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2008-06-30
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Wenzel’s X-Checker coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) perform in shop-floor production applications with inconsistent environmental conditions.
2008-06-30
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Northrop Grumman will lead a team to compete for the U.S. Army’s Aerial Common Sensor (ACS), an airborne platform that will provide the warfighter with actionable intelligence, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target-acquisition capability.
2008-06-30
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Cessna Aircraft has purchased select assets of Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing, a Bend, OR-based producer of high-performance, single-engine aircraft. Cessna’s auction bid of $26.4 million was accepted by court order by the U.S.
2008-06-30
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Sikorsky Aircraft signed a five-year, multi-service contract with the U.S. government for 537 H-60 Hawk helicopters to be delivered to the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. The contract, for UH-60M Black Hawk, HH-60M Medevac, and MH-60S Seahawk aircraft, is valued at $7.4 billion and includes options for an additional 263 aircraft, spares, and kits, bringing the potential value of the contract to $11.6 billion.
2008-06-30
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NASA awarded Boeing a $265 million contract to produce the Ares I crew launch vehicle’s instrument unit avionics (IUA). Boeing was previously selected as the Ares I upper-stage production contractor. The IUA provides the guidance, navigation, and control hardware for the vehicles, serving as the “brains” behind the rocket’s ascent.
2008-06-30
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The German Ministry of Defence awarded EADS Defence & Security the prime contractor role for the Agile UAV within Network-Centric Environments (Agile UAV-NCE) technology program. This program is aimed at the analysis and refinement of enabling technologies and operational concepts of unmanned agile reconnaissance operations of a UAV.
2008-06-30
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Lockheed Martin signed an exclusive international rights agreement to integrate and market Electrical Energy Storage Units (EESUs) from Cedar Park, TX-based EEStor for military and homeland-security applications.
2008-06-30
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GE Aviation selected Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS, as the site of its new University Development Center. The new facility is projected to include 43 engineering jobs within two years. The engineering staff will perform various engineering services including software development, verification and validation, mechanical design, and hardware design.
2008-06-30
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Pratt & Whitney and Turkish Airlines Technic signed a joint-venture agreement to build an aircraft engine overhaul center in Istanbul, Turkey. The joint-venture facility, to be named Pratt & Whitney Turkish Technic Aircraft Engine Maintenance Center, will overhaul V2500 and CFM56 engines.
2008-06-30
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Volvo Aero has acquired Linköping, Sweden-based composite company Applied Composites AB (ACAB) with the intention of using its technology to develop and manufacture lightweight aircraft engine components made of composite materials.
2008-06-30
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Cleaning up the skies by developing a broad span of new green technologies is a massive, challenging, and fascinating opportunity for the aerospace industry. But that is the aim of the Clean Sky European joint technology initiative (JTI), which gets under way this year and is set to become one of the European industry’s largest projects ever.
2008-06-30
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Among Aerospace Recommended Practices (ARPs) recently adopted by SAE International is ARP 5757, Guidelines for Engine Component Tests. It was developed to provide a standard for substantiation of aircraft engine component airworthiness, according to ARP5757 sponsor Jim Schmohe of GE-Aviation.
2008-06-30
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Removal of coatings from military and commercial aircraft is becoming increasingly more difficult because coatings are being formulated to exhibit greater adhesion and impermeability, and environmental regulations are more strict. As a result, Aerochem Inc., a supplier of coating removers based in Oklahoma City, OK, was asked to develop a chemical paint remover that would remove the coating in less than 2 h.
2008-06-30
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While a multitude of airlines and communications providers have begun testing the reality of air-to-ground cell phone use in flight since the European Commission approved mobile phone use on planes, the first actual commercial flight where passengers were able to use their personal mobile phones for both voice and data occurred this past March.
2008-06-30
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With the global aerospace community committed to a greener future, a Boeing-led research team has successfully flown what it says is the world’s first manned aircraft powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Fuel-cell technology itself is not new, but this aviation initiative by Boeing Research and Technology-Europe looks destined to play an important part in the ongoing search for more environmentally friendly ways of flying.
2008-06-30
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The GE/Rolls-Royce fighter engine team has completed a high-altitude afterburner testing program at the U.S. Air Force Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) in Tennessee, including common exhaust hardware for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft.
2008-06-30
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The idea behind SAE International’s Aerospace Manufacturing and Automated Fastening conference and exhibition slated for September 16-18 in Charleston, SC, is to round up a bunch of manufacturing engineers in an appropriate venue, provide them with some organized learning and sharing opportunities, then turn them loose.
2008-06-30
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When the need for fastening strength and reliability are accompanied by a desire for quick assembly and convenient access, one may consider the use of time-tested quarter-turn fastening solutions, commonly referred to as DZUS fasteners manufactured by Southco.
2008-06-30
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Often an integrated circuit based on an older design is more valuable to satellite designers than a newer one. Imagine the consternation several years ago when Actel Corp. discontinued production of a pair of field-programmable gate arrays that have seen widespread acceptance in commercial and military satellites. All the major manufacturers let BAE know that they’d have a ready market if they were willing to restart the production line.
2008-06-30
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The new EC-630PP (PP for pallet pool) horizontal machining center from Haas Automation Inc. was one of the company’s highlighted products at the recent Westec show, where the company’s sprawling display was front and center. The company says the machine tool dramatically expands the production capability of its EC series of horizontal machining centers (HMCs).
2008-06-30
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If mandatory safety systems fail, they can cause significant disruption to an airline with subsequent repair costs, loss of revenue, and possibly loss of customer confidence. To avoid this, maintenance generally has to be rigorous—but there are exceptions and STG Aerospace’s SafTGlo photoluminescent (PL) floorpath marking system is one of them.
2008-06-30
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Breaking the mold is the USAF’s newest X-plane, the Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft (ACCA). Lockheed Martin will build the ACCA, which will be based on a Fairchild Dornier 328J regional jet that will have its aluminum mid/aft fuselage and empennage replaced by sections built of advanced composites.
2008-06-30
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SAE International has formed a new committee, E-1, to address all facets of how the aerospace industry responds to environmental requirements contained “in rules, regulations, and law.”
2008-06-30
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The design and development of more fuel-efficient and lower-emissions aircraft that can still meet commercial criteria, offer longer range, and provide more in-flight services including wireless Internet, video, and telephony services is an enduring requirement for airliner programs. To help achieve this, a new software application to support the design and validation of fiber-optic cable harnesses has been announced by Trace Technologies.
2008-06-30
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In December 2006, the concept plane was purely that—an idea that was casually discussed among managers and designers. Epic Aircraft of Bend, OR, had manufactured several single-engine turboprops and twin-engine jet models, but a plane with just a single jet had never been attempted. At Christmas, the one-engine jet was merely a subject of conversation; in July, the Victory prototype took off for its first successful test flight.
2008-06-30
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Purdue University engineers are conducting experiments using a hydrogen facility that became operational in 2007 to help NASA create designs to improve the cooling efficiency and performance of the J-2X rocket engine, which will be used for future missions to Mars and the moon.
2008-06-30
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Several Alcoa-developed high-performance alloys and products produced from its worldwide operations are being used on China’s first home-produced regional jet, the ARJ21-700.
2008-06-30
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Testing is under way at the U.S. Air Force Arnold Engineering Development Center’s (AEDC) National Full-scale Aerodynamics complex (NFAC) on a full-scale helicopter rotor system for a U.S. DOD customer. This marks the first test at the wind-tunnel complex at Moffett Field, CA, since it was reactivated to full operational capability.
2008-06-30
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Orbital Sciences Corp. and Aerojet recently conducted a test firing of the jettison motor, a key component of the Launch Abort System (LAS) for NASA’s Orion next-generation human spaceflight program. This successful firing marked the first full-scale rocket propulsion test for the Orion program.
2008-06-30
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Friction stir welding (FSW) allows the welding of all-aluminum alloys of interest with good seam properties and with thicknesses from 0.3 to 50 mm or even more, according to a recent research project. The use of FSW instead of automated riveting can lead to a 20% reduction in process time and costs, researchers involved in the project say.
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