Edwards AFB, CA —The clock is counting down for selection of a design for the U.S. Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) later this year (see DN 2/17/1997).
Boeing's X-32A JSF demonstrator recently completed its flight test program which included simulated aircraft carrier landings.
Boeing's demonstrator for the land- and carrier-based versions, the X-32A, recently completed flight tests which included: low-speed aircraft carrier approach tests; aerial refueling; supersonic flight; and side-mounted weapons bay vibration and acoustic tests. The short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) prototype (X-32B), featuring redirected engine fan and exhaust flows like the existing Harrier, was scheduled to fly by the end of March.
Lockheed Martin's X-35C, its carrier-capable demonstrator which features an enlarged wing, is now at the Patuxent River test center for the Navy for continued carrier testing. The conventional takeoff version (X-35A) for the Air Force completed its test program late last year and is being outfitted with an engine-driven lift fan for STOVL flight testing as the X-35B. These flights should start by late spring.
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
Airbus Defence and Space has 3D printed titanium brackets for communications satellites. The redesigned, one-piece 3D-printed brackets have better thermal resistance than conventionally manufactured parts, can be produced faster, cost 20% less, and save about 1 kg of weight per satellite.
A group of researchers at the Seoul National University have discovered a way to take material from cigarette butts and turn it into a carbon-based material that’s ideal for storing energy and creating a powerful supercapacitor.
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