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Airbus, U.S. airline flight test GKN Aerospace hydrophobic coating for cockpit windows

Officials at an as-yet-unnamed airline in the U.S. is assessing a new hydrophobic coating developed by GKN Aerospace materials science and engineering specialists in Garden Grove, Calif., for cockpit windows on its commercial passenger aircraft. GKN Aerospace debuted the new materials science technology, which Airbus engineers are also flight-trialing on the airframe manufacturer’s flight-test aircraft, during Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, England, in July 2018.

BlackBird to purchase 110 all-electric Bye Aerospace eFlyer aircraft

The partnership marks a major milestone for both companies – the purchase will dramatically increase BlackBird’s air transportation network while solidifying Bye Aerospace as a manufacturer of the world’s first all-electric aircraft that meets United States FAA FAR Part 23 airworthiness standards for normal, utility, acrobatic, and commuter aircraft.

CityAirbus urban air mobility vehicle completes first flight

According to Airbus, the CityAirbus UAM vehicle – or “air taxi” – will initially be operated by a pilot for certification and market entry purposes; however, the aircraft is designed for fully autonomous flight once regulations are established.

Standards to help define role of humans, automated systems in aerospace industry of tomorrow

David Schutt, CEO of SAE International, opened the 2018 SAE Aerospace Standards Summit, focused on the theme of humans on the loop – defining the role of humans in automated systems, today at LMI in McLean, Va. “It is clear automated systems are here,” he says, noting the use of automation on the manufacturing floor, in households, and increasingly on roads and in air and space. Industry, government, and SAE are collaborating to “define how it’s going to take place in the aerospace industry of tomorrow.”

Lockheed Martin will merge machine learning with 3D printing

Lockheed Martin of Bethesda, Md. and the Office of Naval Research are exploring how to apply artificial intelligence to train robots to independently oversee and optimize additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, of complex parts.

Europe’s blockchain-based Smart E-Mobility Challenge will conclude this May in Germany

TIoTA, an open software consortium of over 50 members organized to support the creation of a secure, scalable, interoperable, and trusted IoT ecosystem, began the E-Mobility Challenge to link IoT devices with consumers and stakeholder companies such as operators and service, communication, and payment providers within the preexisting European electric vehicle ecosystem.

New, clean-sheet military aircraft design beats upgrades to win US Air Force T-X contract

Boeing won the long-running battle to provide a new jet trainer for the US Air Force T-X program. The search for a replacement for the 1960s era Northrop T-38 Talon, which was produced from 1961 in thousands as an advanced pilot trainer and developed alongside the very similar Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter, has been underway for around two decades.