(Recognizing Advanced Developments and Research)
March 29, 2021 in Innovation, Technology
From a robotic tiger to air taxis to 3D printing in space, Boeing’s Foresight and Technology Intelligence Community of Practice tracks innovation around the world from concept to first flight.
Squamish, British Columbia
A new carbon dioxide removal service launched by Carbon Engineering allows customers to purchase removal of carbon dioxide. A direct air capture facility removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and puts it underground.
DIGITAL DESIGN PIONEER
A new era of aircraft design and assembly began as the T-7A Red Hawk advanced trainer entered production. Fully designed digitally, the jet went from concept to first flight in just 36 months.
SPACE 3D PRINTING
A vision for space exploration could enhance self-sustainability using in-space 3D printing to maintain, repair and produce objects without ground support. The notion is described in a paper from the Institute for Materials Physics in Space, among others.
GREEN MEANS GO
A “green” satellite thruster fired for 60 seconds at Poland’s Institute of Aviation. The test evaluated a biopropellant combination using concentrated hydrogen peroxide to potentially identify more environmentally friendly thruster options.
Seoul, South Korea
An experimental vehicle known as TIGER (transforming intelligent ground excursion robot) can carry loads in extreme, remote locations. The uncrewed machine features four legs that extend or retract to “walk” over previously inaccessible terrain.
LOYAL WINGMAN FIRST FLIGHT
RAAF Woomera Range Complex, South Australia
The first Loyal Wingman completed its inaugural voyage, successfully taking off under its own power before flying a predetermined route. Under the supervision of a test pilot on the ground, the uncrewed aircraft verified flight functionality and demonstrated performance, progressing Boeing Australia’s and the Royal Australian Air Force’s teaming aircraft program.