Is NASA launching too many asteroid missions?

miércoles, 11 de enero de 2017

Not all scientists are happy about recent Discovery mission picks NASA has been on a bit of an asteroid kick lately. First, in 2015, the Dawn mission arrived at Ceres, the biggest rock in the asteroid belt. Then came plans for OSIRIS-REx, a mission to scoop up some asteroid dirt and carry it back...

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China's New Ballistic Missile Submarine Could Change its Prospects in Nuclear War

It's stealthier, with a range long enough to attack the United States from Chinese waters. New photos of China's latest nuclear ballistic missile submarine, the "Jin" Type 094A, hints at a much-improved vessel—one that is larger, with a more pronounced "hump" rear of the sail that lets it carry 1...

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GoAir firms contract for 72 A320neo aircraft

11 January 2017 Press Release

Toulouse, 11th January 2017 - GoAir, a Wadia Group company, has penned a firm contract for 72 A320neo aircraft following its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed during the Farnborough International Airshow. The agreement reached on 30th December 2016, doubles GoAir’s firm order book for the aircraft type to 144.

GoAir took delivery of its first A320neo in June 2016 and now operates a fleet of twenty three aircraft. With the NEO induction, Go Air will expand its network and offer fliers better connectivity and continue its growth as one of India’s preferred low-cost airline.

“The A320neo provides the latest technical innovations and unbeatable economics. We are happy to offer our passengers the most modern and comfortable cabins. This new order will further strengthen our network by adding more domestic and international routes in the years to come,” said GoAir Managing Director & CEO, Wolfgang Prock-Schauer.

“We are delighted that GoAir has renewed its confidence in Airbus. The A320neo offers unbeatable operating costs and GoAir’s passengers will continue to enjoy the unrivalled comfort that only Airbus aircraft offer,” said Airbus Commercial Aircraft Chief Operating Officer - Customers, John Leahy. “By doubling its order to 144 aircraft, GoAir will benefit from a greatly expanded network.”

GoAir was the first airline to use A320neo in the Spaceflex configuration with 186 seats without compromising on passenger leg room and comfort. The A320neo Family incorporates latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices, which together deliver more than 15 percent in fuel savings from day one and 20 percent by 2020 with further cabin innovations.

The A320neo Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with over almost 60 percent share of the market. Thanks to their widest cabin, all members of the A320neo Family offer unmatched comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18” wide seats in economy as standard. To date, 68 A320neo aircraft have been delivered to 17 operators.

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Iran Air takes delivery of its first of 100 Airbus aircraft

11 January 2017 Press Release


Iran Air has taken delivery of its first new aircraft, an A321, in a handover ceremony in Toulouse with Mr. Farhad Parvaresh, Iran Air Chairman and CEO, and Mr. Fabrice Bregier, President, Airbus Commercial Aircraft and Chief Operating Officer Airbus, in the presence of Gael Meheust, SVP Sales and Marketing CFM, Tom Enders, Airbus Chief Executive Officer, and international media.

The delivery is the first from a firm order placed by Iran Air in December 2016 for 100 Airbus aircraft (46 single aisle and 54 wide-body jets) to renew and expand its fleet.

“This significant milestone marks the first practical step in Iran Air’s ambitious passenger aircraft fleet renewal and its stronger presence in international civil aviation. Iranian travellers can be proud with our selection of the world’s most modern single aisle aircraft,” said Mr Farhad Parvaresh, Iran Air Chairman and CEO. “Iran Air is delighted with this first Airbus delivery and congratulates everyone involved who made it possible. Today signals that with international collaboration and co-operation, we can achieve mutually beneficial commercial goals.”

“Today is a momentous occasion and I congratulate Iran Air on taking delivery of it first new aircraft in many years. As we take these first steps together, we stand ready to support the development and modernisation of Iran Air,” said Fabrice Bregier, President, Airbus Commercial Aircraft and Chief Operating Officer Airbus. “Clearly in a country of 80 million people, there is a need for the latest passenger aircraft to meet domestic as well as international demand.

Iran is forecast to require some 400 to 500 new aircraft to modernise as well as to grow its existing passenger fleet to catch up with years of pent up demand on domestic as well as international routes. The latest generation of fuel efficient aircraft will also allow new routes and markets to be exploited.

The delivery complies with all relevant international laws. Airbus coordinated closely with regulators in the EU, US and elsewhere to ensure understanding and full compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPA). Airbus will continue to act in full compliance with the conditions of the US government Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) licences.

About Airbus

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2015, it generated revenues of €64.5 billion and employed a workforce of around 136,600. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as Europe’s number one space enterprise and the world’s second largest space business. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

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Boeing internal memo sets details of engineer layoffs in 2017 | Reuters

Boeing Co (BA.N) warned on Tuesday that it will conduct involuntary layoffs of engineers, part of a cost-cutting drive as the aerospace and defense company responds to increasing competition amid slowing aircraft sales.

The reductions, disclosed in an internal memo seen by Reuters, also include dozens of job categories eligible for voluntary layoffs in Washington state, southern California and South Carolina. 


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Oil & Gas UK announce new guidelines for the use of drones offshore - OilVoice [feedly]

Oil & Gas UK announce new guidelines for the use of drones offshore
OilVoice
A new publication to help guide the growing use offshore of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) – also known as drones - has been published by Oil & Gas UK. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations Management Standards and Guidelines were ...

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Russian Defense Ministry discusses aircraft modernization plans [feedly]

Russian Defense Ministry discusses aircraft modernization plans
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Russian_Defense_Ministry_discusses_aircraft_modernization_plans_999.html

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CFM LEAP-1C receives FAA, EASA certification - CompositesWorld

CFM LEAP-1C receives FAA, EASA certification
CompositesWorld
The LEAP engine was officially launched in December 2009 when COMAC selected the LEAP-1C as the sole Western powerplant for its 150-passenger C919 airplane. The engine incorporates a unique fully integrated propulsion system (IPS). The LEAP-1C ...

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C919 expected to experience maiden flight in early 2017

C919 expected to experience maiden flight in early 2017
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China's first homegrown jumbo jet, the C919, is expected to have its maiden flight in the first quarter of 2017, according to Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China ...
China's New Jet Airliner to Be Tested in First Quarter of 2017Sputnik International

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Antonov An-148/158's airframe will get reinforced

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​Airbus/Boeing see slight output rise but 25% fall in net orders [feedly]

​Airbus/Boeing see slight output rise but 25% fall in net orders
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/airbusboeing-see-slight-output-rise-but-25-fall-i-433064/

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Airbus A321neo with P&W engines receives Type Certification [feedly]

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Airbus signs MoU with Taiwan’s China Airlines to develop its Maintenance, Engineering and Training capabilities [feedly]

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Airbus achieves targets proving ramp-up readiness in 2016 [feedly]

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2017 price adjustment for Airbus’ modern, fuel-efficient aircraft [feedly]

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U.S. Marine Corps have just sent their F-35B stealth jets to Japan in first overseas deployment [feedly]

U.S. Marine Corps have just sent their F-35B stealth jets to Japan in first overseas deployment
https://theaviationist.com/2017/01/11/u-s-marine-corps-have-just-sent-their-f-35b-stealth-jets-to-japan-in-first-overseas-deployment/

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Rolls-Royce a 'little bit late' with A330neo engine: Bregier [feedly]

Rolls-Royce a 'little bit late' with A330neo engine: Bregier
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/rolls-royce-a-little-bit-late-with-a330neo-engine-433057/

Airbus has cited a slight delay in the development of the A330neo powerplant following the shift in entry into service to early 2018.

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USAF upgrades A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft with new airborne recovery systems [feedly]

USAF upgrades A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft with new airborne recovery systems
http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsusaf-upgrades-a-10c-thunderbolt-ii-aircraft-with-new-airborne-recovery-systems-5713109

The US Air Force (USAF) has installed new lightweight airborne recovery systems on the A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft, specially designed for close air support of ground forces.

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Integration Begins For Airbus Next-Generation Beluga XL [feedly]

Integration Begins For Airbus' Next-Generation Beluga XL
http://www.aero-news.net/index.cfm?do=main.textpost&id=6601a5ef-af68-4ce4-b661-fb8dec0067c9

Process Expected To Take 18 Months Airbus' next-generation oversize cargo airlifter is transitioning from concept to reality as the first Beluga XL core airframe starts its 18-month integration process at the company's production facilities in Toulouse, France.

Press Release and pictures
http://www.airbus.com/newsevents/news-events-single/detail/development-milestone-integration-begins-for-airbus-next-generation-beluga-xl/

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Super Hornets drop world's largest swarm of micro-drones [feedly]

With a whine like a swarm of giant angry wasps descending on a picnic, 103 micro-drones recently carried out organized maneuvers in the skies over China Lake, California. Billed by the US Department of Defense (DoD) as the world's largest micro-drone swarm, the Perdix drones were launched last October from three F/A-18 Super Hornets and autonomously carried out a series of missions that demonstrated collective decision-making, adaptive formation flying, and self-healing.

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