Virgin Galactic satellite launch plans advance with carrier aircraft modifications [feedly]

miércoles, 3 de febrero de 2016

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Virgin Galactic satellite launch plans advance with carrier aircraft modifications
// Flight Global HEADLINES

Virgin Galactic s bid to enter the small satellite launch business is building momentum on two fronts, with heavy work now under way in Texas on modifications to the 747-400 that will serve as a dedicated air-launch carrier while colleagues in California work to increase the payload capacity of the in-development booster rocket, LauncherOne.
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USAF Forays into 3D Printed Parts | Turkish F-16s to Get Harris AIDEWS Pod System | Malaysia to be First Recipient of MD530 [feedly]

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USAF Forays into 3D Printed Parts | Turkish F-16s to Get Harris AIDEWS Pod System | Malaysia to be First Recipient of MD530
// Defense Industry Daily

Americas

The USAF is to use a 3-D printed part for the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft. The part, a plastic end cap for seat armrests, is non-essential to keeping the battle management platforms flying, but is seen as an important first step toward using 3-D printing to repair and maintain aircraft in a cost and time effective manner. Other parts being developed are replacement air duct brackets used inside the E-3's wings, with savings of over $0.5 million per annum. The increase in the development of 3-D printing by the air force follows the $6 million contract awarded earlier in January to Aerojet to define the standards that will be used to qualify components made using 3-D printing for use in liquid-fueled rocket engine applications. The award is part of a larger drive by the military to end its reliance on Russian-built RD-180 rocket engines used on the Atlas 5 rocket. Initial plans to have the US Navy's latest unmanned jet weaponized seems less likely, as plans seem to have shifted towards a tanker role. The long deferred Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) program was recently provided enthusiastically with $350 million by Congress. However, this was given on the understanding that the jet would be developed for full integration into carrier air wing operations – including strike operations – and possess the range, payload, and survivability attributes as necessary to complement such integration. No mention had been made about the need for unmanned aerial tanking capability. Instead the jet could be developed under the little known Carrier-Based Aerial-Refueling System (CBARS) aimed at producing an unmanned carrier-based aerial tanker, able to refuel other planes low on gas without risking a pilot. Strike capabilities would feature in a future variant of the aircraft.

Middle East North Africa

Harris Corp. will upgrade Turkish F-16s with self-protection pods, bolstering their electronic warfare capability. The Turkish Air Force will receive 21 of AN/ALQ-211 Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suite (AIDEWS) pod systems from Harris which will include maintenance support equipment, spares, and engineering support. The addition will greatly increase the fleet capabilities as they conduct operations within their own territory and along their borders with Syria and Iraq as tensions over Russian aircraft encroaching on Turkish airspace continue. Ankara will eventually replace their F-16s with Lockheed Martin's F-35A, with plans to acquire 100 of the Joint Strike Fighter. Meteor Aerospace, one of Israel's newest companies, has given a glimpse of its Impact UAV. The development has been kept rather quiet until now, but details released include the ability to carry a 330lb payload along with a 100hp fuel-injection engine and a flight endurance of over 24 hours. Meteor, founded in 2013, has currently received orders for the Impact and other systems for $150 million, with another $100 million in potential add ons. Development is also under way for both a larger and smaller UAV system as Meteor looks to muscle its way into Israel's extremely competitive UAV market.

Europe

Following increased defense cooperation among Nordic and Baltic militaries, 2016 is to see a boost in logistical demands as Denmark takes the chair of the Nordic Defense Cooperation (NORDEFCO) organization. 2015 already saw Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland agree to pool resources in joint development programs and acquisitions said to be worth up to $40 billion, as well as mounting pressure for Sweden to join NATO. These common defense policies will now extend to include Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, with the planned establishment of a Nordic-Baltic Battalion Task Force (BTF) leading to increased joint international operations and more expansive multi-branch training and exercises between their armed forces.The maturation of these defense and procurement alliances have been spurred over security concerns posed by Russia.

Asia Pacific

Malaysia is to be the first recipient of MD Helicopter's new MD530 G-model variant with an order made for six of the armed scout helicopters. Full delivery will be completed by March of 2017, following an initial unit being delivered by this winter. Included in the deal is an electro-optical/infrared sensor, and an unspecified weapons package that could include guided and unguided rockets alongside .50cal machine guns. MD530 sales have had a strong start to 2016, recently receiving a follow on contract for twelve F-models to the Afghan Air Force after a previous twelve were delivered in 2015. The ones serving in Afghanistan are currently armed with FN Herstel gun pods and 2.75-inch rockets. BAE Systems has signed a contract with Bangkok Dock to license and produce another 90-meter offshore patrol vessel (OPV) for the Royal Thai Navy (RTN). Based on BAE's 80-meter River-class vessels used by the British Royal Navy, the new addition will mark the second of such a type to be produced and operated by the RTN in a deal estimated at between $60-80 million. Thailand plans to have four OPVs in operation, and it is believed that BAE will be helping to provide the two remaining, with orders expected within the next decade. Armed with a 76mm main gun and 30mm secondaries and potential for fitting a surface-to-surface missile, the OPVs will be charged with management of economic exclusive zones and the provision of effective disaster relief along Thailand's coastal waters.

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India's HAL launches first HTT-40 turbo prop trainer prototype [feedly]

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India's HAL launches first HTT-40 aircraft prototype
// Air Force Technology News Press Releases

India's Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has rolled-out the first prototype of the Hindustan Turboprop Trainer (HTT-40) aircraft.
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France to acquire additional C-130J Hercules aircraft from USAF [feedly]

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France to acquire additional C-130J Hercules aircraft from USAF
// Air Force Technology News Press Releases

The French Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) has requested the supply of new C-130J Hercules aircraft from the US Air Force (USAF).
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MIT engineers win Hyperloop pod competition, will test prototype in mid-2016 [feedly]

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MIT engineers win Hyperloop pod competition, will test prototype in mid-2016
// Gizmag Emerging Technology Magazine

The Hyperloop's journey from audacious concept to a functional, superfast transport system went up a gear over the weekend with more than 115 engineering teams descending on Texas A&M University to present passenger capsule designs in SpaceX's Hyperloop Pod Competition. An MIT team took out first place in the contest, and along with 22 other top designs it will now build human-scale prototypes to test out at SpaceX HQ later in the year.

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Category: Urban Transport

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Swarming robot boats demonstrate self-learning [feedly]

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Swarming robot boats demonstrate self-learning
// Gizmag Emerging Technology Magazine

Robots may be the wave of the future, but it will be a pretty chaotic future if they don't learn to work together. This cooperative approach is known as swarm robotics and in a first in the field, a team of engineers has demonstrated a swarm of intelligent aquatic surface robots that can operate together in a real-world environment. Using "Darwinian" learning, the robots are designed to teach themselves how to cooperate in carrying out a task.

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Category: Robotics

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Dutch police train drone-hunting eagles [feedly]

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Dutch police train drone-hunting eagles
// Gizmag Emerging Technology Magazine

Drones are certainly getting smarter and more capable, but can they outwit one of nature's most menacing airborne predators? The Dutch National Police is banking on a bird of prey to come up trumps in a dogfight between new and old inhabitants of the sky, so it is training a fleet of eagles to help quell the risk of dangerous unmanned aircraft.

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Category: Drones

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N. Korea confirms imminent satellite launch

http://www.spacewar.com/reports/N_Korea_confirms_imminent_satellite_launch_999.html

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Investing in the future: Airbus announces new UK wing development and test centre

http://www.airbus.com/no_cache/newsevents/news-events-single/detail/investing-in-the-future-airbus-announces-new-uk-wing-development-and-test-centre/?utm_source=article&utm_medium=all_news&utm_campaign=RSS

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Airbus innovation effectively streamlines the repair process for fibre optic cables

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Brazil's Embraer supplies Phenom 100 for UK military training - Reuters

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USAF considers defensive lasers for future fighters

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/usaf-considers-defensive-lasers-for-future-fighters-421535/

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ANALYSIS: Largest UAV makers ponder next move

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/analysis-largest-uav-makers-ponder-next-move-421215/

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BE Aerospace Predicts Bizav Will Struggle; Strong Commercial Revenues Ahead

http://aviationweek.com/awinbizav/be-aerospace-predicts-bizav-will-struggle-strong-commercial-revenues-ahead

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Arianespace: Europe Cannot Justify Investment in Reusable Launchers

http://demo2.aviationweek.com/space/arianespace-europe-cannot-justify-investment-reusable-launchers

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Chinese Astronauts Returning To Space In 2016

http://demo2.aviationweek.com/space/chinese-astronauts-returning-space-2016

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Iran sanction lift allows for European dual-use UAV trade - Flightglobal

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/iran-sanction-lift-allows-for-european-dual-use-uav-421531/

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Accident: Daallo A321 near Mogadishu on Feb 2nd 2016, explosion rips fuselage open

http://avherald.com/h?article=4934dec0&opt=0

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AirLive.net: BREAKING Explosion on board an A321 few mins after taking off from Mogadishu

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