Albuquerque, New Mexico – The Albuquerque City Council has voted 6-0 to spend more than $238,000 to help Eclipse Aerospace grow.
Funding from the city and $397,000 from the state will go toward paying for Eclipse’s space at the Sunport so the company can spend more on hiring.
Presently, 175 people are employed at Eclipse, but owners want to add up to 100 workers as the company ramps up production of its 550 jet.
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El Segundo, California – A Boeing Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellite has sent initial signals from space after its launch Feb. 20, 2014, joining four other advanced versions of the spacecraft designed to improve position, navigation and timing information for civilian and military users worldwide.
GPS IIF-5 launched at 8:59 p.m. Eastern time from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket, and Boeing received the satellite's first signals approximately three and a half hours later. It will undergo on-orbit activation, checkout, and testing before joining the active GPS constellation.
The GPS IIFs are providing greater navigational accuracy through improvements in atomic clock technology, a more resilient signal for commercial aviation, and safety-of-life applications, and a longer design life of 12 years.
"Boeing launched the first GPS satellite in 1978 and has played an integral role in the ongoing enhancement of this vital technology ever since," said Craig Cooning, Boeing vice president and general manager of Space & Intelligence Systems. "The 42 satellites that we have deployed into service to date for the U.S. Air Force have accumulated more than 500 years of on-orbit operations, and the current system continues to meet or exceed all mission requirements."
This was the first GPS IIF satellite launch of 2014. The sixth GPS IIF is at the Florida launch site undergoing preparations for a second quarter launch. The remaining six are at the Boeing Satellite Development Center in El Segundo, Calif.
Source: Boeing Defense, Space & Security
Photo credit: United Launch Alliance
To find alternatives to rare-earth elements and other critical materials, scientists will need new and advanced tools. The Critical Materials Institute at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, operated by Iowa State University, has a new one: a 3D printer for metals research.
The Critical Materials Institute (CMI) will apply the advantages of the 3D printing process for materials discovery, so researchers can find substitutes to critical materials at risk of being in short supply. CMI scientists will use the printer instead of traditional casting methods to streamline the process of bulk combinatorial materials research, producing a large variety of alloys in a short amount of time.
“Metal 3D printers are slowly becoming more commonplace,” said Ryan Ott, principal investigator at the Ames Laboratory and the CMI. “They can be costly, and are often limited to small-scale additive manufacturing in industry. But for us, this equipment has the potential to become a very powerful research tool. We can rapidly synthesize large libraries of materials. It opens up a lot of new possibilities.”
The CMI printer, a LENS MR-7 manufactured by Optomec of Albuquerque, N.M., uses models from computer-aided design software to build layers of metal alloy on a substrate via metal powders that are melted by a laser. Four chambers supply metal powders to the deposition head that can be programmed to produce a variety of alloy compositions. The printing occurs in an ultra-low oxygen glove box to protect the quality of highly reactive materials. In a recent demonstration run, the printer produced a 1" long, 0.25" diameter rod of stainless steel in 20 seconds.
The process will overcome some of the obstacles of traditional combinatorial materials research.
“The problem is that it’s been typically limited to thin film synthesis. These thin film samples are not always representative of the bulk properties of a material. For example, magnetic properties, important to the study of rare earths, are not going to be the same as you get in the bulk material,” explained Ott.
Combined with computational work, experimental techniques, and a partnership with the Stanford Synchrotron Light Source (SSRL) for X-ray characterization, scientists at the CMI will be able to speed the search for alternatives to rare-earth and other critical metals.
“Now we have the potential to screen through a lot of material libraries very quickly, looking for the properties that best suit particular needs,” said Ott.
Source: Ames Lab
Waltham, Massachusetts – In recognition of National Engineers Week, WGBH and Raytheon Company have partnered to build a new collection of media-rich resources for K-12 educators that teach to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The collection – "Teaching NGSS Engineering Design Through Media" – is now available on PBS LearningMedia and features a wide range of tools to engage and inspire young engineers in K-12 classrooms.
"Raytheon understands the critical need to support educators as they integrate engineering into their curriculum," said Pamela Erickson, Raytheon's vice president of Corporate Affairs. "By working with WGBH and PBS LearningMedia to bring these important professional development resources to teachers nationwide, we hope to help cultivate the next generation of engineers."
"By joining forces, WGBH and Raytheon aim to help teachers deepen their knowledge of the NGSS, celebrate engineering in the classroom, and support students' potential as the next generation of engineers," said Brigid Sullivan, WGBH's vice president of Children's Media and Educational Programming. "This collection invites viewers not only to recognize the products of engineering in their everyday lives – the sneakers on their feet, the subway they ride to school or work, the door alarms that protect their homes – but also to glimpse the future of engineering: robots that understand social cues, improved artificial limbs for amputee athletes, or human habitation on the moon or Mars. We are proud to work with Raytheon on this exciting endeavor."
Boston's WGBH produces television and web content for PBS. In 2002, WGBH created Teachers' Domain, a broadband resource service for Massachusetts teachers that established the foundation for the national PBS LearningMedia. Last year, WGBH was named the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) lead for PBS LearningMedia, a free, online service for teachers across the U.S. with more than 35,000 curriculum-based digital resources.
The collection features more than 40 multi-media resources drawn from WGBH's award-winning series that include Design Squad/Design Squad Nation, Fetch with Ruff Ruffman and Nova ScienceNow. In addition, through a special collaboration with the Museum of Science, Boston and the Engineering is Elementary curriculum it created, "Teaching NGSS Engineering Design Through Media" features professional development videos that illustrate classroom best practices. Since January, WGBH has hosted three webinars for elementary, middle, and high school teachers that introduce the collection and offer a closer look at the NGSS as they pertain to engineering. To increase educator familiarity with the collection, WGBH has also drawn on the power of social media to generate awareness among educators looking for high quality tools to support engineering instruction.
Source: Raytheon Company
Bombardier Aerospace officials have announced that Learjet has obtained the first flight test permit from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the Learjet 85 aircraft Flight Test Vehicle 1 (FTV1). In addition, engine run testing and low-speed taxi testing have been successfully completed on the flight test vehicle.
During the final testing stage in preparation for first flight, the Learjet 85 aircraft program team will finalize the configuration of the aircraft and conduct further engine runs and high-speed taxi tests.
“We have successfully completed preliminary testing on the Learjet 85 FTV1 and we are now one step closer in achieving the first flight,” said Ralph Acs, vice-president and general manager, Learjet 85, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “We’re committed to offering our customers state-of-the-art aircraft and we look very much forward to showcasing the Learjet 85 jet, the biggest Learjet aircraft ever, during its maiden flight,” he added.
The Learjet 85 aircraft flight deck combines technological advancements and design aesthetics from the Bombardier Vision flight deck.
The aircraft’s cabin management system will feature a high-capacity Ethernet network, a digital amplifier to feed the high-fidelity speaker system, and an interface to support the aircraft cabin environment, including lighting and temperature control. The system’s open architecture also allows for easy integration of third-party equipment and new applications, such as high-definition features.
The Learjet 85 aircraft targets a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.82 and a transcontinental range of approximately 3,000nm (5,556km).
Source: Bombardier Business Aircraft