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New CFM56 High Pressure Turbine Blades

CFM International has introduced a new design for High-Pressure Turbine blades featured on the CFM56 engine, one of the most widely used engines on thousands of in-service commercial and military aircraft, including the Airbus A320 and the Next Generation Boeing 737.

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Aerospace

Air Force Receives First Joby eVTOL

The U.S. Air Force received its first electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft from Joby Aviation six months ahead of the expected 2024 delivery date. The delivery was completed during a September ceremony at Edwards Air Force Base.

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Aerospace

How Business Networks Can Help Stabilize the A&D Supply Chain

If the disruptions of the past few years have taught us anything, it’s that supply chain issues can’t be solved in a vacuum by an individual company, however much leverage that company may wield in the marketplace. These days, it takes a village to keep supply chains humming along.

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Materials

How to Select the Right Silicone for Space Applications

Selecting the right silicone manufacturer with a proven track record of extensive experience in the application and customization of space-grade silicones is as important as considering the materials’ function, purity and process requirements when choosing a silicone for space applications.

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Key Measurements to Maintain Performance of Critical Electronic Systems on Military Aircraft and Warships

Wireless technology is a critical element of the modern battlefield, making accurate and consistent transmissions of high-speed data essential for mission success. Ensuring wireless system performance has additional challenges when implemented on warships and aircraft.

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Power

Virgin Atlantic Completes Transatlantic Flight Using Only Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Virgin Atlantic completed the first ever transatlantic flight of a large commercial airliner powered with 100 percent of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF)...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Nuclear-Powered Drone Destined for Titan Enters Final Design Phase

NASA’s Dragonfly mission team is moving on to the next stage of development on the revolutionary, car-sized nuclear-powered drone it plans to fly over and land on the...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

These Four Companies Will Build DARPA High-Speed VTOL X-Plane Prototypes

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected four companies to compete for its Speed and Runway Independent Technologies (SPRINT) X-Plane...

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Test & Measurement

The B-21 Raider Starts Flight Testing

The U.S. Air Force has begun flight testing Northrop Grumman's sixth generation B-21 stealth bomber. Matt Hartman, a freelance photojournalist captured the first flight of the B-21 on Nov. 10 with...

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Data Acquisition

European KC-135s Get Real Time Cockpit System Upgrades

Aircraft assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing are the first tankers in U.S. Air Forces in Europe to be equipped with a new data link system, allowing them to communicate and...

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Manned Systems

GAO Report: Maintenance and Supply Delays Continue to Impact F-35 Readiness

Maintenance challenges negatively affect F-35 aircraft readiness. The F-35 fleet mission capable rate—the percentage of time the aircraft can perform one of...

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Unmanned Systems

REMUS 300: The Navy's New Unmanned Underwater Mine Fighting Vehicle

Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) are the unheralded champions in maritime defense; poised to bring about a revolution in the scale of presence and capability delivery...

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Software

New 'Motherlode' Tool is Revolutionizing UK Navy Helicopter Maintenance

The U.K.'s Royal Navy is rolling out the use of a new artificial intelligence (AI) software tool called "Motherlode" that is poised to revolutionize the way military...

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Aerospace

Army Delivers First T901 ITEP Engines for FARA Prototype Helicopters

Both companies that are competing for the U.S. Army's new Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program have received the General Electric T901 Improved Turbine...

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Test & Measurement

Archer Achieves First Untethered Flight with Midnight eVTOL

On Oct. 24, Santa Clara, California-based electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) manufacturer Archer Aviation completed the first flight of its five-seat Midnight...

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Photonics/Optics

ATHENA Sensor Brings Generational Leap to Airborne MANPAD Protection

Since their introduction, Man-Portable Air Defense Systems – heat-seeking, shoulder-fired missiles – have been a persistent threat to U.S. Army aviation. Infrared...

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Design

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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Design

Army to Advance Prototype Competition for Future Electric Light Reconnaissance Vehicle

The U.S. Army is preparing to issue an industry request for the development of an electric Light Reconnaissance Vehicle (eLRV), according to an Oct....

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Test & Measurement

Spaceflight Operators Seek Learning Period Extension, More Flight Testing

Commercial spaceflight operations need an extension of the Federal Aviation Administration's moratorium on new regulations for space travel that expires at the...

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Materials

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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Power

Airbus Tests Single Stick Electric Flight Control System for Prototype eVTOL

Airbus Helicopters has completed a test flight using its FlightLab demonstrator helicopter to evaluate a new single stick electric flight control system...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

AUSA 2023: Are Robotics the Future of Army Combat Vehicles?

In the near future, ground combat vehicles operated by U.S. Army warfighters could feature robotics, autonomy and human-robot teaming, according to comments shared by several...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Quantum Sensing Enters DoD Landscape in First-of-a-Kind Gyroscope Space Demonstration

The Defense Science Board identified three areas of quantum technology that will be most relevant to the Department of Defense's (DoD) technological...

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Unmanned Systems

REMA Program to Create 'Autonomy Adapter' for Commercial Drones Used in Combat Operations

Commercial drone technology is advancing rapidly, providing cost-effective and robust capabilities for a variety of civil and military missions. As...

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Manned Systems

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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Defense

Air Force Receives First eVTOL Six Months Ahead of Schedule

The U.S. Air Force received its first electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft from Joby Aviation last week, six months ahead of the expected 2024 delivery date....

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Propulsion

Navy Starts First Assemblies of F-35 Lift Fan Clutch

The U.S. Navy's Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) achieved its first assembly of a lift fan clutch for the F-35B Lightning II aircraft, becoming the first Department of Defense (DoD)...

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AR/AI

DoD to Deploy Thousands of Low Cost Autonomous Systems Under Replicator Program

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks outlined the agency’s new “Replicator” initiative. Under the new Replicator initiative, over the next 18 to 24 months, the Defense Department will deploy thousands of low cost autonomous systems across multiple domains.

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Communications

More Airports Test RF as Counter Measure for UAS in Restricted Airspace

More airports are starting to adopt and test the use of radio frequency (RF) mitigation techniques to counter the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in violation of civilian airspace rules.

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