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Electronics & Computers

How SpaceVPX is Influencing the Design of Next Generation Spacecraft Avionics

SpaceVPX is an embedded computing standard based on bridging the VMEBus International Trade Association (VITA) OpenVPX standards to space applications. OpenVPX is a set of embedded computing system standards that are widely used in safety critical aerospace and defense platforms such as vehicles and weapons.

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Aerospace

Final Delta IV Heavy Rocket Launched

This launch marks the end of an era as it is the final Delta IV Heavy rocket and the end of the Delta program. The NROL-70 mission puts into orbit a national security payload that will deliver critical space-based information to our nation’s warfighters, intelligence analysts, and decision makers.

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Photonics/Optics

NASA’s Optical Communications Demo Transmits Data Over 140 Million Miles

This achievement provides a glimpse into how spacecraft could use optical communications in the future, enabling higher-data-rate communications of complex scientific information as well as high-definition imagery and video in support of humanity’s next giant leap: sending humans to Mars.

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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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RF & Microwave Electronics

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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Propulsion

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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Materials

‘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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RF & Microwave Electronics

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

ESA’s Future Low Earth Orbit Cargo Return Service Spacecraft

The European Space Agency (ESA) has signed a new €25 million contract with Thales Alenia Space to demonstrate a complete cargo delivery service to and from space stations...

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Aerospace

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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Aerospace

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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Aerospace

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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Manned Systems

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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Data Acquisition

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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Weapons Systems

Army Starts Testing Prototype Modular Turreted Mortar System

In a potentially significant stride forward in military technology, Yuma Proving Ground is testing a cutting-edge Modular Turreted Mortar System, or MTMS.

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Aerospace

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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Test & Measurement

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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Manufacturing & Prototyping

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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Aerospace

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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Design

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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Defense

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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AR/AI

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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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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