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Firefly Aerospace is the latest addition to Florida’s “Space Coast”

2019-03-01
Cedar Park, Texas-based Firefly Aerospace, Inc. has reached an agreement with Space Florida – the state’s aerospace economic development agency – to establish a facility at Cape Canaveral Spaceport. Through the agreement, Firefly, a spacecraft and launch vehicle developer and provider of launch and in-space services, will conduct launch operations at Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 20 (SLC-20) and create manufacturing facilities at Exploration Park, Florida.
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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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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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SpaceX tests Raptor engine, prepares for Starship “hop”

2019-02-07
Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX has test fired its Raptor rocket engine at its Rocket Development and Test Facility, in McGregor, Texas. The Raptor is designed to power the Super Heavy first stage and Starship second stage launch vehicles.
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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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Vertical Flight Society applauds eVTOL innovation, Bell Nexus UAM concept

2019-01-10
The electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) revolution is gaining momentum, as evidenced by the unveiling of the Bell Nexus hybrid-electric VTOL air taxi concept at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), affirms Mike Hirschberg, executive director at the Vertical Flight Society (VFS), a non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, in Fairfax, Virginia.
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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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NATS will test AI at Heathrow to reduce weather-related flight delays

2019-01-28
By processing ultra-high-definition (UHD), 4K resolution camera images with state-of-the-art AI and machine learning systems at a new £2.5 million ($3.3 million) “digital tower laboratory,” NATS is investigating whether these technologies can improve Heathrow’s landing capacity during low-visibility periods and reduce flight delays.
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Late Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch company cancels launch vehicle projects

2019-01-21
Months after founder Paul G. Allen’s death, Seattle-based Stratolaunch Systems Corporation will abandon several launch vehicle projects. The news comes days after a brief social media update on the massive Stratolaunch composite aircraft’s latest high-speed taxi test at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California.
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Safran and MTU Aero Engines will co-develop the engine for the sixth-generation FCAS fighter

2019-02-11
Paris-based Safran SA and Munich-based MTU Aero Engines AG will partner to develop, produce, and support a new turbofan engine for “New Generation Fighter” (NGF) aircraft being developed by Airbus SE and Dassault Aviation SA. The NGF is a manned, sixth-generation fighter and a component of the future Franco-German Future Combat Air System (FCAS) architecture.
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Air racing is going electric

2019-02-27
Airbus SE and the University of Nottingham have partnered with Air Race E to establish the world’s first electric airplane race. The competition, which aims to drive the development and adoption of cleaner, faster, and more technologically advanced electric engines, will follow a format similar to the popular Air Race 1 series of the sport known as “Formula One Air Racing.”
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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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Automation streamlines accreditation to speed aerospace and defense technology deployment

2018-12-07
Automated software tools are eliminating weeks, if not months, from the Risk Management Framework (RMF) accreditation process by virtually eliminating the time of the initial hardening while also providing the required documentation. By doing so, technology integrators can significantly reduce the time to build, test, and deploy new technologies in Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG)-compliant environments.
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Astronaut garbage is a serious operational concern when travelling to the Moon and Mars

2018-12-18
Waste, trash, refuse – regardless of preferred nomenclature – the approach to managing it has stood for centuries: collect it and then send it somewhere else to be stored or incinerated. The same holds for waste produced by astronauts in space. But for those who may spend extended time on the Moon or Mars, this approach might not be the best idea.
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SAE International releases new process for measuring aerosols in aircraft exhaust

2019-03-05
SAE International has published a new recommended practice for assessing the amount of nonvolatile particulate matter (nvPM) that exits aircraft engine exhaust nozzles – ARP6481: Procedure for the Calculation of Non-Volatile Particulate Matter Sampling and Measurement System Losses and System Loss Correction Factors
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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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SAE Demo Day captures public perception of autonomous vehicles

2018-12-12
With the goal of gaining insight into the public’s perception of self-driving technology, SAE International on Dec. 12-14 hosted its second “SAE Demo Day” at Babcock Ranch, a master planned community in Southwest Florida designed with sustainability in mind.
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