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Phase three of DARPA’s ALIAS aircraft automation system continues

2018-10-30
The autonomous software and hardware, which was installed on an optionally piloted helicopter, executed various scenarios including automated takeoff and landing, LIDAR- and camera-based obstacle avoidance, LIDAR-based automatic landing zone selection, and low-level contour flying.
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Zwick Roell provides flexible materials testing over a wide temperature range

2018-10-19
To enable the tests required for development work to be performed with maximum efficiency, the Zwick Roell Group (ZwickRoell) – a global supplier of materials testing machines based out of Ulm, Germany – developed a materials testing machine that can be equipped with both a temperature chamber and a high-temperature furnace.
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Air mobility innovations take center stage at Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference 2018

2018-11-06
Hundreds of aerospace executives, engineers, scientists, and academics are gathering in London this week for Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference (ASTC) 2018 from SAE International in Warrendale, Pennsylvania. Discussions during the three-day industry event center on the theme of innovating air mobility. Aerospace thought leaders are at ASTC discussing current challenges, the latest enabling technologies, and future opportunities, including those related to urban air mobility (UAM) and supersonic aircraft.
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ULA selects Blue Origin advanced booster engine for Vulcan Centaur rocket system

2018-10-22
Engineers at United Launch Alliance (ULA), provider of spacecraft launch services to the US government, in Centennial, Colo., have selected the BE-4 engine from Blue Origin LLC in Kent, Wash., to help power the company’s next-generation Vulcan Centaur rocket system. The new Vulcan Centaur rocket design will incorporate: a pair of Blue Origin BE-4 engines in the booster stage, Aerojet Rocketdyne’s RL10 engine for the upper stage, Northrop Grumman solid rocket boosters, L 3 Avionics Systems avionics and electronics, and RUAG’s payload fairings and composite structures.
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Aerion AS2 supersonic bizjet on track for trans-atlantic crossing in 2023

2018-10-26
The AS2 industry team – comprising Aerion in Reno, Nevada; Lockheed Martin in Bethesda, Maryland; GE Aviation in Evendale, Ohio; and Honeywell in Morris Plains, New Jersey – has finished the conceptual design phase and launched the preliminary design phase, slated to conclude in June 2020, of the Aerion A2 supersonic business jet.
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MBSE is transforming aerospace engineering, systems integration

2018-10-29
Model-based systems engineering (MBSE) is taking off in aerospace engineering and systems integration workflows worldwide. Editors in SAE International’s Aerospace Product Group had the opportunity to discuss MBSE trends, tools, and benefits, as well as any impediments to adoption and whether MBSE is likely to transform aerospace systems engineering and integration with Dave Shanley, vice president of segment & product marketing management at Jama Software in Portland, Oregon.
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Harley-Davidson electrics up

2018-10-18
Harley-Davidson is the first major OEM to announce specific plans for an electrified addition to its traditional motorcycle lineup.
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Russian Helicopters successfully develops helicopter ditching system

2018-11-08
Specialists at Kazan Helicopters have completed testing of an Ansat light helicopter equipped with a ditching system or emergency flotation system. The Ansat’s ditching system is designed to save passengers and crewmembers in case of an emergency water landing.
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