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Technological Revolution and Industrial Transformation, Weichai Power Releases the World's First Diesel Engine with a Base Engine Thermal Efficiency of 51.09%, along with Major Hydrogen Energy Technology Achievements

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Thursday, January 13, 2022 - 9:45am

TuV SuD, an world-renowned test authority, issued a certificate of thermal efficiency of 51.09% to Weichai Power.

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  • TuV SuD, an world-renowned test authority, issued a certificate of thermal efficiency of 51.09% to Weichai Power.
  • Transportation is an important field for this target, and the internal combustion engine industry plays an important role in this process.
  • Thermal efficiency is the yardstick for the fuel efficiency of internal combustion engines: higher thermal efficiency represents lower fuel consumption and better effects of energy conservation and emission reduction.
  • Improving thermal efficiency has been the common pursuit of the global diesel engine industry since diesel engines emerged 125 years ago.

Technological Revolution and Industrial Transformation

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Tuesday, January 11, 2022 - 5:36pm

Then the delivery ceremony of hydrogen-powered heavy-duty truck delivery for demonstrative operation between Shandong Heavy Industry and Shandong Port was held.

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  • Then the delivery ceremony of hydrogen-powered heavy-duty truck delivery for demonstrative operation between Shandong Heavy Industry and Shandong Port was held.
  • Transportation is an important field for this target, and the internal combustion engine industry plays an important role in this process.
  • The base engine thermal efficiency of 51.09% is another significant revolution of traditional engines, as well as a technical preparation for the implementation of the "China VII" emission standard.
  • A series of outcomes marks that the "Hydrogen for Every Home" technology demonstration project is turning from blueprint into reality.

Iteris Selected to Support Development of Connected Vehicle Data Exchange Platform for Florida Department of Transportation

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Thursday, January 6, 2022 - 1:30pm

(NASDAQ: ITI), the global leader in smart mobility infrastructure management, today announced that it has been selected by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) as part of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) team to develop a connected vehicle data exchange platform, representing the further expansion of Iteris specialized consulting services in Florida, a key geographic market.

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  • (NASDAQ: ITI), the global leader in smart mobility infrastructure management, today announced that it has been selected by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) as part of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) team to develop a connected vehicle data exchange platform, representing the further expansion of Iteris specialized consulting services in Florida, a key geographic market.
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220106005189/en/
    Iteris Selected to Support Development of Connected Vehicle Data Exchange Platform for Florida Department of Transportation (Graphic: Business Wire)
    The data exchange platform will enable FDOT to analyze real-time road conditions and communicate critical travel information to the traveling public, state and local government entities, private-sector partners, and other stakeholders.
  • The FDOT project is among the first in the United States to develop a vehicle-to-everything (V2X) data exchange, capturing data from thousands of devices across connected and automated vehicle (CAV) and smart mobility infrastructure networks.
  • This connected vehicle data will be fused with a breadth of other data both from FDOT-owned infrastructure and third-party data feeds.

NASA Selects Four University Teams for Aviation Projects

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Thursday, December 23, 2021 - 7:14pm

Team members include Georgia Tech, Purdue University, Boeing, GE Research, ANSYS, Southwest Research Institute, and the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

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  • Team members include Georgia Tech, Purdue University, Boeing, GE Research, ANSYS, Southwest Research Institute, and the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.
  • Team members include Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, University at Buffalo, University of Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Raytheon, Boeing, and Advanced Magnet Lab.
  • Team members include Georgia Tech, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, North Carolina A&T State University, University of Nevada at Reno, Lockheed Martin, and Sierra Nevada Corporation.
  • Six teams were selected earlier in 2021 , five teams were chosen in 2020 , three teams were announced in 2019 , and five teams were selected for the inaugural initiative in 2017 .

Blue Canyon Technologies Announces Reaction Wheel Milestone on NASA's CYGNSS Mission

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021 - 3:00pm

Small-satellite manufacturer and mission services provider Blue Canyon Technologies LLC ("BCT" or "Blue Canyon"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies, announced the five-year on-orbit milestone of its reaction wheels and star trackers on NASA's Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) mission.

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  • Small-satellite manufacturer and mission services provider Blue Canyon Technologies LLC ("BCT" or "Blue Canyon"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies, announced the five-year on-orbit milestone of its reaction wheels and star trackers on NASA's Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) mission.
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    BCT Nano Star Tracker (Photo: Business Wire)
    "Our reaction wheel and tracker performance are key components to the mission's attitude controls, said Matt Pallas, Blue Canyon executive director of components.
  • The CYGNSS mission was extended three years to 2023, with plans to revisit and possibly extend through 2026.
  • At its manufacturing facility in Boulder, Colorado, Blue Canyon produces more than 30 reaction wheels weekly and has delivered over 1000 flight reaction wheels, of which 500 have successfully flown.

Thacker to Lead SwRI’s Mechanical Engineering Division

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Friday, December 3, 2021 - 9:29pm

Dr. Ben Thacker, P.E., has been named vice president of Southwest Research Institutes Mechanical Engineering Division.

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  • Dr. Ben Thacker, P.E., has been named vice president of Southwest Research Institutes Mechanical Engineering Division.
  • Thacker previously served as executive director of the divisions Materials and Fluids Engineering Departments.
  • As vice president, Thacker will oversee a staff of more than 300, working in five research departments: Engineering Dynamics, Fluids Engineering, Machinery, Materials Engineering and Structural Engineering.
  • Thacker is a member of two engineering honor societies: Tau Beta Pi and Chi Epsilon.

Eaton Leverages Cylinder Deactivation and Exhaust Thermal Management Technologies to Reduce Commercial Vehicle Emissions

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 11:30am

Power management company Eaton today announced its Vehicle Group has demonstrated cylinder deactivation (CDA) as an effective technology for meeting future global emissions requirements for diesel-engine powered commercial vehicles.

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  • Power management company Eaton today announced its Vehicle Group has demonstrated cylinder deactivation (CDA) as an effective technology for meeting future global emissions requirements for diesel-engine powered commercial vehicles.
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    Eaton has demonstrated its cylinder deactivation technology is effective for meeting future global emissions requirements for diesel-engine powered commercial vehicles.
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    Our CDA technology has proven it can help our customers meet increasingly strict emissions regulations for diesel engines, said Christopher Mancuso, business unit director, Engine Air Management, Eatons Vehicle Group.
  • This comes at a time when many global manufacturers are determining what technologies they will leverage in next-generation vehicles to reduce harmful emissions.

NASA's Juno: Science Results Offer First 3D View of Jupiter Atmosphere

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Thursday, October 28, 2021 - 11:27pm

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- New findings from NASA's Juno probe orbiting Jupiter provide a fuller picture of how the planet's distinctive and colorful atmospheric features offer clues about the unseen processes below its clouds. The results highlight the inner workings of the belts and zones of clouds encircling Jupiter, as well as its polar cyclones and even the Great Red Spot.

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  • The results highlight the inner workings of the belts and zones of clouds encircling Jupiter, as well as its polar cyclones and even the Great Red Spot.
  • Researchers published several papers on Juno's atmospheric discoveries today in the journal Science and the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets.
  • "Now, we're starting to put all these individual pieces together and getting our first real understanding of how Jupiter's beautiful and violent atmosphere works in 3D."
  • "Being able to complement MWR's finding on the depth gives us great confidence that future gravity experiments at Jupiter will yield equally intriguing results."

NASA, ULA Launch Lucy Mission to 'Fossils' of Planet Formation

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Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 1:02pm

Lucy will investigate these "fossils" of planetary formation up close during its journey.

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  • Lucy will investigate these "fossils" of planetary formation up close during its journey.
  • About an hour after launch, Lucy separated from the second stage of the ULA Atlas V 401 rocket.
  • "A true mission of discovery, Lucy is rich with opportunity to learn more about these mysterious Trojan asteroids and better understand the formation and evolution of the early solar system."
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NASA's Lucy Spacecraft, Built by Lockheed Martin, Starts Journey to Jupiter's Trojan Asteroids

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Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 12:44pm

"Seeing Lucy start her journey reinforces the strength of the 500 team members from NASA, Lockheed Martin, the Southwest Research Institute and many other teams who worked together to bring this mission to life," said Rich Lipe, Lockheed Martin Lucy program manager.

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  • "Seeing Lucy start her journey reinforces the strength of the 500 team members from NASA, Lockheed Martin, the Southwest Research Institute and many other teams who worked together to bring this mission to life," said Rich Lipe, Lockheed Martin Lucy program manager.
  • The spacecraft was designed, built and tested in Lockheed Martin's Littleton facility, using transformative technology.
  • The company's mission operations team is now in communications with the spacecraft and will operate it through the end of its mission.
  • Lockheed Martin Space designed, built, tested and operates Lucy out of its Littleton, Colorado, facility.