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06 Jul 14. Scientists and engineers at BAE Systems have lifted the lid on some futuristic technologies that could be incorporated in military and civil aircraft of 2040 or even earlier. The four technologies unveiled are: 3D printers so advanced they could print smaller unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) during a mission; aircraft parts that can heal themselves in minutes; a new type of long range aircraft which divides into a number of smaller aircraft when it reaches its destination, and a directed energy weapon that could engage missiles at the speed of light, destroy them and protect the people below. Experts at BAE Systems’ Research and Development team at Warton are offering a unique insight into some ‘drawing board’ technologies that would normally be kept well under wraps. The team works with the UK’s leading aviation thinkers from universities, Government and a whole range of companies to predict and explore how aircraft engineering might evolve. Based on their thinking, the four futuristic concept aircraft technologies have been brought to life in short animations.
Nick Colosimo, a Futurist and Engineering Manager within the R&D team said: “Of course we don’t know exactly what sorts of aircraft technologies will be used in 2040 with any certainty, but it’s great to be able to show the public some concepts that might be possible through projecting where today’s technology could get to. BAE Systems has a rich heritage in research and development, and our team builds on literally decades of previous R&D work by thousands of scientists and engineers.”
Research and development has always played a key role in BAE Systems’ defence, aerospace and security business, with the Company investing £117m of its own capital in R&D in 2013. The four animations can be viewed by visiting www.youtube.com/user/baesystemsplc
08 Jul 14. ITT Corporation and its Cannon brand have a rich history of providing rugged, customized, innovative interconnect solutions to the aviation industry. Next week, ITT and its Cannon brand will showcase new state-of-the-art technologies and an expanded portfolio of customized interconnect solutions at the Farnborough International Air Show. ITT Cannon’s K-Lock Ultra High Vibration Locking Coupling System is the latest innovation providing aircraft manufacturers with a locking coupling “twist and lock” mechanism that drastically reduces the possibility of decoupling during exposure to extreme high shock and vibration environments. The system offers superior resilience to shock, vibration and harsh environmental exposure with a design that can withstand more than 100 g of shock, 2,000 Hz of vibration and up to 2,000 hours of exposure to salt spray. The coupling mechanism is a sliding ratcheting coupling nut that securely locks in position when mated, delivering unmatched reliability to critical connections. With a twist of the coupling nut, the connector can easily be coupled and locked in position similar to a standard 38999 series III connector. Once coupled and tightened in position, the coupling nut is locked in position eliminating the need for pinning or wiring of the coupling nut and helping ensure it cannot decouple. The system can easily decouple when needed with a simple “pull and twist” release action mechanism. In addition, the inclusion of stainless steel components provides rugged resistance to corrosion in exposed environments. The ITT Cannon K-Lock Ultra High Vibration Locking Coupling System is engineered to stay connected and endure in the harshest shock, vibration and exposure environments.
09 Jul 14. Greece joining the EU SatCom Market. On 27 June 2014, Greece signed the Project Arrangement concerning the ‘EU SatCom Market’, previously known as the ‘European SatCom Procurement Cell.’ It joins Belgium, Finland, France, Italy, Luxemburg, Poland, Romania, a