Astronomers to check interstellar body for signs of alien technology

martes, 12 de diciembre de 2017

Green Bank telescope in West Virginia will listen for radio signals being broadcast from 'Oumuamua, an object from another solar system, from Wednesday Astronomers are to use one of the world's largest telescopes to check a mysterious object that is speeding through the solar system for signs of ...

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Airbus may cut A380 production to six planes a year - sources

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Musk Says Tesla Is Building Its Own Chip for Autopilot

Rockets, electric cars, solar panels, batteries—whirlwind industrialist Elon Musk has set about reinventing one after another. Thursday, he added another ambitious project to the list: Future Tesla vehicles will run their self-driving AI software on a chip designed by the automaker itself. "We ar...

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Curing the Airport's Terminal Identity Crisis

If you think you know how to complain about airports, just listen to Benjamin Bratton's beatnik spoken-word fugue of polysyllables. "The airport is where the birth pangs of the Stack, the armature of planetary computation, are felt most viscerally," the philosopher said at a fancy conference on …

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Astronomers just discovered a supermassive black hole from the dawn of the universe

And it's much bigger than we expected. There was a bang. A big one. It was the beginning of everything, but for several hundred million years, all was darkness. Then, lights started flickering to life, stars and gases and galaxies all coming online. One of the brightest lights during that dawn ha...

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HIV positive man unable to become a commercial pilot

Campaigners are calling for a change in regulations after a Glasgow man was unable to become a commercial airline pilot because he is HIV positive. The man, who wants to remain anonymous, had been offered a place on an airline's training programme. But the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) refused h...

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Ryanair pilots to strike before Christmas

Some Dublin-based Ryanair pilots are to strike before Christmas over a dispute about union recognition and better conditions. The 79 pilots, who are directly employed by Ryanair, will walk out for one day on 20 December. It involves mostly captains who are members of Irish Air Line Pilots' Associ...

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Ryanair Labor Issues Escalate As Irish Pilots Vote To Strike



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Ryanair Labor Issues Escalate As Irish Pilots Vote To Strike // AviationWeek.com Commercial Aviation Channel
http://aviationweek.com/awincommercial/ryanair-labor-issues-escalate-irish-pilots-vote-strike


Conflict between Ryanair and its pilots is escalating in the run-up to the busy holiday travel period after Irish pilots voted for industrial action and a German union said negotiations were the only way to avert a strike.

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US, S. Korea, Japan start missile-tracking drill, irking China



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http://www.spacewar.com/reports/US_S_Korea_Japan_start_missile-tracking_drill_irking_China_999.html

Seoul (AFP) Dec 11, 2017
The US, South Korea and Japan carried out joint exercises Monday to track missiles from North Korea, as China warned that such manoeuvres fuel tensions following nuclear-armed Pyongyang's longest-range test launch to date. The trilateral drill comes less than two weeks after Pyongyang test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and declared it had achieved nuclear statehood, e
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EasyJet outlines 20 new summer UK routes



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EasyJet has detailed plans to add 20 new routes to its UK network next summer across seven different airports.
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Press Release: SITA’s airline IT study reveals inflight connectivity trends



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More than 90% of airlines are set to ramp up investment in advancing wireless services for cabin crew and pilots over the three years to 2020 – an 18% increase since SITA's 2016 Airline IT Trends survey…

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Pontifications: Countdown to Delta’s single-aisle decision



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Flying car racing could be coming to Australia

Matt Pearson with a mockup of the Mirage Airspeeder (NOT the Mark 1 Airspeeder, which would ...

Much of the technology found in today's consumer automobiles was originally designed to give race cars a competitive edge. With that in mind, Australian entrepreneur Matt Pearson figured that if there's one way of accelerating the development of flying cars, it's to race the things. To that end, his company Alauda is now building what is essentially a human-capable racing drone.

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Air Force Has Completed OA-X Evaluation Process

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German MoD favor the Eurofighter, Luftwaffe the F-35 | Bulgaria orders MiG overhaul as replacement effort stalls | Second JF-17B begins flight tests

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​Airbus sees big data delivering 'zero-AOG' goal within 10 years

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[Video] "First BelugaXL is getting its cargo door installed"

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MTorres aims to take carbon-fiber technology for jets to the next level | The Seattle Times

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Rolls-Royce obtains final approval for acquisition of ITP – Rolls-Royce

lunes, 11 de diciembre de 2017

https://www.rolls-royce.com/media/press-releases/yr-2017/07-12-2017-rr-obtains-final-approval-for-acquisition-of-itp.aspx


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Rolls-Royce obtains final approval for acquisition of ITP

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Rolls-Royce has obtained the approval of all the relevant authorities for the acquisition of the outstanding 53.1% shareholding in Industria de Turbo Propulsores SA ("ITP") owned by SENER Grupo de Ingeniería SA ("SENER"). Approval from the authorities in Spain paves the way for Rolls-Royce to conclude the acquisition, which was originally announced on 11 July 2016.

On 28 November 2016, Rolls-Royce confirmed the valuation of EUR 720m for the 53.1% shareholding, following due diligence. Consideration will be settled over a two-year period following completion in eight evenly spaced instalments of equal value. The agreement with SENER allows flexibility to settle each tranche of the consideration either in cash or in the form of Rolls-Royce shares as preferred by Rolls-Royce.

Completion is expected before the end of 2017. The first payment will be made 16 business days post-closing in early 2018 and the consideration will be in the form of shares. The decision on the form of subsequent payments will be determined as each individual payment falls due.

About Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

  1. Rolls-Royce's vision is to be the market-leader in high performance power systems where our engineering expertise, global reach and deep industry knowledge deliver outstanding customer relationships and solutions. We operate across five businesses: Civil Aerospace, Defence Aerospace, Marine, Nuclear and Power Systems.
  2. Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 150 countries, comprising more than 400 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 4,000 marine customers including 70 navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers.
  3. We have three common themes across all our businesses:
    • Investing in and developing engineering excellence
    • Driving a manufacturing and supply chain transformation which will embed operational excellence in lean, lower-cost facilities and processes
    • Leveraging our installed base, product knowledge and engineering capabilities to provide customers with outstanding service through which we can capture aftermarket value long into the future.
  4. Annual underlying revenue was £13.8 billion in 2016, around half of which came from the provision of aftermarket services. The firm and announced order book stood at £82.7 billion at the end of June 2017.
  5. In 2016, Rolls-Royce invested £1.3 billion on research and development. We also support a global network of 31 University Technology Centres, which position Rolls-Royce engineers at the forefront of scientific research.
  6. Rolls-Royce employs almost 50,000 people in 50 countries. More than 16,500 of these are engineers.
  7. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills. In 2016 we recruited 274 graduates and 327 apprentices through our worldwide training programmes.

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Northrop Grumman to perform risk reduction for new Patriot radar | Japan requests funding for Aegis Ashore | Leonardo announces 2017 Linaps sales

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Used A330-200s could be interim solution to NMA - Leeham News and Comment

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SMILE project: First hot firing tests of LOX/kerosene rocket engine with 3D-printed injector

DLR press release


Within the SMILE project, first hot firing tests were successfully conducted in early November 2017. The measured data shows very good mixing and combustion efficiencies of the printed injector in combination with a water-cooled, metallic combustion chamber. The SMILE project aims to design a cost-effective launch vehicle for the delivery of small satellites into sun-synchronous orbits (SSO). In order to fulfil commercial, operational and technical requirements, multi-disciplinary design optimisation processes are applied.

DLR’s Institute of Structures and Design is responsible for developing a reusable liquid rocket engine. The design is thereby based on ceramic engine components which are specifically qualified due to their high thermal shock resistance and high-temperature applicability. Thus, innovative design methods become possible allowing such systems to be reused. Furthermore, advanced manufacturing technologies are used for the highly complex injector head component designed by DLR. Partner 3D Systems printed the prototype injector for LOX/kerosene operation via additive layer manufacturing on a ‘ProX DMP 320 metal printer’ at its manufacturing site in Belgium.

For experimental testing, DLR provided an integrated setup. Partner PLD Space set up and operated a high-pressure rocket engine test bench in Teruel, Spain.



Next steps within the SMILE liquid rocket engine development focus to replace metallic wall structures of the combustion chamber by fibre-reinforced, ceramic materials as intended. Further goals are to optimise both the injection and ignition system as well as to improve the overall engine design.

This work is performed within the ‘SMall Innovative Launcher for Europe’ project. SMILE, coordinated by NLR, has received funding from the European Union’s ‘Horizon 2020 research and innovation program’ under grant agreement No 687242. Further info on SMILE can be found on www.small-launcher.eu.

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China’s stealth jet may have done flyover of S Korea


A vaguely worded statement from the PLAAF has made some wonder if a J-20 fighter was deployed to gather intel on a US-South Korean war game. Continue reading: http://www.atimes.com/article/chinas-stealth-jet-may-done-flyover-s-korea//

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Official: Russia offers to help fight wildfires by stationing aircraft in Santa Maria

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Medical reform going global Australia introduces new Class 2 medical



Nations across the world are moving forward to improve the medical qualification process for general aviation pilots. In what appears to be the "shot heard around the world," medical reform continues to expand across borders. Australia is the latest country to adopt new medical qualifications and allow GA pilots to visit a general practitioner, similar to the United States' BasicMed. continue reading https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2017/december/06/medical-reform-going-global

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[Madrid] "Los Aeropuertos del Futuro", conferencia SAE 14-dic-2017

Tendrá lugar el próximo jueves 14 de diciembre " Los Aeropuertos del futuro", a las 19:30 horas, en las instalaciones de B The Travel Brand Xperience de Madrid (Calle Miguel Ángel, 33).  En el cual los asistentes  podrán descubrir de la mano de Jose M. Hesse Martin, Director de Operaciones de Isdefe, cómo serán los aeropuertos del futuro.


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PICTURES: Qatar A321 substantially damaged in fire

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U.S. F-22 Raptor Allegedly Interfered With Russian Su-25s Over Syria And “Chased Away” By Su-35S, Russian MoD Claims


A close encounter between an F-22, two Su-25s and one Su-35S occurred over Syria some weeks ago. Many things about the incident are yet to be explained though. CENTCOM: “There is no truth to this allegation.” continue reading: https://theaviationist.com/2017/12/09/u-s-f-22-raptor-allegedly-interfered-with-russian-su-25s-over-syria-and-chased-away-by-su-35s-russian-mod-claims/

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Laser holograms create 3D-printed objects in seconds, no layering required

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In New Atlas
https://newatlas.com/volumetric-3d-printing-laser/52546/

Research Article:
Abstract Two limitations of additive manufacturing methods that arise from layer-based fabrication are slow speed and geometric constraints (which include poor surface quality). Both limitations are overcome in the work reported here, introducing a new volumetric additive fabrication paradigm that produces photopolymer structures with complex nonperiodic three-dimensional geometries on a time scale of seconds. We implement this approach using holographic patterning of light fields, demonstrate the fabrication of a variety of structures, and study the properties of the light patterns and photosensitive resins required for this fabrication approach. The results indicate that low-absorbing resins containing ~0.1% photoinitiator, illuminated at modest powers (~10 to 100 mW), may be successfully used to build full structures in ~1 to 10 s.
http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/12/eaao5496

Lawrence Livermore Laboratory press release
https://www.llnl.gov/news/volumetric-3d-printing-builds-need-speed 
By using laser-generated, hologram-like 3D images flashed into photosensitive resin, researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, along with academic collaborators, have discovered they can build complex 3D parts in a fraction of the time of traditional layer-by-layer printing. With this process, researchers have printed beams, planes, struts at arbitrary angles, lattices and complex and uniquely curved objects in a matter of seconds

While additive manufacturing (AM), commonly known as 3D printing, is enabling engineers and scientists to build parts in configurations and designs never before possible, the impact of the technology has been limited by layer-based printing methods, which can take up to hours or days to build three-dimensional parts, depending on their complexity.

However, by using laser-generated, hologram-like 3D images flashed into photosensitive resin, researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), along with collaborators at UC Berkeley (link is external), the University of Rochester (link is external) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (link is external) (MIT), have discovered they can build complex 3D parts in a fraction of the time of traditional layer-by-layer printing. The novel approach is called “volumetric” 3D printing, and is described in the journal Science Advances (link is external), published online Dec. 8.

“The fact that you can do fully 3D parts all in one step really does overcome an important problem in additive manufacturing,” said LLNL researcher Maxim Shusteff, the paper’s lead author. “We’re trying to print a 3D shape all at the same time. The real aim of this paper was to ask, 'Can we make arbitrary 3D shapes all at once, instead of putting the parts together gradually layer by layer?' It turns out we can.”

The way it works, Shusteff explained, is by overlapping three laser beams that define an object’s geometry from three different directions, creating a 3D image suspended in the vat of resin. The laser light, which is at a higher intensity where the beams intersect, is kept on for about 10 seconds, enough time to cure the part. The excess resin is drained out of the vat, and, seemingly like magic, researchers are left with a fully formed 3D part.
The approach, the scientists concluded, results in parts built many times faster than other polymer-based methods, and most, if not all, commercial AM methods used today. Due to its low cost, flexibility, speed and geometric versatility, the researchers expect the framework to open a major new direction of research in rapid 3D printing.

Volumetric 3D printing creates parts by overlapping three laser beams that define an object’s geometry from three different directions, creating a hologram-like 3D image suspended in the vat of resin. The laser light, which is at a higher intensity where the beams intersect, is kept on for about 10 seconds, enough time to cure the object.
“It’s a demonstration of what the next generation of additive manufacturing may be,” said LLNL engineer Chris Spadaccini, who heads Livermore Lab’s 3D printing effort. “Most 3D printing and additive manufacturing technologies consist of either a one-dimensional or two-dimensional unit operation. This moves fabrication to a fully 3D operation, which has not been done before. The potential impact on throughput could be enormous and if you can do it well, you can still have a lot of complexity.”

With this process, Shusteff and his team printed beams, planes, struts at arbitrary angles, lattices and complex and uniquely curved objects. While conventional 3D printing has difficulty with spanning structures that might sag without support, Shusteff said, volumetric printing has no such constraints; many curved surfaces can be produced without layering artifacts.

“This might be the only way to do AM that doesn’t require layering,” Shusteff said. “If you can get away from layering, you have a chance to get rid of ridges and directional properties. Because all features within the parts are formed at the same time, they don’t have surface issues.
“I’m hoping what this will do is inspire other researchers to find other ways to do this with other materials,” he added. “It would be a paradigm shift.”

Shusteff believes volumetric printing could be made even faster with a higher power light source. Extra-soft materials such as hydrogels could be wholly fabricated, he said, which would otherwise be damaged or destroyed by fluid motion. Volumetric 3D printing also is the only additive manufacturing technique that works better in zero gravity, he said, expanding the possibility of space-based production.

The technique does have limitations, researchers said. Because each beam propagates through space without changing, there are restrictions on part resolution and on the kinds of geometries that can be formed. Extremely complex structures would require lots of intersecting laser beams and would limit the process, they explained.

Spadaccini added that additional polymer chemistry and engineering also would be needed to improve the resin properties and fine tune them to make better structures.

“If you leave the light on too long it will start to cure everywhere, so there’s a timing game,” Spadaccini said. “A lot of the science and engineering is figuring out how long you can keep it on and at what intensity, and how that couples with the chemistry.”

The work received Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program funding. Additional LLNL researchers who contributed to the project were Todd Weisgraber and Robert Panas, Lawrence Graduate Scholar and University of Rochester Ph.D. student Allison Browar, UC Berkeley graduate students Brett Kelly and Johannes Henriksson, along with Nicholas Fang at MIT.

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Nota de prensa En noviembre, Iberia e Iberia Express vuelven a liderar el ranking de puntualidad



  • Según FlightStats, el Grupo Iberia volvió a situarse como el segundo más puntual del mundo, con un índice del 90,78 por ciento de vuelos en hora.
  •   El mes pasado Iberia operó 7.008 vuelos, de los que el 89,89 por ciento llegaron en hora, lo que la convierte en la aerolínea más puntual de Europa.
  • En el caso de Iberia Express, la compañía renueva en noviembre su liderazgo como la low cost más puntual del mundo.





Madrid, 10 de diciembre de 2017



FlightStats, la consultora líder internacional especialista en la industria de los viajes, ha publicado el informe de puntualidad correspondiente al mes de noviembre.



En él el Grupo Iberia figura como el segundo más puntual del mundo, Iberia como la aerolínea más puntual de Europa, e Iberia Express repite como la low cost más puntual del mundo.



En noviembre, el Grupo Iberia operó 15.336 vuelos, de los cuales el 90,78 por ciento llegaron a su destino en hora, lo que le convierte en el segundo más puntual del mundo. Ver ranking pinchando aquí



Iberia se situó también como la aerolínea más puntual de Europa, con una operación de 7.008 vuelos y un índice de puntualidad del 89,89 por ciento.



Por su parte, Ibera Express repite como low cost más puntual del mundo en noviembre, con una operación de 2.671 vuelos, de los que el 92,81 por ciento llegaron en hora.





Líderes en puntualidad



Desde hace cuatro años, Iberia ha mejorado año a año su posición entre las aerolíneas más puntuales del mundo: fue 4ª del mundo en 2013, 3ª en 2014, 2ª en 2015 y la aerolínea más puntual del mundo en 2016, posición que ha revalidado en los meses de enero, febrero, abril, mayo, junio y agosto de 2017.







Iberia Express, mantiene su liderazgo



En el caso de Iberia Express, la compañía está manteniendo este 2017 sus altos estándares de puntualidad siendo la low cost más puntual del mundo desde el mes de julio de forma consecutiva. Iberia Express ha sido además reconocida los años 2014, 2015 y 2016 como la compañía de bajo coste más puntual del mundo.





Sobre Iberia: Iberia es la primera compañía de España y líder en las rutas entre Europa y Latinoamérica. Junto con su filial Iberia Express y su franquiciada Iberia Regional Air Nostrum, ofrece alrededor de 600 vuelos al día a medio centenar de países de Europa, América, África, Oriente Medio y Asia, con una flota de 135 aviones. En 2017 Iberia ha conseguido su 4ª estrella Skytrax y, en 2016, fue la aerolínea más puntual del mundo, según FlightStats. Iberia tiene su hub en el aeropuerto de Madrid, y es miembro de la alianza oneworld, que ofrece más de 14.000 vuelos diarios a cerca de 1.000 aeropuertos en más de 150 países.

Sobre Iberia Express: Iberia Express, filial de Iberia, opera rutas de corto y medio radio y aporta tráfico directo, además de alimentar la red de largo radio de Iberia. Es miembro de oneworld, una alianza de quince compañías aéreas que ofrece a sus pasajeros 14.000 vuelos diarios a cerca de 1.000 aeropuertos de 150 países. Desde su creación, hace ya cinco años, la compañía ha transportado a más de 21 millones de pasajeros. En 2016, Iberia Express ha sido la aerolínea low cost más puntual del mundo por tercer año consecutivo, según los informes de la consultora FlightStats

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Pilatus PC-24 Earns FAA, EASA Certifications

Pilatus has received FAA and EASA type certifications for its PC-24 twin-engine business jet, the company's first business jet, the Swiss company announced.

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Japan Missile Plans Put North Korean Bases Within Range - WSJ

sábado, 9 de diciembre de 2017

Planned purchase would afford Japan the ability to strike from long distance



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Aerojet Rocketdyne Achieves Significant Air Force Demonstration and Validation Milestone with Successful Hot-Fire Test



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Sacramento CA (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne recently achieved a significant milestone by completing a successful hot-fire test of a controllable solid rocket motor under the U.S. Air Force Demonstration and Validation Post Boost Study A program. "This hot-fire test successfully demonstrated the increased capabilities of an advanced, controllable solid rocket motor system," said Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President
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Qatar, France sign billion-dollar fighter jet deal amid Gulf crisis



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http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Qatar_France_sign_billion-dollar_fighter_jet_deal_amid_Gulf_crisis_999.html

Doha (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
Qatar agreed Thursday to buy 12 French-built fighter jets, part of a multi-billion-dollar raft of deals announced as President Emmanuel Macron visited the emirate, hit by the Gulf's worst political crisis in years. The 1.1-billion-euro ($1.3 billion) order for Dassault Aviation warplanes, with an option for 36 more,…

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Boeing statement on the Canadian Interim Fighter Capability Project and free and fair competition:



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Damaged F-22 makes comeback after six-year repair job



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A Lockheed Martin F-22 grounded since a trainee pilot s error led to a crash landing in May 2012 could be ready to return to service next March after a nearly six-year-long repair job, according to a new US Air force document.
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Bell Takes Tailsitter Route To VTOL Cargo Drones



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http://aviationweek.com/technology/bell-takes-tailsitter-route-vtol-cargo-drones

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Bell's innovation unit showcases designs for cargo drones that combine VTOL flexibility with fixed-wing efficiency.

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Bell V-280 Inching To First Flight Slower Than Hoped

Bell Helicopter is progressing toward first flight of the V-280 Valor slower than hoped, having missed the target months of September, October and November.

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http://aviationweek.com/awindefense/bell-v-280-inching-first-flight-slower-hoped

Bell Helicopter is progressing toward first flight of the V-280 Valor slower than hoped, having missed the target months of September, October and November.

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Air New Zealand showcases holiday humor in new marketing video



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https://runwaygirlnetwork.com/2017/12/08/air-new-zealand-showcases-holiday-humor-in-new-marketing-video/

Air New Zealand has added some spice to holiday merry making with its new video of Santa trying to decipher some requests from little ones with robust Kiwi accents. Was that a wish for a biscuitball or a basketball? A bug screen TV? A book of magic trucks instead of tricks? A beard or a bed? An ear plane?



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Pilatus PC-24 secures US and European type certification

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NASA Builds Its Next Mars Rover Mission

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GE is cutting 12,000 jobs

viernes, 8 de diciembre de 2017

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Edges for Challengers and G-limit changes in 2018 | Red Bull Air Race

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The AI Company That Helps Boeing Cook New Metals for Jets

At HRL Laboratories in Malibu, California, materials scientist Hunter Martin and his team load a grey powder as fine as confectioner's sugar into a machine. They've curated the powder recipe—mostly aluminum, blended with some other elements—down to the atom. The machine, a 3-D metal printer, lays …

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Scientists are trying to figure out which bacteria have colonized our space station

It's a bit like a terrestrial house, but also a bit like a human body. Bacteria are hard to annihilate. We have a talent for killing lots of them, but eliminating every last one is nearly impossible. This doesn't matter so much when you're sanitizing your hands after a bus ride or wiping down you...

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Spirit AeroSystems Buoys Wichita With $1 Billion, 1,000-Jobs Pledge



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http://aviationweek.com/business-aviation/spirit-aerosystems-buoys-wichita-1-billion-1000-jobs-pledge

Expansion is not tied to any one particular program but rather to the growth in demand for Boeing and Airbus airliners and in defense work.

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Military defense market faces new challenges to acquiring SatCom platforms



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Military defense market faces new challenges to acquiring SatCom platforms // Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
http://www.spacewar.com/reports/Military_defense_market_faces_new_challenges_to_acquiring_SatCom_platforms_999.html

McLean VA (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
With high-throughput satellites covering 99% of the populated regions of the world, commercial satellite providers like Intelsat General are ready and willing to serve the growing bandwidth needs of the military defense market. But there's a catch. At the Global MilsatCom conference held earlier this month in London, new acquisition challenges came to light: Countries are still trying to figure
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Boeing KC-46A Tanker for U.S. Air Force Completes First Flight



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Boeing KC-46A Tanker for U.S. Air Force Completes First Flight // MediaRoom
http://boeing.mediaroom.com/2017-12-05-Boeing-KC-46A-Tanker-for-U-S-Air-Force-Completes-First-Flight

Newest aircraft moves closer to delivery after airborne operational checks
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Boeing Forecasts Stable Growth and Funding Diversification for Aircraft Financing in 2018



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Boeing Forecasts Stable Growth and Funding Diversification for Aircraft Financing in 2018 // MediaRoom
http://boeing.mediaroom.com/2017-12-07-Boeing-Forecasts-Stable-Growth-and-Funding-Diversification-for-Aircraft-Financing-in-2018

Approximately $139 billion in new aircraft funding needed in 2018, up $17 billion from 2017
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SkyX tests long-range drone along pipeline in Mexico



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SkyX tests long-range drone along pipeline in Mexico // The UAS Magazine
http://theuasmagazine.com/articles/1783/skyx-tests-long-range-drone-along-pipeline-in-mexico

SkyX Systems Corp., a Canadian company working in long-range unmanned aerial monitoring and data collection, has announced that it has successfully completed an unmanned data collection flight of 100 km along a pipeline in Mexico.
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Airbus’ strategy for the A330-800






 The A330-800 entered the final assembly line last week at the Airbus production plant in Toulouse, France, amid doubts in the industry that the airplane will be produced beyond the prototype. https://leehamnews.com/2017/12/06/airbus-strategy-a330-800/



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Drinking, punching, shouting: Airlines dealing with rise in extreme air rage

jueves, 7 de diciembre de 2017



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Drinking, punching, shouting: Airlines dealing with rise in extreme air rage // Dallas News | airlines
https://www.dallasnews.com/business/airlines/2017/12/05/drinking-punching-shouting-airlines-dealing-rise-extreme-air-rage


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Self-drive nose wheel promises less time on the tarmac

https://www.stirling-dynamics.com/news/stirling-redesigns-wheel/


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WheelTug Nose Wheel Design

6th December 2017

Stirling Dynamics has been awarded a new contract from WheelTug to deliver a new nose wheel design for the Boeing 737NG family of aircraft, which will be fitted with the WheelTug system. The WheelTug® system is a unique and disruptive technology  that consists of a nose wheel mounted motor and drive, powered by the aircraft's Auxiliary Power Unit (APU), and aims to save time, engine life and fuel use resulting in reduced emissions and significant cost savings for aircraft operators.

Stirling was chosen to carry out the work due to our niche capabilities in landing gear design and analysis. Under this contract, we will be helping WheelTug design and achieve certification for this brand-new landing gear nose wheel. Our engineering team will draw on the company's core capabilities in reverse engineering, wheel analysis, landing gear analysis, safety analysis and structural stress analysis.

On this new contract, Stirling's Aerospace Business Manager, Bandula Pathinayake stated: "We are proud to work on this innovative technology with the WheelTug team, this new contract is another step forward in seeing this innovative technology reaching the marketplace."

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TsAGI aerodynamicists test a model of a medium-lift military transport aircraft Il-276

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Pipistrel Establishes A Chinese Business Entity

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Successful Saudi scud downing in doubt, experts say | Boeing admits Pegasus tanker delivery delays | Japan considers strike missile purchase despite pacifist constitution

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Canada to shun Boeing, goes for Aussie Super Hornets | MQ-8C to go for IOC next spring | Su-57 prototype flies with new engine

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Polish pushback at Patriot price tag | First operational KC-46 tanker makes maiden flight | Qatar orders 12 more Rafales

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Two Edwards-based F-16s Spotted In Star Wars Canyon With Mysterious New Pod

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The Israeli F-35I “Adir” Declared Operational. So What’s Next?

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Israel declares its F-35I fleet combat-ready

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​Congress puts confidence in new A-10 wings

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The Greatest Aviator the West Has Never Heard Of, Marina Lavrentievna Popovich, Has Died.

lunes, 4 de diciembre de 2017

Aviation Records in 40 Different Aircraft. Russian aviator, record holder, engineer and author Marina Lavrentievna Popovich has died in Russia on Nov. 30, 2017. She was 86 years old. Popovich was an icon of Russian aviation history and one of many female pilots revered in the former Soviet […]


https://theaviationist.com/2017/12/04/the-greatest-aviator-the-west-has-never-heard-of-marina-lavrentievna-popovich-has-died/

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France receives first A400M with mid-air refueling pod | Naval Group, Fincantieri, offer FREEM frigate to CSC program | Norway and Germany to cooperate on Naval Strike Missile

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France close in on additional Rafale sale to Qatar | KAI consider dropping T-50 cost for USAF trainer comp | MBDA deliver MMP missile to French Army

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Weatherwatch: Solar flares have safety implications for aircraft

domingo, 3 de diciembre de 2017

We are shielded from most of the neutrons by the atmosphere, but radiation is more intense the higher you go Space weather, determined mainly by solar activity, rarely troubles us on Earth. We are not bothered if satellites are buffeted by solar winds, unless they stop working. However, extreme s...

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Tesla is building the world’s biggest battery. Here’s how it will work.

Get amped to learn about lithium-ion energy storage! By the end of the year, the state of South Australia will be home to the world's biggest battery, if Elon Musk and Tesla make good on an ambitious commitment. The battery installation will be hooked up to a 99-turbine wind farm (which is still ...

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RemoveDebris: Space junk mission prepares for launch

A mission that will test different methods to clean up space junk is getting ready for launch. The RemoveDebris spacecraft will attempt to snare a small satellite with a net and test whether a harpoon is an effective garbage grabber. The probe has been assembled in Surrey and will soon be packed ...

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New Sentinel satellite tracks dirty air

It's been working less than a month but already the UK-Dutch-built Sentinel-5P satellite is returning spectacular new views of Earth's atmosphere. The spacecraft was designed to make daily global maps of the gases and particles that pollute the air. The first sample images released by mission sci...

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​Lockheed Martin certificates slate of weapons for F-35



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​Lockheed Martin certificates slate of weapons for F-35 // Latest news
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/lockheed-martin-certificates-slate-of-weapons-for-f-443824/

Lockheed Martin has certified the F-35 Lightning II to employ a roster of weapons including the AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile, Small diameter bomb I, GBU-12 laser guided-bomb and Joint Direct Attack Munition.
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Airbus on why it is bringing more and more cabin upgrades in-house



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Airbus on why it is bringing more and more cabin upgrades in-house // Runway Girl


Airbus' recent focus on bringing cabin upgrades in-house is part of a shift in how the airframer sees its role in servicing — rather than just supporting — the aftersales market, with its eyes on lucrative maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business. Continue reading https://runwaygirlnetwork.com/2017/12/01/airbus-on-why-it-is-bringing-some-cabin-upgrades-in-house/

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Airbus Stops Production Of H120



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Airbus Stops Production Of H120 // AviationWeek.com Commercial Aviation Channel
http://aviationweek.com/awinbizav/airbus-stops-production-h120

Airbus has revealed it has ended serial production of the H120 single-engine light helicopter.

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ESA Investing In Small Launcher, Robotic Spaceplane



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ESA Investing In Small Launcher, Robotic Spaceplane // AviationWeek.com Commercial Aviation Channel
http://aviationweek.com/awinspace/esa-investing-small-launcher-robotic-spaceplane

The European Space Agency will invest in a new Vega small satellite launcher and a miniature reusable robotic spaceplane.

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Autonomous sub finds aviation artifacts

Early last year, we first heard about Fraunhofer's DEDAVE (Deep Diving AUV for Exploration) unmanned submersible. Then this July, we got word of an initiative aimed at locating sunken flight models of a famous Canadian jet fighter, the Avro Arrow. Now, the two have come together – Fraunhofer is reporting that one of its DEDAVEs has located a couple of of the models.

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Voyager 1 fires thrusters for the first time in 37 years

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La conquista del aire - Conde Duque Madrid

viernes, 1 de diciembre de 2017

http://condeduquemadrid.es/evento/la-conquista-del-aire/


La conquista del aire

1909-1911. Los inicios de la aeronáutica en España

Del 13 diciembre 2017 al 04 marzo 2018

Dónde: Sala 1

Mar–Sáb, 10–14h y 17:30–21h
Dom y Fest, 10:30–14h

Descubre los primeros vuelos realizados en Madrid y aquella sociedad de principios del XX que quedó fascinada por el milagro de volar.

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FACC embarks on expansion strategy



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FACC embarks on expansion strategy // Latest news
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/facc-embarks-on-expansion-strategy-443807/

Austrian composites specialist FACC has received two additional autoclaves as part of an expansion strategy to lift turnover to 1 billion ($1.19 billion) by 2021.
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Airplane or airship? Different shark bodies for different environments

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​B-52 re-engine effort could start in 2020

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Daimler testing drone+van team for eCommerce deliveries in Hamburg




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Stuttgart/Hamburg. smart is further expanding its innovative logistics service: in future "smart ready to drop+" will enable parcels to be delivered to the boot of a smart wherever the vehicle is located. Further advantages: almost all products from any shop can be ordered. Up until shortly before delivery customers can decide when and where the parcel should be delivered. To this end a new pilot test is taking place together with the cooperation partner Liefery in Hamburg.

Last autumn the "smart ready to drop" test run started in Stuttgart as the biggest in-car delivery test ever performed in Germany. Parcels can now also be delivered to the boots of smarts in Cologne, Bonn and Berlin. The smart cooperation partner DHL has already delivered a four-figure number of packages to these cities.

Now smart is going a further step in a pilot project in Hamburg by enabling the smart to be used as a fully mobile postbox. For the delivery process the vehicle no longer needs to be parked near the home address; parcels can be delivered by Liefery to wherever the vehicle is located in Hamburg.

Furthermore, customers are no longer tied to certain online shops and they can order products and have them delivered to their vehicle by Liefery. Private individuals can also send parcels to a vehicle. During the pilot test over several months the service "smart ready to drop+" is free of charge for customers.

Convenient and reliable ordering and delivery process

"smart ready to drop+" is smartphone-based and works with the help of an app developed by smart lab, the brand's think tank. The process in detail:
  • When placing an online order the customer gives the delivery address as the "smart HUB address". This consists of two parts: the address of the Liefery hub in Hamburg, which acts as an interim storage facility, and the customer's own personal car boot ID.
  • The customer is informed when the parcels physically arrive at the Liefery hub.
  • The customer must then choose a date and one of three time slots allotted over the day for the delivery.
  • In addition, the vehicle location must be specified – for example, the preconfigured addresses "Home" or "Work", but also any other address such as the car park of a gym. The setting "Dropzone" enables the radius of the smart around this location at the selected time to be defined.
  • In the next step the user generates a TAN to give the Liefery delivery service keyless access to the boot of the parked smart.
  • The app notifies the courier service of the desired delivery address and delivery time and the courier can open the car with the TAN once only within a specific time window. To this end a Connectivity Box is installed inside the car at the bottom of the windscreen.
  • When the Liefery courier has deposited the parcel in the boot the car is locked again digitally and their access authorisation expires immediately. The app automatically notifies the smart car driver of the successful delivery.

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ESA pours $107 million into Vega E and a reusable spaceplane


  • Italy’s space industry, notably Vega’s manufacturer Avio and Thales Alenia Space Italy, will both lead consortiums for Vega E and Space Rider, respectively.
  • Avio’s contract for Vega E — short for Vega Evolution — is worth 53 million euros, and jumpstarts development of the new launcher alongside Vega C, which has yet to fly. The company will be working on both rockets concurrently, with Vega C holding to a 2019 maiden launch, and Vega E’s first flight projected in 2024. 
Continue reading http://spacenews.com/esa-pours-107-million-into-vega-e-and-a-reusable-spaceplane

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