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Airbus Inaugurates New A320 Structure Assembly Line in Hamburg

Airbus has inaugurated a highly automated fuselage structure assembly line for A320 Family aircraft in Hamburg, Germany, showcasing an evolution in Airbus’ industrial production system. With a special focus on manufacturing longer sections for the A321LR, the new facility features 20 robots, a new logistics concept, automated positioning by laser measurement, as well as a digital data acquisition system. These will further support Airbus’ drive to improve both quality and efficiency while bringing an enhanced level of digitalization to its industrial production system.

Posted in: INSIDER, Aerospace Manufacturing and Machining, Defense
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Cracking in Harsh Environments Needs Both Stress and Corrosion

Alloys (metals combining two or more metallic elements) are typically stronger and less susceptible to cracking than pure metals. Yet when alloys are subjected to stress and a harsh chemical environment, the alloy can fail.

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Research Highlights Future Hypersonic Flight Challenges

Southwest Research Institute engineers are conducting tests that elucidate the conditions a future aircraft may experience traveling faster than 10 times the speed of sound. Because that environment is so unique, recreating realistic flight conditions to test vehicles for hypersonic flight is a challenge.

Posted in: INSIDER, News, Defense, Test & Measurement, Testing Procedures
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Porsche and Boeing Partner on Urban Air Mobility

Porsche and Boeing have partnered to leverage their unique market strengths to study the future of premium personal urban air mobility vehicles.

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NASA and Industry Electrify Commercial Aviation

NASA and U.S. industry are exploring electrified aircraft propulsion as a fuel- and- cost-efficient alternative to traditional jet engine-powered airplanes. But to make electric commercial flight possible, the aircraft must be able to produce and operate safely with at least a megawatt (MW) of power.

Posted in: INSIDER, News, Defense, Propulsion
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AUSA 2019: A Really Cool Computer

Ben Sharfi, CEO of General Micro Systems (GMS), says he has the Product of the Year. Do you agree?
Posted in: News, Blog, Data Acquisition, Defense, Board-Level Electronics, Computers, Electronic Components, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Power Management, Thermal Management
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AUSA 2019: Eyes in the Sky

It just wouldn’t be a military technology show without a few drones on display.
Posted in: News, Blog, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Batteries, Antennas, Sensors
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AUSA 2019: Military Preps for Open Sensor Standards

SOSA, the Sensor Open Systems Architecture Consortium, held a press conference on Monday afternoon at AUSA 2019.
Posted in: News, Blog, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Communications, Defense, Board-Level Electronics, Electronic Components, Electronics & Computers, Antennas, RF & Microwave Electronics, Sensors
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AUSA 2019: A View From the Show Floor

Editor Bruce A. Bennett offers a look at the Association of the United States Army's 2019 Annual Meeting.
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Answering Your Questions: How Will the Military Use Motion Control Technology?

A Tech Briefs reader asks: What's next with military motion control?
Posted in: News, Blog, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Defense, Mechanical Components, MEMs, Motion Control, Motors & Drives, Positioning Equipment, Automation, Robotics
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