While electric vehicles are gaining traction as passenger vehicles, experts say electrification faces some hurdles for larger vehicles. These challenges include torque, battery weight and cooling systems for the motors and components.
Lockheed Martin said it will start seven flight tests for its latest Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System next month in New Mexico. Meanwhile, it's also getting ready for three additional tests for its Precision Strike Missile program in the latter half of next year.
Northrop Grumman said its Active Electronically Scanned Array radar -- AN/APG-83 scalable agile beam radar -- has received full operational capacity for Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters. Some 72 Air National Guard's F-16s will be the first jets to receive the radar.
The US Army, in partnership with Wichita State University, has started the process of disassembling a UH-60 Lima Black Hawk helicopter and making a 3D scan of each of its 20,000 structural parts, said Aviation & Missile Command's Maj. Gen. Todd Royar. The scans will be used to print parts and components in 3D for future use.
The fourth and final Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Block 30 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle of a 2014 US order was delivered to the Republic of Korea Air Force last month, a South Korea official said. The first UAV was delivered last December.
GE Aviation has been chosen by Uber Elevate to help put together a flight data monitoring program for aerial ridesharing. Uber plans to launch its rideshare service for electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles in 2023 in several cities, including Los Angeles and Dallas.
Ballard Power Systems has sold one of its businesses that creates fuel cell systems for unmanned aircraft systems to Honeywell. Ballard is divesting these non-core assets but "remain positive on the long-term outlook for fuel cell propulsion systems in the UAV market," said Ballard President and CEO Randy MacEwen.
Embraer's newly formed Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions division will develop an electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. The division will target the urban air mobility market and develop other infrastructure and systems required to support this market, such as air traffic management software.
Jet It has placed an order for 10 HondaJet Elite jets that is expected to be filled by next year. The 10 jets, along with Jet It's seven other HondaJets, will make the company the biggest North American fleet operator of HondaJets.
The Federal Aviation Administration has released updated regulations for commercial space transportation, which includes one set of licensing and safety rules for all vehicle operations. These streamlined regulations will "better facilitate commercial space transportation while protecting national security and maintaining public safety," said Elaine Chao, US Transportation Secretary.