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July 18, 2016

Out of the Storm?

SPACE

Following the Water

TECHNOLOGY

Vision Vehicle

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Out of the Storm?

Farnborough Two years after an engine fire thwarted the F-35’s planned debut in the U.K., the jet has proved it can deploy overseas, with appearances at three major European air shows in the last two months. Now it is up to the policy makers to tackle the thorny logistics of operating a fifth-generation fighter program across 12 different nations, each with unique infrastructure and security requirements.

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SPACE

Following the Water

Washington Mars-rover drivers will aim Curiosity’s cameras “soon” at a pair of nearby features spotted from orbit where liquid water might flow sporadically, and they may send their nuclear-powered robot there on a visit one day to hasten the search for extraterrestrial life.

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TECHNOLOGY

Vision Vehicle

Washington Electric propulsion is in its infancy. And as in the early days of the jet, when engines were weak and thirsty, designers are trying out different aircraft configurations and propulsion architectures to see if they can find ways around the deficiencies to the promised benefits of electric drives.

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COMMERCIAL AVIATION

Summer Suspense

Brussels and Dublin In three months, officials of 191 states will gather in Montreal to deliberate on a global market-based measure (GMBM) to address carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in international aviation. International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council President Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu says he “firmly” believes the political will exists to realize a GMBM solution at the ICAO Assembly, Sept. 27-Oct. 7.

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DEFENSE

Fat Girl

Beijing Developing a big airlifter in nine years would not be a bad performance for an experienced manufacturer of jet transports. For Avic, which has begun deliveries of the Y-20 Kunpeng, turning out the 200-metric-ton (440,000 lb.) aircraft in that time looks like quite an achievement.

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COMMERCIAL AVIATION

Power Plan

Farnborough With Boeing starting assembly of the first 787-10, the final member of the 787 family, General Electric is studying a “nextgen” upgrade for the aircraft’s GEnx1B engine that will leverage technology under test for the much larger GE9X in development for the 777X.

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