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Advancing the frontiers of space science: The James Webb Space Telescope and next-generation observatories

Advancing the frontiers of space science: The James Webb Space Telescope and next-generation observatories

Larger payloads in space directly translate to the ability to design and deploy telescopes with larger apertures and more advanced technology, allowing deeper and broader exploration of the cosmos.

Vincent Pribble

February 2, 2024

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Taking the cloud to new heights: Secure airborne data servers

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Taking the cloud to new heights: Secure airborne data servers

As the U.S. Army develops the next generation of attack-reconnaissance rotorcraft, reliable, easy, and secure access to data is a critical mission requirement. And keeping everyone in the battlespace connected is key to ensuring tactical readiness.

Mercury Systems

November 1, 2023

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5G: Architecting for the edge

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5G: Architecting for the edge

Adoption of new technology is always phased across the military – it’s simply too expensive and risks readiness to upgrade everything simultaneously. In considering 5G, tremendous value could be derived from better integrating military logistics systems into a robust and secure network capable of interfacing to the commercial systems used by the industrial base.

Dr. Bill Conley

October 26, 2023

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The criticality of DO-254 and DO-178C standards for future Army autonomous vehicles

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The criticality of DO-254 and DO-178C standards for future Army autonomous vehicles

The future of warfare is rapidly evolving, with the advent of autonomous vehicles and the increasing integration of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. By 2030, the Army is likely to look vastly different from what we see today, with unmanned vehicles and drones playing a critical role in modern warfare.

Shaza Khan

September 27, 2023

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Simplifying space payloads with microelectronics

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Simplifying space payloads with microelectronics

In the new race to space, there are two cost-effective technologies expanding the opportunities for commercialization and increasing the quality of space systems.

Mario LaMarche

September 26, 2023

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Commercial technology and the space-based defense data chain

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Commercial technology and the space-based defense data chain

The rising use of commercially available components in space systems is driving the new race to space. And with more satellites launched last year than were operating in total in 2010, it’s clear that the need for space-based electronics is growing at an exponential rate.

Mercury Systems

August 24, 2023

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Big data on the modern battlefield

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Big data on the modern battlefield

With defense environments evolving and new sensor technology creating an influx of big data and enhanced decision-making capabilities, there is a growing need for high-performance hardware and pretrained artificial intelligence and machine learning models to help commanders tactically and efficiently act and employ assets. Learn more about equipment that scales to meet battlespace needs.

Mercury Systems

August 23, 2023

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A Q&A with Mercury CEO Bill Ballhaus

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A Q&A with Mercury CEO Bill Ballhaus

On August 15, the Mercury Systems Board of Directors appointed Bill Ballhaus president and CEO. Get to know the new CEO in this Q&A as he discusses Mercury’s position in the A&D industry, how mindsets and behaviors are central to an organization’s culture, and near- and long-term plans for the company.

Mercury Systems

July 31, 2023

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Evolving the model for defense acquisition

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Evolving the model for defense acquisition

Shortening the supply chain process is crucial to the Department of Defense’s ability to solve an ongoing and often-discussed challenge: acquisition reform.

Mercury Systems

July 13, 2023

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Mercury CGO Christine Harbison on Defense One Radio

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Mercury CGO Christine Harbison on Defense One Radio

Mercury Chief Growth Officer, Christine Harbison, spoke with Defense One Radio about the capabilities Mercury is bringing to the international aerospace and defense community and the challenges they’re turning to us to solve.

Mercury Systems

July 6, 2023

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The digital twin: delivering real results via virtual technology

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The digital twin: delivering real results via virtual technology

Also known as virtual twins, digital twins are increasingly being used in many industries to model and monitor individual components, physical assets, entire systems, and even business processes, with a vast number of benefits. For these reasons, the Department of Defense views the technology as vital to the future.

Mercury Systems

June 29, 2023

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Processing convergence: Advanced, agile defense electronics technology

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Processing convergence: Advanced, agile defense electronics technology

Recent innovations and research advancements are proving that the legacy design approach to defense processing is outdated and must be transformed to meet future needs.

Mercury Systems

June 22, 2023

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Exploiting direct RF FPGAs for electronic warfare

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Exploiting direct RF FPGAs for electronic warfare

New, highly integrated devices are transforming technology for EW applications, with significant performance advantages over the traditional collection of single-function discrete components typical of previous architectures

Mercury Systems

June 13, 2023

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MBSE and the digital transformation of Mercury’s engineering ecosystem

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MBSE and the digital transformation of Mercury’s engineering ecosystem

From the electronification of platforms to the use of artificial intelligence to cloud-connected command and control, there is a digital shift occurring in the defense industry. Discover more about a major pillar of that transformation — model-based systems engineering (MBSE) — and explore why it’s fast becoming a development requirement for Department of Defense (DOD) communication, vehicle and weapon systems programs.

Marco Leon

May 23, 2023

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Creating the next generation of mission computers

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Creating the next generation of mission computers

Next-generation mission computers align with the future direction of defense: chip-scale processing and compact and reduced weight microelectronics that will allow the Army and other service branches to do more with less.

Shaza Khan

April 25, 2023

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Taking commercial technology to new heights

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Taking commercial technology to new heights

The demand for in-orbit processing capabilities is expanding, but the physical size of the average satellite platform is shrinking. This, combined with a space economy that’s heating up, has resulted in a rapidly increasing demand for low-cost microelectronics and chip-scale technology capable of standing up to the rigors of space. Meeting this need will require an evolution in the production of space-bound electronics, which comes with traditionally high costs and lengthy development times.

Mercury Systems

April 17, 2023

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Trust is hard to earn, and easy to lose.

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Trust is hard to earn, and easy to lose.

Earning trust is only the beginning. The hard work lies in maintaining that trust among all stakeholders. Read what CMO Stephanie Georges has to say about how Mercury is working to build and maintain high trust levels.

Stephanie Georges, CMO

March 31, 2023

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CHIPS Series Part 3: Establishing a secure supply of defense chips

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CHIPS Series Part 3: Establishing a secure supply of defense chips

There are many challenges to transforming the U.S. semiconductor manufacturing supply chain

Mercury Systems

March 29, 2023

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Semiconductors and the security of our nation

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Semiconductors and the security of our nation

Consequences are high when it comes to our silicon chip strategy. Read as Mercury CEO Mark Aslett discusses how reliance on microelectronics and semiconductors has created an unusual, national security issue.

Mark Aslett, President & CEO

March 27, 2023

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Packaged and ready to go: Mercury and our chip-level future

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Packaged and ready to go: Mercury and our chip-level future

Mercury Systems is a leading partner on the path to domestic chip-scale production.

Dr. J. Scott Rodgers, Senior Director of Component Technologies

March 20, 2023

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