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Wichita State’s National Center for Advanced Materials Performance partners with SAE International to standardize lightweight aerospace materials

2019-04-05
The National Center for Advanced Materials Performance (NCAMP) of Wichita State University (WSU) is partnering with SAE International to develop globally harmonized aerospace material and process specifications for advanced composites and non-metal additive manufacturing (AM) materials in the aerospace and air transport industries.
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Sikorsky-Boeing’s FVL contender takes flight

2019-03-25
The Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 Defiant (stylized as “SB>1 DEFIANT”) compound helicopter flew for the first time at Sikorsky’s West Palm Beach, Florida facility. Unlike current rotorcraft, the SB-1 Defiant’s propulsion system includes a rear-mounted pusher propulsor in addition to two coaxial main rotors. This unique setup allows the Defiant to reach speeds and a service range far beyond that of modern helicopters.
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Stratolaunch all-composite aircraft achieves first flight

2019-04-15
Stratolaunch Systems Corp., founded by Paul G. Allen, in Seattle, Washington, has completed the first flight of the Stratolaunch, the world’s largest all-composite aircraft, with a dual-fuselage design and wingspan greater than the length of an American football field. The Stratolaunch aircraft took flight on April 13 at 0658 PDT from the Mojave Air & Space Port in Mojave, California; achieved a maximum speed of 189 miles per hour; and flew for 2.5 hours over the Mojave Desert at altitudes up to 17,000 feet.
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Stronger, quieter cabs

2019-06-12
Worthington expert sees AHSS and active noise cancellation making off-highway cabs safer and less-stressful places to work.
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NASA crash landing is a complete success

2019-06-24
The test was conducted to better understand the dynamic forces on an aircraft and its passengers during a crash landing. Findings form the event will support a new FAA performance-based rule that will simplify aircraft certification by eliminating or minimizing the use of special conditions.
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Aerion taps Siemens’ Xcelerator portfolio to enable next-generation global transportation networks

2020-02-27
Aerion Supersonic in Reno, Nevada, is developing supersonic aircraft with the help of the Xcelerator portfolio from Siemens Digital Industries Software, with headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany, and offices worldwide. Siemens Digital Industries Software’s Dale Tutt, vice president of aerospace and defense, will deliver a keynote address at SAE AeroTech 2020 (SAE.org/aerotech) on the rapid development of next-gen platforms and systems.
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In search of the lightweight, multi-material car

2014-09-16
Steel, aluminum, and plastics are vying for additional assignments as automakers look for ways to lightweight vehicles to meet the U.S. government's 2025-mandated 54.5-mpg fleet average.
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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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QT-steels make an impact

2014-09-24
The use of quenched and tempered steels for dumper bodies reduces weight and fuel consumption while increasing payload capacity and wear life.
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Infusing lightweight composite structures

2014-09-30
European researchers examine simulation-based solutions for the manufacture of large-scale, liquid-resin-infusion composite substructures for aircraft and possibly ground vehicles.
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