Successful test flight for hypersonic glider

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Iran confirms new details about Saba-248 helicopter



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Iran confirms new details about Saba-248 helicopter // Latest news
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/iran-confirms-new-details-about-saba-248-helicopter-439419/

After unveiling the Saba-248 light-twin helicopter in March, Iranian industry officials revealed new details about the programme s schedule, supply chain and performance on 18 July at the MAKS air show in July.
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Iran’s ‘Kosar’ Training Jet Could Soon Take Flight



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Iran's 'Kosar' Training Jet Could Soon Take Flight // Aviation Week
http://aviationweek.com/awindefense/iran-s-kosar-training-jet-could-soon-take-flight

Iran's first homegrown "Kosar" military training jet could begin flying within five or six months after recently starting ground testing.

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Airbus Flies German-Funded Stealthy UAV Demonstrator



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Airbus Flies German-Funded Stealthy UAV Demonstrator // Aviation Week
http://aviationweek.com/awindefense/airbus-flies-german-funded-stealthy-uav-demonstrator

The quarter-scale aircraft, a flying wing 3 m (10 ft.) in length and span, made a 7-min autonomous flight on July 18, completing a pre-programmed course over the Overberg test site.

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Airbus's boss in UK departs as aerospace giant shakes up British management

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This enormous Chinese blimp could replace satellites

lunes, 17 de julio de 2017

There's a new type of airship called the Cloud, and it has a silver lining. (It's also a giant, floating communications hub.) Finn Aberdein goes to watch a nerve-wracking flight with its maker KuangChi Science. This video is an extract from the series Tales from Modern China, which airs on BBC Wo...

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Can Brazil bring the airship back from the dead?

The vast jungle interior of Brazil is a difficult place to reach – there are few roads, and travelling by river is very slow. Could airships be the key to supplying remote Amazonian outposts? Standing in the middle of what used to be a sugar cane field four miles from the south Brazilian city of ...

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Meet KJ-600, the aircraft that could help China's navy rival America's

The airborne early warning and control plane fills a gap in China's arsenal. China's aircraft carriers are getting plenty of press lately. China's shiny new carrier, Liaoning, visited Hong Kong last week, and the nation launched the Type 001A aircraft carrier in the spring. There's been less talk...

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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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OPINION: UK industry needs Brexit clarity

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Dornier Seawings readying new-generation Seastar for August roll-out

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China certifies COMAC to mass produce ARJ-21 regional jets - Xinhua | Euronews

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Ukraine’s Antonov seeks US industry cooperation for An-70-based lifter

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Verizon explains flying-cell-site drone-project



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Verizon explains flying-cell-site drone-project // The UAS Magazine
http://theuasmagazine.com/articles/1718/verizon-explains-flying-cell-site-drone-project

First responders, Verizon and American Aerospace Technologies Inc. have showcased a new strategy to utilize a drone to create a cell tower in the sky. UAS Magazine caught up with the team for more on their efforts.
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Smart quadcopters find their way without human help or GPS



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Smart quadcopters find their way without human help or GPS // The UAS Magazine
http://theuasmagazine.com/articles/1719/smart-quadcopters-find-their-way-without-human-help-or-gps

DARPA's Fast Lightweight Autonomy program is advancing technology to enable small unmanned quadcopters to fly autonomously through cluttered buildings and obstacle courses using cameras and sensors as "eyes" and smart algorithms to self-navigate.
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Airbus vs. Boeing, comparison of market forecasts (2017)



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https://theblogbyjavier.com/2017/07/04/airbus-vs-boeing-comparison-of-market-forecasts-2017/


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Brussels Airlines : les Sukhoi SSJ restent en France cet hiver | Air Journal

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Boeing HorizonX Invests in Artificial Intelligence Leader SparkCognition



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Boeing HorizonX Invests in Artificial Intelligence Leader SparkCognition // MediaRoom
http://boeing.mediaroom.com/2017-06-26-Boeing-HorizonX-Invests-in-Artificial-Intelligence-Leader-SparkCognition

Austin, Texas-based company is a leader in machine learning, artificial intelligence
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La COMAC reçoit 600 commandes d'avion gros porteur C919 - china radio international

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INSIGHT FROM FLIGHTGLOBAL: Who ordered what at the Paris air show



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INSIGHT FROM FLIGHTGLOBAL: Who ordered what at the Paris air show // Aircraft news
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/insight-from-flightglobal-who-ordered-what-at-the-p-438779/

Commitments announced during this year's Paris air show covered 1,051 order deals and options/purchase rights on 175 more. That takes total order commitments announced during the show to 1,226.
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Nearly 35,000 aircraft valued at US$5.3 trillion required in the next 20 years



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Nearly 35,000 aircraft valued at US$5.3 trillion required in the next 20 years // Airbus All news
http://www.airbus.com/newsevents/news-events-single/detail/nearly-35000-aircraft-valued-at-us53-trillion-required-in-the-next-20-years/?utm_source=article&utm_medium=All-news&utm_campaign=RSS

Additional need for 530,000 pilots and 550,000 technicians with services set to grow




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WTO condemns Boeing’s non-compliance and new subsidies



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WTO condemns Boeing's non-compliance and new subsidies // Airbus All news
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• WTO: U.S. failed to comply with rulings on massive illegal subsidies provided to...




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Spanish Project To Introduce Drones at Airbus Plant | Aerospace News: Aviation International News

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MIT Engineers unveil drone that can fly for 5 days



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MIT Engineers unveil drone that can fly for 5 days // The UAS Magazine
http://theuasmagazine.com/articles/1710/mit-engineers-unveil-drone-that-can-fly-for-5-days

A team of MIT engineers has come up with a much less expensive UAV design that can hover for longer durations to provide wide-ranging communications support. The researchers designed, built, and tested a UAV resembling a thin glider.
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Boeing launches 737 MAX 10 with 240 orders/Update with orders - Leeham News and Comment

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Boeing talks big at unveiling of new Max 10: 'I can understand how our competition is upset'



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https://www.dallasnews.com/business/airlines/2017/06/19/boeing-talks-big-unveiling-new-max-10-can-understand-competition-upset


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Can magnetic space tugs clean up space junk?

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TsAGI improves test procedure in transonic wind tunnel

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Textron demonstrates 20mm cannon ahead of OA-X experiment | Europe gears up for next-gen fighter | MiG looking to ‘Make in India’

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H225 helicopter to return to full flight status 'soon': Airbus Group

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PARIS: Embraer eyes turboprop for notional 'E3' programme

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American and Chinese aircraft could be flying 4,000 miles per hour by 2030 | Popular Science

lunes, 19 de junio de 2017

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Airbus presents the A380plus

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Boeing revs up robots for 777X in Everett factory, signals that a 797 awaits | The Seattle Times

sábado, 17 de junio de 2017

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Boeing decision stokes U.S.-Canada trade tensions - POLITICO

lunes, 12 de junio de 2017

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The flight that rocked the Soviet Union

Watch our animated video of how a teenage pilot evaded the world's most formidable air defence system in a tiny plane. Read BBC Future's feature: 'The Cold War's most audacious flight'

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Sukhoi Superjet 100 Wing Tests for Winglets Installation Successfully Performed | AJOT.COM

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'Instantly rechargeable' battery could change the future of electric and hybrid automobiles



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'Instantly rechargeable' battery could change the future of electric and hybrid automobiles // Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
http://www.energy-daily.com/reports/Instantly_rechargeable_battery_could_change_the_future_of_electric_and_hybrid_automobiles_999.html

West Lafayette IN (SPX) Jun 06, 2017
A technology developed by Purdue researchers could provide an "instantly rechargeable" method that is safe, affordable and environmentally friendly for recharging electric and hybrid vehicle batteries through a quick and easy process similar to refueling a car at a gas station. The innovation could expedite the adoption of electric and hybrid vehicles by eliminating the time needed to stop
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Boeing Thanks U.S. Trade Representative for Winning Major WTO Compliance Ruling



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Boeing Thanks U.S. Trade Representative for Winning Major WTO Compliance Ruling // MediaRoom
http://boeing.mediaroom.com/2017-06-09-Boeing-Thanks-U-S-Trade-Representative-for-Winning-Major-WTO-Compliance-Ruling


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WTO board finds Boeing receives some illegal subsidy benefits



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WTO board finds Boeing receives some illegal subsidy benefits // Latest news
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/wto-board-finds-boeing-receives-some-illegal-subsidy-438123/

Another battle has opened in the 13-year-old trade war between Boeing and Airbus at the World Trade Organisation.
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Paris 2017: Antonov to show An-132D - Air & Cosmos - International

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BelugaST delivers the nose section for its BelugaXL successor



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BelugaST delivers the nose section for its BelugaXL successor // Airbus All news
http://www.airbus.com/newsevents/news-events-single/detail/belugast-delivers-the-nose-section-for-its-belugaxl-successor/?utm_source=article&utm_medium=All-news&utm_campaign=RSS

The fully-equipped nose section of the first BelugaXL – Airbus' next-generation oversized cargo...




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Airbus and China to enhance cooperation in aviation and aerospace



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Airbus and China to enhance cooperation in aviation and aerospace // Airbus All news
http://www.airbus.com/newsevents/news-events-single/detail/airbus-and-china-to-enhance-cooperation-in-aviation-and-aerospace/?utm_source=article&utm_medium=All-news&utm_campaign=RSS

Memorandum of Understanding signals new chapter in partnership




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MIT's gasoline-powered UAV targets five-day flight endurance

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Stealth Micro UAV for the Army, Police and Special Forces - iHLS

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Commercial UAV Flies BVLOS For 30 Miles | UAV Expert News

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Drone delivery Co. flies BVLOS in Canada



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Drone delivery Co. flies BVLOS in Canada // The UAS Magazine
http://theuasmagazine.com/articles/1702/drone-delivery-co-flies-bvlos-in-canada

A Canadian-based drone delivery company is eyeing 2018 after it successfully performed beyond-visual-line-of-sight flights this month. Drone Delivery Canada Corp. flew its patent pending drone delivery system BVLOS in Alberta.
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Pivotal year for A380 - Leeham News and Comment

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Boeing To Unveil First New Midsize Airplane Details In Paris



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Boeing To Unveil First New Midsize Airplane Details In Paris // AviationWeek.com Commercial Aviation Channel
http://aviationweek.com/commercial-aviation/boeing-unveil-first-new-midsize-airplane-details-paris

Boeing says model-based systems engineering will be pivotal to the successful development of its NMA.

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Defense And Space Programs To Watch



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Defense And Space Programs To Watch // Aviation Week
http://aviationweek.com/space/defense-and-space-programs-watch

U.S. military equipment continues to top the "must-buy" list for many countries, whether it is the F-35 fighter or P-8 patroller. But Europe is pushing to meet more of its own defense needs, particularly unmanned aircraft. And countries such as Turkey want to build full-spectrum local industries. Including new entrants into the space market, we profile the key programs worth tracking closely.

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Supersonic X-plane Takes Next Step



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Supersonic X-plane Takes Next Step // Aviation Week
http://aviationweek.com/awindefense/supersonic-x-plane-takes-next-step

NASA has issued a draft request for proposals for development of its Quiet Supersonic Transport low-boom flight demonstrator, starting the clock ticking toward first flight of the new X-plane in early 2021.

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Trump Defense Budget Gives U-2 New Lease On Life



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Trump Defense Budget Gives U-2 New Lease On Life // Aviation Week
http://aviationweek.com/defense/trump-defense-budget-gives-u-2-new-lease-life

Lockheed is planning a series of sensor upgrades to keep the Dragon Lady relevant through 2045.

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All Wheels Up: Trying to Change the Way Passengers in Wheelchairs Fly - AirlineReporter : AirlineReporter

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Video Shows Spitfire Crashing While Taking Off During Airshow In Northeastern France

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ANALYSIS: How Beluga XL will boost Airbus's logistics capability

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Airbus calls on France to join European future fighter effort

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Portugal opens talks to acquire Embraer KC-390s

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Will Hydrogen Fuel Cells Help Drones Stay in the Air? - Commercial UAV News

martes, 6 de junio de 2017

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NASA tests next phase of UAS traffic management system | GPS World

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DARPA, BAE partner on multirole unmanned aerial systems



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DARPA, BAE partner on multirole unmanned aerial systems // Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
http://www.spacewar.com/reports/DARPA_BAE_partner_on_multirole_unmanned_aerial_systems_999.html

Washington (UPI) Jun 5, 2017
The Defense of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is partnering with BAE Systems to develop a new line of multi-role unmanned aerial systems.They are designed to be modular and able to mount different sensor, radio-frequency, and weapons packages. The contract provides $5.4 million to develop small multifunction UAVs that can conduct multiple missions with a single payl
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Embraer hopes for new KC-390 customer this year | Jane's 360

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NASA engineers develop safe landing system for small UAS



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NASA engineers develop safe landing system for small UAS // The UAS Magazine
http://theuasmagazine.com/articles/1699/nasa-engineers-develop-safe-landing-system-for-small-uas

Safe2Ditch technology being developed by engineers at the NASA Langley Research Center gives small UAS the ability to land in urban areas quickly, safely and autonomously in the event of a technical failure.
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On the spot: Textron, Aeryon assess Oklahoma tornado damage



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On the spot: Textron, Aeryon assess Oklahoma tornado damage // The UAS Magazine
http://theuasmagazine.com/articles/1700/on-the-spot-textron-aeryon-assess-oklahoma-tornado-damage

A team from Textron Systems and Aeryon Labs in Oklahoma to demonstrate the value of UAS in managing disasters found itself in the middle of a real disaster. They assisted first responders after a tornado struck Elk City on May 16.
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Airbus ponders lowering production rate on A380



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Finnair sees little effect from LCC long-haul service



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Finnair sees little effect from LCC long-haul service // Leeham News
https://leehamnews.com/2017/06/06/finnair-sees-little-effect-lcc-long-haul-service/

June 6, 2017, © Leeham Co.: Low cost airlines, notably Norwegian Air, are increasingly getting into the long-haul business, but Finnair so far isn't affected much.




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Enormous Stratolaunch plane's wingspan is bigger than a football field



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What are the pros and cons of privatizing air traffic control?



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BAE Readying To Fly Advanced Hawk



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BAE Readying To Fly Advanced Hawk // Aviation Week
http://aviationweek.com/defense/bae-readying-fly-advanced-hawk

Updated Hawk will feature a large-area display advanced cockpit concept

New Hawk wing and cockpit could be retrofitted to older models.

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Vortex Control Targets Drag-Reducing Finlets At 737NGs



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Vortex Control Targets Drag-Reducing Finlets At 737NGs // Aviation Week
http://aviationweek.com/technology/vortex-control-targets-drag-reducing-finlets-737ngs

Certification of VCT's aft-body drag-reducing devices is planned on the 737NG family following the company's positive flight-test results on the C-130 and C-17.

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Skunk Works Unveils Updated Next-Gen Fighter Concept



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Skunk Works Unveils Updated Next-Gen Fighter Concept // Aviation Week
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Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works has revealed a radically revised version of its concept for the Next-Generation Air Dominance penetrating counter air combat aircraft.

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Airbus Helicopters Breaks Ground On First Helicopter Assembly Line In China

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New NASA Experiments, Research Arrive At International Space Station

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Russia to complete tests and adoption of Su-35S by late-2017

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Airbus: First high power all-electric satellite, EUTELSAT 172B, launched by Ariane 5



Press release

All-electric propulsion for orbit-raising and on-station manoeuvers for the first time on a high power satellite inaugurates significant mass savings on this class of mission
Innovative payload technology will dynamically distribute power between spot beams to provide internet connectivity to aircraft over the Pacific


Kourou, 02/06/2017 –EUTELSAT 172B, the first high power all-electric telecommunications satellite worldwide built by Airbus for Eutelsat, one of the world’s leading satellite operators, has been successfully launched from Kourou, French Guiana by Ariane 5. The satellite will provide enhanced telecommunications, in-flight broadband and broadcast services for the Asia-Pacific region.

“We are the first company to demonstrate full electric propulsion for satellites of this size and capacity,” said Nicolas Chamussy, Head of Space Systems at Airbus. “With this spacecraft we are clearly setting a new benchmark - enabling powerful and complex satellites to be launched in the most cost efficient manner.”

EUTELSAT 172B combines electric power of 13 kW with a launch mass of around 3,500 kg only, thanks to the latest EOR (Electric Orbit Raising) version of Airbus’ highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform.




Full electric propulsion for initial orbit raising and all on-station manoeuvres, with Xenon gas ejected at high speed using only electric power supplied by solar cells, relieves operators of the need to include tons of chemical propellant, leading to up to 40% mass savings on the satellite.

Customers can therefore either achieve a significant saving on launch costs, or a substantial increase of the payload power for a given mass. Furthermore the Hall Effect Technology used by Airbus makes transfer to the operational orbit significantly faster than other electric propulsion technologies.

Innovation solutions include two deployable robotic arms to orientate the satellite’s electric propulsion thrusters to control thrust direction and attitude during different phases of the mission. In addition, WALIS (Wide Angle Localisation Integrated System) is a proprietary network of ground stations developed by Airbus around the world, to enable Airbus engineers to control orbit raising operations until the satellite reaches geostationary orbit.

The development of Airbus’ Eurostar all electric satellites has been supported by ESA and space agencies of European countries, in particular in France by CNES in the framework of the PIA programme (Plan d’Investissements d’Avenir) and in the UK by the UK Space Agency.

UTELSAT 172B hosts three distinct payloads that will strengthen Eutelsat’s capabilities across Asia-Pacific markets: a C-band payload, a regular Ku-band payload and a high throughput Ku-band payload designed for in-flight connectivity along Pacific air corridors.in that regard, the satellite features an innovative multi-port amplifier (MPA) on the payload to distribute dynamically the satellite’s power between its 11 spot beams to provide internet connectivity for aircraft flying across the Asia-Pacific region.

The flexibility of the MPA means that more power can be allocated to each spot beam as demand increases giving aircraft passengers a better service. The MPA technology was developed by Airbus as part of the European Space Agency’s Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems programme and supported by the UK Space Agency.

Additive layer manufacturing, or 3D printing, is further exploited for several elements on this satellite, including for a single printed bracket that is 35% lighter than and quicker to manufacture than the complex component it replaced.

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Boeing to Showcase New Airplanes and Services at Paris Air Show

- 737 MAX 9 scheduled for flying display
- P-8A Poseidon, V-22, AH-64 Apache, CH-47 Chinook and 787-10 Dreamliner on static display


CHICAGO, June 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today confirmed that a 737 MAX 9 flight test airplane will participate in the flying display at the Paris Air Show, which runs June 19-25 at Paris-Le Bourget Airport.

The 737 MAX 9 completed its first flight in April, while Boeing and Malindo Air celebrated the first delivery of the 737 MAX 8 last month. The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history, accumulating more than 3,700 orders to date from 87 customers worldwide.

Boeing also will bring to the show a 787-10 Dreamliner flight test airplane. The 787-10 is the newest and largest model of the 787 family with unmatched economics. The 787-10 completed its first flight in March and is scheduled to enter commercial service in 2018.

Additionally, Boeing customers and partners will bring several aircraft to Le Bourget. Qatar Airways plans to present a 777-300ER, showcasing its newly designed business class interior. The U.S. Department of Defense is scheduled to display several Boeing platforms: the P-8A anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare aircraft, the V-22 multirole tilt-rotor aircraft, the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, and the CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter.

Senior Boeing leaders at the show will include Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg, and the heads of the company's three business units, Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Kevin McAllister, Boeing Defense, Space & Security President and CEO Leanne Caret, and Boeing Global Services President and CEO Stan Deal.

"We are excited to share our innovative commercial and defense platforms, and services capabilities with customers and other key stakeholders from around the world", said Marc Allen, president, Boeing International.

Boeing will hold a series of briefings for the news media during the show. Accredited members of the media should check the daily briefing and announcement schedule at the Media Centre and the Boeing media chalet, located in the chalet rows at A332 for updates.


Schedule

Monday, June 19
10.00 Boeing Commercial Airplanes Update – Roland Garros Auditorium (Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace)

Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Kevin McAllister assesses current industry and market conditions and provides an update on Boeing commercial airplane products and services, development programs and product investments.

Tuesday, June 20 – Thursday, June 22
The 737 MAX 9 and 787-10 will be available for tours to accredited members of the news media:
Tuesday, June 20, 12.00-13.00
Wednesday, June 21, 12.00-13.00 (737 MAX 9 only)
Thursday, June 22, 12.00-13.00 (737 MAX 9 only)

Due to limited capacity, please register for tours in advance at the Boeing Media Chalet (A332)

Tuesday, June 20
10.00 2017 Current Market Outlook/Services Market Outlook –Boeing Media Chalet Theatre (A332)

Boeing Commercial Airplanes Vice President of Marketing Randy Tinseth unveils 2017 Current Market Outlook/Services Market Outlook and addresses current industry and commercial aviation market conditions.

11.30 BCA Integrated Development Strategy – Boeing Media Chalet Theatre (A332)

Boeing Commercial Airplanes Vice President and General Manager of Airplane Development Mike Delaney will give a briefing on executing our integrated development strategy and investing in our future

Wednesday, June 21
10.00 Innovating the Future of Commercial Airplanes – Boeing Media Chalet Theatre (A332)

Boeing Commercial Airplanes Vice President of Product Development Mike Sinnett, will present exciting new opportunities that will improve the efficiency, economics and environmental performance of future Boeing products.




Note: All times listed above are local to Paris.

Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. Boeing products and tailored services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training.

With corporate offices in Chicago, Boeing employs approximately 145,000 people across the United States and in more than 65 countries. The company also leverages the talents of hundreds of thousands more skilled people working for Boeing suppliers worldwide. Total company revenues for 2016 were $94.6 billion.

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Airbus demonstrates regular customer delivery flights with sustainable jet fuel


15 A350 XWB deliveries already dispatched to Cathay Pacific all with jet fuel blend
PRESS RELEASE


Showing its strong commitment towards eco-efficiency, Airbus becomes the first aircraft manufacturer to offer its customers the option of delivering new jets using a blend of sustainable jet fuel.

The 15th A350-900 for Cathay Pacific departed Toulouse on June 1st, bound for Hong Kong, with a 10 percent blend of sustainable jet fuel in its tanks. Since the first delivery in May 2016, all of Cathay Pacific’s A350s have been delivered in this configuration.

The biofuel delivery flight concept, originally devised by Cathay Pacific in 2015 is now in full operation and this latest delivery flight confirms that the supply chain set up a year ago by Airbus and Total is functioning correctly, from the fuel production, through an integrated management at its Saint-Martin Toulouse site and to the customer delivery.

“This is a major step for Airbus and a first for the regular delivery of new production aircraft. It enables us to demonstrate that aviation biofuels are today a reality. We now target to expand this initiative to all our delivery sites, close to our customers," said Frederic Eychenne, Head of New Energies at Airbus.

The first delivery flights from Hamburg, Germany and Mobile, US, using this type of biofuel are planned as of 2018. Since 2016, Airbus has offered this option for its delivery flights from Toulouse.

The aim is to continue reducing the carbon footprint of each flight starting with the aircraft delivery. Eychenne said: “Right from the first day of operation, an airline can clearly demonstrate its aim of reducing carbon dioxide emissions, thus helping to meet the commitments of the international civil aviation community.”

Through its brand new design with the latest cutting-edge technologies, the A350 XWB has a lower fuel burn and therefore lower CO2 emissions than the aeroplane it replaces, so when sustainable jet fuels are included as part of the operation, the net CO2 emissions reduction factor becomes even greater.

As part of its environmental strategy, Airbus intends to continue its efforts by collaborating with all stakeholders in the biofuels sector. "Through this partnership with Cathay Pacific and Total, we have demonstrated that it is possible to set up supply chains for fuels with a low carbon footprint,” Eychenne added. “This initiative confirms Airbus’ commitment to environmental efficiency and its support toward international aviation's emission reduction targets.”

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Airbus plans major presence at Paris Air Show 2017


  • Experience the first public flying appearance of the A321neo and A350-1000;
  • Journey into the future in 3D at the Airbus Digital Exhibition centre;
  • Virtually fly an A400M or interactively explore an “Airspace” cabin in 3D.

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At the Paris Air Show, which runs from 19th to 25th June 2017, Airbus will showcase its wide range of innovative technologies, products and services, from market-leading commercial and military aircraft to helicopters and space systems. In addition, there will be a new Digital Exhibition zone at the Airbus pavilion (located at the end of Chalet Row A), where traditional mock-ups give way to the latest digital immersive and interactive display technologies to convey an improved experience of Airbus’ products and services, in life-like virtual reality scenarios.

In the static display areas, visitors will see a plethora of Airbus’ real operational and development aircraft. Notably, this year’s show will be the first time that Airbus showcases publicly in the flying display its new A321neo and also the latest member of the A350 XWB family – the A350-1000. Both of these new models are currently well into their certification flight testing phases. The flagship A380 will also feature in both the static and flying displays.

Meanwhile Airbus Defence and Space’s exhibits will include the A400M, the C295 and the Eurofighter Typhoon. At the other end of the size scale, but every bit as cutting-edge, will be a collection of unmanned air systems including the “Harfang”, the DVF 2000 VT Aliaca, the DVF 2000 ER Arrano, and the Quadcruiser. In the space perimeter will be a comprehensive portfolio of satellites, highlighting recent successes such as the first all-electric satellite in the three-tonne class, EUTELSAT 172B, or PerúSAT-1, which was delivered in only 24 months and hence set a new benchmark in terms of delivery time. Guests to the Airbus pavilion will also have the opportunity to experience a virtual reality visit to the International Space Station ISS, and see how with ‘Space Tug’, Airbus is getting ready to revolutionise the space business through ‘on-orbit’ services.

Airbus Helicopters’ line-up on the static display includes the H130, the H135 equipped with the Helionix digital avionics suit, the H145M fitted out with HForce and a Tiger helicopter from the French army which will also perform flight demos during the show. Show-goers will be able to discover at first-hand Airbus Helicopters’ innovative solutions for preparing the future of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) with a mock-up of its new high-speed demonstrator at the Clean Sky booth. The future of unmanned flight is a key element in development with, on the military side, the VSR700 mock-up on the static display, and on the civil side a mock-up of CityAirbus, the “urban air mobility” solution for congested cities, at the Paris Air Lab booth.

As well as exploring all this latest hardware ‘up close’, or from afar as they perform their impressive air displays, visitors to our new “Digital Exhibition” concept area will be able to interactively immerse themselves in the fine details of every facet in Airbus’ group-wide activities – spanning not only Commercial Aircraft, Defence and Space, Helicopters, Services, but also other areas such as future research, the extended innovation ecosystem, electrification, “urban air mobility”, the Airbus Foundation as well as strengths in our workforce diversity. Moreover, with special VR headsets, guests will be able to fly-through the International Space Station, experience a H175 helicopter search-and-rescue mission, sit inside the cockpit of an A400M as it takes off from rough terrain, or explore the latest “Airspace” cabin interior innovations. In addition to hosting these immersive VR scenarios, the Exhibition will also feature a unique “HoloLens” zone which projects dynamic 3D holographic models – such as the ‘ExoMars’ Rover traversing a Martian landscape.

Airbus, which plans to recruit nearly 3,000 people in 2017, will be present throughout the week at the “Avion des Métiers” and “Forum Emploi Formation” areas dedicated to careers, training and employment in the aerospace industry. Airbus will also demonstrate its commitment to diversity and inclusion in the industry through meetings and conferences. In addition, the company will formalise several partnerships with research centres, schools and universities to ensure that in the coming years, industrial and academic requirements converge, and provide the skills which it needs to continuously innovate.

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Nota de Prensa: Carbures realiza la cubierta de 'composite' en la Fundación Norman Foster en Madrid

  • Carbures techa el 'Pavillion of Inspirations' con 172 m2 de paneles de fibra
  • Carbures realiza la cubierta de 'composite' en la Fundación Norman Foster en Madrid
  • Carbures ha participado en uno de los principales y más complejos proyectos arquitectónicos este año en Madrid, la construcción del 'Pavillion of Inspirations' en  la sede de la nueva Fundación Norman Foster.
  • La Compañía con sede en El Puerto de Santa María ha realizado un trabajo de obra civil pionero en España, que le fue adjudicado por su capacidad de ingeniería y fabricación a medida de una compleja cubierta de composite.
  • Este gran proyecto de Carbures se suma a otros pioneros como son la obra de prolongación de un puerto en materiales compuestos, una cabina de interpretación en la nueva sede de Popular, los que se están desarrollando para Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, además de revolucionar el sector aeronáutico y el de automoción con el reemplazo de las piezas de metal por fibra.





El Puerto de Santa María, 1 de junio de 2017. Carbures participa en uno de los principales y más complejos proyectos arquitectónicos realizados este año en Madrid: la construcción de la sede de la nueva Fundación Norman Foster. La Compañía ha techado el denominado Pavillion of Inspirations de la citada Fundación con una cubierta de paneles en fibra de vidrio con una superficie total de 172 metros cuadrados. Se trata de un elemento arquitectónico en la línea de actividad de la Compañía de Obra Civil pionero en España, con forma de ala de avión, encargada por la Fundación Norman Foster a Carbures por su capacidad de ingeniería y fabricación, a medida, de una compleja cubierta de composite. Con esta obra, Carbures refuerza su actividad y posicionamiento en el sector de la obra civil como empresa destacada en innovación y capacidad industrial con materiales compuestos.



El techado del Pavillion of Inspirations de la Fundación Norman Foster, situado en la calle Monte Esquinza 48, de Madrid, consiste en una cubierta de 172 metros cuadrados, repartidos en diez paneles de entre tres y ocho metros de largo por casi tres (2,87) metros de ancho, excepto en los extremos, que son algo más estrechos, y se colocan uno a continuación de otro, disponiendo de un perfil a modo de tapajuntas en la unión entre dos paneles. Carbures siguió un proceso de fabricación a medida, en su fábrica de El Puerto de Santa María, para la elaboración de estos grandes paneles, que requirió del saber hacer de la Compañía en los procesos aeroespaciales. Estos diez paneles que componen la cubierta son resistentes al fuego y a los rayos ultravioleta, van atornillados a la estructura metálica del edificio y apoyados sobre bandas continuas de neopreno, aunque estos medios de soporte no son visibles.



Norman Foster, pionero en el uso de la tecnología del cristal en la arquitectura durante más de cuatro décadas, utiliza muros de cristal laminado que conforman la estructura del pabellón. Estos sostienen la cubierta fabricada por Carbures en un material técnicamente denominado Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer (GFRP, polímero reforzado con fibra de vidrio), mucho más ligero que el vidrio y con una gran capacidad anticorrosiva, por lo que apenas requiere de mantenimiento.



Los representantes de Norman Foster en España partían de la idea de realizar esta cubierta en composite y eligieron la propuesta de Carbures en un proceso cerrado, al que tan sólo acudió otro competidor debido a la dificultad técnica del proyecto y a las exigencias del proceso de fabricación en composite. La división de obra civil de la Compañía, Carbures Civil Works, elaboró su propuesta entre marzo y abril de 2016, consiguió la adjudicación del proyecto en octubre del año pasado y tardó algo más de tres meses en fabricar los paneles de la cubierta.



En la primera fase del proyecto, la de desarrollo e ingeniería, los ingenieros expertos en obra civil de Civil Works se centraron, fundamentalmente, en calcular el reparto de pesos de los paneles de la techumbre en la estructura de paredes de cristal así como en el movimiento y el giro, necesarios para el ensamble de los paneles. En la fase de producción, la división de obra civil contó con el apoyo de Aerospace & Defense. Una docena de operarios, repartidos en dos turnos, trabajaron hasta finales de enero en la planta de Tecnobahía (El Puerto de Santa María) en la fabricación de estas estructuras.





Carbures se especializa en proyectos pioneros en composite


La techumbre del Pavillion of Inspirations de la Fundación Norman Foster en Madrid se suma a una creciente lista de proyectos pioneros en materiales compuestos ejecutados por Carbures. El primero de los más destacados llegó de la mano de Acciona y consistió en las obras de prolongación de un puerto en Canarias, el Puerto del Rosario en Fuerteventura, obra para la que Carbures fabricó dos grandes estructuras marítimas (Duques de Alba) de fibra de vidrio, tratándose del primero del mundo con estas características que entra en funcionamiento y que ha derivado en una nueva patente para Carbures. Esta solución permite ampliar la longitud de atraque en un brevísimo plazo de tiempo, con una ocupación mínima de la superficie del puerto y sin afectar la actividad portuaria cotidiana, todo ello con un menor coste logístico y de puesta en carga, así como con innegables beneficios desde el punto de vista medioambiental. El proyecto de ampliación del Muelle de Cruceros de Puerto del Rosario (Fuerteventura) consistió en la instalación de dos cajones cilíndricos fabricados en fibra de vidrio, de 12 metros de diámetro por 13,50 metros de altura, con un peso total de 55 toneladas cada uno, lo que permitió aumentar la longitud de atraque del puerto en 86 metros. La ingeniería y el desarrollo tecnológico fueron realizados por Carbures, además de su completa fabricación y montaje final en obra.



El segundo es una cabina de interpretación para la nueva sede de Popular en Madrid, consistente en seis paneles en composite, con unas dimensiones de hasta 7,50 por 1,10 metros, una superficie de 8,25 metros cuadrados, y un peso inferior a los 120 kilogramos. Además de todos estos proyectos, Carbures cuenta ahora con el trabajo ya realizado para la sede de la Fundación Norman Foster.



Además, Carbures está trabajando en el denominado tren del futuro, proyecto impulsado por Elon Musk, directivo de Tesla Motors y SpaceX. Este medio de transporte alcanzará una velocidad de hasta 1.223 kilómetros por hora, cuyas cápsulas de transporte de viajeros serán construidas para la compañía estadounidense Hyperloop Transportation Techonologies.



La nueva sede madrileña de la Fundación Norman Foster ha sido inaugurada esta mañana en un evento celebrado en el Teatro Real de la capital denominado el foro Future is Now,  dedicado al fomento de ciudades sostenibles, mediante la tecnología y el diseño de infraestructuras, en el que se ha debatido sobre el desafío que supone construir ciudades eficientes, sociales, económicamente sostenibles y diseñadas para el uso y disfrute del ciudadano. Esto encaja en la línea de actividad de Carbures, que fabrica piezas de avión, coche y estructuras de obra civil, que permiten la fabricación de vehículos más eficientes y menos contaminantes, o de edificios cuya construcción requiere de procesos más sostenibles y eficientes desde el punto de vista medioambiental.



En el evento de inauguración han participado Michael Bloomberg, ex alcalde de Nueva York y empresario; Jonathan Ive, jefe de Diseño de Apple; Nicholas Negroponte, cofundador del MIT Media Lab; y Richard Burdett, profesor de Estudios Urbanos de la London School of Economics; junto a diversas personalidades del mundo académico y profesionales de reconocido prestigio a nivel mundial. La alcaldesa de Madrid, Manuela Carmena, ha ejercido como anfitriona del foro.



El Presidente Ejecutivo de Carbures, Rafael Contreras, afirma: "Es un honor para Carbures formar parte del gran proyecto emprendido por un arquitecto de la talla de Norman Foster y que ya es un icono en Madrid. Nuestra Compañía fue elegida para el proyecto por su capacidad y know-how industrial y tecnológico, que han permitido fabricar unos paneles de composite para un proyecto arquitectónico de las máximas exigencias y calidades". Contreras añade: "Con este proyecto, Carbures ofrece una nueva muestra de su capacidad y solvencia a la hora de resolver los retos que la industria actual demanda para construir ciudades y vehículos sostenibles y mucho más eficientes desde el punto de vista energético, tal como demanda la sociedad actual".



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Enormous Stratolaunch Carrier Aircraft Rolls Out of Hangar for First Time

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Space chief urges UK firms to set up EU subsidiaries

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Bombardier’s missed opportunity for the CS500

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“Private Stowage Compartment” design wins Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2017 competition

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Student finalists from around the world hone their ideas in Airbus labs




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Airbus BizLab boosts global start-ups to bring their projects to life



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Nearly 1,000 start-ups have interacted with the BizLab over the last two years.




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Etihad Airways: where to now?



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By Bjorn Fehrm

 Etihad Airways appointed a new interim group CEO and CFO on 8th of May. The strategy of James Hogan, Etihad CEO since 2006, to grow the airline through partner alliances, coupled with minority investments, has hit trouble.

The latecomer to the Gulf carrier's growth party is now set for a strategy review by an incoming CEO.We describe the background to the problems and go through the options for Etihad's future…

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Uber Partners For eVTOL Service In 2023



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Uber announces partnerships with vehicle developers and infrastructure providers to support its planned electric vertical takeoff and landing flight demonstrations in Dallas and Dubai in 2020.

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UAC-Comac Widebody Launched With 2027 Delivery Target


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Detail design of the Sino-Russian widebody aircraft can begin

Detail design of a Sino-Russian widebody airliner should be completed by the end of 2018, by which time the partners will have chosen major suppliers.

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Drones in space? ESA tests crash-proof drone in Sicilian caves

When humans first set foot on Mars, they're going to want to be sure that the equipment is up to the task. To be as prepared as possible, the European Space Agency (ESA) has been testing equipment and techniques and training astronauts in cave systems here on Earth. The group's latest toy is a crash-proof drone that can map out tight spots humans can't reach, and these kinds of technologies could, in future, help the first Martian settlers explore lava tubes on the Red Planet.
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The future is coming closer: Siemens develops world-record electric motor for aircraft

lunes, 22 de mayo de 2017

The future is coming closer: Siemens develops world-record electric motor for aircraft
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What’s it like to eject out of a plane?

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Former RAF pilot Dode Dahroug describes the moment he ejected from his plane, after its engine fell off mid-air. This audio clip is from the World Service radio programme Crowdscience. Listen to the full episode which also covers the question: why can't commercial airliners have ejector seats? Yo...

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Can we just build a giant blimp to clean polluted air?

Your quick question, answered quickly. Totally doable. Engineers could easily rig blimps with massive catalytic converters—like those found in cars—and send them skyward to transform smog into clean air. However, says Peter Eisenberger, an environmental scientist at Columbia University, that woul...

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Drone to replace Israeli manned maritime patrol aircraft



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Heron 1 unmanned aerial systems are to replace manned Sea Scan maritime patrol aircraft of the Israeli Air Force. Israel Aerospace Industries, maker of the Heron 1, said the maritime Heron will feature maritime radar and an electro-optical payload suitable for maritime patrol and intelligence gathering missions. The maritime model's electro-optical payload, the MOSP, will be made
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US Hypersonic Aircraft Will Not Catch Russia Flat-Footed



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Speedy as they are, moving at about 6 kilometers a second (3.7 miles a second), the US hypersonic aircraft are still not fast enough to avoid the eagle eyes of Russia's missile attack warning system. The all-new Voronezh-class radar stations are able to spot and track America's hypersonic aircraft designed to bypass Russia's missile warning system. Until very recently the trajectories of t
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Boeing could deliver Block II Chinook to international customers in 2026



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Boeing could make its Block II CH-47 renewal available to international customers as early as 2026, according to Boeing s director of Chinook global sales.
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OPINION: Can airframers beat supply chain vulnerability?



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Sweden Wants Japan To Consider Saab As Future Fighter Backer



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Boeing Nearing Contract For Block II Chinook



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90 Years Ago In Aviation Week: Charles Lindbergh's Flight



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In January, 1927, Capt. Charles Lindbergh sent a telegram to this magazine asking about the terms of the Raymond Orteig prize. The prize, proffered in 1919, offered $25,000 for the first nonstop aircraft flight between New York and Paris.





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Russian engineers develop new surveillance, missile defense airships



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Russian engineers are designing new advanced airships which may become a potent element of the country's anti-ballistic missile defenses. On May 6, 1937, the German passenger airship Hindenburg crashed in the US during a docking attempt, dealing a critical blow to the public's faith in this method of transportation. And yet despite the fact that mankind has since perfected other meth
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Airbus Safran Launchers to Become ArianeGroup



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Paris, France (SPX) May 17, 2017
Airbus Safran Launchers, the joint venture created at the initiative of the Airbus and Safran groups in order to reorganize the European launchers sector, is to be known as ArianeGroup. The change in corporate name will be effective as of July 1, 2017. This change in identity, embodied in one of Europe's biggest successes, is the logical next step following the decision of the ESA Member S
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Washington Still Has No Engine to Replace Russian-Made RD-180



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US aerospace company Blue Origin suffered a setback while testing its Blue Engine 4 (BE-4), a staged-combustion rocket engine designed to replace Russian-made RD-180s, meaning that Washington still does not have an indigenously built version of a key piece of equipment needed to propel its Atlas V launch vehicles or its analogues into space. The private company, founded by Amazon.com CEO J
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Finland analyses responses in Hornet replacement effort



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Strikes could hit A350 wing production



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Airbus could be facing more supply chain misery on its A350 programme after workers at a wing component supplier voted overwhelmingly for industrial action in a dispute over pay.
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A380 wake upset inquiry: Offset not permitted on route



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Italian investigators reveal sharp rise in drone encounters



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EasyJet opts to take A321neo



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UK budget carrier EasyJet has finally opted to take the Airbus A321neo, by converting orders for 30 of the smaller A320neo which the airline has on order.
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Microsoft research team creates unique drone training simulator



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Ashsih Kapoor and his Microsoft research team have created a simulated world for unmanned aircraft systems that can provide data for machine learning, autonomous flights and how to avoid crashes.
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Interest seen in Boeing’s “797,” says lessor



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Interest seen in Boeing's "797," says lessor // Leeham News
https://leehamnews.com/2017/05/16/interest-seen-boeings-77-says-lessor/

May 16, 2017, © Leeham Co.: Air Lease Corp., one of the world's leading lessors, sees

John Plueger, CEO of Air Lease Corp.

a "quite a bit" of interest from its customers in the prospective Boeing Middle of the Market aircraft, says its CEO, John Plueger.

Speaking at the Airfinance Journal conference in New York today, Plueger acknowledged …

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Boeing Warns Against Long Stealth Fighter Development



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Boeing Warns Against Long Stealth Fighter Development // Aviation Week
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Boeing has cautioned the U.S. Navy against getting locked into another 20-year aircraft development program as it reaches for F/A-XX, the service's next carrier warplane.

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Boeing studying tailsitter VTOL for USMC


Boeing MUX-1: AWST

Boeing is studying a tailsitting vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) design as one of several potential configurations for the U.S. Marine Corps' emerging MUX requirement for a long-range, long-endurance expeditionary unmanned ...



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Embraer and SNC present A-29 Super Tucano for USAF's OA-X experiment

miércoles, 17 de mayo de 2017

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F-35 ban lifted for lightweight pilots | Textron’s Fury completes flight-testing | Reaper drone disrupts IS public execution

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IATA warns EU and US authorities on electronics ban expansion

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Boeing, Primera Air Announce Order for Up to 20 737 MAX 9s



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Boeing, Primera Air Announce Order for Up to 20 737 MAX 9s // MediaRoom
http://boeing.mediaroom.com/2017-05-11-Boeing-Primera-Air-Announce-Order-for-Up-to-20-737-MAX-9s

Scandinavian low-cost airline to utilize airplane to open new transatlantic routes
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Boeing-Built Satellite Will Enhance Global High-Speed Broadband Network



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Boeing-Built Satellite Will Enhance Global High-Speed Broadband Network // MediaRoom
http://boeing.mediaroom.com/2017-05-16-Boeing-Built-Satellite-Will-Enhance-Global-High-Speed-Broadband-Network

Fourth and final Inmarsat-5 satellite adds further capacity and coverage to the Global Xpress network
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U.S. Air Force Sends Robotic F-16s Into Mock Combat

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AT-6, Scorpion invited to challenge A-29 for USAF demo

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​Piasecki targets US Marine Corps MUX with ARES

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Dissecting The Latest Close Encounter Between U.S. F-22 Raptors And Russian Su-35S Flankers Off Alaska

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Newest Russian T-50 Stealth Aircraft Makes First Appearance in Spectacular New Camouflage

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Robert Lainé, former Ariane Program Director and EADS Space CTO, joins Celestia Aerospace

martes, 16 de mayo de 2017



Celestia Aerospace, a pioneering turnkey orbit solutions aerospace company, is proud to announce that Robert Lainé PhD, former head of the Ariane european launcher program, joins the company’s team.

Robert Lainé is one of the key pieces to understand the evolution of Europe’s space industry during the last four decades. He has been in charge of keystone projects such as the Giotto probe systems, the XMM-Newton space telescope or the International Space Station cargo ship Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV). In recent years, he was appointed Head of the Ariane launcher program at the European Space Agency (ESA) and Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of the european aerospace consortium EADS Space (now Airbus Defence and Space).

Robert Lainé, a french electronics engineer (ENSEA) and PhD Honoris Causa by Surrey University (UK), will contribute with his vast experience in a wide variety of aerospace projects to consolidate and accelerate the proprietary “Sagittarius Launch System”, the airborne launch system designed by Celestia Aerospace.

Robert Lainé joins the senior staff already composed of Professor Adriano Camps, PhD in Telecommunications Engineering, Professor at the Telecommunications Engineering School of Barcelona (BarcelonaTech – Technical University of Catalonia, UPC), and Professor Ángel Mateo, PhD in Aerospace Engineering, Professor at the Aerospace Engineering School of Madrid (Madrid Polytech).

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Toyota 'backs flying car project' in Japan - BBC News

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Textron Ceases Production of Cessna Citation Mustang | Business Aviation News: Aviation International News

viernes, 12 de mayo de 2017

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Airlander 10, world’s largest aircraft, takes to the skies | Ars Technica UK

jueves, 11 de mayo de 2017

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NASA IS LOSING THE RACE TO BUILD A BETTER ROCKET



An emerging class of powerful rockets is supposed to start flying in the next couple of years. They’re known as heavy-lift launch vehicles. These rockets are capable of getting a whole lot of stuff into space at once — and everyone seems to be making one. SpaceX has been promising that its Falcon Heavy, a larger variant of the Falcon 9 rocket, will fly for the first time this summer. The United Launch Alliance is working on a brand-new vehicle called the Vulcan that’s supposed to fly in 2019. And spaceflight company Blue Origin is the latest to throw its hat in the ring, recently claiming its next big rocket, the New Glenn, will be able to deliver 100,000 pounds of cargo — and eventually people — to lower Earth orbit.


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AW609 PROGRAMME MOVES FORWARD PREPARING FOR ICING TRIALS


  • Several ground and flight tests already performed in Philadelphia by the third AW609 prototype 
  • Aircraft remains on schedule to begin icing trials this winter 
  • FAA certification is on track for 2018​



The AW609 TiltRotor programme is expected to start icing trials soon following recent ground and flight testing activities. These advances have been made in support of FAA certification, which remains on track for 2018.



The third prototype, based at Leonardo’s facility in Philadelphia, performed several weeks of unrestrained ground testing and, more recently, flight trials that allowed avionics and all systems to be fully tested. During initial flights, the aircraft performed basic hovering and maneuvering and patterns around the airport, concluding with hover landing. Additional flights up to altitudes of 4000 feet with short takeoff and landing (STOL) are planned shortly.



The aircraft will undergo icing trials in Marquette, Michigan, through the winter. The tests will ensure the AW609can fly in known icing conditions and reach operational standards not currently available in any other commercial aircraft.



The fourth AW609 prototype is now located within the main production area of the Philadelphia facility’s assembly line to ensure a smooth transition to the first production build aircraft, also planned for 2018.

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Boeing grounds 737 Max tests for engine inspections

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US Air Force Space Shuttle X-37B Finally Unmasked



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US Air Force Space Shuttle X-37B Finally Unmasked // Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
http://www.spacewar.com/reports/US_Air_Force_Space_Shuttle_X_37B_Finally_Unmasked_999.html

Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 08, 2017
The mysterious X-37B has ended its fourth mission, and for the first time on this flight, it has been officially unmasked. Gliding swiftly to a daylight landing at the Kennedy Space Centre after 718 days in orbit, boffins have been rewarded with detailed images and video of the robot spaceplane. That's been typical of previous missions, but it's a major unmasking for this flight. The landi
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Lockheed Martin introduces quiet, lightweight variant of Indago drone



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Lockheed Martin introduces quiet, lightweight variant of Indago drone // Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
http://www.spacewar.com/reports/Lockheed_Martin_introduces_quiet_lightweight_variant_of_Indago_drone_999.html

Washington (UPI) May 9, 2017
Lockheed Martin is touting its newest variant of the Indago quadrotor drone for sensitive intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. Indago 3's Enhanced ISR capability comes with the addition of TrellisWare Technologies MANET software, Lockheed Martin said. "Indago 3 gives our customers a quiet, durable, long-range system to complete sensitive operations with a small
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Boeing halts 737 Max flights to investigate engine flaw



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Boeing halts 737 Max flights to investigate engine flaw // Latest news
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/boeing-halts-737-max-flights-to-investigate-engine-f-437074/

Boeing has suspended 737 Max flights after being notified by engine supplier CFM International about a potential quality escape issue in low pressure turbine discs inside Leap-1B engines.
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Antonov to produce new airborne early warning and control aircraft for Ukrainian Air Force | Defence Blog

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Drone delivery report: last-mile economics make drones desirable


http://theuasmagazine.com/articles/1688/drone-delivery-report-last-mile-economics-make-drones-desirable

A new report on the feasibility of drone package delivery explains that it is only a matter of when not if. The economics of using drones for last-mile delivery are simply too compelling, the report states.
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G/ATOR delivered to USMC | Trump administration to further arm Syrian Kurds | Sweden interested in Boeing/Saab T-X trainer offering

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Airbus - Airbus creates new commercial drone services start-up “Airbus Aerial”

http://www.airbusgroup.com/int/en/news-media/press-releases/Airbus-Aerial.html


Dallas, Texas, 10 May 2017 – Airbus (stock exchange symbol: AIR) today launched its U.S. base and operations of a new commercial drone start-up, named Airbus Aerial, at the AUVSI Xponential tradeshow and conference in Dallas.

With bases both in the U.S. and in Europe, Airbus Aerial's initial business will focus on developing new imagery services. These services will leverage the best software and aerospace technology from across the globe to offer actionable data and analysis of information provided by drones, satellites, high altitude aircraft and other sources.

"Through Airbus Aerial, we are uniquely positioned and fully committed to advancing the commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) industry. It is bringing together partners from across the industry – ranging from vehicle manufacturers, data analytics companies, service providers and others – to enable data-focused services at large scale," said Dirk Hoke, Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Defence and Space. "Using an integrated combination of assets, from UAS platforms to satellite imagery, Airbus Aerial is rolling out a wide range of new imagery services. In the future, additional pillars of the Airbus Aerial activities will be in the area of cargo drone services as well as providing connectivity via aerial assets."

The U.S.-based part of Airbus Aerial will be headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, and is led by Jesse Kallman, a UAS industry expert with more than 12 years of experience including research at Georgia Tech, federal policy at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), commercial UAS at Airware, and advocacy with groups like AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International). Kallman has served as a trusted adviser to executives at Fortune 500 companies, members of Congress, senior officials at the FAA and White House, and leading Silicon Valley Venture Capital groups.

"Drones are only a piece of a much larger picture for us," said Kallman. "Airbus Aerial brings together a variety of aerospace technologies – including drones and satellites – combines them in a common software infrastructure, and applies industry-specific analytics to deliver tailored solutions to our customers' biggest challenges."

Airbus Aerial imagery services targets a range of applications for commercial industries, such as insurance, agriculture, oil and gas, and utilities, as well as state and local governments.
Airbus Aerial starts operations with imagery services fusing drones, satellite images and software to bring deeper insights to commercial customers

Recruitment for positions in software development, data analytics and drone operations, among other roles, has begun. Airbus Aerial is also looking for new partnerships to help bring these new services to market. For more information on available positions with Airbus Aerial or to inquire about partnerships, please visit www.airbusaerial.com.



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