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23 Oct 13. GE Intelligent Platforms announced the intelligent, high density RAR-USB ARINC 429 USB Adapter. Designed for users to test ARINC systems and for debugging, monitoring and analyzing bus traffic and data recording, it is bundled with the BusTools ARINC GUI to deliver a powerful, flexible tool. The RAR-USB takes advantage of the ubiquitous USB interface, meaning that it can be used in conjunction with Windows® computing systems from Windows XP onwards. The RAR-USB is further evidence of GE’s commitment to making available avionics solutions that are powerful and flexible, and that respond to the needs of customers. It provides up to 16 fully independent receive channels along with up to five fully independent transmit channels and eight bi-directional avionics-level discretes. Features include programmable bus rates and parity, error detection, time-tagging and adjustable slew rates. Configuration options include a selection of channel count, along with a mix of support for ARINC 429 and 573/717. The RAR-USB is also available in a rugged version for use in harsh environments. The RAR-USB does not require an external power supply, as it is powered by the USB bus.

18 Oct 13. US NAVSEA demonstrates MPAIIS capability for LCS mission package. The US Naval Sea System Command (NAVSEA) engineers have successfully demonstrated the new mission package automated inventory information system (MPAIIS) for the US Navy’s littoral combat ship (LCS) mission package. During the testing, conducted at LCS mission package support facility, MPAIIS demonstrated its capability. Designed to provide asset tracking, inventory control and configuration management, the MPAIIS system uses radio frequency technology to perform fast and accurate inventories of mission package equipment containers. The initial MPAIIS demonstration included support containers for the AQS-20 minehunting sonar system and the remote minehunting system (RMS) for mission package. Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) unmanned systems technology branch project lead, Robert Gibson, said the time savings will assist the mission package support facility (MPSF) in meeting turnaround times required for LCS support. The NSWC PCD team also provided user training to MPSF personnel, following completion of system demonstration. The tester used MPAIIS to conduct an inventory on the Q-20 support container in less than five minutes, and with minimal training. More than 500 unique items have been successfully inventoried and entered into the MPAIIS database using passive radio frequency identification (pRFID) tags. (Source: naval-technology.com)

22 Oct 13. AeroVironment, Inc. unveiled its new Pocket DDL™ secure digital video and data receiver. The four-ounce device enables remote viewing of video and data from AeroVironment small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) as well as from helicopters, airplanes, other unmanned aircraft and ground robots equipped with the company’s Digital Data Link. AeroVironment has delivered thousands of DDL-enabled unmanned aircraft systems. Each AeroVironment small unmanned air vehicle wirelessly transmits video and data to its operator via the company’s standard hand-held ground control unit and to an optional additional observer through a remote viewing terminal. Pocket DDL now gives anyone in the area secure access to view the video and data generated by any aircraft equipped with the company’s DDL on commercially available smart phones, tablets or virtually any USB equipped end-user display device. Designed for simplicity and ease of use, Pocket DDL has no exterior buttons or displays and is completely controlled through an App. No bulky video equipment is required to receive critical video and data. Future Apps will enable Pocket DDL users to communicate and transfer data through DDL-enabled

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