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2019 Acura RDX Brings World’s-First Chassis Tech

Few words are as inspiring to an engineering team as “all-new.” For the 2019 Acura RDX, the engineers behind the compact SUV’s third-generation had a host of all-new to manage,...

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Power

2018 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD

Volvo is becoming increasingly technology centric. By the middle of the next decade, it expects to generate half of all sales annually from electric cars, with one third of all its cars sold to be autonomous.

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Materials

Linking Embroidery and Carbon Fiber to save Weight and Cost

The story of carbon fiber’s use by the automotive industry in medium- to high-volume manufacturing has for decades moved through chapters of high expectation and low...

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What We’re Driving
Propulsion

What We’re Driving: Toyota Land Cruiser

This sixth-generation of Toyota’s seminal Land Cruiser has been on the burly J200 (Tundra pickup-derived) body-on-frame architecture since 2007—and although there’s a certain allure to...

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Power

E-Axles Speed Electrification

In the quest for ever-lower CO2 emissions, and more immediate needs to retain vehicle access in some of the world’s most-populous cities, the e-axle has found its calling. With most dedicated,...

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Motion Control

McLaren Earns Its Ph.D. in Handling

Following its 2017 launch at the Geneva International Motor Show, the McLaren 720S has received adulation and awards, garnering particular praise for its ride quality, handling and driver engagement....

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What We’re Driving
Propulsion

2018 Toyota Corolla

What do you get for $20,000 these days? How about a Toyota Corolla—one of the most proven and reliable compacts whose nameplate stands on over 40 million units sold to date. While this year’s big Corolla news...

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The Navigator
Software

The Navigator: Traversing the Autonomous Trust Gap

During a recent conference hosted by semiconductor maker NXP in Silicon Valley, I had the honor of moderating a panel on the Autonomous Trust Gap. The timing was fortuitous in the wake of...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Jaguar’s New EV Pacesetter

The state of the art of battery electric vehicles is progressing so quickly that each new vehicle introduction advances it. That is exactly what Jaguar has done with the I-Pace crossover SUV.

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Supplier Eye
Energy

Sourcing the Multi-Energy Platform

During most of the 43 years since U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards became law, the typical vehicle platform—unibody or full frame, with one ICE-based propulsion source running on...

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Articles
Sensors/Data Acquisition

LiDAR: New “Eyes” for Vehicle Autonomy

The acronym stands for Light Detection and Ranging, and LiDAR first showed its potential in May 1962, when electrical engineers Louis Smullin and Giorgio Fiocca used the 12-inch telescope at...

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Energy

JAXA Establishes New Aircraft Electrification Consortium

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the Electrification Challenge for Aircraft (ECLAIR) consortium in collaboration with IHI Corporation; Kawasaki Heavy...

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INSIDER
Aerospace

Laser-Made Parts Could Transform Aircraft Industry

Researchers are manufacturing steel and titanium aircraft parts using laser metal deposition technology. It can be used to 3D-print parts from scratch or to fix existing parts with a...

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Power

SAE International Issues, Revises Technical Reports for Aerospace Engineering

Standards development teams at SAE International in Warrendale, Pa., have issued 11 new technical documents and revised or reaffirmed another 54 technical reports...

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Photonics/Optics

Audi Confirms E-Tron EV to Use Cameras Instead of Side Mirrors

In what is claimed to be the world’s first series-production application of camera technology to replace exterior side-view mirrors, Audi announced that its upcoming e-tron...

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Manned Systems

ISS Launches Largest Satellite to Date to Test Active Debris Removal

Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) have launched RemoveDEBRIS, the first satellite with space debris-removal capabilities and the largest satellite...

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Technical Innovation
Regulations/Standards

ADAS Features Expand Role, V2V Looms

Truck owners and commercial-vehicle suppliers are ramping up their safety efforts, making more advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) standard while looking at the potential benefits of...

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Imaging

Connected Aircraft Technologies Benefit Manufacturers, Airlines, and Travelers

Connected aircraft means more than just in-flight movies, free texting, and Facebook posting with friends while in flight. In fact, the connected aircraft...

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Aerospace

NASA and AeroVironment Are Building a Helicopter for Mars

Last week, AeroVironment, Inc. of Monrovia, Calif. revealed its critical role in collaborating with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif. to build the...

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Technical Innovation
Manufacturing & Prototyping

Denso Bringing Driver Monitoring to Commercial-Vehicle Market

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 4,440 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal accidents in 2016—a 29% increase since 2009. Driver...

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Manned Systems

GA-ASI Maximizes Fuel Capacity for MQ-25 Entry

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) of Poway, Calif. is using an integrated fuel tank structure to maximize fuel offload for the company’s proposed MQ-25 design for the...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

3D Printed Tools and Robo-Glove Make Inroads at GM Assembly Plant

A few General Motors manufacturing plant workers are sharing space with collaborative robots, suggesting assembly line applications for 3D printed parts—and potentially...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Tenneco Tech Center Expands NVH Capabilities with New Materials Lab

A material analysis lab and a dual material injection press, the latest additions to Tenneco’s Milan Technical Center, are helping technical specialists develop and...

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Unmanned Systems

Persistent Systems Auto-Tracking Antenna Adds Aircraft to Network, Enhances Data Sharing

The Auto-Tracking Antenna System, a new portable, ground-to-air antenna from Persistent Systems LLC in New York, incorporates aircraft into the Wave...

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Aerospace

General Atomics MQ-9B SkyGuardian Lands at RAF Fairford, Makes History

A remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), or drone, produced by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) made history as it landed at the Royal Air Force (RAF)...

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Photonics/Optics

Superstrong Al Alloys May Change Aerospace Manufacturing Processes

Purdue University researchers have developed a superstrong material that may change some manufacturing processes for the aerospace and automobile industries.

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Aerospace

Opener Unveils Zero-Emission, All-Electric Personal Aerial Vehicle

This week, Opener, Inc., a Palo Alto, Calif.-based developer of consumer aero vehicles, debuted their zero-emission BlackFly prototype – and the latest foray into the...

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Materials

Researchers Push Limits in High-Temp, Polymer Additive Manufacturing

Researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate are “turning up the heat” in the field of polymer additive...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Heavy Ground Testing Puts Airbus’ BelugaXL On Track for First Flight

In preparation for its upcoming maiden flight, Airbus’ first BelugaXL is now in its heavy ground test phase – which focuses on the highly modified airframe for...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Army Researchers Teach Robots to be Better Teammates for Soldiers

Researchers at the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Research Laboratory and the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University developed a new...

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INSIDER
Aerospace

AgilePod Flies on U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper

In March 2018, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Sensors Program Office, working jointly with the AFLCMC Medium Altitude Unmanned Aerial Systems Program Office, sponsored three...

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INSIDER
Defense

Warhead Life-Extension Program Passes Key Milestone

The program to extend the life of the W80 nuclear warhead recently achieved a significant milestone when the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) gave passing grades to the...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

U.K. Space Agency Partners with Industry to Advance Spaceflight Program

U.K. Space Agency officials in Swindon, England, are partnering with Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) in Bethesda, Md., to execute several strategic projects to support the...

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Aerospace

Boeing KC-46 Program Completes Flight Testing Required for First Delivery to U.S. Air Force

Boeing and U.S Air Force teams recently achieved a major KC-46 Pegasus tanker program milestone, completing all flight testing required for...

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Test & Measurement

GE Aviation, Teradata Partner on Data Analytics, Edge Connectivity for Airlines

Officials at GE Aviation in Evandale, Ohio, and Teradata (NYSE:TDC) in Dayton, Ohio, are expanding their partnership to provide airlines with a framework that...

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Connectivity

GE Aviation Chooses Microsoft Azure to Help Drive Digital Transformation in Aviation

GE Aviation Digital Solutions engineers in Evandale, Ohio, are scaling the company’s analytics and operations solutions on Microsoft Azure, selected as...

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Defense

Aircraft, Engine Orders Reach $98B, Focus on Flying Farther, Faster, Greener at Farnborough Airshow

Aircraft orders exceed $95 billion in value and are complemented by roughly $3 billion in aircraft engine and engine service agreement...

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Aerospace

Future of British Air Power: The Next-Gen Tempest

Today marked the debut of the United Kingdom’s new, next-generation fighter jet concept model dubbed the “Tempest.” The unveiling was coordinated with the launch of the U.K.’s...

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Aerospace

Lockheed Martin Flies FireHerc Firefighting Variant of C-130J Turboprop in Farnborough

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company (NYSE:LMT) in Marietta, Ga., is bringing its popular four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft to the fire...

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Weapons Systems

Martin UAV VTOL Unmanned Aircraft Taps Persistent Systems Wave Relay Data Link Technology

Engineers at Martin UAV LLC in Rohnert Park, Calif., will incorporate Wave Relay mobile ad hoc network (MANET) technology from Persistent Systems LLC...

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Unmanned Systems

ZF Spins off Autonomous-Payment Company

Taking aim at automated valet parking and other autonomous-vehicle operations that involve payment transactions, Car eWallet GmbH has been spun out as a startup. The move was made after...

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Propulsion

Rolls-Royce to Work with Airframe Manufacturers, Seek Partners for EVTOL Project

Rolls-Royce in London is unveiling a concept electric vertical take-off and landing (EVTOL) vehicle, including civil and military variants, that could take to...

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Materials

RT LTA Develops an Improved Bladder Material for Lighter-Than-Air SkyStar Aerostats

Israel-based aerostat company RT LTA Systems Ltd. completed the development of an improved light-weight elastic material for aerostat bladders. These...

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Energy

Boeing, SparkCognition Partner on Safe Integration of Autonomous Air Vehicles in Airspace

Boeing (NYSE:BA) and SparkCognition, an artificial intelligence (AI) technology company in Austin, Texas, are collaborating on unmanned aircraft...

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Automotive

BelugaXL Successfully Completes Maiden Flight

The first Airbus BelugaXL aircraft has landed at Toulouse-Blagnac, France at 14:41 hours local time after successfully completing its first flight.

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Mentor Design Tool Simplifies J1939 Development

The explosion of electronic functions on commercial vehicles is driving an expansion of vehicle networks, making network design and configuration an important factor in electronic...

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Materials

Government, Industry Invest $450M to Advance U.K. Civil Aerospace Research, Technology, Manufacturing

Government and industry in the United Kingdom are partnering to enable cleaner, greener flight through electric and hybrid aircraft, and...

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Defense

Blue Origin Mission 9 a Success

Earlier this week, Blue Origin’s New Shepard flew for the ninth time, completing a test of the crew capsule escape motor. This launch, known as Mission 9 (M9), marks the highest elevation achieved by...

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Motion Control

Forget Joysticks – Use Your Torso to Pilot Drones

Imagine piloting a drone using the movements of your torso only and leaving your head free to look around, much like a bird. Your torso is more intuitive – and more precise –...

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Aerospace

DARPA-Boeing Spaceplane Completes Engine Tests

Boeing and DARPA are collaborating to design, build, and test a technology demonstration vehicle for the agency’s Experimental Spaceplane program. The Phantom Express would reinvent space...

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Defense

Safran Completes First Ground Test of Distributed Hybrid Electric Propulsion System

Safran engineers completed the first ground test of the company’s distributed hybrid electric propulsion system at a Safran Helicopter Engines test...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

BAE Systems, Iveco Awarded Contract by U.S. Marines to Deliver 30 ACVs

The U.S. Marine Corps awarded BAE Systems and Iveco Defence Vehicles a $198 million contract to deliver an initial 30 amphibious combat vehicles (ACV), which are...

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Transportation

Design for Additive Manufacturing with New Book from SAE International

Additive manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing, is among the hottest advanced manufacturing trends poised to transform myriad industries, including aerospace, with...

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Propulsion

VPT Rad-Hard Point of Load Converters Designed for Digital Processing in Space Environments

VPT Inc. (VPT), a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI), in Blacksburg, Va., is introducing its SVPL series space-qualified, radiation-hardened (rad-hard)...

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Electronics & Computers

Challenges Ahead: Cybersecurity and the Aerospace Supply Chain

Digital data is transforming commercial aviation, driving efficiencies throughout air transportation and the supply chain, but it also introduces risk. Supply chains have...

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Defense

Tooling Decisions Play Major Role in Cost, Turnaround Time

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that outsource metal parts to contract manufacturers must often guess at the immediate production requirements for new products, so initial...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Caterpillar, Newmont Partner on Underground Vehicle Automation Technology

Caterpillar and Newmont Mining have partnered to validate and improve underground hard rock mining vehicle automation technology. Nevada Cat dealer Cashman...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

SAE International Anti-Counterfeit Standards Integral to Obsolescence Management

Obsolescence management is key to the safe, secure, and reliable operation of platforms and systems over a long operational life. Counterfeit parts...

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Defense

NASA Partners with ONERA on Low-Boom Supersonic Flight

Last week, NASA and France’s Office National d'Etudes et de Recherches Aerospatiales (ONERA) signed a research agreement to collaborate on mitigating sonic boom noise produced by...

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Manned Systems

Eaton Creates EMobility Business to Meet Electrified Technology Demand

Eaton has combined products, expertise and global manufacturing capabilities from its Electrical and Vehicle businesses to form a new eMobility business tasked to...

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Manned Systems

Iridium, Aireon, SpaceX Celebrate Satellite Launch, System Deployment

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 04:39:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on July 25, 2018 and placed 10 new Iridium NEXT...

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Aerospace

Canada’s Future Search and Rescue Aircraft Get Its First Set of Eyes

Today, L3 WESCAM delivered the first of its first MX-15 electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) system to Airbus Defense and Space in support of Canada’s Fixed-Wing...

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Original Equipment
Communications

Volvo Trucks, FedEx Demonstrate 3-Truck Platoon on North Carolina Highway

Volvo Trucks North America and FedEx are working together to study the benefits of platooning, recently driving three tractors pulling double 28-foot trailers down...

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Automotive

Ceramic Matrix Composites in Aircraft Engines Projected to Double over Five Years, Stratview Research Predicts

The use of ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) is up across the aerospace market, and among the fastest-growing trends in the...

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Aerospace

Viasat Military-Grade Airborne SATCOM Antenna Achieves FAA Certification, Completes Air Force C-17 MACC Testing

The Global Mobile Antenna ( GMA) 5560-101, aKu-/Ka-band multi-network, multi-mode satellite communications (SATCOM) antenna from...

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Connectivity

Autonomy, Connectivity to Radically Change Vehicle Design, Ownership

Speakers at a session at the 2018 Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Mich. on how autonomy developments will affect the design and use of personal vehicles...

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Manned Systems

Poland’s PGZ to Collaborate on New Leonardo Attack Helicopter

Rome-based Leonardo S.p.A. and Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A. (PGZ) of Radom, Poland, signed a letter of intent to collaborate on the new AgustaWestland AH-249A attack...

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