Small Satellite Constellations Needed for U.S. ISR Architecture

2018-10-28T01:56:30+00:00April 19th, 2018|Categories: Engineering|Tags: |

Should the Pentagon invest in small satellite constellations for the United States to remain a military superpower? The Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a Washington think tank, believes it should. In a recent report, the think tank warns that the spread of advanced technologies has allowed state competitors to challenge U.S. military advantages [...]

IoT Fits in Aerospace

2018-09-07T05:06:20+00:00May 18th, 2017|Categories: Engineering|Tags: |

How well does IoT fit in the aerospace industry? IoT is a natural fit according to Intelligent Aerospace. The aerospace industry depends on the use of sensors and handheld devices as well as connected electronics systems focused on network-centric data capture, communication and storage. These are prime enablers for IoT. In fact, aerospace organizations who [...]

Space Taxi Progress at SpaceX and Boeing

2018-09-10T04:24:33+00:00August 19th, 2016|Categories: Engineering|Tags: |

Two NASA astronauts just completed a six-hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS) to install a parking spot for upcoming commercial space taxis, which will end U.S. reliance on Russia for rides to the orbiting outpost, according to Reuters. Since grounding the shuttle fleet in 2011, the United States has been dependent on Russia [...]

Aerospace Industry Embraces 3D Printing

2018-09-12T05:14:36+00:00April 21st, 2016|Categories: Engineering|Tags: |

The aerospace industry continues to look for ways to use more 3D printing technology in its manufacturing process. This technology, also known as additive manufacturing, involves building physical objects one layer at a time, using digital models and special material deposition devices. Today’s 3D printing machines have come a long way in a short time [...]

SpaceX Rocket Reusability

2018-09-13T04:42:38+00:00November 19th, 2015|Categories: Engineering|Tags: |

Like any innovative company, SpaceX continues to try to look for ways to make the “difficult” a reality. The ability to reuse a rocket has been talked about for decades, but no space organization has attempted to make it happen. After 13 years of working on the issue, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk believes it is [...]

F-35 Jet Still Raising Questions

2018-09-20T03:58:00+00:00July 23rd, 2015|Categories: Engineering|Tags: |

In a June article from CBS News, you might get the impression that the F-35 fighter jet program is “clearly on track.” Capable of supersonic speeds and boasting radar-busting stealth design and unprecedented computer technology, the F-35 is the most advanced and most expensive plane ever built for the U.S. military. With more than 8.5 [...]

Satellite Race for Boeing, SpaceX and OneWeb

2018-09-22T04:29:19+00:00March 19th, 2015|Categories: Engineering|Tags: |

If you are talking about satellites, the names Boeing and SpaceX probably do not raise an eyebrow, but OneWeb may prompt some questions. If you are talking about the Internet, the name OneWeb may sound like a potential match, but where do Boeing and SpaceX fit? As it turns out, all three of these companies [...]

Boeing and SpaceX Propel NASA Commercial Crew Program

2018-10-07T21:14:20+00:00September 18th, 2014|Categories: Engineering|Tags: |

As of this week, NASA announced it will partner with two American companies to provide transportation for American astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS). According to Reuters, the U.S. space agency awarded a $4.2 billion contract to Boeing whose headquarters are in Chicago, Illinois and a $2.6 billion contract to SpaceX that [...]

MH 370 Spurs Special Meeting on Global Airline Flight Tracking

2014-05-15T09:00:59+00:00May 15th, 2014|Categories: Engineering|Tags: |

Because of the unprecedented situation with Malaysian Airlines Flight (MH 370), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) announced it will conduct a special meeting on the global tracking of airline flights. The ICAO is an agency of the United Nations, and it is inviting both government and industry experts to discuss the global tracking issue [...]

Damaged Wing Delays Boeing 787

2014-03-20T09:00:35+00:00March 20th, 2014|Categories: Engineering|Tags: |

As if Boeing has not received enough attention for manufacturing issues with its 787 Dreamliner in the past, it now has another opportunity to address potential concerns regarding this airplane. The Wall Street Journal reported that aerospace giant publicly confirmed that its wing supplier, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, discovered that its re-designed manufacturing processes may have caused small [...]