11/11/2005 - Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) announced its collaboration with ASPX LLC on a proof-of- concept ground station application of the VistaNav-SPX* remote co-pilot system. Live demonstrations are being held at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) 58th Annual Meeting and Convention in Orlando, Florida November 9-11.
The VistaNav-SPX remote co-pilot system is designed to improve the safety of single-pilot, high-performance aircraft operations with real-time, 3D full- terrain views. The system receives data and voice information through a low- cost, dual-channel satellite communications transceiver in the airplane. The information is routed to the Mercury VistaNav-SPX ground station featuring a real-time 3D synthetic vision display. This station can be located anywhere in the world, and allows a trained ground station pilot to provide all the cockpit resource management and monitoring functions that would normally be performed from the co-pilot seat, to up to four airborne pilots.
Using the sophisticated, intuitive VistaNav 3D synthetic vision display, and the powerful Mercury XB Series graphics hardware, the ground-based VistaNav-SPX provides maximum situational awareness of a flight. VistaNav-SPX is designed to assist in collaborative briefings, checklist management, and pilot monitoring functions, bringing all the benefits of structured cockpit resource management to the pilot.
The VistaNav-SPX system aims to achieve equal or better safety margins for a ground station-assisted single-pilot flight as can be expected in a standard pilot and co-pilot flight. With the co-pilot not physically onboard the plane, the VistaNav-SPX is expected to provide weight and space savings, and thus increase the safety and utility of high-performance, single-pilot operations.
For more information on the VistaNav-SPX, visit Mercury in Booth 4787 at NBAA; contact Diane Bowen, Mercury Computer Systems, at (978) 967-1307; or contact Mark Fischer, ASPX, at (215) 345-6782 x11. For more information on the Mercury VistaNav 3D synthetic vision system, visit www.mc.com/vistanav.
* The VistaNav-SPX is not intended for use as a primary navigation system.
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 solutions. Mercury's solutions 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.
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