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QFHA Antennas for Satellite Radio and Mobile Phone Applications

Presentation of a specific quadrifilar helical antenna design for satellite radios, along with a planar design for an integrated BFN90 beam forming network
Quadrifilar helical antennas (QFHA) are one of the best candidates to provide a high gain, shaped beam with excellent circular polarization axial ratio for satellite radio and mobile satellite phone systems. One of the most compelling reasons to use these antennas for digital radio and mobile satellite systems is...
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The Development of Wide Angle Base Station Antennas from Arrays

Use of flat panel array base station antennas to produce wide angle beamwidths up to 120°
Phased array antennas are traditionally used to produce narrow beams from large apertures. In this mode of operation, every radiating element in the array is broadly co-phased. The radiation pattern of the antenna is then the product of both the individual radiating element characteristic pattern and the array factor....
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Raytheon to Lead System Integration for Navy's Surface Combatant Ship

Raytheon Co. has been awarded a cost plus award fee contract to be the system integrator for the DD (X), the US Navy's next-generation surface combatant ship. The contract is expected to total $1.36 B over the next three years. Raytheon is a partner on the industry "Gold Team"...
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US GPS Industry Council Comments on FCC First Report on Ultra-wideband Technology

The US GPS Industry Council issued a statement in response to the release of the FCC's First Report and Order to allow for the introduction of Ultra-wideband Transmission Systems. The council is pleased the FCC responded to the desire for equipment compatibility and interoperability expressed by GPS users. In...
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US Air Force Begins Training Over TRW-developed Network of Simulators

The US Air Force has successfully completed its first training missions over the Distributed Mission Training (DMT) network, an architecture developed by TRW Inc. that ties together high resolution flight simulators over a high speed fiber-optic network. Through this network, pilots and reconnaissance operators at Air Force bases hundreds...
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Euro Hawk Heads for Germany

Despite the demands of Operation Enduring Freedom, Northrop Grumman and its German partner the European Aeronautic, Defence and Space (EADS) Company Deutschland confidently expect to deploy a testbed Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to Germany no later than April 2003. Forming part of the Euro Hawk pre-development programme,...
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Aurora Contract Rumpus

Canadian contractors DRS Flight Safety and CMC Electronics have filed protests with Canada's International Trade Tribunal over the recommendation that Thales Systems should be awarded a C$60 million contract for the procurement of a new communications management system for the countries CP-140 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft. While the precise...
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Chile Selects ITT AIDEWS

The Chilean Air Force has selected US contractor ITT to supply it with its Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suite (AIDEWS) for installation aboard the F-16 Block 50 combat aircraft it has ordered. As such, AIDEWS will provide the new aircraft with an internally mounted, fully integrated radar warning...
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Type 996 Gets Facelift

Pan-European contractor Alenia Marconi Systems (AMS) has completed delivery of Availability Improvement Programme (AVIMP) upgrade kits for use in UK Royal Navy (RN) Type 996 surveillance and target indication radar. Used both to provide target data for the service's Seawolf and Sea Dart surface-to-air missile systems and command system...
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ATC Display Mis-read Concerns

The UK trouble prone Swanwick air traffic control (ATC) centre is encountering display illegibility problems. Difficulties said to have been experienced include a controller plotting a route to Cardiff (Wales) airport before realising that it should have been to Glasgow (Scotland) due to the difficulty of distinguish between the...
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