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Airborne-NextGen 04.03.24: Collier Trophy, AI Wingman, Archer Battery

Also: uAvionix BVLOS Study, VFS Scholarships, Northrop Grumman, Reliable Robotics-AFWERX 

The National Aeronautic Association has awarded the 2023 Robert J. Collier Trophy to a NASA program that saw a prop head to an asteroid and back on the OSIRIS-REX mission. 

The mission stands for "Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx)". The Australian program to add Boeing's MQ-28 Ghost Bat drone has led to the creation of a nigh-100,000 square foot facility in Toowoomba, Queensland. The Aussies jumped at integrating the MQ-28 into their air force much more readily than Boeing's own homeland did, embarking on the program as a joint venture between their own MoD and Boeing's Australian subsidiary. They expect the factory to be up and running in "the next three years." Archer Aviation announced the successful completion of testing on its battery packs, evaluating their ability to withstand drops without failure and rupture. The test saw their Midnight aircraft's batteries dropped at various charge states, from totally dead to 100% from a 50-foot height. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne-NextGen!!!

Airborne-NextGen 04.03.24 is chock full of info in this Weekly News Episode, Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Hosts Holland Lee, Sophie Hurlock, Brianne Cross, Christopher Odom, and Laura Hutson, and is supported by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, and Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, this episode covers:

  • Collier Trophy Goes to Osiris-Rex Team 
  • Australia Breaking Ground on Boeing's AI Wingman Factory
  • Archer Completes Battery Pack Drop Testing
  • uAvionix Gains FAA Contract for BVLOS Study  
  • Vertical Flight Society Issues 2024 Awards
  • Northrop Grumman Promises It's the Right One for the Job
  • Reliable Robotics Chosen for AFWERX Funding Increase

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