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Aurora Flight Sciences partners with Uber in contested airspace

2017-04-27
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.
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USAF works toward smoother landings, no plane required

2017-07-07
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.
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A high-level look at the global MRO market

2016-02-26
Aerospace and defense companies that provide maintenance repair and overhaul services increasingly find themselves out of their comfort zone as the recent appetite for new airplanes, especially in emerging markets, spurs dramatic shifts in their business.
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GE scanner enhances defect detection for industrial CT

2016-01-01
GE’s proprietary scatter|correct technology enhances defect detection and analysis as well as 3D metrology in mobility sectors including aerospace, automotive, and off-highway. It can be applied to high scattering materials such as steel and aluminum, composites, and multi-material samples.
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Boeing examines expanded metal foils for lightning protection of composite structures

2014-01-08
A widely used material for lightning strike protection of CFRP structures within the aerospace industry is expanded metal foil (EMF). An issue with EMF is micro cracking of the paint, which can result in corrosion of the metal foil and subsequent loss of conductivity. Boeing researchers examined the issues of stress and displacement in the composite structure layup, which contribute to paint cracking caused by aircraft thermal cycling.
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Origami goes high-tech for potential military applications

2016-01-29
Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Tokyo have taken a keen interest in origami, which they believe may soon provide a foundation for antennas that can reconfigure themselves to operate at different frequencies.
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Hot swap functionality for lithium ion solution

2015-10-05
Accutronics has created an off-the-shelf, modular battery system that draws energy from removable, sub 100 Wh Li-ion smart batteries and feeds them through a central controller.
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Pratt & Whitney's PW1900G engine takes off

2015-11-08
The PW1900G engine model for Embraer's E190-E2 recently flew on P&W's 747SP flying test bed at the company's Mirabel Flight Test Center in Quebec, with the engine family sited as a 'climate solution.'
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Hardide Coatings to construct two additional U.S.-based reactors

2017-11-16
Hardide has recently completed raising funds for the construction of two additional reactors at the company’s U.S. facility. This comes shortly after Hardide gained Nadcap accreditation for its Hardide-A coating as a replacement for toxic hard-chrome plating.
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Senate proposes funding days ahead of OA-X experiment

2017-07-02
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.”
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Predicting cavitation in fuel pumps

2014-01-03
Liquid ring pumps are used in aircraft fuel systems in conjunction with main impeller pumps and are used for priming the pump system as well as to remove fuel vapor and air from the fuel.
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