans to hire more than 4,800 controllers over the next five years.

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