Boeing will have a major role to play in coming decades as airlines focus on sustainability and strive to meet net-zero emissions goals. "Whatever the next airplane is, we recognize sustainability is going to be a driving factor," says Boeing's Mike Sinnett.
Building on work with Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Technologies, the US Army Hypersonic Program Office and Navy Strategic Systems Programs completed a trio of tests showcasing advanced hypersonic technologies. New US-based production facilities by Lockheed and Northrop Grumman will provide production capacity for future hypersonic weapons.
The US Air Force Operational Energy office is touting the potential for industry partner Twelve's E-Jet fuel to transform logistics and fuel availability. The fuel, made from carbon dioxide, shows promise to be "highly deployable and scalable, enabling the warfighter to access synthetic fuel from anywhere in the world."
The ability to accommodate a human pilot will be a requirement for the US Army's Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft, according to Brig. Gen. Robert Barrie. This is based on the necessity of human decision-making in forward reconnaissance.
Boeing is anticipating a $400 billion market opportunity for commercial aircraft in Africa, predicting fleet growth of 1,030 aircraft by 2040.
Citing the slow pace of acquisitions by the National Reconnaissance Office, some commercial remote sensing companies are pursuing direct contracts with US military branches, the Pentagon and foreign governments, industry sources say. These companies are under pressure to win new contracts and satisfy venture investors.
Lawmakers such as Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., are calling for the creation of a national technology strategy to counter the threat of rivals such as China. "We're entering what could be one of the most disruptive periods in human history, propelled by a convergence of technologies we can barely fathom," said Bennet, in remarks at an event held by the Center for New American Security.
On SAE Tomorrow Today, Karina Ricks, former Director Department of Mobility and Infrastructure, talks about the Move PGH launch and the city's 2070 Mobility Vision Plan that lays the groundwork for addressing climate change, connecting communities and creating resilient mobility for all. Tune in now!
The newly released National Intelligence Estimate on Climate notes international tensions due to climate change, and the challenges associated with cutting greenhouse gas emissions will "exacerbate cross-border geopolitical flash points as states take steps to secure their interests." The White House, in a separate report, highlights the impact of climate change on immigration.
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