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UTC Aerospace Systems receives autopilots, payload contract for AAI’s Aerosonde

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UTC Aerospace Systems has received a contract from AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems to supply Cloud Cap Technology autopilots, stabilized camera payloads, ground station software components and flight management software from its business in Hood River, Ore. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. These will be utilized for AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems’…

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Commando II lifts-off

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Lockheed Martin delivered an MC-130J Commando II to Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Aug. 7. Aircraft 5694 is the eighth of 11 MC-130Js to be assigned to the 522nd Special Operations Squadron at Cannon.

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UTC Aerospace Systems launches high-res snapshot SWIR camera

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UTC Aerospace Systems introduced its next generation Sensors Unlimited shortwave infrared digital video camera at AUVSI Unmanned Systems North America Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nev. This high-resolution, indium gallium arsenide mil-rugged digital video camera features 30Hz full-frame rate and adds snapshot mode capability to the Sensors Unlimited high-definition SWIR product range. The camera is lightweight…

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Draken International buys eight McDonnell Douglas A-4K Skyhawks

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Draken International has signed an agreement with the New Zealand government to purchase eight McDonnell Douglas A-4K Skyhawks as well as various other equipment and accessories. This successful transaction marks the end of a great chapter in New Zealand aviation history and the beginning of a great foundation for Draken International. Draken, recognizing the increasing…

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Airbus to double $12 billion it spends with U.S. suppliers

Posted August 8, 2012 by by Roxana Hegeman

European aerospace giant Airbus said Aug. 6 it plans to double the $12 billion it now spends with U.S. suppliers amid strong airplane sales, explaining that the company has a backlog that is “disturbingly healthy.” Airbus America Chairman Allan McArtor told representatives from 114 companies at an aviation supplier conference in Kansas that 40 percent…

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Pratt & Whitney employees rally against sequestration cuts

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Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., AIA Chairman and President of Pratt & Whitney, United Technologies Corporation David P. Hess, and more than 200 local workers rallied Aug. 8 at the Pratt & Whitney facility in Jupiter, Fla., to warn about the threat to U.S. economic and military strength posed by $1 trillion in sequestration budget cuts…

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Boeing demonstrates capability of unmanned Little Bird rotorcraft

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The Boeing Unmanned Little Bird H-6U successfully performed 14 autonomous takeoffs and landings from a ship during flight tests in July, a significant milestone for a medium-size vertical-takeoff-and-landing...

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Boeing receives Phase II U.S. Army contract for testing of advanced rotorcraft flight control system

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Boeing will continue developing a technology that improves helicopters’ maneuverability and performance, through an $18 million U.S. Army contract for Phase II of the Adaptive Vehicle Management System program. The advanced rotorcraft flight control system, a joint development project between Boeing and the Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate, reduces aircrew workload and overall operating costs….

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GA-ASI successfully tests Nightlighter airborne imaging system

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., announced the successful flight test of its Nightlighter airborne imaging system Aug. 7.

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Lockheed Martin Procerus Technologies brings high-performance surveillance to small unmanned aircraft systems

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Lockheed Martin Procerus Technologies’ new, lightweight, Perceptorâ„¢ dual-sensor gimbal packs the capability of a large camera system in a small, compact package designed to provide high-quality video surveillance for small and micro unmanned aircraft systems. Equipped with electro-optical and infrared imaging sensors and an optional laser illuminator, the 200-gram (seven-ounce) Perceptor provides continuous 360-degree panning…

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