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Weapons Systems

Airbus Defence and Space Produces 2,000th Target Drone

For more than 20 years, air defenders around the world have been training with Airbus Defence and Space target drones, ensuring that their countries' air defenses work when it...

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Propulsion

Orion Spacecraft Launched to Moon on Historic Artemis I Mission

With the backdrop of a Florida starlit sky, NASA's Artemis I mission, with the Lockheed Martin-built Orion spacecraft on top, launched to the Moon and propelled the world...

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Energy

Air Force Pioneers the Future of Synthetic Jet Fuel

Jet fuel relies on a complex network of drillers, refiners, and shippers, but those who were near the Hsu STEM Range in Laurel Hill, Florida recently heard the sound of a small jet...

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Design

Making Machines Curious

Remote and autonomous vehicles are now helping us make discoveries in places where humans cannot easily go.

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Defense

Advanced Airborne Defensive Laser for Incorporation on Strike Fighter Aircraft

Short-range missiles pose a significant threat to U.S. strike fighters.

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Power

Main Propulsion Electric Motor

DRS announced that it has completed factory acceptance testing and shipment of the first production unit of the main propulsion motor for the U.S. Navy’s new Columbia Class submarine.

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Manned Systems

B-2 Spirit Modernization

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Air Force are continuing enhancements to the B-2 Spirit Stealth bomber fleet.

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Imaging

Integrated Flight Deck System

Garmin’s commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) G3000 open architecture supports integration with a wide range of mission equipment including military sensors, helmet mounted displays, and advanced electrically scanned radar systems.

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Transportation

Autonomous Black Hawk® Flies Missions Without Pilots on Board

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have successfully demonstrated to the U.S. Army for the first time how an...

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Electronics & Computers

Air Force Gets Strategic Mission System Capability Utilizing OpenVPX Standards

Collins Aerospace has been selected by the U.S. Air Force to develop a modern Very Low Frequency (VLF) receiver that will help modernize its strategic mission...

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Manned Systems

Army Aviation Team Achieves Software Success in Live Fire Test

Less than one second. That was how long it took for an Apache helicopter in Europe to transmit a call for fire to ground forces while operating forward of the fire line. A...

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Defense

JPADS Brings New Sustainment Capability to Future Fight

The Joint Precision Air Drop System (JPADS) is one of more than 250 weapons systems being experimented with during Project Convergence 2022 (PC22). PC22 is bringing together members...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Conference to Focus on Counter-Drone Technology

In 2021, SAE Media Group, which publishes this newsletter, launched a new high-level technical conference called Counter UAS Technology devoted to, as the name implies, examining current...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Drone Wing Could Learn How to Sense Danger Faster

The oddly satisfying small domes that you press on your soda’s to-go cup lid may one day save a winged drone from a nosedive. Patterns of these invertible domes on a drone’s wings...

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Weapons Systems

MQ-9 Reapers Demonstrate New Capabilities

Air Force Special Operations Command’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft enterprise participated in an Emerald Flag exercise, using the large-force event to demonstrate the agile combat employment of...

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Design

Air Force Explores Use of Thermoplastic Fin for F-16

Collins Aerospace was awarded a contract by the Air Force Research Laboratory to build an advanced, high-impact resistant, F-16 ventral fin using Collins’ thermoplastic welding...

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Electronics & Computers

Fly-by-Wire System for eVTOL Vehicles Will Enable Safe, Efficient, Flight

BAE Systems and Supernal announced an agreement to design and develop the flight control computer for Supernal’s electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL)...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

GA-ASI Announces Gray Eagle 25M for Multi-Domain Operations

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has launched its latest variant of the Gray Eagle line of unmanned aircraft systems: Gray Eagle 25M. The GE-25M brings a...

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Government

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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Aerospace

MQ-9B to Get New 3D- Printed Fuel Oil Heat Exchanger

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) is working with long-time collaborator Conflux Technology on the design and manufacture of a new Fuel Oil Heat Exchanger (FOHE) for...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Collins Aerospace to Manufacture F-15EX Wheels and Brakes

Collins Aerospace recently announced its selection by Boeing to provide boltless wheels and carbon brakes for lots one through three on the F-15EX aircraft in production for the...

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Defense

Raytheon Pairs Laser Weapon with NASAMS Air Defense System

One of the advanced technologies Raytheon Intelligence & Space (RI&S) is promoting at this year's AUSA Annual Meeting and exhibition is their High-Energy Laser Weapon...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

The Future of Collaborative Combat Aircraft

The U.S. Air Force boasts the finest combat aircraft and pilots in the world, but even they are going to need help preserving air dominance in the coming decades. Most experts agree that a mix...

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Weapons Systems

Northrop Grumman to Unveil the B-21 Raider

In what can arguably be considered one of the most highly anticipated aerospace industry announcements of the year, Northrop Grumman Corporation, in partnership with the U.S. Air Force, will...

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Aerospace

All-Electric Commuter Aircraft Makes Maiden Flight

An aircraft maker from Western Washington provided a glimpse at one possible future for sustainable air travel — electric commuter planes. Eviation celebrated the maiden flight of an...

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Power

Overcoming eVTOL’s High-Power Connectivity Challenges

There’s no question that significant amounts of power are needed for electric-powered vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft to become airborne and maintain flight. But...

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Power

Optimized Cutting Tools for Tomorrow’s Sustainable Aircraft

Tomorrow’s aircraft will be required to fly more sustainably and support net zero objectives around the world.

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Data Acquisition

R/V Athena Model (5365) Response in Waves

A better physical understanding of the dynamic response of high-speed craft in seas would allow for increased structural optimization.

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Aerospace

Optimal UAS Assignments and Trajectories for Persistent Surveillance and Data Collection from a Wireless Sensor Network

To meet the DoD’s vision for future UAS capabilities and lower manpower costs, systems incorporating UAS and standoff components are needed.