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Sierra Nevada Corporation Completes Dream Chaser® Milestones for Commercial Crew Integrated Capabilities Program

Sierra Nevada Corporation Completes Dream Chaser® Milestones for Commercial Crew Integrated Capabilities Program | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it

SPARKS, Nev., – April 25, 2013 – Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Space Systems has successfully completed two milestones as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) phase of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.  SNC completed the Program Implementation Review, providing NASA with detailed plans for advancing the Dream Chaser® crew transportation system towards a critical design state. SNC also completed an Integrated System Baseline Review that communicated the post-Preliminary Design Review maturity of the baseline Dream Chaser® orbital crew vehicle, mission systems, ground systems, and United Launch Alliance's Atlas V launch vehicle.

 

“The successful completion of these milestones resulted in affirmation that the Dream Chaser® Space System design meets its mission requirements as we work towards rebuilding the United States’ capability to fly astronauts into low Earth orbit,” said Jim Voss, vice president of SNC's Space Exploration Systems. “Both CCiCap milestones offered us the opportunity to communicate SNC's detailed development plans, as well as to receive and incorporate NASA's comments and feedback.”


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HAL to produce cryogenic engines for ISRO - The Hindu

HAL to produce cryogenic engines for ISRO - The Hindu | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it
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The structure for a Mars orbiter spacecraft, due for launch in October, also comes from its aerospace facility. Dr.
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Makino Establishes Aerospace Engine Technology Group

Makino Establishes Aerospace Engine Technology Group | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it
Group to focus on innovative processes for the latest aircraft engine components
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Pratt & Whitney Opens Additive Manufacturing Center at UConn - Pratt & Whitney Measurement Systems, Inc.

Pratt & Whitney Opens Additive Manufacturing Center at UConn - Pratt & Whitney Measurement Systems, Inc. | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it
One of the most advanced additive manufacturing laboratories in the nation has opened in the University of Connecticut’s technology park.
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Extreme Miniaturization: Seven Devices, One Chip to Navigate without GPS

Extreme Miniaturization: Seven Devices, One Chip to Navigate without GPS | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it

The U.S. Military relies on the space-based Global Positioning System (GPS) to aid air, land and sea navigation. Like the GPS units in many automobiles today, a simple receiver and some processing power is all that is needed for accurate navigation. But, what if the GPS satellites suddenly became unavailable due to malfunction, enemy action or simple interference, such as driving into a tunnel? Unavailability of GPS would be inconvenient for drivers on the road, but could be disastrous for military missions. DARPA is working to protect against such a scenario, and an emerging solution is much smaller than the navigation instruments in today’s defense systems.

 

DARPA researchers at the University of Michigan have made significant progress with a timing & inertial measurement unit (TIMU) that contains everything needed to aid navigation when GPS is temporarily unavailable. The single chip TIMU prototype contains a six axis IMU (three gyroscopes and three accelerometers) and integrates a highly-accurate master clock into a single miniature system, smaller than the size of a penny. This chip integrates breakthrough devices (clocks, gyroscopes and accelerometers), materials and designs from DARPA’s Micro-Technology for Positioning, Navigation and Timing (Micro-PNT) program.

 

Three pieces of information are needed to navigate between known points ‘A’ and ‘B’ with precision: orientation, acceleration and time. This new chip integrates state-of-the-art devices that can measure all three simultaneously. This elegant design is accomplished through new fabrication processes in high-quality materials for multi-layered, packaged inertial sensors and a timing unit, all in a tiny 10 cubic millimeter package. Each of the six microfabricated layers of the TIMU is only 50 microns thick, approximately the thickness of a human hair.  Each layer has a different function, akin to floors in a building. 

 

“Both the structural layer of the sensors and the integrated package are made of silica,” said Andrei Shkel, DARPA program manager. “The hardness and the high-performance material properties of silica make it the material of choice for integrating all of these devices into a miniature package. The resulting TIMU is small enough and should be robust enough for applications (when GPS is unavailable or limited for a short period of time) such as personnel tracking, handheld navigation, small diameter munitions and small airborne platforms.” 


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Airbus research jobs must stay in Germany: Philipp Roesler - Economic Times

Airbus research jobs must stay in Germany: Philipp Roesler - Economic Times | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it
Economic Times Airbus research jobs must stay in Germany: Philipp Roesler Economic Times That is important, but that would entail giving up the first stage of the value chain which is research and development - and we don't want that," Roesler said...
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Reshaping Flight for Fuel Efficiency: Five Technologies on the Runway Post-Boeing Dreamliner

Reshaping Flight for Fuel Efficiency: Five Technologies on the Runway Post-Boeing Dreamliner | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it
The Boeing Dreamliner 787, poised to retake the skies soon, was one approach to more efficient flight. But aviation is looking to geared turbofan engines and radically new shapes and materials for deeper cuts in fuel consumption.

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Visualized: Boeing supersonic airliner concept soars in a wind tunnel, quietly

Visualized: Boeing supersonic airliner concept soars in a wind tunnel, quietly | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it
No, you're not looking at an early preview of Star Wars Episode VII -- it just might represent the future of air transport, though.
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New Material Gets Itself Into Shape

New Material Gets Itself Into Shape | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it
Inspired by plant components that respond to external stimuli, material scientists have devised a new method for producing composite materials from a variety of materials that adopt a pre-programmed shape autonomously.

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A350 XWB News: Virtual reality supports the A350 XWB’s design and development

A350 XWB News: Virtual reality supports the A350 XWB’s design and development | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it
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DARPA Looks To New Form Of Computation That Mimics The Human Brain

DARPA Looks To New Form Of Computation That Mimics The Human Brain | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it

DARPA's Physical Intelligence program represents a potential major advance in artificial intelligence research, as the “physical intelligence” device would not require computer programming or the use of human controllers to provide directions, as with traditional robots. Instead, the device operates via nano-scale interconnected wires that send signals through synthetic synapses, just like the human brain. Such a system is capable of remembering information, meaning that robots might be able to act like humans in the foreseeable future.

 

Compared to traditional artificial intelligence systems that rely on conventional computer programming, this one “looks and ‘thinks’ like a human brain,” said James K. Gimzewski, professor of chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Gimsewski is a member of the team that has been working under sponsorship of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on a program called Physical Intelligence.

The stated objective of the program is: "The analysis domain is to develop analytical tools to support the development of human-engineered physically intelligent systems and to understand physical intelligence in the natural world".


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Nacho Vega's curator insight, April 22, 2013 2:52 AM

DARPA has changed our world with Internet and now... Quantum computer

Helena Capela's curator insight, April 22, 2013 9:55 AM

We are closer to create artificial intelligence.Are we? A litle bit scary, no?

Marco Bertolini's curator insight, April 23, 2013 3:41 AM

Le Département américain de la défense étudie de nouveaux modes de calcul, basés sur le fonctionnement du cerveau.

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NASA's goggle-eyed SPHERE robots create 3D maps on the fly

NASA's goggle-eyed SPHERE robots create 3D maps on the fly | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it
MIT Space Systems Laboratory's SPHERES-VERTIGO system is a free-flying robot with stereoscopic vision that is part of a program to develop ways for small sa...
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