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GIE Media’s Manufacturing Group is pleased to announce the next edition of our Manufacturing Lunch + Learn webinar series, taking place September 16, 2021 at noon EST.
This month's series will include presentations from EMUGE-FRANKEN USA, Blaser Swisslube, and Heidenhain. During each session, our presenters will take a closer look at 5-axis machining with circle segment end mills, plant-based metal working fluids, and other ways to extend tool life. Attendees will also have an opportunity to get answers to their specific questions and connect with industry leaders during a live Q&A.
For more event information and to register for free, visit the Lunch + Learn website.
Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) President and CEO John Sankovic, Ph.D. and Great Lakes Biomimicry (GLB) Chairman and Founder Tom Tyrrell announce the merger of the two non-profit organizations. With this merger, OAI is positioned to further assist Ohio’s aerospace industry to be more competitive in the global market emphasizing value in sustainable solutions. Additionally, GLB will expand OAI’s education and innovation offerings.
Global aerospace companies are reducing greenhouse emissions as an imperative business function. Biomimicry, or learning from nature, makes 3.8 billion years of nature’s research and development available to companies searching for sustainable solutions.
“This merger comes at a time when the industry is looking for a recharge and a boost to excel in an evolving business climate,” Sankovic says. “Industry leadership dictates the trajectory towards sustainable solutions. GLB is a valuable asset to OAI’s forthcoming Industry Association and the aerospace industry on an international scale.”
Moving forward, OAI will work to present sustainable solutions to the Industry Association network and include this element in conferences and event presentations.
GLB, now as a wholly owned subsidiary of OAI, will support innovation by looking to natural systems for solutions to current challenges. GLB employees were retained by OAI during this merger.
The OAI is a nonprofit 501(c) (3), the first NASA associate collaborative institute chartered to foster relationships between industry, education, and work with government agencies. The organization has 32 years of experience in aerospace research, education, and workforce development, while building and managing collaborations, consortia, and public and private relationships. The organization will soon launch the Ohio Aerospace Industry Association, further connecting businesses, government, and academia to streamline and improve supply chain management.
GLB helps businesses learn from nature to accelerate sustainable innovation. Formed as a 501 (c) (3) in 2010, GLB has collaborated with several Northeast Ohio organizations and businesses to bring the wisdom of nature to help them solve problems.
Santa Cruz, California -- Joby Aviation, Inc. this week became the first company to fly an all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft as part of NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) National Campaign.
NASA’s AAM National Campaign is designed to promote public confidence in emerging aviation markets, such as passenger air taxis, through flight testing in realistic scenarios and data analysis that will inform the development of regulatory standards for emerging aviation platforms.
As part of the two-week test campaign at Joby’s Electric Flight Base near Big Sur, California, NASA and Joby will join forces to study the acoustic signature of the all-electric Joby aircraft, which the company intends to operate as part of a commercial passenger service beginning in 2024.
"NASA is proud to continue our relationship with Joby by gathering highly valuable aircraft safety and noise data that will contribute towards an aviation future that includes Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) operations," said Davis Hackenberg, NASA AAM mission integration manager. "Data from industry leaders like Joby is critical for NASA’s research activities and future standardization of emerging aircraft configurations. Industry partnerships are imperative for the United States to become a leader in the development of a safe and sustainable AAM ecosystem."
NASA engineers will deploy their Mobile Acoustics Facility and more than 50 pressure ground-plate microphones in a grid array that allows for multi-directional measurement of the Joby aircraft’s sound emissions. Using this data, NASA and Joby will generate noise hemispheres for the aircraft that capture the intensity and the character of the sound emitted in comparison to helicopters, drones, and other aircraft.
These readings, in combination with the noise profile of urban communities, can be used to verify how proposed aircraft operations will blend into the existing background noise. Joby has released several videos showcasing the quiet nature of the company’s aircraft during take-off, hover, and overhead flight.
“NASA has been a critical catalyst in the transition to electric aviation, and we’re proud to have partnered with them on multiple groundbreaking projects since our first collaboration in 2012,” said JoeBen Bevirt, founder and CEO at Joby. “It’s incredibly exciting to be the first eVTOL company to fly as part of the AAM National Campaign, leading the way toward a more sustainable future.”
“From day one, we prioritized building an aircraft that not only has an extremely low noise profile, but blends seamlessly into the natural environment. We have always believed that a minimal acoustic footprint is key to making aviation a convenient part of everyday movement without compromising quality of life, and we’re excited to fly with NASA, our long-time partners in electric flight, to demonstrate the acoustic profile of our aircraft.”
Joby’s participation in the National Campaign marks the next step in a long history of collaboration between the two parties. Over the last decade, Joby has worked with NASA on a range of aircraft projects that have explored electric propulsion, including a long-endurance eVTOL demonstrator called Lotus, the Leading Edge Asynchronous Propeller Technology (LEAPTech) project, and the design of the X-57 Maxwell experimental aircraft now undergoing systems integration testing.
With a maximum range of 150 miles recently demonstrated during flight testing, and a top speed of 200 mph, Joby’s aircraft is designed to carry four passengers and a pilot with zero operating emissions. With more than 1,000 flight tests completed and full-scale prototypes in the air since 2017, Joby Aviation aims to certify its electric air taxi with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2023.
The aircraft is powered by six propellers that tilt to enable vertical takeoff and efficient cruise flight. The number of blades, blade radius, tip speeds, and disk loading of the aircraft were all selected to minimize the acoustic footprint and improve the character of the noise produced. The propellers can also individually adjust their tilt, rotational speed, and blade pitch, helping to avoid the blade vortex interactions that cause the “wop wop” sound we associate with traditional helicopters.
Once testing is complete, a team of acoustic experts from NASA and Joby will work together to analyze the data before sharing their findings later in the year.
A blog post detailing the history of Joby’s partnership with NASA was previously published on Joby’s company website.
Joby recently listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol JOBY following its successful business combination with Reinvent Technology Partners. Proceeds raised in the transaction plus cash on the company’s balance sheet as of March 31, 2021, equal approximately $1.6 billion, which is expected to fund Joby through initial commercial operations.
The 215,000ft2 intelligent, flexible factory has digital foundations to incorporate smart manufacturing components, embrace the Internet of Things, and deliver cutting-edge solutions rapidly and affordably to support the United States and its allies. This is one of four transformational manufacturing facilities Lockheed Martin is opening in the U.S. this year.
The new building incorporates all three of Lockheed Martin's advanced production priorities: an intelligent factory framework; a technology enabled advanced manufacturing environment; and a flexible factory construct to support customer priorities with speed and agility while bolstering manufacturing capability in the United States.
"For more than 100 years, Lockheed Martin has been proud to call California home," said Jeff Babione, vice president and general manager, Lockheed Martin Skunk Works. "Our partnership with the state has helped us remain competitive and has positioned us for long-term growth. The technology in our new Palmdale facility lets us go beyond manufacturing optimization to the next digital revolution, driving innovation and preserving California's leadership in the aerospace industry."
Merging the power of human and machine, manufacturing artisans will work with digital tools to execute operations with maximum efficiency. The incorporation of robotics, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality reduces the need for hard tooling, elevating the human experience to drive rapid innovation, a hallmark of the Skunk Works.
In addition to manufacturing, the facility includes office and break spaces to accommodate more than 450 employees. The company has created more than 1,500 new jobs for California since 2018.
This project is the cornerstone of over $400 million in capital investments being made across Lockheed Martin's Palmdale campus to address growth in support of its customers' missions.
Lockheed Martin Skunk Works is responsible for many aerospace firsts, including the United States' first jet fighter (P-80), the world's first stealth fighter (F-117), and the world's first 5th generation fighter (F-22). With a proven way of working based on 14 simple rules, the Skunk Works is known for rapidly solving urgent national needs. With eight Collier trophies and a National Medal of Technology and Innovation awarded from the office of the President of the United States, the Skunk Works continues to define what is next in aerospace.