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New Horizons spacecraft to reach Ultima Thule

2018-12-27
Three years after completing its Pluto flyby, New Horizons will explore a mysterious object named Ultima Thule, meaning “beyond the known world.” The reddish piece of rock and ice is thought to be a castoff of an older version of our solar system, untouched for billions of years.
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Boeing’s 777X finally gets its engines

2019-01-18
Less than a year after the GE9X turbofan first flew on its Boeing 747 testbed, GE Aviation and Boeing have installed the record-breaking engine on the aircraft it was designed for: the Boeing 777X. Two massive GE9X engines are now hang under the wings of the Boeing 777-9X flight test aircraft.
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Stratolaunch composite air-launch aircraft pulls the wheels up during latest taxi test

2019-01-17
Seattle-based Stratolaunch Systems Corporation is fast approaching the first flight of its Stratolaunch aircraft. According to a brief social media post, the aircraft – the largest in the world in terms of wingspan – reached a speed of 136 miles per hour during a high-speed taxi test at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California.
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Final Orion capsule parachute system test successful

2018-09-28
A team of engineers from NASA and Dallas-based Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. successfully completed the eighth and final test of the Orion spacecraft Capsule Parachute Assembly System at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Ariz.
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First F-35 crash; pilot safe

2018-10-01
On September 28, a day after the first Lockheed Martin F-35B combat strike, an F-35B stationed at USMC Air Station Beaufort crashed a short distance from the base. The aircraft was part of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing belonging to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501.
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Boeing wins $2.9B for 18 KC-46A military tanker aircraft based on 767 jet airliner

2018-09-11
Boeing in Everett, Wash., won a $2.9 billion U.S. Air Force contract to deliver 18 additional KC-46A tanker aircraft, spares, support equipment, spare engines, and wing air refueling pod kits. Boeing is now on contract for 52 KC-46 Pegasus military aerial refueling and strategic military transport aircraft, based on the company’s 767 jet airliner, with the addition of this fourth production lot.
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Airlines for America and SAE International recognize Lufthansa Technik, 3D.aero subsidiary for nondestructive testing innovation

2018-09-24
Officials at SAE International in Warrendale, Pa., and Airlines for America (A4A) in Washington are recognizing Karsten Kaiser of Lufthansa Technik and Michael Ernst of subsidiary 3D.aero for furthering the science and efficacy of nondestructive testing (NDT), having presented them with the 16th annual Nondestructive Testing (NDT) Innovation Award at A4A’s annual NDT Forum last week in Seattle.
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Barker approaches aircraft as system of systems in latest SAE International book

2018-10-17
Today’s airframe manufacturers have taken on more of the role of systems integrators, putting the focus on the aircraft as a system-of-many-systems. Sean Barker, FBCS CEng and a former research scientist at BAE Systems in the UK, approaches aircraft as a system of systems (SoS) from a business process perspective in his new book from SAE International in Warrendale, Pa.
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“The Eagle has landed”

2018-10-08
Lockheed Martin has revealed its concept for a new crewed lunar lander: a single stage, fully reusable system that incorporates flight-proven technologies and systems from the NASA Orion spacecraft. In its initial configuration, the lander would deliver a crew of four and 2,000 pounds of cargo to the Moon’s surface for up to two weeks.
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Old bird learns new tricks

2018-09-21
The oldest Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor in the United States Air Force – tail number 91-4006 – just came out of retirement and took to the skies. It will now be used as a flight sciences aircraft, which will be an integral part of F-22 fleet modernization.
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Aerospace & defense systems engineering undergoes digital transformation with MBSE

2018-10-16
A growing number of organizations, including leading aerospace and defense (A&D) companies, are implementing model-based systems engineering (MBSE), a practice developing and exploiting a set of related system models that help define, design, and document a system under development – and reaping the benefits of not only increased productivity, agility, and efficiency, but also time and cost savings.
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JAXA MINERVA-II1 rovers achieve asteroid landing, autonomy, image and data capture

2018-09-24
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) officials have released the first images from two unmanned rovers that landed safely on the surface of asteroid Ryugu just days ago. The compact MINERVA-II1 rovers, Rover-1A and Rover-1B, separated from the Hayabusa2 spacecraft on Sept. 21 at 13:06 Japan Standard Time (JST) and landed on Ryugu with a bounce.
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Electronic Flight Bag Users Forum focuses on regulatory, AID, security, connectivity, other pressing issues

2018-09-04
More than 300 aerospace professionals are expected at SAE International’s Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Users Forum, hosted by Inmarsat at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow Hotel in London November 13 through 15, 2018. Registration is now open for the world's largest conference dedicated to EFBs which boasts a supplier exhibition area and will focus on the latest regulatory developments, aircraft interface devices (AIDs), security and connectivity progress, advances in mobile applications, and airline operator experiences.
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Airbus Aerial harnesses satellites, UAS, helicopters, data analytics, and AI to support hurricane recovery efforts

2018-10-18
As the third strongest storm in the U.S. was striking the East Coast, Airbus Aerial technology was providing around-the-clock support analyzing the impact and aftermath of Hurricane Michael. Airbus Aerial uses a unique combination of satellites, manned aircraft and rotorcraft, and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) together with data analytics technology and an artificial intelligence (AI), or machine learning, platform to help organizations supporting recovery efforts better understand and react to the storm as it rolled across the southeastern U.S. into the Gulf of Mexico.
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Iridium, Aireon, SpaceX celebrate satellite launch, system deployment

2018-07-26
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 04:39:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on July 25, 2018 and placed 10 new Iridium NEXT satellites into low Earth orbit (LEO), bringing the total number of Aireon space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) payloads in orbit to 65 as global air traffic surveillance service nears debut and satellite constellation nears completion.
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NASA budget amendment to help send Americans to moon by 2024, then Mars

2019-05-15
An amended NASA budget for fiscal year 2020 would add $1.6 billion to a $21 billion initial budget request and fund deep space exploration, science, and technology initiatives. An acquisition approach to various projects would present significant opportunities for commercial partners and, likely, the entire aerospace supply chain.
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