Boeing and General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems are jointly developing a 300 kilo-watt high energy laser weapon for the US Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office. "The high power, compact laser weapon subsystem prototype that GA-EMS will deliver under this contract will produce a lethal output greater than anything fielded to date," said Scott Forney of General Atomics.
Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems a $49 million contract for research and development serving the Off-Board Sensing Station drone program. "This contract provides for a design, development, and flight demonstration in an open architecture aircraft concept to achieve the goals of rapid time-to-market and low acquisition cost," according to the Defense Department.
GE Aviation and Pratt & Whitney have received NASA research and development contracts to study advanced engine cores for single-aisle airliners. "These partnerships represent NASA's commitment to quickly developing and advancing the small-core technologies needed to usher in sustainable flight," said NASA's Tony Nerone.
Delta Air Lines is launching a biometric screening program in Atlanta and Detroit in partnership with the Transportation Security Administration that aims to expedite the check-in and boarding process with facial recognition technology for travelers who hold passports and are members of Delta's frequent flyer program and the TSA's PreCheck program. At Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Delta is opening an express lobby and baggage drop service exclusively for travelers eligible for the biometric program.
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Six startups have been selected for the Air Force Research Laboratory and the US Space Force "Soft Landing" accelerator program. The selected companies will receive workspace in New Mexico's Q Station and help in navigating government contracting processes.
Gen. Mark Milley says a recent hypersonic weapon test by China is "very concerning," citing the weapon's nuclear potential. "So it's a very significant technological event that occurred, or test that occurred, by the Chinese. And it has all of our attention," he said.