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19 Sep 06. xwave, a Division of Bell Aliant, has delivered an Emitter Audio Generation (EAG) system to Rockwell Collins Simulation and Training Solutions LLC (RC/STS), to be incorporated in B-1 Bomber aircraft simulators used for training by the United States Air Force. The EAG will help the Air Force maintain effective training for its B1-Bomber aircrews using a tool that is PC-based offering lower life-cycle supports costs.

18 Sep 06. The Raytheon Missile Systems and BAE Systems Bofors’ Excalibur team successfully concluded safety testing of the Excalibur global positioning system-guided 155 mm artillery projectile. Excalibur is the next-generation family of projectiles for U.S. Army and Marine Corps artillery. The Sequential Environmental Test-Safety (SET-S) series of 15 Excalibur projectiles took place Aug. 24 to 30. The program is a cooperative effort between the United States and Sweden. The success of the SET-S series brings the team closer to the early fielding goal. The next steps prior to fielding to deployed forces early in 2007 are production verification tests, first-article tests and a limited user test. The projectiles were fired from an M109A6 Paladin howitzer during the tests at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. The Excalibur rounds in the SET-S firing series were conditioned at extreme hot and cold temperatures, subjected to shock and vibration testing to simulate logistical and tactical transportation, initialized with the portable Excalibur fire control system, and fired at much higher than normal charge levels to demonstrate safety margin in the projectile design. Some of the rounds also were fired at 5 degrees off-axis to demonstrate the projectile’s enhanced maneuverability and operational flexibility.

19 Sep 06. Harris Corporation today introduced the RF-300U, its new Secure Personal Radio (SPR) for the worldwide market. The radio system provides secure, digitized voice and data communications to the individual soldier, and fits seamlessly into a variety of network-centric systems, including those based on the highly successful Harris Falcon(R) II family of tactical radios. The system features selectable high-grade encryption, and its 350-450 MHz frequency band provides worldwide coverage and excellent range in both urban and rural environments.

19 Sep 06. Ballistic Recovery Systems, Inc. announced a percentage of overall revenues will be invested in parachute canopy design research and technology to enhance the capability and safety of next generation systems. The BRS board recently elected to fund an internal Research & Development program that will be modeled after the company’s recently completed NASA contract.

19 Sep 06. Toshiba recalls 340,000 batteries. Toshiba said there was no fire risk Toshiba is to replace about 340,000 laptop computer batteries worldwide, the third recall of faulty batteries made by Sony since mid-August. The batteries, used in Toshiba’s Dynabook and Dynabook Satellite laptops made between March and May of this year, could lose all their power. However, unlike Dell and Apple last month, Toshiba said there was no risk of the faulty batteries catching fire. Toshiba said the recall would not affect its earnings. (Source: BBC)

18 Sep 06. ‘Sticky’ silicon could speed data. The research may mean computers shuffle data faster. Data speeds inside computers or across continents could get a boost from Intel research into hybrid processors. Intel researchers have solved a manufacturing problem that has delayed the creation of devices that can both generate and route light. The breakthrough could mean cheaper and higher speed computer networks and help to speed up the transfer of data inside computers. Intel said commercial versions of the hybrid chip may not appear until 2010. The breakthrough revolves around the fusing of the two materials commonly used in computer chips and high-speed optical

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