Moriba Jah, an associate professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the University of Texas at Austin, writes that the new NASA administrator should focus on environmental goals as well as space exploration. "Under the next administrator, NASA should continue to research clean energy and aviation, while also helping mankind understand the impact and scope of climate change," Jah writes.
Mercedes-Benz offered a sneak peek of its curved Hyperscreen, a dash-wide digital display that will make its debut next year as part of the MBUX infotainment system. "The goal was a concept without distraction of the driver or creating complicated operation," said Sajjad Khan, chief technology officer of Mercedes-Benz AG.
The Cybathlon Global Edition 2020 challenged people with physical disabilities to put assistive technologies through their paces. The event is a competition that also serves to demonstrate the abilities and usefulness of new technologies such as exoskeletons, testing both the participants and the engineering.
The US Air Force has awarded a contract to wireless technology firm Metawave Corp. for the production of all-climate, high-precision sensors. The project would modify an existing radar system for use in autonomous flying vehicles.
The Navy has exercised an order for additional BQM-177A aerial target systems from Kratos Defense & Security Solutions. The system is believed to be capable of reaching speeds higher than 0.95 Mach, as well as a maximum altitude of 40,000 feet.
Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems will modernize and maintain Aegis Combat Systems for six international partners under a contract with a maximum value of $750 million. The work will involve engineering, integrating and testing combat systems, supporting logistics activity and providing in-country support to each customer.
The hospital ship USNS Mercy is undergoing maintenance that leaves it unavailable for emergency coronavirus pandemic relief on the West Coast, the Navy says. The work began in July and will help the ship stay in service through 2036.
An improved fuel system, a high-temperature sensor and new fan aerodynamics technology for gas turbine systems are the goals for General Electric under a new $11.4 million contract from the Navy. GE expects to complete work on the projects by March 31, 2024.