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MQ-25 Vehicle Management Computer Upgrade

The MQ-25 is the Navy’s carrier-based unmanned aircraft that is tasked with performing aerial refueling missions that were previously managed by F/A-18 aircraft. The next generation vehicle management computer controls all flight surfaces and performs overall vehicle management duties for the MQ-25.

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Power

Hybrid Electric Aircraft Demonstrator

After several years of travelling between Tarbes and Toulouse on a regular basis to oversee EcoPulse’s development, Airbus Project Leader William Llobregat found himself back onsite in November 2023 with his team, and those of Daher and Safran. The occasion? The first EcoPulse test flight.

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Materials

Peregrine Spacecraft Suffers Propellant Leak After Successful Rocket Launch

Astrobotic's Peregrine lunar lander suffered a failure within its propulsion system after deploying from the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Vulcan Centaur rocket...

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Aerospace

Bombardier to Start Building New Army HADES Prototype Spy Plane

Bombardier Defense has received a new contract award to develop a prototype spy plane for the Army’s High Accuracy Detection and Exploitation System (HADES) program. Under...

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Nanotechnology

New DARPA X-Plane Will Have No Moving Control Surfaces

Aurora Flight Sciences has begun manufacturing work on a new X-plane for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Control of Revolutionary Aircraft with Novel...

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Aerospace

Boeing 737 MAX 9 Fleet Grounded Following In-Flight Loss of Cabin Door Plug

The Federal Aviation Administration has grounded 171 in-service Boeing 737 MAX 9s following an Alaska Airlines flight involving the aircraft type last week....

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Materials

Composite Repair Engineering Case Studies for U.S. Army Aerostructures

As technologies develop, aircraft mature, and strides are made in advanced materials development and analysis, aircraft have increased use of advanced composites within the aerostructure. These advanced materials are now being used in highly loaded structures, including aerodynamic profiles.

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Aerospace

Assessment of Noncommercial Icing Prediction Capabilities for Army Applications

Historically, smaller Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), such as Class 2 RQ-1B Raven and Class 3 RQ-7Bv2 Shadow, have been restricted to not be approved to fly in icing conditions under the assumption that any ice accretion would cause an unacceptable risk of loss of the aircraft.

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Manned Systems

New CFM56 High Pressure Turbine Blades

CFM International has introduced a new design for High-Pressure Turbine blades featured on the CFM56 engine, one of the most widely used engines on thousands of in-service commercial and military aircraft, including the Airbus A320 and the Next Generation Boeing 737.

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Aerospace

Air Force Receives First Joby eVTOL

The U.S. Air Force received its first electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft from Joby Aviation six months ahead of the expected 2024 delivery date. The delivery was completed during a September ceremony at Edwards Air Force Base.

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Unmanned Systems

AI Algorithms Fly Valkyrie XQ-58A

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) engineers and researchers used artificial intelligence (AI) agents or algorithms to fly an unmanned XQ-58A Valkyrie aircraft on a three-hour sortie during a July 25 demonstration at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

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Aerospace

Mobile Counter Unmanned Aircraft System

Teledyne FLIR Defense has signed a contract with Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, Norway to provide its Cerberus XL mobile counter-unmanned aerial system as part of a total C-UAS solution for Ukraine.

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Aerospace

Anthem Flight Deck First Flight

Honeywell Aerospace completed the first flight of its Honeywell Anthem integrated flight deck using a Pilatus PC-12 test aircraft. Although Honeywell Anthem has been in flight test for more than a year and has accumulated more than 120 hours of flight time, this flight was the first managed by the next-generation avionics system.

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RF & Microwave Electronics

PHASA-35 Stratospheric Flight

British engineers have successfully completed a stratospheric flight trial of BAE Systems’ High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS) Uncrewed Aerial System (UAS) - PHASA-35.

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Aerospace

Boeing T-7A Completes First Flight

The U.S. Air Force’s new pilot training aircraft, Boeing’s T-7A, completed its first flight on June 28, 2023. The aircraft is the first digitally designed tactical aircraft, developed using model-based systems engineering and 3D design tools.

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Aerospace

Digital Head-Up Display

Mercury Systems, Inc. has received a five-year contract worth as much as $83 million from the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command to deliver high-definition, digital head-up display (HUD) systems for the T-45 Goshawk training aircraft.

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Aerospace

Next Generation Airborne Navigation System

Northrop Grumman Corporation has conducted a successful flight test of its advanced airborne navigation solution, Embedded Global Positioning System (GPS) / Inertial Navigation System (INS) Modernization, known as EGI-M.

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Aerospace

Multi-Orbit Space Relay Communications

The Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate selected Viasat to provide on-orbit space relay connectivity for its ARBALEST program, which aims to support a future space-based demonstration of operational capabilities for the Department of Defense.

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Manned Systems

B-52 Radar Modernization

The first U.S. Air Force B-52 aircraft has arrived at Boeing to begin upgrades as part of the Radar Modernization Program (RMP).

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Aerospace

Air Force eVTOL Research and Development Programs Make Remote Pilot Progress

U.S. Air Force pilots completed remote-controlled flights of Joby Aviation’s S4 electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) prototype aircraft at the company’s California-based facility in April.

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Weapons Systems

A29N Super Tucano in NATO Configuration

Embraer launched the A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) configuration during the Latin American Defense and Security Exhibition (LAAD) in April.

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AR/AI

In-Space Upgrade Satellite System

Lockheed Martin’s In-Space Upgrade Satellite System (LM LINUSS™) accomplished a successful on-orbit demonstration, proving how small satellites can serve an essential role in sustaining critical space architectures.

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Aerospace

Approach Radar Upgrade

Thales is providing the next generation of primary and secondary approach radars, STAR NG and RSM NG, to renew the fleet of approach radars for French air and naval bases under a new contract announced by France’s Ministry of Defense.

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Software

Air Force Shifts to New Software Toolkit for Predictive Maintenance

The Air Force Rapid Sustainment Office’s Predictive Analytics and Decision Assistant leverages artificial intelligence software to transform logistics data into...

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Aerospace

1 Megawatt Turbogenerator

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, is producing a Hybrid-Electric Demonstrator, a fully-autonomous hybrid-electric vertical-take-off-and-landing prototype, with a maximum gross weight of more than 7,000-pounds.

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Aerospace

VISTA X-62

The Lockheed Martin VISTA X-62A training aircraft was flown by an AI agent for more than 17 hours during a recent demonstration, representing the first time AI engaged on a tactical aircraft.

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RF & Microwave Electronics

US Navy Selects Special Missions King Air 260 as New Multi-Engine Trainer System

In a contract first announced on Jan. 25, the U.S. Navy has awarded Textron Aviation a single, firm-fixed-price contract to develop the T-54A multi-engine...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

The Future of Automated Guided Vehicles for Aerospace and Defense

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the first automated guided vehicle, and AGVs have been moving things around on humans’ behalf ever since.

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