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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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

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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
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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
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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
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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

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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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Airbus ponders lowering production rate on A380 // Leeham News
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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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Enormous Stratolaunch plane's wingspan is bigger than a football field // Dallas News | airlines
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What are the pros and cons of privatizing air traffic control?



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What are the pros and cons of privatizing air traffic control? // Dallas News | airlines
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BAE Readying To Fly Advanced Hawk



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BAE Readying To Fly Advanced Hawk // Aviation Week
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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
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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
http://aviationweek.com/awindefense/skunk-works-unveils-updated-next-gen-fighter-concept

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



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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
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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.

 PRESS RELEASE


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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