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Three-stream engine architecture eyed for next-gen military aircraft

2017-11-05
Being able to take advantage of a third stream of air that can be modulated to adapt an engine's performance across the flight envelope allows a fighter to access an on-demand increase in thrust or to smoothly shift to highly efficient operations during cruise.
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Jet Aviation, Honeywell partner on business jet avionics

2017-10-26
Jet Aviation has developed a supplemental type certificate through the European Aviation Safety Agency to update aging cockpit displays on Dassault Falcon and Cessna Citation business jets with Honeywell DU-875 LCD units.
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Manufacturing systems get smart, self heal

2017-10-17
In an EU-funded project called SelSus, 15 industrial and scientific consortium partners are developing maintenance technology capable of forecasting machine downtimes in production before they occur. This will allow plant managers to rectify faults before the machine breaks down.
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Scaled Composites completes first flight of Model 401

2017-10-17
This past week, Scaled Composites announced the first flight of its experimental aircraft design, Model 401. Scaled—a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman—has built two Model 401 aircraft for an undisclosed customer to demonstrate “advanced, low-cost manufacturing techniques.”
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Shape memory alloys at the core of future aircraft systems

2017-10-15
Engineers at NASA and Boeing are amongst the believers who foresee folding wings in-flight using advanced materials and technologies being a potential game-changer for future aircraft. The two organization have teamed to develop an actuation system that uses an SMA that will accomplish this goal using less complex, lighter, and more compact hardware than conventional systems.
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Rolls-Royce looks to corner commercial markets, military next

2017-09-28
Rolls-Royce will be providing United Airlines additional Trent XWB engines and service support. The company also recently laid out an offering of the BR725 powerplant, designated F130 for military purposes, to the U.S. Air Force Boeing B-52 Stratofortress fleet.
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Researchers develop new carbide coating for hypersonic flight

2017-09-03
Researchers from the University of Manchester have designed and fabricated a carbide coating that can withstand the speed and temperature associated with hypersonic travel. To develop the unique coating—a type of ultra-high temperature ceramic (UHTC)—the researchers collaborated with China’s Central South University.
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CubeSat prototype to use water as propellant

2017-08-27
A new type of micropropulsion system for miniature satellites, or CubeSats, uses tiny nozzles that release precise bursts of water vapor to maneuver the spacecraft.
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Honeywell’s new sensors self-diagnose internal failures

2017-08-21
Honeywell says the sensors were designed to improve the performance of aircraft systems and reduce maintenance costs associated with false readings. The Integral Health Monitoring aerospace proximity sensors can detect when a sensor has been damaged or impacted.
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A secure attachment to 3D printing

2017-08-21
Additive manufacturing (AM) is seemingly the cure-all for the manufacture of complex products, but as the potential for AM continues to increase, so too does the cyber target on its back.
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Irkut's MC-21 takes first flight, thanks to a global team

2017-08-12
Eaton manufactured engine-driven pumps for the first flying MC-21 prototype and supplied additional system sub-components including thermal bypass valves, while Pratt & Whitney supplied its PW1000G GTF engine and Rockwell Collins, Honeywell, and Elbit supplies various avionics systems.
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PEM fuel cell ScanEagle UAV completes test flights

2017-08-12
A Protonex and Insitu development team focused on packaging and integrating existing PEM fuel cell technology with the airframe. The resulting design comprised a redundant double stack design that produces 1.2 kW of power.
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Airbus D&S designs new RF filter for 3D printing

2017-08-04
Deemed "the first" 3D printed metal radio frequency filter for use in a telecommunications satellite, the filter, a culmination of the research funded by the European Space Agency, was created using a direct-metal-printing process.
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