NASA recently released concept images of its first all-electric X-plane, the X-57 Maxell, in its final configuration. The plane’s high-lift motors will deactivate during cruise mode, and its propeller blades will fold into the nacelles to reduce drag. The motors will reactivate and use centrifugal force to spin the blades back out to provide necessary lift for landing.
Lordstown Motors, a startup manufacturer of electric pickup trucks, plans to introduce the first production-intent Endurance sometime in early summer, possibly via a virtual reveal from its Ohio headquarters due to COVID-19. The company expects first deliveries to take place in January 2021.
FCA North America will invest $400 million to repurpose an idled transmission plant in Kokomo, Ind., to build the GMET4 engine – the company's 2.0-liter global medium engine inline four-cylinder turbo that is currently offered on the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Cherokee.
Boeing resumed 787 operations at Boeing South Carolina (BSC), with most workers returning May 3 and May 4. The return includes all operations that were temporarily suspended on April 8 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the COVID-19 pandemic shut down or slowed down businesses across the nation, the defense industrial base was among the first to get help from Congress. But, as this article from Air Force Magazine is quick to point out, it may not come back as it was as Congress rethinks its priorities.
According to industry experts, aging infrastructure could be hurting operations at steel mills in northwestern Indiana. As examples, an explosion at ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor damaged a furnace and Gary Works had to temporarily shut down its blast furnaces after severe flooding.
NASA is building the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) from parts recycled from retired U.S. Air Force planes, including the F-16 Fighting Falcon. The goal of this NASA effort is to create a plane capable of supersonic flight without rattling windows and disrupting the lives of people on the ground.
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