The Connected Battlefield Blog

Abaco Systems helps military and aerospace organizations minimize program risk and bring programs in on time and on budget. Our integrated, rugged systems solutions are based on a product range that includes single board computers, high performance embedded computing (HPEC), digital signal processing, GPGPU, image processing, sensor processing and avionics. We ally to those products our understanding of applications including ISR, EW, SIGINT, radar, sonar and 360 degree situational awareness. Our customers know that Abaco System brings industry-leading expertise and experience, together with broad and deep customer support.

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What do flexible C-G (500Mhz to 6GHz) SDR (Software Defined Radio) COTS Applications and Next-Generation Electronic Warfare Have in Common?

When you order a custom, one of a kind sportscar you are typically prepared to pay the price and wait for it to be built. You want a certain amount of power under the hood, top notch finishes, and flashy rims. What if you could go to the dealership and select your options, have it configured to your specifications right there, and brought out for you to inspect and drive off the lot immediately? Of course, you might be satisfied with the one on...

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Cut Aviation Design Costs with Off-the-Shelf Electronics

Aircraft designers and systems integrators know what it takes to bring a new aircraft to market. Teams of engineers work for years to ensure an aircraft passes stringent FAA certification. No design detail is too small, and no implementation challenge is too large, for successful companies. These companies sometimes invest millions of dollars and considerable engineering time developing their own embedded computer software and hardware. To be...

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2020 in Review

The year 2020 will go down in history as a pivotal one - not just in the United States, but globally. In an unprecedented year, I have been pleasantly surprised at the equally unprecedented moves that my company has made to come out better, faster, and stronger on the other side. At the beginning of the year, Abaco was moved into our brand new headquarters and second Huntsville, AL location at 8800 Redstone Gateway, Huntsville, Alabama 35808,...

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The Role of Software in Interoperability

If someone asked you to change out a vital hardware component of an aircraft with its upgraded component – you might be taken aback, and it might feel like one of the most difficult tasks you’ve undertaken. However, you might be surprised to find out that one of the most complicated and time-consuming accessories to change out in an aircraft or mission-ready computing system is actually the software applications which run on top of the hardware...

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We Hire Heroes: An Interview with Michael McNeary

Michael McNeary Aerospace Ground Mechanic United States Air Force It has been our pleasure to highlight several of our incredible Abaco employees and veterans over the course of the week in honor of Veterans Day. In our sixth and final installment of Heroes Work Here , I’d like to highlight Michael McNeary, from the Engineering Technology Department at Abaco Systems, Inc. who served in the United States Air Force. Thank you for your service,...

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We Hire Heroes: An Interview with Stephen Miller

Stephen Miller Fire Direction Specialist United States Army and New Mexico National Guard In our fifth installment of Heroes Work Here , I’d like to highlight Stephen Miller, U.S. Senior Program Manager at Abaco Systems, Inc. who served in the United States Army. Thank you for your service, Stephen. Alisa: Can you tell us about your career in the military? Stephen: I was a Fire Direction Specialist for 155MM howitzers in the artillery. I was a...

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We Hire Heroes: An Interview with Ron Williams

Ron Williams Communications Chief in Aviation, Infantry, Air Defense Artillery, and Armored Battalions US Army Signal Corps In the fourth installment in Heroes Work Here , I’d like to highlight Ron Williams, U.S. Program Management Group Lead at Abaco Systems, Inc. who served in the United States Army Signal Corps. Thank you for your service, Ron. Alisa: Can you tell us about your career in the military? Ron: I spent 20 years in the US Army...

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We Hire Heroes: An Interview with Elaine Thrasher

Elaine Thrasher Aegis SPY-1D(V) Fire Controlman United States Navy As the third installment in Heroes Work Here , I’d like to highlight Elaine Thrasher, Manager of our Program Management Office at Abaco Systems, Inc. who served in the United States Navy. Thank you for your service, Elaine. Alisa: Can you tell us about your career in the military? Elaine: I served in the United States Navy for just shy of 8 years. While serving I was an Aegis SPY...

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We Hire Heroes: An Interview with Rob Cox

Rob Cox Captain, US Army Logistics Officer U.S. Army As the second installment in Heroes Work Here, I’d like to highlight Rob Cox, Director of Hypersonics Technology Initiatives and Regional Sales Manager for Southeast and Latin America at Abaco Systems, Inc. who served in the United States Army. Thank you for your service, Rob. Alisa: Can you tell us about your career in the military ? Rob: I had the great opportunity to serve our country as an...

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We Hire Heroes: An Interview with Mark Hutnan

Mark Hutnan Electronic Countermeasures Officer (ECMO) United States Marine Corps As the first installment in We Hire Heroes, I’d like to highlight Mark Hutnan, our Vice President of Business Development at Abaco Systems, Inc. who served in the United States Marine Corps. Thank you for your service, Mark. Alisa: Can you tell us about your career in the military? Mark: I spent 22 years in the United States Marine Corps. I was an Electronic...

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A look at a 50% increase in craft breweries and signal bandwidth

How do you explain what a fifty-percent increase of something is? Let’s look at craft beer breweries, they seem to be popping up everywhere. Within a two-mile radius from my home, there are four of them. According to the Brewer’s Association, as of 2019, there are sixty-eight craft breweries in state of Vermont fourteen for every hundred-thousand people over the age of 21 (U.S. Drinking age.) If the number of breweries in VT increased by fifty-...

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Because manufacturing can’t wait

As I watched the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, I was reminded that many actors and actresses, while extremely successful in one area, are also able to crossover and show their talents are three-fold (acting, singing, and dancing). These incredibly talented individuals are known as a “triple threat.” The success of their careers depends at different moments on the viability of each of these skills and the work they’ve put into all three of these...

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New season, new beginning

It’s official. Well, not quite, but it’s getting close. Today’s weather here in western NC feels like fall is just around the corner. Yesterday, I saw a truck full of pumpkins heading down the mountain on their way to becoming jack-o'-lanterns that will adorn front porches across the south. The Christmas tree farms are tagging trees that will soon be removed from these cool, quiet hills and make their way to living rooms all over the country. Of...

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Leading edge products need leading edge manufacturing

It’s incredible to think that, way back in 1989, Intel’s 80486 processor was manufactured using a 1,000 nanometer process. The company is planning to manufacture 7 nanometer devices in 2021. That means, in effect, almost 150x the number of devices are occupying a given unit of space. For the non-technical: imagine around 10,000 transistors laid side by side being equal to the width of a human hair. The sophistication of the manufacturing process...

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COTS: Improving Space Travel Accessibility and Affordability

At the beginning of this month, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico after a two-month mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS). This marked the first time in history that a commercially developed spacecraft carried humans into Earth’s orbit. In addition to the outstanding technological achievement, it is a reminder that spaceflight for the masses is almost within reach. Almost. NASA states that it...

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