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GKN Aerospace, COMAC, and AVIC to manufacture advanced aerostructures

2018-11-19
GKN Aerospace, COMAC subsidiary Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Company (SAMC), and Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC International) are establishing a joint venture based in China to manufacture advanced aerostructures for the civil aerospace market, with production scheduled to begin in late 2021 in a new state-of-the-art facility in a location yet to be determined.
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Space Tango takes its next steps in orbital manufacturing

2018-11-19
Lexington, Kentucky-based Space Tango is aiming to launch an autonomous robotic orbital platform by the mid-2020s. The platform, called ST-42, is designed for scalable manufacturing in space and will leverage the unique environment of microgravity to produce high-value products across multiple industries.
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Working pilot recruitment from all angles

2018-11-16
In conjunction with National STEM Day, United States Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson took to Twitter to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with a little help from Sesame Street's Elmo and Abby Cadabby. In a brief message, Wilson talked about the importance that STEM education plays in aerospace and defense careers.
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U.S. DoD orders 255 Lockheed Martin F-35 military combat aircraft in $22.7B deal

2018-11-16
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., part of Lockheed Martin Corp., in Fort Worth, Texas, won a $22.7 billion contract from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to deliver 255 of its F-35 fifth-generation military combat aircraft. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, issued the contract modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price advanced acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0001) for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fighters designed to perform ground-attack and air-superiority missions.
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Weber Metals unveils new 540-meganewton press for aerospace components

2018-11-16
Weber Metals Inc., a division of Otto Fuchs KG of Germany, unveiled a new, $180 million, 60,000-ton press at its 2.5-acre facility in Paramount, California, southeast of Los Angeles. It sets a record as the highest tonnage hydraulic forging press in the Americas and the largest privately funded forging press investment in the world.
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Stratasys LPM technology marries additive manufacturing, short-run metal parts production

2018-11-14
Stratasys (Nasdaq:SSYS) in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, is developing a new additive manufacturing (AM) platform for short-run metal applications based on Stratasys’ Layered Powder Metallurgy (LPM) technology, designed to make production of metal parts faster, easier, and more cost-effective, with the goal of helping customers pioneer a new era in additive manufacturing for production-grade metal parts, officials say.
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A-10C pilots will get 3D-audio to increase situational awareness

2018-11-14
The Terma 3D-audio system will enhance pilot situational awareness by supplementing the A-10C cockpit control panel visual warning system with audible directional signals from within the pilot’s helmet. The natural or spatially separately audio signals will be similar to what a human would hear when not wearing a conventional headset.
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First Orion European Space Module delivered

2018-11-13
With Orion capsule testing and the ESM delivery milestone complete, NASA two years out from Orion Exploration Mission 1 – the program’s unmanned spacecraft validation mission around the Moon in 2020.
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Personal air transport drives need for advanced VTOL technologies, standards

2018-11-13
“The future of urban transportation requires close partnership between regulators, cities, authorities, and the private sector. AeroMobil is closely working with cities around the world to establish opportunities to test, develop, and implement routes for safe personal transportation in the sky,” says Jonathan Carrier, vice president of corporate development of AeroMobil in Slovakia.
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AeroMobil debuts special edition Sky Dragon personal transport aircraft targeted at fast-growing market in China

2018-11-12
Engineers at AeroMobil in Slovakia have developed a special edition of the company’s personal aerial vehicles targeted exclusively at the rapidly growing personal air transportation market in China. AeroMobil has unveiled two Sky Dragon roadable aircraft or flying car concepts, specifically designed for China, based on the AeroMobil 4.0 short takeoff and landing (STOL) and 5.0 vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft.
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The CH-7: China’s latest unmanned combat air vehicle

2018-11-09
Airshow China is the country’s go-to event for debuting the their latest military and aerospace hardware. One those aircraft debuts – which might look familiar to engineers at Northrop Grumman – is the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) Cai Hong 7 unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV).
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DigitalGlobe taps satellite imagery, data analytics, AI, and machine learning to map continent for PSMA Australia

2018-11-09
DigitalGlobe, a Maxar Technologies company (NYSE:MAXR), in Westminster, Colorado, has harnessed artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and crowdsourcing technologies to map the entire continent of Australia at a unprecedented level of detail, officials say. PSMA Australia, an organization offering geospatial data to public and private institutions across the continent, selected DigitalGlobe to produce data layers to develop Geoscape, a commercial location intelligence dataset about the Australian-built environment designed to enable end users to make business decisions.
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Russian Helicopters successfully develops helicopter ditching system

2018-11-08
Specialists at Kazan Helicopters have completed testing of an Ansat light helicopter equipped with a ditching system or emergency flotation system. The Ansat’s ditching system is designed to save passengers and crewmembers in case of an emergency water landing.
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China to require 7,400 new aircraft valued at $1T through 2037

2018-11-07
China will require more than 7,400 new passenger aircraft and freighters, with a total market value of $1,060 billion (U.S.) or $1.06 trillion, through 2037 to meet growing demands for mobility, including passenger and cargo transport, Airbus officials in Toulouse, France, predict. China represents more than 19 percent of the world total demand for more than 37,400 new aircraft over the next 20 years.
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