f.u.n.k.e. AVIONICS has received an order from the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich for the specification, development and qualification of a mission computer.
With the project “Research Laboratory for Mission Technologies (MissionLab)”, the university intends to set up an experimental environment with which mission technologies are to be investigated, the use of which will determine the performance of military aircraft to a considerable extent in the future. The aim of the project is to strengthen the Bundeswehr’s ability to analyze, assess, make decisions and make demands. As part of the project, a mission computer is to be developed that serves as a platform for the experimental software functions provided by the university, has interfaces for various subsystems of the aircraft and is compatible with the corresponding installation and operating requirements.
The current assignment includes the specification of the mission computer. Development and integration into an unmanned flying platform should follow in the next 2-3 years. In the research cooperation with the university, the question of how future intelligent mission functions can be mapped to appropriate hardware and what requirements result from this should be clarified.
f.u.n.k.e. AVIONICS is thus continuing the successful development of such mission systems, the best-known area of application currently being the mission computer subsystem in the military tanker aircraft of the type A310MRTT of the German and Canadian air forces.
April means AERO! Unfortunately, this rule, established over decades, does not apply again this year. The next AERO will hopefully finally happen in late April 2022, we all hunger after meeting again with all our customers and business partners.
New and available for sale is another variant from our well-proven radio product line ATR833-II. The ATR833-II-Box is a base unit without integrated control unit and, therefore, intended for installations in aircraft with very limited space behind the panel. Up to two remote control heads, type ATR833RT (either with LCD or OLED display) can be connected.
To help our customers shopping even without talks and advice from the AERO we have designed a completely new Onlineshop. In a very clear structure you will find all main units as well as the comprehensive accessories – of course you will also find special offers!. Just have a look to our Shop!
The use of a Demand-Controlled Night Marking of Wind Turbines (BNK) is requested by law in Germany from 01.07.2021. This can be achieved through a system that makes use of transponder signals of surrounding aircraft.
In co-operation with f.u.n.k.e. AVIONICS Deutsche Windtechnik has developed a global and independent system for this purpose.
The transponder receiver unit x-BNK, developed by f.u.n.k.e. AVIONICS, represents the core component of the overall system. This device receives signals from approaching air vehicles, performs a respective verification and activates the danger fire if needed.
At the end of an intensive test campaign over several months, including as well overflight testing via a drone around a wind turbine, the system finally received certification on the 17th of September 2020 through airsight GmbH, the first official testing authority named by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.
This certification proves once more the profound know-how and long lasting experience of f.u.n.k.e. AVIONICS in the field of Mode S transponder technology. The system has now entered production stage and and is ready for widespread installation in the years to come. The system is sold exclusively via our partner Deutsche Windtechnik (www.deutsche-windtechnik.com/bedarfsgesteuerte-nachtkennzeichnung-bnk).
In early 2018 f.u.n.k.e. AVIONICS GmbH signed a contract with Thales Alenia Space France (TAS-F) to supply subsystems for the Uplink Station (KUS) in the frame of the South Korean Augmentation Satellite System (KASS) which is currently realised by Thales Alenia Space.
Development of the subsystems was now concluded and respective units were delivered to TAS-F.
The KUS SGS Integrity Box (IB) is part of the KASS Uplink Station. The main function of the IB is to ensure that no misleading SBAS data is provided by the GEO satellite. It compares the uplink messages received from the KUS SGS Core Computer with the downlink messages received from the receiver.
Developed under TAS-F Design Authority, which owns the IPR, the KUS SGS Signal Generator (SG) is part of the KASS Uplink Station as well. The main function of the SG is to generate the L1 and L5 RF signals which are used for uplink of SBAS correction data to the GEO stationary satellite. The code and carrier phases of these signals have to be steered for time synchronization and compensation of signal propagation effects.
The project covered the development of the complete hardware. The data processing was implemented on a FPGA. The specification, design and verification was conducted according to design assurance levels B (DAL-B) requirements. Detailed qualitative and quantitative analyses for reliability, availability, maintainability and safety (RAMS) have been performed. This included Failure Mode and Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA), Fault Tree Analyses (FTA) and Mean Time between Failures (MTBF) calculations.
WIth this project f.u.n.k.e. AVIONICS has shown its profound know-how and experience in developing challenging technical subsystems according to customers specifications. The resulting SIgnal Generator, in particular, is indeed the first European Signal Generator to enter the world of Satellite Based Augmentation Systems.
It is expected that these technical solutions will be used in the future for the realisation of similar implementation projects all over the world.
The 2020s have started now completely different from what we have expected. Our scheduled participation at the exhibitions in Madrid and Friedrichshafen were cancelled and the exciting meetings with customers, partners and suppliers will not happen in the near future.
Sun is shining, spring is coming and a great flying season could start now – at least for the next few weeks this will not be the case in many regions.
But also this phase will pass by sooner or later, maybe you take the new time gained in order to think about new avionics components for the cockpit, assuming that the flying season is not cancelled, but just postponed for a few weeks. Our company still runs in almost normal business mode and production, support and shipment capbilities are fully kept.
We wish you, our customers, partners and suppliers, all the best in these difficult times and hope for a better situation soon.
Even if you might hear it quite often at the moment: stay healthy and all the best to overcome this crisis.
Your team from f.u.n.k.e. AVIONICS GmbH
Die 2020s have started, f.u.n.k.e. AVIONICS thanks all our customers, business partners and suppliers and wishes all the best for the New Year 2020! We look forward to meeting you all again in the new decade.
Together with our partner Stangl Funktechnik we present our ground VHF radios (including our mobile VHF radio FSG8) from March 10 to 12 at the World ATM Congress in Madrid (booth 185). As every year we look forward to meeting you again later from April 01 to 04 at the AERO 2020 in Friedrichshafen. We look forward to a great flying season and wish always happy landings!