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Airborne Surveillance System Keeps Security Forces Safe

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Air Force Security Forces personnel supporting Operation Enduring Freedom have been equipped with the latest in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology, the Force Protection Airborne Surveillance System (FPASS). The system allows security forces to see beyond base perimeters and can provide a rapid visual assessment of detected threats. The...
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Space System/Loral Selected for Navy's Communication System

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Loral Space and Communications announced that the US Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) has awarded a Space Systems/ Loral (SS/L) team, led by Raytheon, a $40 M Component Advanced Development (CAD) contract to develop the US Navy's $6 B, next-generation, satellite-based mobile communications system, the Mobile...
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BAE Systems Demonstrate Guided Rocket

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BAE Systems successfully launched a 2.75" laser guided rocket using a unique mid-body, fin-mounted, guidance system, scoring a "bull's-eye" hit on a small target more than three miles away from its launch point. The control test vehicle (CTV) was fired Sept. 29 at the Army's Yuma Proving Ground in...
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BAE Systems C41SR Delivers First Skynet 5 Terminals

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UK contractor BAE Systems Command, Control, Communications, Computing, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) has delivered the first batch of six Talon satellite communications terminals to Paradigm Secure Communications for eventual use in the UK's Skynet 5 military communications satellite system. In all, 15 such terminals will be acquired, with...
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ESA Launches Most Sensitive Gamma Ray Observatory Ever Built

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Billed as the most sensitive gamma ray observatory ever built, the European Space Agency's (ESA) INTErnational Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL) was launched into an eccentric, 72-hour, 9000 to 155,000 km orbit around the Earth on 17 October 2002. Designed to provide new insights into celestial objects such as black...
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Philips Launches TPMS Chip Solution

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In order to meet upcoming US 2004 legislation and a wider perceived global market, Netherlands contractor Royal Philips Electronics has launched a chip-based Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that provides the automobile driver with measurements of individual tire pressures and notification of pressure/inflation problems as they arise. TPMS applications...
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Bluetooth to Ramp Up in Market Outside of Mobile Handsets

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While mobile handsets are expected to account for approximately two-thirds of the Bluetooth devices that will ship in 2002, and cordless headsets will also be a growing category, Allied Business Intelligence's (ABI) new Bluetooth report notes that there are significant opportunities for Bluetooth semiconductor vendors in other markets, especially...
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The Wireless Home Network: Room for Multiple Wireless Technologies?

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According to a report by In-Stat/MDR, over the last three years, a very rapid wireless evolution has occurred in the home. In 1999 and 2000, the question was whether HomeRF or 802.11 would win in the home. In 2001, the main issue was whether 802.11a (5 GHz Wi-Fi) or...
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MEMS Offer a Possible Silver Lining for Semiconductor Equipment Suppliers

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Given the down turn in the semiconductor equipment market, suppliers are now focusing more intently on the compelling opportunity MEMS fabrication is presenting, according to In-Stat/MDR. There are some 60 MEMS fab/foundries, several hundred start-ups (many of which have their own in-house prototyping and/or fabrication facilities), as well as...
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Cellular Infrastructure Manufacturers to Face Tough 18 Months

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The total worldwide count of analog, CDMA, TDMA, GSM, PDC, PHS and UMT base stations will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of a mere 13.7 percent through 2006, according to In-Stat/MDR. The high tech market research firm finds that, during this same period, UMTS will lead...
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