Asciende a 50 el número de potenciales víctimas del accidente del avión ruso SSJ-100 en Indonesia

miércoles, 9 de mayo de 2012

Según los últimos datos, a bordo del avión rusoSukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ-100) que desapareció este miércoles en Indonesia durante un vuelo de exhibición, estaban 50 personas, ciudadanos de 5 países, informó un representante del grupo de rescate en el aeropuerto de Yakarta.

El Su100 Superjet estaba de gira promocional por Asia


Boeing KC-46 Tanker Program Successfully Completes Preliminary Design Review

  • US Air Force program remains on schedule
  • Critical Design Review set for 2013
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MUKILTEO, Wash., May 8, 2012 -- The Boeing [NYSE: BA] KC-46 Tanker program has completed a Preliminary Design Review (PDR) with the U.S. Air Force, a key milestone in the development of the next-generation aerial refueling tanker.

The review, which began March 21 and ended April 27, demonstrated that the preliminary design of the KC-46A Tanker meets system requirements and establishes the basis for proceeding with detailed design. Boeing remains on plan to deliver 18 combat-ready KC-46A Tankers by 2017.

"I'm happy with Boeing's performance. They're maintaining a very tight focus on meeting commitments and staying on or ahead of schedule. The program remains on a good path," said Air Force Maj. Gen. Chris Bogdan, KC-46 Program executive officer. "This is important news for the nation's warfighters, because it reaffirms our commitment to delivering the KC-46A tanker on schedule."

The program's next major milestone is a Critical Design Review (CDR) that will take place in the summer of 2013. The CDR will determine that the design of the KC-46A is mature and ready to proceed to the manufacturing phase.

"The KC-46 team is designing an aircraft that will offer superior, modern multi-role capabilities for the warfighter, including advanced refueling systems and military avionics, and the ability to transport cargo, passengers and patients," said Maureen Dougherty, Boeing KC-46 Tanker vice president and program manager. "Working closely with our Air Force teammates, we’ve made tremendous progress in the past 14 months and have the foundation in place to enter the detailed design phase."

In addition to the successful PDR, the Boeing KC-46 team has completed several major milestones on or ahead of schedule over the past year that include a System Requirements Review, Integrated Baseline Review, 767-2C PDR, and Firm Configuration Reviews for the 767-2C and the KC-46A Tanker.

Boeing will build 179 next-generation aerial refueling tanker aircraft that will begin to replace the Air Force's fleet of 416 KC-135 tankers. Based on the proven Boeing 767 commercial airplane, the KC-46A tanker is a widebody, multi-mission aircraft updated with the latest and most advanced technology to meet the demanding mission requirements of the future, including a digital flight deck featuring Boeing 787 Dreamliner electronic displays and a flight control design philosophy that places aircrews in command to maximize combat maneuverability. The KC-46A also features a modernized KC-10 boom with a fly-by-wire control system, and a refueling envelope and fuel offload rate that is greater than that of the KC-135 it will replace.


Boeing Designs Advanced Technology Winglet for 737 MAX

New technology to give MAX customers up to additional 1.5 percent fuel-burn reduction

Boeing (NYSE: BA) announced may, 2nd a new winglet design concept for the 737 MAX. The new Advanced Technology winglet will provide MAX customers with up to an additional 1.5 percent fuel-burn improvement, depending on range, on top of the 10-12 percent improvement already offered on the new-engine variant.


"The Advanced Technology winglet demonstrates Boeing's continued drive to improve fuel burn and the corresponding value to the customer. With this technology and others being built into the MAX, we will extend our leadership," said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Incorporating this advanced technology into the 737 MAX design will give our customers even more advantage in today's volatile fuel price environment."

Compared to today's wingtip technology, which provides up to a 4 percent fuel-burn advantage at long ranges, the Advanced Technology winglet provides a total fuel-burn improvement of up to 5.5 percent on the same long routes.

"The concept is more efficient than any other wingtip device in the single-aisle market because the effective wing span increase is uniquely balanced between the upper and lower parts of the winglet," said Michael Teal, chief project engineer, 737 MAX.

Boeing aerodynamicists used advanced computational fluid dynamics to combine rake tip technology with a dual feather winglet concept into one advanced treatment for the wings of the 737 MAX. The Advanced Technology winglet fits within today's airport gate constraints while providing more effective span thereby reducing drag. Ongoing 737 MAX testing in the wind tunnel validated the new concept on the airplane.

The super-efficient design has been incorporated into the 737 MAX design and production system plans. "We have assessed the risk and understand how to leverage this new technology on the MAX within our current schedule," said Teal. "This puts us on track to deliver substantial additional fuel savings to our customers in 2017." Airlines operating the 737 MAX now will gain an 18 percent fuel-burn per-seat improvement over today's A320. Depending on the range of the mission, MAX operators will realize even more savings.

"Adding the Advanced Technology winglet to the 737 MAX is consistent with our demonstrated performance on delivering increasing value to our customers, on time, throughout the life of the 737 program," said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manger, 737 program.

To date, the 737 MAX has more than 1,000 orders and commitments from 16 customers worldwide


El Gobierno busca un accionista que aporte fondos para Hispasat

El Gobierno busca un accionista que aporte fondos para Hispasat:
Madrid.- El Gobierno busca un accionista que aporte fondos, con un plan de negocio y una voluntad de permanencia, para Hispasat -empresa española de satélites en la que el sector público cuenta con un 25,68%-, según anunció ayer el secretario de Estado de Telecomunicaciones y para la Sociedad de la Información, Víctor Calvo-Sotelo.


X-ray microscope delivers unparalleled nanoscale images in 3D

X-ray microscope delivers unparalleled nanoscale images in 3D:
3D X-ray image of a twenty micron lithium-ion battery electrode (Image: Brookhaven Nationa...
A new X-ray microscope at Brookhaven National Laboratory is being used to create unparalleled high-resolution 3D images of the inner structure of materials. Using techniques similar to taking a very small-scale medical CAT (computer-assisted tomography) scan, the full field transmission x-ray microscope (TXM) enables scientists to directly observe structures spanning 25 nanometers - three thousand times smaller than a red blood cell - by splicing together thousands of images into a single 3D X-ray image with "greater speed and precision than ever before." This capability is expected to power rapid advances in many fields, including energy research, environmental sciences, biology, and national defense...
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Shadow Hawk Munition portends a new era of warfare

Shadow Hawk Munition portends a new era of warfare:
To put the size of the Shadow Hawk air-glide armament in perspective, the RQ-7 is just 11....
Lockheed Martin's new Shadow Hawk weapon is deceptively small considering the influence it will likely have on warfare from this point forward. The era of unmanned warfare is about to go to a whole new level. The Shadow Hawk is an 11-pound class, 2.75-inch (7 cm) diameter, 27-inch (68 cm) long drop-glide munition released a mile or more above the target by the equally diminutive unmanned RQ-7B. It may not seem like a major leap forward in weapons technology but it most certainly is, because the Shadow Hawk munition now arms an entire fleet of RQ-7s for the US Marines and Army that could previously only be used for reconnaissance, and it does so with a much smaller and cheaper weapon...
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Jetman buzzes the lush Rio de Janeiro coast

Jetman buzzes the lush Rio de Janeiro coast:
A bird? A plane? A Jetman. (Copyright: Joe Parker/Breitling SA, photo via AP Images)
He's launched over the Grand Canyon. He's flown alongside traditional aircraft. He's even attempted to leap across continents. Now "Jetman" and all-around airborne lunatic Yves Rossy is giving us a tour of the beautiful Rio de Janeiro shoreline by way of his carbon fiber jet wing. ..
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Volkswagen crowdsources its way to a Hover Car

Volkswagen crowdsources its way to a Hover Car:
The Hover Car is capable of traveling above ground
The world of personal mobility transporters doesn't bring a whole lot of glamor. The Segway was never exactly an enviable ride, and newer concepts like the GM EN-V aren't any better. But a Volkswagen that hovers a few feet over the ground? That channels a mix of Back to the Future and The Jetsons that adds some excitement to the personal mobility segment. ..
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Envisat formally declared lost

Envisat formally declared lost: The European Space Agency (ESA) has formally declared that the Envisat environmental and remote sensing satellite mission is now over, following the satellite's 8 April loss of contact and subsequent failure to reestablish it.


Pilotos de la Fuerza Aérea de EEUU denuncian el peligro para los pilotos del F-22 Raptor

Pilotos de la Fuerza Aérea de EEUU denuncian el peligro para los pilotos del F-22 Raptor:

El capitán Josh Wilson y el mayor Jeremy Gordon de la Fuerza Aérea de Estados Unidos han denunciado en una entrevista concedida al noticiero "60 minutos", del canal de televisión CBS, que el caza de última generación F-22 Raptor "deja a los militares enfermos". 


Swiss Air Force validates Gripen E/F test aircraft capabilities

Swiss Air Force validates Gripen E/F test aircraft capabilities: The Swiss Air Force and the Swiss federal defence procurement agency, Armasuisse, have conducted test flights with the Gripen E/F test aircraft in Linköping, Sweden.


An A400M has successfully performed simulated refuelling contacts with an A330 MRTT

An Airbus Military A400M new generation airlifter has successfully performed simulated refuelling contacts with an Airbus Military A330 MRTT Multi Role Tanker Transport.

The A400M made some 30 contacts with the hose and drogue of the A330 MRTT´s Fuselage Refuelling Unit (FRU). No fuel was passed in these tests which consisted of “dry contacts”. The A330 MRTT that took part in the tests is one of the aircraft to be delivered to the UK Royal Air Force, where it is known as Voyager, as part of the Future Strategic Transport Aircraft (FSTA) programme.

The FRU is typically used to refuel large aircraft such as the A400M and the tests demonstrated the stability of both aircraft when flying in close formation and when refuelling.

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Airbus Military has received the initial type certification for the A400M

Airbus Military has received the initial type certification for the A400M new generation airlifter, marking a key milestone on the road to first delivery around the turn of the year. This first approval, known as a Restricted Type Certificate (RTC), was presented by European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Executive Director Patrick Goudou at an internal ceremony today in Toulouse, France.

The RTC is a critical step towards the award of full civil type certification which is expected in mid-2012 following the completion of 300 hours of function and reliability (F&R) flight tests, and towards military Initial Operating Clearance later in the year.

As part of the flight-test activity the A400M has recently visited countries in Latin America and South East Asia, and in the upcoming period will travel to the “home” nations that ordered the aircraft and the Middle East in the frame of the F&R tests.

The fleet of five A400M development aircraft continues to make good progress in the intense flight-test campaign in order to ensure delivery of a reliable aircraft to our customer and has now completed more than 3,100 hours in the air, despite continued engine challenges.

Cedric Gautier, Airbus Military Head of A400M programme, said: “Achieving civil and military certification of the A400M as foreseen in the programme is an immensely challenging task, but the process of working on both simultaneously provides important benefits for our customers in the future. It is deeply satisfying to receive this initial certification, confirming the good progress that has been made towards the delivery of the first aircraft.”


Hawker Beechcraft Releases Restructuring Plan

Hawker Beechcraft Releases Restructuring Plan: Debt Reduction Agreement Supported by A Majority Of Senior Secured Lenders And Senior Bondholders Hawker Beechcraft announced on Tuesday that it has reached an agreement with a significant number of its senior secured lenders and senior bondholders on the terms of a financial restructuring plan that will strengthen the company for the future and eliminate approximately $2.5 billion in debt and approximately $125 million of annual cash interest expense.


Space Tug Revealed by Spaceflight Inc.

Space Tug Revealed by Spaceflight Inc.: SHERPA Designed to Deploy Small And Secondary Payloads Commercial space company Spaceflight on Monday unveiled its SHERPA in-space tug, which is dedicated to hosting and deploying small and secondary payloads.


Las líneas aéreas españolas rechazan el incremento de tasas propuesto en los PGE de 2012

Las líneas aéreas españolas rechazan el incremento de tasas propuesto en los PGE de 2012:

“Mientras que nuestros principales competidores del arco mediterráneo toman medidas para superar la crisis de los mercados emisores y los efectos de la primavera árabe, nuestros responsables turísticos asumen sin pestañear el incremento de tasas aeroportuarias por encima del 10% con carácter general, y rayando el 50% para los aeropuertos de Barajas y de El Prat”, dice ALA.


Fomento trabaja para reducir los costes del transporte aéreo

Fomento trabaja para reducir los costes del transporte aéreo: La ministra de Fomento Ana Pastor ha presentado al Consejo de Ministros un informe sobre las reformas estructurales que el se prevén abordar en varios ámbitos entre los cuales se encuentra el transporte aéreo, y que tienen como objetivo mejorar su eficiencia para reducir costos.
Según Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, vicepresidenta de Gobierno, a partir de este informe la titular de Fomento irá


United podría cerrar compra por 100 Boeing e informa pérdidas para el primer trimestre

United podría cerrar compra por 100 Boeing e informa pérdidas para el primer trimestre: United Airlines estaría próximo a cerrar un importante pedido a Boeing: un centenar de aviones 737, cuya inversión ascendería a los 10.000 millones de dólares (7.164 millones de euros), según indicaron fuentes del sector aeronáutico. Aún más, el pedido podría duplicarse y llegar a las 200 unidades, entre los que se podrían incluir aviones del próximo 737 MAX del fabricante norteameric


Visión y Mentalidad Lean Manufacturing: la gestión del cambio

Visión y Mentalidad Lean Manufacturing: la gestión del cambio: La Cátedra EADS de la Universidad de Sevilla convoca la cuarta edición del curso "Visión y Mentalidad Lean Manufacturing: la gestión del cambio".El curso se celebrará en la ETSI y será impartido por F. Iván Martínez Sánchez los próximos días 17 y 18 de Mayo.El pasado 4 de Mayo se abrió el plazo para la inscripción en la cuarta edición del curso, que se ha tenido un éxito enorme


SpaceX completes Dragon layout concept trials

SpaceX completes Dragon layout concept trials: SpaceX has finished the seventh major funding milestone under NASA's second commercial crew development programme (CCDev II), the crew accommodation concept...


Spaceflight Inc unveils the Sherpa in-space tug

Spaceflight Inc unveils the Sherpa in-space tug: Spaceflight Inc. has unveiled its Sherpa in-space tug vehicle to inject hosted payloads into different orbits. Two versions of Sherpa will be built....


Morenés afirma que no se excluye la retirada del portaviones “Príncipe de Asturias“

Morenés afirma que no se excluye la retirada del portaviones “Príncipe de Asturias“:

El ministro de Defensa español, Pedro Morenés, ha afirmado hoy en una entrevista a “Los Desayunos de TVE”, que el buque de proyección estratégica “Juan Carlos I” puede desarrollar las misiones que hasta ahora desempeñaba el portaaviones “Príncipe de Asturias”' y, tras recordar que está al final de su vida útil con más de 30 años de servicio, su retirada del servicio no se ha descartado


El “Rafale” da problemas

El “Rafale” da problemas:

El Tribunal de Cuentas francés ha proporcionado un extenso informe sobre el programa del cazabombardero Dassault “Rafale”, que revela que cada ejemplar cuesta a la nación 142 millones de euros, mientras en el concurso que ha ganado en la India se ha ofrecido en 80-87 millones. La pregunta es ¿quién paga la diferencia, los contribuyentes de su país o Emiratos Árabes Unidos, que también opta por este modelo?


Japón solicitó formalmente el F-35

Japón solicitó formalmente el F-35:

La agencia de cooperación DSCA (Defense Security Cooperation Agency) notificó al Congreso de Estados Unidos una posible venta a Japón de un primer lote de 4 aviones de combate Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II, también conocido como JSF (Joint Strike Fighter) y una opción de 38 aeronaves adicionales. 


Australia delays F-35 aircraft purchase by two years

Australia delays F-35 aircraft purchase by two years: The Australian Government will delay the procurement of 12 Lockheed Martin-built F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) by two years in a bid to save money.


Thales to supply INS and GPS for KC-390 aircraft

Thales to supply INS and GPS for KC-390 aircraft: Embraer Defence and Security has awarded a contract to Thales to supply its Inertial Navigation System (INS) and the GPS in support of the Brazilian Air Force's KC-390 tactical military transport and tanker aircraft.