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Manned Systems

Boeing Starliner Launch Delayed to Test Helium Leak Repair

Boeing, NASA and United Launch Alliance (ULA) are targeting a May 21 launch date for the crewed flight test of the Starliner spacecraft to the International Space Station...

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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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Supplier Eye
Mechanical & Fluid Systems

We've Been Here Before

For a couple of decades, virtually every global original equipment manufacturer spent significant capital and attention raising their sales/production profile in China. It became the world’s largest light...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

US Navy Taps Hunt Valve for First 3D-Printed Submarine Assemblies

The U.S. Navy has awarded its first contract to produce 3D-printed valve assemblies on its fleet of submarines to Hunt Valve, a Fairbanks Morse Defense (FMD) company.

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

New Reverse Bleed System for LEAP-1A Engines is Ready to Fly

CFM International has started shipping its first production LEAP-1A Engines equipped with a new reverse bleed system (RBS) to Airbus, with entry into commercial service...

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Materials

NAVAIR Clears V-22 Osprey for Return to Flight

The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has cleared the tiltrotor V-22 Osprey to return to flight.

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Energy

Brembo’s New Octyma Brakes Provide 8 Reasons for Better Deceleration

As the 2024 Range Rover Sport SV barrels down the front straight of the Portimão circuit, it’s fair to ask: What the heck is a 5,532-pound (2,509-kg) luxury SUV...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Axial Flux E-Motor Maker Progresses Toward Mobility, Alters Cooling Design

SAE Media first introduced readers to Infinitum in last year’s roundup of e-motor developments. (LINK) The company claims it made a 50% smaller and lighter...

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Materials

A Computational Method for Creating New Ceramics with Transition Metals

Extraordinarily rugged with a melting temperature of several thousand degrees Fahrenheit. That describes the results of research into new ceramic materials sponsored...

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Manned Systems

Virgin Galactic Reports on Pin Detachment From Recent Spaceflight

During a routine postflight review of its most recent space flight, “Galactic 06,” Virgin Galactic determined that an alignment pin detached from the launch pylon of...

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Aerospace

Preliminary Report Shows 737 Fuselage Bolts Were Missing Before Alaska Airlines Flight

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published its preliminary report on the cause of the in-flight structural failure that occurred during...

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Materials

Approximating the Material Stresses and System Requirements for Hypersonic Flight

The challenges associated with hypersonic flight are significant in that the drag forces, temperatures, and heat flux put large demands on materials. First and foremost is managing the exposure to high temperatures that will be in excess of 1,000 °C.

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

NVH-Fighting Plastic EV Motor Mount Wins Lightweighting Award

Most motor mounts, even for EV applications, are made of metal alloys. It makes intuitive sense: It’s a vibration-intensive mounting application that demands durability...

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Regulations/Standards

FAA Expands Boeing 737 Investigation to Manufacturing and Production Lines

The Federal Aviation Administration is expanding its investigation into what caused the recent Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 incident to Boeing's manufacturing...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

How the US Navy Uses Organic Manufacturing to Combat Supply Chain Constraints

When supply chain constraints make it challenging to source parts for aircraft maintained at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE), the depot’s organic...

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Manned Systems

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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Defense

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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Propulsion

Schaeffler Heads Back to CES with New Acquisition, Capabilities

Schaeffler Group, energized by a new acquisition and a new tagline “we pioneer motion,” will showcase new capabilities at CES in January — its first appearance at the...

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Supplier Eye
Power

'Scaling' EVs Won’t Come Easy

Regular readers of Supplier Eye will note that this author tries to outline the positives and the negatives of supplier strategies. It’s a moving target. A recent deluge of negative headlines with...

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Aerospace

RAMFIRE Project Develops, Tests 3D-Printed Aluminum Rocket Engine Nozzle

NASA recently built and tested an additively-manufactured – or 3D printed – rocket engine nozzle made of aluminum, making it lighter than conventional nozzles...

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Aerospace

New CFM56 Turbine Blades to Improve Reliability for Thousands of Commercial and Military Aircraft Engines

CFM International has introduced a new design for High-Pressure Turbine (HPT) blades featured on the CFM56 engine, one of the most...

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Government

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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Technical Innovation
Regulations/Standards

Cummins Spools up New Turbo Tech

Cummins Inc. and Holset Turbocharger announced several technical revisions to their Series 850 turbocharger. The Series 850 turbo is intended for customers with high-horsepower engines ranging from 15-L...

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Wearables

Army Makes Progress on New Bomb Suit Helmet Development

U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians are helping the Army improve state-of-the-art combat helmets to better protect them on high-stakes missions.

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Power

Raptor Tops Fully Redesigned 2024 Ford Ranger Lineup

When Ford first reintroduced the Ranger to North America in 2019, it was welcomed largely because of its revered nameplate. But outside of a lauded 2.3-L four-cylinder turbo engine...

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Power

Multimatic ‘Legs’ for Ferrari’s New Thoroughbred

The Ferrari Purosangue scurries up the snowbound pitches of Italy’s Monte Bondone, the Alpine peak whose auto-hillclimb exploits date to 1925. Ferrari’s first “SUV” —...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

New Approach to Viscosity Enables Complex Motions in Soft Robots

Cornell researchers have laid the foundation for developing a new class of untethered soft robots that can achieve more complex motions with less reliance on explicit computation.

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Propulsion

New Defense Department Contract to Expand Domestic Rocket Motor Manufacturing

The Department of Defense's (DoD) Office of Manufacturing Capability Expansion and Investment Prioritization (MCEIP) has entered into a $215.6 million...

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News
Manufacturing & Prototyping

WCX 2023: Biomimicry Inspires Product Development

Nature has always served as a giant classroom where problem-solving lessons are taught — a “storehouse of inspiration for new and different ideas,” noted Trisha Brown, co-director...

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