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Next generation Jet Engines for Sixth Generation Aircrafts

Presently jet engines are the workhorses of airplanes carrying millions of people, trillions of miles every year, at supersonic speed and with high safety; the failure rate is only once every million flight hours.  NASA explains its principle, “All jet engines, which are also called gas turbines, work on the …

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Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) for Integrated and Networked Multidomain capability

The future operating environment articulated by the NDS, the NDS Commission, and other sources describe how potential adversaries have developed sophisticated anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) capabilities. These capabilities include electronic warfare, cyber weapons, long-range missiles, and advanced air defenses. U.S. competitors have pursued A2/AD capabilities as a means of countering traditional …

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Aerospace composite materials for high speed Aircraft and Missile applications

Since the birth of aviation, designers have continuously endeavored to improve the lift-to-weight ratios of aircraft. With increasing fuel costs, commercial aerospace manufacturers are under pressure to enhance the performance of aircraft, for which weight reduction is a key factor.   Military forces around the world prefer lightweight aircraft, which …

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DARPA Airborne Energy Well seeks laser propulsion on Aircrafts to power Rechargable Unmanned Aerial Systems

A laser is a device that emits a beam of coherent light through an optical amplification process. Laser propulsion is any method of propelling a spacecraft that uses the energy of laser beams.   There are two main types of laser propulsion, depending on whether the laser is onboard or …

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More Electric Aircraft (MEA) and All Electric Aircraft enabled by new technologies

Aviation accounts for 2% of global carbon emissions, with more than half of that contributed by international flights. In 2018, aviation contributed 2.4% of human-generated CO2 emissions worldwide. Although aircraft have seen many improvements in vehicle configurations and engine systems that have enhanced their flight efficiency, their continued dependency on …

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Defense and Aerospace software Verification and Validation

Late delivery or software defects can damage a brand’s reputation — leading to frustrated and lost customers. In extreme cases, a bug or defect can degrade interconnected systems or cause serious malfunctions. Consider Nissan having to recall over 1 million cars due to a software defect in the airbag sensor detectors.  …

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DARPA ICEMAN to protect Military pilots from cognitive degradation from operational and High power microwave weapons

Military pilots often report cognitive performance challenges during flight operations. Many have reported experiences with spatial disorientation (SD), in which the pilot’s perception of aircraft position, motion, altitude, or attitude does not correspond to reality. SD has posed a significant problem to military pilots and continues to be a challenge today. …

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Certifications & testing for UAM (Urban Air Mobility) and eVTOL (Electric Vertical Take-Off & Landing)

Urban air mobility (UAM) can solve a myriad of transportation problems. This new technology, including electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, promises many benefits, such as reduced commuting times and urban congestion, and may introduce entirely new methods of transportation within and between cities in the coming decade. Commercially-operating …

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DARPA’s Glide Breaker developing hard-kill interceptor to counter the threat of hypersonic weapons being developed by Russia and China

Hypersonic missiles travel at least five times the speed of sound (Mach 5 or 6,125 kilometers per hour) or more. Flying along the edge of space while gliding and maneuvering these missiles would strike targets with unprecedented speed and precision. Once operational, these missiles would make current strategic missile defenses …

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Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS)

Avionics are the electronic systems used on aircraft. Aircraft avionics is the most crucial component of aircraft systems and helps in providing various operational and virtual information in-flight and on the ground. The avionics system receives data from the air traffic management system and feeds this information to the pilot …

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