Mars Helicopter Repositions For Rover Reconnaissance Role
Ingenuity begins operational test phase with one-way flight to new forward base ahead of rover’s intended route.
theresa.c.petr… Wed, 05/12/2021 - 08:00
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Mars Scout

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Reports Envision Regional Air Networks Enabled By Electric Aircraft
Aviation transformation is no longer just about urban air taxis, but also a regional connectivity.
audra.avizieni… Tue, 05/11/2021 - 08:00
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Regional Aircraft-Makers Work on Future Concepts
After several OEMs exited the regional market, dominant airframers Embraer and ATR are devising new strategies.
audra.avizieni… Tue, 05/11/2021 - 08:00
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Regional Renaissance?

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ZeroAvia Buys More Fuel Cells For Hydrogen Propulsion Development
Hydrogen propulsion startup ZeroAvia has ordered additional fuel-cell systems from Sweden’s PowerCell.
andy_savoie@av… Mon, 05/10/2021 - 18:42
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Regional Operators Look Beyond the COVID-19 Crisis
Innovative new propulsion technologies are set to shape the regional sector in the years to come.
arturo.mora@av… Mon, 05/10/2021 - 08:00
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The Week In Technology, May 10-14, 2021
Wright Electric hits milestone; Pyrotechnic protection; Wisk teams with Blade; Beta flies for USAF; AKKA helps Aura Aero; Dufour funding.
audra.avizieni… Mon, 05/10/2021 - 08:00
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Opinion: Virtual Systems Improve Training and Safety
Extended reality systems present a way to address key safety and workforce-training challenges.
arturo.mora@av… Fri, 05/07/2021 - 08:00
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The Power of Extended Reality

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Stratolaunch Updates Talon-A Progress As Roc Flies Again

By Guy Norris May 07, 2021
While Roc flight tests hog the limelight, Stratolaunch is quietly developing the Talon-A hypersonic testbed—Roc’s primary payload.
Emerging Technologies

Podcast: Giving Autonomous Aircraft a Moral Compass

By Graham Warwick May 06, 2021
Will we ever be able to trust an autonomous aircraft?
Aerospace
Wright Tests Megawatt-Scale Inverter For Electric Single-Aisle
Startup Wright Electric has begun testing the megawatt-scale power inverter that is a key building block in development of the electric propulsion system for its planned single-aisle airliner.
guy.ferneyhoug… Thu, 05/06/2021 - 14:06
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London City Airport Makes Digital Switchover

By Tony Osborne May 05, 2021
London City Airport flight operations are now being directed from 70 mi. away.
Airports & Routes

NASA Tests ‘Moral Compass’ For Autonomous Aircraft

By Guy Norris May 05, 2021
Scalable autonomy framework development supports airborne agent that can react to unanticipated situations for a wide range of aircraft.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

AKKA To Assist In Developing Electric Regional Aircraft

By Graham Warwick May 04, 2021
European engineering services company AKKA Technologies is to assist French startup Aura Aero with development of its planned 19-seat Electric Regional Aircraft and Integral E electric aerobatic aircraft.
Emerging Technologies

Pandemic Crisis Underlines Corsia Limitations

By Helen Massy-Beresford May 04, 2021
COVID-19 has pushed sustainability and emissions reduction higher up the aviation agenda–and highlighted the need for further action.
Program Management

Commercial Tiltrotor Passes Milestones, But Certification Awaits

By Tony Osborne May 04, 2021
The slow pace of Leonardo’s AW609 program has not benefited from the global pandemic.
Aerospace

The Week In Technology, May 3-7, 2021

By Graham Warwick May 04, 2021
ZeroAvia testbed crash; Lufthansa deploys riblets; MightyFly’s autonomous logistics; Wingcopter’s triple drop; Hydrogen startup funding.
Emerging Technologies

European Industry Seeks Agreement On Environmental Research Initiative

By Thierry Dubois May 03, 2021
Europe’s industry sees itself in a time crunch for sustainability, but budget negotiations on the Clean Sky follow-on program drag on.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

ZeroAvia Development Aircraft Damaged in Landing Accident

By Tony Osborne May 02, 2021
ZeroAvia’s plans to demonstrate long-distance hydrogen fuel cell-powered flight have been set back after its demonstrator aircraft was involved in a landing accident.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Hydra Demo Shows Glimpse Into Future Warfare Approach

By Steve Trimble Apr 30, 2021
The latest Skunk Works demonstration series shows off new level of ad hoc, multidomain networking.
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

NASA Expands Ingenuity Flight-Test Envelope On Mars

By Irene Klotz Apr 30, 2021
Up to five test runs of the rotorcraft are planned by May 4.
Space
First Take, May 3, 2021
Our roundup of the main aerospace and defense stories making the news this week.
theresa.c.petr… Fri, 04/30/2021 - 08:00
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What Are The Electric-Propulsion Challenges In Commercial Aviation?

By Graham Warwick Apr 30, 2021
Ask the editors: Longer-haul electric aircraft will depend on better energy storage, higher power densities and greater efficiencies.
Sustainability

NASA Set To Select Nuclear Power Developers For Future Mars Missions

By Guy Norris Apr 26, 2021
As new materials and fuel technology advance, NASA gets serious again about nuclear space propulsion for missions to Mars and beyond.
Space

The Week In Technology, April 26-30, 2021

By Graham Warwick Apr 26, 2021
Bye’s electric twin; In-orbit debris monitoring; New LEO use; Decarbonizing Europe’s skies; and Furanics for SAF.
Emerging Technologies

Daily Memo: Europe’s Partnership On Clean Aviation At Final Negotiations Stage

By Thierry Dubois Apr 23, 2021
Europe’s civil aeronautical industry is beginning to express impatience about the launch of the Partnership on Clean Aviation, a follow-on program to the ongoing Clean Sky 2 research and technology project for greener air transport.
Emerging Technologies