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PEM fuel cell ScanEagle UAV completes test flights

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.

Airbus D&S designs new RF filter for 3D printing

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.

USAF works toward smoother landings, no plane required

The 418th Flight Test Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base is currently assessing a new parachute for the Advanced Concept Ejection Seat II that will improve safety and expand the acceptable personal weight range of aircrew.

Senate proposes funding days ahead of OA-X experiment

On June 28, 2017, days ahead of the July 2017 U.S. Air Force light attack aircraft experiment, the Senate Armed Services Committee passed a preliminary vote for a proposed annual defense budget that included $1.2 billion for “a fleet of Light Attack/Observation aircraft.”

In pursuit of networked drone operations

Recently NASA researchers were officially cleared to begin formal feasibility studies on advanced Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) concepts under NASA’s Convergent Aeronautics Solutions (CAS) project. The investigations, three in total, are expected to take between 24 and 30 months to complete.

DARPA's ALIAS successfully lands a Boeing 737 simulator

Aurora Flight Sciences demonstrated DARPA's ALIAS automated flight technology in a Boeing 737 simulator. ALIAS showcased its ability to utilize the existing 737 auto-landing system to autonomously land the aircraft safely in the event of pilot incapacitation.

NASA to establish new Space Technology Research Institutes

NASA has selected proposals for the creation of two multi-disciplinary, university-led Space Technology Research Institutes (STRIs) that will focus on the development of technologies critical to extending human presence deeper into our solar system. The new STRIs will bring together researchers from various disciplines and organizations to collaborate on the advancement of cutting-edge technologies in bio-manufacturing and space infrastructure.

Aurora Flight Sciences partners with Uber in contested airspace

Uber announced a partnership with Aurora Flight Sciences to develop electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for its Uber Elevate Network. Aurora’s eVTOL concept is derived from its existing XV-24A LightningStrike VTOL X-Plane subscale vehicle demonstrator aircraft.

T-X down to two main contenders

Although the lightweight, supersonic T-38 has been the staple advanced jet trainer for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Naval Test Pilot School for more than 55 years, the aircraft is expected to be replaced by a new trainer that can better transition pilots into fourth- and fifth-generation fighters.

New sensor payload helps Global Hawk stay relevant

Northrop Grumman recently completed its successful inaugural flight test of the UTC Aerospace Systems MS-177 sensor payload on an RQ-4 Global Hawk. The ability to carry more powerful sensors close the capability gap between the RQ-4 and soon-to-be-retired Lockheed U-2.

Recoated and ready

Lockheed Martin completed recoating the first of a dozen F-22 Raptors at the company’s Inlet Coating Repair Speedline facility, accelerating the aircraft's maintenance cycle.