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First operational use of Aurora’s AACUS system

2018-05-24
Last week, Aurora Flight Sciences’s Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS) achieved a major operational milestone when it successfully delivered cargo to US Marines in the Integrated Training Exercise at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms in California.
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Bobcat launches R Series mini excavators at Intermat

2018-04-22
The result of five years of development work, the range of 2-4 tonne machines are said to deliver increased control, a larger cab with improved operator comfort, along with lower weight for ease of transportation.
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The eVTOL disruption goes viral

2018-06-05
Even at the early stages of this new era of urban air mobility, there is already a scramble amongst well-known aerospace giants, as well as start-ups, to develop and evaluate the civil VTOL market. And this all starts with air-taxi concepts.
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Member profile: Girish Parvate-Patil of Caterpillar

2018-05-01
Girish Parvate-Patil, works for Caterpillar Inc. as an Engineering Team Leader on marine propulsion systems. He is accountable for overall leadership and direction on engineering-related activities of marine products with respect to supply chain, design, documentation, time, and cost.
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OA-X phase two kicks off

2018-05-08
Test pilots began flying the Sierra Nevada-Embraer A-29 Super Tucano and Textron Aviation AT-6B Wolverine, kicking off phase two of the USAF Light Attack Experiment.
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Air Force tests fully autonomous UAS control system

2019-03-12
The United States Air Force’s 412th Test Wing’s Emerging Technologies (ET) Combined Test Force (CTF) completed the first flight test of Johns Hopkins University’s Testing of Autonomy in Complex Environments (TACE) system. As “middleware,” TACE serves as an “autonomy watchdog,” monitoring commands sent to an aircraft’s autopilot software from its autonomous artificial intelligence (AI) computer and transmitting autopilot information such as position, speed, and orientation back to the AI.
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AIA predicts flying air taxis, supersonic air travel, and space industry for 2050

2019-03-15
In the “What’s Next for Aerospace and Defense: A Vision for 2050” study, AIA, New York City-based McKinsey & Company, and other industry partners reveal a comprehensive 30-year, Industry 4.0 forecast of air travel and spaceflight based on improvements in automation and digitization, next-generation materials, alternative energy sources and storage, and increased data throughput.
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Curtiss-Wright black boxes receive European approval

2019-02-19
Curtiss-Wright Corporation’s Fortress line of combined cockpit voice recorders (CVRs) and flight data recorders (FDRs) are now have European Technical Standard Order (ETSO) approval. The devices, commonly referred to as “black boxes,” will surpass the requirements of an upcoming 2021 European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) mandate that requires CVRs are capable of recording for up to 25 hours per flight.
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JAXA and Toyota partner, focus on future lunar mobility

2019-03-13
Officials at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Toyota Motor Corp. in Tokyo have taken a first step toward collaborating on international space exploration, having agreed to accelerate their ongoing joint study of a manned, pressurized rover powered by fuel cell technologies to enable lunar mobility.
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Embraer X eVTOL debuts design at Uber Elevate 2018

2018-05-31
Autonomous flying cars and air-taxis have been the subject of science fiction movies for decades, but Brazilian aerospace manufacturer Embraer has now announced plans to develop a practical – if futuristic – small commercial air vehicle.
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NASA picks Lockheed to build low-boom X-plane

2018-05-09
In April, NASA took another major step toward reintroducing supersonic flight with an award to Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company to design, build, and test a supersonic aircraft to reduce sonic boom.
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Connect them all

2018-03-15
Lockheed Martin’s VCSi software can simultaneously control multiple UAV types, operating anywhere on Earth.
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Medium, light duty truck markets heat up

2018-03-14
A host of new light and medium-duty truck rollouts are increasing competition and giving vocational truck customers a broader range of options. OEMs are focused on improving customer comfort and making it simpler for upfitters to customize vehicles.
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Collins Aerospace brings next gen avionics to Portuguese C-130s

2019-02-28
The aging Lockheed C-130 Hercules military transport platform is used by numerous countries for military and government logistics. The aircraft first flew in 1954, and in order to stay relevant, Collins Aerospace has developed a Flight2 aftermarket avionic solution to upgrade communications, navigation, surveillance, and air traffic management (CNS/ATM) capabilities. Collins’ latest customer, the Portuguese Air Force, will use Flight2 to upgrade avionics and enable their fleet of C-130H aircraft to communicate in next generation airspace.
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