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Boeing's latest contract secures new wings for remaining A-10 fleet

2019-08-22
After wrapping up a wing swap on 173 Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II close air support attack aircraft, the Boeing Company was awarded with another Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) sustainment contract award from the U.S. Air Force to continue re-winging the rest of the A-10 fleet.
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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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HTX Labs adapts its VR platform for the Air Force Pilot Training Next initiative

2019-08-02
Houston-based HTX Labs, LLC was awarded with Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II funding to continue adapting its EMPACT Virtual Reality (VR) platform for the United States Air Force’s Pilot Training Next program. The U.S. Air Force intends to use EMPACT to fast-track the creation of highly immersive VR simulations to accelerate pilot training.
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Canada’s Highway 407 ETR tests high contrast AV highway markings

2019-07-29
407 Express Toll Route Concession Company Limited is optimizing kilometers of Canadian highway for automated vehicles (AVs) in partnership with 3M Canada. 407 ERT has applied high-contrast 3M pavement marking tapes for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) on lanes on Canada’s Highway 407 ETR.
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Pratt & Whitney develops digitally curated maintenance solutions for general aviation

2019-07-22
The “Know My PT6” app is a digital gateway to maintenance recommendations and to the services and facilities that P&W offers through its global customer service network for engine maintainers, owners, operators and pilots. It is designed to help PT6 customers and operators optimize the performance and availability of their PT6-powered aircraft.
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Luminar expands into automotive LiDAR with $250 million in fundraising

2019-07-15
Iris is slated to launch commercially on production vehicles beginning in 2022 and is the first sensing platform to exceed the essential performance, safety, cost, and auto-grade requirements needed to deliver SAE International-defined Level 3 and 4 autonomy to consumers.
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Boeing’s next ecoDemonstrator test bed will be a 777

2019-07-03
The Boeing Company is kicking off a new round of flight-testing to research approximately 50 technology projects related to safety, environmental sustainability, and passenger experience. More than a dozen partners are participating in the 2019 program.
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Can the Air Force reach a 24-hour launch window?

2019-06-13
In a “sources sought” notice titled Rapid Space Launch Initiative, the service is reaching out to American space launch companies to identify technical risks and challenges and develop demonstrations that would result in a launch within 24 hours of a “call up,” versus weeks or months.
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