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Northrop Grumman completes first live motor cast for OmegA rocket

2018-09-06
Northrop Grumman has successfully completed casting, or filling with solid propellant, the first live motor segment for its new OmegA rocket. The segment, developed as a part of the Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems’ Common Boost Segment (CBS) program, is specifically designed to support the needs of the OmegA intermediate- to heavy-lift rocket, soon to be the largest and most capable in the company’s line-up.
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GKN Aerospace to develop first additive-manufactured rocket engine turbines in Europe for Prometheus project

2018-09-05
GKN Aerospace in Trollhättan, Sweden, are developing and manufacturing the first additive-manufactured, or 3D-printed, rocket engine turbines in Europe, officials say. The tier 1 aerospace supplier is harnessing cutting-edge additive manufacturing (AM) technology to produce two full-scale turbines for the Prometheus reusable rocket engine demonstrator on liquid oxygen and methane propellants, while reducing the number of parts from more than 100 to 2 and cutting costs by 90 percent.
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Electronic Flight Bag Users Forum focuses on regulatory, AID, security, connectivity, other pressing issues

2018-09-04
More than 300 aerospace professionals are expected at SAE International’s Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Users Forum, hosted by Inmarsat at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow Hotel in London November 13 through 15, 2018. Registration is now open for the world's largest conference dedicated to EFBs which boasts a supplier exhibition area and will focus on the latest regulatory developments, aircraft interface devices (AIDs), security and connectivity progress, advances in mobile applications, and airline operator experiences.
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Adding 3D printing to design, manufacturing processes

2018-09-01
Additive manufacturing is beginning to transform operations from early development through fulfilling requests for obsolete components, though it’s still fairly new in the high reliability world of commercial vehicles.
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Boeing wins MQ-25 contract

2018-08-31
According to the contract, Boeing will initially receive $79 million to begin work on four operational MQ-25 refueling “drones” with integration into the carrier air wing for initial operational capability by 2024. Boeing will receive another $9.5 billion at a later date to produce 72 more aircraft.
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T-X competition to end in September with selection of new USAF trainer aircraft

2018-08-30
According to officials, the USAF will select a new trainer aircraft by September 30 – before the end of the 2018 fiscal year. The aircraft will be one of the three remaining next-gen trainer candidates from the USAF’s ongoing T-X competition, either the Boeing/Saab T-X, Lockheed Martin/KAI T-50A, or Leonardo DRS T-100.
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Bye Aerospace’s solar-electric prototype completes first flight

2018-08-29
Bye Aerospace completed the first flight of its solar electric technology demonstrator prototype. The first flight – on August 20 – and subsequent flight tests occurred at Northern Colorado Regional Airport and will provide crucial flight data required for the development of Bye Aerospace’s “StratoAirNet” and “Solesa” families of medium-altitude aircraft systems.
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