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How Flying Cars Could Change the Aerospace Industry

A new study of the environmental sustainability impacts of flying cars (electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, or VTOLs) finds that they wouldn’t be suitable for a short commute but could be valuable in congested cities or in places where there are geographical constraints.

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AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: Helicopter Drones

UAVOS, the European company best known for its ApusDuo high-altitude, solar-powered, pseudo-satellite – not to mention its cutting-edge autopilot technology – introduced three new unmanned helicopters at AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL show in Chicago.

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AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: A Flying Sea Glider

In an exhibit hall full of drones and unmanned vehicles, one of the more interesting concepts on display at AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL show in Chicago was the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s Flying Sea Glider.

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AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: Air Force Technology

As always, the Air Force Research Laboratory had a huge presence at AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL show in Chicago. Among the topics and presentations they were hosting at their booth was: UAS Simulation Software, Hybrid Power Systems, Air-Launched Operations, Displays and Controls, Technology Accelerators, and their Swarm AI Competition.

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The Inside Story on Unmanned Vehicle Signal Recorder Technology

Pentek, Inc. designs embedded computer boards and recording systems for DSP, software radio and data acquisition for both COTS and rugged environments. In an interview with Aerospace & Defense Technology, Vice President Rodger Hosking explained how signal recorder technology is being implemented in military unmanned vehicles.

Posted in: News, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Automotive, Communications, Wireless, Data Acquisition, Defense, RF & Microwave Electronics, Data Acquisition, Sensors, Measuring Instruments, Monitoring, Test & Measurement, Automotive, Transportation
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AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: A Real Thrill Ride

One of the more unique items on display at this year’s AUVSI XPONENTIAL show at Chicago’s McCormick Place was this prototype of a one-man quad-copter from ElectraFly for the very brave at heart.

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AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: A Close-Up Look at Air Taxis

AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL unmanned vehicles and robotics show opened today in Chicago’s cavernous McCormick Place and the most impressive exhibit on the show floor had to be Bell Helicopter Textron’s Bell Nexus air taxi.

Bell is partnering with a Who’s Who of high-tech companies such as Electric Power Systems, Garmin, Moog, Safran, and Thales on the project that could someday alter the future of transportation. A steady stream of interested attendees took advantage of the opportunity to get a close-up look at the vehicle.

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NASA to Advance Unique 3D Printed Sensor Technology

Mahmooda Sultana recently won funding to advance a potentially revolutionary, nanomaterial-based detector platform. The technology is capable of sensing everything from minute concentrations of gases and vapor, atmospheric pressure and temperature, and then transmitting that data via a wireless antenna — all from the same self-contained platform that measures just two-by-three-inches in size.

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Thermoplastic Drive Shaft System Developed for Aerospace Applications

herone GmbH, (Dresden, Germany) recently won the prestigious 2019 JEC Innovation Awards, in the Aerospace application category. The winning application was the company's all-thermoplastic drive-shaft system overmolded with an integral gear, designed for use in aerospace applications.

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Bell and Rolls-Royce Collaborate on Advanced Propulsion Systems

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, recently announced a teaming agreement with Rolls-Royce for the development of an optimized propulsion system and continued risk reduction efforts aimed at the V-280 Valor and V-247 advanced vertical lift platforms. The collaboration will focus on the integration of Rolls-Royce’s proven low-risk and advanced propulsion systems into future Bell aircraft.

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