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Engineering news and leading edge developments from the editors of Engineering.com

    End of the Line for Learjet, ITER Fusion Reactor Reaches Milestone and Texas Grid Fails

    End of the Line for Learjet, ITER Fusion Reactor Reaches Milestone and Texas Grid Fails

    The Learjet brand, currently owned by Bombardier, announced that in the fourth quarter of this year, Wichita Kansas based Learjet production will end forever.
    A project milestone was reached this week for the ITER nuclear reactor in France as critical component manufacturing began in Europe, specifically the vacuum vessel blanket that isolates the reactor from superhot nuclear plasma.
    Texas power infrastructure is not designed to accommodate extreme cold experienced in the continental US, resulting in widespread power failures plunging millions in the dark. Will extreme weather events force the state to redesign the power system?
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    • 4 min
    SpaceX Wins Big NASA Contract, Transparent Wood, and Moving to Model Based Design in Aerospace

    SpaceX Wins Big NASA Contract, Transparent Wood, and Moving to Model Based Design in Aerospace

    On today's episode, NASA’s Gateway program will create the first long-term lunar orbiting space station, to support lunar missions under the Artemis program. The agency has announced that Elon Musk’s SpaceX has been chosen to launch the two core elements of the Gateway complex.
    When architects or engineers need transparency, they choose glass or polymers. That may be changing, however. Newly developed transparent composite material based on wood might have multiple applications in civil and mechanical engineering.
    For centuries in engineering, and millennia in civil engineering, drawings have been the basis for design. Computer-aided design made those renderings virtual. The Aerospace and Defence PLM Action Group has released a report that defines how the industry can move from renderings to 3D model-based representation for type design certification.
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    • 4 min
    New, Speedy Helicopters for the U.S. Army, Supercold CMOS for Quantum Computing and Rapid Unexpected Disassembly at Space X

    New, Speedy Helicopters for the U.S. Army, Supercold CMOS for Quantum Computing and Rapid Unexpected Disassembly at Space X

    On today's episode, The U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft program, intended to create a new generation of multipurpose combat rotorcraft, has selected two finalists: Lockheed’s Raider X, and Bell’s 360 Invictus.
    A team from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems, School of Physics at the University of Sydney in Australia has created a novel IC that uses circuit cells based on switched capacitors to create static and dynamic voltages for the parallel control of qubits.
    The SpaceX team continues it’s a very fast, iterative development program for the company’s massive Starship booster program, with rapid production of test vehicles and a very aggressive flight test program.
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    • 5 min
    President Biden Says "Buy American," Alphabet's Balloons Burst and GM Partners for Clean Trucking Without Batteries

    President Biden Says "Buy American," Alphabet's Balloons Burst and GM Partners for Clean Trucking Without Batteries

    On today's episode, Biden signed an executive order that the administration declares is a substantial update of “buy American" legislation.
    Loon was a Google X RandD project begun in 2011 to use a network of balloons operating in the stratosphere at altitudes as high as 16 miles to create a wireless network with up to 1 Mb per second download speeds. The project was promising enough to be spun off as a separate company in 2018. Now it’s all over, as Alphabet announced that the project and the company will be wound up.
    General Motors has announced a collaboration with heavy truck maker Navistar International Corporation to create a zero emission long-haul freight transportation system
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    • 4 min
    Chip Shortage Impacts Auto Manufacturing, U.S. Takes on Climate Change and Microsoft Enters Self Driving Technology

    Chip Shortage Impacts Auto Manufacturing, U.S. Takes on Climate Change and Microsoft Enters Self Driving Technology

    On today's episode, there's a new headwind for automakers worldwide: a shortage of integrated circuits. ICs have proliferated in modern automobiles, with some models containing up to 150 chips, and multiple automakers have begun shutdowns due to the supply crunch.
    Newly inaugurated Pres. Joe Biden spent his first day in office by signing a flurry of executive orders, 17 in all. Two of the orders have direct implications for the engineering sector in United States. The first is the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline project, intended to bring Canadian oil from the province of Alberta into the US distribution network for transport to US refineries.
    Microsoft is joining General Motors and Honda as part of the Cruise self driving program. The $2 billion investment brings the market value of Cruise to proximally $30 billion. Microsoft brings their Azure cloud and edge computing platform to the table, which Cruise describes as essential for commercializing autonomous vehicle systems at scale. Microsoft will use the collaboration to optimize the Azure platform for transportation industry customers worldwide.

    • 6 min
    End of the Line for the 747, E-Commerce Invades the Chinese EV Space and Biden Infrastructure Plans Focus on the Environment

    End of the Line for the 747, E-Commerce Invades the Chinese EV Space and Biden Infrastructure Plans Focus on the Environment

    On today's episode, after half a century, the most iconic program in aerospace engineering history is drawing to a close. Atlas Air Worldwide has ordered four Boeing 747-8 freighters for delivery through October 2022, representing the last 747s to be built in the program.
    With the success of Tesla and the rapid introduction of competing electric vehicles from mainstream auto manufacturers, it looks like there’s new competition coming from an unlikely source: e-commerce. Chinese heavyweight Alibaba Group Holding is launching a new electric sedan.
    President-elect Joe Biden is days away from inauguration, and clean energy and infrastructure companies are enjoying notable gains on Wall Street in anticipation of the new administration’s programs. Biden plans to re-enter the Paris Climate Agreement, reversing the Trump administration withdrawal.

    • 6 min

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