You’ve probably heard about Boeing’s AV-8B Harrier II, F/A-18 Hornet, C-17 Globemaster III and the Joint Strike Fighter X-32A, but what about the T-7A Red Hawk? This aircraft, originally known as the Boeing T-X, is basically an American/Swedish advanced jet trainer developed by Boeing Defense, Space & Security in partnership with Saab Group. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Boeing reveals the first unmanned Loyal Wingman aircraft prototype designed for the Royal Australian Air Force. Their main goal is to extend and protect existing aircraft, making them the foundation for the global Boeing Airpower Teaming System aircraft to be developed for other global forces. It uses AI-powered systems to fly independently or in support of manned aircraft while maintaining safe distance between other aircraft. Read more for a video and additional information.
DARPA’s Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) robot consists of a single arm capable of operating a plane’s controls, and not only doubles as an onboard trainer, but as a co-pilot as well. It’s currently designed as a drop-in avionics and mechanics package that can be quickly deployed to a wide variety of fixed / rotor aircraft, whether it be a Cessna or B-52. Read more for a video and additional information.
Boeing has developed the Future Attack Reconnaissance Attack (FARA) Aircraft for the U.S. Army. This battle ready machine is a thrust compounded single-main rotor helicopter with a six-bladed rotor system, single engine, tandem seating and a modular, state-of-the-art cockpit with a reconfigurable large area display and autonomous capabilities. Read more for a video and additional information.
Boeing’s 777X jetliner took to the skies this past weekend in front of thousands at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, at 10:09 a.m. local time for a successful three hour, 51 minute flight over Washington state before landing at Seattle’s Boeing Field. This new widebody aircraft will deliver 10 percent lower fuel use and emissions and 10 percent lower operating costs than the competition through advanced aerodynamics, thanks to the latest generation carbon-fiber composite wing and the most advanced commercial engine ever built, GE Aviation’s GE9X. Read more for two videos and additional information.
One character you probably wouldn’t expect to see aboard Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft is Snoopy, but NASA released a new video today showing just that. This footage was recorded aboard the Starliner’s first Orbital Flight Test (OFT), and despite the December mission not going as planned — a timer error caused the capsule to not dock with the International Space Station — it did successfully achieve a shortened, two-day flight that completed most of Boeing’s major goals. Read more for the video and additional information.
Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner capsule, which will eventually be used to transport astronauts into space, completed a key pad abort test on Monday when it soared for almost a mile before parachuting back into the New Mexico desert. There were no astronauts were onboard, but the abort system will provide a quick escape for three astronauts if there’s an emergency on the Florida pad or in flight. Read more for a video and additional information.
Boeing announced today that it has teamed up with Porsche to develop a flying electric car. They are researching the market for “premium urban air mobility” and plan to design a vehicle using technology from Boeing’s Aurora Flight Sciences division capable of operating from helipad-type ports. There’s no timeline for a possible production vehicle launch, but Porsche Consulting said that this type of transportation is expected to “pick up speed” as soon as 2025. Read more for another picture and information.
Boeing has won a $43-million contract with the U.S. Navy to build four Orca Extra-Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (XLUUV). These autonomous robotic submarines are based on the Echo Voyager, but “will be modular in construction with the core vehicle providing guidance and control, navigation, autonomy, situational awareness, core communications, power distribution, energy and power, propulsion and maneuvering, and mission sensors,” the Pentagon announcement said. Read more for another video and additional information.
We have seen the future of fighter jets, and they feature autonomous technology. This aircraft does not require a human pilot, can fly for extended periods, withstand higher g-force and process more data. “The Boeing Airpower Teaming System will provide a disruptive advantage for allied forces’ manned / unmanned missions. With its ability to reconfigure quickly and perform different types of missions in tandem with other aircraft, our newest addition to Boeing’s portfolio will truly be a force multiplier as it protects and projects air power,” said Kristin Robertson, vice president and general manager of Boeing Autonomous Systems.