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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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Electronics & Computers

Explaining MOSA from the Team that Led the Army Aviation Mission Computing Environment Task Order

In 2023, Parry Labs was awarded two tasks under the Aviation and Missile Technology Consortium’s (AMTC) Other Transactions Agreement to lead a multi-vendor team to collaboratively define the Army’s Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) requirements for computing and software operating environments for all future Army Aviation procurements.

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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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Manned Systems

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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RF & Microwave Electronics

Expanding Possibilities for Superconducting Qubits With Niobium

A group led by Stanford University’s David Schuster has demonstrated a way to create niobium-based qubits that rival their state-of-the-art counterparts.

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Manned Systems

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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Briefs
Robotics, Automation & Control

Researchers Help Robots Navigate Efficiently in Uncertain Environments

MIT researchers developed a method that could help this robot efficiently reason about the best routes to its destination.

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Electronics & Computers

NRL Scientists Deliver Quantum Algorithm to Develop New Materials and Chemistry

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) scientists published the Cascaded Variational Quantum Eigensolver (CVQE) algorithm in a recent Physical Review Research article, which is expected to become a powerful tool to investigate the physical properties in electronic systems.

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Evaluation of Additively Manufactured Ultrahard Steels

Recent advances in both alloy development and additive manufacturing have enabled the production of ultrahigh-strength steels in near net shape parts.

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Aerospace

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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Aerospace

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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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

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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Manned Systems

Three Companies to Lead Development of Artemis Lunar Terrain Vehicles

NASA has selected three different companies to lead the development of capabilities for the lunar terrain vehicle (LTV) that astronauts intend to use to travel around...

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Aerospace

OPINION: How Artificial Intelligence Eliminates Risk from Aerospace and Defense Quality Teams

The complexity of aerospace and defense (A&D) supply chains has outstripped the capabilities of human processing.

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Aerospace

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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Manned Systems

Australia to Acquire New Class of Nuclear Submarines

The U.S., U.K. and Australia are focused on a deliberate, conditions-based approach to ensuring successful implementation of the AUKUS security partnership, the U.S. Navy's top...

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Manned Systems

Japanese Army to Test First Unmanned Ground Vehicles

The Japanese Ministry of Defence has signed a multimillion-dollar contract with Rheinmetall that could pave the way for future deployment of unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) by the...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Northrop Grumman Assembles First Manta Ray UUV Prototype

Northrop Grumman has completed the assembly of its first full-size prototype of Manta Ray, the defense manufacturer's new unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV).

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Army Begins Satcom as a Service Evaluation

The U.S. Army has started fielding commercial satellite communications equipment, bandwidth and services to several units around the globe, under a new pilot that will inform leadership on a...

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Aerospace

Boeing to Start Latest P-8A Poseidon Airframe, Avionics Increment 3 Upgrades

The U.S. Navy delivered the first P-8A Poseidon aircraft to be modified with Increment 3 Block 2 capabilities to Boeing on March 27, enabling the fleet to be...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Three Companies to Build New Multi-Orbit Logistics Prototype Spacecraft

Utilizing commercial technology to facilitate greater in-space mobility for the Department of Defense (DoD), the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) is working with three...

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Aerospace

Hermeus Rolls Out First Quarterhorse Hypersonic Test Aircraft

Hermeus has unveiled its first aircraft — Quarterhorse Mk 1 — which will take flight later this year.

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Counter Unmanned Aircraft System

Looking ahead to the future, the threat of adversarial drones will only increase. Drones don’t necessarily recognize geographical borders or boundaries, and to protect service members and citizens from these impending challenges, the U.S. and its allies must look to CUAS technologies and scale effectively throughout their militaries and relevant civilian agencies.

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Defense

10 Unmanned Ground Vehicles Being Developed and Tested Around the World

Unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), robot combat vehicles or autonomous vehicles, no matter what you call them, are increasingly being developed, prototyped and tested for future use in autonomous and teaming operations or scenarios with manned vehicles. This article provides updates on some of the latest prototyping, development, purchasing and deployment of 10 new military UGVs.

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Electronics & Computers

Grip Tab Active Controllers

Advanced Technology International has issued a $2.67 million contract to AeroVironment for the production of its Tomahawk Grip Tab Active (Grip TA) controllers, that will be managed by the U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Lab (MCWL).

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Aerospace

New Realistic Computer Model will Help Robots Collect Moon Dust

Working with their industry partner, Thales Alenia Space in the U.K., who has specific interest in creating working robotic systems for space applications, the team investigated a virtual version of regolith, another name for Moon dust.

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Aerospace

AI Co-Pilot Enhances Human Precision for Safer Aviation

Meet the Air-Guardian, a system developed by researchers at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. As modern pilots grapple with an onslaught of information from multiple monitors, especially during critical moments, Air-Guardian acts as a proactive copilot.

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Robotics, Automation & Control

One Person Can Supervise a Swarm of 100 Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles

Research involving Oregon State University has shown that a “swarm” of more than 100 autonomous ground and aerial robots can be supervised by one person without subjecting the individual to an undue workload.

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Defense

New Cyber Algorithm Shuts Down Malicious Robotic Attacks

Australian researchers have designed an algorithm that can intercept a man-in-the-middle (MitM) cyberattack on an unmanned military robot and shut it down in seconds. The algorithm, tested in real time on a replica of a U.S. Army combat ground vehicle, was 99 percent successful in preventing a malicious attack.

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