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Demand for commercial aircraft is bringing global supply chain challenges to the aerospace sector. Cessna business jets, for example, are seeing significantly more flight time, driving demand for parts. "We're in a healthier position compared to what it could be, but we are starting to see some issues," said Ron Draper, president and CEO of Textron Aviation.
Northrop Grumman says its SAGE, cloud-based signals intelligence technology could support US Army multi-domain operations goal and the Concept for Intelligence 2028 capability. The Air Force selected Northrop Grumman to build the Global High-altitude Open-system Sensor Technology, which will operate within SAGE.
The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's AFWERX program is funding the development of an uncrewed low-boom supersonic demonstrator by Exosonic. The aircraft will aid in flight training programs for the US Air Force.
Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall is working with lawmakers to speed up the timeline for bringing on the first secretary of space acquisitions, a post slated to be filled next fall. Kendall is seeking to speed innovation and efficiencies in space acquisitions.
In spite of the pandemic's ongoing challenges, Rocket Lab is developing a larger rocket dubbed Neutron that will have a reusable first stage, and Virgin Orbit is preparing for its upcoming launch under the US Space Force Space Test Program.
Former US Air Force C-17 pilot Ravi Chaudhary is President Joe Biden's nominee for the post of assistant secretary for Air Force installations, environment, and energy. Chaudhary is a former Federal Aviation Administration executive.
Unither Bioelectronics, a unit of United Therapeutics, reached a milestone with its first delivery of a lung for organ transplant via drone. The flight completed last month between two hospitals in Toronto "over a high-density urban setting and highly congested traffic area" showcased the future of organ delivery by drone, according to the company.
Cummins and autonomous trucking startup Locomation have partnered to test and try to commercialize Locomation's software. The collaboration is expected to reduce fuel consumption by 10% per truck, and Locomation plans to launch launch its first vehicle, the Autonomous Relay Convoy, by late next year.
The US Army is encouraging industry partners to embrace modular open systems, as this approach will cover future attack reconnaissance aircraft, future long-range assault aircraft and drones. "The approach of modular open systems architecture is absolutely critical because our ability to rapidly integrate the latest technology, in terms of aircraft survivability equipment, weapon systems, navigation systems, communication systems is going to be vital to our ability to operate on this future battlefield," said Maj. Gen. David Francis, commanding general of the Army Aviation Center of Excellence.
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