The Fortem TrueView radar system can simultaneously track thousands of objects-each smaller than a soda can, traveling at high velocity, across a 360-degree field of view. Lightweight and low power, TrueView R20 weighs only 1.5 pounds and consumes less power than an LED street light.
Fortem Technologies is building ground-based intelligent airspace monitoring systems for BVLOS drone corridors and active “Drone No Fly Zone” protection. These systems can scale from a single building to an entire metropolitan area.
The system becomes an intelligent network of mobile and fixed locations creating a detection fabric that permeates an entire region, delivering a real-time data stream of the location and velocity of all airborne objects.
Source: Boeing HorizonX, others invest in Fortem Technologies airspace-awareness, object-avoidance for unmanned, autonomous aircraft – Intelligent Aerospace
Something in the region of 20,000 items of 10cm or larger are currently being tracked.
The latest Airbus harpoon is being designed with the capability to capture one of the biggest rogue items of the lot – Europe’s defunct Envisat Earth observation platform.
This 8-tonne behemoth died suddenly in orbit in 2012. “Envisat is the outlier,” explained advanced project engineer Alastair Wayman.
“If we can design a harpoon that can cope with Envisat, then it should be able to cope with all other types of spacecraft including the many rocket upper-stages that remain in orbit.”
Source: Has Airbus Found the White Whale of Space Junk Mitigation? – Via Satellite –
Although video broadcasting has been a reliable source of revenue for satellite operators for decades, the rapid evolution of fiber technology could become a major challenge for these legacy satellite businesses. From the perspective of Italo Andriani, head of procurement for Eurovision Media Services, satellite has not kept pace with improvements in the cost of fiber on the video side.
If the trend continues, fiber telcos could end up swiping some of the broadcast market share satellite operators have relished for so long.
Source: Fiber Is Aggressively Invading Satellite’s Video Markets – Via Satellite –
For starters, it calls out Russia and China for what they are—revisionist powers that are central challenges to the prosperity and security of the United States and our allies. They are the two key long-term threats we must face.
As authoritarian regimes, along with Iran and North Korea, they often act without worrying about support from the public or legislatures, unlike the United States and its fellow democracies. Our adversaries can often move more quickly and with greater singleness of purpose than many governments in the free world.
This characterizes the new strategy’s intellectual honesty. Far from abandoning alliances, the strategy acknowledges that the United States cannot go it alone. The nation needs treaties, agreements and partnerships with like-minded nations.
Yet the strategy also declares that these allies and partners must place the same level of effort as the United States on modernization, including interoperability with our nation. Without this, the capability chasm between U.S. and coalition partner capabilities will grow even beyond what it is today.
Source: President’s Commentary: At Last, a Realistic National Defense Strategy | SIGNAL Magazine
The U.S. Army has partnered with NATO and other coalition nations to enhance operational readiness in a series of multinational exercises this year focused on interoperability. The drills enable national militaries to assess and adjust the interoperability of their capabilities long before meeting adversaries in the battlespace.
“Establishing and maintaining military coalition interoperability takes more than just software applications, hardware standards and a network capable of transferring data among partner nations,” says Mary Woods, Army deputy program executive officer for Command, Control and Communications–Tactical (PEO C3T). “True success is a byproduct of each country’s planning efforts, technical expertise and coordination behind the scenes months before any equipment ever touches the ground in an operational setting.”
Source: Army Marches Toward Coalition Interoperability | SIGNAL Magazine
The combination of so-called additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, electromagnetic simulation and mechanical design software is enabling innovative antenna and radio-frequency components. Engineers are harnessing these tools to design, fabricate, test and manufacture lightweight, highly complex antennas and radio-frequency products.
The products are an order of magnitude smaller and lighter than what is on the market today, says an official at antenna design company Optisys LLC, West Jordan, Utah. This was not even possible five years ago, reports Michael Hollenbeck, chief technology officer and a co-founder of Optisys.
The resulting products are catching customers in almost disbelief.
Source: 3-D Printed Metal Antennas Are no Longer Science Fiction | SIGNAL Magazine
“We need also to think imaginatively about ways our adversaries can use advanced data analytics,” adds Sam Visner, Cyber Committee member and director of the National Cybersecurity Federally Funded Research and Development Center operated by The MITRE Corporation, pointing out that enemies could employ the tools the United States uses in ways the nation has not anticipated or even imagined.
“We need to focus cybersecurity R&D on these issues and include the R&D resources of academia, industry and the nonprofit world in addition to the resources of government,” Visner states.
Source: Big Data Can Lead to Big Problems | SIGNAL Magazine
The winner of the AFCEA DC Chapter’s shark tank competition, Bastille Networks, addresses the concern of radio frequency emissions for the Internet of radio. Mike Engle, company co-founder and vice president of business development, showed a sensor array that can be deployed in a ceiling above an area that needs to be monitored. The sensors have software-defined radios and report into a cloud-based analytics platform to provide visibility and analytics.
Everything from a set-top box on a television, to a microphone in a board room to a wireless mouse is at risk from hacking, Engle says, adding that the number of these attacks is increasing as new technology becomes available.
Source: Cyber Worries Go Beyond Wi-Fi | SIGNAL Magazine
After the success of the Defense Information Systems Agency’s bold step in 2013 to build an on-premise cloud platform called the milCloud 1.0 Cloud Service Offering based on commercial technology, the agency went for more with milCloud version 2.0, driven by extraordinary customer interest, cloud computing’s advantages and cost savings. Unlike milCloud 1.0, for which mission partners paid a monthly fee regardless of usage, version 2.0 is utility-based, and customers only pay for what they use. This allows military customers to scale usage up or down depending on operational requirements.
Also under the microscope is milCloud 2.0’s approach of combining on-premise hardware owned by CSRA, a private cloud platform and third-party public cloud services. A competing model, like Amazon Web Services Inc.’s Secret Region cloud for the U.S. intelligence community, offers cloud service by a single provider instead of multiple third-party cloud service providers.
Source: MilCloud 2.0 Rollout Reaches for the Sky | SIGNAL Magazine
Where some see challenges, others see opportunities. It sounds like a motivational poster, but that is exactly how researchers at the National Security Agency view the Internet of Things, or the IoT.
“We approach IoT a little differently than everybody else. Everybody’s talking about all the security problems. That’s certainly fair, but we look at IoT as an opportunity in terms of the security goals we can accomplish,” says George Coker, chief, Information Assurance Research Group, National Security Agency (NSA).
Source: IoT Rewards to Outweigh Risks for NSA | SIGNAL Magazine