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US Air Force Research Lab Aerospace Systems Directorate granted patent for innovative control surfaces technology

Researchers from the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Aerospace Systems Directorate recently secured a patent for their control surface technology after successfully developing and demonstrating additively manufactured, multi-material conformal control surfaces for aircraft wings.

NASA X-59 QueSST to reach quiet sonic boom

In partnership with NASA, the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works team is solving one of the most persistent challenges of supersonic flight – the sonic boom. X-59 QueSST (Quiet SuperSonic Technology) will be used to collect community response data on the acceptability of a quiet sonic boom generated by the unique design of the aircraft. The data will help NASA provide regulators with the information needed to establish an acceptable commercial supersonic noise standard to lift the ban on commercial supersonic travel over land. This breakthrough would open the door to an entirely new global market for aircraft manufacturers, enabling passengers to travel anywhere in the world in half the time it takes today.

Nellis Air Force Base Airmen use WIDOW, tailor-made software for ABMS

Nellis Air Force Base Airmen are utilizing the modern software application WIDOW, or Web-based Information Dominant Warfare, to digitize the tactical-level mission planning process.

Self-righting for fixed-wing drone, inspired by the elytra of ladybug

Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAVs) are being used in a wide range of applications such as surveillance, reconnaissance, inspection, and search and rescue. However, due to their size and mission profiles, they are prone to tipping over, jeopardizing their operation. Self-righting is an open challenge for fixed-wing drones since existing research focuses on terrestrial and multicopter flying robots with solutions that increase drag and structural weight. Until now, solutions for winged drones remained largely unexplored. Inspired by beetles, A research team at the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland propose a robust and elegant solution where they retrofit a fixed-wing drone with a set of additional wings akin to beetles shell structured wings called elytra.

USA: AEDC tests directed energy system in wind tunnel

The Aerodynamics Branch of Arnold Engineering Development Complex at Arnold Air Force Base is helping the Air Force take directed energy (DE) systems airborne.

Marine aviators use online gaming concept to enhance training

Before the dawn of online gaming, video games and computer games primarily featured two to four players sitting in the same room looking at the same screen while using a controller or keyboard to play a game where they either raced or battled with or against each other. Games such as Mario Kart, Goldeneye and Super Smash Brothers provided hours of entertainment and camaraderie for gamers as they competed with and against their friends and family. When online gaming came into prominence in the early 2000s, it allowed gamers to play with friends, and mostly complete strangers, from anywhere across the globe. Today, the multi-billion dollar industry connects more than 2 billion gamers across a broad spectrum of different types of games such as strategy, first person shooter, and role playing games. U.S. Marine Corps pilots stationed in Cherry Point, North Carolina have taken a piece of the concept of online gaming and used it to enhance their training.

US Air Force works on a more integrated and lethal force through Advanced Battle Management System development

Warfighters at Nellis Air Force Base are helping the US Air Force build a more integrated and lethal force through Advanced Battle Management System development, the Air Force’s network solution to enable rapid decision-making that powers Joint All-Domain Command and Control, or JADC2.

Modernization of KC-135 Stratotanker

The KC-135 Stratotanker, the backbone of the U.S. Air Force’s strategic aerial refueling fleet for nearly 65 years, recently gained new capabilities that will enable it to continue to carry out its mission of Global Reach and Global Power for years to come.

Rostec tests demonstrator engine for spaceplanes

The United Engine Corporation of Rostec has completed the first stage of testing a demonstrator model of a pulse detonation engine, which in the future can be used in advanced rocket and space systems, hypersonic aircraft and orbital spaceplanes. In some operating modes, the power plant demonstrated up to 50% increase in specific thrust when compared to conventional engines.

Russia designs Liana space intelligence and guidance system

Military space technologies rose to a new level in the past decades. A group of satellites can monitor and coordinate joint operation of combat units. Sophisticated ground, airborne and space systems are designed to intercept and disable spacecraft. Specific attention is paid to guidance, the Independent Military Review writes.

USA: 53rd Wing brings cruise missile tests to climatic lab

The 53rd Wing brought its test and evaluation mission to the McKinley Climatic Lab in March to test an air-launched cruise missile.

First semi-autonomous Quad-legged UGVs arrive at Tyndall Air Force Base

The first official semi-autonomous robot dogs were delivered to Tyndall Air Force Base March 22 for integration into the 325th Security Forces Squadron.

Technodinamika reveals aircraft simulator plans - part 2

Simulators play a major role in the training of military pilots. The trainers improve and become more realistic each year. Technodinamika CEO Igor Nasenkov told TASS which simulators would be supplied shortly, which ones are being designed and which advanced aircraft simulators are available on a dynamic platform.

Technodinamika reveals aircraft simulator plans - part 1

Simulators play a major role in the training of military pilots. The trainers improve and become more realistic each year. Technodinamika CEO Igor Nasenkov told TASS which simulators would be supplied shortly, which ones are being designed and which advanced aircraft simulators are available on a dynamic platform.

US Air Force Research Laboratory breaks ground on state of the art space environment lab

The US Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate broke ground on a new facility named the Skywave Technology Laboratory March 16. The 3,500 square foot, $3.5 million lab will be located in a remote area on Kirtland Air Force Base.

Russian Pantsyr air defense system proves effective against drones

Moscow has received a large amount of requests for the delivery of Pantsyr surface-to-air missile/gun systems and S-400 anti-aircraft missile complexes, according to the director of the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation.

USA: Squadron Innovation solves decade-long issue for the F-15E

The aircraft Modification Support Team lead, Mr. Carlos Oregon, in the Operational Flight Program Combined Test Force designed and built a tester to safeguard the AN/ASQ-236 “Dragon’s Eye” Radar Pod, a limited and precious asset in the F-15E Strike Eagle community.

US Air Force Research Laboratory launches collaborative biosensor effort to detect pilot stress and fatigue biomarkers

The Air Force Research Laboratory recently kicked off a $2 million partnership with Case Western Reserve University. The joint project will accelerate biosensor development, with an emphasis on the detection of biomarkers for stress and fatigue.

Okhotnik drones to operate in Su-57 regiments

Multirole fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jets will operate together with heavy Okhotnik reconnaissance-combat drones. They are to be united into combined regiments to increase the capabilities of the Aerospace Forces. Drones and fighter jets will destroy important targets in hostile rear and remain unnoticed. The current technical development level can cope with the task, the Izvestia daily writes.

Analysis: Russian MoD employs Pantsir-S SPAAGMS against UAVs

The Russian military intensifies using its Pantsir-S (NATO reporting name: SA-22 Greyhound) self-propelled anti-aircraft guided missile systems (SPAAGMs) against unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), according to the country’s Ministry of Defense (MoD).

Rostec mounts 3D print for air engines

The additive technologies center of Rostec launched 24 new instruments to 3D print aircraft engine components.

Russia continues designing PAK DA engine - part 2

Major Defense Ministry orders issued to UEC-Kuznetsov enterprise in Samara helped it resume batch production of engines for the long-range aviation suspended 27 years ago and begin creating completely new power plants for next-generation aircraft, the Zvezda weekly writes.

Russia continues designing PAK DA engine - part1

Major Defense Ministry orders issued to UEC-Kuznetsov enterprise in Samara helped it resume batch production of engines for the long-range aviation suspended 27 years ago and begin creating completely new power plants for next-generation aircraft, the Zvezda weekly writes.

Analysis: Review Turkish defense industry aviation and aerospace Aircraft - Helicopters - UAVs

The Turkish defense aviation and aerospace industry offer high-technology and cost-efficient solutions in compliance with NATO standards to armies in the world, notably the Turkish Air Force, in need of various types of air platforms. The Turkish aerospace industry, which aims to prove the peak of its capabilities with the TF-X multi-role aircraft, has a vast product portfolio including fixed-wing aircraft and rotorcraft.

Analysis: Russia plans to adjust drone development according to Syrian war experiences

The Russian Defense Ministry plans to adjust drone development plans according to the Syrian experience and the war in Nagorno-Karabakh. The target figures for various drones can be reviewed. Design priorities may also change. The Izvestia daily writes which programs are likely to be developed or closed.

Futuristic radar for the UK future combat aircraft will capture the equivalent of a ‘city’s worth of data’ in a second

British engineers have today revealed some of the latest concepts under development for the Royal Air Force’s next-generation combat air system. The pioneering technology is being delivered by Team Tempest, a UK technology and defence partnership formed by BAE Systems, Leonardo, MBDA, Rolls-Royce and the RAF, and involving hundreds of high-tech companies, SMEs and academia across the UK.

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