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Manufacturing & Prototyping

'Road Race' for AV Testing May Be Slowing

Chris Hoyle, Technical Director of software specialist rFpro, believes the race by auto and technology companies to be ahead of competitor programs involving autonomous vehicle (AV) testing on...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Localization and Mapping of Unknown Locations with Unmanned Ground Vehicles

The main goals of this research are to enhance a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software platform to support unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) exploring the complex...

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Communications

Underwater Drone Technology

Finding ways to overcome physical limitations so that humans can dive deeper and stay underwater longer has been an ongoing quest. Back in the 15th century, Leonardo Da Vinci drew sketches of a submarine and a...

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Aerospace

The CAN Bus: Driving the Future of Autonomous Military Vehicles

It’s a crisp November day in Michigan, and a convoy of British and American resupply vehicles are rumbling along at a comfortable 25 miles per hour. In the lead is a British...

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Aerospace

Autonomous “Wingman” Vehicles

The US Army’s Futures Command is the most important administrative reorganization of the modern Army. Responding to the world’s changing priorities— especially the “near peer” threat of ascendant...

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Products
Motion Control

New Products

Ultra-Low Temperature Elastomer

Greene Tweed’s (Kulpsville, PA) Fusion™ FKM 665, a new generation, ultra-low-temperature and chemical-resistant elastomer, was specifically formulated to meet and exceed the...

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Briefs
Test & Measurement

Developing Knowledge and Understanding for Autonomous Systems for Analysis and Assessment Events and Campaigns

There are many challenges in developing complete performance ontologies and test methodologies to define and evaluate the...

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Application Briefs
Aerospace

UAV Ground Control Station

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
San Diego, CA
858-762-6700
www.ga-asi.com

The U.S. Air Force’s new Block 50 Ground Control Station (GCS) – developed by General Atomics Aeronautical...

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Aerospace

Eyes In the Sky

Drones (i.e. quadrotors) are a popular and increasingly widespread product used by consumers as well as in a diversity of industrial, military and other applications. Historically under the control of human operators on the...

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Propulsion

Hydraulic Cylinder Position Sensor Technology

As the demand for greater control and functionality increases, position-sensor-instrumented hydraulic cylinders are becoming more important in the heavy industry, mobile equipment, and subsea...

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Application Briefs
Aerospace

Surface to Surface Missile

MBDA
Le Plessis-Robinson, France
+33 1 71 54 10 00
www.mbda-systems.com

At the end of 2018, MBDA successfully demonstrated the use of the Mistral missile against fast boats such as FIACs (Fast...

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Application Briefs
Sensors/Data Acquisition

Vehicle Active Protection System

Northrop Grumman Corporation
Falls Church, VA
703-280-2900
news.northropgrumman.com

Northrop Grumman Corporation successfully demonstrated advanced Vehicle Active Protection System...

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Application Briefs
Materials

Lithium-Ion Batteries

Amprius, Inc.
Sunnyvale, CA
800-425-8803
www.amprius.com

Amprius, Inc., a manufacturer and developer of high-energy and high-capacity lithium-ion batteries, announced recently that it is supplying...

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Design

Designs to Dye for: Autonomy’s New-Materials Revolution

Evolving vehicle engineering constantly reshapes vehicle architectures. But along with electrified drive-trains and autonomous capabilities is the need for a mindset shift in materials, opening the way for new sustainable solutions in color, materials and finish (CMF).

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Application Briefs
Aerospace

Intelligent Parachute Rescue System

Drone Rescue GmbH Graz, Austria
+43 660 140 80 55
www.dronerescue.com

Drone Rescue Systems GmbH has developed a fast, efficient parachute safety solution for drones that can reduce the risk of...

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Automotive

Dining on Data

Every year, NVIDIA hosts its GPU Technology Conference, a multi-day news conference/ expo to highlight the advances the tech company has made in the past 12 months.

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Application Briefs
Aerospace

Parcel Delivery Drone

Airbus Helicopters
Marignane Cedex, France
+33 (0)4 42 85 60 51
http://helicopters.airbus.com

Airbus has begun shore-to-ship trials in Singapore with its Skyways parcel delivery drone. This marks the...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

New Performance Metrics for Lidar

How do you measure the effectiveness of an intelligent, lidar-based perception system for autonomous vehicles? Conventional evaluation metrics favor frame rate and resolution as the ideal criteria. However, certain experts believe that these criteria are inadequate.

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Defense

Dassault Falcon 8X Breaks U.S. Coast-To-Coast Record

Paris-based Dassault Aviation SA (Dassault) just broke the coast-to-coast speed record with the company’s new ultra-long range, trijet Dassault Falcon 8X business jet. The flagship...

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Transportation

Can Autonomous Vehicles Make the Right ‘Decision?’

Experience would suggest we seek to incorporate many types of diversity into our designs. We need to understand the ethical issues, even if the Trolley Problem is merely a diversion away from seeking a design that makes the best decisions based on information available at the time.

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Technology Report
Power

AAA Studies Thermal Effects on EV Range

It’s been a tough winter in much of the U.S. When the Midwest hasn’t been dealing with a Polar Vortex it been smacked by a “bombogenesis.” But even normally temperate seasonal regions like...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Why JLR Is Giving Its Newest Range Rover Straight-6 Power

The market may have been surprised by Jaguar Land Rover’s decision to offer the latest Range Rover with an I-6 gasoline engine, but it’s been on the company’s development...

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Materials

The Economics of Materials Selection

At the 2019 Society of Plastics Engineers’ ANTEC conference, Dr. Taub, formerly GM’s head of R&D, presented a review of the three major materials groups—steel, aluminum, and composites—that he expects will predominate in vehicle body structures going forward.

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Materials

A Step-change in the Cost of CFRP

A joke in the auto industry about CFRP is that the “C” stands for “costly.” So, any manufacturing process that solves this significant drawback of the ultra-lightweight material’s use outside of Formula One racing and exotic supercars, could change the vehicle-production game.

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Transportation

F1 Streamlines for Closer Racing

Ongoing aerodynamic development of Formula 1 racecars has the most obvious goals of increasing the cars’ downforce and reducing their drag to produce the fastest speeds and quickest lap times.

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Articles
Software

Unlocking DfAM’s Potential

A new field-based design software is supporting more widespread use of Additive Manufacturing, for faster product development times with less rework and risk.

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Briefs
Aerospace

Sound Attenuation of Neoprene Wetsuit Hoods as a Function of Dive Depth and Acoustic Frequency: Hyperbaric Chamber Trials

The U.S. Navy is interested in strategies that divers could employ to protect them from loud underwater sounds. Sonar...

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Articles
Software

Waymo, GM and Ford Pegged as Autonomous “Leaders” by Latest Navigant Report

According to a new report from Navigant research, Waymo (Google), GM and Ford have earned the title of “leaders” in regards to their progress in...

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What We’re Driving
Transportation

2019 Ford Ranger XL STX

America needs more midsized pickups. The case for the new Ford Ranger is made by increasingly strong sales of GM’s models and the perennial fan base of the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier. And now Jeep’s back in the game.

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Transportation

First Smile, Last Smile

May Mobility is building a unique business model around AV shuttle services. The young Ann Arbor-based company’s shuttles currently are servicing routes in Detroit; Columbus, Ohio, and Providence, Rhode Island. A service in Grand Rapids, Michigan, launches this summer.

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Aerospace

Supersonic Spy Drone

The D-21 was intended to answer a question that was driving U.S. national security officials mad: How was the Chinese military progressing in its effort to build and test nuclear weapons?

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Q&A
Manufacturing & Prototyping

Returning Jeep to the Midsize-pickup Market

SAE editorial director Bill Visnic spoke with Elizabeth Krear, Gladiator Model Responsible - Jeep Engineering and Pete Milosavlevski, Chief Engineer, about the program’s development targets and priorities, the importance of the Gladiator’s connection to the iconic Wrangler.

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Technology Report
Aerospace

For Bonding Dissimilar Materials, Adhesives Can Be a Sticking Point—or Lack of It

As the auto industry adopts an increasingly wide mix of materials in its pursuit of constantly tougher weight-saving and service-longevity targets,...

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Technology Report
Software

Ford Demos Latest Digital Tools at Flagship Transmission Plant

Ford recently provided media with a look at some of its latest digital manufacturing tools, opening up the floor at one of the world’s largest transmission plants to...

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News
Manufacturing & Prototyping

Novelis Creates First Aluminum Sheet Battery Enclosure for Mass Electric Vehicle Production

Battery weight and power density is a major design consideration when it comes to electric and hybrid-electric vehicles. To reduce platform...

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Briefs
Sensors/Data Acquisition

Geospatial Accuracy of Small Unmanned Airborne System Data in the Coastal Environment

The purpose of this study was to assess the ability of commonly available COTS software to produce geometrically accurate orthometric mosaics and terrain...

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Test & Measurement

Monitoring a Nearshore Beneficial Use Site: Application of a Benthic Sled and Video Annotation

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Portland Districts (NWP) maintains safe and navigable waterways in Oregon through a variety of dredging...

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Materials

Steel Stands Tall

In 2014, just before Ford shook the industry with the introduction of its aluminum-intensive F-150, Ducker Worldwide released a study for the aluminum industry. The report predicted that the light metal would dominate the North American light-truck segment in the next new-model development cycle.

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Automotive

Aluminum: Toward 50% Body Content

As experts have noted, the mixed-materials trend is becoming an enduring one, as evidenced across the landscape of recent new-vehicle introductions.

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News
Communications

The Inside Story on Unmanned Vehicle Signal Recorder Technology

Pentek Vice President Rodger Hosking explains how signal recorder technology is being implemented in military unmanned vehicles.

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Blog
Aerospace

AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: Air Force Technology

As always, the Air Force Research Laboratory had a huge presence at AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL show in Chicago.

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News
Defense

AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: A Flying Sea Glider

A Navy Sea Glider can look for a target in mid-air or underwater.

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Blog
Energy

AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: Helicopter Drones

Three new unmanned helicopters were unveiled at AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL show in Chicago.

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Automotive

UAV Turbines Designs Purpose-Built Microturbine Engine for Class 3 and 4 UAVs

UAV Turbines, Inc. has developed a new microturbine, turboprop engine designed for defense and commercial Group 3 and 4 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or...

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Aerospace

Astro’s Elroy Urban Air Mobility Vehicle to Get a New Stablemate This Summer

Astro’s Elroy urban air mobility vehicle to get a new stablemate this summer

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Aerospace

GE Aviation’s AiRXOS Launches New Air Mobility Portfolio and Management Tools Purpose Built for the Urban Air Mobility Market

AiRXOS, part of Evendale, Ohio-based GE Aviation, has unveiled an “Air Mobility” portfolio of autonomous...

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Defense

CityAirbus Urban Air Mobility Vehicle Completes First Flight

Airbus SE’s (Airbus’) “CityAirbus” electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) urban air mobility (UAM) vehicle successfully completed its first flight. The brief...

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Technology Report
Materials

EMBATT Technology Could Double the Driving Range of EVs

An in-development chassis-integrated sandwich structure of solid electrolytes is projected to deliver all-electric driving ranges that far out-distance today’s typical 200-mile...

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News
Weapons Systems

Bell V-280 Valor, V-247 Vigilant Will Be Engined by Rolls-Royce

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. subsidiary based in Fort Worth, Texas, will partner with Rolls-Royce plc to develop an optimized propulsion system for the Bell V-280 Valor...

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Automotive

Lockheed Martin Validates Heatshield for the Mars 2020 Rover Mission

Lockheed Martin Corporation (Lockheed Martin) successfully completed development and testing for the heatshield that will protect NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Europe’s Blockchain-Based Smart E-Mobility Challenge Will Conclude This May in Germany

To advance development of Internet of things (IoT) mobility solutions like cryptography, distributed ledger technology (DLT) – also known as...

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Unmanned Systems

Forward-Looking Lidar Can Revolutionize Driver-Assistance Systems

Part I of this multipart series cast a spotlight on vehicle crashes, a majority of which are forward-facing and result from driver error. Automakers are striving to develop...

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Aerospace

How Flying Cars Could Change the Aerospace Industry

A new study of the environmental sustainability impacts of flying cars (electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, or VTOLs) finds that they wouldn’t be suitable for a short...

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Aerospace

Insect-Inspired Arm Improve Drones

Most drones are not able to withstand wind because of their fixed-arm design. But a new drone design works in windy conditions, is more energy-efficient, and can handle a larger payload. It was inspired...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Apollo Fusion Will Supply NASA JPL with MaSMi Hall Thrusters as Sole Licensed Manufacturer

Apollo Fusion, Inc. (Apollo), headquarter in Mountain View, California, has received an exclusive, worldwide license to the NASA Jet Propulsion...

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Aerospace

Hybrid Air Vehicles, Collins Aerospace, and University of Nottingham to Develop Electric Propulsion for Airlander 10

The United Kingdom (UK) Aerospace Research and Technology Programme has awarded grant funding in excess of £1m ($1.3m)...

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Defense

Rolls-Royce Deploys Virtual Reality Training for Maintainers

To meet the aerospace industry’s future demand for maintainers, Rolls-Royce plc (Rolls-Royce) has included virtual reality (VR) technology into its engineering training...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Aitech Defense Will Provide Data Interface Technology for Boeing’s Unmanned MQ-25 Refueling Platform

Aitech Defense Systems, Inc. (Aitech Defense), a subsidiary of Aitech Group based in of Chatswick, California, will supply key...

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Energy

Engine Researchers: 50% Gasoline-Engine Efficiency in Sight

Speaking at the SAE High-Efficiency IC Engine Symposium preceding this week’s WCX19 conference in Detroit, the lead researcher for a long-running, Delphi Technologies-directed...

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News
Manned Systems

NASA Highlights Material and Coating Technology Ready for Commercial Applications

Innovations in materials and coatings have enabled countless NASA missions since the agency’s inception. The research that goes into developing these...

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News
Imaging

DARPA’s Latest Drone Swarm Sprint Focuses on Virtual Environments

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has kicked off the fourth ‘sprint’ for its OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program. Through OFFSET,...

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Aerospace

Jeff Bezos Lays out Blue Origin’s Moon Shot, Debuts Lunar Lander

During a special presentation, Blue Origin CEO Jeff Bezos announced the company’s vision for the future of space travel and revealed a large, new, reconfigurable lunar...

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INSIDER
Sensors/Data Acquisition

Wearable Sensors Could Monitor Personal, Environmental Data

In an effort to enhance soldier lethality, Army researchers are developing biorecognition receptors capable of consistent performance in multi-domain environments with the...

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INSIDER
Defense

Projection System to Study Insect Vision Could Lead to New Navigational Aids

Development of a virtual reality-like projection system to study insect vision could eventually provide the U.S. Air Force with a new type of navigation...

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INSIDER
Materials

US and Japanese Scientists Conduct Joint Composites Study

Dr. Keisuke Umezawa of the Air Systems Research Center in the Japanese Ministry of Defense (JMoD) recently joined the Air Force Research Laboratory on an engineers and scientists...

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News
Aerospace

NASA Budget Amendment to Help Send Americans to Moon by 2024, Then Mars

An amended NASA budget for fiscal year 2020 would add $1.6 billion to a $21 billion initial budget request and fund deep space exploration, science, and technology...

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Unmanned Systems

Automated Vehicles Not an 'If' but a 'When'

The automotive industry once questioned whether electric motors would replace the internal combustion engine (ICE) as the primary powertrain option for consumers. Today, the industry is facing a...

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News
Test & Measurement

Leading Vehicle Prognostics Toward the AV Future

Predicting a likely future failure in vehicle components and systems in advance of the occurrence is important today, and will be even more critical for autonomous vehicles, perhaps far...

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News
RF & Microwave Electronics

Next-Generation Crash Recorders Integral to Aviation Cybersecurity

On the cybersecurity front, EASA has issued a new notice of proposed amendment (NPA) related to an earlier RTCA document, DO-326A, which came out in 2014. Because...

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Propulsion

Hydraulic Propulsion an Alternative to Drone Batteries

Drones require heavy batteries or lots of electrical components, which leaves little room for the actual payload. A Purdue University team came up with a method to use fluid power...

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INSIDER
Aerospace

NASA’s New UAV is 80% 3D-Printed

One of the keys to Urban Air Mobility (UAM) is exploring how different technologies and configurations of aircraft will perform in the urban environment. NASA’s newest modular unmanned aerial system,...

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News
Aerospace

NASA High-Temp Materials, Coatings Enhance Commercial Products

NASA officials are announcing the availability of eight disruptive NASA materials and coatings technologies ready for commercialization.

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Technology Report
Energy

Ford Amped for New Phase of Hybrid-Electric Offensive

With the persistent auto-industry question of how soon battery electric vehicles will become mainstream options, Ford is preparing to widely deploy its fourth-generation...

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News
Test & Measurement

SAE International, GM, and Students Gear up for AutoDrive Challenge Year 2 at Mcity

SAE International® and General Motors are prepping for the AutoDrive Challenge™ Year 2 Competition May 29 through June 4, 2019, at the Mcity Test...

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Weapons Systems

New University-Led Air Force Center of Excellence Focuses on Securing Autonomous Systems Operating in Contested Environments

A new United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Center of Excellence (COE), led by the...

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Manned Systems

BlackBird to Purchase 110 All-Electric Bye Aerospace EFlyer Aircraft

San Francisco-based BlackBird Air Inc., the United States’ largest aviation marketplace, has committed to buying 100 four-seat eFlyer 4 and 10 two-seat eFlyer 2...

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Energy

United Ups Commitment to Sustainable Aviation Biofuel, Extends Contract with World Energy

United Airlines officials in Chicago have strengthened their commitment to ensuring United is an environmentally conscious carrier by expanding its...

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Transportation

USPS Tests Autonomous Semi-Trailers for Long-Haul Mail Logistics

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has partnered with San Diego-based TuSimple, Inc. to test the feasibility of using self-driving trucks to haul mail-laden USPS...

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Connectivity

Debating Data Monetization Vs. Privacy

The value of data generated by drivers and passengers in vehicles on the road has been apparent to those companies who see ways to monetize it. But is the public always willing to give up its...

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News
Manned Systems

2019 World Traffic Safety Symposium Focuses on AV Regulation

How should automated vehicles (AV) avoid erroneous traffic tickets? How can highway work zones be standardized to enable safe AV use? Are bridges structurally sound enough to...

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Articles
Propulsion

A Brief History of Chevrolet Corvette Concepts

In the Spring of 1957, while pondering the demise of Chevrolet’s Corvette Super Sports racer at Sebring’s 12-hour endurance race, legendary Corvette godfather Zora Arkus-Duntov...

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Defense

NASA Selects Power and Propulsion Module for Upcoming Lunar Gateway

The NASA lunar Gateway – a small lunar-orbit spaces station designed as a communications, science, and short-term habitation outpost – is part of the agency’s...

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News
Imaging

2020 GMC Sierra to Debut New Diesel Along with Expanded 10-Speed, Towing Tech and Carbon-Fiber-Bed Applications

The 2020 GMC Sierra will be the first model year to provide the light-duty truck the option for GM’s new 3.0L Duramax...

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INSIDER
Defense

High-Tech Bird Watching Could Lead to Shapeshifting Airplane Wings

An international team of engineers and biologists will gain unprecedented insights into how birds fly so efficiently and then use that knowledge to build unmanned aircraft...

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News
Defense

AGI and ANSYS Partner to Integrate Next-Gen Digital Modeling into Engineering Design

ANSYS – through a new partnership with global mission simulation leader, Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) – has begun integrating mission analysis into...

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News
Materials

EOS Releases Four New Metal Materials for Series Additive Manufacturing

Global provider of industrial additive manufacturing (AM) metals and polymers, EOS GmbH, has released four news metal AM materials for 3D-printing. EOS...

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Energy

Breakthroughs in 3D-Printing Give Way for Promising Textile Lithium Battery Technology

At the convergence of 3D-printing and lithium battery technology, Hong Kong researchers develop a promising textile-based, foldable battery that may...

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News
Motion Control

Law Enforcement Agencies Used DroneSense’s UAS-Management Platform to Support Indy 500 Security Operations

During the 2019 Indianapolis 500 IndyCar race, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) pilots from the Speedway Police Department,...

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News
Imaging

Part Two of the SAE International AutoDrive Challenge Kicks off Today

Mcity – the University of Michigan’s autonomous vehicle proving ground – will be the site of the SAE International AutoDrive Challenge’s college-level Year 2...

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Unmanned Systems

Audi Becomes First Automotive OEM to Join SEMI

German luxury automobile maker, Audi AG has joined SEMI (formerly Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International) as a full member – becoming the first automotive original equipment...

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Aerospace

Lockheed Martin’s “Non-Operational” Space Fence Detects Indian Anti-Satellite Operations While Still in Test Mode

A breakup field from a recent Indian anti-satellite test was detected by the Lockheed Martin-developed U.S. Air Force...

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AR/AI

Siemens Debuts Capital Load Analyzer Software to Accelerate Certification, Reduce Risk

Mentor, a Siemens business, in Wilsonville, Oregon, is introducing its Capital Load Analyzer software, intended to help simplify aircraft electrical...

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Automotive

OmegA Rocket Sustains Explosion During First Static Test, Northrop Grumman Maintains Test Was a Success

Northrop Grumman Corporation completed the first static or “stationary,” full-scale test of its next-generation OmegA space...

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Automotive

AVL Joins the IAMTS to Develop Automated Vehicle Testing Solutions

Austrian-based automotive powertrain research institute, AVL List GmbH, has joined the ranks of SAE International, TÜV SÜD, and China Automotive Technology and Research...

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