As we know, open standards and platforms are becoming a top priority for the military branches as it attempts to implement technologies with more rapid innovation cycles.  For the US this is an absolute necessity to keep up with or stay ahead of foreign threats. Last year, officials at DARPA issued a broad agency announcement (DARPA-BAA-14-40) for the System of Systems Integration Technology and Experimentation (SoSITE) program. The program goal is to develop an open system architecture (OSA) for rapid distribution and experimentation of new functionalities across aircraft, weapons, sensors, and mission systems.

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Whether they realize it or not, a recent Research and Markets Report, (take a deep breath now) Commercial Avionics Systems Market by Sub-systems (FMS, Flight Control Systems, Navigation, Communication, & Surveillance Systems, HMS, and Aircraft Electrical & Emergency Systems), by Platform (Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing), and by Geography – Forecast & Analysis (2014 – 2020) (exhale) is indirectly calling for an increased use of Ethernet in the Avionics market.

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Dedicated bus architectures have been traditionally used in military applications, including UAVs, but resulted in heavier, proprietary and more inflexible systems. Ethernet has been shown as a viable alternative for military UAV applications for a number of reasons:

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We just discovered that March 14, 2015 is a celebration of geeks everywhere. Not only is it Pi Day, but it is International Drone Day!

Pi Day is celebrated across the world in celebration of mathematics.  Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.

But now we have another important celebration.  It’s International Drone Day. Over 150 events are going in nearly every part of the world to show that world that Drones are good. Chances are there is an event near you. To find an event in your area, you can click here to see where your local “Drones are Good” team is holding their event.

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This week, Techaya, developer and manufacturer of military-grade, COTS and customized IP-based communication solutions, introduced its new MILTECH M64 military-grade, IP68-rated, miniature USB3 device. This new, novel USB solution from Techaya that takes rugged portability and security of your data to the next level.

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Power over Ethernet or PoE, allows a single cable to provide both data connection and electrical power to networked pieces of equipment such as sensors, IP video cameras and even wireless mesh nodes. PoE works across standard network cabling (i.e. CAT5) to supply power directly from the data ports to which networked devices are connected.

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A couple of months ago, we wrote about naval experiments with “sense and avoid” technology . The point behind the article was that “sense and avoid” technology is one of the gaiting factors behind the FAA approving widespread use and application of unmanned aircraft. The FAA regulations clearly state that sense and avoidance would be the sole responsibility of the unmanned aircraft when sharing airspace with manned aircraft.

Here’s some promising news on that front. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA ASI), recently announced two key technological advances related to its ongoing Sense and Avoid (SAA) system development efforts.

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As the leading provider of ultra-compact Ethernet switches, we are often specified in to environments that are often labeled as “sensor pods”. Since the term “sensor” seems so generic, I thought I’d do a little research on what some these sensor technologies are and what were some of their applications . As I was investigating their applications, I found that several of the military uses are quickly making it to commercial applications.

1) Hyperspacial Sensors. These sensors use reflections from hundreds of bands in the infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum. We all understand that cameras and eyeballs use UV to identify targets by their shape or by contrasts of light and dark. Well, hyperspectral scanners use reflections of various IR wavelengths to determine the material that a target is made of. Every object has its own unique “fingerprint” and hyperspacial sensors collect the data and help match it up to those “fingerprints”. Today, military applications of hyperspacial sensors include detecting roadside bombs and fields of illegal drugs such poppies for opium.

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It seems to me that “sense and avoid” technology is the gaiting factor for wide-spread adoption and deployment of unmanned vehicles. What caught my eye when reading the FAA’s future requirements to allow unmanned aircraft in to the field was that the responsibility of “sense and avoid” technology was going to solely lie at the feet of those developing unmanned aircraft.

Manned aircraft being developed for future generations would not have this responsibility, which seems a bit one-sided. I mean, if they are all going to be up in the air together, shouldn’t they all be required to have the same capabilities to avoid collision?

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MILTECH 912 Rugged Military Ethernet Switch

Here at MilSource, we’re happy to announce that Techaya has expanded upon it MILTECH 908MP compact Ethernet switching platform.  The new MILTECH 912 is a managed Ethernet switch that offers the same advanced network features including VLANs, traffic prioritization (QoS) and bandwidth aggregation, but has expanded its port density to 12 triple-speed (10/100/1000 Mbps) Ethernet ports using 2 D-38999 connectors.

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