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Senate proposes funding days ahead of OA-X experiment

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.”

Airbus D&S designs new RF filter for 3D printing

Deemed "the first" 3D printed metal radio frequency filter for use in a telecommunications satellite, the filter, a culmination of the research funded by the European Space Agency, was created using a direct-metal-printing process.

USAF works toward smoother landings, no plane required

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.

PEM fuel cell ScanEagle UAV completes test flights

A Protonex and Insitu development team focused on packaging and integrating existing PEM fuel cell technology with the airframe. The resulting design comprised a redundant double stack design that produces 1.2 kW of power.

A secure attachment to 3D printing

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.

DARPA's ALIAS successfully lands a Boeing 737 simulator

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.

In pursuit of networked drone operations

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.

Unmanned Canada works to elevate drones

The 2016 Unmanned Canada (UC) conference, hosted in Alberta, provided a venue for many specialist companies to outline their programs for new UAV technologies, capabilities, products, and services.

Churning toward stronger, more uniform aluminum casts

Industrial aluminum slabs are typically produced by blending small amounts of copper or manganese in a reservoir of molten aluminum that is rapidly cooled, a process known as direct-chill casting. Variations in the way these elements solidify can yield uneven results that weaken the final product.

Glassy breakthrough for battery performance

Researchers from Iowa State University are expanding fundamental materials studies into research and development of new, all-solid-state technology for batteries.

Recoated and ready

Lockheed Martin completed recoating the first of a dozen F-22 Raptors at the company’s Inlet Coating Repair Speedline facility, accelerating the aircraft's maintenance cycle.