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Boeing wins MQ-25 contract

2018-08-31
According to the contract, Boeing will initially receive $79 million to begin work on four operational MQ-25 refueling “drones” with integration into the carrier air wing for initial operational capability by 2024.
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GA-ASI maximizes fuel capacity for MQ-25 entry

2018-07-10
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. is using an integrated fuel tank structure to maximize fuel offload for the company’s proposed MQ-25 design for the U.S. Navy. The Navy plans to deploy one of three potential MQ-25 designs by the early- to mid-2020s.
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Introduction to Aircraft Hydraulic System Design and Certification

This four hour short course provides an overview of hydraulic system design of typical business and commercial aircraft. Topics will include the principles, system architectures, power sources, and the main components and technologies of hydraulic systems including hydraulic power generation, filtration, fluid storage, distribution, sensing and control. The step by step process of designing a hydraulic system will also be reviewed. Additionally, future trends in hydraulic systems will be discussed.
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Tech Briefs: October 2018

2018-10-01
Detecting Drones with Doppler-Based Radar Digital Transformation for a Connected Enterprise Using Electromagnetic Brakes to Keep Thrust Reversers in Place Thermostatic Solutions for Temperature Control Applications Bringing RF into the Embedded World: It's Time Compact Power Amplifier Solution for Electronic Warfare Burner Rig Testing of A500® C/SiC Test method simulates, in a laboratory environment, the service conditions ceramic-matrix composite material would experience in turbine engine exhaust applications. Space Debris Orbit and Attitude Prediction for Enhanced and Efficient Space Situational Awareness Developing accurate models to predict the behavior of manmade debris in space could be the key to preventing collisions with satellites. Maintaining Enterprise Resiliency Via Kaleidoscopic Adaption and Transformation of Software Services (MEERKATS) Implementing new technologies to create a more resilient, secure cloud computing environment.
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Impossible Aerospace US-1 makes long-distance flight over Nevada salt flats

2019-08-20
During a public demonstration, an unmodified production Impossible Aerospace Corporation’s US-1 quadcopter, carrying both a FLIR Duo Pro R thermal camera and HD video transmitter, crossed Nevada’s “playa,” or salt flats. In repeated 72-minute flights, the unmanned aircraft system (UAS) flew with and against prevailing winds, covering distances of 29 and 21 miles, respectively.
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Beep and Bestmile partner on self-driving fleets in Florida

2019-08-19
Beep Inc., an automated vehicle (AV) distributor based in Orlando, Florida, is partnering with Bestmile SA – a developer of fleet orchestration software. Through the collaboration, Beep will use Bestmile’s software to manage and monitor autonomous shuttle fleets that it sells to fleet owners who operate in low speed environments across the public and private sector.
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Space launch providers submit proposals for National Security Space Launch program

2019-08-16
Four companies – Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, SpaceX, and United Launch Alliance (ULA) – recently submitted proposals for the U.S. Air Force's Phase 2 Launch Services Procurement (LSP) competition. Two of those companies will be awarded with up to 34 launches over a five-year period under the National Security Space Launch (NSSL) program.
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Uber ATG joins SAE ITC’s Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium

2019-08-16
Uber’s Pittsburgh-based Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) has joined the Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC) to collaborate on the development of best safety practices for automated vehicles (AVs). AVSC member companies like SAE international, Ford, General Motors, Toyota, and now Uber, aim to responsibly evolve technology that would enable widespread AV deployment.
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Embraer’s new Praetor 500 is awarded Type Certification in São Paulo during LABACE

2019-08-15
Embraer S.A.’s new Praetor 500 midsize business jet was awarded Type Certification from Brazil's National Civil Aviation Authority (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil, or ANAC). The Praetor 500 surpassed its certification goals and outperformed class competitors – achieving an intercontinental range of 3,340 nautical miles (6,186 kilometers) with four passengers and keeping with NBAA IFR Reserves, a high-speed cruise of 466 knots true airspeed (KTAS).
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Elektrobit lends software to Baidu’s Apollo autonomous driving project

2019-08-13
Elektrobit Automotive GmbH (EB) will provide automotive infrastructure software for Baidu, Inc.’s Apollo Computing Unit (ACU). Baidu, China’s leading Chinese language Internet search provider, is developing the ACU under its Apollo Enterprise business as an advanced, mass production in-vehicle computing platform for autonomous driving.
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Rancho Cordova business park hosts self-driving Olli shuttle

2019-08-12
Olli – Phoenix-based Local Motors’ self-driving shuttle – is currently in use at a major business park in Rancho Cordova, California for its first business use pilot program. According to Local Motors, the 12-passenger autonomous vehicle is the world's first to be co-created at distributed microfactories using additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing) techniques.
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Nissan and EVgo partner to build 200 new EV fast chargers in the U.S.

2019-08-08
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and EVgo Services LLC. are placing 200 direct current fast chargers (DCFC) across the United States to increase the number of available charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs). The fast chargers are capable of delivering 100 kilowatts of power and have both CHAdeMO and CCS connectors to facilitate a wider variety of EVs.
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