World's largest offshore wind farm opens for business

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World's largest offshore wind farm opens for business:

With 102 turbines, the Walney offshore wind farm, which opened yesterday, has become with ...

Walney wind farm off the coast of Cumbria in the UK yesterday became the world's largest offshore wind facility. One hundred and two turbines over 73 sq km (28 sq miles) provide a maximum output of 367.2 MW. It's claimed the facility will provide enough power for about 320,000 homes - half as many again as the total number in Cumbria...
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easyJet to trial greener electric taxiing

easyJet to trial greener electric taxiing:

UK-based bargain airline easyJet has thrown its weight behind the development of an electr...

UK-based bargain airline easyJet has thrown its weight behind the development of an electric taxiing system in a bid to cut its fuel consumption and enhance its environmental credibility. The "electric green taxiing system" (EGTS) is a joint venture by engineering and aerospace conglomerates Honeywell and Safran. Safran claims that four percent of easyJet's fuel consumption is used taxiing aircraft before take off and after landing from and to gates. ..
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Airbus takes Air Traffic Management to the fourth dimension

Supports partnership for more efficiency in European airspace.
Blagnac, 10 February 2012

The world’s first flight using a four dimensional optimized and upgraded Air Traffic Management (ATM) technology has taken place with Airbus’ dedicated A320 test aircraft flying from Toulouse to Copenhagen and Stockholm. The project is called I-4D (Initial-4D).

The main benefits of I-4D are a significant reduction of fuel burn and C02 emissions, in line with SESAR*’s target to reduce the environmental impact per flight by ten percent, a decrease of delays and therefore shorter and smoother flights for passengers.

This flight test offers a concrete solution towards improving the existing European system which is reaching its capacity limit. It is a world premiere in the ongoing transformation of today’s air traffic management system.

Once proven and industrialized, it will allow aircraft to plan and fly an optimized and efficient profile without any need for the controllers to provide any vectoring instruction. This will bring better predictability of the traffic flows and facilitate Continuous Descent Operations into airports. As a result, aircraft flying in a holding pattern will be notably reduced.

I-4D trajectory management relies on an aircraft function that predicts and transmits data to the ground enabling the aircraft to accurately fly a trajectory after coordination with the ground systems. This is called a 4D-trajectory as it is described in three dimensions (lateral, longitudinal and vertical) and it includes one target time at a specific merging point (time as the fourth dimension).

I-4D is the first step in developing one of the essential pillars of the SESAR programme: conciliating the increasing traffic density with the efficiency of flights. It is the result of several months of collaboration between SESAR partners.

One of Airbus’ key roles has been to test the upgraded flight management (Navigation) and communication systems with each other and to integrate them into the real aircraft architecture.

More flight trials and simulations are planned in 2012 and 2013. The first I-4D operation is planned in Europe from 2018 onwards.

About Initial-4D
Operational partners: Airbus, EUROCONTROL’s Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC) and NORACON (1)
Ground Industry: Indra and Thales ATM
Airborne Industry: Honeywell, Thales Avionics and Airbus

*About SESAR
The SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) joint undertaking is a public-private partnership created to provide improved control of the aircraft flying the skies of Europe, prevent crippling congestion and reduce the overall environmental impact of air transport.
I4D is a project in this broad programme to achieve the goals of Sesar.

Airbus is a major contributor to all activities, and is leading the aircraft work package that defines onboard solutions to meet operational improvement targets identified in the SESAR master plan.

(1) NORACON is a consortium of eight air navigation service providers: Austro Control and the North European ANS Providers (NEAP), Avinor (Norway), EANS (Estonia), Finavia (Finland), IAA (Ireland), ISAVIA (Iceland), LFV (Sweden) and Naviair (DK). LFV and Naviair will participate in the I-4D flight trial.


First flight of TORNADO production aircraft with ASSTA 3.0

10 February 2012 (PR & Photos)

  • Capability enhancement trials fully on schedule
  • Delivery to German Air Force planned mid-2012
  • Tornados remain in service until beyond 2025

CASSIDIAN has reached an important milestone in the delivery of the latest capability standard ASSTA 3.0 (Avionics System Software Tornado Ada) for the German Air Force fleet of Tornado combat aircraft. The first ASSTA 3.0 production aircraft performed its functional maiden flight at Cassidian’s Manching site on 8 February. Over the next few months, a concerted effort will be made to finalise and certify the ASSTA 3.0 software. The first Tornados upgraded will then be delivered to the German Air Force in mid-2012 as planned.

Besides the installation of MIDS (Multifunctional Information Distribution System / Link 16), the ASSTA 3.0 standard includes a state-of-the-art radio device, a digital video and voice recorder (DVDR), and the integrated Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition (LJDAM) which can be guided to its target by means of satellite navigation or by laser. While activities for ASSTA 3.0 are ongoing, the development of version 3.1 has already begun. This involves replacing the old monochrome TV/tabs with colour displays (L/RNHDD) and integrating the MIDS Basic Package with full Mission Control/Situation display and the video images from the Light Designator Pod and the Recce Light Pod.

On behalf of Panavia GmbH, Cassidian is responsible for the project management, development, manufacture and installation of the combat efficiency improvements for the German Tornados in close cooperation with Alenia Aeronautica in Italy and BAE Systems in the UK. As an industrial partner in the trinational Tornado programme, Cassidian was in charge of developing and manufacturing all of the Tornado’s centre fuselage sections, and was also responsible for the avionics, the communication system, the flight control computer and the aircraft’s entire computer system.


EADS honours its “best and brightest” innovators, inventors and craftsmen with their induction into the company’s Hall of Fame

Friedrichshafen, 09 February 2012

The spirit of innovation across EADS´ Divisions and operations was recognized today with the latest induction of members into the company’s Hall of Fame, which honoured employees from Airbus, Astrium, EADS Innovation Works and Eurocopter.

This year’s winners were announced during a biennial gala organised by the EADS Corporate Technical Office, which sponsors the Hall of Fame. Held at the Dornier Museum in Friedrichshafen, Germany, the event was attended by employees, EADS top managers and invited VIPs.

Named as the Great Inventor in recognition of the number of his high-quality patented inventions was Gerhard Müller, who works at EADS Innovation Works – the company’s research and technology organisation.

Eurocopter’s X3 team was named as the Great Innovator for its development and successful flight demonstrations of the company’s high-speed hybrid helicopter testbed. A group of Astrium employees was recognized with a special prize as Best Systems Engineering Team.

Completing the Hall of Fame inductees were François Baras of Astrium and Airbus Military’s José Bello Ibañez, who were both named Great Craftsmen.

“The Hall of Fame is our way of spotlighting the ‘best of the best’ at a company that has become known worldwide for its innovation and creativity,” explained Jean Botti, the EADS Chief Technical Officer.

EADS selects a new set of Hall of Fame inductees every two years, with the winners depicted in permanent galleries located in company headquarters facilities in Paris and Suresnes, France, and Ottobrunn, Germany.

For this year’s event, the Hall of Fame winners were revealed by four special guests: Claudie Haigneré, former French cosmonaut and Minister; former German astronaut Ulf Merbold; and members of the EADS Formation Skydiving Team.


Japan Airlines, IAG Seek Joint Business Agreement

Japan Airlines, IAG Seek Joint Business Agreement: Japan Airlines is taking major steps toward tightening its relationships with its Oneworld partners, applying for a joint business agreement with the International Airlines Group (IAG) and announcing a code-share with Air Berlin.


NASA Offers Reward For Green Propellant

NASA Offers Reward For Green Propellant: Technology Demonstration Missions Program is looking for alternatives to toxic hydrazine for spacecraft, offering contracts worth as much as $50 million.


NASA Spinoff 2011 Unveils Benefits Of NASA Technologies On Earth

NASA Spinoff 2011 Unveils Benefits Of NASA Technologies On Earth: Latest Edition Follows 44 Technologies From Space To Terrestrial Pursuits NASA's Spinoff 2011 publication, now available online, reveals how the space agency's ingenuity and partnerships have saved thousands of lives, and generated billions of dollars. The latest edition of Spinoff records 44 journeys of NASA's most innovative technologies. It chronicles their origins in NASA missions and programs and their transfer to the public in the form of practical commercial products and benefits to society.


Electric Green Taxiing System Set For Trials

Electric Green Taxiing System Set For Trials: Developers Safran, Honeywell Estimate Four Percent Total Fuel Savings For easyJet A new electric green taxiing system (EGTS) will be tested by easyJet, which claims to be the UKs largest airline. The EGTS, developed in collaboration with Honeywell and Safran, will save the carrier an estimated 4% in its overall fuel burn.