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04 Aug 22. BAE Systems Digital Intelligence Reveals 97% of UK Government, Defence and Aerospace Organisations Face Barriers to Achieving Digital Advantage.
- New research highlights the urgent need for organisations operating in three of the UK’s ‘high trust’ sectors – aerospace, defence and government – to gain digital advantage
- 85% of senior decision-makers say digital capability is key to mitigating increased threats from adversaries, while increasing innovation, but almost all (97%) face barriers to gaining the digital advantage required
- Over two-thirds say they need to ‘completely overhaul’ or ‘significantly improve’ their security savviness or ability to innovate
Achieving a digital advantage is more important than ever, with factors including climate change, the COVID-19 crisis and Brexit accelerating digital strategies. This is one of the findings in a new report, published today, by BAE Systems Digital Intelligence, which has found that digital advantage is critical to protecting UK society and maintaining the public’s trust.
The report, Unlocking Digital Advantage in High Trust Sectors, looked at the challenges faced by over 120 senior IT and business decision-makers within the UK’s aerospace, government and defence organisations when it comes to using technology to gain an advantage.
‘Digital advantage’: not a nice to have, but essential for the protection and advancement of UK society
For high trust organisations, having a digital advantage is seen as mission critical to protecting UK society and maintaining the public’s trust in today’s landscape. The research found that the vast majority (85%) of decision-makers see digital capability as key.
James Hatch, Chief Digital Officer, BAE Systems Digital Intelligence commented: “High trust organisations are responsible for handling the country’s most sensitive and secret data, delivering services to citizens and safeguarding democracy. Society fundamentally needs, and expects, to be able to have faith in these organisations. They therefore have the double challenge of accelerating their digital advantage while continuing to deliver critical value to society reliably and responsibly.”
Respondents also highlighted the consequences of not having a digital advantage, citing an increased threat from adversaries, slower innovation and a reduced ability to protect and serve democracy as potential severe societal impacts.
Lifting the lid on digital barriers for government, defence and aerospace
However, almost all (97%) are facing significant people, technology and data barriers when it comes to achieving the digital advantage required today.
- Organisations are struggling to attract and retain talent, facing a number of external obstacles. Decision-makers said the Great Resignation (38%), changes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic (36%) and changes to working patterns (36%) are key threats facing their organisation.
- There is a lack of confidence around current digital capabilities. For example, over two-thirds (70%) of respondents said they need to ‘completely overhaul’ or ‘significantly improve’ their ability to innovate, their agility (68%) and their security savviness (67%).
- Nearly half (46%) of decision-makers dealing with secret or top secret data, said the nature of this highly sensitive information makes it harder to advance their digital capabilities.
- Over half (53%) of respondents said that using data ineffectively would prevent their ability to solve challenges within society.
- A third (33%) cited more sophisticated threats from external vectors / enemy states as a key data barrier preventing them from becoming more digitally mature.
Air Commodore Julian Ball OBE, Head of Defence Space Capability, at the UK Ministry of Defence said: “A major barrier today is when people look to deliver digital transformation, they still default to thinking about the hardware first. In the space context, everyone will straight away start talking about how we can optimise the satellite. But it’s not about the hardware, it’s about the data that runs behind it.
“What I’m interested in is how we can get the information from the satellite to the ground and the end user safely and securely. We therefore need to optimise the data management layer first before we start thinking about developing sensors or getting the ship into space. Satellites are useless if the data isn’t doing its job. It’s the ability to use and understand the data in a meaningful way that will deliver digital advantage.”
Sneha Dawda, Research Fellow in Cybersecurity and Cyber Threats, RUSI said: “Governments have traditionally struggled with a lack of digital agility and a large amount of bureaucratic processes that slow down innovation. Disjointed procurement has been another challenge, whereby different departments speak to different people and use different technology which not only slows down innovation but can also lead to cybersecurity issues. There needs to be a degree of centralised management to accurately calculate and manage cyber risks.”
Higher stakes but higher rewards
Despite the many challenges to achieving digital maturity, 83% of respondents agree the reward in doing so is worth it.
Hatch concludes: “For high trust sectors, the stakes for unlocking digital advantage are higher, but so are the rewards. If we collaborate as an industry, the future will host a richer and safer society and the UK will have an increased global influence, across defence, technology and science, and cybersecurity.”
To read more about the solutions, download the report today: www.baesystems.com/digitaladvantage
Further notable findings:
- For many (55%) of the respondents surveyed, having an advantage aligned directly with agility, namely having the ability to quickly and easily change processes to keep up with advances in today’s connected world. Other potential outcomes include:
o Accelerating innovation and transformation (48%)
o Meeting and exceeding organisational goals (45%)
o Ensuring seamless delivery of essential services (45%)
o Staying ahead of the adversary (35%)
- 51% of decision-makers said that data breaches were the biggest threat facing their organisation.
- Over half (52%) of respondents cited climate change as a geopolitical factor which has caused them to accelerate or attempt to accelerate their digital strategies over the last 12 months.
- Adopting a digital culture that employees are on-board with was highlighted as the top people roadblock (36%); followed by attracting STEM talent (34%); the ability to implement a hybrid working model (33%); and finding DevOps employees that work in a secure way (33%).
- Sector-specific barriers include:
o Aerospace respondents are more likely to cite new systems being incompatible with legacy systems (49%) and being unable to easily move data from one environment to another (44%) as barriers to digital maturity.
o Government respondents are more likely to cite the ability to implement a hybrid working model (43%) and a lack of diversity when it comes to recruiting STEM talent (33%) as key challenges.
o Almost a third of defence respondents (32%) said concerns over the security of new technology were preventing digital transformation.
Methodology: This research commissioned for this report was led by independent market research agency Vanson Bourne on behalf of BAE Systems Digital Intelligence. The study, which was in the field between May – June, 2022, surveyed 120 senior IT and business decision-makers from organisations with 1,000 employees within the aerospace, defence and government sectors.
All interviews were conducted using a rigorous multi-level screening process to ensure that only suitable candidates were given the opportunity to participate.
About BAE Systems Digital Intelligence: BAE Systems Digital Intelligence is home to 4,800 digital, cyber and intelligence experts. We work collaboratively across 16 countries to collect, connect and understand complex data, so that governments, nation states, armed forces and commercial businesses can unlock digital advantage in the most demanding environments. Launched in 2022,
Digital Intelligence is part of BAE Systems, and has a rich heritage in helping to defend nations and businesses around the world from advanced threats. www.baesystems.com/digital (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
04 Aug 22. British maritime technology company Kraken Technology Group (KTG) today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Thales for the ongoing development and provision of bespoke systems for the Kraken K50 maritime precision engagement platform. The K50 has been designed to deliver unparalleled levels of performance, modularity and operational capability for modern green-water security operations. Further areas of collaboration and development will include the development of advanced composite high-performance craft, in addition to bespoke electric and advanced hybrid powertrain solutions, all of which will be built at a new advanced engineering and technology centre.
Thales will provide the ability to integrate a range of sensor and weapons equipment with scalable command and control, communication and networking systems. Thales has also identified the world-leading Lightweight Multi-role Missile (LMM) as a candidate for integration onto Kraken. LMM, also known as ‘Martlet’, has demonstrable capability in air defence and surface attack, able to defeat a range of threats including Fast Inshore Attack Craft (FIAC), UAVs and fast jets, aligning it perfectly with Kraken’s key principles of high performance, multi-role use and adaptability. This integration is in conjunction with Thales’ other partners MSI-DSL, who are developing a new lightweight launcher matched to LMM.
Mal Crease, Founder and CEO of Kraken Technology Group, commented: “We are exceptionally pleased to be teaming with one of the most well-respected names in the Defence and Security industry, and looking forward to working together to address the growing requirement for advanced powertrain and modular composite structure solutions for the precision engagement sector”
Ivor Humphrey, Business Development Executive at Thales, added: “This arrangement exemplifies Thales’ approach to partnerships and building relationships, working with unique platform capabilities to enhance the offering and choices for the end user. Additionally, building with KTG to develop a UK enterprise which can add to the prosperity of the UK, whilst also understanding how we might collaborate with our worldwide network of customers to evolve local opportunities.”
02 Aug 22. BlackBerry Supports Aerospace and Defense Market with new Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Conformance Certification. BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today announced its QNX® Software Development Platform 7.1 has achieved conformance to the latest Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) technical standard as a General Purpose Profile Unit of Conformance (UoC), enabling developers to rapidly deploy safe and secure software solutions based on the BlackBerry® QNX® platform to deliver competitive and cost effective defense vehicle capabilities.
The FACE Technical Standard is the global open standard for making computing more robust, interoperable, portable and secure. Software conformance with the FACE Technical Standard can be used—and most importantly, easily reused—by suppliers and integrators of systems across different global defense programs. The FACE framework is supported by over 90 international government and industry member organizations. By achieving FACE conformance, BlackBerry QNX can help manufacturers and service providers reduce procurement costs and prevent supplier lock-in.
For 40 years, BlackBerry QNX has helped hundreds of aerospace and defense companies around the globe build mission-critical systems and the new FACE accreditation now enables these customers to simplify development, accelerate time to market and reduce costs when building their mission-critical embedded systems.
“Aerospace and Defense systems manufacturers need to rapidly deploy their solutions in a wide range of platforms that operate in hostile environments against peer adversaries,” said Grant Courville, Vice President, Products and Strategy at BlackBerry QNX. “BlackBerry QNX solutions enable embedded developers with an independently certified software foundation that is designed for safety, security, reliability, and standards conformance, allowing developers to focus on delivering competitive defense capabilities.”
“The FACE community welcomes the addition of QNX to the growing list of certified conformant software components,” states Chip Downing, Senior Marketing Development Director of Aerospace & Defense at Real-Time Innovations (RTI) and Chair of the FACE Business Working Group Outreach team. “The QNX solution far exceeds the requirements for FACE OSS conformance and their safety and security credentials add a unique set of capabilities unmatched by any FACE supplier.”
QNX SDP 7.1 is compliant with POSIX PSE54 Multipurpose Realtime 1003.13-2003 standard, making it an easy transition for developers to prototype designs using Linux, and then move to QNX for production programs. In addition, the QNX® OS for Safety and the QNX® Hypervisor for Safety are certified to the latest ISO 26262 ASIL D standard for automotive and IEC 61508 SIL3 for electronic systems, allowing rapid safety certification to be achieved across a wide range of systems and devices.
Global companies trust BlackBerry QNX software in a broad range of solutions in automotive, heavy machinery, industrial, rail, robotics, and transportation markets. BlackBerry QNX has powerful portfolio of embedded system software designed for these implementations, including the QNX® Hypervisor and the QNX® Neutrino® Real-time Operating System, in addition to middleware and development tools.
For more information on BlackBerry QNX products and engineering services for the Aerospace and Defense industry, please visit BlackBerry.QNX.com/en/industries/aerospace-and-defense.
BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including over 215M vehicles. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint management, endpoint security, encryption, and embedded systems. BlackBerry’s vision is clear – to secure a connected future you can trust. (Source: PR Newswire)
01 Aug 22. US-Japan will Set Up Next-Gen Semiconductor Research Hub. The United States and Japan will create an international research hub for next-generation semiconductors as part of ongoing efforts to secure the semiconductor supply chain and have greater security over the vital component.
At Friday’s inaugural U.S.-Japan Economic Consultative Committee, leaders from both countries discussed supply chains and emerging technologies, as well as efforts to counter China and Russia. As part of that discussion, the countries agreed to expedite an international research hub for next-generation semiconductors to help create a secure source for this important tech component.
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo, Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa and Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hagiuda Koichi spoke at the event held in Washington, D.C.
Hayashi stated that the United States and Japan “agreed to establish [a] stronger supply chain cooperating with like-minded countries.”
Meanwhile, Blinken noted the COVID-19 pandemic shed light on supply chain vulnerabilities and the importance of the two countries working together.
Raimondo highlighted the passage of the CHIPS Act, which will provide $52 bn to invest in domestic semiconductor production.
“Semiconductors are the linchpin of our economic and national security, and we had an excellent discussion today around how Japan and the United States could collaborate, especially with respect to advanced semiconductors,” Raimondo said. “This funding will strengthen our partnerships with allies like Japan. It will enhance our joint work on supply chains, promote the competitiveness of both of our nations and, importantly, make us less dependent on our adversaries for such a critical piece of technology.”
The leaders also discussed issues related to critical and emerging technologies including space, oceanic and cyber cooperation.
Hagiuda noted that the new international research and development hub is open to overseas businesses and research institutes. The research center is aimed to foster cooperation and collaboration between the U.S., Japan and like-minded countries
Hagiuda added that the University of Tokyo, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology and Riken—a scientific research institute—will conduct research on next-generation semiconductors for Japan.
The U.S. will be completely rebuilding its semiconductor supply chain, according to Raimondo. The secretary added that Japanese support in the areas of chemicals, substrates and materials is greatly welcomed.
The countries plan to release more detailed plans about the semiconductor research hub in the future. (Source: Defense Systems)
02 Aug 22. Advantech Launches AIMB-522, an Industrial Micro-ATX Motherboard with AMD Ryzen™ Embedded 5000 for AI Image Processing. Advantech, a leading provider of embedded solutions, is proud to release AIMB-522, an industrial Micro-ATX motherboard for AI image processing in automation and surveillance. AIMB-522 leverages AMD’s first desktop processor, the Ryzen™ Embedded 5000, which provides 16 x high-performance Zen 3 cores. In addition, AIMB-522 features a suite of technologies that empower high computing performance efficiency — these include PCIe Gen 4 expandability, 4 x Gigabit Ethernet ports, and 8 x USB 3.2. This combination of features and functions produces an excellent solution for factory automation, smart logistics, and intelligent surveillance applications.
AMD Desktop Processor Ryzen™ Embedded 5000 Delivers Superior Performance
AIMB-522 features the AMD Ryzen™ Embedded 5000 processor with Zen 3 performance, delivering superior processing and power efficiency. The Instructions per Clock, 16 cores, and L3 cache provided by Zen 3 is excellent for latency-sensitive applications in smart manufacturing, automated visual inspection, and intelligent surveillance. These performance gains are delivered with no increase in power consumption or TDP. Indeed, the industry-leading 7nm process enables AMD Ryzen™ Embedded 5000 Series to deliver a 24% improvement in energy efficiency and 2.8-fold lead when compared to previous generation solutions and competing architectures respectively.
High-speed Interfaces for Camera-based Applications
Computer vision applications require the seamless integration of high-speed digital cameras. Consequently, AIMB-522 features 4 x Gigabit Ethernet ports and 8 x USB 3.2 10Gbps ports. These interfaces provide complete connectivity for high data throughput cameras with transfer bandwidths up to 350MB/s and/or 60 fps. These features make AIMB-522 capable of integrating more than 10 x high quality video cameras without additional peripherals cards. For extra connectivity, the onboard PCI-Express x4 slots offer the flexibility needed to support more camera devices or industrial controllers with add-on cards.
Extra Expandability for Integration in Industrial Applications
The Advantech AIMB-522 supports 1 x PCI-Express x16 Gen4 bus standard for graphics demanding applications. In addition, its 2 x PCI-Express x4 slots offer the expandability needed for robotic controller card integration, while the onboard M.2 M-Key socket supports high-speed SSD for Real-time OS operations. This expandability for industrial peripherals enables AIMB-522 to empower controller and factory automation upgrades, and facilitates AI-enabled imaging processing.
- AMD Ryzen™ Embedded 5000 Series in high-performance Zen 3 architecture
- High speed connectivity — 4 x Gigabit Ethernet & 8 x USB 3.2
- High expandability — 1 x PCI-Express x16, 2 x PCI-Express x4, 1 x M.2 M-key (PCI-Express x 4 and SATA III)
- Diverse I/O for industrial application — 1 x M.2 E-Key (PCI-Express x 1 and USB 2.0), 4 x RS232, and 2 x RS232/422/485
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01 Aug 22. Defence will harness ‘game-changing power’ of AI with new centre. The Defence AI Centre (DAIC) will act as a visionary hub, bringing together expertise from a range of teams across defence.
The Defence AI Centre (DAIC) has been declared operational – boosting defence’s ability to harness the “game-changing power” of artificial intelligence (AI).
The DAIC will act as a visionary hub, bringing together expertise and capability from a range of teams to support the development, implementation, and adoption of AI across defence.
It will have several primary key objectives – to Champion, Enable and Innovate.
– Champion the development and use of AI across defence.
– Enable local adoption of AI by providing common AI services, best practice, and expertise.
– Innovate by developing, delivering, and scaling AI projects that generate breakthroughs in strategic advantage.
Air Commodore David Rowland, the chief of the DAIC, said that their work cohering, guiding, and developing efforts in AI and AI-enabled autonomous capabilities will “play a fundamental role in defence modernisation”.
He added: “(It) will continue our vital work delivering on the vision and ambitions set out in the Defence AI Strategy.”
The DAIC team is led by a collaboration between three established organisations in the MOD: Defence Digital, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), and Defence Equipment & Support’s Future Capability Group.
They will be working with the best minds to support the Armed Forces, including with partners across Government, international partners and allies, industry, and academia.
The recent signing of the Statement of Intent for Artificial Intelligence between the UK and US reinforces the intention to pursue beneficial partnerships; with both nations agreeing to collaborate on shaping global AI developments, promoting security, stability, and democratic values.
Exciting times for AI
The next step for the DAIC during these exciting times for AI in UK defence over the next year is to continue to grow.
They are to focus on expanding to support the implementation of the Defence AI Strategy, working closely with Front-Line Commands to ensure that, in terms of AI, the UK has the world’s most effective, efficient, trusted, and influential defence organisation for the nation’s size.
The announcement about the DAIC being operational follows the successful June launch of the Defence Artificial Intelligence Strategy by Minister for Defence Procurement Jeremy Quin. (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
01 Aug 22. Dstl grasps telexistence potential to reduce risk to personnel. At a recent event, suppliers demonstrated an array of technologies that allow an operator to experience being in a distant location. The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has demonstrated innovative telexistence concepts that could give military personnel, emergency services, or humanitarian workers the capability to undertake dangerous tasks in hazardous environments without physically being present.
An array of different technologies were displayed by industry suppliers to potential military and government users at a presentation event organised by the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) in October and co-funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).
Telexistence combines 3 separate technologies to allow a user to experience being in a location many miles away as if they were there along with the ability to sense, touch, feel, and interact with objects. This is achieved using a remotely-operated system, and relies on the integration of:
- telepresence, which enables the operator to see and hear as though in the remote environment
- robotics or wearable assistive technologies, which enable the operator to interact with the remote environment
- haptic feedback or sensors which enable the operator to touch and feel the remote environment
Telexistence offers a future generation of technology to mitigate the human risk associated with operating in hazardous environments by removing personnel from dangerous areas. Examples include:
- explosive ordnance disposal (EOD)
- nuclear decommissioning
- casualty extraction
- fire scene investigation
- chemical, biological, radiological, disaster response and decontamination
- ocean floor and naval damage exploration
- space exploration
As well as reducing risk, telexistence has the potential to reduce logistical burden and increase the speed that users can be deployed. This would offer advantages to capabilities where there are a limited number of specialists, such as EOD, telemedicine and training. Telexistence would allow these specialists to support several operations as and when needed, rather than being deployed to a specific operation in case their skills are required.
Dr Nicky Armstrong, Dstl’s technical lead, said: “The project aims to help us understand where telexistence may improve defence capabilities, shaping user requirements to influence future technology development. By exploiting the technology early, we will grasp the possibilities and limitations of the concept, enabling us to identify and rectify gaps that would hinder its adoption.”
Lt Col Gareth Walker, a Dstl Military Adviser, said: “The event was a great example of industry and the UK’s armed forces working in partnership to help solve our future challenges. Through the demonstration of emerging technology and sharing of experiences, we have taken the first steps required to accelerate these novel and innovative ideas into battle-winning capabilities.”
Jen Mcara, DASA Associate Delivery Manager, added: “It was fantastic to see the prototypes in action after all the hard work and development by the suppliers. Seeing the technology first hand, gives potential military and government users a real feel for how the innovations could help them tackle a range of defence and security challenges from a safe distance. This collaboration between Dstl, NDA and innovators is a key part of DASA’s work to pull through next generation defence technology.”
Companies involved in the DASA competition were L3 Harris, Teleman, Cyberselves Holoxica, Createc, Digital Kinematics, Centric, Netherlands Organisation for applied scientific research (TNO), Cyberselves and Createc. (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
29 Jul 22. US Army pursues shared software among uncrewed vehicles. Seeking to bolster its development of uncrewed vehicles, the Army is using a separate acquisition pathway for software, paving the way for future coordination among platforms of all sizes.
The Army includes combat vehicle modernization as a top priority. The service has looked to develop three types of robotic vehicles — light, medium and heavy — to use as “scouts” or “escorts” for crewed fighting vehicles.
Both the light and medium versions of the vehicle are undergoing testing at Fort Hood, Texas. However, earlier this year, the service said it would defer its medium-size vehicle program, choosing to first focus on smaller platforms.
As it looks toward light vehicles, the Army will pay special attention to the acquisition pathway the service is using for the vehicles’ software, Doug Bush, the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, told reporters Wednesday.
“From an acquisition standpoint, we’re focused on … the software, which will be critical for all ground robotic programs going forward,” Bush said. “Getting that right early is going to be essential.”
By developing the software separately from the vehicles themselves, the same software could be used across multiple platforms, potentially improving coordination and communication among vehicles.
The software acquisition pathway for the program will focus on embedded software development and sustainment activities, such as autonomy software, control station software and payload control software, according to the Army’s fiscal 2023 budget justification documents.
The pathway will also incorporate feedback from soldiers and other integrators into product roadmaps.
Bush said that while the Army is still broadly interested in robots of many sizes, the service is focusing on light vehicles because it sees that as a necessary first step.
In 2020, the Army selected QinetiQ North America to produce light-vehicle prototypes and Textron to build medium versions.
According to budget justification documents, in FY23, the Army will launch a competition for new light vehicles. Over the next five years, the service plans to spend nearly $750 m on developing light vehicles and the software acquisition pathway. (Source: C4ISR & Networks)
26 Jul 22. SESAR INVIRCAT research publishes six deliverables, outlines integration concept for RPAS in airports.
The SESAR INVIRCAT research project has released deliverables available so far in its latest newsletter. The INVIRCAT (IFR RPAS Control in Airports and TMA) consortium is investigating innovative solutions for the safe and equal integration of remotely piloted aircraft systems in the terminal manoeuvring area and airport environments without entailing a significant impact on current airspace users. This process is guided by an innovation pipeline through which the European ATM community can explore new ideas, validate them with industrial partners and then demonstrate their viability for implementation.
The project has an overall duration of 30 months and is currently at month 25th. So far, 15 deliverables have been produced and approved by the SJU, out of the 20 deliverables to be released overall. Six of these deliverables are classified as public and available from the project website.
Current State-of-the-Art and regulatory basis
This deliverable provides the project state-of-the-art focusing on three main aspects of RPAS integration: technologies, human aspects and applicable rules and standards. It also includes information about other past and present activities carried out in Europe, and more specifically within the SESAR framework.
Use Cases Definition and Concept Outline
This deliverable describes the use cases and outlines the INVIRCAT concept for the integration of RPAS into the existing ATC procedures and infrastructures within TMAs and at airports under Instrument Flight Rules. It represents an initial step towards the creation of a Concept of Operations (CONOPS) for RPAS in the TMA and on airports.
Initial Concept of Operations
The definition of the CONOPS serves as a basis to investigate the influence of the integration of RPAS on ATC and other aircraft in the defined use case scenarios. Based on the results of the simulations the final CONOPS and a set of high level operational and technical requirements will be defined.
Preliminary Requirements Definition
This document sets the basis for stating what is initially required to comply with the objective of the INVIRCAT CONOPS and, after the simulations are completed and the results assessed, to update these requirements in order to have a final and complete set of valid requirements for the integration of IFR RPAS into the existing ATC procedures and infrastructures within TMA and at airports.
Exploratory Research Validation Report
This document summarises the validation context of the INVIRCAT project and presents the validation results of the simulation campaigns. It assesses the previously defined validation objectives qualitatively and quantitatively and summarises the results per identified key performance area in the project’s scope. Finally, the expected quality and limitations of the results is discussed.
Strategies on IFR RPAS Operations in the TMA: Alternatives, Requirements and Effects
This document summarises the key findings on alternatives and effects linked to IFR RPAS integration into the TMA in the course of the INVIRCAT project in the thematic topics of C2 link, communication link, ATOL systems, and taxi systems. An implementation recommendation is presented, based on timeframes from the SESAR Joint Undertaking ATM European Master Plan. For more information visit: www.invircat.eu/deliverables
01 Aug 22. Boeing to Open Japan Research Center and Expand Sustainability Partnerships.
– New Boeing research and development center in Japan to focus on sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), electric/hydrogen propulsion, robotics, digitization and composites
– Extends 2019 cooperation agreement with Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) to include sustainable technology
– Boeing becomes the latest member of ACT FOR SKY – a consortium to commercialize, promote and expand the use of Japan-produced SAF
Boeing [NYSE:BA] will strengthen its partnership with Japan by opening a new Boeing Research and Technology (BR&T) center. The facility will focus on sustainability and support a newly expanded cooperation agreement with Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).
Boeing and METI have agreed to broaden their 2019 Cooperation Agreement to now include a focus on sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), electric and hydrogen powertrain technologies, and future flight concepts that will promote zero climate impact aviation. That is in addition to exploring electric and hybrid-electric propulsion, batteries, and composite manufacturing that will enable new forms of urban mobility.
“We are excited to open our latest global research and technology center here in Japan,” said Greg Hyslop, Boeing chief engineer and executive vice president of Engineering, Test & Technology. “Working with terrific partners like METI, the new center will expand upon Boeing-wide initiatives in sustainable fuels and electrification, and explore the intersection of digitization, automation and high-performance aerospace composites for greater sustainability in our future products and production systems.”
The BR&T – Japan Research Center will be located in Nagoya, which is already home to many of Boeing’s major industrial partners and suppliers. The facility will further expand Boeing’s research and development footprint in the region, which includes centers in Australia, China and Korea.
Boeing is fully committed to supporting Japan’s SAF industry and has been accepted as the latest member of ACT FOR SKY, a voluntary organization of 16 companies that works to commercialize, promote and expand the use of SAF produced in Japan. It was founded by Boeing airline customers All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL), along with global engineering company JGC Holdings Corporation, and biofuel producer Revo International.
Masahiro Aika, representative of ACT FOR SKY, said, “ACT FOR SKY welcomes the participation of Boeing. We look forward to Boeing collaborating with the other members to “ACT” for the commercialization, promotion and expansion of SAF in Japan.”
In addition to becoming partners in ACT FOR SKY, Boeing has a long history of innovating with ANA and JAL on sustainable aviation, which includes pioneering SAF-powered flights and launching the ground-breaking 787 Dreamliner. Today, they signed agreements to work together to study advanced sustainable technologies, including electric, hybrid, hydrogen and other novel propulsion systems in an endeavor to reduce the carbon footprint of aircraft.
Boeing Chief Sustainability Officer Chris Raymond added, “To ensure the enormous societal benefits of aviation remain available for generations to come, we must continue to partner with capable innovators and leaders to support the industry’s commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050. We are humbled to join ACT FOR SKY and collaborate with other members to share global best practices and help with the scale up and demand of SAF in Japan. And we are honored to open the Japan Research Center and expand our work with airline customers ANA and JAL on advanced technologies to realize zero climate impact aviation.”
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