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Researchers develop new carbide coating for hypersonic flight

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.

Pseudo satellite, potential disrupter, flies on sunlight

Zephyr 8 has a wingspan of 25 m and can carry 50% more batteries than the earlier version, yet is 30% lighter. This translates into a UAV that can carry a heavier payload and is designed to, typically, stay in the air continuously for over a month

Airbus bring four dimensions to Airspace

As Airbus looks to launch new-engine option (neo) aircraft, it has announced it is also launching a new cabin brand it calls “Airspace by Airbus.”

CubeSat prototype to use water as propellant

A new type of micropropulsion system for miniature satellites, or CubeSats, uses tiny nozzles that release precise bursts of water vapor to maneuver the spacecraft.

Irkut's MC-21 takes first flight, thanks to a global team

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.

Lockheed Martin brings Fury closer to mission readiness

With the integration of the 1803 engine into the platform, Kevin Westfall, Director of Unmanned Systems at Lockheed Martin, says that engineering ground tests performed by the company indicate that Fury will be able to stay in the air for 15 continuous hours based on analyzing fuel burn rates

Bombardier C Series taking off in Europe

The route-proving program is being conducted as SWISS readies for the CS100 aircraft’s entry-into-service, the airline’s first CS100 aircraft is scheduled to be delivered by Bombardier in second quarter 2016.

Clamoring for a connection

Commercials airlines are responding to customer demands by forging links with satellite providers that give flyers the same connection capabilities they have on the ground.

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.

Preparing for first flight on Mars

With its eye on Mars, NASA Armstrong has been working on a prototype it refers to as the Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars, or Prandtl-m.

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.

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.