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Alticam Video System Equips Aerovel Flexrotor

Focus-tunable lenses based on elastic polymers open up new possibilities in adaptive optics.

Lockheed Martin Powers on the First GPS III Satellite

The GPS III program will affordably replace aging GPS satellites, while improving capability to meet the evolving demands of military, commercial and civilian users. GPS III satellites will deliver better accuracy and improved anti-jamming power while enhancing the spacecraft’s design life and adding a new civil signal designed to be interoperable with international global navigation satellite systems. Read >>

Aircraft Sensors without Batteries or Cables

An idea from EADS and Vienna University of Technology is taking off: in a joint project, Energy Harvester Modules suitable for aircrafts have been tested, which should supply sensor nodes with electrical power in the future. Read >>

GE Announces Avionics Module that Saves Space, Weight, Power and Cost

Featuring both MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC 429 protocols on a single XMC form factor board, the RAR15-XMC is used in a broad range of avionics applications. Read >>

Flight experiment goes boldly forth to advance new technology

A hypersonic flight experiment at eight times the speed of sound, led by a University of Queensland PhD student, has safely launched in Norway. Read >>


Shinichi Nakasuka, professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Graduate School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo has been leading development of Nano-satellite “Hodoyoshi-1” Read >>

Northrop Grumman, U.S. Navy Demonstrate Precision, Wireless Ground Handling of X-47B Unmanned Aircraft

Maneuvers With Handheld Controller Build Confidence for Future Trials on Carrier Deck Read >>

MIT-developed ‘microthrusters’ could propel small satellites

As small as a penny, these thrusters run on jets of ion beams. Read >>

Stanford software allows aero-engineering students to focus on aircraft design instead of computer code

Stanford University Unstructured (SU2) is an open-source software package that gives advanced engineering students a crucial leg up on the time-consuming process of writing their own code to optimize aerospace designs – offering for free an ability that is otherwise available only in expensive commercial applications. Read >>

Gear Up! U.S. Navy/Northrop Grumman X-47B Demonstrator Flies in Cruise Mode for First Time

The flight, conducted at Edwards Air Force Base, also helped validate precision navigation hardware and software that will allow the X-47B to land with precision on the moving deck of an aircraft carrier. Read >>