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INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

The Switchblade Flying Sports Car and the DeLorean from “Back to the Future” Have Something in Common

Joy Finnegan

The Switchblade flying sports car hit 88 mph in runway test runs recently, which was calculated to be the take-off speed of the vehicle. Coincidentally, that is the same speed the famous DeLorean had to reach before it could travel through time in the epic Robert Zemeckis movie “Back to the Future.” The Switchblade is touted as being…

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

Reno, Nevada Partnership Aims to Equip Fire Department with Drones to Conduct Life-Saving River Search and Rescue Operations

Joy Finnegan

Under the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP), earlier this week Iris Automation conducted a live drone flight demonstration for the City of Reno Fire Department of its Casia onboard Detect-and-Avoid (DAA) collision avoidance system, which enables safe beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) drone operations. The demonstration took place in…

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CargoAi: Digitalization for Connecting Cargo Industry

Joy Finnegan

The founders of CargoAi come from the air cargo industry, and they say that sets them apart from the many e-booking platforms who are emerging. Digital transformation is no longer disruptive, it’s already here. By combining their cargo experience with world-leading technology, the CargoAi team says it is facilitating the industry’s transformation. CargoAi says their…

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

Honeywell To Provide Pipistrel With Advanced Flight Control Technology For Unmanned Cargo Aircraft

Joy Finnegan

Pipistrel has selected Honeywell’s Compact Fly-By-Wire system for the Nuuva V300 cargo unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), choosing a modern, lightweight, highly capable system with a proven architecture ideally suited for their autonomous cargo UAV. Fly-by-wire computers act as the “brains” of an aircraft’s flight controls by operating them electronically and can be found inside nearly…

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

Wabtec Becomes First Manufacturing Anchor Tenant for Pittsburgh’s Additive Hub at Neighborhood 91

Joy Finnegan

Wabtec Corporation announced that it will join Neighborhood 91, the additive manufacturing production campus at Pittsburgh’s International Airport Innovation Campus. Neighborhood 91 is the first development in the world to both condense and connect all components of the additive manufacturing and 3D printing supply chain into one powerful production ecosystem. The agreement makes Wabtec the first…

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

Aquiline Drones Signs Manufacturing and Distribution License Agreement with Drone Volt

Joy Finnegan

Hartford-based manufacturer of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and cloud solutions provider for commercial drone operations,Aquiline Drones (AD), has announced that it has signed exclusive U. S. manufacturing and distribution licensing agreements with Drone Volt (ALDRV.PA), a French aeronautic manufacturer of professional civilian drones, on-board artificial intelligence, edge computing and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) production. Under…

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

Iris Automation Partners with CED Alma and MVT Geo-solutions to Conduct Commercial BVLOS Missions in Quebec

Joy Finnegan

Transport Canada has issued the second Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flights in uncontrolled airspace utilizing infrastructure masking and Iris Automation’s onboard detect-and-avoid (DAA) solution to MVT Geo-solutions.  Under this SFOC, MVT, the UAS Center of Excellence (CED Alma), and Iris Automation will partner to conduct commercial missions over linear power…

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

Boom Supersonic Rolls Out XB-1 Demonstrator

Joy Finnegan

Boom Supersonic unveiled its supersonic demonstrator, XB-1, an independently developed supersonic jet. To design and build XB-1, Boom says it recruited a team of experts from around the industry, forged relationships with key suppliers, and built a strong safety culture. XB-1 is slated to fly for the first time in 2021 and will undergo a 100%…

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

maxon Develops Ultra-Efficient UAV Drive with Startup Flybotix

Joy Finnegan

maxon has collaborated with drone startup Flybotix to develop performance-optimized brushless DC motors for a new kind of inspection drone. With the know-how gained from this and other projects, maxon is making inroads into the new UAV market, where the reliability and quality of components are becoming more important. Two rotors instead of four was…

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

NASA Receives First Lunar CubeRover from Astrobotic

Joy Finnegan

After three years of engineering work, Astrobotic’s CubeRover is on its way to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The CubeRover is designed to provide an affordable mobile outlet for scientific instruments and other payloads to operate on the surface of the Moon. This occasion marks the first time Astrobotic’s Planetary Mobility department has delivered rover hardware…

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

Cummins Uses Ansys’ Digital Transformation Technologies in Research and Development of Advanced Diesel Engines

Joy Finnegan

Cummins Inc. is using Ansys in its research related to improving emissions profiles, performance and other attributes of diesel and alternative fuel engines. Through a new multi-year agreement, Ansys will aid Cummins engineers in their development of new engine designs, empower enterprise-wide collaboration and support initiatives related to PLANET 2050 — Cummins ambitious environmental sustainability…

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

SAMAD Aerospace Unveils Q-Starling Personal Air Vehicle

Joy Finnegan

SAMAD aerospace, the British hybrid electric VTOL aviation company launched its concept for Q-Starling, a high-end Personal Air Vehicle (PAV). With the innovative design taking elements from both fast jets and VTOL aircraft, SAMAD says the Q-Starling “represents a new pinnacle in future sustainable aircraft design.”Combining the benefits of traditional flight with VTOL capabilities, the…

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