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15 Nov 23. Pacific Defense Showcases its SOSA/CMOSS Equipped Demonstration Vehicle ‘Ares’ at Bold Quest 2023, Camp Pendleton, CA.
Pacific Defense, an emerging defense contractor specializing in Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) solutions, recently conducted a series of demonstrations at the Bold Quest 2023 field exercise at Camp Pendleton, CA, in support of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) ENDOR Future Naval Capability (FNC) initiative.
Bold Quest is a recurring US and coalition field exercise focused on interoperability across elements of Combined Joint All-Domain Command and Control (CJADC2). Pacific Defense brought to Bold Quest 2023 its integrated system demonstration vehicle called Ares, equipped with Sensor Open System Architecture™ (SOSA) / C5ISR/EW Modular Open Suite of Standards (CMOSS) multi-function RF systems, antennas, and operator terminals. The SOSA systems employed in the exercise contained advanced software capabilities developed for Future Naval Capability (FNC) Project ENDOR? enabling dynamic, resilient, and secure operation of distributed, networked EMSO capabilities on existing and new edge devices for deployment across the Fleet.
Pacific Defense was recently awarded a second contract with ONR supporting the FNC Project Ubiquitous Edge, focused on further advancing software and systems that enable distributed, multi-system Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations (EMSO). The results of the demonstration also inform Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) on capabilities that deliver redundancy and resiliency across the electromagnetic spectrum and multi-platform (group) so Marines in mounted and dismounted operations can communicate, conduct command and control, increase situational awareness, and make informed real-time decisions.
“Our products are built on a fully Open Standards architecture that leverages best-in-breed hardware and software from industry leaders,” said Dr. Niraj Srivastava, VP of Integrated CMOSS Systems at Pacific Defense. “Our focus is on rapid capability integration using SOSA/CMOSS aligned Tactical edge Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) for multi-domain operation, and these demonstrations at Bold Quest underscore the benefits of a truly open approach to systems development.”
About Pacific Defense
Headquartered in El Segundo, California, Pacific Defense is a leader in Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) solutions development with a particular focus on CMOSS. Pacific Defense takes an organic, commercial-minded approach to developing military-use advanced solutions delivering EW, SIGINT, Comms, and C2 capabilities to US and International customers. Products are designed from the outset for modern, AI-driven autonomy with CMOSS and SOSA-aligned hardware and software. This includes state-of-the-art processing that can readily follow the evolution of commercial technology with complete data sharing across networks and platforms. See more information at www.pacific-defense.com and www.linkedin.com/company/pacific-defense. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
16 Nov 23. Secure-IC announces the integration of SecuryzrTM technology in MediaTek’s new flagship smartphone chip, Dimensity 9300. Cesson-Sévigné (France) – November 16th, 2023 – Secure-IC, the rising leader, and the unique global provider of end-to-end cybersecurity solutions for embedded systems and connected objects, is thrilled to announce its embedded cybersecurity solution SecuryzrTM iSE (integrated Secure Element) 900 was integrated in MediaTek’s flagship smartphone chip, the Dimensity 9300. Secure-IC’s SecuryzrTM ensures the protection of sensitive data and critical processes within the chipset, preventing unauthorized access and safeguarding the system’s integrity. The adoption of SecuryzrTM, combined with Secure-IC’s system-level certification support, allows MediaTek’s SoC to be Common Criteria level 4+ (AVA_VAN.5) ready. Following the success of this project, Secure-IC will continuously provide MediaTek with further security solutions.
MediaTek is a global fabless semiconductor company leader in developing innovative systems-on-chip (SoC) for mobile, home entertainment, connectivity and IoT products. Released in November 2023, the MediaTek Dimensity 9300 is redefining mobile computing with its industry-leading features.
Since its creation, Secure-IC has been dedicated to delivering the forefront of security innovations to the market. The integration of Secure-IC’s solution in the MediaTek Dimensity 9300 marks a significant milestone. SecuryzrTM iSE 900 series, from Secure-IC, fortify the MediaTek Dimensity 9300 with an advanced layer of security. This technology ensures the integrity of the system by working as the Root of Trust (RoT) and provides a Secure Processing capability and (SPU – Secure Processing Unit), featuring renowned robustness and reliability.
As the Secure Enclave within the MediaTek Dimensity 9300, SecuryzrTM iSE 900 plays a pivotal role in safeguarding critical operations throughout the device’s lifecycle, such as Secure Boot, Firmware Updates, Key Management, Cryptographic Services. It continually monitors these secure processes to ensure their resilience against potential disruptions such as Cyber Physical Attacks, mitigating potential threats with utmost reliability. In parallel, Secure-IC has delivered robust software solutions, both at integrated Secure Element and Host levels, including advanced security lifecycle management capabilities and a secure operating system (OS). On top of acting as the Trusted anchor and Root of Trust, SecuryzrTM iSE 900 is also leveraged to allow sensitive processes and applications to run in an isolated secure area.
The adoption of SecuryzrTM integrated Secure Element, coupled with complementary Secure-IC’s elaboration of complete Certification case enables MediaTek’s SoC to be Common Criteria level 4+ ready (CC-PP-0117 – Secure Sub-System in System-on-Chip). Secure-IC leverages its notorious experience and history in multiple certification schemes, and as an active player in certification and standardization bodies, to support MediaTek’s flagship smartphone product.
“Secure-IC is honored to be the trusted partner chosen to provide security solutions for the flagship MediaTek Dimensity 9300,” said Hassan Triqui, CEO of Secure-IC. “This collaboration underscores our dedication to securing the digital world, and we are excited to play a pivotal role in ensuring the integrity and security of MediaTek’s SoCs.”
“The integration of Secure-IC’s cutting-edge security technology into our Dimensity 9300 represents a significant stride forward in our mission to offer the absolute best solutions when our customers buy our flagship products. Together, we will continue to drive innovation, ensuring that our Dimensity 9300 sets new benchmarks in terms of both security and performance.” – Dr. Yenchi Lee, Deputy General Manager of MediaTek’s Wireless Communications Business.
By harnessing their collective expertise and innovation, Secure-IC and MediaTek aim at pioneering groundbreaking secure solutions that will contribute significantly to the ever-evolving landscape of connected devices.
15 Nov 23. Aloft Selected for Pioneering Airspace Awareness Project in Texas. Aloft Technologies, Inc., a trailblazer in drone fleet and airspace management, has been selected to participate in the prestigious North Texas Airspace Awareness Project. This selection underscores Aloft’s commitment to shaping the future of low-altitude airspace and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) in one of the nation’s most dynamic regions.
The North Texas Airspace Awareness Project, spearheaded by the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), aims to integrate Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) solutions, including the exciting potential of scalable drone delivery and, ultimately, air taxis, into the region’s airspace. Aloft’s involvement in this project is a testament to its innovative approach to UTM (UAS Traffic Management) technologies and its patented dynamic airspace platform.
As a participant in this groundbreaking project, Aloft will leverage its extensive expertise in managing drone operations and its robust patent portfolio, including dynamic airspace and remote identification technologies. Phase I of the project will focus on cities across North Texas leveraging Aloft Geo to publish local safety advisories across the Aloft platform, including B4UFLY. Aloft’s role will be crucial in ensuring the safe and efficient integration of various aerial activities, from commercial drone operations to the anticipated advent of air taxis, thereby revolutionizing AAM.
Aloft’s selection is a milestone for the company and a significant development for North Texas. The region is already a focal point of UTM innovation, being home to the FAA’s first UTM Key Site and various Supplemental Data Service Providers (SDSPs), including advanced weather data and DSS systems. Aloft’s leadership in this project will further cement North Texas as a hub for aerospace innovation and development.
Aloft’s involvement in the North Texas Airspace Awareness Project is set to pave the way for a new era in low-altitude airspace management. This initiative aligns with Aloft’s vision of advancing drone technology and laying the groundwork for integrating AAM into everyday life, thereby transforming the landscape of urban transportation.
“We are thrilled to be selected for the North Texas Airspace Awareness Project, a milestone that not only recognizes Aloft’s commitment to innovation in airspace management but also positions us at the forefront of the evolving landscape of mobility. This project is more than just an integration of advanced technologies; it’s a leap toward the future where air taxis and uncrewed aircraft seamlessly coexist in our skies and in concert with legacy aviation. Our involvement in this initiative is a testament to our team’s relentless pursuit of excellence, and safety, and our vision to redefine the boundaries of aerial transportation. We are proud to lead the way in North Texas, a region rapidly becoming synonymous with aerospace innovation, and are excited about the possibilities this project unlocks for safer, more efficient, and more connected communities.” – Jon, CEO of Aloft Technologies, Inc.
Following Aloft’s launch of new activities in New York State, as well as Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, for example, Aloft’s selection for the North Texas Airspace Awareness Project marks a significant step in the company’s journey towards revolutionizing airspace management – blending federal rules and regulations with industry standards and local demand. With its innovative approach and industry leadership, Aloft is poised to lead the charge in shaping the future of low-altitude airspace in North Texas and beyond.
About Aloft Technologies, Inc.
Founded in 2015, Aloft Technologies, Inc. is at the forefront of drone fleet and airspace management innovation. As the leading company in this space, Aloft provides comprehensive enterprise services to a diverse range of clients, including recreational, commercial, government, and law enforcement entities.
Its patented dynamic airspace platform, which powers the Aloft UTM (Unmanned Traffic Management) system, is central to Aloft’s success. This cutting-edge technology has positioned Aloft as an FAA-approved LAANC UAS Service Supplier (USS), demonstrating the company’s commitment to safety and regulatory compliance in airspace management.
With a focus on continuous innovation and industry leadership, Aloft has grown significantly since its inception. Today, the company is recognized for powering over 80% of all drone airspace authorizations, a testament to its influence and expertise in the field. (Source: https://cuashub.com/)
15 Nov 23. Defense Innovation Board Fall Meeting Readout. The Defense Innovation Board (DIB) held a public meeting on November 14, 2023. Once the meeting was called in session by the Designated Federal Officer and DIB Executive Director, Dr. Marina Theodotou, the DIB Chair, Mr. Michael Bloomberg, and members discussed the status of the two studies underway and explored topics for the next tranche of studies expected to begin in January 2024.
Since October 6, 2023, the Defense Innovation Board has been distilling key internal innovation impediments to the Department. The Lowering the Barriers to Innovation study will articulate actionable recommendations to the Department, and the results will be announced at the January 26, 2024, Defense Innovation Board Public Meeting. The study Terms of Reference can be found here.
Building on the 2021 Data Decrees, it is imperative that the DoD utilizes data as a product to responsibly harness the power of disruptive technologies, such as generative artificial intelligence (AI), and Large Language Models (LLMs) to out-innovate our adversaries in support of the warfighter. To address this challenge, the Defense Innovation Board is conducting a study on Building a DoD Data Economy. The purpose of this study is to strengthen data-centricity and enhance decision advantage in the Department by 1) assessing the current state of the DoD data economy, including identifying gaps and opportunities, 2) providing best-in-class industry practices to Department needs, including principles, frameworks, and metrics, and 3) developing actionable and outcomes-driven recommendations, building on current strategies and initiatives, for an assured, available, and accessible DoD data economy for 2025 and beyond. The results of the study will be announced at the January 26, 2024, Defense Innovation Board Public Meeting. The study Terms of Reference can be found here.
To inform its efforts on the two studies, the Board heard from Chief Warrant Officer 3 Matt Pine who shared perspectives on the barriers to innovation facing the U.S. Marine Corps. He spoke about the need to address acquisition and approval challenges, create a culture of innovation through promotion reform, shift away from “up or out” for promotions, and allow Warfighters to collect and use technical data. The Board also heard from Mr. Ryan Connell, Deputy Director of the Defense Contracting Management Agency Commercial Item Group, who shared perspectives on lowering barriers to innovation in contracting.
To inform the Board’s effort on the second study, two speakers presented their perspectives on building the DoD Data Economy. Mr. Tom Sasala, Deputy Director of the U.S. Army Office of Enterprise Management, discussed the need to confront cultural barriers against the use of real data, develop data awareness among defense leaders, train Soldiers in the use of data, and push senior leaders to model data-driven decision-making across the DoD. The Board also heard from Ms. Meridith Fonseca, Chief Data Officer U.S. Army Pacific, who highlighted struggles with data cataloging and ownership, bilateral data agreements in INDOPACOM, retaining talented data professionals, and senior leaders effectively using and trusting data.
Secretary Austin was apprised of the status of the two studies by the Board Chair Mr. Bloomberg in writing at the end of the meeting. The Board is expected to present the study results to Secretary Austin and Deputy Secretary Hicks in January 2024.
The DIB provides the Secretary of Defense, Deputy Secretary of Defense, and other senior leaders with independent advice and recommendations on innovative means to address future challenges through the prism of three focus areas: people and culture, technology and capabilities, and practices and operations.
Additional information about the DIB and the Terms of Reference for these two current studies can be found on its website: https://innovation.defense.gov (Source: U.S. DoD)
14 Nov 23. Zeteo Tech Expands IP Portfolio of Mass Spectrometry Technology. Zeteo Tech, Inc., the biodefense and medical device company that has developed a revolutionary new class of fieldable biological mass spectrometers and innovative human breath detection technologies, announced today the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 11658021, titled “Systems and Methods of Rapid and Autonomous Detection of Aerosol Particles.”
Using the patented “point-of-need” portable threat detection system, air samples can be automatically collected and analyzed for chemical and biological aerosolized threat agents, including bacteria, viruses, toxins, and chemicals such as fentanyl. The system’s sophisticated microfluidics, control architecture, threat agent library, and AI/ML software enable threat identification with high specificity and sensitivity within just a few minutes.
“This latest patent adds to Zeteo Tech’s robust IP portfolio protecting our technology that can perform rapid analysis of biological aerosols, including bacteria, viruses, and toxins,” said Dr. Wayne Bryden, President and CEO of Zeteo Tech. “Our mission is to collaborate with partners to commercialize our technology in order to help protect life and critical infrastructure by enabling rapid detection and accelerated initiation of emergency management protocols. For example, the system is capable of rapidly detecting new biological threats and being deployed in potential pandemic scenarios, similar to COVID-19.”
This patent marks the fourth U.S. Patent for Zeteo Tech on mass spectrometry technology, (3 granted and 1 allowed). In addition, Zeteo Tech has 12 mass spectrometry related foreign patents, (11 granted and 1 allowed).
Zeteo Tech has licensed its portable threat detection technology to Albuquerque-based bioaerosol surveillance company, BioFlyte. This agreement allows BioFlyte to use the technology for environmental sampling, detection, monitoring, and identification of chemical and biological threats within the defense and security market. BioFlyte is partnering with financial institutions, government organizations, like the Department of Defense, and airports, such as the Pittsburgh International Airport, to test and demonstrate the capabilities of its BioTOF™ z200 system.
“BioFlyte emerged from Zeteo Tech’s impressive portfolio of proprietary mass spectrometry technology, and our ongoing strategic partnership has been critical for our growth,” said BioFlyte CEO Todd Sickles. “With Zeteo’s support, BioFlyte is commercializing this groundbreaking rapid threat detection technology to protect people, critical infrastructure, and more.”
To learn more about Zeteo Tech and its technology, please visit www.zeteotech.com.
About Zeteo Tech
Zeteo Tech is a venture-backed biodefense and medical device company that has developed a revolutionary new class of fieldable biological mass spectrometers. Zeteo’s instruments identify airborne microbes, proteins, and lipids, and can be used to screen for infectious disease and other biothreats. Its innovative, patented and patent-pending time of flight mass spectrometry technology, digitalMALDI®, enables fully automated and near real-time identification of bio-threats in operational environments and dramatically lowers cost-of-ownership relative to the biomolecular reagent-based systems being currently deployed for biodefense applications. To learn more, visit www.zeteotech.com. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
14 Nov 23. Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions Products Honored by 2023 Military & Aerospace Electronics Technology Innovators Awards. Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions Division today announced that four of its recently introduced products were recognized as among the year’s best by the 2023 Military & Aerospace Electronics Technology Innovators Awards. An esteemed and experienced panel of judges from the aerospace and defense community recognized Curtiss-Wright as a Platinum, Gold and Silver honoree.
“We are very proud to again be a leading recipient of Military & Aerospace Electronics Technology Innovators Awards, with four of our industry-leading products selected this year for recognition by the judges,” said Brian Perry, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions. “It is always an honor to be acknowledged for our commitment to serving the aerospace and defense COTS industry as a proven leading supplier of innovative solutions.”
“On behalf of the Military & Aerospace Electronics Technology Innovators Awards, I would like to congratulate Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions on their Platinum, Gold and Silver level honoree status,” said Military & Aerospace Electronics Editor in Chief John Keller. “This competitive program allows Military & Aerospace Electronics to celebrate and recognize the most innovative products impacting the aerospace and defense community this year.”
Curtiss-Wright’s 2023 Technology Innovators Awards winning products and award levels are:
PacStar Secure Mesh Command Post (SMCP): The PacStar Secure Mesh Command Post (SMCP) is designed for vehicle-mounted mobile command posts. This secure vehicle-to-vehicle tactical communications solution for expeditionary environments meets U.S. military demand for secure warfighter mobility. It provides secure encrypted access to classified networks at the edge of the battlefield. Mesh topologies eliminate the threat of a single point of failure. Unlike hub-and-spoke network architectures, the loss of a single node or access point in a mesh network won’t result in the loss of the entire vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) network. The PacStar Secure Mesh Command Post is aligned with Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) encryption requirements.
CHAMP-XD4: The rugged CHAMP-XD4 6U VPX processor card is designed for very compute-intensive applications and delivers secure high-speed processing. The SOSA aligned module enables developers of High-Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC) systems to take full advantage of the unmatched performance of today’s leading-edge Intel® Ice Lake D architecture. The CHAMP-XD4 features dual Intel Xeon D-2700 processors and Curtiss-Wright’s 100 Gigabit Fabric100™ technology. It removes data bottlenecks to deliver more than twice the processing capacity and connectivity bandwidth. The CHAMP-XD4 also provides 6x more AI/ML performance and supports higher speed processing with lower latency data sharing.
CHAMP-FX7: Another new member of Curtiss-Wright’s Fabric100 product family, the CHAMP-FX7 is a rugged 6U VPX high-performance, adaptable real-time processing board that incorporates two AMD Versal Premium ASoC processors. Each of the board’s processors has extensive DSP, logic, scalar processor, memory interfaces and communication resources to support wide bandwidth sensor data. High bandwidth backplane communication through 100 Gbps Ethernet and PCIe Gen4 interfaces removes system-level data bottlenecks for greater system processing performance. With up to 64 channels of onboard 28 Gbps backplane optical fiber interconnects that provide over 200 Gbytes/sec bi-directional data rates between sensors and processors, the SOSA aligned CHAMP-FX7 delivers unparalleled processing speed.
DTS1X: The DTS1X high-speed recorder is a rugged and ready-to-deploy data-at-rest (DAR) network attached storage (NAS) device that supports a 10 GbE interface with removable memory and two layers of encryption. It captures and records incoming data at speeds of 400 MB/s through 10 GbE, 1 GbE and RS-232 interfaces. Network attached file servers, such as the DTS1X, enable network clients to retrieve stored files or save newly captured files. NAS devices provide size, weight and power (SWaP) advantages by eliminating the need for local storage in each individual computer, display, or management device. Network clients can instead use the DTS1X to store sensor or maintenance data and retrieve the latest mission and digital map data. The DTS1X uses removable memory based on industry-standard 2.5” SATA SSDs, enabling the recorder to leverage the SSD industry’s technical and economic developments.
The 2023 Military & Aerospace Electronics Technology Innovators Awards Honorees are featured in the following article https://www.militaryaerospace.com/defense-executive/article/14300564/technology-innovators-awards.
About Military & Aerospace Electronics
Military & Aerospace Electronics is the leading media resource serving program and project managers, engineering managers, and engineers involved in electronic and electro-optic design for military, space, and aviation applications. Military & Aerospace Electronics magazine delivers time-sensitive news, in-depth analyses, case studies, and real-world applications of new products, industry opinion, and the latest trends in the use of mil-spec, rugged and commercial off-the-shelf components, subsystems, and systems.
About the 2023 Military & Aerospace Electronics Innovators Awards Program
The Military & Aerospace Electronics Innovation Awards celebrates the most innovative applications of aerospace and defense electronics technology products and systems. Awards are presented to organizations that demonstrate excellence in the use of a product or system. Submissions are accepted from designers and integrators, and users of military and aerospace electronics systems.
For additional information about Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions products, please visit www.curtisswrightds.com, LinkedIn, and X @CurtissWrightDS.
13 Nov 23. Japanese communications institute selects Softbank 5G research for BVLOS projects. Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) has selected two SoftBank research proposals in an open call for newly commissioned research for fiscal 2023. The research is conducted as part of NICT’s Beyond 5G R&D Promotion Project (Efficient Use of Radiowaves), and Innovative ICT Fund Projects for Beyond 5G/6G projects.
SoftBank signed contracts with NICT for the following two research project proposals and commenced R&D activities in October 2023:
- R&D on Network Area Coverage for Emergencies Using High-speed UAVs
- R&D on Technologies for HAPS Mobile Broadband Communications.
To prepare for commercialization, SoftBank is conducting R&D activities on 5G and batteries for High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) stratospheric-based wireless communication systems, as well as international standardization activities related to HAPS radiowave propagation. HAPS is a technology that can provide stable connectivity from the stratosphere during emergencies and in under-served locations such as mountainous areas, remote islands and developing countries. The two research proposals selected by NICT are both related to R&D for HAPS.
The first research project, R&D on Network Area Coverage for Emergencies Using High-speed UAVs will study the adjustment of radiowave interference that is necessary to provide a stable wireless communication network from the sky. To provide a stable network from the sky and ensure communication continuity during emergencies, for example, it is necessary to adjust radiowave interference between terrestrial base stations using the same frequency bands as sky-based communications, which takes a significant amount of time. In this research project, SoftBank will lead the world in developing and demonstrating technologies that eliminate the need for radiowave interference adjustments (Figure 1).
In the other research project, R&D on Technologies for HAPS Mobile Broadband Communications, SoftBank will work to achieve high data rate and capacity communications for HAPS. In addition to expanding the capacity of communication payloads carried by unmanned aircraft, improving the efficiency of spectrum utilization is crucial to achieve this. SoftBank will study cell density enhancement technologies for “service links,” which handle data transmission and reception between HAPS and communication devices on the ground. SoftBank will also research high data rate and capacity technologies for “feeder links,” which connect communication equipment on HAPS and ground-based network equipment (Figure 2). Utilizing these technologies, SoftBank will aim to double HAPS communication capacity compared to existing methods. Additionally, through spectrum sharing between HAPS and terrestrial networks, SoftBank will aim to realize flexible network area deployment and improve spectrum utilization efficiency by at least 1.5 times compared to existing methods.
Through these R&D projects, SoftBank will aim to provide stable communication networks to under-served locations and regions, and secure network coverage during times of emergencies. For more information visit: www.softbank.jp (Source: www.unmannedairspace.info)
10 Nov 23. QuesTek Receives 3 New Patents for AM Alloys. QuesTek Innovations, the primary operating arm of QuesTek International LLC, has been awarded three new patents for proprietary alloys specifically designed for additive manufacturing (AM).
“We are honored to announce these patent awards,” said QuesTek COO Bill Mahoney. “While QuesTek is delivering its overarching digital strategy to the market, one of our strategic initiatives is to continue to position our Materials by Design® technology at the forefront of materials innovation. The patents on these remarkable proprietary materials reinforce our technology’s leadership position in Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) overall, and specifically for additive manufacturing.”
The following patented QuesTek materials allow for higher performance across multiple applications.
- Auto-tempering steel (US11780014B2): A printable high-strength, high-toughness, low-carbon martensitic steel that exploits the “auto-tempering” phenomenon during the additive manufacturing process to achieve high performance, including low-temperature toughness, without the need of any post-heat treatment. The application of the alloy includes, but is not limited to, naval structural applications, as well as ballistic and cryogenic applications.
- Al—Mg—Si alloy (US11773468B2): An aluminum alloy improved for additive manufacturing so that it resists hot tearing during the build process and retains superior mechanical performance for high temperatures.
- Titanium alloy (US11780003B2): A modification of QuesTek’s patented castable titanium alloy for additive manufacturing that retains more strength and ductility than cast Ti-6Al-4V. Desired performance comes in both wire and powder-based AM processes with great process flexibility, resulting in equiaxed grain structure with isotropic mechanical properties.
QuesTek empowers innovators by resolving materials challenges. QuesTek’s Materials by Design® technology is proven to reduce the development time and cost, and increase the performance of novel materials. In its market space, QuesTek is the first and only provider to execute the full cycle from novel design to production, certification, and flight operations with proprietary materials, in a fraction of the time and cost of traditional or purely algorithmic methods.
For more information, please contact Severine Valdant, Chief Commercial Officer, at (Source: PR Newswire)
10 Nov 23. B-21 Takes To The Skies. Benefitting from more than three decades of strike and stealth technology innovation, the B-21 is the next evolution of the U.S. Air Force strategic bomber fleet and the world’s first sixth-generation aircraft to reach the skies.
When it comes to delivering America’s resolve, the Raider will provide the Air Force with long range, high survivability and mission payload flexibility. The B-21 will penetrate the toughest defenses for precision strikes anywhere in the world. Here is what you need to know about Northrop Grumman’s B-21 Raider as it continues flight test.
- Sixth Generation. The B-21 Raider is setting standards for sixth-generation technology. On the outside, next-gen stealth and advancements in low observable processes will make the aircraft easier and less costly to maintain than prior systems. Inside, the B-21’s open architecture will enable rapid upgradability from inclusion of new weapons to software upgrades thanks to advanced networking capabilities and successful cloud environment migration. With these innovations, the B-21 is designed to meet evolving threats for decades to come.
- Partnership Approach. The B-21 Raider program is reimagining traditional acquisition processes. Through active contract management, Northrop Grumman and the Air Force have worked in a partnership focused on shared success over the long term. The teams’ focus on transparency is evident in the industry-first data sharing agreement that provides the end user with access to valuable data, including the B-21 digital twin.
- Backbone of the Fleet. The B-21 Raider forms the backbone of the future for U.S. air power. The B-21 will deliver a new era of capability and flexibility through advanced integration of data, sensors and weapons. Capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear payloads, the B-21 will be one of the most effective aircraft in the sky, with the ability to use a broad mix of stand-off and direct attack munitions.
- Production Focus. A key strategy of the program was to build a production representative first test aircraft. Rather than a prototype, the B-21 test aircraft is equipped with mission systems and was built by the same manufacturing technicians using the same processes and tooling for production aircraft. The body of knowledge and experience gleaned in the development process supports a smooth transition into production on the path to delivering operational capability.
- A Digital Aircraft. Northrop Grumman uses agile software development and digital engineering tools to mitigate production risk and enable modern sustainment practices for the B-21 program. Ground testing demonstrated the efficacy of digital modeling with results that outperformed industry standards, paving the way for next-gen platforms and systems.
- Advanced Manufacturing. By embracing the benefits of advanced manufacturing, Northrop Grumman invested in a digital ecosystem for the B-21 throughout the aircraft’s lifecycle. From training and augmented reality tools allowing technicians to visualize tasks and solve problems before ever touching the plane, to easing integration of supplier parts on the aircraft, these advancements have reduced risk, supported efficiency and cultivated expertise throughout the manufacturing workforce.
- A National Team. Since contract award in 2015, Northrop Grumman has assembled a nationwide team to design, test and build the world’s most advanced strike aircraft. The B-21 team includes more than 8,000 personnel from Northrop Grumman, industry partners and the Air Force, with more than 400 suppliers across 40 states. The partnership approach extends to the flight test campaign. Initially stood up in 2019, the B-21 Combined Test Force is comprised of Northrop Grumman and Air Force personnel working together to conduct flight test operations prior to aircraft delivery.
- Sustainment at the Forefront. Sustainment was a program priority throughout the B-21 program’s design phase. In addition to driving efficiency over the long term, this approach yields more near-term benefits and sets the B-21 further along on tech data, materiel readiness and training which will benefit the user community upon fielding.
- Global Reach. The B-21 Raider is pivotal to supporting our nation’s strategic deterrence strategy. In addition to its advanced long-range precision strike capabilities that will afford Combatant Commanders the ability to hold any target, anywhere in the world at risk, it is designed as the lead component of a larger family of systems that will deliver intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, electronic attack and multi-domain networking capabilities. In a dynamic global security environment, the B-21 will provide the flexibility and deterrence critical to the security of the U.S. and our allies.
- Continuing the Legacy. The B-21 Raider is named in honor of the Doolittle Raid of World War II when 80 airmen, led by Lt. Col. James “Jimmy” Doolittle, and 16 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers set off on a mission that changed the course of the war. The raid was a catalyst to a multitude of future progress in U.S. air superiority and serves as the inspiration behind the Raider name and the pioneering, innovative spirit instilled across the workforce bringing the B-21 to life.
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