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Delta II’s final flight a success

2018-09-17
The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket carrying NASA’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) spacecraft lifted off from Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. on Sept. 15 at 6:02 a.m. PDT., marking the 155th launch and the final mission of the Delta II rocket, which first launched on Feb. 14, 1989.
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FLYHT and Spectralux Avionics integrate systems to deliver FANS-over-Iridium satellite communications to airlines

2018-09-14
FLYHT Aerospace Solutions and Spectalux Avionics have teamed up to integrate FLYHT’s Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS) 228S component into Spectralux’s Envoy Future Air Navigation System (FANS) Data Link Unit (DLU). Together the systems offer a streamlined upgrade option for airlines to obtain a cost-effective, FANS-over-Iridium (FOI) solution – a requirement for flying over the world's oceanic regions.
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SAE International debuts AS13006, Process Control Methods aerospace standard

2018-09-14
SAE International in Warrendale, Pa., has published AS13006: Process Control Methods, a new standard with guidance material to support specific aerospace engine applications, with a focus on the practical application of control methods for many different situations, to improve process control, process capability, and product quality, benefiting both the organization applying it and its customers.
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Three stages of separation: bidding farewell to the Delta II launch vehicle

2018-09-14
The upcoming launch of the NASA ICESat-2 will be the last liftoff for the Delta II rocket, whose reliability made it a mainstay for civil, military, and commercial space customers. The medium-lift Delta II is manufactured by United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture between Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense, Space & Security, and features main and upper-stage engines supplied by Aerojet Rocketdyne of Sacramento, Calif.
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NASA chooses CoreAVI Vulkan API for X-59 QueSST supersonic, low-boom experimental aircraft

2018-09-13
Aerospace engineers at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, working on the NASA X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft in collaboration with Lockheed Martin engineers sought a safety-critical compute application programming interface (API) that supports safety certifications and powerful graphics and compute capabilities. They chose the VkCore SC safety-critical Vulkan driver from Core Avionics & Industrial Inc. (CoreAVI) in Tampa, Fla., for deployment into the X-59 in concert with the VxWorks 7 real-time operating system (RTOS) from Wind River, a provider of embedded software for intelligent connected systems and part of Intel Corp., in Alameda, Calif.
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Pratt & Whitney receives $437M for continued adaptive engine development

2018-09-12
Pratt & Whitney was awarded the contract modification by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center for the Adaptive Engine Transition Program. Through AETP, Pratt & Whitney was tasked with designing, fabricating, integrating, and testing complete, flight-weight adaptive engines – the contract modification allocates funding for “risk reduction” activities related to adaptive engine development.
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Boeing wins $2.9B for 18 KC-46A military tanker aircraft based on 767 jet airliner

2018-09-11
Boeing in Everett, Wash., won a $2.9 billion U.S. Air Force contract to deliver 18 additional KC-46A tanker aircraft, spares, support equipment, spare engines, and wing air refueling pod kits. Boeing is now on contract for 52 KC-46 Pegasus military aerial refueling and strategic military transport aircraft, based on the company’s 767 jet airliner, with the addition of this fourth production lot.
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DARPA invests big in its AI portfolio

2018-09-10
DARPA will invest more than $2 billion in over 20 new and existing programs collectively called the “AI Next” campaign. Through AI Next, DARPA is exploring ways to advance the state-of-the-art in AI, pushing beyond second-wave machine learning techniques and toward “contextual reasoning and adaptation” capabilities.
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