Lockheed Martin Submits Proposal for Cargo UAS Services Request

jueves, 21 de octubre de 2010

Washington, DC, October 21st, 2011 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and Kaman Aerospace Corporation, a subsidiary of Kaman Corporation [NASDAQ GS: KAMN] have formally offered the K-MAX® unmanned helicopter in response to a U.S. Naval Air Systems Command request for a cargo unmanned aircraft system.

Earlier this year, the unmanned K-MAX system successfully demonstrated its ability to resupply troops in a simulated environment similar to forward operating bases in Afghanistan. Under a contract with the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, Lockheed Martin and Kaman successfully flew the unmanned K-MAX at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, meeting or exceeding the requirements that were set.

“The aircraft offers significantly reduced operational and logistics costs compared to transporting cargo by convoy or manned helicopter,” said Dan Spoor, Lockheed Martin Aviation Systems vice president. “We’ve paired Lockheed Martin’s mission management system with the proven rugged K-MAX airframe to give Marines the lift and reliability they need in theater. More importantly, it keeps them out of harm’s way.”

During the Dugway flights, the unmanned K-MAX demonstrated its ability to hover at 12,000 feet with a 1,500-pound sling load, deliver 3,000 pounds of cargo well within the six-hour required timeframe in two 150 nm round-trip flights, fly remotely controlled, perform a precision load delivery by a ground-based operator in either day or night conditions and upload a new mission plan to the aircraft’s mission management system during flight.

The team also showcased the unmanned K-MAX helicopter’s four-hook carousel, which enables multi-load deliveries in a single flight. The aircraft flew to three pre-programmed delivery coordinates loaded up with 3,450 pounds of cargo, and released a sling load autonomously at each location. At the Marine’s request, the fourth load delivery was performed under manual control by the ground operator.

This demonstrated capability exceeds all of the performance requirements detailed in the request. Lockheed Martin has teamed with Kaman to offer a proven solution.

Kaman has also performed a cargo airdrop demonstration in partnership with the U.S. Army’s Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center this past April.

“Airdropping cargo as an option to placing a sling load on the ground can enhance an unmanned aircraft’s survivability while delivering critical supplies in combat environments,” said Terry Fogarty, Kaman Unmanned Systems general manager.

The manned version of the K-MAX has accumulated more than 255,000 flight hours in the commercial logging and firefighting industry. Recently, the aircraft moved 2.5 million pounds of boulders in just over 40 hours at 10,000 feet altitude. Kaman designed the K-MAX helicopter to deliver sling loads up to 6,000 pounds at sea level, and 4,300 pounds at 15,000 feet. Lockheed Martin’s mission management and control systems give the K-MAX helicopter unparalleled flight autonomy in remote environments and over large distances. The team has flown the K-MAX nearly 400 hours in unmanned mode since joining forces in 2007.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 133,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s 2009 sales from continuing operations were $44.0 billion.

Kaman Helicopters is a division of Kaman Aerospace Corporation, a subsidiary of Kaman Corporation (NASDAQ-GS: KAMN). Founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman, and headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut conducts business in the aerospace and industrial distribution markets. The company produces and/or markets widely used proprietary aircraft bearings and components; complex metallic and composite aerostructures for commercial, military and general aviation fixed and rotary wing aircraft; safing and arming solutions for missile and bomb systems for the U.S. and allied militaries; subcontract helicopter work; and support for the company’s SH-2G Super Seasprite maritime helicopters and K-MAX medium-to-heavy lift helicopters. The company is also a leading distributor of industrial parts, and operates more than 200 customer service centers and five distribution centers across North America

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Boeing Co. said it favors an all-new 737 single-aisle jet over an upgrade of the existing version and is studying whether to add more seats to help reduce carbon emissions per passenger

“Our job is to improve the operating efficiency,” Jim Albaugh, chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said yesterday after the company reported earnings. “Re- engining is one way to do it, but quite frankly the business case for re-engining is not as compelling as we’d like to see.”

Boeing and European rival Airbus SAS are weighing the merits of an upgrade for their best-selling planes after pushing back plans to develop new models, saying engine technologies aren’t ripe. Boeing will decide by early next year and Airbus has promised a decision within two months.



EEUU venderá a Arabia Saudí aviones de combate, helicópteros y sistemas de defensa antimisiles por valor de 60.000 millones de dólares



Space Station Partners Release International Docking Standard

WASHINGTON -- The International Space Station Multilateral Coordination Board (MCB) has approved a docking system standard. The international standard will provide guidelines for a common interface to link future spacecraft ranging from crewed to autonomous vehicles and from low-Earth orbit to deep-space exploration missions. The interface definition document is available at:

The MCB consists of senior representatives from NASA, the Russian Federal Space Agency; the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology assisted by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency; the European Space Agency; and the Canadian Space Agency. The MCB is the space station's senior level management board. It coordinates the orbiting laboratory's operations and activities among the partners.

"The goal was to identify the requirements to create a standard interface to enable two different spacecraft to dock in space during future missions and operations," said Bill Gerstenmaier, MCB chair and associate administrator for the Space Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "This standard will ease the development process for emerging international cooperative space missions and enable the possibility of international crew rescue missions."

This standardization effort will ensure interface commonality without dictating any particular design behind the standard interface. The document contains the information necessary to describe physical features and design loads of a standard docking interface.

The technical teams from the five space station partner agencies will continue to work on additional refinements and revisions to the initial standard.

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Cessna & Bye Energy to Promote Cessna 172 Electric Propulsion System at NBAA 2010

DENVER, Colorado – October 18, 2010 - Bye Energy, Inc. and Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, will promote their collaborative effort to develop an electric propulsion system for a Cessna 172 Skyhawk during the annual meeting and convention for the National Business Aviation Association taking place Oct. 19-21, in Atlanta.

Bye Energy is developing electric and electric-hybrid propulsion systems for light general aviation aircraft, announcing The Green Flight Project (www.TheGreenFlightProject.aero) earlier this year. The company is planning to fly an electric-powered Cessna 172 Skyhawk proof of concept in the first quarter 2011.

George Bye, CEO of Bye Energy, said process and development for first flight of the electric Cessna 172 are well underway. "This is an ambitious effort, but we are continuing to uncover additional efficiencies with electric-powered flight," he said. "We are grateful to Cessna for its continued collaboration and support."

Cessna Chairman, President and CEO Jack J. Pelton said: "Bye Energy's progress toward first flight of the electric Cessna 172 demonstrator is encouraging news for the future of mainstream general aviation."

Bye and Charlie Johnson, COO of Bye Energy and former president of Cessna, will be at the Cessna booth #B2943 inside the convention center during NBAA 2010 on Wednesday, Oct. 20, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. to answer media questions and provide additional technical information about The Green Flight Project.

For more information about NBAA 2010, go to www.NBAA.org.

About Bye Energy
Formed in 2008, Bye Energy is developing an electric and electric-hybrid propulsion system for light general aviation aircraft, announcing “The Green Flight Project” (www.TheGreenFlightProject.aero) earlier this year. The company is also collaborating with Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, to design and develop and electric propulsion system for a Cessna 172 proof of concept aircraft. Bye Energy is headquartered on Centennial Airport in Englewood, Colo., and also has offices in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Albuquerque, N.M. For more information, go to www.ByeEnergy.com.

About Beyond the Edge
Beyond The Edge believes that the solutions to many global problems are already within reach, but they are buried in labs and libraries, in struggling start-ups and brilliant minds. The initiative is dedicated to finding those cutting-edge ideas and technologies, and providing the business, technical, and legal expertise to bring them to market. For more information, go to www.BeyondtheEdge.org.

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Rusia lanzará satélite lunar en 2013

Rusia planea lanzar un satélite lunar en 2013 como preparativo para el establecimiento de una presencia permanente rusa allí, informó el 18 la prensa rusa.

Rusia también planea dos expediciones lunares, dijo Victor Khartov, nuevo jefe de la compañía aerospacial rusa NPO Lavochkin.



[video] Sikorsky unveils S-97 for high-speed scout and attack helo. Sikorsky Commits to Build X2 TechnologyTM Prototypes to Advance Military Rotary Wing Operations


Eurocopter inaugurates its Eurocopter India subsidiary / Eurocopter inaugura la filial Eurocopter India

Eurocopter inaugurates its Eurocopter India subsidiary to further develop commercial, support and industrial relations in the country

Eurocopter today inaugurated its new Indian subsidiary, which has been given the goals of expanding the world’s largest helicopter manufacturer’s commercial presence in this highly-promising marketplace, reinforcing its support and services network throughout the country, and further developing the company’s four-decade relationship with Indian industry.
New Delhi, 20 octubre 2010

Eurocopter India Pvt. Ltd. is the 25th subsidiary established worldwide by Eurocopter and the 10th in Asia – underscoring the group’s commitment of being close to its customers and contributing to the helicopter sector’s evolution in key markets.

The new subsidiary is headquartered in New Delhi and has an existing facility in Bangalore for the management of industrial activity. An engineering centre will be created in Bangalore next year, along with the opening of a new commercial office in Mumbai. Eurocopter India’s current headcount of 30 employees is expected to grow significantly during the coming years as the company evolves its commercial, industrial and services/support presence in the country.

“The Indian helicopter industry has great potential for expansion, given the country’s expanding economy, its size and challenging terrain, as well as the industrial potential,” said Eurocopter India CEO Marie-Agnès Veve. “Eurocopter is the world’s first major helicopter manufacturer to establish a subsidiary in India, which underscores our objective of being a key player in this very important marketplace.”

Eurocopter currently has 23 civil and government customers currently operating its helicopter products in India, with these rotary-wing aircraft performing duties that range from the support of offshore oil and gas drilling to VIP, corporate and passenger transportation. In addition to reinforcing these current markets, Eurocopter also is working with Indian institutions, companies and associations to develop new markets such as law enforcement, helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS), disaster management and utility.

Eurocopter’s growing product line is well suited for the full spectrum of operations in India. Its AS365 Dauphin is the country’s preferred helicopter for off-shore, para-public and government transport; while the EC135, EC145 and AS350 Ecureuil family are perfectly tailored to India’s emergency medical services and law enforcement duties. The AS350 and EC130 meet Indian operational needs in passenger transport, VIP service and tourism. Eurocopter’s EC225 Super Puma responds to India’s deepwater offshore mission requirements and for search & rescue operations, which will be reinforced with the company’s new EC175 – which has the range and payload capabilities required in India’s west and east coast basins.

“The Indian helicopter sector has been growing at an annual rate of 20 percent, and our ambition is to become this country’s no. 1 supplier for the civilian, government and para-public markets – which is the case for Eurocopter in the rest of the world,” explained Joseph Saporito, Eurocopter’s Executive Vice President - Commercial Helicopters. “The Eurocopter India subsidiary is part of our company’s continuing investment in staff, resources and services to achieve this objective.”

Eurocopter India also will address current and future operators’ needs for maintenance and support by offering responsive, cost-effective solutions for spares management, technical documentation and training. A country-wide MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) network will be developed by the subsidiary, building on Eurocopter’s existing local assets and partnerships within India. This includes its agreements with Pawan Hans Helicopter Ltd. – the world’s largest civil operator of AS365 Dauphins – for an in-country MRO operation to service this twin-engine helicopter type, along with the installation of an AS365 full-flight simulator for flight crew training.

Another priority for the new Eurocopter India subsidiary is the expansion of the company’s industrial cooperation, building on the 40-year relationship with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) – which has produced 600 of the company’s Lama and Alouette III helicopters under license. Today, HAL is manufacturing some 100 shipsets of airframe components per year for the AS550/AS350 helicopters, and is part of the Eurocopter global supply chain. HAL will continue to work with Eurocopter as a major industrial partner.

Eurocopter’s existing office in Bangalore will be expanded under the management of Eurocopter India to define additional manufacturing opportunities in the country. In addition, a Eurocopter engineering centre will be created in Bangalore to support the company’s design, development and industrial activities.

Eurocopter India also has set the goal of applying Eurocopter’s culture of excellence in assisting the country’s civil aviation authorities and operators to further evolve and mature the helicopter sector – with the focus on safety and infrastructure. This will build on Eurocopter’s demonstrated track record in other countries, where it has successfully established a presence and worked cooperatively with helicopter operators and governments.

Eurocopter inaugura la filial Eurocopter India para continuar el desarrollo comercial, el apoyo y las relaciones industriales mantenidas en ese país

Eurocopter ha inaugurado hoy su nueva filial en la India con el objetivo de aumentar la presencia comercial del mayor fabricante de helicópteros del mundo en un mercado altamente prometedor, para lo que refuerza su red de apoyo y servicios y prosigue el fomento de unas relaciones de cuatro décadas con la industria de la India.
Nueva Delhi, 20 octubre 2010

Eurocopter India Pvt. Ltd. es la vigésimo quinta filial establecida a escala mundial por Eurocopter y la décima de Asia. El Grupo subraya así su compromiso de acercarse a sus clientes y de contribuir a la evolución del sector del helicóptero en mercados clave.

La nueva filial tiene su sede principal en Nueva Delhi, además de dependencias en Bangalore, para gestionar sus actividades industriales. En esta última ciudad se establecerá el año próximo un centro de ingeniería, así como una oficina comercial en Mumbai. Se espera que la actual plantilla de Eurocopter India – unas 30 personas – aumente de forma significativa en los próximos años al tiempo que evoluciona la presencia comercial, industrial, de servicios y de apoyo en el país.

“La industria india del helicóptero posee un gran potencial de expansión, considerando el crecimiento económico, las dimensiones y retos que presenta, además de su potencial industrial”, dijo la delegada general de Eurocopter India, Marie-Agnès Veve. “Eurocopter es el primer gran fabricante mundial de helicópteros que funda una filial en la India. Ello muestra nuestro objetivo de ser un actor clave en este mercado tan importante”.

En la actualidad, 23 clientes civiles y gubernamentales del país operan helicópteros de Eurocopter, que prestan servicio en sectores comprendidos entre el apoyo de prospecciones petrolíferas y de gas “offshore” hasta el transporte VIP, corporativo y de pasajeros. Por añadidura, para mayor fortalecimiento de los mercados actuales, Eurocopter colabora con instituciones, compañías y asociaciones de la India con ánimo de desarrollar nuevos mercados, por ejemplo, en los sectores de cumplimiento de la ley, servicios de socorro sanitario (HEMS, por sus siglas en inglés), gestión de ayuda en caso de catástrofe y utilitarios.

La cada vez más larga línea de productos de Eurocopter se adapta perfectamente al abanico completo de operaciones de la India. Su Dauphin AS365 es el helicóptero preferido allí para el transporte “offshore”, parapúblico y gubernamental. El EC135, el EC145 y la familia Ecureuil AS350 se adaptan perfectamente a los requerimientos de la India para servicios de socorro sanitario y de cumplimiento de la ley. El AS350 y el EC130 satisfacen las necesidades operacionales del país en cuanto a transporte de pasajeros, de VIP y de turismo. El EC225 Super Puma de Eurocopter, que cumple con los requisitos impuestos en la India a las misiones en alta mar, lejos de la costa, y a las operaciones de búsqueda y salvamento, se verá reforzado por el nuevo helicóptero EC175 de la empresa, que ofrece el alcance y la capacidad de carga útil exigidas en las cuencas occidental y oriental del país.

“El sector del helicóptero de la India viene experimentando un crecimiento anual del 20 por ciento; y nosotros abrigamos la ambición de convertirnos en primer proveedor del mercado de helicópteros civiles, gubernamentales y parapúblicos, como Eurocopter lo es en el resto del mundo”, dijo Joseph Saporito, vicepresidente ejecutivo de Helicópteros Comerciales de Eurocopter. “La filial Eurocopter India está incluida en las continuas inversiones que nuestra empresa efectúa en personal, recursos y servicios destinados a lograr ese objetivo”.

Además, Eurocopter India satisfará las necesidades actuales y futuras de los operadores en cuestión de mantenimiento y apoyo, ofreciendo soluciones adecuadas y a un precio competitivo para gestión de repuestos, documentación técnica y formación de personal. Establecerá así en todo el país una red de mantenimiento, reparaciones e inspecciones mayores (MRO, por sus siglas en inglés) sobre la base de las instalaciones locales de Eurocopter y de las asociaciones con empresas indias ya existentes. Esto incluye acuerdos con Pawan Hans Helicopter Ltd., – el mayor operador mundial del Dauphin AS365 – para trabajos MRO en el país, destinados a este tipo de helicópteros biturbina, además de la instalación de un simulador “full-flight” de AS365 para formación de tripulantes.

Otra prioridad de la nueva filial Eurocopter India es la expansión de la cooperación industrial, basada en 40 años de relaciones con Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), fabricante bajo licencia de 600 helicópteros Lama y Alouette III. En la actualidad, HAL fabrica al año cerca de un centenar de conjuntos de componentes de los helicópteros AS550/AS350 y es parte de la cadena de abastecimiento global de Eurocopter. HAL continuará colaborando con Eurocopter en calidad de importante socio industrial.

La oficina de Eurocopter ya existente en Bangalore se ampliará bajo la gestión de Eurocopter India para determinar oportunidades adicionales de fabricación en el país. Por otro lado, también en Bangalore se creará un centro de ingeniería, encargado de apoyar las actividades de diseño, desarrollo e industriales de la empresa.

Asimismo, Eurocopter India se ha fijado el objetivo de aplicar la cultura de excelencia propia de Eurocopter y prestará asistencia a las autoridades de aviación civil y a los operadores del país para que el sector del helicóptero evolucione y madure, con la seguridad y la infraestructura en el centro de atención. Todo ello se fundamenta en el probado registro de Eurocopter en otros países, donde se ha asentado con éxito y colaborado positivamente con operadores de helicópteros y gobiernos.


Sikorsky unveils S-97 for high-speed scout and attack helo. Sikorsky Commits to Build X2 TechnologyTM Prototypes to Advance Military Rotary Wing Operations

West Palm Beach, Florida - Sikorsky Aircraft will design, build and fly two prototype light tactical helicopters as the follow-on advancement to the X2 TechnologyTM demonstrator aircraft that unofficially shattered the helicopter world speed record here in September with a flight speed of 250 knots (287 mph). The decision to continue development of the next-generation rotary wing technology will enable Sikorsky and select suppliers to offer the high speed X2 prototype vehicles for flight test and evaluation by U.S. armed forces. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

“Having proved the X2 Technology design to ourselves, we have full confidence we can now mature the technology for the U.S. Army’s light armed reconnaissance helicopter size,” said Sikorsky President Jeffrey Pino. “Self funding the design of a brand new light tactical helicopter – the Sikorsky S-97 – and manufacturing two prototypes we have designated as the Raider™ X2 helicopter will help military aviation evaluate the viability of a fast and maneuverable next generation rotorcraft for a variety of combat missions.”

In March 2010, Sikorsky submitted an X2 aircraft design to the Army’s Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) program in response to a request for information. The AAS program is currently conducting an analysis of alternatives for the Army’s next armed reconnaissance helicopter. Like the X2 Technology demonstrator that broke the helicopter speed record, the X2 Raider prototypes will feature twin coaxial counter-rotating main rotors (in place of one main rotor and a tail rotor) and a pusher propeller.

For the armed reconnaissance mission, the X2 Raider helicopter will have space aft of the two-pilot cockpit for armament and auxiliary fuel. In an assault configuration, the cabin affords space to accommodate up to six troops.

In addition to flying at nearly twice the speed of a conventional helicopter, the X2 Raider prototype aircraft will incorporate other key performance parameters critical to combat operations — increased maneuverability, greater endurance, and the ability to operate at high altitudes.

Compared to other light military helicopters, the X2 Raider prototypes are expected to significantly reduce turning radius and acoustic noise signature, while significantly increasing the aircraft’s payload, flight endurance and hot and high hover capability.

“These attributes will enable the X2 Raider aircraft to meet or exceed the potential U.S. Army requirements for its next armed reconnaissance helicopter,” said Doug Shidler, Sikorsky’s Light Tactical Helicopter director. “If selected by the Army, the X2 Raider aircraft design will enable high performance flight operations in high altitude regions that currently pose challenges to today’s light military helicopters.”

Sikorsky will conduct its X2 Raider aircraft development program utilizing military standards. The company expects to conduct its first major program milestone — a preliminary design review — in 2011. First flight, projected in four years, could depend in part on the pace of development and customer need.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.

This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning potential production and sale of helicopters. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to changes in government procurement priorities and practices, budget plans or availability of funding or in the number of aircraft to be built; challenges in the design, development, production and support of advanced technologies; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in United Technologies Corporation’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings.


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http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2010/10/defense-kc-x-tanker-capacity-101910/ Fuel capacity pivotal in tanker bid: experts

Fuel capacity will be a major factor in deciding the outcome of the Air Force’s $35 billion KC-X tanker competition, which will likely be the Air Force’s last tanker buy for decades, according to an influential analyst and a former Air Force three-star general.

When looked at through this prism, “some differences” between Boeing’s updated KC-767-based offering and EADS’ larger Airbus A330-based offering could “really jump out” depending on the scenarios Air Force KC-X evaluators look at, Grant added.



El AVE Madrid-Levante robará al avión una cuota del 55%

La razón es que el servicio de AVE resultará más económico que el aéreo pero más caro, en más de un 50%, que los trenes Alaris que en la actualidad cubren el trayecto en dos horas más. Este servicio será eliminado por Renfe con la llegada del AVE. Adicionalmente el mejor aprovechamiento del tiempo de viaje que supone el tren de Alta Velocidad sobre otros modos de transporte permite un incremento de productividad equivalente a 1.000 trabajadores-año.


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As UAV use grows, bandwidth limits become a concern

The U.S. Air Force is facing a dilemma: The need and utility of unmanned aircraft continues to grow, but the technology could also limit the service’s operational responsiveness. However, while current technologies may be reaching their limits, the Defense Department is also investing in future systems that will vastly increase the capabilities of robot aircraft through increased autonomy.



First China-Made Jumbo to Take off by 2014

"After years of research, the general blueprint of our own jumbo jet is being made. We will start the detailed design next year," said Chen Jin, Marketing Head of China Commercial Aircraft Corp.

Chen said the jumbo jet will have new generation engines, superior to that of the Boeing 737. It will feature an increased economic performance, reduced emissions and enhanced comfort.



Brasileña Embraer instala su primer centro de servicios en México


El fabricante aeronáutico brasileño Embraer anunció este miércoles la instalación de su primer centro técnico en México, tras firmar un acuerdo con la firma de servicios para aviación ejecutiva Transpaís Aéreo.Transpaís, que ya funcionaba como representante de ventas de la fabricante brasileña, pasará a ofrecer servicios técnicos para los clientes de los modelos Phenom 100 (cuatro pasajeros) y Phenom 300


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