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NAVAIR Leverages CFD to Simulate Aircraft Engine Health and Aerodynamics

Developed by Naval Air Systems Command's (NAVAIR) Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs, "CharLES" is described...

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Skunk Works Successfully Demonstrates AI in Air-To-Air Tactical Intercepts

Lockheed Martin Skunk Works partnered with the University of Iowa's Operator Performance Laboratory (OPL) to demonstrate the use of artificial intelligence (AI)...

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Manned Systems

How Sandia’s New Digital Engineering Tool Helps Reimagine Design of Radar Systems

In a whirling geopolitical landscape of new nuclear weapons, hypersonic weapons, drones and satellites, the U.S. is hustling to test new kinds of radars...

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Manned Systems

Boeing Adopts New Airplane Manufacturing Quality and Safety Metrics

Boeing has published a new 11-page summary of actions being implemented to prevent airplane manufacturing quality and safety issues such as those that led to the...

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Aerospace

Electra Starts Proving Blown Lift eSTOL Technology

Electra.aero has completed the first test flights of its piloted blown-lift hybrid-electric short takeoff and landing (eSTOL) demonstrator aircraft, EL-2. According to a May 29...

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AR/AI

AI Algorithms Pilot X-62A in First Aerial Dogfight

The U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School (TPS) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency have reported another major breakthrough for the artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms or “agents” that have been flying their modified F-16 test aircraft known as VISTA X-62A in a series of flight tests since 2022.

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Aerospace

Morphing Aircraft Systems

Inspired by natural phenomena, a Purdue research team is developing morphing systems for hypersonic vehicles that respond to their environment.

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Weapons Systems

Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile Flight Test

ITE-12 was the next ‘big-step’ in LRASM’s evolution. The successful test was a graduation exercise for the missiles’ latest configuration and lays the foundation for increased capabilities to come.

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Aerospace

Lilium Starts Production of eVTOL Jet Batteries

The company describes its battery back as comprised of lithium-ion cells with silicon-dominant anodes that will allow for higher energy, power, and fast-charging capabilities than graphite anode cells. The battery packs are being designed to meet EASA’s aircraft safety requirements.

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Manned Systems

Testing the Engineering Limits for eVTOL Battery Power

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are taking cleaner transportation to the skies by creating and evaluating new batteries for airborne electric vehicles that take off and land vertically. Read on to learn more.

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Aerospace

New Research on Noise Reduction for Next Generation Aircraft Engines

A study published in Journal of Fluid Mechanics, reveals for the first time how noise is generated and propagated from these engines, technically known as boundary layer ingesting (BLI) ducted fans.

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Manned Systems

‘Nanostitches’ Enable Lighter and Tougher Composite Materials

To save on fuel and reduce aircraft emissions, engineers are looking to build lighter, stronger airplanes out of advanced composites. These engineered materials are made from high-performance fibers that are embedded in polymer sheets. The sheets can be stacked and pressed into one multilayered material and made into extremely lightweight and durable structures.

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Manned Systems

UK Flight Test Evaluates "Un-Jammable" Quantum Navigation Systems

In a first-of-its-kind achievement, the U.K. has successfully completed commercial flight trials of advanced quantum-based navigation systems that cannot be jammed or...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

German Air Force Starts Flight Testing New Heron ISR Drone

The German Air Force has started a six month flight testing program with its new German Heron Turboprop (TP) drone, according to recent updates published by Airbus and the...

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Power

Airbus Launches Cryoprop to Demonstrate Future of Hydrogen-Powered Aircraft

Airbus UpNext, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Airbus, has launched a new technological demonstrator to accelerate the maturation of superconducting technologies...

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Power

Four Quantum Computing Aviation Applications Being Researched by Airbus

Airbus recently published an update on some of the latest research and development that the Toulouse, France-based airplane maker has been exploring around the use...

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Unmanned Systems

UAV In-Flight Software Upgrades

During a recent demonstration, Collins Aerospace and Parasanti proved they could use UAVs to install software upgrades on other UAVs to update them in-flight.

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Navy Receives First T-54A Training Aircraft

The U.S. Navy received the first two operational T-54A multi-engine training system aircraft last week at Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Unmanned Systems

Two Prototypes Selected for Air Force Collaborative Combat Aircraft Program

The U.S. Air Force has selected Anduril and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) to continue into the next phase of detailed designs, manufacture, and...

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Aerospace

FAA Adopts New Aircraft Engine Emission Standards for Non-Volatile Particulate Matter

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) adopted a new rule that will set a limit on carbon particles emitted by subsonic aircraft engines, according...

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Materials

Aerospace Production: Overcoming Challenges in Composite Machining

Composite materials play an important role in aerospace manufacturing. The light weight, durability and ability to create complex shapes from molds make these materials ideal for frames and structural components that enable lighter, more fuel-efficient aircraft.

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Software

Understanding the Limits of Artificial Intelligence for Predictive Maintenance

This report is the third in a five-volume series addressing how AI could be employed to assist warfighters in four distinct areas: cybersecurity, predictive maintenance, wargames, and mission planning, with predictive maintenance in focus.

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Pushing the Limits: Engineering Advanced RF Interconnects to Meet the Challenges of Hypersonic Missile Development

Times Microwave Systems has developed a wide range of emerging technologies that eliminate the gap between standard material limitations and hypersonic missile demands.

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Energy

What’s the Best DC Motor for Your Commercial Aerospace Application?

This article presents common commercial aerospace applications that pose performance and environmental challenges for DC motors along with a summary of the stringent aerospace industry standards that the motors must satisfy.

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Aerospace

Airbus to Fly Prototype eVTOL This Year

The CityAirbus NextGen prototype electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft made its public debut during an unveiling ceremony in Donauwörth, Germany on March 7, 2024.

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Aerospace

Flight Testing Microvanes and Riblets

The Air Force Operational Energy Office (SAF/IE), the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), and the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) have partnered together in seeking well-developed, commercially viable technologies to reduce drag, and therefore fuel consumption, on a number of USAF legacy aircraft, including the C-17 Globemaster III, C-130 Hercules, and KC-135 Stratotanker.

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Defense

AI Pilots X-62A in First Aerial Dogfight

The U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency have reported another major breakthrough for the artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms or "agents" that...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Embraer Completes First Flight of E-Freighter Jet

The first E190F, a converted jet from passenger transport to freighter (E-Freighter), recently completed its first flight in São José dos Campos, Brazil. The Embraer team flew the...

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Manned Systems

Lilium Starts Production of eVTOL Jet Batteries

Lilium, the Munich, Germany-based electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) developer, has started the production of the lithium-ion battery packs that will power the Lilium Jet.

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