Apart from a tremendous amount of investment and effort going into designing actual aircraft (200 at last count) there is also a lot of thought being placed in the ecosystem and infrastructure that will support UAM AAM in the future from the way we plan buildings and even cities to the communications and navigation infrastructure required.uAvionix is an avionics company so we navigate in that direction even if it is a bit less sexy than some of the fantastical vertiport artwork full of glass and trees in parklike settings. We are currently working with UAM AAM manufacturers on specialized command and control (C2) and GPS navigation systems customized to the UAM AAM operation. So, consider this piece a bit more on the practical side what avionics will be needed on these aircraft what functions will they perform, and how well will they have to perform? What follows are some predictions that are guiding uAvionix s development in this space.
The awards, with a total value of $43.2 million, are the fourth in a series of Tipping Point contracts from NASA s Space Technology Mission Directorate that support work for up to three years on technologies ranging from propellant production to avionics. Winning companies will also contribute their own funds to the projects, with a minimum percentage based on the size of the company. These promising technologies are at a tipping point in their development, meaning NASA s investment is likely the extra push a company needs to significantly mature a capability, Jim Reuter, NASA associate administrator for space technology, said in an agency statement announcing the contracts. These are important technologies necessary for sustained exploration of the moon and Mars.
Enviroserve UAE, a global leader in the delivery of niche waste and environmental solutions, has signed an agreement with Dubai Wholesale City for the construction of a 228,000 sq ft electronics and specialised waste recycling plant at Dubai Industrial Park, the dedicated industrial hub within the City. Backed by the Swiss Government Export Finance Agency, the Dh120 million ($33 million) project represents one of the largest foreign direct investments in the field of environmental management in the UAE. The facility will serve as the region 's largest centre of expertise for electronic waste management in the Middle East, stated Abdulla Belhoul, the chief executive of Dubai Wholesale City, after signing the deal with Stuart Fleming, Group CEO of Enviroserve UAE. The first plant of its kind, it will recycle the entire range of end of life electrical and electronic equipment from consumer and industrial to commercial and military appliances, such as air conditioners, batteries, IT equipment, household appliances, military avionics and mobile phones. In addition, it will recycle specialised waste material, such as aerosol cans and light bulbs, to become the only dedicated refrigerant reclaim facility in the UAE. Expected to commence operations by end 2017, Phase One of the plant will comprise hi tech equipment to process 39,000 tonnes of electronic waste annually, said Belhoul. "At Dubai Industrial Park, we strongly support environment friendly solutions as part of our strategic commitment to promoting sustainable manufacturing and socially responsible practices, " he noted. Belhoul pointed out that with a growing number of business partners setting up operations in its integrated mega hub, this innovative recycling facility will add significant value to advancing sustainable and organic development in the community. Our partnership with Enviroserve UAE demonstrates how our world class infrastructure and allied services help our clients seamlessly adapt to new market conditions and opportunities. We are confident the project will spearhead the development of a sustainable electronic waste management market in the region, ” he added. On the partnership, Fleming said: "Our new integrated recycling plant will be a true game changer in electronic and specialised waste recycling for Dubai and the wider Middle East region. Utilising best in class technology, the iconic facility will elevate the sustainability movement in the region. " A pioneer in innovation in the recycling sector, Enviroserve UAE offers sustainable solutions that strictly adhere to UAE regulations, international standards established by the United Nations Environment Programme, as well as and the Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive. Enviroserve 's decision to set up the hi tech recycling facility at Dubai Wholesale City comes at a time when a UN sponsored research project has indicated that the average UAE resident produces 17.2 kg of e waste each year, he added. TraderArabia News Service
Indiaâ€™s ICBM Agni 5 was successfully test fired from a canister today 31 Jan 2015 at 0809 hrs. It was a historic moment when for the first time in India, an ICBM about 17m long and weighing over 50 ton majestically rose from the confines of its canister. At the predetermined moment, having risen to about 20 meters height, itâ€™s first stage motor ignited lifting Agni 5 into the sky. The flight continued on its predetermined path during which the second, all composite light weight motor, followed by the third, innovatively designed conical all composite rocket motor propelled the missile into space taking it to a height of more than 600 km. The missile, after reaching peak of its trajectory turned towards earth to continue its journey towards the intended target with a speed now increasing due to the attraction of earthâ€™s gravitational pull and its path precisely directed by the advanced on-board computer and inertial navigation system. As the missile entered earthâ€™s atmosphere, the atmospheric air rubbing the skin of the missile during the re-entry phase raised the temperature to beyond 4000 degree Celsius. However, the indigenously designed and developed carbon-carbon composite heat shield continued to burn sacrificially protecting in the process the payload, maintaining the inside temperature below 50 degree Celsius. Finally, commanded by the on-board computer with a support of highly accurate ring laser gyro based inertial navigation system, the most modern micro inertial navigation system (MINS), fully digital control system and advanced compact avionics, the missile hit the designated target point accurately, meeting all mission objectives.
Hackers could exploit several flaws in the Panasonic Avionics In Flight Entertainment (IFE) system to spoil an airline flight for their fellow passengers.Specifically, actors could abuse the vulnerabilities to hack passengers' in flight displays and steal their credit card information. They could also potentially leverage those flaws to gain access to other systems if proper safeguards are not implemented onboard the plane.
There was excitement among members of the online UFO community earlier in the week following claims that an old Apollo mission image from a NASA whistleblower;s private collection that contains definitive proof of alien bases on the Moon had surfaced.The Apollo image was allegedly from the private collection of Ken Johnston, a former avionics technician, who had worked with principal contractors to NASA during the Apollo program. While working with NASA on the Apollo program, he came into possession of photographs snapped by Apollo astronauts in space and on the Moon.