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2 mai 2018 3 02 /05 /mai /2018 11:35
Collaboration dans le domaine de la recherche pour le futur sous-marin australien

 

Sydney, Australie, 2 mai 2018 – CP Thales Group

 

La collaboration entre l’Australie et la France dans le domaine des technologies de pointe appliquées aux sonars et à la robotique navale va se renforcer, grâce à l’accord de recherche annoncé aujourd’hui à Sydney, à l’occasion de la visite du président Emmanuel Macron en Australie. Le protocole d’accord conclu entre l’Université Flinders (Adélaïde, Australie méridionale), l’ENSTA Bretagne (Brest) et Thales est destiné à renforcer et élargir les liens qui existent déjà entre l’Australie et la France dans le domaine de la recherche, afin de contribuer au programme des futur sous-marins australiens.

 

Pour Chris Jenkins, Dicteur général de Thales en Australie, la visite officielle du président français a été l’occasion de souligner la solidité de la relation stratégique qui unit Thales et la France, relation qui s’appuie sur des instruments comme le protocole d’accord de recherche annoncé aujourd’hui.

« Il s’agit d’attirer les meilleurs talents d’Australie comme de France pour travailler sur le futur programme de sous-marin australien et, ce faisant, de doter l’Australie de capacités exceptionnelles. Le protocole d’accord crée un cadre durable pour la collaboration dans le domaine de la robotique navale destinée aux sous-marins et aux sonars de navires de surface. Il permettra, en particulier, une mise en commun des installations d’essais, la création de programmes d’échanges et le développement de projets de recherche conjoints .Il s’appuie sur la relation déjà solide qui unit Thales et l’Université Flinders en Australie, ainsi que l’ENSTA Bretagne et les activités de lutte sous la mer à Brest, France. »

 

Alexis Morel, Vice-Président en charge des activités de lutte sous mer rapporte que les discussions avec l’Université Flinders et l’ENSTA Bretagne ont déjà permis de dégager deux sujets de collaboration scientifique : la conception d’un démonstrateur pour la connexion automatique des liaisons électro-optiques en milieu marin, et le développement d’USV (véhicules autonomes de surface) pour tester les algorithmes d’autonomie sur des essaims de robots en mer.

« Cette collaboration renforcera les capacités de l’Australie, offrira aux étudiants de l’Université Flinders des possibilités de stage en France et contribuera à l’élaboration de solutions de conception pour le futur programme de sous-marins. »

 

Le professeur Colin Stirling, président de l’Université Flinders, se dit ravi de ce partenariat avec les équipes de Thales basées en Australie et en France. « Ce protocole d’accord ouvre des perspectives de collaboration encore plus étroite avec les laboratoires de recherche de Thales. Il fait suite à l’annonce récente selon laquelle l’Université Flinders sera l’un des partenaires académiques de Thales en Australie, dans le cadre du nouveau CRC (Co-operative Research Centre) de défense sur les systèmes autonomes sécurisés. »

 

Le Directeur de l’ENSTA Bretagne, Pascal Pinot, a souligné que ce protocole d’accord serait le point de départ à tout projet de recherche entre l’Université Flinders, Thales et l’ENSTA Bretagne, permettant ainsi de renforcer la coopération entre les ministères de la défense français et australien.

« Le MoU a été préparé dans le but de diriger des travaux d’études à court terme, en particulier dans le domaine de la recherche sous-marine. Il se base sur les compétences des trois partenaires dans le cadre d’une coopération franco-australienne qui se renforce en matière de défense. »

 

A propos de Thales Ceux qui font avancer le monde s’appuient sur Thales. Nous sommes aux côtés de ceux qui ont de grandes ambitions : rendre le monde meilleur et plus sûr. Riches de la diversité de leurs expertises, de leurs talents, de leurs cultures, nos équipes d’architectes conçoivent un éventail unique de solutions technologiques d’exception, qui rendent demain possible dès aujourd’hui. Du fond des océans aux profondeurs du cosmos ou du cyberespace, nous aidons nos clients à maîtriser des environnements toujours plus complexes pour prendre des décisions rapides, efficaces, à chaque moment décisif. Fort de 65 000 collaborateurs dans 56 pays, Thales a réalisé en 2017 un chiffre d’affaires de 15,8 milliards d’euros.

 

À propos de l’Université Flinders

Jouissant d’une solide réputation pour ses capacités d’innovation scientifique et l’excellence de son enseignement, l’Université Flinders est membre du réseau Innovative Research Universities. À la fois ouverte sur le monde et investie au niveau local, elle emploie quelque 2 700 personnes et compte 25 000 étudiants, dont environ 4 000 étudiants originaires de plus de 100 pays. Ses travaux de recherche ont été en quasi-totalité (90 %) jugés supérieurs ou égaux aux standards mondiaux par Excellence in Research for Australia. Ses points forts sont notamment la défense, l’ingénierie, la science et la technologie moléculaires, l’eau et l’environnement. Son campus d’innovation high-tech abrite le 4.0 Future Factory TMI Hub, ainsi que le Flinders New Venture Institute, l’un des établissements phares de formation dans le domaine de l’entrepreneuriat.

 

À propos de l’ENSTA Bretagne

La grande école d’ingénieurs pour l’innovation dans le secteur maritime, la défense et les entreprises de haute technologie. Sur son campus brestois, ENSTA Bretagne rassemble une école d’ingénieurs et un centre de recherche pluridisciplinaires. L’établissement public accueille près de 1000 étudiants, de bac+3 à bac+8, dont 110 doctorants et 20% d’étudiants internationaux. ENSTA Bretagne forme des ingénieurs généralistes et des chargés d’expertise, capables d'assurer, dans un environnement international, la conception et la réalisation de systèmes industriels complexes, de conduire des recherches, de manager des projets technologiques et de créer leur entreprise. Sous tutelle de la Direction générale de l’armement (DGA), ENSTA Bretagne forme notamment les ingénieurs pour l’armement (20% des étudiants). En formation d’ingénieurs, masters et mastères spécialisés, ENSTA Bretagne couvre 10 domaines d’expertise phare : Hydrographie & océanographie, Systèmes numériques et sécurité, Robotique, Systèmes d’observation et intelligence artificielle, Systèmes embarqués, Architecture navale et offshore, Energies Marines Renouvelables, Architecture de véhicules / modélisation, Systèmes pyrotechniques, Sciences de l’entreprise.

Les programmes de recherche sont tournés vers les applications industrielles, civiles et militaires, au travers de collaborations étroites avec l’industrie et en qualité d’acteur important de 3 laboratoires nationaux : l’Institut de recherche Dupuy de Lôme (en sciences et technologies de la mécanique et des matériaux), le laboratoire Lab-STICC (en sciences et technologies de l’information, de la communication et de la connaissance), le Centre de recherche sur la formation (en sciences humaines sur les questions de formation et professionnalisation des ingénieurs).

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2 mai 2018 3 02 /05 /mai /2018 11:35
Australia’s Future Submarine to Benefit from Research Collaboration

 

Sydney, Australia, 2 May 2018 – source Thales Group

 

Deeper collaboration between Australia and France in advanced sonar and naval robotics technology will flow from a research agreement announced in Sydney today during the visit of French President Emmanuel Macron.

 

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Flinders University in South Australia, ENSTA Bretagne – a leading Graduate and Post-Graduate Engineering School and Research Institute in Brest, France, and Thales will deepen and extend well established research linkages between Australia and France in order to contribute to the future submarine program in Australia.

 

Thales Australia CEO Chris Jenkins said the President’s official visit was an opportunity to highlight the strength of the strategic relationship between Thales and France, a relationship underpinned by linkages like the research MOU announced today. “This is all about attracting the best and brightest in both Australia and France to work on the challenges of the future submarine program, ensuring Australia gets the best capability. The MOU provides a long term framework for collaboration in naval robotics applicable to both submarine and surface ship sonars, including opportunities to share testing facilities, operate exchange programs and facilitate joint research projects. It builds on an already strong relationship between Thales and Flinders University in Australia as well as between ENSTA Bretagne and Thales in Brest, France.

 

Alexis Morel, Vice-President Underwater Systems at Thales, said discussions with Flinders University and ENSTA Bretagne had already identified two topics for research collaboration – one to design a demonstrator for the automatic connection of electro-optical links in a maritime environment and secondly for the development of USV test vehicles suitable to test autonomy algorithms on robotic swarms at sea. “This collaboration will build Australian capability, provide internships for both undergraduate and post-graduate Flinders University students in France and contribute to design solutions for the future submarine program.

 

Flinders University Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Stirling said the University was delighted to be partnering with Thales teams based in Australia and in France. “This MOU will open up great opportunities for closer collaboration with Thales research laboratories and follows the recent announcement that Flinders University will be one of Thales Australia’s academic partners in the new Defence Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) for Trusted Autonomous Systems.”

 

ENSTA Bretagne Director Pascal Pinot stressed the fact that the MoU was a necessary base to start new Research projects between Flinders University, Thales and ENSTA Bretagne which would in turn reinforce the cooperation between the Defence ministries of the two countries. “The MoU was built in order to lead to tangible Research work between us in the short term particularly in the field of underwater Robotics. It builds on the strength of all three participants in the framework of the increasing bilateral defence cooperation”.

 

About Thales

The people we all rely on to make the world go round – they rely on Thales. Our customers come to us with big ambitions: to make life better, to keep us safer. Combining a unique diversity of expertise, talents and cultures, our architects design and deliver extraordinary high technology solutions. Solutions that make tomorrow possible, today. From the bottom of the oceans to the depth of space and cyberspace, we help our customers think smarter and act faster - mastering ever greater complexity and every decisive moment along the way. With 65,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €15.8 billion in 2017.

 

About Flinders University

With a well-earned reputation for innovative research and excellence in teaching and learning, Flinders University is a member of the Innovative Research Universities network. Globally focussed and locally engaged, Flinders has some 2,700 staff and 25,000 students, including some 4,000 international students from more than 100 countries. 90% of Flinders University’s research has been ranked at or above world standard by Excellence in Research for Australia. Research strengths include defence, engineering, molecular science and technology, and water and environment. Our high-tech innovation campus is home to the industry 4.0 Future Factory TMI Hub, and the Flinders New Venture Institute, a leader in entrepreneurship programs.

 

About ENSTA Bretagne

ENSTA Bretagne is a French Multidisciplinary Graduate and Post-Graduate Engineering School and Research Institute, under tutelage of the Ministry of the Armed Forces. The ENSTA Bretagne campus in Brest has nearly 1000 Students, including 110 PhD Students and 850 MSc Students. ENSTA Bretagne aims to produce Engineers capable of mastering the design of complex, industrial systems in an international environment, required by civil industries and the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA). 20% of the students are military Engineers with officer status. The excellence of ENSTA Bretagne is appreciable through its privileged links with the most innovative sectors: Maritime, Defense and technological industries with high added value (i.e. Space and Aeronautics, IT, Energy, Automotive). ENSTA Bretagne is renowned for its specialized courses in Maritime Engineering, IT, Mechanics and Project Management, such as: Naval architecture, Robotics, Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, Hydrography (cat. A), Software & Cyber-security, Embedded Systems & AI, Signal Processing, Pyrotechnics, Modeling and related areas.

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16 septembre 2015 3 16 /09 /septembre /2015 11:50
SME Showcase at DSEI 2015

 

16 September 2015, Centre for Defence Enterprise, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and Ministry of Defence

 

The Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) will showcase some of the best research ideas it's funded, delivered by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

 

At DSEI 2015, 10 SMEs who have been successful through CDE funding competitions will present their work in 5-minute pitches. Time for networking will follow.

This session will take place on Thursday 17 September 2015, 12pm to 2pm in the West Theatre, Unmanned Zone. Find out more.

It will include an introduction to CDE opportunities, before hearing first hand from the 10 SMEs about their companies and their innovations.

The session will be very useful for those with an interest in innovative defence research and to meet up-and-coming SMEs who have been funded as part of the CDE supply chain.

The companies exhibiting for CDE are listed below. The innovation summaries link to a case study from each organisation.

 

Company

Innovation summary

Autonomous Devices

Improvised robotic devices

Folium Optics

Adaptive camouflage technology

IQHQ

High-resilience radio communication receivers

Kaon

Use of plasmonic meta materials in lenses

Metrarc

Deriving secure encryption keys from the properties of digital systems

Mobbu

Secure mobile communications software

The Technology Partnership (TTP)

Sensing solution for SONAR applications

Thinking Safe

Insider threat detection

Trauma Simulation

Realistic trauma simulation

Voicekey

On-device, voice biometric mobile identity management solution

Presentations from the companies will be also be published after the event via the links above.

 

About CDE

CDE funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research. We work with the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to develop cost-effective capabilities for UK armed forces and national security.

CDE is part of Dstl.

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31 juillet 2015 5 31 /07 /juillet /2015 07:20
The Ikhana UAS - photo NASA

The Ikhana UAS - photo NASA

 

Jul 22, 2015 by Krishnan Haridasan for SatCom Frontier (SPX)

 

Bethesda MD - The use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) is rising rapidly worldwide. Long known only for their military applications, UAS are increasingly being deployed by civilian governments for use in scientific research, climate change research, and humanitarian relief operations.

 

As detailed in a recent article from Northern Sky Research, the number of UAS dedicated to civilian applications is expected to triple by 2023. The U.S. leads the world in civilian government use of UAS. For example, NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center operates a Northrop Grumman Global Hawk for high-altitude, long-duration Earth science missions. The Global Hawk has contributed greatly to NASA's study of climate change due to its unique ability to operate in the upper stratosphere.

 

NASA's Science Mission Directorate has teamed with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Department of Energy to use the Global Hawk for Earth observation research. Initial operational capability for Global Hawk science missions began in 2010.

 

A portable ground control station is functioning and has supported operations originating outside the continental United States. A permanent ground control station located at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia, was used to support the Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel multi-year study from 2012 - 2014 over the Atlantic Ocean. Future hurricane studies in partnership with NOAA are planned in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans using the Global Hawk.

 

As detailed in Fast Company magazine, NASA also uses a General Atomics Predator UAS christened Ikhana, to track forest fires and also to test tracking technology that will eventually allow UAS to share the skies with conventional aircraft.

 

The ability of UAS to autonomously fly long distances, remain aloft for extended periods of time, and carry large payloads brings a new capability to the science community. The unmanned vehicles are effective for measuring, monitoring and observing remote locations of Earth not feasible or practical with piloted aircraft, most other robotic or remotely operated aircraft, or space satellites. The use of UAS to facilitate communications to underserved regions around the world is also anticipated to be a strong growth area.

 

According to NSR: "The use of UAS for communication relay is well understood, and architectural studies have been conducted for integrating stratospheric UAS with LEO and GEO communication satellites for localized high quality service. Despite none of these studies leading to implementation, the announcements and investment by Internet companies such as Facebook and Google in High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) UAS for data connectivity globally has generated renewed interest in this concept."

 

Clearly UAS are incredibly versatile machines that deliver benefits far beyond their use in national defense. As their civilian government and commercial use continues to expand, they will improve the lives of millions of people around the globe.

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25 juin 2015 4 25 /06 /juin /2015 11:50
High-level Group of Personalities on defence research issues statement


Brussels - 18 June, 2015 European Defence Agency
 

The European Commission has recently set up a high level group of politicians, academics, think tankers and CEOs from research technology organisations and defence industry to advise on how the EU can support defence research programmes relevant to the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).

 

Working on a tasking from the December 2013 European Council, the European Defence Agency is bringing its expertise to this work strand through the organisation of workshops with the Commission and the discussion of modalities related to the future Pilot Project on CSDP Research.

The High-level Group is chaired by Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska and supported by the High Representative, Commission Vice-President and Head of the European Defence Agency Federica Mogherini – who has been represented by EDA Chief Executive Jorge Domecq in the Group of Personalities. It is expected to make recommendations for a long-term vision for EU-funded CSDP-related defence research in support of European defence cooperation.

While the Group will report in full in early 2016, it offers now the following considerations as a preliminary contribution in the run up to the June 2015 European Council.

 

Official Statement by the Group of Personalities on defence research

 

The EU's security role and the need for a strong EDTIB

To ensure its long-term security, the EU and its Member States need political will and determination underpinned by a broad set of relevant instruments, including strong and modern military capabilities. These will enable the EU to live up to its responsibilities as a security provider and to be a relevant and reliable partner at global level. Investing today in future-oriented defence research programmes is crucial to developing the capabilities that will be required tomorrow.

It is widely recognised that Europe needs to retain robust military capabilities in its Member States, which, however, can no longer afford to sustain a full range of defence industrial assets on a purely national basis. Years of defence spending cuts by EU countries risk producing a net loss of combined military and industrial capabilities. And while defence-related research is pivotal in maintaining the technological edge that ensures military advantage, European investment in defence R&D has declined by more than 29 % since 2006 – and by more than 27 % in R&T.

The European defence industry needs therefore to become more integrated and more sustainable in order to maintain critical mass and global competitiveness, to remain an equal and attractive partner internationally, and to generate the key defence technologies needed to ensure Europe’s long-term operational autonomy. A common understanding of the capability-driven research areas that should be developed cooperatively - and of the ways to identify and select them - will be required, taking into account all existing processes at EU level.

The role of future collaborative programmes in addressing capability gaps

Cooperative defence research programmes will clearly be essential for sustaining and fostering key military capabilities in Europe and addressing well-known shortfalls. Currently, however, only 8% of national defence budgets are spent on collaborative projects.

The Preparatory Action and its follow-on programme can contribute significantly to the development of crucial military capabilities for Europe and help ensure the sustainability and competitiveness of the European defence industrial sector - from prime contractor level through to SMEs - thus also underpinning the Union’s long-term security.

The Preparatory Action should therefore pave the way to a substantial and ambitious CSDP-related defence research programme in the next EU multi-annual funding framework, thus making a quantitative and qualitative difference to the current situation and demonstrating the added value of a permanent EU scheme.

 

Key principles for EU-funded CSDP-related defence research

The future research programme must be clearly defence-oriented, coherent with and complementary to existing national defence research efforts, and must take fully into account the unique aspects of the defence sector in its governance principles and modalities.

It must help address specific capability needs stemming from the evolving security environment, avoid duplications, and catalyse collaborative research efforts.

The Preparatory Action needs to properly test the effectiveness and relevance of EU-funded defence research and the appropriateness of the proposed governance model. As such, it should be endowed with appropriate and credible means – preferably up to the maximum budget allowed by the legal framework.

 

Members

  • Fernando Abril-Martorell, CEO Indra;
  • Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs;
  • Antoine Bouvier, CEO MBDA;
  • Håkan Buskhe, CEO of Saab;
  • Paul de Krom, former secretary of State for Social Affairs and Employment, President and CEO of TNO, a Dutch organization of applied scientific research
  • Tom Enders, CEO Airbus Group;
  • Michael Gahler, MEP, EP rapporteur for Commission's communication on defence;
  • Elisabeth Guigou, President of the Foreign Affairs Commission in l'Assamblée Nationale, former Minister of European Affairs, of Justice and of Employment;
  • Ian King, Chief Executive BAE Systems;
  • Bogdan Klich, former Minister of Defence, member of Polish Senate;
  • Mauro Moretti, CEO Finmeccanica;
  • Reimund Neugebauer, President of the "Frauenhofer-Gesellschaft", application-oriented research organisation;
  • Arndt Schoenemann, Managing Director of Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH, Chairman of ASD Supply Chain and SME Group;
  • Teija Tiilikainen, Director of Finnish Institute of International Affairs;
  • Nick Witney, former EDA Chief Executive, senior policy fellow with the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR).
 

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29 mars 2015 7 29 /03 /mars /2015 11:20
ACTUV Concept Video


27 mars 2015 DARPA

 

DARPA’s Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) seeks to develop a new type of independently deployed unmanned surface vessel (USV) that would track adversaries’ ultra-quiet diesel-electric submarines over thousands of miles at a fraction of current costs. ACTUV would operate under sparse remote supervisory control and safely follow the maritime “rules of the road” for collision avoidance known as COLREGS.

ACTUV Concept Video

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26 mars 2015 4 26 /03 /mars /2015 12:20
A RATTLRS cruise-missile inlet undergoes testing at the High Speed Wind Tunnel at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Grand Prairie

A RATTLRS cruise-missile inlet undergoes testing at the High Speed Wind Tunnel at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Grand Prairie

 

DALLAS, March 25, 2015 – Lockheed Martin

 

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has purchased a wind tunnel that is one of only two of its kind in the United States, and is planning key improvements to the facility.

 

Since 1958, Lockheed Martin and its heritage companies have used the High Speed Wind Tunnel (HSWT) in Grand Prairie, Texas, for subsonic, transonic and supersonic research-and-development testing. Although the company is the long-time operator of the HSWT, it has leased the facility from Triumph Aerostructures. The purchase will enable Lockheed Martin to invest in upgrades and manage scheduling, including testing by other companies and government agencies.

 

“The High Speed Wind Tunnel in Grand Prairie is an aerospace engineering treasure, serving as a proving ground for hundreds of flight vehicles designed over the last six decades for everything from space exploration to national defense,” said HSWT manager Mike McWithey. “We made this purchase to ensure that development legacy extends well into the future.”

 

The HSWT and a facility in Missouri are the only two polysonic (subsonic-transonic-supersonic), adjustable Mach-number wind tunnels in the U.S.

 

Products developed in the HSWT include the Multiple Launch Rocket System, the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System, the Army Tactical Missile System, PAC-3, PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement, the A-7 Corsair II and the Space Shuttle. The facility routinely supports programs for NASA, the Missile Defense Agency, the Office of Naval Research, DARPA and numerous U.S. aerospace companies.

 

Planned improvements include a new air-compressor system, which is projected to reduce operating costs significantly, an updated data-acquisition system and the upgrading of utilities.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 112,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2014 were $45.6 billion.

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22 mars 2015 7 22 /03 /mars /2015 12:20
US Army’s largest technical library collaborates to define its future

James Lackey, Redstone Scientific Information Center chairman and U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center director, and board members reviewed near-term actions as well as far-term strategic plans during Board of Directors meeting held Mar. 11 at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center.

 

March 20th, 2015 By Army News Service - defencetalk.com

 

The board of directors for the largest science and technology library in the Army met March 11 at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center, or AMRDEC.

 

Redstone Scientific Information Center, or RSIC, is a unique, national asset containing a collection of specialized materials including technical reports, contractor reports, technical memorandums, informational briefs, special reports, and conference papers open to all government employees and contractors at Redstone Arsenal.

 

In addition to being the largest technical library, it is also the only joint Army/ NASA library.

 

The RSIC board of directors is composed of various Redstone organizations to include AMRDEC, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, or MSFC, Missile and Space Intelligence Center, Space and Missile Defense Command and most recently, Missile Defense Agency as an emergent funding partner.

 

“RSIC is extremely important to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center as a resource for technical data on a wide variety of topics ranging from rocket propulsion to space physics, from systems design to vehicle operations,” said MSFC Center Chief Technologist and board member, Dr. Andrew Keys. “Marshall is committed to working with the ‘Team Redstone’ members to ensure RSIC has a future within our community.”

 

RSIC Board Chair and AMDREC Director James Lackey shared insight on future development for the center.

 

“One of the key challenges for RSIC is making a secure transition into a more digital future. The entire definition of what a library means is fundamentally changing,” Lackey said. “Just look at how eBooks are proliferating over traditional hardback products in your very own home. Brave new world concepts of ‘knowledge management’, ‘data mining’, and ‘cloud analytics’ prevail over traditional dusty phrases of ‘card catalog’, ‘bound periodicals’, and ‘microfiche’.”

 

Library customers can provide information on their topics of interest and the staff will set up a profile in several databases. Customers will then receive journal articles, conference papers, and report citations by email when something new is published on their subject. This service saves researchers time and keeps them informed about the latest publications in their field.

 

All registered users at RSIC also have desktop accessibility to the library’s online resources, which include access to the library’s online catalog, 20 electronic databases, the electronic books and journals, RSIC’s digital collection containing electronic documents produced by AMRDEC, MSFC, Redstone Test Center, and the Comanche Project Office.

 

Lackey said, “RSIC must keep pace with information technologies to remain viable and relevant for today’s and tomorrow’s technical workforce. This entails a variety of activities including converting existing collections into digital format, exploring use of information technology tool sets, and social media as well as potentially expanding partnerships of RSIC beyond the arsenal gates to include local academic institutions. All of this future greatness comes with a literal cost.”

 

The objective of RSIC board of directors, or BoD, was to review the current operational status of the RSIC and make decisions on near-term actions as well as far-term strategic plans, including how to secure a more stable funding future.

 

“While the answer to this question is complex and obviously depends on a variety of factors, BoD members remain committed to support the RSIC charter going forward in the best supportive manner under our current and projected budget constrained environment,” Lackey said.

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20 mars 2015 5 20 /03 /mars /2015 07:50
Experts meet on materials modelling and simulation

 

Brussels - 11 March, 2015 European Defence Agency

 

Materials modelling and simulation are cross-cutting technologies with potential benefits for defence capabilities. 35 experts from national ministries, European institutions, industry and academia participated in an EDA workshop to discuss current and future areas of application in defence on 27 January 2015.

 

Materials modelling is becoming well-established in the civil and military domains. As conducting experiments is costly and often difficult owing to environmental constraints (high strain rate, high temperature, hazardous environments), integrating materials modelling with experimental programmes yields benefits. 

The main objective of the workshop on Materials & Structures Modelling & Simulation (M&S2)  was to identify the potential impact of these technologies on defence. The workshop concentrated on discussing active and future directions on materials modelling around four key topics: new materials, new structures, new processes and defence specific phenomena.

Generally speaking, two main topics related to polymer composites and ceramic materials came out of the discussions: 

  1. There is a need to provide diagnostic and prognostic methods for structures and also relevant characterisation of defence and dual-use specific phenomena, such as ageing, fatigue stress, impact damage, etc.; and 
  2. In order to improve the materials performance under extreme conditions, a better understanding of their behaviour at atomic and molecular level is needed. Therefore, there is a need to further develop modelling at nanoscale level which could be integrated in mesoscale models, described in the microscale until reaching current macroscale.

These ideas will be used by the EDA Materials & Structures expert groups in order to provide inputs for different initiatives, and also for building a roadmap for the achievement of the identified research & technology goals, and future update of the Strategic Research Agenda on materials & structures.

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10 mars 2015 2 10 /03 /mars /2015 21:50
Discover the latest issue of European Defence Matters

 

Brussels - 10 March, 2015 European Defence Agency

 

The seventh issue of European Defence Matters, the magazine of the European Defence Agency, is now available.

 

The cover story of this latest issue is dedicated to defence research & technology in Europe. We gathered views and opinions from a number of experts in the field, ranging from Philippe Brunet, Director of Aerospace, Maritime, Security and Defence Industries within the European Commission’s Directorate General Enterprise and Industry, to Denis Roger, EDA European Synergies & Innovation Director, and Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation CEO and Chairman of the Defence Business Unit of the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD). They provide readers with a comprehensive overview of the upcoming Preparatory Action for CSDP-related research, which could prove to be a real game-changer for European defence.

Also in this issue, we report on a selection of programmes in the field of air-to-air refuelling, maritime surveillance, non-lethal capabilities or renewable energy. We also explain the latest revision of the Agency’s Capability Development Plan with EDA experts.

Meanwhile, Latvian Minister of Defence Raimonds Vējonis has kindly accepted to share his views on European defence issues in this latest edition of our magazine. Here he discusses topics of interest for Latvia, who is assuming the EU presidency for the first half of 2015. Vice-Admiral Matthieu Borsboom, Director of the Defence Material Organisation in the Netherlands, also sat down with European Defence Matters in order to review some of the Dutch priorities in the field of defence acquisition and cooperation.

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10 février 2015 2 10 /02 /février /2015 08:20
Flight Ready: Innovation Challenge


9 févr. 2015 NAVAIRSYSCOM

 

Ready, set, innovate! Naval Air Systems Command leadership challenges the youngest minds in the organization to find creative solutions to warfighter needs. Learn more about the first ever NAVAIR Innovation Challenge and meet the three NAWCAD teams selected to participate in this exciting competition.

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17 janvier 2015 6 17 /01 /janvier /2015 12:50
Three ways to reindustrialise Europe with dual-use technologies

 

Brussels - 09 January, 2015 by Claude-France Arnould - Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency

 

Widely used in everything from tennis rackets to Formula 1 cars, carbon fibre was originally developed by the UK Ministry of Defence in the early 1960s for military applications. Back then an esoteric and expensive material, it’s become price-competitive with its intense strength and durability for its weight. Similarly, head-up displays were developed to enable fast jet pilots to have key information presented in their view of the outside world, rather than having to frequently look down into the cockpit. This technology has progressively spread into civil aviation and more recently into cars, with the advantage of always keeping one’s eyes on the road.

These are only two of many examples illustrating how defence research can benefit the global economy and power Europe’s re-industrialisation. Reciprocally, the fast development of technologies in the civilian world can be essential to the emergence of cutting-edge defence systems.

The difficult times our economies are facing today mean that Europe is losing ground to its faster-growing Asian and American counterparts. This concern of the defence community is shared by Heads of State and Government: in this context, it is of paramount importance to invest in all the technologies and production capabilities that are essential to maintain Europe’s competitiveness.

However, Europe still suffers from legal and psychological barriers between civilian and military research – barriers that our competitors do not have. These limitations seriously hamper our capability to “cross-fertilise” developments from both worlds. The issue has been acknowledged at the highest level: in December 2013, the European Council itself tasked the European Defence Agency and other bodies to better exploit civil-military synergies. This issue should be tackled in three ways:

 

1/ Desegmentation of civil and military research

If we want the civilian and defence worlds to effectively cross-feed each other, then it is necessary to proceed with the desegmentation of civil and military research. By allowing funding to flow from one side to the other, major spin-offs between defence and civil research could be achieved. It is worth remembering that few technologies are military or civil by nature, especially at low technological readiness. Only when applied and used in a given system does a specific technology become military or commercial.

Today, this cross-fertilisation is limited by several factors, such as the legitimate confidentiality surrounding sensitive defence applications, but also the competitive advantage that might result from a cutting-edge civil technology. However, security regulations and intellectual property rights are here to address this issue. The main barrier is the lack of a comprehensive policy approach for all parties involved.

 

2/ Optimisation and prioritisation of technology-based production capabilities

The application of innovative technologies often requires considerable investments to move from the lab to serial production. And very often, such investments are only viable if this production is designed to address all potential markets: civil, defence and space. The European Defence Agency, in close cooperation with the Commission and industry, is investigating which key enabling technologies need a priority and focused investment effort to sustain the European supply chain. These are technologies such as components (silicum, gallium arsenide, infrared detectors), carbon fibre or optical devices. Europeans need to invest in these domains to levelthe playing field then to define priorities on related key industrial capabilities.

Meanwhile, it is essential to optimise available resources. The civil, space and defence domains need to be addressed together by a comprehensive business plan to yield cost savings while boosting innovation capabilities. This is the only way forward if we want to see Europe re-industrialise.

 

3/ Increase funding for defence research

Defence research budgets have been cut by 20% over the last six years. The risk is real to lose the ability to reach critical mass in a number of technology areas. This would not only jeopardise Europe’s strategic autonomy, but would also impede the long-term competitiveness of its high-tech commercial industry. It has been said that defence and space are to aviation what Formula One is to the automotive industry: a formidable cradle of innovation and technological breakthroughs.

The situation is all the more worrying since, according to a study commissioned by the European Defence Agency, the multiplier effect on GDP growth for an investment in defence research & technology is 12 to 20 times higher than in other areas of public spending. Therefore, investment in defence R&T must be a logical component of any comprehensive growth policy.

The Agency is also supporting Member States by contributing to the Commission’s work on an R&T Preparatory Action related to the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), as called for by the December 2013 European Council. If successful, this Preparatory Action could give birth to a wider defence research programme at European level, the impact of which will be all more the important since cross-fertilisation with other European research and innovation initiatives will be maximised. The benefits can be enormous, both for the civilian and defence sectors.

 

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8 octobre 2014 3 08 /10 /octobre /2014 15:50
The future of CSDP-related research - SEDE

 

October 08, 2014, SEDE
 
The Subcommittee will debate the future of CSDP-related research with Denis Roger, Director, European Synergies and Innovation, European Defence Agency and Sławomir Tokarski, Head of Unit, Defence, aeronautic and maritime industries, DG Entreprise and Industry, European Commission
 
When: 13 October 2014

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4 juillet 2014 5 04 /07 /juillet /2014 07:30
Un périscope virtuel pour mieux voir, sur et sous l’eau

 

19 June 2014 Laëtitia NAKACHE siliconwadi.fr

 

“Lever le périscope !”. Cet ordre habituellement lancé par le capitaine d’un sous-marin va peut-être devenir obsolète grâce à l’invention d’une équipe de chercheurs du TECHNION qui a créé un dispositif permettant d’observer les objets à la surface de l’eau sans avoir besoin de  périscope au dessus des vagues.

 

Dénommé le Stella Maris (STELLAR MARINE REFRACTIVE IMAGING SENSOR), cette innovation est inspirée de la technologie utilisée par les astronautes, pour rétablir les flous et déformations dont sont responsables les couches de l’atmosphère lors de l’observation des étoiles.

 

Le dispositif est complexe. “Stella Maris est une nouvelle approche car il mesure passivement l’eau et les vagues par l’imagerie du soleil réfractée” explique le Professeur Yoav Y. SCHECHNER associé à cette recherche. C’est une caméra sous-marine dont le cœur du système comporte un réseau de trous au travers desquels passe la lumière et dont les rayons sont ensuite renvoyés vers le diffuseur de la caméra. Les images brutes captées sont corrigées grâce à un système informatisé de reconstruction d’images et de miroirs.

 

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27 mars 2014 4 27 /03 /mars /2014 17:50
European Defence Matters: Securing the Future Through Research and Innovation

 

 

Brussels - 27 March, 2014 European Defence Agency

 

While the first roundtable of the EDA’s annual conference "European Defence Matters" had focused primarily on capabilities, this time research, innovation, and industry took centre stage. Bernhard Gerwert, CEO Airbus Defence & Space called on European policy makers to decide what their ambitions are. He said, "we do not need special incentives, we just need programmes… Research and development is only worthwhile if we have the ambition to build the next generation of products. If we don’t have that ambition then it makes no sense to spend the money."

 

Michael Gahler, Member of the European Parliament and its Committee on Foreign Affairs & Subcommittee on Security and Defence agreed about the need to have a clear idea of what Europe wanted to achieve. He went further and called for a European defence review, to assess the situation at the moment, and to reverse the trend of industry and expertise leaving Europe.

 

He also argued strongly that that the artificial divide between civil and military research needs to be scrapped. He said "We must make use of any funds that are available." This was reiterated by Claudia Gärtner, CEO, Microfluidic ChipShop. She pointed out that for most new innovations, whether they had military or civil applications, the technology underpinning it was the same.

 

Jenny Body, President of the Royal Aeronautical Society was particularly concerned by the long term effects that current budget cuts for research and development would have. "We have to ensure that we do not lose the expertise. Remember the engineers who will build the next generation of civilian aircraft are probably only aged 3-4 today," she said. "We already face a shortfall of engineers now, if you don’t invest in research you will lose not only the technologies but the people capable of developing them in the future."

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6 décembre 2013 5 06 /12 /décembre /2013 12:50
EU Defence Agency Research & Technology Conference 2013

 

Brussels - 05 December, 2013 European Defence Agency

 

Claude-France Arnould, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency (EDA) and the Greek Minister for National Defence, Dimitris Avramopoulos, opened the EDA Research & Technology (R&T) Conference 2013 in Athens, Greece. Under the motto “Critical Defence Technologies – Exploring Innovation Together” the 2-day conference aims to collect advice from decision makers and experts across the European Union on more efficient and effective R&T for Security and Defence. Conference topics, presented by high level speakers and panellists from various domains, include strategic access and security of supply in defence-critical technologies, coordination with other EU institutions such as the European Commission on “dual-use” elements, improved joint exploitation of R&T investments and the “EURIDEA” competition on innovative proposals of R&T cooperation among EDA´s participating Member States. 

 

In her opening address Ms Arnould highlighted the importance of R&T and EDA´s responsibility within the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), especially in the light of the upcoming EU summit in December. EDA flagship programmes such as Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) or Cyber Defence provide a clear indication of what can be achieved by improved synergies. Ms Arnould pointed out that this relies not only on shared technologies, but also on coordination among stakeholders, for example the improved use of EU funding instruments such as European Structural Funds (ESF) to boost innovation and contribute to industrial growth and creating jobs. 

 

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EURidea for Novel Defence Research

 

Brussels | Oct 17, 2013 European Defence Agency

 

Innovation is at the core of defence technology. The European Defence Agency promotes European cooperation in innovative technologies. EURidea is your new forum to pitch novel ideas for defence research.

 

Research and innovation have a critical role to play in the creation of the next-generation of technologies that will underpin the capabilities for our armed forces. Europe benefits from a leverage effect when innovation is done with partners across the continent. Industry and academics can reduce risks and gain critical mass for innovation when work is conducted between trusted partners across sectors. It is a win-win situation when the best minds work together to tackle major challenges we are facing, now and in the future.

 

We invite you to propose ideas in critical areas that impact the following three technology areas: 

 

1. Materials and Nano technologies

The areas of material and particularly nanotechnologies is moving very quickly at the moment. Nano-scale technologies that exploit materials and electronic and optronic components for military but also civil applications (dual use) are of interest to EDA. Especially those technologies which are critical, key enabling or cutting-edge technologies. European supply chain deficiencies, technology dependency risks, standardisation needs or industrial production capabilities can be addressed. We are interested in ideas that are an evolution of the current state of the art but we are also open to ideas that look disruptive (ie not necessarily an evolution of current trends). These may be combinations of new technologies and could be applicable to any domain.

 

2. Energy

Achieving energy efficiency by novel energy supply technologies working alongside conventional and smart grids across all services (land, sea and air) covering all systems levels down to nano level. Focus areas: fossil fuel dependencies, renewable / alternative energy sources, energy / power storage, efficient distribution and conversion, energy management and efficiency components.

 

3. Unmanned systems and technologies, including sensor networks

All components or (sub)systems that can be of importance for the autonomy of a system. Unmanned System to be concerned: land, air, naval (surface and underwater). Technology or function to be concerned: high level order follow up, “auto-pilot”, guidance/control, obstacle detection, automatic sense & avoid and “back-home” mode, stress/health monitoring.

 

We invite ideas from Research Institutes, Universities, Industries, Laboratories and SMEs. 

 

You can pitch your new, creative and innovative solution to an audience of experts and governmental decision makers from Europe. 

 

If you like to participate, please submit the enclosed form. The EDA will select the best ideas to be presented at the EDA R&T conference on 5 and 6 December 2013, in Athens, Greece. You will be requested to present your idea in a 5 to 10 minutes speech.

 

How to participate?

1) Fill in the attached form (EURIDEA application form)

2) Send the form to the EUR-idea@eda.europa.eu by 19 November 2013

3) If your proposal is selected, you will present it during the 2013 R&T conference

4) Your proposal will also be forwarded to the relevant CapTechs

 

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Thales welcomes pragmatic Defence & Security White Paper



01 February 2012 Thales UK

In an era when Government funding is in decline, technologies are evolving at record speeds and Britain aspires to maintain its leading international role, it’s clear that the UK approach to acquisition and technology needs to be brought up to date.

We therefore welcome the clarity that the White Paper brings, and support the use of competition and ‘off the shelf’ acquisition, which is a pragmatic recognition of the approach that Thales has taken on many of its UK programmes. Critical to the delivery of this approach is the Government’s recognition of the importance of UK-based systems integration skills and key technologies that provide the battle-winning edge.

On the ground in Afghanistan, both the military and the Exchequer have benefited from Thales UK’s ability to fit ‘military off the shelf’ solutions to UK forces’ needs. Whether in Armoured Vehicles such as Mastiff or UAVs like the Hermes 450 (which has flown over 50,000 hours in support of operations in theatre) recent experience demonstrates the feasibility of combining an international supply chain with domestic integration skills to deliver battle-winning capability. What matters to the soldier on the ground is not where a piece of kit was manufactured, but whether it delivers the capability he needs.

UK Armed Forces must have unique capabilities which give them an edge in the field, on the seas, in the air and in cyberspace. The challenge going forward, however, is that the specific circumstances of each capability area vary wildly, frustrating one-size-fits-all approaches. We therefore look forward to working with Government to understand how the high level strategy laid out in this Paper will carefully be put into effect in a timely manner in each case.

The Paper also confirms the need to make special arrangements for a specific set of ‘strategic’ technologies, and the inclusion of capabilities like electronic warfare and cryptography highlights how C4ISR technologies are central to delivering ‘operational advantage’ in the 21st century.

Research and Technology underpins all of the UK’s Defence goals – responding to fast-changing threats in an agile way, improving export market share and performance, convergence with Security capabilities, and reorienting the economy towards advanced technology skills and manufacturing. Whilst the White Paper’s commitment to a consistent level of funding provides certainty, it is clear that this level will need to rise significantly above current levels if the UK is to achieve its broader goals.

Exports and strategic relationships are clearly critical in developing future capability and creating economies of scale, and Thales welcomes the commitment to Anglo-French collaboration as a key contributor in realising the UK’s ambitions at a time of constrained budgets.

Similarly, Government’s emphasis on the use of service-based solutions is an effective and pragmatic response to the decline in military headcount. This recognises the benefits generated through Contractor Support to Operations in recent years, and looks forward to the emerging Whole Force Concept where reservists and industry play greater roles supporting the military force.

Victor Chavez
Chief Executive
Thales UK

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