NASA officials in Washington continue to invest in private-public partnerships to help foster commercial space activity with the selection of 13 companies to study the future of commercial human spaceflight in low Earth orbit (LEO), including long-range opportunities for the International Space Station (ISS).
The only human-rated centrifuge in the Department of Defense just gained full operational capability. The centrifuge, located at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio is capable of producing 20 times the force of gravity and can accelerate up to 15 Gs in one second.
Together, the companies will develop customized lightweight material systems and advanced manufacturing processes, such as metal additive manufacturing – also known as 3D printing – to advance current and next-generation aerospace and defense solutions, including new structures and systems not currently in existence.
Boeing officials plan to open the new Boeing Aerospace & Autonomy Center in Cambridge, Mass., in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) new mixed-use district in Kendall Square, bringing together engineering teams from Boeing and subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences to accelerate development of future mobility solutions.
Deutz progressed its push for alternative drives by revealing its first electrified off-highway drive solution at Intermat. Company executives provide more details about the next steps into the electrification arena.
SAE International in Warrendale, Pa., is inviting members of the mobility engineering community to participate in the SAE Additive Manufacturing Webinar: Considerations When Integrating Additive Manufacturing into Aerospace and Ground Vehicle Development and Production Environments on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 1 pm EDT/10 am PDT.
NASA officials in Washington are investing $44 million in total awards to six U.S. companies to advance 10 aerospace technologies at the “tipping point” and with the potential to benefit the commercial space economy and future NASA missions, including lunar lander and deep space rocket engine technologies. A technology is considered at a “tipping point” if investment in a ground or flight demonstration will result in significantly maturing the technology and improving the company’s ability to bring it to market, officials say.
Lockheed Martin has shipped the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) military communications satellite from its facility in Sunnyvale, Calif., to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., where it will be prepared for an October liftoff aboard an Atlas V rocket from United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense, Space & Security, in Centennial, Colo.
U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., has approved the U.S. Navy’s next-generation narrowband satellite communication (SATCOM) system for expanded operational use, paving the way for Navy and Marine Corps early-adopter commands to use the system on deployment as early as this fall, primarily in the Pacific theater.
Stratos Aircraft in Redmond, Ore., is introducing the Stratos 716 model, an evolved version of its 714 proof of concept (PoC) aircraft. A multi-role very light jet (VLJ), the Stratos 716 is designed to seat six and support personal, business, and air taxi use.
Astronaut launches will return to U.S. soil for the first time since the space shuttle’s retirement in 2011. NASA officials have named the first U.S. astronauts who will fly on American-made, commercial spacecraft to and from the International Space Station (ISS). Space agency officials have assigned nine astronauts to crew the first test flight and mission of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner crew capsule, developed in collaboration with Bigelow Aerospace in Las Vegas, and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft.