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Additive manufacturing, virtual reality add to aerospace design repertoire

2016-10-20
One of the biggest issues in bringing forward new designs is the length of time that it takes to agree to a new specification, research and evaluate the alternative features and configurations, and then embark on a development program that will take the design to flight testing and ultimately operational service.
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Fiber laser sensor technology for structural health monitoring

2016-10-18
Researchers from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory's Optical Sciences Division and Material Science Division have detected acoustic emissions from cracks in riveted lap joints using a distributed feedback fiber laser-acoustic emission sensor.
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Growing pains (and gains) of P&W's Pure Power engine

2016-08-23
After many years of flat-lining in the supply of new commercial jet engines—with improved models, but with designs dating back to the late 1990s, relying on a continuous path of evolutionary development—a new generation of super-efficient powerplants is entering service, introducing many technologies that will also be applied to future engines.
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An X-plane for everyone?

2016-06-21
As part of a recently announced initiative, NASA is in the midst of researching a number of strategic projects that include quiet supersonic flight, electric distributed propulsion, and hybrid wing aircraft, with goals that include demonstrating advanced technologies to reduce fuel use, emissions and noise, and accelerate possible introduction to the marketplace.
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Pseudo satellite, potential disrupter, flies on sunlight

2016-04-26
Zephyr 8 has a wingspan of 25 m and can carry 50% more batteries than the earlier version, yet is 30% lighter. This translates into a UAV that can carry a heavier payload and is designed to, typically, stay in the air continuously for over a month
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Rolls-Royce, Purdue partner on jet engine design

2016-04-24
Rolls-Royce will designate Purdue as a University Technology Partnership, which will initially encompass two research centers in the areas of advanced thermal management systems and advanced compressor systems.
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Lockheed Martin LM-100J starts taking (a similar) shape

2016-04-21
The LM-100J will be the civil-certified version of the C-130J and an updated version of the L-100 (or L-382) cargo aircraft, and will be “the only commercial airlifter that offers all-terrain and all-weather service.”
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Ground testing begins on the GE9X

2016-04-17
GE says the GE9X engine for the Boeing 777X is the largest commercial aircraft engine in the world. It will feature a titanium engine exhaust system from Aircelle.
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