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Unmanned Systems

Chevron Waiver Unlocks New Era for BVLOS Commercial Drone Operations in US

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on May 8, 2024 issued a first-of-its kind exemption to Pennsylvania-based drone maker American Aerospace Technologies,...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Are European Cities Ready for Drones and U-Space?

The City of Hamburg has been developing urban air mobility (UAM) as a strategic policy since 2017. Its strategy has been a step-by-step implementation of UAM, with an initial focus on...

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Automotive

NHTSA Moves on Driver-Impairment Regulation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in mid-December took a significant step to formalize a safety regulation mandating technology to prevent impaired driving in new passenger vehicles. The primary question now is which technology to detect alcohol or drug impairment can get the job done.

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Army to Advance Prototype Competition for Future Electric Light Reconnaissance Vehicle

The U.S. Army is preparing to issue an industry request for the development of an electric Light Reconnaissance Vehicle (eLRV), according to an Oct....

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Aerospace

Spaceflight Operators Seek Learning Period Extension, More Flight Testing

Commercial spaceflight operations need an extension of the Federal Aviation Administration's moratorium on new regulations for space travel that expires at the...

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Propulsion

New Report Finds Engine Nozzle Failure Caused Blue Origin Crash

Blue Origin's New Shepard (NS-23) must remain grounded for now, after a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) investigation found that the suborbital rocket system's Sept....

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AR/AI

AI-Enabled Detection System Set To Replace Aging Airspace Awareness System

Execution of new fielding and funding strategies will lead to the delivery of a cutting-edge surveillance, identification, and tracking system that monitors and...

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Government

11 Companies to Develop New Space Exploration 'Tipping Point' Technologies

A total of 11 U.S.-based companies will develop new technologies ranging from lunar surface power systems to tools for in-space 3D printing under NASA's sixth...

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Weapons Systems

Even with Reforms, DoD Struggles with Speed of New Weapons Development

The Department of Defense (DoD) continues to face challenges quickly developing innovative new weapons. These challenges persist even with recent reforms to its...

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Semiconductors & ICs

New Lockheed Martin Partnership Targets Domestic Semiconductor Manufacturing

Lockheed Martin has partnered with GlobalFoundries to advance U.S.-based semiconductor manufacturing and innovation and to increase the security, reliability...

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Test & Measurement

New Consortium to Develop Thermal Protection Materials for Hypersonic Vehicles

Several countries are competing to develop the most advanced hypersonic vehicles, and a team of researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology...

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Materials

Air Force to Inspect KC-135 Fleet for Non-Conforming Tail Pins

The Air Force is directing inspections of KC-135 tanker aircraft for a non-conforming part in the vertical tail assembly. The Time Compliance Technical Order (TCTO) restricts...

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Software

US Air Force Test Center Invests $287 Million in Flight Test Instrumentation

Curtiss-Wright has been awarded a 10-year, $287 million indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract by Edwards Air Force Base (AFB) – Air Force...

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Software

Navy Experiments With Flight Line of the Future Tagging Technology

The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) recently conducted flight line of the future experimentation with artificial intelligence and machine learning...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Ball Aerospace Starts Final Assembly of Space Force's Next Generation Operational Weather Satellite

Ball Aerospace completed the spacecraft bus for the Weather System Follow-on-Microwave (WSF-M) satellite, the U.S. Space Force's...

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Regulations/Standards

Response to More-Rigid NOx and GHG Regs

The new low-NOx standards are part of the EPA’s Clean Trucks Plan that also includes “Phase 3” greenhouse gas standards for HD vehicles beginning in MY 2027.

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Aerospace

InSight Mission Retired by NASA After Four Years on Mars

NASA has officially declared an end to the InSight mission, after recent attempts to communicate with the Mars lander were unsuccessful. The agency made the declaration on Dec. 15,...

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Government

US Air Force Targets First Flight of B-21 Raider This Year

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Air Force are targeting a first flight of the recently unveiled B-21 Raider stealth bomber this year, although the timeline is dependent upon ground...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

A New A/C Refrigerant Joins the Global Warming Fight

A tri-part blend refrigerant, R-456A, has been introduced as a service replacement for the original refrigerant in R-134a automotive air conditioning systems.

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Aerospace

Air Force’s Next Generation Combat Rescue Helicopter Hits Major Milestone

The U.S. Air Force declared Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for the HH-60W Jolly Green II Combat Rescue Helicopter, validating the platform's operational...

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Energy

Navy Gets Integrated Multi-Mission Laser Weapon System

Lockheed Martin delivered to the U.S. Navy a 60+ kW-class high energy laser with integrated optical-dazzler and surveillance (HELIOS), the first tactical laser weapon system to be...

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Government

Soldier Insights Drive Army's Development of Mixed-Reality Training System

On a mid-August afternoon in central Texas, soldiers in combat uniform gather together, preparing to engage in realistic battlefield training. With temperatures...

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Data Acquisition

US Marine Corps to Get MQ-9A Extended Range Unmanned Aircraft Systems

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) was awarded a contract for eight MQ-9A Extended Range (ER) Unmanned Aircraft Systems as part of an ARES...

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Aerospace

Engineers Assess Flow Quality in Wind Tunnel Test Facility

Engineers at the National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex don’t always go with the flow. They realize that flow must be examined from time to time, as good flow quality is...

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Aerospace

KC-46A Pegasus Approved to Refuel 97% of Joint Force Receivers

Gen. Mike Minihan, commander of Air Mobility Command, approved a seventh Interim Capability Release mission set for the KC-46A Pegasus, increasing the aircraft’s...

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Government

Developing Design Tools for Outer Space Structures

Achieving affordable space exploration will require lightweight structures for vehicles, solar arrays and antennas. Lightweight materials also will be used for components of structures...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

NASA Builds Welding Test Article for SLS Exploration Upper Stage

NASA completed manufacturing of a hydrogen tank barrel that will be tested as a weld confidence article for the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket’s Exploration Upper Stage...

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Unmanned Systems

Safety, Standards Crucial to AVs’ Advance

The details and cost of the Biden Administration’s $1.2-trillion ($555 billion in new spending) federal infra- structure bill may have been exhaustively debated by the time it was passed last November, but few could argue that substantial investment in the nation’s systems wasn’t long overdue.

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Weapons Systems

Register Now: Counter UAS Technology 2021

The two-day event highlights cutting-edge products and services designed to protect DoD personnel, equipment, and infrastructure from hostile drones.

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