BiTMICRO Networks, ViGYAN Join U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission

11/5/2003 - BiTMICRO® Networks, a pioneer in intelligent flash ATA / IDE, SCSI, USB, VME, Compact PCI, Firewire, Ethernet, and Fibre Channel solid state storage solutions, together with ViGYAN Inc., a provider of aerospace research and development services to various federal civilian agencies, join forces with the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission for testing the authentic, airworthy reproduction of the Wright brothers' first successful powered flying machine. The U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission commemorates the 100 years of aviation history on December 17, 2003. As the highlight of the celebration, a flight will be made in the authentic reproduction of the Wright brothers' original aircraft, 1903 Wright Flyer, a 4-cylinder, 4-stroke, built under the sponsorship of The Ford Motor Company and Experimental Aircraft Association.

As part of this effort, ViGYAN, with the cooperation of The Wright Experience of Warrenton VA, is developing a 16-channel digital recorder to determine the performance, stability, and control characteristics of the 03 replica in flight. ViGYAN installed and operated the recorder on the 03 replica during wind tunnel tests in the NASA Langley Full Scale Tunnel. The Old Dominion University (ODU) conducted these tests in February 2003.

"ViGYAN just could not obtain reliable data from the mechanical hard drive we had selected. It was unable to work under the vibration conditions the airplane subjected the recorder to during the tests," according to Kareny Dominguez, Software Engineer, ViGYAN Inc.

"Then ViGYAN decided to make use of BiTMICRO's E-Disk Solid State Flash Device, and found that it did live up to its claim -- reliable, non-volatile, and outlasting the drive previously used," adds Dominguez.

BiTMICRO's E-Disk® Solid State Flash Device, being a non-volatile device, was able to withstand the vibration that the Wright Flyer replica went thru during the wind tunnel testing. The ODU wind tunnel tests were recorded and analyzed by ODU to hopefully reduce the risk in the flight operations, and to help understand the engineering achievements of the Wright brothers in being the first to achieve controlled flight 100 years ago.

"We are looking forward to operating the ViGYAN recorder with BiTMICRO's E-Disk Solid State Drive on the 03 Flyer replica during subsequent tests flights to obtain the data needed for determining the airplane's performance, stability, and control characteristics," says Norm Crabill, Project Manager, ViGYAN Inc.

"We are committed to this project of the US Centennial Flight Commission, as we, the Bruce brothers, have the same passion and determination as with the Wright brothers in making dreams a reality. Their intense preoccupation with their flyer, with our solid state drives, was powered by imaginative determination. A willpower to cross one of the last technological barriers of humans -- controlled flight in the air, in the case of the Wright brothers and us, the Bruce brothers, reliable storage of data," says Rudy Bruce, President, BiTMICRO Networks Inc.

Take one of the world's leading technology solution for solid state flash devices, add the leading solution provider for aerospace research and development, factor in the perseverance and commitment in delivering the best possible solution for its market and multiply it with years of continued success -- what do you get? A formula for innovation and success.

About ViGYAN
ViGYAN, founded in 1979 and located in Hampton, Virginia, provides aerospace research and development services to various Federal civilian agencies (including various NASA Centers), Department of Defense (DoD) and corporate clients. ViGYAN's expertise includes aeronautics R&D, wind tunnel testing, scientific, engineering, and business software development, and computer technology support. For further information about ViGYAN or the 2003 R&D 100 Award, please see or contact Richard White, (757) 865-1400, x202,

About BiTMICRO Networks
BiTMICRO Networks (, a privately held California corporation, is the world's premier supplier of rugged and high performance non-volatile solid-state disk, flash disk drive, and network storage and management solutions. E-Disks® storage solutions are offered with SCSI, IDE / ATA, Fibre Channel, USB, Firewire, Compact PCI, VME, PMC and Ethernet interfaces in 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch hard disk drive footprints, single-wide PMC, 3U and 6U board, and 19-inch rackmount configurations scalable up to several terabytes of pure solid state storage.

E-Disk®SAN StorView software is a web based storage management software for E-Disk®SAN. E-Disk® SafeCapacity-Hotfile software complements E-Disk storage solutions by effectively managing different types of disk subsystems and increasing complex data sets such that a constant high-level of file system I/O performance is maintained.

E-Disks®, BiTMICRO NetworksTM and BiTMICRO® are registered trademarks of BiTMICRO Networks Inc.

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