All in the Family: Lockheed Martin Introduces New Satellite Lineup

Company shows results of $300 million investment in range of satellite buses, from nanosats to high-powered spacecraft

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., Sept. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Today Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) debuted a new family of satellite buses that form the core of nearly every space mission. From nanosats to high-powered satellites, the versatile lineup incorporates dozens of major enhancements and hundreds of common components that speed production and reduce cost. The company announced the lineup at the Air Force Association Air, Space & Cyber Conference.

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Rockwell Collins successfully demonstrates 5,000 mile next-generation wideband high frequency communications link

Rockwell Collins successfully demonstrates 5,000 mile next-generation wideband high frequency communications link

  • Data transferred reliably and rapidly
  • Next-generation HF provides connection in satellite-denied environments
  • Demonstration complete, HF optimization studies continue

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Sept. 18, 2017) – Rockwell Collins, under contract to the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate (AFRL/RI; contract FA8750-16-C-0269) and in support of AFRL/RI and Air Combat Command’s efforts to successfully communicate in satellite-denied environments, recently demonstrated the resilience of next-generation high frequency (HF) communications using a wideband high frequency (WBHF) system over a 5,000 mile distance.

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Open Hangar Days and Fly-In

Open Hangar Days
You’re invited! Come and join Zenith Aircraft Company at the Open Hangar Days and Fly-In at the kit factory in Mexico, Missouri on September 22 & 23!  All aviation enthusiasts are invited to drive or fly-in for the activities. Starting on Friday morning there are two full days of activities planned! Come for the free educational seminars on building and flying your own airplane, and learn about new avionics and engine technology for sport aircraft.

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AeroVironment Enhances Its Family of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems with M1/M2/M5 Compatible Digital Data Link (DDL) Products


  • Raven and Puma AE aircraft now operate with new M1/M2/M5 radios and frequency spectrum, recently allocated to small UAS by the United States Department of Defense (DoD)
  • Raven and Puma AE systems equipped with M/1/M2/M5 radios were delivered to two DoD customers this spring
  • AeroVironment also unveiled M1/M2/M5 compatible Pocket DDL AE, designed to operate in all environments



QUANTICO, VA at Modern Day Marine, Sept. 19, 2017 AeroVironment, Inc.  (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for both military and commercial applications, today announced that it has delivered M1/M2/M5-compatible Raven® and Puma™ AE unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to two DoD customers, with more orders and deliveries scheduled. In addition, the company will begin taking orders in December 2017 for M1/M2/M5-configured Wasp® AE micro air vehicles (MAV) for delivery in spring 2018.

“Integrating the new M1/M2/M5 radio frequencies into our family of small UAS gives our customers the ability to seamlessly and securely conform to the Department of Defense‘s new frequency spectrum allocation and proceed with certainty,” said David Sharpin, vice president of AeroVironment’s Tactical UAS Business Unit. “By combining all three frequency bands in the same transceiver module, we’ve made it easy for users to select the frequency band associated with the part of the world in which they are operating without having to swap any hardware.”


AeroVironment today also unveiled its new Pocket DDL™ AE, a rugged, all- environment, next generation, secure digital video and data receiver that also integrates the new M1/M2/M5 radio frequency spectrum. The all-environment design of AeroVironment’s new Pocket DDL AE makes it significantly more rugged than its predecessor by offering a fully waterproof package (immersible to three feet) that supports tactical operations in a wide range of environmental conditions and difficult urban terrain.


Designed for simplicity and ease of use, the Pocket DDL AE facilitates rapid and secure access to a small UAS Digital Data Link (DDL) network.  Each sleek unit has no exterior buttons or displays and is completely controlled through an App. Pocket DDL AE has a standard Glenair® Mighty-Mouse connector, making it compatible with the Army‘s Net Warrior system, so dedicated cables for Pocket DDL are not necessary.  It can operate from any power supply, providing between 5 and 32 volts DC.


Pocket DDL AE implements an open-systems architecture, using a USB interface and XML messaging for control of the radio functions.  This enables apps designed for special purposes, such as tactical operations, search and rescue, asset tracking, long- range communications, mission command, and targeting to use Pocket DDL AE to employ small UAS to help perform their tasks more effectively.


“Combined with the M1/M2/M5 upgrade to our Pocket DDL AE, this provides greatly enhanced capability across our entire family of small UAS product line for improved tactical operations,” Sharpin said.  “This example demonstrates our ongoing commitment to upgrade our Family of Systems products and provide new capabilities to our existing and new customers around the world.”


AeroVironment will announce additional upgrades to its market-leading Family of Unmanned Aircraft Systems during the Association of the Army’s Annual Meeting next month.


About AeroVironment Small UAS

RQ-11B Raven®, RQ-12 Wasp®, RQ-20A Puma™, RQ-20B Puma and Snipe Nano UAS comprise AeroVironment’s Family of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Operating with a common ground control system (GCS), this Family of Systems provides increased capability to the warfighter that can give ground commanders the option of selecting the appropriate aircraft based on the type of mission to be performed. This increased capability has the potential to provide significant force protection and force multiplication benefits to small tactical units and security personnel.  AeroVironment provides logistics services worldwide to ensure a consistently high level of operational readiness and provides mission services for customers requiring only the information its small UAS produce.  AeroVironment has delivered thousands of new and replacement small unmanned air vehicles to customers within the United States and to more than 40 international governments.



About AeroVironment

AeroVironment (NASDAQ: AVAV) provides customers with more actionable intelligence so they can proceed with certainty.  Based in California, AeroVironment is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems, tactical missile systems and electric vehicle charging and test systems, and serves militaries, government agencies, businesses and consumers. For more information visit



Regulation Reassess Will Help Drone Use to Flourish

19th September, Montreal, Canada

In order to effectively integrate drones into national airspace, the establishment of a new regulatory body dedicated to the safe management of these aircraft should be considered, as was the case with the introduction of the UK Civil Aviation Authority in 1972 that led to the monitoring of civil air transport.

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