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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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Impossible Aerospace US-1 makes long-distance flight over Nevada salt flats

2019-08-20
During a public demonstration, an unmodified production Impossible Aerospace Corporation’s US-1 quadcopter, carrying both a FLIR Duo Pro R thermal camera and HD video transmitter, crossed Nevada’s “playa,” or salt flats. In repeated 72-minute flights, the unmanned aircraft system (UAS) flew with and against prevailing winds, covering distances of 29 and 21 miles, respectively.
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Subaru uses ANSYS tools to accelerate hybrid vehicle design

2019-08-21
Subaru Corporation is using tools developed by Pittsburgh-based ANSYS, Inc. to create control systems that deliver unrivaled safety and reliability for their next-generation hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). The automotive OEM is using ANSYS SCADE to automate and expedite the precise design and validation of embedded software in the electronic control units (ECUs) for the company’s new e-Boxer system.
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Air Force begins 3D printing nonstructural aircraft parts

2019-09-04
The 60th Maintenance Squadron at Travis Air Force Base is the first field unit in the United States Air Force to produce approved nonstructural aircraft parts using 3D printing – an additive manufacturing technique. The first parts: latrine covers on the Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy strategic airlifter.
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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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Blue Origin aims for crewed New Shepard launch in 2019

2019-01-29
Kent, Washington-based Blue Origin successfully completed the tenth launch of its suborbital launch vehicle New Shepard. The New Shepard is designed to be a crewed, space tourism vehicle, and although the launch was unmanned, statements made during Blue Origin’s launch broadcast suggest that the company has its first crewed launch test flight targeted for the end of this year.
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First Airbus Helicopters H160 takes flight

2018-12-20
The first serial Airbus Helicopters H160 medium utility helicopter to roll off the brand-new assembly line in Marignane, France and performed its first flight in a unique “signature” livery.
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EU to deploy UAV traffic management system by 2019

2018-03-20
skyguide joins forces with AirMap to develop and deploy Europe’s premier national drone traffic management system. The endeavor will be the first national deployment of Europe’s vision for the digital infrastructure to support safe and secure access to European skies for millions of UAVs, in an effort called U-space.
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X marks the spot

2018-03-22
LiquidPiston Inc. has developed a new engine that can run on multiple fuels, including diesel, jet fuel, and gasoline. This platform uses an optimized thermodynamic cycle and a new rotary engine architecture and could increases flight endurance over conventional UAV engines by greater than 50%.
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NASA spacecraft reaches furthest target in history

2019-01-03
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew past Ultima Thule in the early hours of New Year's Day, ushering in the era of exploration from the enigmatic Kuiper Belt, a region of primordial objects that holds keys to understanding the origins of the solar system.
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Nvidia’s new Level 2+ autonomy platform is making cars safer today

2019-01-11
At Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019 in Las Vegas, Nvidia of Santa Clara, California debuted a new automotive artificial intelligence (AI) system: DRIVE AutoPilot. The new system is part of the open, flexible Nvidia DRIVE platform used globally to build autonomous vehicle solutions that increase road safety while reducing driver fatigue and stress on long drives or in stop-and-go traffic.
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Bell Nexus full-scale air taxi design debuts, taps novel VTOL, hybrid propulsion, energy storage, and avionics technologies

2019-01-09
Mobility engineers and executives at Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, in Fort Worth, Texas, are developing new concepts of mobility to make moving people and products more efficient and effective – and launching urban air mobility (UAM) innovations, including the Bell Nexus air taxi design, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week. They envision and are helping to enable a fleet of on-demand, quiet vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) aircraft capable of safely whisking passengers over traffic and across urban landscapes by the mid-2020s.
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Boeing partners with Aerion to speed development and testing of next-generation supersonic aircraft, accelerate supersonic travel

2019-02-05
The AS2 from Aerion in Reno, Nevada, will be the first supersonic business jet to market, Boeing officials in Chicago predict. Boeing (NYSE:BA) is providing engineering, industrial, and financial resources in partnership with Aerion to accelerate technology development and aircraft design, with the goal of bringing supersonic air travel to new markets.
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