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First Airbus A330-800 airliner becomes airborne for maiden flight

2018-11-06
The first Airbus A330-800 commercial jet, flight test aircraft MSN1888, took off today from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport on its maiden flight over southwestern France during which the aircraft performed dedicated flight-physics tests required for the variant.
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Air mobility innovations take center stage at Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference 2018

2018-11-06
Hundreds of aerospace executives, engineers, scientists, and academics are gathering in London this week for Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference (ASTC) 2018 from SAE International in Warrendale, Pennsylvania. Discussions during the three-day industry event center on the theme of innovating air mobility. Aerospace thought leaders are at ASTC discussing current challenges, the latest enabling technologies, and future opportunities, including those related to urban air mobility (UAM) and supersonic aircraft.
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NASA to test quiet thump supersonic propulsion technique, measure sound levels and community response

2018-11-05
NASA officials and engineers are prepping to fly the agency’s F/A-18 research aircraft over Galveston, Texas, using a “quiet thump” technique designed to reduce loud sonic booms typically associated with supersonic flight. This week’s test flight sets off a series of quiet supersonic research flights off the coast of Texas to test ways to measure supersonic aircraft sound levels and the community’s response to the supersonic acoustic experience.
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GE Aviation and DM3D to ramp up 3D-printed fan blade production for GE9X engine

2018-11-05
GE Aviation, the Evendale, Ohio-based subsidiary of General Electric has been working with DM3D Technology, LLC. of Auburn Hills, Michigan and Windsor, Connecticut-based Barnes Aerospace to develop DM3D’s proprietary DMD technology for a ramp-up to full-scale production of 3D-printed GE9X fan blades in 2020.
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Honeywell wins $1.04 billion U.S. Air Force power systems contract

2018-11-02
The U.S. Air Force awarded Phoenix-based Honeywell Aerospace with an exclusive $1,036,726,575 performance-based sustainment contract to provide end-to-end logistics support for secondary power systems and ground based auxiliary power systems for multiple aircraft types.
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GE Aviation, Jetoptera join forces on fluidic propulsion system

2018-11-01
Engineers at Jetoptera in Edmonds, Washington, and GE Aviation in Evandale, Ohio, are collaborating on a 500 pound-force (lbf) class fluidic propulsion system leveraging a gas generator based on GE Aviation’s H-Series turboprop engine. Jetoptera’s Fluidic Propulsion System is, officials say, both revolutionary and a remarkably simple approach to producing thrust for powerful, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL)-capable aircraft.
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Phase three of DARPA’s ALIAS aircraft automation system continues

2018-10-30
The autonomous software and hardware, which was installed on an optionally piloted helicopter, executed various scenarios including automated takeoff and landing, LIDAR- and camera-based obstacle avoidance, LIDAR-based automatic landing zone selection, and low-level contour flying.
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Japan’s IBUKI-2 (GOSAT-2) satellite launches, powers up, completes critical phase

2018-10-30
The IBUKI-2 (GOSAT-2) greenhouse gas observation satellite co-developed by the Japanese Ministry of Environment, National Institute of Environmental Studies Japan, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has completed the critical operations phase following its launch into orbit. JAXA officials have received telemetry data from the satellite that confirm the attitude control system has transitioned to a steady, stable state.
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GE Aviation debuts Affinity, first civil supersonic engine in 55 years

2018-10-29
GE Aviation engineers have completed the initial design of the first supersonic engine purpose-built for business jets. GE’s Affinity turbofan engine class integrates proven military supersonic experience, commercial reliability, and advanced business jet engine technologies.
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MBSE is transforming aerospace engineering, systems integration

2018-10-29
Model-based systems engineering (MBSE) is taking off in aerospace engineering and systems integration workflows worldwide. Editors in SAE International’s Aerospace Product Group had the opportunity to discuss MBSE trends, tools, and benefits, as well as any impediments to adoption and whether MBSE is likely to transform aerospace systems engineering and integration with Dave Shanley, vice president of segment & product marketing management at Jama Software in Portland, Oregon.
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Aerion AS2 supersonic bizjet on track for trans-atlantic crossing in 2023

2018-10-26
The AS2 industry team – comprising Aerion in Reno, Nevada; Lockheed Martin in Bethesda, Maryland; GE Aviation in Evendale, Ohio; and Honeywell in Morris Plains, New Jersey – has finished the conceptual design phase and launched the preliminary design phase, slated to conclude in June 2020, of the Aerion A2 supersonic business jet.
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