DESIGN AND ENGINEERING

Collins Aerospace, GKN Fokker Services extend MRO agreement

Collins Aerospace | October 27, 2020

Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of Raytheon Technologies Corp., and Fokker Services, a GKN Aerospace company, are expanding an existing 10-year FlightSense On-Site Support agreement for Collins Aerospace’s integrated drive generators (IDGs). The expanded contract will add new IDG part numbers for the Airbus A320neo, while Collins Aerospace will continue to manage Fokker Services’ onsite inventory of IDG components, providing competitive rates for OEM-quality parts and improved shop efficiency. Fokker Services, in turn, will now be able to repair Collins Aerospace IDGs for the A320neo at its Amsterdam Airport Schiphol facilities.
The IDG provides primary electric power for the aircraft electrical system by converting variable engine input speed to a constant output speed, thus enabling the generator portion of the IDG to produce alternating current at a constant frequency.

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BUSINESS AVIATION

SICK and Aeva Partner to Bring 4D LiDAR to Industrial Sensing Applications

Aeva Technologies, Inc. | August 02, 2022

Aeva® a leader in next-generation sensing and perception systems, and SICK AG announced a strategic multi-year collaboration to bring Aeva’s FMCW 4D LiDAR™ to a variety of industrial sensing applications including long range sensing, starting with Aeries™ II. “We are pleased to partner with Aeva and work closely together to bring its FMCW technology to high performance industrial sensing applications. We are convinced that their unique approach to FMCW technology, which includes instant velocity detection and long range performance, will provide new opportunities for us and our customers in a variety of industrial sensing applications where traditional time of flight LiDAR technologies are challenged.” Dr. Niels Syassen, Member of the Executive Board responsible for Technology and Digitization at SICK Aeva’s FMCW 4D LiDAR technology provides unique perception advantages over other sensing technologies like cameras and legacy 3D LiDAR sensors. This includes better dynamic range performance to perceive low and high reflectivity targets within the same measurement without edge effects, allowing automated machinery to transition easily from indoor to outdoor operation. Because Aeva’s technology is immune to blooming and ghosting from retroreflectors, automated machines using Aeva’s 4D LiDAR will have clear perception when highly reflective objects such as safety vests, cones and tape are in the field of view of the sensor. The technology clearly detects low and highly reflective objects such as safety vests, pylons and adhesive tapes in the sensor's field of view. FMCW helps increase reliability and efficiency in demanding 3D applications. “SICK is one of the foremost leaders in industrial sensing solutions and today’s partnership is a major step forward for the advancement of high performance and reliable FMCW-based sensing across a broad set of industrial applications,” said Soroush Salehian, Co-founder and CEO at Aeva. “This strategic collaboration is a testament to the industry-leading performance and versatility of our unique 4D LiDAR technology for scaled deployment in industrial applications.” About SICK AG SICK is one of the world’s leading solutions providers for sensor-based applications in the industrial sector. Founded in 1946 by Dr.-Ing. e. h. Erwin Sick, the company with headquarters in Waldkirch im Breisgau near Freiburg ranks among the technological market leaders. With more than 50 subsidiaries and equity investments as well as numerous agencies, SICK maintains a presence around the globe. In the 2021 fiscal year, SICK had more than 11,000 employees worldwide and a group revenue of around EUR 2 billion. About Aeva Technologies, Inc. Aeva’s mission is to bring the next wave of perception to a broad range of applications from automated driving to industrial robotics, consumer electronics, consumer health, security and beyond. Aeva is transforming autonomy with its groundbreaking sensing and perception technology that integrates all key LiDAR components onto a silicon photonics chip in a compact module. Aeva 4D LiDAR sensors uniquely detect instant velocity in addition to 3D position, allowing autonomous devices like vehicles and robots to make more intelligent and safe decisions.

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AVIATION TECHNOLOGY

Boom Supersonic Announces Second Annual Net Good Summit to Accelerate Path to Net-Zero Travel

Boom Supersonic | September 13, 2022

Boom Supersonic, the company building the world's fastest airliner, optimized for speed, safety, and sustainability, today announced its plans for the second annual Net Good Summit, an invitation-only event dedicated to shaping a more sustainable future for the travel industry. The second annual Net Good Summit will take place October 23-25, 2022 in Del Mar, California. Boom Supersonic convened the inaugural Net Good Summit in November 2021 and hosted sustainability thought leaders and senior executives from American Express, Amazon Air, Climeworks, IWC Schaffhausen, HMMH, Shell Aviation, Oklo, Global Sustainable Tourism Council, U.S. Travel Association, Boston Consulting Group, and more. This October's Net Good Summit will focus on three themes critical to creating systemic change in sustainable travel: enabling the exponential growth of sustainable technologies, integrating sustainability across the travel journey, and engaging and educating the traveler. Among the program speakers already announced are Michael Shellenberger, President, Environmental Progress; Stephanie M. Jones, Founder & CEO, Cultural Heritage Economic Alliance, Inc. and Founder, National Blacks in Travel & Tourism Collaborative; and Steven Davis, Head of Climate Science, Watershed and Professor of Earth System Science at University of California-Irvine. Additional speakers and panelists will be announced as the event programming is finalized. "For travel to remain a net good for society, it must also be sustainable,. We're proud to host the 2022 Net Good Summit, bringing together a dynamic group of thought leaders, sustainability experts and industry leaders to further the sustainable future of travel." Kathy Savitt, President and Chief Business Officer of Boom Supersonic The Net Good Summit is the annual symposium for the Sustainable Travel Forum, which Boom launched late last year to propel learnings from the Summit into solutions. Members of the Sustainable Travel Forum include Amazon Air, Archer Aviation, American Express, American Express Global Business Travel, IDEO, Japan Airlines, Prometheus Fuels, Shell Aviation, South African Tourism, Tourism Australia, U.S. Travel Association, United Airlines, Visit Britain, and Volta Charging. A commitment to speed, safety and sustainability has been at the core of Boom's philosophy since the company's founding in 2014. Overture, the company's supersonic airliner, will be the first commercial airliner program to be net-zero carbon from day one, optimized to run on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). In May 2022, Boom released its first annual Environmental Sustainability report, detailing the company's achievement of carbon neutrality in 2021 and reiterating its commitment to net-zero carbon by 2025. In July 2022, Boom released the findings of an extensive research project led by Ben Murphy, VP of Sustainability at Boom, and Akshay Ashok Ph.D., Sustainability and Regulatory Specialist at Boom. The report highlights key drivers of exponential growth which can help achieve rapid scaling of the SAF industry. Boom also recently announced a 10-year agreement with Climeworks to remove part of Boom's residual CO₂ emissions from the atmosphere and permanently store them underground. Further adding to Boom sustainability efforts, the Overture Superfactory, which will be designed and built by BE&K Building Group and BRPH, will be LEED certified. Boom was named one of this year's honorees in Travel + Leisure's Global Vision Awards, which highlights changemakers creating more sustainable and responsible travel products, practices, and experiences. About Boom Supersonic Boom Supersonic is transforming air travel with Overture, the world's fastest airliner, optimized for speed, safety, and sustainability. Serving both civil and government markets, Overture will fly at twice the speed of today's airliners and is designed to run on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Overture's order book, including purchases and options from American Airlines, United Airlines, and Japan Airlines stands at 130 aircraft. Boom is working with Northrop Grumman for government and defense applications of Overture. Suppliers and partners collaborating with Boom on the Overture program include Collins Aerospace, Eaton, Safran Landing Systems, the United States Air Force, American Express, Climeworks, and AWS.

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DEFENSE AND SPACE

AUTOMATION PIVOTAL TO STABILITY, PREDICTABILITY TO WAREHOUSE OPERATIONS, HONEYWELL REPORT SHOWS

Honeywell | July 13, 2022

Relentless eCommerce trends continue to put tremendous strain on distribution and fulfillment operations worldwide. A new Honeywell report reveals once-predictable consumer demand cycles centered around holidays and "peak seasons" have given way to a model where any month, week or day can be a holiday. Warehouse Automation: Future-Proofing the Global Economy, authored by Futurum Research, examines the importance of automation as an increasingly critical component in helping warehouse and distribution center operators meet new escalation points in consumer demand. "One of the biggest predictors of how a business will thrive in the hypercompetitive e-commerce and omnichannel marketplace is how well it improves its decision making in real time to make deliveries faster and more accurate. With rising service level agreements dictating order fulfillment process improvements, automation can help bring stability, predictability and potentially unlock greater efficiency to their operations." Keith Fisher, president of Honeywell Intelligrated "While warehouses have historically had a sense of predictability in demand cycles, we found that in today's warehouses and DCs, every day is as busy as peak," said Shelly Kramer, principal analyst and founding partner of Futurum Research. "While we can assume the level of strain this has placed on supply chain and fulfillment operations, we were able to get a better grasp of how businesses are approaching this shift in consumer expectations and adopting the right automation to meet their long-term business goals." The report also explores how the ongoing pandemic, global trade issues and regional conflicts have created long-term disruptions to the historically predictable throughput and capacity of warehouses and DCs. From concept and integration, Honeywell Intelligrated draws on its expanding portfolio and deep industry expertise to help warehousing, distribution and fulfillment companies optimize and manage their processes. The business offers integrated end-to-end automation solutions, warehouse execution systems and analytics solutions to improve throughput and keep workers safe. Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions provides products, software and connected solutions that improve productivity, workplace safety and asset performance for our customers across the globe. We deliver on this promise through industry-leading mobile devices, software, cloud technology and automation solutions, the broadest range of personal protective equipment and gas detection technology, and custom-engineered sensors, switches and controls. Honeywell is a Fortune 100 technology company that delivers industry-specific solutions that include aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings and industry; and performance materials globally. Our technologies help aircraft, buildings, manufacturing plants, supply chains, and workers become more connected to make our world smarter, safer, and more sustainable.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Velontra Contracts with Venus Aerospace to Deliver a Propulsion System Enabling Airflights Around the Globe in One Hour

Venus Aerospace | September 01, 2022

Cincinnati/Dayton-based Velontra has partnered with Venus Aerospace in Houston, Texas, to develop a revolutionary propulsion system. Velontra's after-burner system will enable Venus' hypersonic aircraft to take off from any airport in the world where it will travel to any destination on Earth in about one hour. "This is an exciting relationship,"Our after-burner system rounds out Venus' quest to use their rocket engine to travel at the hypersonic speed of Mach 9 (nine times the speed of sound) as it travels along the edge of the Earth's atmosphere." Velontra CEO Robert Keane III Keane also says that this contract with Venus Aerospace is a validation of the market need for the Velontra propulsion system that can carry passengers quickly and efficiently around the globe. Their air-breathing propulsion system is up to six times more fuel efficient than any rocket and uses oxygen from the air which creates thousands of pounds of additional payload capacity. Velontra's development process is also quick and more economical than most traditional aerospace and defense contractors. The Venus Aerospace "Stargazer" is designed as an unusually sleek aircraft, proposed to be 100 feet wide by 150 feet long. It is expected to weigh around 150,000 pounds and accommodate up to 12 passengers. It is the brainchild of Venus founders and noted space engineers Sarah "Sassie" Duggleby and her husband, Dr. Andrew Duggleby. "We are excited to partner with Velontra; the extra performance they can bring to our hypersonic vehicles is unmatched. Rob and Joel bring incredible experience, and we are excited to see more technologists and entrepreneurs enter the deep-tech venture arena. We (the U.S.) need more shots on goal, and innovation happens by doing. Velontra is a prime example of this," says Dr. Andrew Duggleby, chief technology officer and co-founder of Venus Aerospace. "While Venus started their quest slightly before us, this relationship enables us to develop our flight testing faster than originally expected," reveals Keane. The timing couldn't be more perfect. Velontra has been accepted into the latest cohort of the prestigious Y-Combinator, an American technology and startup accelerator in the Silicon Valley. Among its graduates are such household names as Door Dash, Airbnb, Uber and Instacart. Its technology graduates include Momentus and Boomer Supersonic."Y-Combinator only admits just 1.5% to 2% of applicants and even fewer in the aerospace industry," says Keane. "This investment achievement and our cutting-edge work with Venus Aerospace has created a path to groundbreaking success.""All of us at Velontra see this as a synergistic relationship with Venus where we can combine our unique technologies to develop something the world has never seen before," says Joel Darin, Velontra's chief technology officer.

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