GE Aviation Digital and Microsoft Azure are developing a parts tracking system using blockchain. "Our vision is being able to trace parts as they are manufactured and the engine when it's shipped. Then how that engine performs in the field, when to repair it and then re-enter it into the field," said GE Aviation Digital's David Havera.
The Air Force is in talks with Boeing and Lockheed Martin regarding the development of systems that would enable the F-35 and F-15EX to team with the XQ-58 Valkyrie drone. "I'm very passionate about doing it, and the F-35 has a wonderful opportunity to do this as part of Block 4," said Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology, and logistics.
Perspecta Enterprise Solutions of Herndon, Va., has received a $75 million federal contract to incorporate automation technology into the security clearance process and help address a massive backlog. "The bottom line is we need to get cleared people to work in their job faster; we're not doing that job well," said Terry Carpenter, of the National Background Investigation Service.
The Army is looking to accelerate its Future Vertical Lift program and move away from reliance on decades-old designs.
The Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management project, led by NASA, has reached its final testing stage using sites in Nevada, Texas and North Dakota. The technology for managing urban air taxis will be turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Boeing's potential announcement of the 797 program and major order announcements are expected at the International Paris Air Show next month. "An airshow is a great time for aerospace announcements, and as the largest airshow in the world, the Paris Air Show gets some of the largest announcements," writes Tom Boon.
Collins Aerospace CEO Kelly Ortberg says exposing students to the benefits of STEM is important to developing the aerospace industry's workforce of the future. "We just have to keep doing that, whether it's Rocketry Challenge, whether it's First Robotics, whether it’s Girls Who Code. All those things are meaningful things and I think we’re making a difference," he said.
The NASA budget approved by the House Appropriations Committee includes $125 million for the development of nuclear thermal propulsion.
The proposed Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act calls for $2.2 billion in funding over five years to advance AI technology. "China's emergence in the AI space poses a grave danger to an ethical, global adoption of standards and uses of these technologies," said Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M.
Aviation regulators in China and the EU have signed a new civil aviation agreement to "remove the unnecessary duplication of evaluation and certification activities for aeronautical products by the civil aviation authorities, and therefore reduce costs for the aviation sector," according to a statement from the European Commission.
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