• 'Marine A' Alexander Blackman enjoys first hours of freedom

    Blackman speaks following release from prison after serving half of seven-year term for manslaughter of wounded Taliban fighterAlexander Blackman, the Royal Marine sergeant convicted of killing a wounded Taliban fighter, has been enjoying his first hours of freedom but has made it clear he understands his sentence is not complete and has promised to fulfil the conditions of his early release.Blackman was freed from prison after serving half of his seven-year term imposed for manslaughter and was
  • Break a leg: David Tennant and others on the night before the big day

    From soldier Catherine Smith to cyclist Chris Froome and astronaut Andrew Feustel, how do people under pressure prepare?The night before the first public performance, you’re actually in the theatre, doing technical rehearsals and making sure everything runs smoothly. It’s all very busy – it’s not a night off. But I think that’s best because, for me, it’s really an exercise in panic management. You’re trying to convince your brain that it’s possible
  • North Korea fires missile, defying US push for new sanctions

    North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile Saturday in apparent defiance of a concerted US push for tougher international sanctions to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons ambitions. The latest...
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  • ​US Army Europe calls for more CH-47 blade folding kits

    The US Army needs more blade folding kits to help deploy its Boeing CH-47 Chinooks, the service s deputy chief of staff for NATO operations says this week.
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  • ​Sikorsky suggests MH-60 crossdeck

    As the US Navy looks to add more capabilities onto its MH-60R, Sikorsky could keep the Seahawk s avionics while lightening the aircraft s load with a new composite cabin airframe.
  • ​Army maintains priority for light FVL variant

    The US Army is holding steady on its need for a light, armed reconnaissance helicopter in the Future Vertical Lift programme, despite limited funding and a joint requirement across the services that calls for a medium-lift aircraft.
  • USAF 5th-Generation Fighter Jets Arrive in Bulgaria

    Two U.S. F-35 Lightning II aircraft and about 20 supporting airmen arrived in Bulgaria today from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, as part of a deployment that enhances the region’s ability to...
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  • ANALYSIS: How LightningStrike is challenging convention

    A year after taking on one of the US Defense Advanced Projects Agency s (DARPA) more challenging assignments, Aurora Flight Sciences has frozen the design of the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) X-plane, which is now designated as the XV-24A LightningStrike.
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  • 3D sponge mitigates against fire-prone batteries

    Researchers in the US claim to have developed a safer alternative to fire-prone lithium-ion batteries, which were recently banned for some applications on US Navy ships.
    Debra R. Rolison (2nd from left), Jeffrey W. Long (center), and Joseph F. Parker (4th from left)Joseph Parker, Jeffrey Long, and Debra Rolison from the US Naval Research Laboratory’s (NRL) Advanced Electrochemical Materials group are leading the effort to create an entire family of safer, water-based, zinc batteries.
    They
  • Switch flipped on UK’s newest tokamak fusion reactor

    Oxfordshire-based Tokamak Energy has fired up its latest fusion reactor for the first time and aims to reach temperatures of 100m degrees Celsius next year.The ST40 (© Tokamak Energy)
    Known as the ST40, the reactor represents the third of five stages in the company’s plan to deliver fusion energy to the grid by 2030. Controlled fusion requires temperatures in excess of 100m°C, but this has never been achieved by a privately funded company. To reach that goal, Tokamak Energy is foc
  • UK team to lead research into “artificial eye” technology

    Researchers from Kingston University in southwest London are to play a leading role in the development of an advanced imaging technology that mimics the human eye.
    Funded by EPSRC, The three-year £1.3m project, which also involves King’s College London and University College London, will explore potential applications of newly developed “neuromorphic” sensors: devices which mimic the way a mammal’s eye processes information.
    Explaining the drawback of existing imagi
  • Xeros keep beady eye on Symphony washing machine retrofit project

    A British technology in which polymer beads are used to help remove soil from clothing, reducing the amount of water consumed, can now be retrofitted onto conventional washing machines.Xeros, the Leeds University spin-out that has developed the polymer cleaning technology, has announced the launch of its Symphony Project, to provide washing machine manufacturers with an “open source” access to its system.
    In a Xeros washing machine, detergent and a small amount of water are used to l
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  • Marine A, who killed wounded Taliban fighter, released from prison

    Alexander Blackman freed having served three and a half years after murder conviction replaced with diminished responsibility manslaughterAlexander Blackman, the former Royal Marine sergeant jailed for killing a wounded Taliban fighter, has been released from prison after serving three and a half years. Blackman – known as Marine A during the original court martial – was smuggled away from Erlestoke prison in Wiltshire in the early hours of Friday hiding under a blanket in the back o
  • Dual Meteor Missile Firing Marks Major Milestone for Eurofighter Typhoon

    A Eurofighter Typhoon has successfully completed a simultaneous firing of two MBDA Meteor Beyond Visual Range air-to-air missiles as part of a major programme of work to integrate the weapon on to...
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  • Israeli missiles hit near Damascus airport

    A huge blast which struck near Damascus airport early on Thursday was caused by Israeli missiles hitting a “military position”, Syria’s state SANA news agency reported. “A...
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  • ​JTSB report details serious landing incident at Naha

    The Japan Transport Safety Board (JTSB) has issued several recommendations following a serious incident involving a military helicopter and two Boeing 737 aircraft at Naha, Okinawa.
  • Marine A: Alexander Blackman released from prison

    Blackman, who had his sentence reduced for shooting dead an injured Taliban fighter in Afghanistan, walks free after three years
    Royal Marine Alexander Blackman, who had his sentence reduced for shooting dead an injured Taliban fighter in Afghanistan, has been released from prison.
    The commando, who spent more than three years in jail for killing the insurgent in 2011, left Erlestoke Prison just before 12.20am on Friday.I'm at Erlestoke Prison where Royal Marine Sgt Alexander Blackman was releas
  • News story: Armed Forces Minister attends EU meeting

    Minister of State for the Armed Forces Mike Penning has attended an EU informal meeting in Malta, alongside Defence Ministers from across the EU.Ministers from the 28 EU countries discussed the EU’s operational engagement in the Mediterranean and Libya, including Operation Sophia, the mission to tackle the Mediterranean migration crisis.The Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), Coordinated Annual Review on Defence (CARD), European Defence Action Plan (EDAP) and European Defence Fund we
  • Shoring up the post-Brexit engineering skills base

    Skilled EU workers, academics and students will be key to driving the post-Brexit engineering economy and government must act quickly to guarantee their status says David Wright, chair of Coventry University’s National Transport Design Centre.
    Like most of us, I didn’t expect Theresa May to announce a snap election in June. Similarly, I was one of the many who didn’t expect the Brexit vote to go the way it did. To misquote Monty Python, “No-one expected this Brexit situat
  • Law firm 'cocked-up' over list revealing Iraqi abuse claimants were not civilians

    Leigh Day denies attempting to mislead al-Sweady inquiry into alleged British military abuse by not recognising significance of Iraqi documentA UK law firm acting for Iraqis who alleged they were mistreated by the British military did not attempt to mislead a public inquiry into the affair, a professional misconduct hearing has been told.Patricia Robertson QC, defending Leigh Day, said the law firm’s failure to recognise the significance of an Iraqi document that identified its clients as
  • AVL International Simulation Conference 2017

    AVL International Simulation Conference 2017, MesseCongress, Graz, Austria, 27–29 June 2017The conference covers the analysis and optimisation of structural and thermo-fluid dynamics as well as vehicle system simulation. Benefits and challenges of a synergetic use of simulation and testing throughout the development process from design to testing to calibration based on AVL’s Integrated and Open Development Platform as enabler of Model Based Development will be addres
  • MPs attack Boris Johnson remarks about strikes against Assad

    Foreign secretary suggested UK could join US action in Syria without parliamentary approvalPoliticians from across the spectrum have rounded on Boris Johnson for suggesting the UK could join any US military action against the Syrian regime without parliamentary approval.The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, led the criticism, saying he did not see how more bombing would help and urging the foreign secretary to seek a political solution.Related: Punish Syrian regime harder for chemical attack, say Bo
  • Royal Marine Alexander Blackman to be released on Friday

    Briton, whose murder conviction for killing injured Taliban fighter was overturned, to be freed in early hours, Guardian learnsAlexander Blackman, the Royal Marine sergeant jailed for killing a wounded Taliban fighter, is to be released in the early hours of Friday, the Guardian can reveal.It is understood Blackman will be whisked out of Erlestoke prison in Wiltshire by police to avoid a media scrum and be reunited with his wife, Claire, at a secret location.Continue reading...
  • Museum uses laser scanner to measure dinosaur skeleton

    ScanArm HD system being used on the diplodocus skeletonSome of the UK’s best-known museum pieces are getting a new look and reaching wider audiences thanks to German-based metrology specialist Faro. In what is becoming an expanding niche sector for the business, the Natural History Museum has used the portable Faro Focus laser scanner system, used commercially for surveying applications, to make accurate measurements of its famous Diplodocus skeleton that has occupied its main entrance hal
  • 3D printing a Tour De France winner

    With 25 years’ working with carbon fibre moulding, founder and CEO of Metron Advanced Equipment, Dimitris Katsanis discusses the advantages of additive manufacturing in the world of competitive cycling.
    As a composites and design engineering expert, I have always been a dyed-in-the-wool Carbon Fibre advocate. I’ve been designing and building competitive bicycles for some of the speediest athletes on Earth since the 90s and, until recently, have always relied on carbon fibre for its v
  • Home comforts: MIT team develops system to 3D print buildings

    MIT researchers have designed a mobile system that can 3D print the basic structure of an entire building.Structures built with this system could be produced faster and less expensively than traditional construction methods allow, the researchers said.
    The robotic system is described in Science Robotics, in a paper by Steven Keating PhD ’16, a mechanical engineering graduate and former research affiliate in the Mediated Matter group at the MIT Media Lab; Julian Leland and Levi Cai, both re
  • Pharma industry urges healthcare investment

    The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) has called on the next government to invest more in healthcare and deliver a ‘world class’ NHS for patients.Launching its 2017 election manifesto, the trade association urged the incoming government to bring healthcare investment into line with the G7 average of 11.3 per cent of GDP. The UK currently has the sixth lowest proportional spend of the G7 nations at just 9.9 per cent, with only Italy investing less.
    The ABPI, wh
  • Video of the week: Dutch engineers unveil 3D printed ship propeller

    Engineers at Europe’s largest port are exploring the use of additive manufacturing processes to carry out repairs to damaged ships.
    A 3D printed propeller produced at Rotterdam’s RAMLABThe Netherlands’ Port of Rotterdam is one of the most important intersections for the flow of cargo in the world.
    Currently, if a vessel comes in to port needing a replacement part—a propeller, for example— it can take weeks or months to order and deliver, costing companies millions o
  • Dutch engineers unveil 3D printed ship propeller

    Engineers at Europe’s largest port are exploring the use of additive manufacturing processes to carry out repairs to damaged ships.
    A 3D printed propeller produced at Rotterdam’s RAMLABThe Netherlands’ Port of Rotterdam is one of the most important intersections for the flow of cargo in the world.
    Currently, if a vessel comes in to port needing a replacement part—a propeller, for example— it can take weeks or months to order and deliver, costing companies millions o
  • Johnson: UK could carry out strikes on Syria without MPs' approval

    Foreign secretary says ‘it would be very difficult for us to say no’ to US proposal for action in response to chemical attack Britain would be prepared to launch military strikes against Syria without parliamentary approval if asked to do so by the US, the foreign secretary has signalled.Boris Johnson said he and the prime minister agreed that in the event of another chemical attack by the Assad regime it would be hard for the UK to refuse such a request. Related: Punish Syrian regim
  • Gripen tops shortlist for Bulgarian fighter deal

    Bulgaria's government has announced the Saab Gripen C/D as the preferred candidate in the country s new combat aircraft competition.
  • Russian to Deploy S-300V4 Air Defense Missile Systems to Kaliningrad Region

    The Russian Defense Ministry is converting the air defense (AD) division of the Baltic Fleet to the S-300V4 (NATO reporting name: SA-23 Gladiator/Giant) advanced super-long-range surface-to-air...
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  • Lockheed Martin Delivers New Capabilities for F-35 Logistics System

    The Upgraded Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) is Approved for Installation at F-35 Sites Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) next iteration of the F-35’s Autonomic Logistics...
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  • ​Fury ramps up flight tests ahead of LRIP

    Lockheed Martin is ramping up long-range endurance tests on its Fury UAV ahead of its low-rate production later this year, clocking in more than 200 flight hours since May 2016.
  • T-X competitive field could expand, Saab suggests

    The Boeing/Saab team which is vying to win the US Air Force's T-X advanced jet trainer recapitalisation contest is on track to accumulate all required information by the end of this quarter, according to the Swedish manufacturer.
  • Saab CEO confirms order for third GlobalEye aircraft

    Saab's early 2017 order for an airborne early warning and control system aircraft involves an additional example of its GlobalEye product, company chief executive H kan Buskhe has revealed.
  • ​F-35 will not attend Paris Air Show

    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will not make another trip across the pond this summer for the Paris air show, the joint programme office confirmed this week.
  • The search is on for the UK’s most inspiring examples of STEM engagement with schools.

    As part of its annual Collaborate To Innovate awards initiative The Engineer magazine is on the look out for the UK’s most inspiring and effective examples of engineering engagement with schools.
    The Engineer’s special Young Innovator prize, which is sponsored by leading UK engineering firm Renishaw Plc and supported by Engineering UK will go to an organisation that is able to demonstrate excellence in educational outreach.
    Entries are invited from industry partners, STEM o
  • Wiping the slate clean: careers in nuclear waste management

    The UK faces major challenges in dealing with nuclear waste, which means an abundance of opportunity in the industry
    Last month, a £6.1bn deal to clean up the UK’s redundant fleet of Magnox nuclear reactors was pulled after the government mishandled how the work was awarded. Dr Paul Dorfman, University College London’s nuclear power expert, believed it was “inevitable” the deal would fail. He claimed the challenges of decommissioning nuclear plant and dealing with t
  • Uber plans on-demand flying taxi service by end of decade

    Aurora Flight Sciences is to partner with Uber in the development of the world’s first network of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft.
    First flight of Aurora’s eVTOL aircraft on April 20, 2017The formal announcement of initiative partners (including Bell Helicopter and Embraer) took place on April 25, 2017 at Uber’s Elevate Summit in Dallas, Texas.
    By utilising repurposed rooftops, existing helipads and unused land surrounding highway interchanges the proposed Uber El
  • Israel seeks automatic collision avoidance for F-16s

    Israel's air force is negotiating the purchase of Lockheed Martin's automatic ground collision avoidance system for its F-16 fleet.
  • Revolutionary UK compressor inventor nominated for top European award

    An innovative air compressor, claimed to be at least 20 per cent more efficient than existing devices, has earned its British inventor Steve Lindsey a finalist slot at the prestigious 2017 European Inventor Awards.
    UK inventor Steve Lindsey with the Blade compressorLindsey has been nominated for the prize, which is awarded annually by the European Patent Office (EPO), for the development of the Blade Compressor; an oil-free rotary air compressor that is claimed to represent a significant advance
  • Meteor integration gets boost for UK F-35s

    MBDA has been awarded a 41 million ($52.6 million) contract to begin preparing its Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile for integration with Lockheed Martin's F-35B for the UK.
  • US Navy launches review of pilot oxygen supply

    A top US Navy admiral and former F/A-18 fighter pilot will lead a comprehensive review of recent reports of pilots suffering oxygen deprivation or cockpit pressurisation issues on Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and T-45 Goshawk trainers.
  • Project seeks three-stage outcome for orphan nuclear wastes

    The same concept behind efforts to prevent greenhouse gases being emitted from fossil fuel power plants could be used to trap radioactive waste for geological disposal.
    In an EPSRC-funded project, researchers at Strathclyde University are developing a new approach to treating so-called “orphan” nuclear wastes.
    Orphan wastes are radioactive wastes that cannot be dealt with in existing processing plants, and for which there is no accepted treatment option.
    The researchers, led by Dr Jo
  • IFR report links automation with job creation

    A new report from the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) suggests that increased automation in the US is leading to job growth rather than job cuts.
    Between 2010 and 2016, the operational stock of industrial robots in the automotive sector increased by about 52,000. According to the US Bureau of Labour Statistics, the number of jobs in the sector rose by 260,600 over the same period. Speaking at the World Robotics IFR CEO Roundtable in Chicago, IFR president Joe Gemma claimed that a
  • Bristol engineers excel in RAEng initiatives

    Engineering students from Bristol University have achieved success in two Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) schemes designed to promote innovation and leadership.
    [left to right] students Patrick Gregory, Lottie Macnair and Matthew Mears with Dr Theo TryfonasOn April 5, 2017 Lottie Macnair, Patrick Gregory, Matthew Mears, Robbie Herring and Oscar Radevsky – all final year students on the Engineering Design Programme – were one of five winning teams in the Engineering a Better Worl
  • US sends stealth fighters to Russia’s backyard for NATO drills

    Two of the US Air Force’s most advanced warplanes, F-35 stealth fighters, landed for the first time in Estonia on Tuesday for exercises in the small NATO state amid tensions with neighbouring...
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  • US Army Orders More Q-53 Counterfire Radars from Lockheed Martin

    Lockheed Martin will manufacture additional AN/TPQ-53 counterfire radar systems for the U.S. Army under a $1.6 billion order-dependent contract. The Q-53 radar system supports troops in combat by...
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  • China launches first domestically built aircraft carrier

    China has launched its first domestically designed and built aircraft carrier, state media said Wednesday, as the country seeks to transform its navy into a force capable of projecting power onto the...
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