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09 June 22. Chinese Aerospace Firm Files Patent for Air Pressure Launcher. A leading Chinese aerospace firm has filed a patent for a faster and more stable way to launch military drones that it says could help bring them into line with systems used by armed forces elsewhere.
Last week, Chinese aerospace firm AVIC Chengdu Aircraft Industrial Group filed a patent for a drone launch system that catapults drones into the air without emitting light, sound or exhaust, potentially overcoming the limitations of traditional bungee catapults and rocket boosters.
Bungee catapults are limited to launching lighter drones and suffer from significant deceleration across the launch rail while the sudden jerking motion can damage drones’ sensitive electronics. Rocket boosters, meanwhile, create significant amounts of noise, smoke, light and sound, which may reveal drone launch locations and expose troops to danger.
The new launch system, on the other hand, consists of a hollow cylinder separated into two chambers by a piston that can slide horizontally within the cylinder according to air pressure changes between the two chambers. The piston is connected to a pulley system and a thrust arm to an external shuttle that travels along a launch rail, on which the drone is mounted.
The system operates by injecting high-pressure air into the first chamber while a vacuum pump lowers the air pressure in the second chamber. This makes the piston move horizontally, pulling the shuttle from one end of the cylinder to the other to launch the drone.
“With the pulling of the thrust arm and the pulley system, the shuttle with the drone will move forward on the launch rack at a velocity several times quicker than the velocity of the piston,” AVIC’s patent reads.
The new launch system is also capable of launching drones in quick succession, taking only up to five seconds to return to launch position. However, the technology remains untested.
“Whether it’s useful, it remains to be seen,”
says Zhou Chenming, a researcher from the Yuan Wang military science and technology think tank. He also cautioned that the significance of the patent should not be overstated. (Source: UAS VISION/Asia Times)
09 June 22. SOSA™ Aligned U-P2330 Power Supply Card from Aitech Easily Meets Needs of Power-intensive Rugged Military Systems.
With a high efficiency of up to 88%, new PSC features 600W (single) or 1200W (dual) output to handle power-hungry boards and systems
U-P2330 Technology Highlights & Innovations
- Easy and fast integration into open standards-based (SOSA™, VPX, etc.) systems
- High power output: up to 600W single PSC or 1200W dual PSC with sharing
- Wide variety of protection mechanisms and isolation for enhanced resiliency
Chatsworth, Calif. May 2022 – Aitech Systems, a leading provider of rugged boards and system level solutions for military, aerospace and space applications, offers the high-efficiency U-P2330 power supply card (PSC) to support the power requirements of The Open Group Sensor Open Systems Architecture™ (SOSA) aligned systems. As a compatible power supply for a range of single board computers (SBCs) and GPGPU-based boards aligned to SOSA, the new 3U PSC can be easily and quickly integrated as the main power supply of these open standards-based systems.
Alex Trigoub, Product Line Director for Aitech, explained, “The new U-P2330 is a high-efficiency power supply solution for modern, integrated, rugged embedded systems aligned with the SOSA Technical Standard 1.0. In addition to offering an output of up to 600W, the PSC can incorporate an optional sharing mechanism, per VITA 62, that enables two of the power supplies to be operated in parallel and provide redundant operation (ORing) with a maximum power output of up to 1200W.”The high-power output of the U-P2330 handles even the most power-hungry boards and systems and the high efficiency of up to 88% ensures that input power is not wasted by the power supply. An optional holdup capacitor bank provides the ability to shut down the system in an orderly fashion, in the event of power outage and the power supply redundancy protection ensures high power supply resiliency.
The wide variety of isolation and protection mechanisms, including MIL-STD-704 and MIL-STD-1275 compliance, integrated into the U-P2330 further improve power feed resiliency and power stability.
For more information please call 888-Aitech-8 (888-248-3248), visit https://aitechsystems.com/sosa-aligned-u-p2330-power-supply-card-from-aitech/ or e-mail .
08 June 22. Australian Army’s new simulation software roll out to begin this year. The Australian Army will receive a new simulation training software package this year as part of Land Simulation Core 2.0 Tranche 1.
The suite of Common Simulation Software (CSS) and associated technologies will allow the Army to use simulation-based combined arms training.
The new software will help soldiers familiarise themselves with various platforms and equipment before deployment, or even before the weapon systems is inducted into service, reported warrant officer Class Two Max Bree and corporal Jacob Joseph.
Earlier this year, the Australian government signed a software deal under the Tranche 1 as part of its future-ready training policies.
In April this year, Applied Virtual Simulation announced that it was awarded a $17.9m contract to deliver the CSS. The company said it will chose the best applications available from around the world for the contract.
The roll-out of new tools will begin this year, and full capability is expected to be achieved by 2024.
A common software will be installed across simulation sites, facilitating advanced virtual environments for different base locations.
The MAK ONE suite of simulation and software, and SAF-TAC, that uses the popular Unreal 4 gaming engine will power the system.
Directorate of Land Training Capability lieutenant colonel Yong Yi said: “The software includes a range of digital models, including incoming capabilities such as the Boxer and self-propelled howitzer.
“You might have an armed reconnaissance helicopter (ARH) pilot in his flight simulator working with a squadron of Boxers in their simulators in a different city.”
Yong Yi added: “The simulations would make training easily accessible, repeatable, and measurable in configured environments.
“The unit can conduct individual and crew/section skills training, then participate as part of collective training from any location, environment, and with scalable complexity.”
Tranche 2 will focus on expanding the simulation network for improved training practices. (Source: army-technology.com)
07 June 22. BAE Systems’ M-Code GPS Receiver Enables Precision Strike Capabilities in Contested Environments. At the Joint Navigation Conference in San Diego, BAE Systems unveiled its newest advanced M-Code GPS receiver for guided weapons and other small applications, enabling precise geolocation and strike capabilities in highly contested battlespaces. The Strategic Anti-jam Beamforming Receiver – M-Code (SABR-M) delivers accurate position, velocity, altitude, and timing data, as well as strong protection against GPS signal jamming and spoofing – critical capabilities for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), precision-guided munitions (PGMs), and missiles in threat environments.
SABR-M integrates receiver technology with advanced antenna electronics in a small, hardened package designed to meet challenging performance requirements, such as weapons applications. It is the most capable integrated anti-jam GPS receiver and the first integrated M-Code receiver available for weapon systems.
“We’re making our full portfolio of military GPS solutions M-Code-compatible to meet warfighters’ need for reliable positioning, navigation, and timing data to achieve their missions,” said Doug Lloyd, director of weapon systems GPS at BAE Systems. “SABR-M enables small platforms with challenging environmental conditions to get where they’re going despite interference.”
The compact (4.5 x 6 x 1 inch) SABR-M meets size, weight, power, cost (SWaP-C), and thermal requirements for space-constrained military applications. It uses advanced beamforming technology to improve GPS signal reception and counter threat signals. SABR-M is form-compatible with previous generations of the field-proven SABR receiver, which are currently integrated on low-cost precision weapon systems and long-range cruise strike missiles.
SABR-M will be fully qualified for production by the end of 2022. Production will take place at BAE Systems modern facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, which is in the final stages of construction. The purpose-built 278,000-square-foot factory and research center will be home to 700 military GPS experts in BAE Systems’ Navigation and Sensor Systems business. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
06 June 22. BAE Systems’ Airborne Anti-Jam GPS Receiver Broadens Compatibility With Inertial Navigation Systems. BAE Systems expanded the capabilities of its Digital GPS Anti-Jam Receiver (DIGAR) by enabling beamforming with Trimble receivers in addition to its own receivers. DIGAR’s beamforming capabilities increase the level of GPS jamming protection for aircraft by a m-fold – helping pilots execute their missions in contested environments.
BAE Systems’ engineers in Cedar Rapids developed software to ensure the compatibility of its antenna electronics with industry-standard Embedded GPS Inertial Navigation System (EGI) technology, enabling fast communication with transmitter electronics for superior beamforming. DIGAR provides the only antenna electronics on the market to beamform with both BAE Systems receivers and Trimble GPS receivers embedded in aircraft EGIs, as well as federated GPS systems and stand-alone GPS receivers.
“The modern battlespace has evolved, and peer state positioning, navigation, and timing threat systems are challenging our ability to conduct combat operations in the place and manner of our choosing,” said Greg Wild, director of Navigation and Sensor Systems at BAE Systems. “By combining DIGAR’s beamforming with trusted inertial navigation system data, we offer the highest level of jamming protection available today.”
DIGAR is a high-performance military GPS system for fixed-wing, rotary-wing, and unmanned airborne platforms. It combines field-proven antenna electronics, advanced signal-processing, and beamforming techniques to improve the reliability of positioning, navigation, and timing data in the presence of disruptive electromagnetic signals. DIGAR is also compatible with the advanced M-Code – delivering additional security to the warfighters who rely on it.
BAE Systems’ anti-jamming GPS technology has defeated powerful and sophisticated adversary threat systems in testing and combat, and is available for airborne, shipborne, and ground vehicle applications. The company’s military GPS business is based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where it is building a 278,000-square-foot state-of-the-art research and manufacturing facility scheduled to open in 2022. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
07 June 22. Aitech’s SWaP-C-optimized U-C9140 is First SOSA™ Aligned PowerPC SBC for Real-time Data Processing in Military and Defense Applications.
New low power, high performance board features large on-board memory and on-board I/O capabilities with fast integration, improved time-to-market and lower risk
U-C9140 Technology Highlights & Innovations
- Industry’s first and only available PowerPC-based SBC aligned to the SOSA™ Technical Standard and featuring NXP’s QorIQ T1/T2 Series SoC with Secure Boot and Trust Architecture 2.0
- Wide variety of on-board I/O and large memory resources, including on-board mass storage: up to 8 GB of DDR3L and 64 GB of eMMC flash
- Out-of-the-box installation in many open standard-based real-time military and defense applications requiring superior SWaP-C optimization
Chatsworth, Calif. May 2022 – Aitech Systems, a leading 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.
Alex Trigoub, Director, Board Level Product Line for Aitech, commented, “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. It will also be Aitech’s first SOSA aligned SBC supporting FACETM 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 wide 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.
For more information please call 888-Aitech-8 (888-248-3248), visit https://aitechsystems.com/product/u-c9140-sosa-aligned-sbc/ or e-mail .
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