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Oxley specialises in the design and manufacture of advanced electronic and electro-optic components and systems for air, land and sea applications within the military sector. Established in 1942, Oxley has manufacturing facilities in the UK and USA and enjoys representation worldwide. The company’s products include night vision and LED lighting, data capture systems and electronic components. Oxley has pioneered the development of night vision compatible lighting. It offers a total package incorporating optical filters, equipment modification, cockpit and external lighting along with fleet wide upgrade services including engineering, installation, support, maintenance and training. The company’s long experience of manufacturing night vision lighting and LED indicators, coupled with advances in LED technology, has enabled it to develop LED solutions to replace incandescent and fluorescent lighting in existing applications as well as becoming the lighting option of choice in new applications such as portable military hospitals, UAV control stations and communication shelters.
25 Mar 10. VISLINK’s wireless camera technology to enable broadcast of British Forces ascent to the summit of Makalu. VISLINK is providing portable broadcast equipment for the British Forces Makalu 2010 expedition, where climbers plan to conquer one of the most hostile peaks in the Himalayas. The objective of the Makalu 2010 expedition is for the team of six climbers to place at least two members on the summit and return safely back to Base Camp. VISLINK’s wireless camera will enable the video records of the climb which will be used for the blog, Twitter, UK local news, video streaming and documentaries. The team will depart for Kathmandu on 23rd March and return to the UK on 7th June.Mount Makalu is comparable with K2 in technical difficulty and considered a harder climb than the SW Ridge of Everest.
“More people have stood on the moon than have reached the summit of Makalu via the treacherous and rarely climbed SE Ridge,” says Lt Cdr Paul Hart, who will be responsible for filming and photography during the ascent. “If we are successful, we will be the first British team to do it.”
VISLINK is providing a complete RF system for the video link between the ascent team and base camp. The communications equipment comprises two LINK XPu wireless camera systems, complete with transmitter, antennas and receivers, the two cameras are a Sony Go-Pro and a compact Bullet camera, which will be attached to a helmet “helmet-cam” for the final stage of the ascent to the summit. The team will use these to create video footage and a video blog of the climb. The Communications Officer for the Makalu 2010 expedition, Surgeon Lt Simon Hornby will remain at Base Camp and talk to the climbers by radio, and record their experiences of the climb for the expedition blog and website. From Base Camp, the expedition will use a high powered satellite phone and Livewire services over BGAN to send video back to the MOD and BFPO TV.
30 Mar 10. Northrop Grumman Corporation has verified the concept of easier, faster and more cost-effective deployment of third-party technologies into programs of record through demonstrations on its open systems network infrastructure. The demonstrations were conducted on March 18 in Northrop Grumman’s C2 Futures Lab to showcase the capabilities of four companies participating in Small Business Program for Engineering, Experimentation and Deployment (SPEED), Northrop Grumman’s program designed to mentor small businesses through collaboration.
“The purpose of SPEED is to assist small businesses in developing and deploying technology into current and future programs,” said Mike Twyman, vice president of Integrated Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence Systems for Northrop Grumman’s Info