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Astronics Ballard Technology is the industry leader for reliable aircraft and avionics data solutions. Offering a wide range of avionics interface cards and rugged COTs embedded I/O computers as well as test and simulation devices and software.

Aircraft and avionics data interface solutions

Commercial aircraft interface devices - take control of your aircraft software and data with our cost-effective, open-architecture Smart AIDs that allow you to connect to your avionics data simply, safely, and securely. 

Rugged embedded COTS devices - solve avionics processing and interfacing problems on aircraft, UAVs, and ground mobile platforms with our rugged avionics I/O computers and high-performance interface cards.

Reliable test and simulation devices - test and validate avionics equipment and systems with our reliable test and simulation interfaces and software for all standard avionics protocols, including MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC 429/708/717.

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Aircraft databus

Aircraft databus

Databus interface cards - databus Interface Cards enable computers to interface with a variety of avionics databuses. These high-performance cards interface to multiple protocols including MIL-STD-1553, ARINC 429/70O8/717, Serial and Discrete I/O. Cards are available for these platforms: PXI Express, PCI Express, PMC and XMC, mPCIe, cPCI, and VME.

Avionics test and simulation - interfaces for test, analysis, and simulation of commercial and military avionics equipment and systems that can be controlled through Ethernet or USB, or can be programmed to operate standalone. Omnibus products provide a highly flexible databus interface solution. Each product includes an array of functional features to which I/O is added through the use of interchangeable modules. When ordering an Omnibus product, you can add the combination of modules to get the exact mix of I/O you need. Available avionics databus protocols: MIL-STD-1553, ARINC 429, 717, 708, Serial, and Avionics discrete I/O.

Avionics I/O computers - rugged, conduction-cooled, COTS devices combine a powerful computer processor, multi-protocol databus interfaces, Ethernet, USB, and other I/O in a small, lightweight package. An avionics I/O computer delivering outstanding performance on the ground and in the air. They are routinely deployed on helicopters, fixed-wing, and ground mobile platforms. They include standard databus protocol interfaces including MIL-STD-1553, ARINC 429, ARINC 717, ARINC 708, Serial, discrete I/O, Ethernet, and USB. Common applications include data and protocol converting, network serving, health monitoring, local/distributed control, electronic flight bag (EFB) integration, maintenance gateway, and data recording.



A wide variety of cables and accessories are available to complement Astronics' line of avionics databus interface products.



CoPilot® enables you to interact with avionics bus data without writing your own code. This intuitive graphical software is the leading productivity tool for databus analysis and simulation. Alternatively, comprehensive API libraries and numerous example programs simplify and speed the development of custom applications.


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Design customer driven systems, build prototypes and manufacture products to meet your distinct needs. Many of the platform-based technologies that we offer were designed with customisation in mind.

Our capabilities help us to offer solutions across all stages of your project. Whether your requirements are standard, modified or highly customised, our experts support and identify your aims and work to ensure that we provide a solution that fits.

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Our engineers will skilfully guide you through each stage of your project, working with you to understand and identify a solution that meets your technical and commercial needs before designing and integrating your solution.



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