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LiquidPiston Inc. has developed a new engine that can run on multiple fuels, including diesel, jet fuel, and gasoline. This platform uses an optimized thermodynamic cycle and a new rotary engine architecture and could increases flight endurance over conventional UAV engines by greater than 50%.

EU to deploy UAV traffic management system by 2019

skyguide joins forces with AirMap to develop and deploy Europe’s premier national drone traffic management system. The endeavor will be the first national deployment of Europe’s vision for the digital infrastructure to support safe and secure access to European skies for millions of UAVs, in an effort called U-space.

Connect them all

Lockheed Martin’s VCSi software can simultaneously control multiple UAV types, operating anywhere on Earth.

Rolls-Royce's next move

Engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce is in many ways the leader in MRO support packages and was so even before the arrival of the digital revolution that allowed a transformation in support capability. This support extends into every aspect of operations, control, analysis of performance and through life maintenance and repair. Over the years, Rolls-Royce has consolidated its lead in comprehensive customer support activities alongside the continuous development of new advanced specification aerospace engines.

Faster, lighter, stronger: Aerospace composites join together advanced materials

Boeing and Airbus forecast a worldwide demand for up to 40,000 new aircraft over the next two decades. With a 10-year production backlog and new aircrafts increasingly counting on lightweight composites, manufacturing companies are developing advanced sandwich-structure composite solutions to fill the production gap.

Military, suppliers focus on long-term technical advances, compatibility

Equipment developers are moving quickly to ensure that military users will have long-term access to boards and modules that provide higher performance, easy replacement, and reduced costs. Board and system designers adopting new technologies are standardizing interconnection layouts to ensure that boards designed by various suppliers can be used to upgrade systems as technology advances.

Designing composite engine cowling for improved heat resistance

Thermal imaging data obtained from a FLIR high-performance camera shows that the expected turbine output temperature is approximately 285°C when the helicopter is in forward flight. However, during hover operations a steady state temperature of about 343°C will be reached.

China engine MRO market seeing major boom

While engine manufacturers fill orders from large operators for numerous new commercial engine types, maintenance costs of older, in-service engines will also continue to rise. Analysts currently estimate that engine maintenance and repair will contribute to nearly 30% of the predicted $25 billion 2018 maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) market—with most of the growth occurring in the Asia-Pacific region.

Super vacuum die casting to the rescue via improved quality, reduced costs

Due to greater demand for lighter weight products to reduce fuel consumption, carbon dioxide emissions, and cost, industries are continuously improving existing products. The net shape capability of emerging technologies presents challenges to traditional casting design, which begs the question: can existing casting methods continue as an industry staple while methodologies improve?

Spain’s Indaero cuts cost, time with 3D printed tooling

Many of Indaero’s products require in-house tools for assembly. One of those products (for Airbus supplier Aernnova) is the NH90 helicopter. Before acquiring additive capabilities, the company was limited to producing flat shapes with traditional methods, which affected the performance of the final tool during production.

Disruptive flight control technology on trial

One of the most significant developments in aircraft control since the wing warping of the Wright Brothers made way for movable control surfaces has been announced by Manchester University in the U.K., in association with BAE Systems.

GE, Lockheed Martin commit to Aerion's supersonic bizjet

Aerion and Skunk Works are already collaborating on the engineering of the AS2, while GE will be adapting one of its proven cores with a new low-pressure turbine to be fuel efficient at both subsonic and supersonic flight.

Innovate, collaborate, adapt—find a way to space

Large, traditional satellites require complex systems and often a dedicated launch vehicle to place them in orbit. The immense costs associated with these endeavors have led to growing demand for cost effective “nanosatellites.” A multitude of various companies are innovating and adapting to meet that demand, including Monroeville, NC-based CRP USA.

Lockheed looks to improve efficiency with Ubisense IIoT solution

As Lockheed Martin Aeronautics ramps up production of its fifth-generation F-35 fighter program, it is also looking to improve manufacturing efficiency. This month, the company has licensed Ubisense SmartSpace for deployment at its Fort Worth, TX facility.

Lockheed Martin brings Fury closer to mission readiness

With the integration of the 1803 engine into the platform, Kevin Westfall, Director of Unmanned Systems at Lockheed Martin, says that engineering ground tests performed by the company indicate that Fury will be able to stay in the air for 15 continuous hours based on analyzing fuel burn rates

Hybrid propulsion to get closer with the E-Fan X

The E-Fan X demonstrator will look at and explore all the challenges of developing a high-power propulsion system, including thermal effects, electric thrust management, altitude and dynamic effects on electric systems, and other issues such as electromagnetic compatibility. The objective is to push forward and mature the technology, performance, safety, and reliability of hybrid-electric technology.