Siemens PLM Software has transformed into Siemens Digital Industries Software, reaffirming its focus on enabling digital industries and merging virtual and real worlds in software, hardware, design, and manufacturing. “Every industry we serve – from aerospace and automotive to electronic design – is transforming,” Siemens PLM Software officials in Plano, Texas, acknowledge. Siemens PLM Software, too, is undergoing a transformation, having just changed its name to Siemens Digital Industries Software.
The 60th Maintenance Squadron at Travis Air Force Base is the first field unit in the United States Air Force to produce approved nonstructural aircraft parts using 3D printing – an additive manufacturing technique. The first parts: latrine covers on the Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy strategic airlifter.
The Lockheed C-130H Hercules fleet operated by the Air National Guard and U.S. Air Force Reserve is getting new Collins Aerospace Systems avionics that will help extend the life of the legacy aircraft by 20 years.
Texas A&M University is putting a human behind the wheel of its autonomous shuttle fleet with a partnership with Designated Driver, a teleoperation technology company and provides remote human guidance to autonomous vehicles. The first use case: overriding the shuttles’ autonomy at four-way intersections.
The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM), a non-profit consortium based in Prince George County, Virginia, uses a 3D visualization lab to expand beyond the walls of its 62,000-square-foot brick and mortar facility and deliver a collaborative development for researchers in industry, academia, and government.
Pratt & Miller’s main role will be ensuring that the Lynx meets or exceeds the Army's survivability requirements for the OMFV, which is scheduled to begin replacing the M-2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle in 2026. The OMFV competition requires that the vehicle be optimized for dense urban areas while maintaining efficacy against threats in open, rural areas.
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.
Subaru Corporation is using tools developed by Pittsburgh-based ANSYS, Inc. to create control systems that deliver unrivaled safety and reliability for their next-generation hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). The automotive OEM is using ANSYS SCADE to automate and expedite the precise design and validation of embedded software in the electronic control units (ECUs) for the company’s new e-Boxer system.
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.
United Launch Alliance (ULA) will supply launch vehicles for the Dream Chaser Cargo System. Starting in 2021, Dream Chaser – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Space Systems’ reusable spaceplane – will launch aboard ULA's Vulcan Centaur rockets for six NASA cargo resupply and return services to the International Space Station (ISS).
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.
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.
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.
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).
The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) and Velodyne Lidar, Inc. have joined the International Alliance for Mobility Testing & Standardization (IAMTS). Alongside SAE International, the two organizations will serve as as core members of IAMT’s Technical Leadership Committee.
Honda Aircraft Company’s HondaJet is outpacing its competitors in the very light business jet category with the most aircraft delivered in the first half of 2019, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). During the first 6 months of this year, Honda Aircraft delivered 17 aircraft to global customers.
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.
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.