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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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Boeing extends use of Siemens’ Mentor Graphics technology for electrical systems design, electronic products design, and mechanical analysis

2018-10-09
Boeing officials are expanding the company’s use of Siemens’ Mentor Graphics software as part of its Second Century Enterprise Systems (2CES) initiative, an effort to transform the company and aerospace industry to meet future challenges and achieve maximum value from end-to-end integration of supply chain, manufacturing, engineering, product support, and more. Boeing is harnessing a set of Siemens technologies to enable the next generation of design and manufacturing through increased automation and digitalization.
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Generation Orbit’s GOLauncher1 is officially the Air Force’s X-60A hypersonic flight research vehicle

2018-10-09
The X-60A is an air-dropped, liquid oxygen and kerosene propelled rocket developed by Atlanta-based Generation Orbit Launch Services under contract to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Aerospace Systems Directorate High Speed Systems Division. The vehicle propulsion system is the 5,000 pound-force sea level thrust Hadley liquid rocket engine, produced by Colorado-based Ursa Major Technologies.
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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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Elektrobit lends software to Baidu’s Apollo autonomous driving project

2019-08-13
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.
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Electrify America wants an emoji for electric vehicles

2019-07-19
With about 230 new emoji characters added to major communication platforms in 2019, Electrify America wants to make sure EVs and the company’s ultra-fast charging stations are represented in the modern visual vernacular.
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HTX Labs adapts its VR platform for the Air Force Pilot Training Next initiative

2019-08-02
Houston-based HTX Labs, LLC was awarded with Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II funding to continue adapting its EMPACT Virtual Reality (VR) platform for the United States Air Force’s Pilot Training Next program. The U.S. Air Force intends to use EMPACT to fast-track the creation of highly immersive VR simulations to accelerate pilot training.
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Luminar expands into automotive LiDAR with $250 million in fundraising

2019-07-15
Iris is slated to launch commercially on production vehicles beginning in 2022 and is the first sensing platform to exceed the essential performance, safety, cost, and auto-grade requirements needed to deliver SAE International-defined Level 3 and 4 autonomy to consumers.
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Michigan to start a year-long autonomous vehicle trial this week

2019-07-26
AVGR – a coalition of nine Michigan companies, the city of Grand Rapids, and state of Michigan – is the first of its kind, bringing together enterprise and infrastructure to gather and analyze critical information with the goal of understanding the usage of autonomous vehicles in a city environment.
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Made In Space is set to make in space

2019-07-17
Once in orbit, Archinaut One will use additive manufacturing techniques – or 3D printing – to create two 32-foot beams extending out from each side of the spacecraft. As manufacturing progresses, each beam will unfurl two solar arrays that generate up to five times more power than traditional solar panels on spacecraft of similar size.
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BAE Systems wins $4.7M from DARPA to integrate machine learning into signals intelligence platforms

2019-07-09
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) officials in Arlington, Virginia, have selected BAE Systems Electronic Systems in Nashua, New Hampshire, to integrate machine-learning (ML) technology, a subset of artificial intelligence (AI), into platforms that decipher radio-frequency (RF) signals. BAE Systems won up to $4.7 million in funding from DARPA to achieve key hardware delivery, integration, and demonstration milestones.
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Canada’s Highway 407 ETR tests high contrast AV highway markings

2019-07-29
407 Express Toll Route Concession Company Limited is optimizing kilometers of Canadian highway for automated vehicles (AVs) in partnership with 3M Canada. 407 ERT has applied high-contrast 3M pavement marking tapes for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) on lanes on Canada’s Highway 407 ETR.
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