The power of mobile devices has spawned many useful and inexpensive applications for pilots. Beyond the increasingly capable moving-map applications, however, smart people have leveraged Apple’s iPhone and iPad to deliver unexpected new products such as CloudAhoy’s flight recording and playback app.
The Gorgon Stare wide-area surveillance system has overcome early integration problems and is delivering actionable intelligence to warfighters in Afghanistan as envisaged.
ESRI UK (Hall 3 B24) is showing its Airbase Management map system here. The company specializes in geographic information systems, and it brings its expertise to the airbase management field to streamline the process and improve situational awareness for airbase managers, the company said.
Orbit Communications, the third-largest provider of satellite TV, bought at auction the software and other assets of defunct FlightTime.com and its AirCharter.com online charter brokerage. Orbit said it hasn’t decided what it will do with the software.
As part of the United Arab Emirates’ general technology drive, and in line with its move to netcentric warfare operations, a Space Reconnaissance Center has been established to receive and disseminate reconnaissance data from satellites. It is also being developed to handle downlinked information from other platforms, such as UAVs, aerostats and manned aircraft.