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NASA Unveils Radically New Airplane Wing

NASA built and tested a radically new kind of airplane wing assembled from hundreds of tiny identical pieces. It could provide a significant boost in aircraft production, flight, and maintenance efficiency. The flexible wing uses carbon fiber composite units arranged in a lattice pattern.

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Public-Private Partnership to Improve Liquid Rocket Engines

NASA awarded a $5.2 million contract to Auburn University’s National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence to develop additive manufacturing processes and techniques for improving the performance of liquid rocket engines.

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Boeing Introduces New Unmanned System for Global Defense Customers

Boeing has introduced its newest unmanned platform, the Boeing Airpower Teaming System. Designed for global defense customers by Boeing Australia, it is the company’s largest investment in a new unmanned aircraft program outside the United States. The aircraft will complement and extend airborne missions through smart teaming with existing military aircraft.

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MAPS-Enabled Countermeasures Defeat Threats in U.S. Army Field Tests

In a series of live-fire tests, systems equipped with MAPS-enabled countermeasures defeated 15 out of 15 anti-tank guided missiles by jamming their signals, causing them to fly off-target.

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Scalable Agile Beam Radar Migrates to Multiple Platforms

Northrop Grumman Corporation has successfully integrated the advanced AN/APG-83 SABR system onto multiple configurations of F-16 aircraft and is now taking the next step in expanding to additional platforms, including the U.S. Air Force (USAF) B-52H Stratofortress and B-1B Lancer bombers as well as the U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18C/D Hornet strike fighter.

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Liquid Crystals Could Deflect Laser Pointer Attacks on Aircraft

The sudden flash of a laser beam can incapacitate a pilot, risking the lives of passengers and crew. But because attacks can happen with different colored lasers – such as red, green, or even blue – scientists have had a difficult time developing a single method to impede all wavelengths of laser light.

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AFRL, Universities Partner on 3D-Printed Composites

Joining forces with various universities, the Air Force Research Lab has demonstrated additively manufactured epoxy/carbon fiber composites used in many structural parts on aircraft and spacecraft. The materials have higher thermal and environmental durability and are extremely strong and lightweight.

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Making Flight Safer With the “Internet of Airplanes”

The Virtual Sky platform was developed to fuse and analyze flight sensor data correctly, reliably, and quickly. Virtual Sky would serve as a model extension of the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System, a modernization of the National Airspace System that includes greater use of computer and satellite systems in air traffic elements like communication, navigation, weather, information management, and tracking.

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Northrop Grumman Receives Contract for Next-Generation Navigation System

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a $59 million contract for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the Embedded Global Positioning System (GPS) /Inertial Navigation System (INS)-Modernization, or EGI-M, technology.

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Snipers Field Test a More Accurate, Ergonomic Rifle

Eight Ivy Division snipers with the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team field tested an upgrade to the Army's sniper rifle in the shadows of the fabled Rocky Mountains.

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