Monday, December 21, 2009

UltraCell Awarded $3M for "50W Soldier Portable Fuel Cell System"

Company Will Leverage Its XX55 Reformed Methanol Fuel Cell Technology to Build Fuel Cell Systems for U.S. Soldiers in the Field
LIVERMORE, CA and WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, OH--(Marketwire - 12/21/09) - UltraCell Corporation, a leading producer of portable fuel cells, today announced that the U.S. Department of the Air Force has awarded the company $3 million in federal stimulus funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The funds will be applied towards the "50W Soldier Portable Fuel Cell System" program, created to support the design and development of reliable, efficient portable fuel cells for dismounted warfighters deployed in Afghanistan and other arenas across the globe.
The program seeks to provide durable and field-tested portable fuel cell systems with improved usability and ease-of-use with both new and existing military applications and electronic devices. Additionally, the solution aims to deliver increased energy density while meeting military standards and offering manufacturing efficiency.
UltraCell was awarded the contract by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, eight miles northeast of Dayton, Ohio. Implementation and evaluation of the program will be overseen by the AFRL's Propulsion Directorate, a principal provider of propulsion technologies which also conducts leading edge research and development in aerospace fuels, propellants and power generating systems. In 2007, UltraCell opened a 20,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Dayton, which has since grown to more than 30,000 square feet.
UltraCell will utilize the funds announced today to build 65 fuel cell systems based on its XX55 Reformed Methanol Fuel Cell (RMFC). The XX55 has been demonstrated in military exercises in support of current operations.
Designed to power electronic equipment such as military radios and rugged laptops, the XX55 is also capable of recharging military batteries such as the BB-2590 and Li-80/145 -- a key to the success of portable fuel cell systems in the field. These capabilities, coupled with the XX55's fuel cell/battery hybridization, allowing the system to provide greater peak power for startup of devices like rugged laptops, make the XX55 an ideal portable power supply for the 50W program.
In addition to expanding development of the portable fuel cell systems, UltraCell will also utilize the stimulus funds to design an accessories kit to extend capabilities outside the program's minimum requirements, such as expanded battery recharging technology.
"Advanced portable fuel cell technology will play a key role in the future of the U.S. dismounted warfighter," said USAF Lieutenant Mark Roosz, Program Manager of the effort at the AFRL.
"By awarding UltraCell with these funds, the U.S. Air Force and the AFRL have demonstrated confidence in the proven success of our XX55 product, and in our ability to continue to develop and manufacture innovative portable power solutions," said UltraCell CEO Keith Scott. "We are very pleased to be named the recipient of these funds which will enable us to deliver a 50W solution to the Air Force, and to expand and enhance our fuel cell manufacturing capabilities."
About UltraCell
UltraCell is a leading producer of fuel cell systems for mobile devices. With an exclusive license with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories for micro fuel cell technology, the company has developed new technologies and intellectual property in the field of methanol-based fuel cells. Its patented, award-winning portable fuel cell, the XX25(TM), achieved Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 7 status, a significant U.S. Army milestone and certification for military use and commercial production. For more information about UltraCell, please visit
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PAR Technology Subsidiary Announces $46.0 Million Air Force R&D Contract Award

Largest Contract Award in Company History--
NEW HARTFORD, N.Y.--December 21, 2009, (BUSINESS WIRE)--Rome Research Corporation (RRC), a wholly owned subsidiary of PAR Technology Corporation (NYSE:PTC - News), announced today that it has been awarded a $46.0 million contract for research and development, testing and evaluation expertise to operate the far field antenna test ranges, anechoic chambers, other laboratory facilities for the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate and conduct exercises and training missions on Air Force fielded technologies in combat. Under the five-year contract, work will be performed at the Air Force Research Laboratory facilities located in Rome, Newport, and Stockbridge, NY, and other field locations.
"Rome Research Corporation is proud of its long-term technical partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory at Rome, New York. Our company was founded to provide research and development services to the laboratory," commented Steve Lynch., President of PAR’s Government Operations. "As the mission of the AFRL Information Directorate has evolved, Rome Research has adapted and expanded its capabilities along with it. The innovative technical solutions we provide will enable the Air Force Research Laboratory to fulfill its mission to meet the Air Force's unique requirements for Information Dominance and its transition to aerospace systems. We are pleased to continue to provide assistance to the AFRL in meeting its continuous and critical mission."
About RRC
Rome Research Corporation, headquartered in Rome, New York, is a growing Information Technology and communication services company that has provided support to the U.S. Department of Defense for over 35 years. The Company has 650 employees in more than 25 offices throughout the United States and worldwide. Rome Research is considered a leading provider of communications I/T support services to the United States Department of Defense. For more information, visit
About PAR Technology Corporation
PAR Technology Corporation creates and markets products that help hospitality operators around the world to better manage money, materials, people and the guest experience. PAR has provided hardware, software and services to the world's largest restaurant chains and their franchisees for almost 30 years. Today the Company's extensive offering includes technology solutions for the full spectrum of hospitality operations, from boutique hotels and independent table service restaurants to international QSR chains, all backed by PAR’s global service network. The Company has over 50,000 installations in 105 countries worldwide. PAR is also a leader in providing computer-based system design and engineering services to the Department of Defense and various federal agencies. Through PAR Logistics Management Systems, the Company is a provider of best of breed integrated solutions for shipping asset management and tracking. PAR Technology Corporation's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol PTC. For more information visit the Company’s website at
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Curtiss-Wright Acquires Skyquest Systems

Leading Manufacturer of Rugged Video Display, Distribution and Recording Technology for Surveillance Aircraft
PARSIPPANY, N.J., Dec. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) today announced that it has acquired Skyquest Systems Ltd. for 10 million pounds Sterling, or approximately $16 million. Skyquest is a leading supplier of aircraft video displays, recorders, and video/radar converters for surveillance aircraft applications in the aerospace and defense markets. The business will become part of Curtiss-Wright's Motion Control segment.
"The addition of Skyquest Systems enhances Curtiss-Wright's leadership position in the aerospace and defense embedded computing market," said Martin R. Benante, Chairman and CEO of Curtiss-Wright Corporation. "Skyquest's engineering expertise and advanced product offerings in video monitoring and recording, as well as their strong European presence, will significantly expand Curtiss-Wright's ability to provide mission-critical solutions to customers worldwide."
Skyquest's advanced display and recorder technology supports demanding airborne surveillance missions with proven reliability in harsh environments. Skyquest products include the Video Management System (VMS), which provides fully integrated systems that enable observers and pilots to independently select, view and record the images they need simply and with maximum fidelity. The Skyquest VMS enables multiple camera sensor outputs to be viewed simultaneously and supports touch-screen control of moving maps, video recorders, mission computers and the selection and transmission of video for downlink. The company is also a market leader in the development of lightweight, airworthy standard and High Definition (HD) video recorders for airborne surveillance. Skyquest systems have been successfully fielded in a broad range of demanding applications including police, customs, coast guard, search and rescue and border patrol operations.
Located in Basildon, United Kingdom, Skyquest Systems Ltd was formed from two businesses, Skyquest Ltd. and Real-Time Vision Ltd., founded in 1996 and 1998, respectively. The businesses operate under the trademark Skyquest Aviation with estimated 2009 sales of $8 million.
About Curtiss-Wright
Curtiss-Wright Corporation is a diversified company headquartered in Parsippany, N.J. The company designs, manufactures and overhauls products for motion control and flow control applications, and provides a variety of specialized metal treatment services. The firm employs approximately 7,500 people worldwide. For more information, please visit
About Curtiss-Wright Controls, Inc.
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Curtiss-Wright Controls is the Motion Control segment of Curtiss-Wright Corporation. With manufacturing facilities around the world, Curtiss-Wright Controls is a leading technology-based organization providing niche motion control products, subsystems and services internationally for the aerospace and defense markets. For more information, please visit
This press release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are based on management's beliefs and assumptions. Such statements, including statements relating to Curtiss-Wright Corporation's expectations for the future performance of Skyquest, the future opportunities associated with the acquisition, and the success of the Company integrating Skyquest into its Motion Controls segment, are not considered historical facts and are considered forward-looking statements under the federal securities laws. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: a reduction in anticipated orders; an economic downturn; changes in competitive marketplace and/or customer requirements; a change in US and Foreign government spending; an inability to perform customer contracts at anticipated cost levels; and other factors that generally affect the business of aerospace, defense contracting, marine, electronics and industrial companies. Please refer to the Company's current SEC filings under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, for further information.

Optellios to Develop Cutting Edge Technology for Civil Infrastructure Monitoring

NEWTOWN, PA--(Marketwire - 12/21/09) - Optellios, Inc. has announced the launch of a $3.9 million research and development program in partnership with the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). This announcement follows an earlier notification by NIST that it has selected the Newtown, PA company to participate in its Technology Innovation Program (TIP) to address the areas of Critical National Need. As part of the program, Optellios will undertake a major effort to develop a fiber-optic sensing technology for early detection and location of faults in the nation's aging civil infrastructure systems, including water pipelines, dams and levees, bridges, roads and highways.
The project's primary focus will be on a technology for monitoring the status and integrity of water pipelines and similar, often inaccessible, structures using fiber-optic cables. The optical fiber would act as a continuous sensor, providing real-time data on the location and nature of acoustic disturbances or changes in vibration, temperature, and strain along a pipe over distances of tens of miles. Monitoring for thermal and acoustic anomalies along water pipelines will help detect and locate water leaks, while a combination of acoustic and strain sensing can detect structural changes associated with infrastructure aging.
"Optellios has long been a technology leader in the field of fiber-optic sensing for the security industry. This project represents a major step toward developing new capabilities for a growing market segment of civil infrastructure monitoring," said Dr. Jay S. Patel, the company CEO.
The company's current technology, embodied in its FiberPatrol sensor systems, allows early detection of the so-called third-party interference (TPI), which includes unauthorized excavations, a constant source of concern for in-ground utility operators and oil pipelines. This capability is expected to be significantly enhanced by the technology developments expected from this new program.
Optellios, Inc. is a leading U.S.-based technology company specializing in sensing, security, and communication. Its FiberPatrol line of security products delivers advanced and cost effective security solutions for the nation's critical infrastructures and high-value assets. For more information, visit
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CSC Supports Successful NASA Test Launch

FALLS CHURCH, Va., Dec. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- CSC (NYSE: CSC) recently played an integral part in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) successful launch of the Ares I-X test vehicle at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Ares I-X test vehicle is the planned replacement for the United States' Space Shuttle, which is the primary launch vehicle for human spaceflight to low earth orbit and beyond.
A CSC-managed joint venture, known as Computer Sciences Raytheon (CSR), provided essential range services for the historic launch. The CSC-led team developed the Ares I-X mission plans for the U.S. Air Force. On launch day, about 150 personnel provided real-time radar and optical tracking of the vehicle on its suborbital flight and operated the integrated communications, command and control systems. CSR personnel also provided real-time weather observations in the launch area.
"Despite the developmental nature of the Ares I-X test flight and many late-breaking requirement changes, the CSC-led team was able to accelerate production of the range instrumentation plans, which were completed in only 20 days instead of the national standard of 50 days," said Michael W. Maier, vice president and general manager of CSR. "This successful launch demonstrates our ability to provide responsive range services for the new launch systems under development, while ensuring total range safety and excellent technical performance."
The flight test demonstrated basic design and aerodynamic performance. Data collected from the heavily instrumented Ares I-X vehicle will be used to improve the design and safety of the next generation of American spaceflight vehicles.
For more information about the Ares X-1 test launch, visit
About CSC
CSC is a global leader in providing technology-enabled solutions and services through three primary lines of business. These include Business Solutions and Services, the Managed Services Sector and the North American Public Sector. CSC's advanced capabilities include systems design and integration, information technology and business process outsourcing, applications software development, Web and application hosting, mission support and management consulting. Headquartered in Falls Church, Va., CSC has approximately 92,000 employees and reported revenue of $16.0 billion for the 12 months ended October 2, 2009. For more information, visit the company's Web site at

Navistar Looks to Future to Extend Technology Leadership Strategy

Navistar to Invest in Danish Technology Company
WARRENVILLE, Ill.--December 21, 2009, (BUSINESS WIRE)--Navistar Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire an interest in Danish technology company Amminex.
“By leveraging our assets and those of Amminex, this agreement supports Navistar’s three-pillar strategy of product leadership, competitive cost structure and profitable growth,” said Daniel C. Ustian, Navistar chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Amminex offers another tool for Navistar to explore cost-effective, customer-friendly technologies that fit our MaxxForce® Advanced EGR platform, meeting emissions requirements while removing the burden liquid urea places on the industry.”
The Amminex technology is a customer-friendly metal ammine-based NOx reductant delivery system, and is a tool which Navistar engineers will use to explore exhaust gas NOx reduction for specific applications. The technology is very efficient when matched with Navistar’s clean-burning 2010-compliant engines, which have already achieved 0.4 to 0.5 g/bHp-hr (grams per brake horsepower per hour) of NOx using only Navistar’s in-cylinder NOx reduction technology, MaxxForce Advanced EGR. The Amminex delivery system shows the potential to be very cost-effective as an added component of MaxxForce Advanced EGR. In addition, several automotive OEMs are evaluating the technology’s use in light-duty vehicles such as autos and pick-ups.
“Our in-cylinder approach with MaxxForce Advanced EGR technology remains our prime path to achieve a tailpipe emissions compliance level of 0.2 NOx,” said Jack Allen, president, Navistar’s North American Truck Group. “The Amminex technology fits perfectly into our Advanced EGR prime path – assuring that the responsibility of emissions compliance remains with the OEM and eliminating the need for customers and third parties to invest in a new infrastructure for liquid urea.”
As previously announced, all of Navistar’s 2010 products will come to market EPA certified and in full regulatory compliance between 0.4 and 0.5 g/bHp-hr NOx under all operating conditions, consistent with all EPA standards when used with Navistar’s green credits.
“While other commercial truck manufacturers have limited their investment in emissions technology, declaring liquid urea-based SCR to be the solution for NOx reduction, Navistar continues to invest in new technologies that support our philosophy that emission control is the responsibility of the manufacturer, and that trucks should operate cleanly under all operating conditions,” said Eric Tech, president, Navistar Engine Group. “This not only enables our engine strategy in the U.S., but also can be a key enabler as more stringent standards come into effect globally.”
About Amminex Technology
The foundational metal ammine-based delivery system developed by Amminex was initially developed for fuel cell applications. The technology is flexible and may be applied to fuel cells and other applications in the future, as fuel cell and battery technology matures.
“This new relationship with Amminex not only broadens our technological capability, but also allows us to share in potential benefits as other OEMs evaluate and adopt the technology,” Ustian said. “Navistar’s continued investment in leading-edge engine technologies has enabled the company to deliver great products that address future regulatory emissions goals while meeting customer needs.” He cited a number of examples of Navistar’s demonstrated commitment to establish product leadership with advanced engine technologies:
*Advanced engine components. Navistar recently acquired Continental Diesel Systems’ advanced fuel system technologies and resources and formed a new company, Pure Power Technologies, LLC, which will vertically integrate research and development, engineering and manufacturing capabilities to produce world-class diesel power systems and advanced emissions control systems, including Amminex-derived technology.
*Emissions control technologies. Navistar vehicles have consistently achieved the EPA’s tough emissions requirements years ahead of time. Using a combination of advanced fuel injection technology, proprietary combustion bowl design, advanced air management and improved electronic control and calibration, Navistar introduced the customer-friendly 2010 emissions solution, MaxxForce® Advanced EGR.
*Hybrid solutions. Navistar produced the industry’s first hybrid commercial trucks and school buses, marketed under the International® and IC Bus® brands. The company has also developed advanced hydraulic hybrid solutions in partnership with Eaton Corporation.
*Advanced aerodynamics. Navistar’s advancement in aerodynamics has made the International® ProStar® the most fuel-efficient long-haul truck on the road.
*All-electric vehicles. Most recently, Navistar’s work on zero-emission all-electric delivery vehicles was recognized when U.S. president Barack Obama announced a Department of Energy grant for Navistar to build 400 vehicles in 2010. Navistar has entered into a joint venture with Modec Ltd. of the United Kingdom to produce and sell electric Class 2c-3 commercial vehicles in North, Central and South America.
“It is a major breakthrough for Amminex that a global leader such as Navistar has entered into a series development agreement as well as a long-term supply agreement with us,” said Jens Hinnerskov, Amminex chief executive officer. “Our ability to attract investment from a wide spectrum of entities bodes well as we continue to focus on advanced power solutions and clean technologies.”
About Amminex
Amminex, based in Søborg, Denmark, is privately held. Current investors include SEED Capital Denmark K/S, Conduit Ventures Ltd., Yasuda Enterprise Development Co. and the Nordea Foundation. Additional information is available at
About Navistar
Navistar Inc., the operating company of Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV - News), produces International® brand commercial vehicles, MaxxForce® brand diesel engines, IC Bus™ brand school and commercial buses, Monaco RV brands of recreational vehicles, and Workhorse™ brand chassis for motor homes and step vans. It also is a private-label designer and manufacturer of diesel engines for the pickup truck, van and SUV markets. The company also provides truck and diesel engine service parts. Additional information is available at
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Advanced LEAP-X1C Engine Chosen as Sole Powerplant To Launch New COMAC C919 Aircraft

BEIJING--December 21, 2009, (BUSINESS WIRE)--The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) and CFM International today jointly announced that the advanced new LEAP-X1C engine has been selected as the sole western powerplant to launch the new C919 single-aisle aircraft scheduled to enter commercial service in 2016.
CFM, a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (SAFRAN Group) and General Electric Company, is the world’s largest commercial aircraft engine manufacturer. In 2008, the two companies renewed the partnership to the year 2040.
COMAC has forecasted a global market for more than 2,000 C919 aircraft over the 20 years following entry into service.
COMAC has opted for a complete Integrated Propulsion System (IPS) for the C919. CFM will provide the engine, provisionally called the LEAP-X1C, and, in partnership with Nexcelle, will provide the nacelle and thrust reverser to deliver a complete IPS solution to COMAC. Nexcelle is a 50/50 joint venture between GE’s Middle River Aircraft Systems and SAFRAN Group’s Aircelle the two companies launched in 2008.
“We are very pleased to work with CFM on our new C919,” said Zhang Qingwei, chairman of COMAC. “The leading-edge technology incorporated in the engine, coupled with all of the benefits of a completely integrated propulsion system, will enable us to build a very competitive airplane for the global market.”
“The relationship between CFM and China goes back more than 25 years,” said Eric Bachelet, president and CEO of CFM International. “This agreement is the next logical step in what has been a tremendously successful collaboration between CFM, the Chinese aviation industry, and our Chinese airline customers. Today, we are embarking on an exciting new chapter with COMAC and we are honored to be a part of it. This is truly an historic occasion.”
LEAP-X, which was formally launched in 2008, is a totally new centerline engine and the development program has been progressing steadily since it was launched in mid-2008. The first core in the development program, eCore 1, successfully completed the first phase of testing earlier this year. The second phase of testing will begin in early 2010.
CFM has also been testing the revolutionary 3-D Woven Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) composite fan and case. Results to date have been very positive and inline with pre-test expectation and CFM will continue to refine and test various blade designs to identify the optimum. The LEAP-X fan will feature 18 blades, a 50 percent reduction versus the CFM56-5C and 25 percent fewer blades than the CFM56-7B.
Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC) is the Chinese commercial aircraft manufacturer established in May 2008 for more information on COMAC, please visit
About CFM
Since the company was established in 1974, CFM has delivered more than 20,000 engines to date to more than 500 operators around the globe. There are more than 2,300 CFM56 engines in service or on order with Chinese airlines, representing more than 10% of the CFM56 engines in commercial service worldwide. In the last decade, CFM has received firm orders for more than 12,200 CFM56 engines. For more information on CFM International, visit us at
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