Engineering
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9/20/2019

Swift Engineering, a company with roots in Formula racing, has developed the a new type of drone that takes off, flies and lands like a bird. Instead of attempting to "mash together a quadcopter with horizontal flight," engineers opted for a broad-wing design without some of the traditional mechanisms used to transition between vertical and horizontal flight, said Andrew Streett, Swift's vice president of technology and chief scientist.

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ASME
9/20/2019

A report by think tank RethinkX suggests that animal proteins produced through precision fermentation will make these proteins five times cheaper by 2030 and 10-fold cheaper by 2035 compared to the cost of traditional animal protein, which could result in the collapse of the US cattle and dairy industry. There is a surge of new startups developing various types of engineered microorganisms that are revolutionizing the food industry through the creation of products such as plant-based meats, egg proteins, collagen, gelatin and even milk proteins.

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FoodNavigator
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milk, RethinkX
9/20/2019

Projected engineering jobs are likely to go wanting for qualified talent over the next few years, putting a premium on retaining the engineers employers already have. Randstad Engineering's Angie Keller reviews three retention strategies, focusing on providing opportunities for upskilling, adding benefits and staying competitive with pay.

9/19/2019

The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Montgomery is on duty in the Western Pacific, demonstrating its ability to extend the Navy's reach in the region. A new support center at Changi Naval Base in Singapore is maintaining the ship.

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USNI News, Military online
9/19/2019

Hellfire missiles and a .50-caliber machine gun extend the capabilities of an unmanned surface vessel designed to work with littoral combat ships to hunt mines. Textron Systems showcased the proof-of-concept surface-warfare mission package at Modern Day Marine 2019, saying the system is designed to operate autonomously to identify and act against potential targets.

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Military online
9/19/2019

Extended assessment of a malfunction in the electrical distribution system aboard the USS Harry S. Truman kept the carrier in port as its surface escorts departed for an overseas deployment. No time frame for fixing the carrier's problems has been made public.

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USNI News
9/19/2019

Another of the Navy's littoral combat ships is now equipped with an AN/SYM-3 system. Mikros Systems completed the installation, which will give the ship's combat system the ability to remotely monitor status and analyze data.

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Naval Technology
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Navy, Mikros Systems
9/19/2019

General Electric will be working to develop jet propulsion systems of the future under an $11.66 million Navy contract. The research will explore integrated power and thermal management systems as well as potential capabilities for the next generation of jet aircraft.

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General Electric
9/19/2019

The keel has been laid for the first of the Army's next generation of landing craft. Vigor Works is working on the Maneuver Support Vessel (Light) under a $1 billion contract for a full-scale prototype and initial production of four vessels in 2022.

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Defense News
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Army, Vigor Works
9/19/2019

Cody will be the next Wyoming city to be honored with the name of a Navy vessel. An expeditionary fast transport ship to be built by Austal USA will bear the name USNS Cody.

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Cody, Austal USA