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airplanesAkka pod with detachable wings would integrate aviation with public transit

Akka Technologies is developing pods with detachable wings that would integrate aviation and public transit. The AKKA Group is an engineering and technology consulting company with 16000 employees. The detachable wings would make for vastly more efficient boarding and improve …

air forceProposed hybrid F-22 /F-35 fighter could make a big fast plane with better electronics

Lockheed Martin is proposing to offer Japan a stealth fighter that combines the designs of the F-35 Lighting II and the export-banned F-22 Raptor. Japan is hoping to introduce an air superiority fighter sometime after 2030, to counter new stealth …

air forceAir Force and HRL Labs work on promising material for hypersonic vehicles

The US Air Force is testing materials produced through ceramic additive manufacturing to advance their potential future use in hypersonic flight vehicles. They are testing additively manufactured silicon oxycarbide (SiOC) materials.The geometric complexity of components that can be produced through …

agricultureUS-China in early stages of trade war

Donald Trump slapped tariffs on at least $50 billion in Chinese imports. China has said that they will retaliate. China announced a 25 percent levy on U.S. pork imports — a heavy blow to Iowa, the top pork-producing state and …

airplanesUS Jet fighter drones can be sold to some European and Asian countries

Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:KTOS) has received U.S. State Department approval to market its Mako High Performance Jet Tactical Unmanned Aerial System to certain European and Asia Pacific region countries. The XQ-222 Valkyrie and UTAP-22 Mako are relatively …

airplanesStratolaunch approaches first flight

Stratolaunch is the world’s largest aircraft by wingspan and is the largest all-composite plane ever built. Utilizing six Boeing 747 engines for a payload capacity of over 500,000 lbs. and an operational range of approximately 2,000 nautical miles, Stratolaunch is …

airforceRussia building 12 Su-57 Stealth Fighters for 2019 combat testing

Russia is building 12 pre-production Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighters. They are Russia’s first indigenously designed and built fifth-generation stealth fighter aircraft. “We are buying Su-57 jets for test combat use. First stage state trials are over,” Russian Deputy Defense Minister …

airplanesElectric air taxi startup Joby gets $100 million in funding

Joby Aviation is a pioneer in the development of novel aircraft enabled by electric propulsion. For a number of years, Joby did important aerodynamics work with NASA and others on projects such as the X-57 Maxwell and LEAPTech. Above was …

air forceTesting Director says the expensive F35s are not combat ready, unreliable and components need redesign

The Director of Operational Testing, Robert Behler, says the F35 stealth fighter is still below requirements and is dependent on workarounds and would not meet Service expectations in combat situations. This is in the updated annual report on the F35. …

airplanesChina and Russia have $20 billion partnership to replicate Airbus history and make competitive jets

China, Russia and some western suppliers are teaming up on a $20 billion project to replicate the success of Airbus and achieve a major breakthrough into the passenger jet market. The China-Russia Commercial Aircraft International Corporation Limited (CRAIC) 50-50 joint …