OPV Firebird makes its first flight

martes, 13 de noviembre de 2012

 Production Firebird Breaks Cover [Updated]:
 Northrop Grumman Reveals Bigger Firebird.

The optionally piloted vehicle (OPV) is a 30% bigger version of the medium-altitude unmanned air vehicle demonstrator first revealed by Northrop in 2011. The second seat has been added at the request of a mystery buyer, an order from whom has kicked off an initial low-rate production run of two per year for the next five years.


Northrop Grumman

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El autoservicio, tendencia que crece en los aeropuertos del mundo

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El autoservicio es una tendencia que crece en distintos aeródromos del mundo

Los aeropuertos del futuro (cercano) podrán tener la modalidad de “autoservicio“, dando una nueva vuelta de tuerca a la experiencia aeroportuaria, según la tendencia que ya se empieza a delinear en ciertos aeródromos.
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Vázquez repite en Iberia la misma operación que llevó a cabo después de la fusión de Tabacalera y Altadis y su posterior venta hace cinco años a Imperial Tobacco


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United ya tiene operativos dos de sus Dreamliner

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United Airlines ya ha comenzado a operar su 787 Dreamliner, el gigante de los cielos de Boeing ya cubre alguna de las rutas de la compañía norteamericana tras haber cumplimentado con éxito el proceso de certificación de la Administración Federal de Aviación.
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Ali Mussawi, portavoz del primer ministro iraquí, Nuri al Maliki, confirmaba hace unos días la cancelación del contrato de adquisición de armamento ruso que se hizo público el mes pasado y que ascendía a 4.200 millones de euros, por, según declaró, sospechas de corrupción.  El acuerdo convertía a Rusia en el segundo gran proveedor de armamento a Irak, justo por detrás de EEUU.

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Una Empresa japonesa está desarrollando un helicóptero eléctrico (con video y foto)

La empresa  Hirobo, fabricante de helicópteros de radio control, causó sensación en la International Aerospace Exhibition en Nagoya al presentar un helicóptero eléctrico monoplaza, capaz de volar a 100km/k durante 30 minutos con la carga de la batería. En su desarrollo parten de una hoja en blanco, al contrario de lo que hizo Sikorsky con su helicóptero eléctrico, que modificó un modelo ya existente.

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Cluster Balloonist Plans Atlantic Ocean Crossing

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EASA APPROVAL FOR JETSTREAM 32 LIFE EXTENSION PROGRAMME

  • BAE Systems Regional Aircraft has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval for its Life Extension Programme (LEP) for the 18-19 seat Jetstream 32 regional turboprop aircraft

 

EASA approval was granted in early October and the LEP manual is now available for those operators who wish to sign up to the programme on BAE Systems' i-Sapphire online facility.

Under the LEP the airframe life limit of the aircraft will be raised from the current 45,000 landings to 67,000 landings. The LEP introduces a revised structural maintenance programme for the aircraft embodied through the Structurally Significant Inspection Document (SSID) which operators can buy from BAE Systems Regional Aircraft via a Modification Service Bulletin.

Welcoming this news today, Mr Sean McGovern, Business Director Support for BAE Systems Regional Aircraft stated: "We are delighted to have obtained EASA approval for this important Life Extension Programme for the Jetstream 32 which we can now offer to our operators, giving them many more years of useful service from the aircraft, as well as improved residual values."

There are some 135 Jetstream 32s operating worldwide, many of which are approaching the 45,000 landings limitation. BAE Systems has been working with fleet lead-time operator, Aerolinea de Antioquia (ADA) of Medellin, Colombia to develop the programme. The airline operates seven Jetstream 32s on scheduled services from Medellin to 11 destinations in north eastern Colombia. ADA will be the first operator to avail themselves of the LEP.

For operators whose aircraft are covered under United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or other jurisdictions, BAE Systems will support operators applying to their national airworthiness authority for continued aircraft operations beyond the 45,000 landings limit.

This Jetstream 32 LEP continues the sustained programme of investment by BAE Systems Regional Aircraft into its family of aircraft and builds upon similar LEPs that have been introduced in recent years for the BAe 146 and Avro RJ jet airliners

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BAE SYSTEMS DELIVERS ITS 300TH F-4 FLYING DRONE FOR U.S. AIR FORCE

  • BAE Systems successfully converted its 300th F-4 Phantom fighter jet into an unmanned flying drone for the U.S. Air Force.



The achievement is a significant milestone in the 16-year-long QF-4 program, which provides full-scale, remotely controlled aerial targets that the Air Force uses for weapons testing and aircraft training.

The QF-4 work is conducted at BAE Systems' 123,000-square-foot hangar in Mojave, California. Approximately 100 employees provide a range of services to transform decommissioned F-4s into QF-4s, a complex process that typically takes about six months. Depending on the condition of the F-4s, the services may include systems engineering and integration; electrical, mechanical, and software engineering; and various types of structural alterations.

"Our proven performance on this program exemplifies our global capabilities to upgrade and modify aircraft," said Gordon Eldridge, vice president and general manager of Aerospace Solutions at BAE Systems. "We have been the sole provider of QF-4s for the Air Force since 1996. Congratulations to the entire Mojave team, which now has more than 35 years of combined experience and a solid track record of success."

There are 14 more QF-4s scheduled for delivery by the middle of 2013. After each conversion is complete, the aircraft is flown to Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida and other training sites, where it is used primarily for target practice.

In addition to the QF-4 program, BAE Systems offers military customers around the world a range of services for aircraft upgrades and modifications, including for F-16 fighters and C-130 transports. These services include state-of-the-art avionics and electronics upgrades, as well as heavy maintenance support and structural modification programs. For example:

•    BAE Systems is a leading systems integration provider of avionics upgrades for F-16s. In August, South Korea selected BAE Systems as the sole source contractor to upgrade its fleet of more 130 F-16s. Additionally, the company supports 270 of the U.S. Air National Guard's upgraded F-16s and 50 of the Turkish Air Force's upgraded F-16s. BAE Systems' upgrade solution includes the Commercial Fire Control Computer, which is currently the highest throughput and most supportable mission computer in any F-16.

•    BAE Systems also has a strong history of performance in support of C-130s. The company has designed, supported and completed more than 200 modifications to C-130 variants since the late 1990s. In 2011, BAE Systems was awarded a $23 million U.S. Air Force contract to design and test mission computers for 37 C-130 aircraft. Under that contract, the company is developing, qualifying and testing the new computers, integrating existing software and manufacturing the kits that the Air Force uses for final installation.

For more information about these capabilities, visitwww.baesystems.com/aircraftmod or www.baesystems.com/f16.

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Al amparo del contrato firmado el pasado 22 de octubre entre Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) y Thales UK Limited, Francia validará en 2013 el sistema aéreo táctico remotamente operado Watchkeeper del Ejército Británico en la base de Istres de la Fuerza Aérea gala. 

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The Russian Il-78MKI lost the tender for the supply of six aerial tankers worth $1 billion to India

The Russian Il-78MKI lost the tender for the supply of six aerial tankers worth $1 billion to India, which selected the European Airbus A330 as the preferred vendor, citing its lower operational costs. This is not the first Indian tender to be lost by Russian manufacturers in recent months.

 

The base price of the Russian Il-78 tanker was quoted as lower than that of the A330, but when factoring in maintenance and fuel costs, the A330 seemed to have better value, an Indian Ministry of Defence official said.

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Representation of a satellite being destroyed by collision with orbital debris (Image: ESA...
Orbital debris is (nearly) forever, and threatens to render near-Earth space unusable, and all but impassible. The 2007 Chinese anti-satellite test and an accidental collision between two communications satellites in 2009 highlighted the need to study orbital collisions of modern satellites. The NASA Standard Breakup Model, based on hypervelocity collision studies of 1960s-era satellites, fails to accurately describe collisions of modern satellites, owing to advances made in materials and construction. To address this problem, NASA is updating the SBM by building and destroying a modern dummy satellite called DebriSat...
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Resurrected process converts sugar directly into diesel

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Graduate student Zachary Baer works with a fermentation chamber to separate acetone and bu...
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MIT breakthrough could lead to paper-thin bullet-proof armor

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Edwin Thomas, left, and Jae-Hwang Lee holding a polymer material containing three bullets ...
Scientists have theorized that paper-thin composite nanomaterials could stop bullets just as effectively as heavy weight body armor, but progress has been hampered by their inability to reliably test such materials against projectile impacts. Researchers at MIT and Rice University have developed a breakthrough stress-test that fires microscopic glass beads at impact-absorbing material. Although the projectiles are much smaller than a bullet, the experimental results could be scaled up to predict how the material would stand up to larger impacts...
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