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Sikorsky to provide an ALIAS to DARPA

The objective of DARPA’s ALIAS program is to develop and insert new automation into existing aircraft to enable operation with reduced onboard crew. Sikorsky is leading a team for Phase 1 development.

WSU team's transportable hydrogen fueling station wins design contest

The WSU team found an edge over the competing designs by employing liquid hydrogen (LH2) storage to maximize station capacity and reduce capital and operating costs. Delivering hydrogen in liquid form reduces the energy used for distribution, and 80-90% of small-merchant hydrogen is delivered via cryogenic liquid tanker truck.

LEAP for Boeing 737 MAX makes first flight

At the end of April, Boeing and CFM International initiated flight testing of the LEAP-1B engine on a modified 747 flying testbed at GE Aviation Flight Test Operations.

High-strength aluminum powder developed for additive manufacturing in aerospace, automotive

Metal laser melting has made a successful leap from rapid prototyping to an approved manufacturing technology, and the method is increasingly becoming an option for companies in high-tech industries, according to Toolcraft. And now the German manufacturer has teamed with Airbus APWorks to offer another option for additive manufacturing—the Airbus subsidiary’s Scalmalloy high-performance aluminum powder.

3D-printed parts fly on Airbus A350 XWB and ULA rockets

Additive manufacturing is making significant headway in aerospace production programs, as evidenced by recent announcements that Airbus and rocket manufacturer United Launch Alliance both are—or soon will be—flying aircraft that incorporate 3D-printed parts enabled by Stratasys.

Sikorsky’s S-97 takes successful first flight

During the May 22 flight, which lasted approximately one hour, Raider pilots took the aircraft through a series of maneuvers designed to test the aircraft’s hover and low-speed capability.

Additive manufacturing and materials a prime focus for GKN Aerospace

GKN Aerospace recently announced two collaborative research projects related to the advancement of additive manufacturing (AM) within the aerospace industry. One is a program to develop titanium powder specifically formulated and blended for AM of aerospace components. The second is a strategic partnership with Arcam to develop and industrialize a promising new additive process, electron beam melting.

Probing ways to dampen sonic boom

As airlines strive to move more and more people faster and faster, the talk of a future supersonic aircraft for commercial purposes is getting louder and louder.

Taming of the drones

While unmanned systems are already transforming the way that modern warfighting is conducted, the commercial sector is still at the starting gate. That said, personal UAV ownership is expanding at an exponential rate, as small, stable, UAVs enter the market.

Composites design optimization for automated fiber placement

Coriolis Composites and SAFRAN Aircelle worked together on a thrust reverser component demonstrator made with carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) material and an AFP process. This component is an inner fixed structure, made of two monolithic carbon skins and a core.