Steve Sargeant is the CEO of Marvin Test Solutions. I recently interviewed him on his take on the current mil/aero test market. Great to get his perspective on this AUTOTESTCON panel. Seems like things are moving in the 'right' direction, albeit slowly.
With so many obsolete and rare to find components used in avionics and military products, even the test system infrastructure is also not updated and standardised to the currently available state of the art technologies.
What ever happened to the concept of synthetic instruments? There was a big push by the military for that. The idea being you use generic instruments such as digitizers and signal sources, then developed the tests and measurements entirely in software.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.