C4ISR

New Boeing-Built Army Drone Features 1.8 Gigapixel Camera

The U.S. Army recently announced it is preparing to deploy three Boeing-built A 160 Hummingbird drones in mid 2012. According to the announcement, the Hummingbird significantly differs from its predecessors, as it is designed much like a helicopter and can perform vertical takeoffs/landings, and possesses hovering capabilities. The drones will also …

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NASA Gives Astronauts Remote-Controlled Assistants

A volleyball-sized, free-flying robot on the International Space Station helped astronauts complete tasks with a smartphone controller, according to a recent report by NASA. The first successful flight took place last month. As part of NASA’s Technology Demonstration Missions, the agency launched the Human Exploration Telerobotics project where it installed …

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DRS to Connect Special Ops C4ISR Systems on Tablet Platform

DRS Technologies‘ tactical systems subsidiary will soon provide the U.S. Navy with joint platform tablet systems. The platform will provide a common interface between all C4ISR systems for special operations vehicle platforms. The Pentagon announced the platform tablet systems will aim to enable users to control and monitor all communications, navigational, …

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Predator Drones Increasing Over Southern Border

Predator drones are not only sent to countries abroad, but are being used increasingly to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border, according to the Washington Post. Customs and Border Protection currently has five Predators flying over the southern border, with a sixth being added soon. CBP has eight of the drones total, …

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Air Force Sends General Atomics Drone to Afghanistan

The Air Force is sending a General Atomics Predator C Avenger drone to Afghanistan, according to a Flightglobal report. The Avenger is referred to as a test aircraft, but Flightglobal reports the order meets Defense Secretary Leon Panetta‘s request for reconnaissance and strike capabilities. “This aircraft will be used as …

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Kratos Partners With Info Security Firm to Integrate SATCOM Tech

RT Logic, a subsidiary of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc., will partner exclusively with information security management firm AlienVault to integrate the firms’ respective technologies and develop products and solutions for the satellite communications sector. RT Logic will exclusively market those solutions within the SATCOM industry. A Kratos release says …

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Raytheon Satellite Terminals Hit Interoperability Milestone as they Ship to Army, Air Force

Raytheon has successfully tested a mobile satellite terminal, commonly referred to as SMART-T, with an advanced extremely-high frequency satellite, the company announced last week. In doing so, the company said SMART-T became the first terminal fielded in operations to interoperate with an on-orbit AEHF satellite. The SMART-T is part of Raytheon‘s modular …

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Contractors Testing Army Comm, ISR Networks

The U.S. Army has increasingly tested communications networks as it looks to upgrade its capabilities, and three contracting firms have helped the service branch conduct exercises. ITT Exelis, recently spun-off from former parent ITT Corp., is currently demonstrating several communications at the Army’s Network Integration Exercise, according to a company …

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Raytheon Wins Contract to Develop New Image Processing Technology for ADAS

Raytheon Company has today been awarded a $14.6 million contract to develop new image processing technology for the Advanced Distributed Aperture System. The new processor will enhance the system’s high-resolution imagery while the technology upgrade includes thermal sensing cameras and a next-generation helmet-mounted display subsystem. The capabilities enable full-spherical situational …

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