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DARPA's ALIAS successfully lands a Boeing 737 simulator

2017-05-21
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.
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Scaled Composites completes first flight of Model 401

2017-10-17
This past week, Scaled Composites announced the first flight of its experimental aircraft design, Model 401. Scaled—a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman—has built two Model 401 aircraft for an undisclosed customer to demonstrate “advanced, low-cost manufacturing techniques.”
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Shape memory alloys at the core of future aircraft systems

2017-10-15
Engineers at NASA and Boeing are amongst the believers who foresee folding wings in-flight using advanced materials and technologies being a potential game-changer for future aircraft. The two organization have teamed to develop an actuation system that uses an SMA that will accomplish this goal using less complex, lighter, and more compact hardware than conventional systems.
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Study weighs in on emissions from composite aircraft

2014-12-30
With air traffic expected to increase four-fold between now and 2050, a global fleet of composite planes could help reduce carbon emissions by up to 15%, a value researchers say roughly corresponds to current emissions levels.
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Electronics take charge

2014-01-15
Digital controls are handling more engine control tasks on a wider range of aircraft.
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HTX Labs adapts its VR platform for the Air Force Pilot Training Next initiative

2019-08-02
Houston-based HTX Labs, LLC was awarded with Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II funding to continue adapting its EMPACT Virtual Reality (VR) platform for the United States Air Force’s Pilot Training Next program. The U.S. Air Force intends to use EMPACT to fast-track the creation of highly immersive VR simulations to accelerate pilot training.
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Embraer’s new Praetor 500 is awarded Type Certification in São Paulo during LABACE

2019-08-15
Embraer S.A.’s new Praetor 500 midsize business jet was awarded Type Certification from Brazil's National Civil Aviation Authority (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil, or ANAC). The Praetor 500 surpassed its certification goals and outperformed class competitors – achieving an intercontinental range of 3,340 nautical miles (6,186 kilometers) with four passengers and keeping with NBAA IFR Reserves, a high-speed cruise of 466 knots true airspeed (KTAS).
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Space launch providers submit proposals for National Security Space Launch program

2019-08-16
Four companies – Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, SpaceX, and United Launch Alliance (ULA) – recently submitted proposals for the U.S. Air Force's Phase 2 Launch Services Procurement (LSP) competition. Two of those companies will be awarded with up to 34 launches over a five-year period under the National Security Space Launch (NSSL) program.
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Dragonfly will be NASA’s next solar system explorer

2019-06-28
Dragonfly, which might be called a rotorcraft lander, is under development by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and has the appearance of an Earth-bound vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) or drone.
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