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Soyuz MS-10 launch abort prompts investigation into booster anomaly

2018-10-11
NASA officials in Washington are pledging to conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of an anomaly with a rocket booster on the Soyuz MS-10 manned spacecraft, prompting astronauts onboard to abort shortly after launch to the International Space Station (ISS). The malfunction resulted in the space capsule making a ballistic landing, at a short and steep reentry angle back to Earth.
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New design wins over upgrades for next US Air Force military jet trainer aircraft

2018-10-11
Boeing won a $9.2 billion contract to deliver a new jet trainer for the US Air Force T-X program, replacing the 1960s era Northrop T-38 Talon. An initial $815 million contract covers the development and production of the first five jet trainer aircraft plus seven flight simulators, with delivery slated for 2023. It will be followed by two batches of aircraft in low-rate production and eight full-production aircraft with an initial operating capability (IOC) expected in 2024.
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New, clean-sheet military aircraft design beats upgrades to win US Air Force T-X contract

2018-10-10
Boeing won the long-running battle to provide a new jet trainer for the US Air Force T-X program. The search for a replacement for the 1960s era Northrop T-38 Talon, which was produced from 1961 in thousands as an advanced pilot trainer and developed alongside the very similar Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter, has been underway for around two decades.
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Lockheed Martin will merge machine learning with 3D printing

2018-10-10
Lockheed Martin of Bethesda, Md. and the Office of Naval Research are exploring how to apply artificial intelligence to train robots to independently oversee and optimize additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, of complex parts.
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Boeing extends use of Siemens’ Mentor Graphics technology for electrical systems design, electronic products design, and mechanical analysis

2018-10-09
Boeing officials are expanding the company’s use of Siemens’ Mentor Graphics software as part of its Second Century Enterprise Systems (2CES) initiative, an effort to transform the company and aerospace industry to meet future challenges and achieve maximum value from end-to-end integration of supply chain, manufacturing, engineering, product support, and more. Boeing is harnessing a set of Siemens technologies to enable the next generation of design and manufacturing through increased automation and digitalization.
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Generation Orbit’s GOLauncher1 is officially the Air Force’s X-60A hypersonic flight research vehicle

2018-10-09
The X-60A is an air-dropped, liquid oxygen and kerosene propelled rocket developed by Atlanta-based Generation Orbit Launch Services under contract to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Aerospace Systems Directorate High Speed Systems Division. The vehicle propulsion system is the 5,000 pound-force sea level thrust Hadley liquid rocket engine, produced by Colorado-based Ursa Major Technologies.
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“The Eagle has landed”

2018-10-08
Lockheed Martin has revealed its concept for a new crewed lunar lander: a single stage, fully reusable system that incorporates flight-proven technologies and systems from the NASA Orion spacecraft. In its initial configuration, the lander would deliver a crew of four and 2,000 pounds of cargo to the Moon’s surface for up to two weeks.
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Standards to help define role of humans, automated systems in aerospace industry of tomorrow

2018-10-02
David Schutt, CEO of SAE International, opened the 2018 SAE Aerospace Standards Summit, focused on the theme of humans on the loop – defining the role of humans in automated systems, today at LMI in McLean, Va. “It is clear automated systems are here,” he says, noting the use of automation on the manufacturing floor, in households, and increasingly on roads and in air and space. Industry, government, and SAE are collaborating to “define how it’s going to take place in the aerospace industry of tomorrow.”
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First F-35 crash; pilot safe

2018-10-01
On September 28, a day after the first Lockheed Martin F-35B combat strike, an F-35B stationed at USMC Air Station Beaufort crashed a short distance from the base. The aircraft was part of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing belonging to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501.
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Final Orion capsule parachute system test successful

2018-09-28
A team of engineers from NASA and Dallas-based Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. successfully completed the eighth and final test of the Orion spacecraft Capsule Parachute Assembly System at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Ariz.
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Boeing wins $9.2B U.S. Air Force T-X pilot training jets, simulators, ground equipment

2018-09-28
U.S. Air Force officials announced a $9.2 billion award to Boeing [NYSE:BA] to provide a new, advanced pilot training system that will help train fighter and bomber pilots for generations to come, officials say. Boeing, designated as prime contractor on the Advanced Pilot Training Program, is contracted to deliver 351 jets, 46 simulators, and associated ground equipment. Boeing and risk-sharing partner Saab designed, developed, and flight tested two all-new, purpose-built jets, proving out the system’s design, repeatability in manufacturing, and training capability.
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