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Hybrid propulsion to get closer with the E-Fan X

2017-11-29
The E-Fan X demonstrator will look at and explore all the challenges of developing a high-power propulsion system, including thermal effects, electric thrust management, altitude and dynamic effects on electric systems, and other issues such as electromagnetic compatibility. The objective is to push forward and mature the technology, performance, safety, and reliability of hybrid-electric technology.
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Three-stream engine architecture eyed for next-gen military aircraft

2017-11-05
Being able to take advantage of a third stream of air that can be modulated to adapt an engine's performance across the flight envelope allows a fighter to access an on-demand increase in thrust or to smoothly shift to highly efficient operations during cruise.
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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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Boeing to leverage Aurora acquisition for technical know-how

2017-11-08
The technology-driven Aurora has been involved in numerous NASA programs since its founding in 1989, and as recently as October 24 announced that it had been awarded a contract to perform a comprehensive evaluation of NASA’s Single-aisle Turboelectric Aircraft with Aft Boundary Layer propulsion aircraft concept, and is also renowned for its work on the D8 and DARPA's XV-24A.
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Streamlining advanced composites testing

2017-11-09
Fiber orientation in composites makes material properties assessments disproportionately more complex than for other materials, such as metals and plastics. To conduct demanding quality-control fatigue tests on glass-fiber composite aerospace specimens, Zwick Roell developed an electro-dynamic, liner-drive testing machine.
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Manufacturing systems get smart, self heal

2017-10-17
In an EU-funded project called SelSus, 15 industrial and scientific consortium partners are developing maintenance technology capable of forecasting machine downtimes in production before they occur. This will allow plant managers to rectify faults before the machine breaks down.
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Jet Aviation, Honeywell partner on business jet avionics

2017-10-26
Jet Aviation has developed a supplemental type certificate through the European Aviation Safety Agency to update aging cockpit displays on Dassault Falcon and Cessna Citation business jets with Honeywell DU-875 LCD units.
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Spain’s Indaero cuts cost, time with 3D printed tooling

2017-12-31
Many of Indaero’s products require in-house tools for assembly. One of those products (for Airbus supplier Aernnova) is the NH90 helicopter. Before acquiring additive capabilities, the company was limited to producing flat shapes with traditional methods, which affected the performance of the final tool during production.
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Arconic and Airbus cooperate on 3D printing research

2017-11-22
Arconic and Airbus recently announced a multi-year cooperative research agreement to advance metal 3D printing for aircraft manufacturing. Together, the companies will develop customized processes and parameters to produce and qualify large, structural 3D printed components.
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Lockheed looks to improve efficiency with Ubisense IIoT solution

2017-12-10
As Lockheed Martin Aeronautics ramps up production of its fifth-generation F-35 fighter program, it is also looking to improve manufacturing efficiency. This month, the company has licensed Ubisense SmartSpace for deployment at its Fort Worth, TX facility.
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Researchers develop new carbide coating for hypersonic flight

2017-09-03
Researchers from the University of Manchester have designed and fabricated a carbide coating that can withstand the speed and temperature associated with hypersonic travel. To develop the unique coating—a type of ultra-high temperature ceramic (UHTC)—the researchers collaborated with China’s Central South University.
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Irkut's MC-21 takes first flight, thanks to a global team

2017-08-12
Eaton manufactured engine-driven pumps for the first flying MC-21 prototype and supplied additional system sub-components including thermal bypass valves, while Pratt & Whitney supplied its PW1000G GTF engine and Rockwell Collins, Honeywell, and Elbit supplies various avionics systems.
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A secure attachment to 3D printing

2017-08-21
Additive manufacturing (AM) is seemingly the cure-all for the manufacture of complex products, but as the potential for AM continues to increase, so too does the cyber target on its back.
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Rolls-Royce looks to corner commercial markets, military next

2017-09-28
Rolls-Royce will be providing United Airlines additional Trent XWB engines and service support. The company also recently laid out an offering of the BR725 powerplant, designated F130 for military purposes, to the U.S. Air Force Boeing B-52 Stratofortress fleet.
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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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GE Additive unveils Project ATLAS program’s first 3D printer

2017-11-18
The meter-class, laser powder-bed fusion machine was developed to provide manufacturers of large parts and components with a scalable solution that can be configured and customized to specific industry applications. It builds on technology previously developed by GE and combines DMLM expertise from the German 3D printer manufacturer, Concept Laser—which GE acquired in December 2016.
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In pursuit of networked drone operations

2017-06-27
Recently NASA researchers were officially cleared to begin formal feasibility studies on advanced Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) concepts under NASA’s Convergent Aeronautics Solutions (CAS) project. The investigations, three in total, are expected to take between 24 and 30 months to complete.
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