Swiss solar-powered UAS tested for refugee rescue missions

viernes, 21 de octubre de 2016

The solar-power AtlantikSolar unmanned aircraft system (UAS) last month demonstrated its ability to assist in search-and-rescue (SAR) missions associated with the refugee crisis occurring in the Mediterranean.

A year after completing an 81-hour mission that established an endurance record for UAS under 110 pounds, the AtlantikSolar successfully demonstrated the first-ever fully-autonomous solar-powered perpetual flight with a significant payload. The aircraft carried a color and thermal camera during the simulated 26-hour SAR mission.


NASA is flying drones at a Nevada airport to test air traffic control systems

Tests include tracking drones in real time and beyond the pilot’s line of sight.


Saab buys Danish defense company [feedly]

Saab buys Danish defense company

Linkoping, Sweden (UPI) Oct 19, 2016
A Danish naval company that designs and manufactures mine disposal charge systems has been acquired by Saab of Sweden. Saab said the acquisition of Nordic Defense Industries further develops Saab's leadership in the unmanned underwater domain when it comes to regional reach, technology and innovative solutions. "With the acquisition we are strengthening our position in the mine c


New technology may allow drones to recharge midflight [feedly]

London (UPI) Oct 20, 2016
Drone flight times could soon be unlimited. Researchers believe a technology called inductive coupling can allow drones to recharge midflight. Inductive coupling is the transfer of electromagnetic energy from one metal coil to another at a specific frequency. The phenomenon was first revealed by Nikola Tesla more than a century ago. While some smartphones and other small electronics can

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DARPA to transfer Space Surveillance Telescope to US Air Force [feedly]

DARPA to transfer Space Surveillance Telescope to US Air Force

At a mountaintop in New Mexico, DARPA is marking the formal transition of its Space Surveillance Telescope (SST) from an Agency-led design and construction program to ownership and operation by U.S. Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), which has announced plans to operate the telescope in Australia jointly with the Australian government. Taking place at SST's high-altitude perch at White Sands Missi


Comac C919 Likely To Fly In Second-Quarter 2017 - Aviation Week [feedly]

Aviation Week

Comac C919 Likely To Fly In Second-Quarter 2017
Aviation Week
The first Comac C919 flight-test aircraft should be moving on the ground on its own power by the end of this year. There is almost no hope of meeting the current target for a first flight in 2016, but taxi tests are probably only weeks away, say ...

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Belgian authority probes 'near collision' at Brussels [feedly]

Belgian authority probes 'near collision' at Brussels

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​RAAF to equip one A330 MRTT as VIP transport - Flightglobal [feedly]

RAAF to equip one A330 MRTT as VIP transport
Australia has decided that one of its two incoming Airbus Defence and Space A330 multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) aircraft will have an interior customised for transporting government officials. The primary role of the aircraft will be as an air-to ...

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Los próximos 25, 26 Y 27 de octubre se celebrará en el Palacio de Zurbano, Madrid, las XX JORNADAS DE ESTUDIOS HISTÓRICOS AERONÁUTICOS, tituladas " Las aeronaves de control remoto: de los UAV a los DRONES"

Para más información sobre el programa. PINCHA AQUÍ


  • Día de Finlandia en el Museo de Málaga. Día de Finlandia 20 de octubre
  • Jornadas de celebración del Centenario del Pabellón de Oficiales de Cuatro Vientos. Pabellón de oficiales 27-29 de octubre
  • Jornada de puerta abiertas en el Aeropuerto de Málaga. Jornada de puerta abiertas 5 de noviembre
  • Jornada sobre la gestión aeroportuaria organizada por el COIAE. COIAE. 4 de noviembre
  • Cuarta edición de la semana de la ciencia en el Parque científico y tecnológico de Guadalajara. 31-11 de noviembre
  • Actividades del Año Torres Quevedo 2016. Actividades


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Rafale deal sealed at last [feedly]

In the wake of India's deal to acquire 36 Dassault Rafale fighters, NEELAM MATHEWS analyses this key defence procurement.


APEX Expo 2016 – Singapore: Airbus focusing on connectivity and choice for airlines and passengers


• Visit Airbus at Marina Bay Sands Expo Centre, Stand #739 – Tues 25th to Thurs 27th Oct;
• Latest news on Airbus’ ‘Pax-Ex’ offerings and future cabin concepts;
• Interactive Airspace experience using the latest “Vive” technology;
• Media Briefing at 9.00am, Tuesday 25th October;
• Keynote speech: “Connected Cabin of the Future”, Monday 24th October.

APEX EXPO Singapore, Stand #739 – Airbus showcases its latest cabin innovations at this year’s APEX Expo in Singapore – the world’s dedicated event for the in-flight passenger entertainment experience, connectivity and passenger services. Through its participation, Airbus will announce news and demonstrate its latest innovations and concepts to APEX members and the Media. This is the first time that an APEX Expo is being held in Asia, reflecting the importance of the region as the world’s fastest growing air transport market.

For journalists in particular:

• Airbus will host a dedicated Press briefing for the trade press and also for the national and regional media, at the start of the Expo on Tuesday 25th at 09.00hrs.
• A keynote speech will be also presented entitled: “The Connected Cabin of the Future”, on Monday 24th at the Educational Sessions.
• Throughout the show Airbus’ experts will be available for interviews.

Airbus also presents at APEX its interactive Airspace experience, which uses the latest HTC ‘Vive’ technology so that visitors can immerse themselves in our award-winning Airspace cabins. In addition, all our aircraft cabins – encompassing the A320, A330neo, A350 and A380 – will be presented in full 3D using Samsung VR headsets.

Focus on Connectivity

In particular, as connectivity becomes ubiquitous and seamless on the ground, experts will be on hand at the Expo to explain how Airbus, together with its industry partners, is bringing this level of high-bandwidth service into the air and combining it with IFE – for what is perhaps the most dynamic area of innovation in passenger experience.

Airbus’ space-efficient concepts go beyond new products: Airbus Upgrade Services will present its range of retrofit solutions and services. Cabin experts and executives will be available for dedicated media briefings and interview opportunities each day.


From zero to 10,000 in 50 years; can COMAC mimic this achievement? [feedly]


Bjorn’s Corner: The Engine challenge [feedly]

In our Corners on East bloc aeronautical industries, we could see that the hardest part to master in a new civilian airliner is the engine.

Both new airliners from Russia and China (Irkut MC-21 and COMAC C919) start their lives with Western engines.

Why is this so? What are the challenges that make engines harder to create than aircraft?


Boeing and Teledyne Controls Partner to Improve Airplane Software and Data Management

New Fleetwide Data Manager offering to improve fleet-wide transfer of essential information

AMSTERDAM, October 19, 2016 – Boeing [NYSE:BA] and Teledyne Controls today announced that the companies will combine their ground-based operational data products to create the new Fleetwide Data Manager program. The goal is to provide a unified solution for airlines to transfer data to and from airplanes more efficiently, across fleet-wide operations.

The new Fleetwide Data Manager from Boeing and Teledyne will set an industry standard for the transfer of navigation databases, software updates and quick access recorder (QAR) data between an airline’s maintenance facilities and its airplane fleet. The solution is being developed after Boeing and Teledyne recognized the need for an integrated product to work across Boeing and non-Boeing airplanes in an airline’s fleet.

“We continually listen to the needs of our customers, and they told us that they are pleased with the functionality of the current Boeing data transfer solution, but many customers use the Teledyne data transfer solution for their legacy, and non-Boeing airplanes,” said Kevin Crowley, vice president, Boeing Digital Aviation. “In teaming with Teledyne, we will resolve this issue by providing best-in-class features from both companies that seamlessly connects mixed-fleet operations.”

Fleetwide Data Manager combines capabilities from Boeing’s Loadable Software Airplane Parts Librarian (LSAPL) with Teledyne’s Loadstar® Server Enterprise (LSE) to improve how airlines transmit essential digital data and reduce airplane down time while distributing information on the ground.

“Transitioning to Fleetwide Data Manager will eliminate our customers’ need to purchase both LSAP Librarian and LSE for full fleet coverage, which reduces software purchase, maintenance and training costs,” said Masood Hassan, president, Teledyne Controls. “This combined approach to the data transfer process will simplify what was a complex issue for airlines and offers a familiar user experience with new features and benefits.”

The new Fleetwide Data Manager is expected to be available from Boeing and Teledyne for the airline market in late 2017.


Boeing, AZUR air Announce Partnership to Improve Operational Efficiency

Optimized Maintenance Program uses data analytics to save airline time, money

AMSTERDAM, Oct. 19, 2016 – Boeing (NYSE: BA) and AZUR air announced today that Boeing will implement its Optimized Maintenance Program service for the airline’s 757 and 767 fleet.

Powered by Boeing Analytics, the program will reduce scheduled maintenance labor costs, lower materials costs and improve airplane maintenance ground time.

“We are pleased to have Boeing’s experienced team working with us to achieve the airline’s fleet operational improvements,” said Michael Kritskiy, AZUR air general director. “This extra level of analysis on top of our already high-performing fleets will help us to raise operating performance and will be value added to our fleet management process.”

Through an evaluation of logbooks, scheduled maintenance data, component maintenance records and other metrics, Boeing will develop recommendations for maintenance program enhancements customized to accommodate the unique operating environments and specific operational goals of the airline.

Boeing technical consultants work directly with local regulatory authorities to secure approval and agreement on any recommended maintenance program changes. Boeing’s agreement with AZUR air also includes results monitoring following implementation of the program.

“We are committed to providing our customers with a competitive edge by applying our understanding of data analytics, along with our unique understanding of the airplane itself, to identify ways to streamline the airline’s maintenance programs,” said Rick Anderson, vice president, Sales and Marketing, Boeing Commercial Aviation Services. “We value our strong relationship with AZUR air and are proud to support the airline’s continued success through our analysis.”

Optimized Maintenance Program is one many Boeing Analytics tools and services Boeing offers to empower airlines to make better decisions and significantly improve performance on the ground and in the air.

Boeing is a leader in providing 24/7 support and service to the global aviation industry. In addition to providing customers with advanced data analytics solutions, Boeing offers the industry’s largest portfolio of services, including retrofits and modifications, subscription-based maintenance programs, engineering support, crew training, route planning, digital crew scheduling and software to enhance airlines and leasing company operations.

AZUR air is a young brand in the aviation market. The first flight under this brand was made in December 2014. It is currently the largest Russian charter airline and among the 10 largest airlines in the Russian Federation. AZUR air operates in the international aviation market, serving the needs of the largest Russian travel agencies, with flights from 30 cities of Russia to 29 destinations. The fleet consists of six Boeing 767-300s and nine Boeing 757-200s.



Airbus Defence and Space Selects Google Cloud Platform as Preferred Partner

October 18, 2016 - News

Airbus Defence and Space has launched One Atlas, a new basemap streaming service delivering access to its satellite imagery over the world, fully refreshed within a 12-month period. It is powered by Google Cloud Platform.

This service is a major leap forward for enabling access to satellite imagery for our customers by leveraging the power of Google Cloud Platform and Airbus Defence and Space technologies. A completely new approach in data storage, hosting and dissemination has been implemented utilizing Google Cloud Platform to ingest the several hundred Terabytes of data annually required by One Atlas. This will bring value to all our clients for a wide range of applications such as infrastructure preparatory studies, land management, agricultural lands and crop species mapping or even tree cover change detection in regions prone to deforestation.

"Our team at Google Cloud is dedicated to helping businesses find success with public cloud and innovative technologies, such as cloud machine learning. We're excited to collaborate with Airbus Defence and Space to create new products and transform existing business models through the power of Google Cloud Platform" said Carl Schachter, VP of Google Cloud Platform.

Google Cloud Platform was selected from seven public Cloud providers due to its high-end technology, security resilience and strategic fit with Airbus Defence and Space’s business and development roadmap.

"All satellite data collected each day are automatically processed and made readily-accessible in a global imagery library that is stored in Google Cloud Platform," said Bernhard Brenner, Head of the Intelligence Business Cluster at Airbus Defense and Space. "Google Cloud Platform's global scale, low latency and infrastructure capacities in Europe give us the required performance, flexibility and scalability for current and future data volumes, ensuring a high level of service for our customers."

Additional investigations into the use of Google Cloud Platform and other Google tools are currently ongoing at Airbus Defence and Space, e.g. the integration of other datasets such as TerraSAR-X radar data and WorldDEM into One Atlas, or the development of analytics services such as change detection and automatic object extraction. Very promising results have already been obtained from using Tensor Flow, an open source library for machine learning, and Cloud Machine Learning for automatic cloud detection.

About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space, a division of Airbus Group, is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise and the second largest space business worldwide. Its activities include space, military aircraft and related systems and services. It employs more than 38,000 people and in 2015 generated revenues of over 13 billion Euros.


UAV Market Expected To Grow 20% Annually [feedly]

UAV Market Expected To Grow 20% Annually

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ISIS claims they have shot down a U.S. Air Force A-10 in Syria. Pentagon denies. [feedly]

ISIS claims they have shot down a U.S. Air Force A-10 in Syria. Pentagon denies.

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PICTURES: Scorpion carries out weapons testing over White Sands [feedly]

PICTURES: Scorpion carries out weapons testing over White Sands

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WICHITA, Kan. (Oct. 19, 2016) – Textron AirLand, LLC, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today announced that the Scorpion jet has successfully completed its first weapons exercise at White Sands Missile Range, while operating from Holloman Air Force Base (HAFB) in New Mexico. This exercise effectively demonstrated the Scorpion’s close air support mission capability through the successful deployment of three widely used weapon systems.

The weapons system design, integration and flight test coordination for all three weapon types were achieved in an impressive time span of less than three months. The weapons testing program occurred Oct. 10-14 in coordination with the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) organization and the 586th Flight Test Squadron from HAFB. All weapon types performed flawlessly and included Hydra-70 unguided 2.75-inch rockets, BAE Systems’ Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) and AGM-114F Hellfire Missiles. The weapons were guided to their targets using first a ground-based laser designator system and then an airborne laser on the Scorpion‘s L-3 WESCAM’s MX-15Di sensor suite.

“The success of the first weapons capability exercise is a major milestone for the Scorpion program as we continue to demonstrate its mission flexibility and multi-role capabilities,” said Tom Hammoor, senior vice president of Defense at Textron Aviation. “We could not be more pleased with the results of this exercise, thanks to the collaboration between our Scorpion team, the NAVSEA organization and the Holloman Air Force Base.”

The first Scorpion prototype continues its robust flight test program, while the first flight of the first production conforming Scorpion is expected soon.


Airbus Helicopters and DCNS team to offer rotary UAV to French navy [feedly]

Airbus Helicopters and DCNS team to offer rotary UAV to French navy

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USAF to modernise air surveillance and defence system [feedly]

USAF to modernise air surveillance and defence system

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Drone receives wireless power, on the fly [feedly]

Drone receives wireless power, on the fly


Sudden impact? Latest data points to parachute problem for ESA's Mars lander [feedly]

Sudden impact? Latest data points to parachute problem for ESA's Mars lander

ESA's Schiaparelli lander module remains out of contact while mission control in Germany seeks answers as to the fate of the unmanned probe. Data transmitted today from the ExoMars 2016 Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) mothership suggests Schiaparelli's parachute may have opened too early during atmospheric entry on October 19 causing the module to crash on the surface of the Red Planet.

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Fly my pretties: Amazon patents personal mini drones to locate lost cars or kids [feedly]

Fly my pretties: Amazon patents personal mini drones to locate lost cars or kids

Imagine you're trying to find your car in a crowded parking lot. Rather than let frustration take hold, you simply say "locate car" and a tiny drone perched on your shoulder flies off and guides you to it. Amazon has been awarded a patent for a voice-activated personal assistant drone that would do just that, and may be used by emergency personnel for slightly more important tasks, like locating missing children or spotting fires.

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3D printing hackers down drone with self-destructing propellers [feedly]

3D printing hackers down drone with self-destructing propellers

In the near future, an F-35 fighter plane on a routine flight kicks in its afterburners and it goes supersonic. Suddenly, there's an almighty bang as one of the turbine blades in the jet engine disintegrates and within seconds the US$85 million plane is tearing itself to pieces. Is it an accident or sabotage? According to researchers at Ben-Gurion University (BGU), this scenario could be an example of a new type of cyber warfare where saboteurs can fool 3D printers into creating self-destructing parts that are indistinguishable from the real thing.

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