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recommendations which yield a hardware/software/camera combination that
maximizes performance and minimizes cost.
Our recommendations are credible because we can select products from any
vendor, giving us the widest possible range from which to choose. From
among these we select products offering the best combination of price
We have over nineteen years combined experience in scientific imaging.
This saves customers many hours of product research reading trade
magazines, sorting through data sheets, and on the phone with
We know what hardware/software/camera combinations work well together so
there are no surprises after setup; this is particularly important in
matching frame grabbers to cameras and determining software image
This guarantees compatibility among components, saves customers from
system integration headaches, and most importantly, provides one point
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License Plate Recognition for a wide
range of applications including Parking, Access Control, Logging all
vehicles & alarm when Wanted Vehicles detected.
motorists may have to replace their vehicle number plates every five
years if proposals by transport MEC Ignatius Jacobs are accepted.
A detailed draft notice by Jacobs, which was leaked to The Times
yesterday, also details how motorists in Gauteng will have to replace,
at their own cost, their existing number plates with new ones that have
added security features.
According to the draft notice, number plates will only be valid for
five years and will carry a decal indicating the year of expiry.
The new plates, with enhanced security features, would be accompanied
by a tamper-proof validation label which would have to be affixed to the
lower left side inside the rear window that would also have to be
renewed every five years.
The document reads: “A number plate validation label shall be valid
for five years from the date of issue. The fee for issue of a number
plate validation label shall be prescribed by the MEC.”
Motorists will also have to accompany applications for new labels or
plates if either are lost, stolen or destroyed, with an affidavit made
to police and an occurrence book reference number.
Currently, a basic set of plastic number plates costs about R120 to
replace, and there is no set time limit on the life of the plates.
James Swart, DA spokesman on roads, said: “This does not seem like
a few strokes on a piece of paper done over a cup of coffee. It is very
detailed. It is worrying because it is not clear if anybody in the
industry has been consulted.”
Swart wanted to know who would supply the new number plates, and if
it would not lead to a monopoly in production.
He said: “There seems to be a trend of surprise announcements by
the MEC, like when he revealed the new number plate system as a passing
reference in his budget speech.”
Alfred Nhlapo, spokesman for the Gauteng transport department, said
yesterday the new system was still in a consultative process: “We will
propose certain things, but it does not translate into any regulation
yet. A notice has not been published for public comment. There is an
internal legislative process followed first and we do not want to jump
the gun on it.”
Nhlapo denied any intended monopoly: “ We have started consulting
manufacturers. Our role is to ensure regulations and not to change the
landscape of the manufacturing industry. It is not about reducing the
number of manufacturers.”
Nhlapo said the five-year renewal period was based on international
practices researched by a team from the department.
He said that this would help the authorities to establish an audit
trial for licence plates and vehicle ownership, where motorists’
information would be updated, and it would help to combat fraud.
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DATED: 20th July 2007
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IMAGE ANALYSIS Solutions
MICROSCOPE COMPANIES AND THEIR DEALERS ARE NOT A GOOD SOURCE FOR IMAGING
Because the master
they serve is the microscope company, who puts great pressure on them to
sell branded product, which today includes digital cameras and imaging
software. The customer is better served when purchasing from a
vendor that is free to recommend the BEST products for the application.
Most microscope salespeople lack the necessary product knowledge and
experience to know what the
BEST camera and software products are.
"BOX MOVER" DISTRIBUTORS ARE NOT A GOOD SOURCE FOR IMAGING
mover” distributors will typically list every product from every vendor.
Is this useful? Does this save the customer time? No - their
message to the customer is that it's up to them to figure out what product
best suits their needs, at which time they'll be glad to take your order.
This reflects a lack of product and application knowledge that could
easily result in the customer not having all items necessary for a
complete solution, potential compatibility problems, and the risk of
spending more money than is necessary.
Another problem is that "box movers"
like to emphasize that they stock product so they can deliver quickly,
which creates a situation where they've bought product that they have to
sell. Customers need be concerned that if a "box mover" is
recommending a particular product, are they doing it because it's the best
solution for the customer's application or because of other motivations to
sell that product? Most of the products we sell have 1-2 week lead
times, and if necessary we can drop ship from the manufacturer to satisfy
We encourage you to bring any pricing
discrepancies to our attention. "Box movers" often
emphasize lower pricing to make up for their lack of product and
application expertise. Keep in mind that our digital cameras are
priced WITH needed accessories, so the price may be slightly higher - you
DON'T want to be in a situation where you need to mount your camera and
find out that the mounting block is sold separately, for example. Or
that you've ordered an interface board separately and find that it's
bundled software does not support the camera you just bought. Our
prices are competitive, and in most cases we will match competitor
EXAMPLE OF HOW OUR KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE BENEFITS OUR CUSTOMERS
our camera charts you can find three 12-bit monochrome cameras with
similar spatial resolution, yet they range in price from $1250 to $4595 to
$9950. What are the differences and which one is best for your
specific application? Don’t bother asking a microscope dealer or
“box mover” distributor.
Our product selection
strategy eliminates models that we would not recommend. Thanks to
our experience and product knowledge, we have already chosen products
which optimize price/performance, making our customer’s product
selection less intimidating.
When choosing an imaging products vendor, be sure
to consider the value of your time - our knowledge and expertise will
almost certainly save you time, and in most cases money as well because
our goal is to recommend the most cost effective solution that fits the
application requirements. We also ask that you consider the value of
our knowledge - if the information that we provide results in the
placement of an order, we can only be rewarded for our efforts by
receiving the order, even if we have to match a competitive price.
DIGITAL CAMERAS IN OUR CHARTS ARE COMPLETE PACKAGES - HERE'S WHY
All digital cameras in
our charts are complete packages including camera head, cables, power
supply, interface board, and software. Therefore, once received, you
have a complete workable solution – likely not the best you can
have, but enough to display live, capture images, and save in standard
file formats. Likewise, if you are comparing a firewire camera,
which uses an existing or inexpensive computer interface, how can you
compare it to a Camera Link model unless you know what your total cost
will be? We are happy to sell you, for example, just a Camera Link
camera, but it is more common that customers need a complete package, so
that is how we present them. Optics (lenses, microscope adapters,
etc) are a different story - it is more common for this choice to be
determined by which camera they select, the equipment they are interfacing
to, and application parameters; therefore, they are not included in
OUR IMAGING WORKSTATIONS ARE YOUR BEST OPTION
Most name brand PC's that Government
Agencies, Corporations, and Universities can buy at discount are not well
suited for digital imaging. They often cannot accommodate an imaging
plug-in board and come preloaded with programs and utilities that cause
the system to run slowly. If you have a problem, your IT support
personnel will not have the expertise to assist you, and one can only
cringe at the thought of calling the manufacturer and waiting 45 minutes
to speak to someone in India, only to have them ask "what's a (frame
grabber, microscope camera, Camera Link...)" They are
competitively priced - check for yourself (rebate scam pricing excluded).
WEB STORE BROWSING/SHOPPING TIPS
products via the product pages (Cameras, Frame Grabbers, Imaging
Software, Imaging Workstations)
Many of our products are offered at
reduced prices for those who register and receive a Login ID and
password; fill out the form on the Web Site Feedback page, choosing
an ID and password, and your Login will become active within 3-4
hours. Login is done on the lower left section of the Web
Store page. ISSUANCE OF LOGIN IDs ARE SUBJECT TO REVIEW - NO
LOGIN IDs WILL BE ISSUED FOR REGISTRATIONS WHICH INCLUDE HOTMAIL,
YAHOO, AND OTHER GENERIC E-MAIL ADDRESSES
Decide what products you want to check
discounted pricing on
Click on the Web Store link and Login
Follow the Category links -OR- use the
Store Search button, entering any word associated with the product,
then browse the results until you find the product(s) of interest
Most products include all you will need
for basic functionality, however many products have options that you
either must choose or have the option of choosing
Once you are ready to purchase, click
Buy to transfer the item to your cart, and continue shopping if you
When you have finished shopping, click Checkout under
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HIDDEN COSTS OF IMAGING SOFTWARE
Customers often wonder
– why is imaging software so expensive in the first place? The
answer lies in what economists call “economy of scale.” One can
readily see that the higher end imaging software packages that we sell are
at least as complex as popular programs such as Microsoft Word, with the
added necessity of technical components unique to image analysis and
processing. So, a greater amount of software engineering and quality
assurance are needed to bring the product to market. But while
Microsoft can expect to sell millions of copies of Word, the imaging
market is very small; if an imaging software company sold 2000 copies in a
given year, they would be quite pleased.
So, if your application demands the functionality
and power offered in one of our higher end imaging software packages,
which cost $3500 and higher, you should consider what support,
maintenance, and upgrade charges you might face in coming years. The
following chart compares costs between two of our most popular imaging
software packages, from the initial cost to expected future outlays.
It is clear that the initial decision can impact budgetary issues well
into the future!
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Privacy in 2020
Kim Zetter September
07, 2007 | 11:40:52 AM
PCs with a mandatory static IP address.
Every car outfitted with a working transponder.
A penniless marketplace where every purchase and financial
transaction is electronically tracked.
Mandatory MySpace pages that every citizen will be required
to maintain with up-to-date contact information.
These are some of the practices that Robert Gellman, a
privacy and information practices consultant in Washington, DC,
says will be commonplace in 2020. Gellman makes other
predictions about our Winston Smith future as well.
He says biometrics and other authentication systems will be a
standard feature on all computers in the next decade, requiring
individuals to identify themselves before a computer will work.
All e-mail and logs of network and search activity will be
stored permanently. And health insurance companies will soon
require policyholders to submit to food purchase monitoring in
an effort to control healthcare costs. The latter, Gellman says,
will lead to a black market in under-the-table junkfood sales.
Hmm. Might the food monitoring begin this
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|Advantages of IR -700 ultra
sensitive IR imaging system
by Editor Choice
IR-700 imaging systems are specially designed for the
applications such as which require accurate real-time analysis,
condition monitoring and thermo graphic profiling. It has got
digital storage, a unique electric optical zoom and the
comfortableness it has got with the modern analysis software makes
the device a very valuable device as an analysis tool. It is
knowingly an ideal tool for dynamic thermal analysis of our PCB
designs. The features of IR-700 thermal imaging system are it has
got a color thermal imaging, easy digital image storage, real time
thermal analysis and a compatible with a wide variety of thermal
software package. The device is lightweight, battery powered and
field proven. Built-in high speed measurement modes make it easy
to measure temperatures quickly and accurately
This device combines high resolution color or black & white
thermal infrared images, along with precision radiometric
temperature measurement display and high thermal sensitivity. Also
included are thermal imaging, archival, and analytical system. The
system has an array of onboard user functions, along with a built
in 3.5" floppy diskette drive for digital image storage. It
also has an LCD screen which offers onboard viewing of images and
data, along with which a built in video output port allows the IR
700 to be easily connected to any TV set, projector, PC or
monitor. We can optically zoom the image simply by a push of a
button as the camera provides onboard Optical Continuous Field of
View (CFOV). It also offers high robust infrared imagery without
the loss of resolution or interchanging expensive IR lenses for
The applications are very wide ranged, such as PCB ~ Circuit board
and micro-mini component profiling, Electrical & mechanical
Predictive / Preventive maintenance, Product research &
development, Medical / Holistic thermal infrared imaging, and
Surveillance and security at no light night time environments. It
is most suitable for dynamic thermal imaging and post image
analysis as it has variety of tools and features which are meant
for post image analysis. It has got a High Spatial Resolution
Image, High Speed Patented Galvanometer Driven Scan System,
Interchangeable Lenses, and Long wave (8-12 µm) sensitivity. It
has also got an 8 bit analog to digital convertor, 250 color
palettes, Back-lit rubber membrane keyboard, Metal enclosures, and
an embedded 3.5" 1.44Mb HD Floppy Disk Drive. The
Man-portability vest, System Transporter Cart, Rugged mechanical
design, and Micro-cooler Standby mode makes the device portable.
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Speeding data recording and analysis helps trap high-tech criminals
Widespread use of information technology (IT) has inevitably resulted
in an escalating prevalence of computer crime – from fraud to child
This has led to an increasing demand from law-enforcement agencies for
digital forensic tools to provide evidence that will trap the criminals
involved and will stand up in court.
The EUREKA E! 3664 IT FORENSIC project has led to the development of
the world’s fastest hardware-based forensic system able to copy and
protect digital evidence in computer crime cases. The new instrument is
already attracting interest from security agencies, police forces, finance
and tax authorities and accountancy organisations on both sides of the
Atlantic. Security applications will result in a safer Europe and the
containment of economic crime will enable Europe to be more competitive.
Project leader MH-Services identified the problem of slow computer
evidence acceptance through discussions with the German federal and
district criminal service. A particular need is to copy and analyse vast
amounts of data very quickly in a write-protected manner to uncover the
crime and provide legally credible evidence.
“We did not have all the know-how necessary,” explains Martin Hermann,
general director of MH-services. “Cooperation within a EUREKA project
provided new partners that enabled new knowledge to be developed. We can
now copy 10 GB of secured evidence in just five minutes, compared with 30
to 60 minutes using alternative equipment.”
The goal was to develop a PC-based forensic system that could read all
types of memory technology and provide a mirror image of the data on any
type of hard disk, sector by sector, using hardware-based writing
protection to avoid any possibility of falsifying data while copying.
Existing techniques for write protection have relied on software
approaches, making them unusable in court.
“EUREKA helped us in obtaining the finance for our project, allowing it
to get of the ground. It also provided great help concerning marketing and
customer contact,” adds Hermann. “The cooperation led to success and
we are already planning a further project with our partners.”
Close cooperation with a computer hardware company in Germany for writer
blocker components and a forensic software specialist in Switzerland in a
EUREKA project has already led to the development of the TreCorder. This
rugged forensic PC is able to image or clone up to three hard disks
simultaneously, rapidly and securely. It not only provides a complete
mirror image of the hard disk and system memory – including deleted and
reformatted date – but also eliminates any possibility of falsification
in the process.
Aug 30, 2007 @ 10:50 PM
By ROCCO LaDUCA
Utica (NY) Observer-Dispatch
First came the radar gun for police road patrols.
Then came the ability to transmit the driver’s background
information by a vehicle-mounted computer.
Now, the newest tool allows officers to scan a motorist’s
license plate to check for suspended or revoked registrations,
arrest warrants and stolen cars.
Known as the Mobile Plate Hunter 900, the device
already is being used by area agencies, including Utica, New
Hartford sheriff’s deputies and the state police.
The recognition device, which reads a vehicle’s license plate
via a scanning camera, has proven to be an efficient and
nonintrusive tool that lets police monitor hundreds of vehicles
everyday while officers continue to go about their normal patrol
duties, officials agree.
It not only is beneficial for daily routine patrols, but
also was used in a local murder case last November.
When Scott Herman had just brutally murdered his 82-year-old
grandmother in Rome, state police pondered whether the known
reclusive suspect may attempt to flee the area in a stolen car.
“When people are desperate, they do desperate things, and
stealing a car is definitely a desperate thing,” state police
Capt. Frank Coots said.
While the device did not lead police to Herman, Coots said such
an example highlights the potential this technology offers local law
“This is another example of technology as a work-force
multiplier in law enforcement by allowing our officers to be much
more efficient in getting bad people and bad drivers off the
road,” New Hartford police Chief Raymond Philo said.
But such efficiency comes at the expense of every motorist’s
civil right to avoid police surveillance unless a law has been
violated, officials with the New York Civil Liberties Union argue.
“Police really should be in the business of investigating
crimes, not tracking law-abiding citizens,” said Barrie Gewanter,
executive director of the Central New York Chapter of the New York
Civil Liberties Union.
“When we are driving and we are always having our licenses
plates examined, then everybody on the road is being treated as a
suspect,” she said.
How it works
Police officials acknowledge the license plate recognition device
– like each new technology in law enforcement – comes with its
own potential for legal issues, such as Gewanter’s concern.
But the way a mobile license plate reader, also called an LPR, is
used takes every precaution to avoid violating someone’s rights,
As New Hartford police Officer Matt Sica drove up Oneida Street
last week, the two LPR cameras mounted atop his patrol vehicle
simultaneously scanned roughly 150 passing license plates in about
15 minutes. While Sica paid attention to his surroundings, the LPR
would beep every time it photographed a passing car’s license
The LPR then interpreted the letters and numbers of the license
plate while comparing it to a “hot list” database compiled by
the state Department of Motor Vehicles and state Division of
Criminal Justice Services. If the LPR detected a revoked license or
stolen vehicle, for example, the device would sound a specific
It would then be up to that officer to determine if the LPR
accurately detected a possible violation and whether further
investigation or an arrest was necessary, officials explained. In
some cases, the LPR would misread the license plate, and in other
cases it may not be possible to locate the matching vehicle amidst
heavy traffic, they said.
“The human factor is always going to be an important component
of law enforcement,” New Hartford police Lt. Timothy O’Neill
An LPR can scan roughly 1,000 license plates an hour, officials
said, and that helps detect plenty of issues that officers may not
particularly be aware of, officials said.
While the LPR can be used to target vehicles linked to specific
individuals, such as suspected terrorists or kidnappers identified
during Amber Alerts, the device’s overall use has much broader
impact, officials said.
Particularly when it comes to people driving either with a
suspended or revoked license or without insurance, officials said.
“You don’t know the aggravation you have to go through until
your vehicle is hit by an uninsured driver,” Philo said.
“We’ve got to get those people off the road.”
According to Utica police, their LPR scanned about 400 license
plates and detected 19 suspended or revoked registrations between
January and March. A stolen vehicle and a stolen license plate were
recovered, and eight people wanted on arrest warrants were located,
The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office has been just as successful
using the device, which each agency has received through a grant
issued by the state Division of Criminal Justice Services.
More than 100,000 plates were scanned by the sheriff patrol’s
LPR during the first six months of this year, resulting in 143
suspended or revoked registrations being located and 40 arrests,
including four people wanted on warrants and two drunken driving
suspects, Undersheriff M. Peter Paravati said.
“It would take our work force days and days to read 1,200 to
1,300 license plates if that’s all they did, so it’s like having
the value of one to two more deputies per day,” Paravati said.
“And when you get a hit, it could potentially lead you beyond
vehicle and traffic violations to more serious crimes quickly and
In New Hartford, as well, police have charged people with drunken
driving and marijuana possession this summer after the
department’s LPR detected them driving without insurance.
The shadow of ‘Big Brother’
Nevertheless, civil liberties experts still believe license plate
recognition technology is taking “proactive policing” too far.
Gewanter of the New York Civil Liberties Union recently voiced
two particular points of concern:
— Every photographed image is kept in a database for possible
reference at a later date, perhaps to determine if a particular
vehicle has previously passed through an area.
“Just because we have greater technology and more capacity
doesn’t mean the police need to use it to create databases of
everybody driving on the road,” Gewanter said.
Putting the concern of uninsured drivers in perspective, she
added, “Just because there’s a problem is not a justification
for Big Brother to be watching everybody’s car on every road at
—There’s no guarantee the person driving the vehicle is
responsible for whatever wrongdoing that may be detected by the LPR.
“Spotting a license plate is not equivalent to spotting a
criminal,” she said.
Police officials, however, agree that LPRs are merely a more
technologically-advanced version of an old-fashion road block, only
They also note the device only detects vehicles that are already
presumed to be operating under some legal violation.
“This is as little evasive as possible,” state police Capt.
Coots said. “We’re not stopping anyone, we’re not detaining
anyone. We’re only doing what is easily observable anyway.”
Then Coots added: “A lot of people forget that operating a
motor vehicle in New York state is a privilege, as opposed to a
right. We respect people’s privacy, but we also have an obligation
to detect and deter crimes, and this is just another tool to do
By ANDREW CHUTER, LONDON
AgustaWestland helicopter boss Alan Johnston is set to become the
chief executive of the British naval shipbuilding joint venture
announced by BAE Systems and the VT Group in late July.
The appointment has yet to be officially announced, but a spokesman
for the two naval shipbuilders confirmed the move Aug. 2.
“We will announce further details about the JV [joint venture] in
due course,” said the spokesman.
Further managerial appointments are expected over the next few
weeks. Sir John Parker, the ex-Harland & Wolff and British
Shipbuilders senior director, is tipped to take the post of
Johnston has already resigned his position as the head of military
programs and the managing director of U.K. operations at the
Italian-owned helicopter manufacturer.
Graham Cole, AgustaWestland’s senior vice president for external
affairs, will temporarily take over Johnston’s posts until a
successor is named.
Johnston has wide experience in naval shipbuilding. He worked in the
British and South African naval industries before joining what was
then GKN Westland Helicopters in 1995. His final posting was
submarine construction director at nuclear submarine builder VSEL in
Barrow, subsequently acquired by BAE. The nuclear submarine
operation is not part of the merger plan.
Guy Griffith, the former chief operating officer of MBDA and the man
originally earmarked for the job as chief executive of the merged
operation, is to stay at BAE, where he arrived earlier this year as
the boss of the company’s Integrated System Technologies business.
Industry insiders said he had been parked in the post whilst the
merger details were resolved.
The two shipbuilding companies announced July 25 they would merge
their surface-ship operations into a single, 50/50-owned company.
The deal, which remains subject to approval, brings together two BAE
yards on the River Clyde in Scotland and the VT yard at Portsmouth
in southern England in what will be Britain’s sole surface warship
building company of any consequence.
Rome, Italy - Other Finmeccanica companies involved in the aircraft
production are Selex Communications and Selex Sensors & Airborne
(WAPA) - “The first of the five block 5 Eurofighter Typhoons for
the Italian Air Force has entered into service.
The five block 5 Eurofighters, whose configuration represents a
further progress in terms of functionality and operational
capability, will complete, during 2007, the deliveries of the 29
aircraft of the tranche 1 production, envisaged for the Italian Air
The Typhoon, in this new version, not only represents the final
standard of the tranche 1, but also offers the same features of the
initial configuration of the second production batch, whose
deliveries are planned starting from 2008. Furthermore the block 5
configuration is the reference for the updating of all aircraft
delivered to AMI to date. Currently two aircraft are undergoing
retrofit at Alenia Aeronautica’s Caselle plant and the first
aircraft will be delivered to AMI during the first quarter of 2008.
The block 5 Typhoons are the first to be equipped with ‘Pirate’,
a search and track system made by a consortium of companies led by
Galileo Avionica, a Finmeccanica company. The Pirate (Passive
Infra-Red Airborne Tracking Equipment) combines the functions of the
FLIR infra-red system (Forward Looking Infra-Red) and of the IRST
system (Infra Red Search and Track), able to search, detect and
track potential targets. The system operates in a passive mode,
without emitting signals which might reveal the aircraft’s
Also, the block 5 version includes the installation of a ILS
(Instrumental Landing System) for all visibility conditions landings
and an integrated training system in the aircraft cockpit (Enhanced
Weapon Training Facilities), which allows the simulation of the
presence of external loads on the aircraft both for air-to-air and
The new version also leads to an improvement of the aircraft
manoeuvrability, thanks to the possibility of using 100% of the
capabilities of the Typhoon’s digital flight control system and to
the extension of the flight envelope up to 9 g at subsonic speed and
up to 7 g for the supersonic speed.
Some of the main characteristics brought by block 5 standard
includes a more evolved integration of the new-generation air-to-air
ASRAAM missile; the capability of the aircraft radar to operate also
in the air-to-ground function and the possibility – though not
contemplated for the aircraft in service with ItAF – of using
air-to-ground systems like GBU-10, GBU-16 and Paweway II, thus
allowing the Typhoons to play, within the same mission, both
air-to-air and air-to-ground roles, and this is a unique
characteristic of the Eurofighter within the world scenario for
new-generation defence aircraft.
Other Finmeccanica companies involved in the block 5 aircraft
production are Selex Communications and Selex Sensors & Airborne
Washington, USA - Gears and super-technologies as security
(WAPA) - In 2005 the consortium consisting of Lockheed Martin and
AgustaWestland (a Finmeccanica company) awarded the tender for 23
VH-71 Kestrel special helicopters destined to US presidential fleet.
The “Marine One” looks like an Air Force One in miniature. The
Pentagon and the White House have illustrated to the builders a
series of requests: “Secret gadgets”, gears and state-of-the-art
technologies to install aboard of helicopters, as
video-surveillance, wide-band connections and several high-tech
These requests have caused the slowdown of the programme and the
increase of the realization costs. The total cost of the project is
now more than USD 7 billion (as regards to previous USD 6.1
billion), and provoking at the same time some doubts on the real
usefulness of these additional works.
According to Pentagon, the new gears are due to the requirements of
security after the terrorist attempts of September 11th, 2001.
For the builders it is a race against time: the first five
specimens, not equipped with the technologies requested by the
Pentagon, must be delivered by October 2009. Only in 2015 these
helicopters will be replaced with a new super-technological fleet. (Avionews)
Technical Card - VH-71 Kestrel
Marine One VH-71 Kestrel of Lockheed Martin-AgustaWestland
Height: 6.65 m
Length: 22.81 m
Rotor diameter: 18.59 m
Empty: 10,500 kg
Max T/O: 15,600 kg
Payload: 5,443 kg
Max speed: 309 km/h
Range: 1389 km
Service ceiling: 4575 m
(WAPA) - Selex Sistemi Integrati, subsidiary of Finmecanica, has
signed a contract with Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority
(TTCAA) for the realization of a control centre for the air traffic
management. The contract is valued at USD 18.5 million.
Within four months from the contract effectiveness is provided the
supply of a temporary system.
The definitive centre will be equipped with 27 workstations for air
traffic controllers and is destined to the airport of Trinidad,
which will be integrated with data coming from the radars of
Martinique, Guadalupe and Barbados, equipped with oceanic route
The terms of the contract also provide for two radars and four
workstations to be deployed in the control towers of the national
airports, one simulator, radio systems for the communication between
the area control centre and the airplanes, equipment for radar data
presentation. Selex SI will also guarantee assistance for seven
Rome, Italy - On board NASA mission Phoenix
“The launch of the mission Phoenix is scheduled for the first week
of August from the American base of Cape Canaveral. In May 2008, the
NASA probe will land near the southern pole of the planet. Phoenix
has two main goals: 1) the assess and study of water presence, key
aspect to unveil the history of the ancient climatic changes and 2)
the search of traces that could lead to an environment with life.
Galileo Avionica, a Finmeccanica Company, is present on board
Phoenix mission with 2 units of the Autonomous Star Tracker (A-STR),
the outcome of over 20 years of experience of the company in the
field of design and production of star sensors, both for space
observation and for interplanetary probes.
Galileo Avionica Attitude Sensors are one of the most successful
product line, for which the company is acknowledged as an European
and global leader.
Up to today, Galileo Avionica has produced over 350 units of
Stellar, Earth and Solar sensors both for institutional markets and
also for ‘Open’ ones, with more than 50% of the revenues earned
in the commercial sector.
The Autonomous Star Tracker of Galileo Avionica was developed to be
used on board Rosetta mission, launched in January 2003 towards the
comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko’s. Later, the A-STR was adopted by
the ESA (European Space Agency) also for the missions: Mars Express,
Venus Express (in addition to the Herschel/Planck and to GAIA, which
are still to be launched), the Cassini interplanetary probe of JPL
and for many other NASA and commercial satellites.
The Star Tracker primary function is to measure, with very high
position accuracy, the stellar maps present in its filed of view.
Thanks to the stellar map stored in the A-STR software (over 3200
stars of magnitude up to 6.3 Mv), the star tracker delivers the
attitude data (quaternions) of the probe during the entire mission
life . If the probe was to lose its path, the A-STR would search
automatically the new position and provide to the computer the
information to place the probe back on its original path.
In the framework of the activities carried out for NASA, the
autonomous star trackers A-STR have been already selected for many
mission (Messenger, Stereo, Pluto Kuiper Belt, etc.) among which the
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, also in orbit over Mars from August
2006, searching for water. The selection of the same stellar sensor
for various missions reinforces Galileo Avionica worldwide leading
position in this sector”. (Avionews)
United Press International
by Staff Writers
Cannes, France (UPI)
The European Space Agency has asked Cannes, France, satellite
manufacturer Thales Alenia Space to quote a price on the
construction of a Mars rover. The French-Italian satellite company
announced it will convene a meeting of its major contractors next
week to discuss the rover, which the ESA is planning to send to Mars
in 2013, the BBC reported Thursday.
ESA delegations approved the general outline of the ExoMars rover
concept in June and industrial workers are now facing a period of
refinement and testing for the details of the concept. The vehicle,
which is designed to travel over the surface of the red planet in
search of past or present life, will be outfitted with a series of
“We now have a deadline of 8 October for delivery of the full
committing proposal from industry,” said Vincenzo Giorgio at
Thales Alenia Space, the lead industrial partner on the ExoMars
“This is a challenge not only because there is August — normally
a holiday all over Europe — but also because two months is a major
challenge anyway to make a full blown proposal,” he said.