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NASA to test quiet thump supersonic propulsion technique, measure sound levels and community response

NASA officials and engineers are prepping to fly the agency’s F/A-18 research aircraft over Galveston, Texas, using a “quiet thump” technique designed to reduce loud sonic booms typically associated with supersonic flight. This week’s test flight sets off a series of quiet supersonic research flights off the coast of Texas to test ways to measure supersonic aircraft sound levels and the community’s response to the supersonic acoustic experience.

Industry loses tech titan Paul G. Allen

“It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our founder Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and noted technologist, philanthropist, community builder, conservationist, musician, and supporter of the arts,” Vulcan Inc. officials announced on behalf of the company, the Paul G. Allen network, and the Allen family. A celebrated technology pioneer credited with various aerospace innovations, Allen died on Monday afternoon, October 15, from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in Seattle at the age of 65.

Lockheed Martin will merge machine learning with 3D printing

Lockheed Martin of Bethesda, Md. and the Office of Naval Research are exploring how to apply artificial intelligence to train robots to independently oversee and optimize additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, of complex parts.

New, clean-sheet military aircraft design beats upgrades to win US Air Force T-X contract

Boeing won the long-running battle to provide a new jet trainer for the US Air Force T-X program. The search for a replacement for the 1960s era Northrop T-38 Talon, which was produced from 1961 in thousands as an advanced pilot trainer and developed alongside the very similar Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter, has been underway for around two decades.

Standards to help define role of humans, automated systems in aerospace industry of tomorrow

David Schutt, CEO of SAE International, opened the 2018 SAE Aerospace Standards Summit, focused on the theme of humans on the loop – defining the role of humans in automated systems, today at LMI in McLean, Va. “It is clear automated systems are here,” he says, noting the use of automation on the manufacturing floor, in households, and increasingly on roads and in air and space. Industry, government, and SAE are collaborating to “define how it’s going to take place in the aerospace industry of tomorrow.”