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Aerion Progresses on the Supersonic AS2 with Help From Airbus

The joint engineering efforts that Aerion and Airbus Group have dedicated to the AS2 supersonic business jet since 2014 have taken on even more importance as it was announced in mid-November that the aircraft has received its first firm order for 20 from Flexjet.

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Uncovering Safer Solutions for Aircraft Corrosion Prevention

Working with aircraft maintainers at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex, researchers from the Air Force Research Laboratory's Environmental Technology (EnviroTech) Program and Coating Technology Integration Office have identified and tested a variety of non-chromium sealers to anodize aluminum aircraft landing gear components to reduce and prevent corrosion.

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GE’s Clean-Sheet Turboprop Engine to Launch with Textron Aviation

Textron Aviation has opted for GE Aviation’s all-new turboprop engine to power its single engine turboprop (SETP). The 1300 shaft horsepower (SHP)-rated turboprop engine will be the first entry in GE’s new family of turboprop engines designed specifically for business and general aviation aircraft in the 850- to 1600-SHP range.

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Signal Compression Technology Enables E-Fan's Flight, Potential Enhanced 'Black Box' Possibilities

V-Nova Ltd. demonstrated the capabilities of its PERSEUS data compression technology for aerospace applications as part of Airbus’ all-electric E-Fan technology demonstrator aircraft’s flight across the English Channel.

Posted in: Technology Update, Defense, Data management, Aircraft
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TRB Turns Composites Focus to Aerospace Sector

TRB Lightweight Structures Ltd. recently released an aerospace-grade lightweight honeycomb composite panel designed for interior applications, expanding the application areas for its range of composite flat panels.

Posted in: Technology Update, Defense, Composite materials
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Preparing for First Flight on Mars

With its eye on Mars, NASA Armstrong has been working on a prototype it refers to as the Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars, or Prandtl-m, which is “a flying wing aircraft with a twist.” It is planned to be ready for launch from a high-altitude balloon later this year and will be released at about 100,000 ft. That altitude will allow it to operate in similar flight conditions as the Martian atmosphere, according to Al Bowers, NASA Armstrong Chief Scientist and Prandtl-m Program Manager.

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Lightweighting Focus for TE's Connectivity Solutions

TE Connectivity recently announced two new aerospace connectivity solutions that offer substantial weight savings: its COPALUM Lite sealed terminals and splices, and its Raychem INSTALITE lightweight braid system.

Posted in: Technology Update, Defense, Connectors and terminals, Wiring, Lightweighting
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Lifting 3D Printing to New Heights

Whether it’s through 3D printing jet engine fuel nozzles by the thousands or validating metal rocket injectors for space flight, aerospace has consistently proven itself to be on the cutting edge of the technology. 3D printing is making such an impact on aerospace manufacturing that Stratasys Direct Manufacturing CEO Joe Allison predicts that within 10 years every commercial aircraft will have 3D-printed parts on them.

Posted in: Technology Update, Defense, Design processes, Rapid prototyping, Parts
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High-Strength Aluminum Powder Developed for Additive Manufacturing in Aerospace, Automotive

Metal laser melting has made a successful leap from rapid prototyping to an approved manufacturing technology, and the method is increasingly becoming an option for companies in high-tech industries, according to Toolcraft. And now the German manufacturer has teamed with Airbus APWorks to offer another option for additive manufacturing—the Airbus subsidiary’s Scalmalloy high-performance aluminum powder.

Posted in: Technology Update, Defense, Powder metallurgy, Aluminum alloys
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Propulsion Performance Model for Efficient Supersonic Aircraft

For the design process of the class of aircraft known as an efficient supersonic air vehicle (ESAV), particular attention must be paid to the propulsion system design as a whole including installation effects integrated into a vehicle performance model. The propulsion system assumed for an ESAV considered in a recent study done by Optimal Flight Sciences LLC and the Air Force Research Laboratory was a three-stream variable cycle engine (VCE).

Posted in: Technology Update, Defense, Design processes, Simulation and modeling, Aircraft
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