07 Dec 2020

Airbus Bets on Hydrogen to Deliver Zero-Emission Jets

In September, company Airbus SE laid out a five-year plan to develop a commercially viable hydrogen aircraft despite obstacles such as the issue of storing highly combustible hydrogen. Airbus is seeking to maintain carbon neutrality by 2050, virtually reinventing the trillion-dollar aviation industry. Airbus has placed more emphasis on the

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03 Nov 2020

Transportation Department Rolls Out New Program to Further Drive Drone Integration

The UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP) was created through a presidential memorandum and began in October of 2017. The three-year program has now come to a close, however, the Transportation Department has now launched a new initiative to address the remaining challenges facing the implementation of unmanned aircraft systems operating

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30 Oct 2020

4 Startups Tapped to Pilot Capabilities at Defense’s 5G Living Lab

The National Security Innovation Network Starts program executed a contest to find startup companies to assist the Pentagon in rolling out 5G technology domestically and abroad. Almost 50 startup companies participated in the competition, named NSIN’s Navy/USMC 5G pitch competition. COMSovereign, GenXComm, Omnispace, and vRotors are the four startup companies

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18 May 2020

Air Force Leaders Fret As Another Satellite Maker Declares Bankruptcy

Intelsat announced last Wednesday during a press release that it was declaring bankruptcy, becoming the second major satellite company to file for bankruptcy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement was met with concern from the US Air Force’s chief acquisitions executive, Will Roper, who stated that the cash flow into

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07 May 2020

NASA, Virgin Galactic Team Up to Advance Supersonic Tech for Point-to-Point Travel

NASA is collaborating with Virgin Galactic to develop next-generation flight vehicles that have the capability of point-to-point air travel. Virgin Galactic has signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA to produce the technology and help generate the planes that could hold potential for civil applications. The collaboration was announced on

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18 Oct 2019

Researchers reveal the cyber campaign that built China’s new airliner

A new report by CrowdStrike exposes a Chinese cyber espionage campaign that took place over the course of five years and eventually enabled the state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) to build the C919 airliner, which should cost less than half the price of similar airliners produced by Airbus

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18 Oct 2019

European Airport Systems Infected With Monero-Mining Malware

Researchers with Cyberbit recently detected cryptojacking malware infections on over half of all computing systems at an undisclosed international airport in Europe. Cryptojacking refers to the illegitimate use of a system’s resourcing powers for mining cryptocurrency. In this case, the malware was mining Monero cryptocurrency. The malware had made its

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27 Sep 2019

Airbus hit by series of cyber attacks on suppliers

In the last 12 months, threat actors have launched four supply-chain attacks targeting European multinational aerospace corporation Airbus via some of its suppliers, insiders told AFP. During this period, the company only publicly acknowledged a security incident in January, which reportedly led to “unauthorised access to data.” The AFP’s sources

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31 Jul 2019

US Issues Hacking Security Alert for Small Planes

Because security researchers from Rapid7 recently discovered that modern flight systems in small planes can be easily disrupted by a threat actor with physical access to an aircraft, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Tuesday sent out an alert urging plane owners to restrict this type of access.

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13 Jun 2019

Ransomware halts production for days at major airplane parts manufacturer

Airplane parts manufacturer ASCO suffered a ransomware attack on June 7 that prompted the firm to shut down production facilities in Belgium, Canada, Germany and the US for at least one week. The ransomware hit the network of ASCO’s production plant in Zaventem, Belgium. The company has not indicated if

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