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29 Aug, 2014

Generation Gap

Posted by John Day

John Day This probably shouldn’t be a surprise, but it’s an observation supported by research: younger people are a lot more interested in automotive connectivity than older people are, and they are even more interested in mobile connectivity – smartphones and the like. Lochbridge, formerly the Professional Services Division of Compuware, surveyed consumers ranging in age from 18 to 65 to assess their opinions … Read More

29 Aug, 2014

Understanding the Satellite Situation

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen On 22 Aug. 2014, Arianespace in France launched two satellites into orbit onboard a Russian Soyuz launch vehicle under contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) for its Galileo program. News that the launch vehicle failed to inject Galileo satellites 5 and 6 into the correct orbit rocked the military and aerospace (mil/aero) community this month. “Observations taken after the separation of … Read More

29 Aug, 2014

Inquiry into an Aerospace Anomaly

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen Arianespace in France launched two satellites on the Russian Soyuz ST rocket. Telemetry data soon revealed that the spacecraft were placed in elliptical (rather than circular) orbit and in a lower orbit than anticipated; as a result, the satellites are operationally redundant, aerospace engineers indicate. Arianespace officials found that an anomaly occurred during “the flight phase involving the [Russian] … Read More

28 Aug, 2014

Billion-dollar Project Botched?

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen Europe is in the process of assembling a civilian-operated satellite navigation system, designed to deliver greater precision than the U.S.’s Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite constellation, to the tune of 5.4 billion Euro. The full project calls for 30 modern satellites to be positioned precisely into orbit over the next few years. This week, however, the European Space Agency (ESA) hit a snag … Read More

28 Aug, 2014

J VanDomelen European Space Agency (ESA) officials in Paris reported this week an error—specifically, an orbital injection anomaly—in the launch of its two latest satellites under the Galileo program. Galileo, Europe’s global navigation satellite system, is intended to provide accurate, guaranteed global positioning that is under civilian control. It is interoperable with the United States’ Global Positioning System … Read More

27 Aug, 2014

The Rapidly Reusable Dragon

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen SpaceX has been making a big splash recently with the release of the revolutionary Dragon Version 2. Never before has this military and aerospace (mil/aero) geek seen such a futuristic design that is fully functional. The new Dragon v2 is a major leap forward in manned spaceflight. It features many new, advanced, and life-saving features that this geek will highlight as we explore the Dragon v2 in this … Read More

25 Aug, 2014

All of a Sudden…

Posted by John Day

John Day I knew that the college football season is almost upon us but was unaware until quite recently that it must be acquisition season. Perhaps it’s just a coincidence or, more likely, the end of the calendar year is approaching, but four automotive electronics-related acquisitions in the past couple of weeks (at least five in the past couple of months) seems like a lot. Infineon is acquiring International … Read More

19 Aug, 2014

John Day Mentor Graphics is sponsoring an automotive user conference from 8am to 5pm on Wednesday, September 10, at the Adoba Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan. User2User Automotive 2014 is free, and you can register or get more details at http://user2user.mentor.com/events/user2user-automotive/ The day begins with back-to-back keynotes by Martin O’Brien, Mentor Graphics General Manager, IESD, and Paul Menig, CEO, … Read More

12 Aug, 2014

Planning Ahead for DAC

Posted by John Day

John Day Yes, it’s true that June 7-11 2015 is almost a year away, but it’s not too early to mark your calendar and plan to attend the 52nd Design Automation Conference (DAC) at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. DAC is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDA Consortium), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). It’s … Read More

6 Aug, 2014

John Day This week at the Management Briefing Seminar, sponsored by the Center for Automotive Research, Volkswagen of America (VW) described the “holistic” approach it plans to take with its 2015 e-Golf, the all-electric, zero tailpipe emissions vehicle scheduled to go on sale later this year at participating dealerships in select US states. I’m looking forward to seeing it. Though it has the tailpipe covered, … Read More

31 Jul, 2014

Year of the Dragon

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen Farnborough International Ltd. (FIL) officials, having hosted Farnborough International Airshow 2014 earlier this month in England, added a space component to the biennial aviation event. Their timing is perhaps right on, given that the commercial space vertical is growing faster than many aerospace industry segments—with the exception of commercial aviation, of course. The commercial space industry … Read More

30 Jul, 2014

Good News for Garbage Trucks

Posted by John Day

John Day I had no idea, until I spoke earlier this week with Ian Wright, founder and CEO of a small San Jose California company called Wrightspeed, that a sizable percentage of garbage trucks (solid waste collection vehicles) in California no longer meet California Air Resources Board (ARB) emission standards and must be replaced. With new trucks costing in the vicinity of $500,000, that could be an expensive … Read More

30 Jul, 2014

Aviation Business is Booming

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen More than $201 billion U.S.—that is the total sum of orders and commitments placed at Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) 2014 this month in Farnborough, England, according to Farnborough International Ltd. (FIL) officials. The figure represents an extremely positive note for the global aerospace industry, an FIL spokesperson says. Exhibitors at FIA2014, over the course of five days, announced orders … Read More

29 Jul, 2014

F-35 Fire Grounds Fleet

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen A Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was severely damaged when it erupted in flames on the runway at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., on the morning of 23 June 2014. That singular event would have been enough to garner U.S. attention; yet, it has gained considerable attention among the global military and aerospace (mil/aero) market. Pentagon officials in Washington grounded the entire fleet of F-35 … Read More

28 Jul, 2014

The Ever-elusive F-35 JSF

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen Every other July, military and aerospace (mil/aero) professionals and aviation enthusiasts from all over the globe flock to the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA). This month was no different, and this mil/aero geek found himself among a crowd of roughly 100,000 at FIA2014 in Farnborough, England. Attendees, to both the trade days and the public days, were anxious to see several commercial and … Read More

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