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Aircraft orders, engine contracts reach $98B, focus on flying further, faster, greener at Farnborough Airshow

2018-07-17
Aircraft orders exceed $95 billion in value and are complemented by roughly $3 billion in aircraft engine and engine service agreement contracts announced in the first two days of the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow. “The future starts at Farnborough; our exhibition halls are full of innovation that will shape how we fly, enabling us to go further, faster, and with less environmental impact,” says Farnborough International Commercial Director Amanda Stainer.  
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Blue Origin Mission 9 a success

2018-07-20
Blue Origin’s New Shepard flew for the ninth time this week, completing a test of the crew capsule escape motor. This launch achieved the highest elevation that Blue Orbit has achieved during an incremental build-up of system capabilities.
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U.K. Space Agency partners with industry to advance spaceflight program

2018-07-16
U.K. Space Agency officials in Swindon, England, are partnering with Lockheed Martin in Bethesda, Md., to execute several strategic projects to support the U.K. Spaceflight Program, with a goal of building its first commercial spaceport in Scotland and achieving its first vertical space launch in the early 2020s.
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Boeing to leverage Aurora acquisition for technical know-how

2017-11-08
The technology-driven Aurora has been involved in numerous NASA programs since its founding in 1989, and as recently as October 24 announced that it had been awarded a contract to perform a comprehensive evaluation of NASA’s Single-aisle Turboelectric Aircraft with Aft Boundary Layer propulsion aircraft concept, and is also renowned for its work on the D8 and DARPA's XV-24A.
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VW completes launch of new Crafter commercial van range

2017-10-18
Sales of front-wheel-drive models commenced earlier in 2017 and now, with the addition of rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive vans and chassis cabs, Volkswagen is pushing for growth at the heavier end of its van lineup.
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Disruptive flight control technology on trial

2017-12-21
One of the most significant developments in aircraft control since the wing warping of the Wright Brothers made way for movable control surfaces has been announced by Manchester University in the U.K., in association with BAE Systems.
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Scaled Composites completes first flight of Model 401

2017-10-17
This past week, Scaled Composites announced the first flight of its experimental aircraft design, Model 401. Scaled—a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman—has built two Model 401 aircraft for an undisclosed customer to demonstrate “advanced, low-cost manufacturing techniques.”
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Three-stream engine architecture eyed for next-gen military aircraft

2017-11-05
Being able to take advantage of a third stream of air that can be modulated to adapt an engine's performance across the flight envelope allows a fighter to access an on-demand increase in thrust or to smoothly shift to highly efficient operations during cruise.
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Researchers develop new carbide coating for hypersonic flight

2017-09-03
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.
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Heavy-duty v-profile clamps

2017-09-12
Heavy-duty v-profile clamps from Oetiker operate reliably and safely under extreme conditions of stress, vibration, corrosion and temperature variation.
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