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23 Apr 15. Exelis has launched its first airspace situational awareness tool designed specifically for unmanned aerial system (UAS) operations in the US. Symphony® RangeVue™ puts real-time Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) surveillance data, flexible background maps and weather information in the hands of UAS operators and test range personnel. The system provides significant improvements to the safety and efficiency of UAS operations, whether on the test range or in the field. Symphony RangeVue enables UAS operators and test range personnel to have access to both real-time and historical surveillance information via a Web-hosted platform, helping to manage mission operations from multiple locations with full visibility of assets. Symphony RangeVue can be used as a command center decision-support and post-event analysis tool, or in the field as a sense-and-avoid addition to UAS ground control stations. Flexible geo-fencing tools alert operators when a UAS approaches airspace boundaries or when other aircraft are in the vicinity.
“For the first time, UAS operators and test range personnel will have the same situational awareness currently available to general aviation pilots through traffic information broadcast services. This capability is available without having to install avionics surveillance equipment on the UAS aircraft,” said Ed Sayadian, vice president of Civil and Aerospace Solutions for Exelis. “Leveraging the FAA’s own surveillance data combined with advanced sense-and-avoid alerting capabilities, Symphony RangeVue will significantly increase the safety of UAS operations.” Symphony RangeVue combines a high-performance visualization engine with the vast network of Exelis NextGen surveillance data, including all of the FAA’s surveillance systems: automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast; en route radar; terminal radar; airport surface detection equipment-X; airport surface surveillance capability; and wide area multilateration. It also integrates locally deployed surveillance assets to deliver hyperlocal situational awareness.
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22 Apr 15. Northrop Grumman Corporation has entered a long-term agreement with Raytheon Company to supply its LN-200 Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) for Raytheon optical targeting systems. The long-term agreement with Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems business extends through 2018. The LN-200 provides camera stabilization on optical targeting systems that conduct long-range surveillance and target acquisition for various guided munitions. An initial purchase order valued at $2m was placed in December.
“The versatile LN-200 IMU product family includes a variety of configurations to meet diverse customer needs and operating requirements,” said Bob Mehltretter, vice president, Navigation and Positioning Systems, Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems. “This includes operation in a wide range of environments and suitability for the electro-optical and infrared market due to the LN-200’s high bandwidth and data rate capability, which are required for stabilization of images with increased standoff distances.”
The LN-200 IMU is a small, lightweight and versatile device that can be used for instrument stabilization, for motion compensation and as a backup navigation sensor. The IMU comprises three fiber-optic gyros and three silicon micro-electro-mechanical system accelerometers in a compact package that measures velocity and angle changes. The LN 200 is hermetically sealed and contains no moving parts, ensuring low noise, high reliability and extended shelf life.
22 Apr 15. The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) has selected the Falcon 2000 Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) proposed by Dassault Aviation to enhance its operational fleet. The Falcon 2000 MSA, based on a Falcon 2000 LXS (range 4000 NM), is design