A team from Texas A&M University's Department of Biomedical Engineering has developed a small robot that sanitizes classrooms using ultraviolet light. Larger versions of such robots are used in hospitals, but the costs are prohibitive for an entity such as a school, team leaders said.
Lockheed Martin has developed a roadmap to connect its weapons systems with an open architecture that will enable connectivity with other weapons systems. "Since we have really strong platform positions with all the services and all the domains, Lockheed Martin can be a real pathfinder for the industry here," said CEO Jim Taiclet.
The US Air Force has awarded Kymeta a $950 million contract to support the Advanced Battle Management System. The company will bring "maturation, demonstration, and proliferation of capability across platforms and domains, leveraging open systems design, modern software, and algorithm development."
The US Air Force Test Center is seeking input from industry on Visual Display Systems capable of building on the F-35 Joint Simulation Environment, including modeling for the Lockheed Martin F-22, and future aircraft.
The US Air Force has proposed the retirement of 4 E-8 JSTARS aircraft and 20 Global Hawk drones as the service plans for new intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft are better suited to perform in a conflict with China. "We have to look to the future, and that's where that risk with the combatant commanders comes in," said Lt. Gen. David Nahom.
United Airlines avoided aircraft retirements during the pandemic, and its Boeing 777 and 767 aircraft are crucial to the carrier's plans as air travel rebounds. United has updated 777s and 767s and says these aircraft could operate for 30 years or more.
The new Experimental Aircraft Association Bill Castlen Aviation Education Center in Dothan, Ala., is a 3,000-square-foot facility for youth that features flight planning and simulation rooms and may someday include an aircraft that the Wiregrass EAA chapter builds itself. "It's to give them the opportunity to see what aviation is all about and see if it's something that strikes a passion in them that may change their life," said EAA chapter President David Stock.
A bill introduced by Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., would protect companies from liability in the event of a data breach while requiring the reporting of such incidents. "We shouldn't be relying on voluntary reporting to protect our critical infrastructure," Warner said.
DHL plans to deploy 4,000 middle-mile drones from Dronamics in Europe that can each carry up to 770 pounds for up to 1,500 miles, with the first one expected in October and the rest to follow through 2030. DHL is also using smaller drones in Germany, China and Tanzania to transport documents, pharmaceuticals and packages over shorter distances.
According to a survey by the American Lung Association, 68% of Americans support spending up to $20 billion or $25 billion to update the nation's fleet of diesel school buses to 20% electric school buses. Electrek's Michelle Lewis suggests that the country should convert more than 20% of school bus fleets to electric since it's cheaper than diesel.