Mercury Showcases VistaNav 3D Synthetic Vision System at AOPA Expo

11/7/2005 - Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) is demonstrating the VistaNav(TM) MFD, its multi-function flight display system with synthetic vision technology, at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Expo 2005, November 3-5 in Tampa, Florida.

VistaNav helps pilots to better visualize surrounding terrain while in flight. It uses several sensor data sources and integrates several databases to ensure complete ground-to-air support and 3D full-terrain views in real time.

VistaNav-UAV can be combined with the Mercury XB computing platform and customized to build scalable UAV ground stations, using synthetic vision to reconstruct terrain independent of weather. The VistaNav software can be utilized as a UAV ground station subsystem when combined with Mercury XB computing platforms, or as a powerful, portable navigation system when combined with a mobile computer and a Mercury-developed Inertial Navigation Unit (INU).

"Three-dimensional synthetic vision substantially improves situation awareness and is a key technology for the future of general aviation and unmanned aerial reconnaissance," said Philippe Roy, director of the Visualization & Simulation Group at Mercury. "This exciting new product has resulted from the combination of visualization software (obtained in Mercury's 2004 acquisition of the TGS Group), with Mercury's in-depth engineering expertise and industry domain knowledge."

Mercury is also demonstrating the VistaNav-GA system, which includes an INU featuring 3D solid-state inertial sensors, a WAAS-enabled (Wide Area Augmentation System) GPS receiver, and a Bluetooth(R) wireless interface. The unit can be mounted in a number of places inside an aircraft and communicates through a wireless interface using a tablet PC mobile computing platform (MCP). The MCP has a high-resolution 5" x 8" LCD display with a full navigation user interface that allows pilots to manage all phases of flight, from preparation to parking.

The entire unit is powered by the aircraft power supply and includes rechargeable batteries that will operate for up to one hour in the event of an aircraft electrical failure. Both the INU and MCP are designed to be removed or installed in an aircraft in less than three minutes.

Turnkey subsystems are also available through Mercury's professional services.

For more information or to order the VistaNav system, visit Mercury in Booth 1002 at AOPA, or visit VistaNav purchase programs can be requested by phone at 866-627-6951, or 978-967-1401 for international requests, or by e-mail to

About Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) is the leading provider of high-performance embedded, real-time digital signal and image processing computer systems. Mercury's products play a critical role in a wide range of applications, transforming sensor data to information for analysis and interpretation. In military reconnaissance and surveillance platforms the Company's systems process real-time radar, sonar, and signals intelligence data. Mercury's systems are also used in state-of-the-art medical diagnostic imaging devices including MRI, PET, and digital X-ray, and in semiconductor imaging applications including photomask generation and wafer inspection. Mercury provides advanced 3D image processing and visualization software and optimized systems to diverse end markets including life sciences, geosciences, and simulation. The Company also provides radio frequency (RF) products for enhanced communications capabilities in military and commercial applications.

Based in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Mercury serves customers in North America, Europe and Asia through its direct sales force and a network of subsidiaries and distributors.

VistaNav is a trademark of Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. Bluetooth is a registered trademark owned by its proprietor and used by IBM under license.

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