Four NASA-Sponsored Experiments Set to Launch on Virgin Galactic Spacecraft

viernes, 14 de diciembre de 2018

https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/flightopportunities/Four_NASA_Sponsored_Experiments_Set_to_Launch

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Static test qualifies crew safety launch abort motor for flight in cold conditions

https://news.northropgrumman.com/news/releases/northrop-grumman-successfully-tests-orion-spacecrafts-launch-abort-motor

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First Lockheed Martin-Built GPS III Satellite Encapsulated for Dec. 18 Launch

https://news.lockheedmartin.com/2018-12-11-First-Lockheed-Martin-Built-GPS-III-Satellite-Encapsulated-for-Dec-18-Launch

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Boeing Delivers the 787th 787 Dreamliner

https://boeing.mediaroom.com/2018-12-13-Boeing-Delivers-the-787th-787-Dreamliner

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Bundeswehr orders H145 search and rescue helicopters

https://www.airbus.com/newsroom/press-releases/en/2018/12/Bundeswehr-orders-H145-search-and-rescue-helicopters.html

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France orders three more Airbus A330 MRTT tankers

https://www.airbus.com/newsroom/press-releases/en/2018/12/France-orders-three-more-Airbus-A330-MRTT-tankers.html

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The European MALE RPAS programme successfully passed the System Preliminary Design Review as final milestone of the Programme Definition Study

https://www.airbus.com/newsroom/press-releases/en/2018/12/The-European-MALE-RPAS-programme-successfully-passed-the-System-Preliminary-Design-Review.html

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Virgin Galactic's first spaceflight | Virgin

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Eurofighter Consortium 2.0 Takes Shape As Spain Set To Join Franco-German Stealth Jet Program

miércoles, 12 de diciembre de 2018

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UAC moves Superjet 100 from Sukhoi to Irkut in company restructure

martes, 11 de diciembre de 2018

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Italy's Piaggio Aerospace insolvent, goes into receivership

https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/73132-italys-piaggio-aerospace-insolvent-goes-into-receivership

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Empresas aeronáuticas andaluzas buscan oportunidades de negocio en la Feria AEROMART Toulouse con el apoyo de EXTENDA





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Andalucía, 10 de diciembre de 2018



Andalucía lideró las exportaciones aeronáuticas españolas en 2017 con 3.293 millones de euros y Francia como segundo mercado al concentrar el 22% de las ventas



Un total de ocho empresas andaluzas del sector aeronáutico han participado en la XII Feria Aeromart Toulouse 2018 con el apoyo de la Consejería de Conocimiento, Investigación y Universidad, a través de Extenda-Agencia Andaluza de Promoción Exterior. La cita, considerada uno de los principales eventos mundiales del sector aeroespacial, se ha celebrado en Toulouse (Francia) del 4 al 6 de diciembre.



Las firmas andaluzas han presentado en esta feria sus capacidades ante los responsables de compra de las principales empresas del sector aeroespacial, que se reúnen bianualmente en Aeromart para aprovechar las oportunidades de negocio que genera este evento de primera línea de la industria aeronáutica.



En esta edición han participado 1.300 empresas de 45 países, las cuales han mantenido más de 15.000 reuniones bilaterales. Además de la presencia de todas las regiones francesas, en la cita han estado representadas las industrias aeronáuticas de Estados Unidos, Italia, Alemania, Reino Unido o Turquía, Japón, Brasil o Portugal.



De este modo, además de presentar su oferta a través del stand correspondiente, las empresas de la comunidad han desarrollado una agenda de reuniones bilaterales con agentes del sector de su interés. Junto a ello, los participantes han tenido la oportunidad de asistir a los talleres y conferencias programados en el evento, que este año se han centrado en las infraestructuras espaciales y los modelos de subcontratación.



El aeronáutico es un sector estratégico para la economía de Andalucía, que lideró las exportaciones españolas del sector en 2017 con 3.293 millones de euros, el 57% de las ventas nacionales, una cifra que refleja que las empresas andaluzas han duplicado su facturación internacional en sólo tres años, con un alza del 112%. Francia es el segundo mercado de la industria aeronáutica andaluza, con 739 millones de euros en ventas en 2017, el 22,4% del total.



Empresas andaluzas en Aeromart



La delegación andaluza presente en Aeromart con el apoyo de Extenda ha estado integrada por ocho empresas, de las cuales seis proceden de Sevilla (Grabysur, Galvatec, Aerotecnic Metallic, Bosado, Sofitec, Casemedia Embalajes); y dos de Cádiz (M&M y Airtificial).



La organización de esta acción por parte de Extenda será cofinanciada con fondos procedentes de la Unión Europea a través del P.O. FEDER de Andalucía 2014-2020, dotado con una contribución comunitaria del 80%.



Liderazgo aeronáutico



Según datos de Extenda, Andalucía lideró las exportaciones españolas del sector aeronáutico en 2017 con 3.293 millones de euros, el 57% de las ventas nacionales, una cifra que supone duplicar el dato de 2015 y multiplicar por siete la factura exportadora de la última década, cuando ha sumado 2.800 millones de euros más en exportaciones.



Con estos datos, Andalucía ha pasado en este periodo de ser la segunda a la primera comunidad autónoma de España en exportaciones aeronáuticas, adelantando a Madrid, al pasar de suponer del 20,7% de las ventas nacionales a concentrar el 57%. Asimismo, el sector ha triplicado su peso en el global de las exportaciones andaluzas hasta representar el 10,7% en 2017, aportando diversificación al comercio internacional de la comunidad.



Francia fue el segundo mercado del aeronáutico andaluz en 2017, al que facturó 739 millones de euros, el 22,4% del total, lo que significa que Andalucía ha multiplicado por ocho sus exportaciones al mercado galo en la última década. Sevilla y Cádiz concentran la totalidad de las ventas, que encabeza Sevilla con 443 millones vendidos en 2017, el 60% del total; mientras que Cádiz suma 296 millones, el 40%.



Apoyo al sector aeronáutico



Extenda apoya al sector aeronáutico andaluz de manera específica a través de diversas acciones de promoción internacional, diseñadas para atender las necesidades de las empresas tanto de manera individual como agrupada. En lo que ha transcurrido de 2018, Extenda ha atendido a casi un centenar de empresas aeronáuticas de Andalucía a través de 134 acciones, que, en conjunto, han sumado más de 300 participaciones.



Entre las acciones de Extenda en las que han participado empresas andaluzas aeronáuticas destacan ADM Sevilla, que contó con más de una treintena de firmas del sector; el Encuentro empresarial Aerospace Summit Bruselas o IMEX Andalucía, con presencia de 23 empresas aeronáuticas. Junto a ello, la industria andaluza se ha promocionado en ferias como Farnborough o ILA Berlín Air Show, así como en el mercado americano a través de la misión comercial directa a Estados Unidos organizada por Extenda, a la que se sumaron una quincena de firmas.


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CT rebrands its corporate identity on its 30th anniversary

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• The company updates its corporate image on the 30th anniversary with the aim of communicating its values in a close and honest way.
• The human capital formed by expert engineers and the technical experience achieved by CT during the years underlie its whole activity, outlined in its new "Engineering Driven People" tagline.

Madrid, December 3rd of 2018. CT, the leading engineering company in technological innovation throughout the entire product lifecycle, has updated its corporate image on the occasion of its 30 years of history. CT redefines its positioning and brings together all its branch offices under the large umbrella of the new global brand.

A thorough process of internal and external analysis based on the customers, suppliers and employees’ opinions has revealed the two fundamental pillars supporting the company’s activity: human capital and the technical part provided by experienced engineers. Thus, CT new image and "Engineering Driven People" claim are the result of this study, which outlines and define the values that the company has championed for 30 years.

CT’s 30th anniversary brings considerable changes for the company, which reaffirms its statement and values in order to achieve a differentiating position in the market. CT faces a new stage of growth, striving for an international reference position in innovative solutions that help its customers to be more competitive.

CT, a company of Spanish origin with over 1,600 professionals in more than 20 international offices, places people at the heart of its activity. In this way, it reaffirms its commitment to attract and retain talent by providing personalized career plans and training programs. As evidence, CT ranked for the third year in a row, the first 50 Best Companies to Work for in Spain and as the Best Engineering Services Company in the last two years.

During its 30 years of history, CT has provided engineering services to large international companies, such as Airbus, becoming the only Spanish supplier of product engineering (ES2) and manufacturing (ME3S) for the aeronautical company worldwide. CT is also a preferred provider for Navantia, whilst working with Audi and Repsol companies, among many others. In addition, CT has
provided engineering services in relevant projects such as Medina-La Meca High Speed Railway (carried out by its Automotive Engineering division) or for Sagrada Familia,Monument (carried out by the Architecture division).

Additional recognition includes CT’s award granted by the Spanish Official Chamber of Commerce in France (BECC) for its local activity in economic, social, R&D and sustainable development terms.

Jesús Prieto, President&CEO of CT says: "We face this new stage with the same entrepreneurial spirit I had when I founded the company in 1988; with people-oriented mission, the struggle for commitments accomplishment, the service vocation and the aim of offering the most advanced technological solutions to our clients, in order to help them to be more competitive. All these aspects, along with the expertise achieved over 30 years, shape CT’s today essence: a company formed by engineers passionate about the challenges of engineering ".

About CT
CT provides engineering services in the aeronautical, naval, automotive, rail, energy, industrial
plants, architecture and construction sectors. CT covers the entire life cycle of the products,
from product design engineering, manufacturing engineering to post-sales support engineering.
CT has more than 1,600 employees and a network of offices in Spain, France, Germany,
Portugal, the United Kingdom, India and Brazil. CT is a supplier of engineering services in
design, manufacturing, assembly and maintenance phases for the civil and military sector. CT is
the only Spanish supplier of product engineering (ES2) and manufacturing (ME3S) for Airbus in
the world and a preferred supplier of engineering for Navantia. Other relevant works stand out,
such as the participation of the CT Architecture division in the La Sagrada Familia project or the
Automotive Engineering division in the Medina-Mecca AVE.

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European regional airlines could be hardest hit by no-deal Brexit

https://runwaygirlnetwork.com/2018/12/07/european-regional-airlines-could-be-hardest-hit-by-no-deal-brexit/

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Embraer-Boeing aviation deal blocked by Brazilian court

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-embraer-m-a-boeing/brazil-court-issues-order-blocking-proposed-embraer-boeing-tie-up-idUSKBN1O52BQ

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https://leehamnews.com/2018/12/06/boeing-deal-crucial-to-embraer-survival-in-doubt/

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Gulfstream G650ER Connects New York With Dubai In Record Time



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SAVANNAH, Georgia, December 10, 2018 — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced that the ultralong-range Gulfstream G650ER has completed a record-breaking flight en route to the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) Show in Dubai. The aircraft bested the previous world speed record by one hour and 48 minutes.

The G650ER flew from Teterboro, New Jersey, to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, a distance of 6,142 nautical miles/11,375 kilometers, in just 11 hours and two minutes. The flight was completed at an average speed of Mach 0.90.

“Time and again, the G650ER has demonstrated its performance agility,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “And this is another one of those times. No other aircraft offers the high-speed range utility that the G650ER does out of high-demand airports like Teterboro. This proves yet again that the G650ER remains in a class by itself.”

More than 325 G650 and G650ER aircraft operate around the world, including more than 30 in the Middle East alone.

Pending approval by the National Aeronautic Association, this record will be the G650 family’s 79th.

The G650ER, along with the rest of the Gulfstream fleet, will be on display at Dubai World Central from Dec. 10-12.




About Gulfstream

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world’s most technologically advanced business-jet aircraft. Gulfstream has produced more than 2,800 aircraft for customers around the world since 1958. To meet the diverse transportation needs of the future, Gulfstream offers a comprehensive fleet of aircraft, comprising the Gulfstream G280TM, the Gulfstream G550TM, the Gulfstream G500TM, the Gulfstream G600TM, the Gulfstream G650TM and the Gulfstream G650ERTM. We invite you to visit our website for more information and photos at www.gulfstreamnews.com.

More information about General Dynamics is available at www.generaldynamics.com.

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HondaJet Elite Receives Type Certification in Japan



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GREENSBORO, N.C. - December 10, 2018 - Honda Aircraft Company announced today that the HondaJet Elite has received type certification from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT). Obtaining type certification from JCAB demonstrates that the HondaJet Elite complies with all of the exacting standards set by the organization including those for strength, performance, safety, function and reliability.
In June 2018, Honda Aircraft Company began sales of the HondaJet Elite through HondaJet Japan, a local HondaJet dealer in the region. Since this expansion, Honda Aircraft has taken orders in Japan for more than 10 aircraft to date. Deliveries of the aircraft are scheduled to begin before the end of 2018.

Comments by Takahiro Hachigo, President & Representative Director of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.:
"I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the members of the Civil Aviation Bureau of the Japan Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism for their great understanding and cooperation with Honda. Creating mobility products that enable people to enjoy the freedom of mobility in the sky has been Honda's dream since its founding. Today, we are delighted that our HondaJet received type certification in Japan, the home country of Honda. This is one example of embodying our passion to serve people worldwide with the "joy of expanding their life's potential." Honda will continue taking on challenges to expand life’s potential for our customers."

Comments by Michimasa Fujino, President & CEO of Honda Aircraft Company:
"We are proud to have obtained type certification in Japan, the home of Honda, and we are pleased our efforts in the development of advanced technologies are being recognized. The newly certified HondaJet Elite is our latest aircraft and I am confident it will provide efficient and comfortable mobility to our customers throughout Japan. Through our sales of the HondaJet Elite, we will strive to create a society where business jets are more easily accessible to everyone in Japan."

About HondaJet Elite
The fastest, furthest and highest-flying plane in its class*, the HondaJet Elite incorporates Honda Aircraft's many technological innovations, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, Natural Laminar Flow (NLF) nose and wing and composite fuselage. These advancements contribute to the aircraft's superior performance, unparalleled efficiency and maximized fuselage space, making the aircraft's cabin the largest in its class. The HondaJet Elite is also significantly more fuel efficient than all other similarly sized twin-engine business jets. Certified for single pilot operation, the HondaJet Elite continues to live up to the company's reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value. In addition to its JCAB certification, the HondaJet Elite is also certified by the United States (Federal Aviation Administration), Europe (European Aviation Safety Agency) and India (Directorate General of Civil Aviation).

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Royole and Airbus Enter Partnership on Flexible Electronic Technologies for Aircraft Applications



Royole Corporation and Airbus China Innovation Centre (ACIC) have formally signed a strategic memorandum of understanding (MOU). The two parties will collaborate to develop applications that implement flexible electronic technologies in various environments and investigate the possibilities for commercial cooperation. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/royole-and-airbus-enter-partnership-on-flexible-electronic-technologies-for-aircraft-applications-300762703.html

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Pratt & Whitney Inaugurates New Aerospace Engineering Center in Puerto Rico



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EAST HARTFORD, Conn., Dec. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), today announced its official inauguration of the Pratt & Whitney Puerto Rico Aguadilla Engineering Center in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. The celebration also included a $500,000 donation by Pratt & Whitney to the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló and representatives from the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO) attended the ceremony alongside several Pratt & Whitney and UTC executives.


The renovated $14M facility, made possible through a collaboration with PRIDCO, is 104,000 square feet and houses more than 800 Pratt & Whitney Puerto Rico employees with the capacity for 400 more. The facility is on track for LEED Silver certification with multiple features designed with sustainability in mind. It also has an open-concept floorplan to support communication and collaboration.

Pratt & Whitney Puerto Rico, Inc., formerly Infotech Aerospace Services, Inc. (IAS), is an aerospace engineering center that designs, evaluates and supports Pratt & Whitney's game-changing commercial and military gas turbine engines, including the Geared Turbofan engine. Since entering into service in early 2016, the GTF engine has demonstrated its promised ability to reduce fuel burn by 16 percent, to reduce NOx emissions by 50 percent to the regulatory standard and to lower the noise footprint by 75 percent.

"We brought IAS into the Pratt & Whitney family because we recognized the tremendous potential the business offered us — in particular, the talented engineers and employees," said Geoff Hunt, senior vice president of Engineering, Pratt & Whitney. "I want to thank PRIDCO for their support in making this beautifully renovated facility possible. This is something we can all come together to celebrate, especially in light of the devastation of Hurricane Maria."

Since Hurricane Maria in September 2017, Pratt & Whitney employees around the world have been committed to relief efforts through a combination of financial contributions, donation events and volunteerism. Local employees have helped more than 600 families in eight towns by distributing food and personal items and by volunteering to repair damaged homes. Pratt & Whitney Puerto Rico is committed to continuing to support these local communities in the ongoing recovery efforts.

As part of its commitment to Puerto Rico and its people, Pratt & Whitney also presented a donation of $500,000 to the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez to fund an aerospace teaching laboratory designed to train the next generation of mechanical and electrical engineers in the propulsion design and development.

"This donation further strengthens our relationship with the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez," said John Delametter, general manager, Pratt & Whitney Puerto Rico. "Many of our best engineers come from this university, and this new laboratory will help future engineers develop the skills necessary for them to be successful in the aerospace industry in Puerto Rico and beyond."

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Avolon firms up order for 100 A320neo Family aircraft



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Dublin, Ireland-headquartered aircraft lessor Avolon has firmed up an order for 75 A320neos and 25 A321neos. The agreement is the single largest order for Airbus aircraft ever placed by Avolon.

The agreement takes Avolon’s cumulative orders with Airbus to 284 aircraft (240 single-aisles and 44 widebody aircraft) including the A321neo, the A330neo and the A350 XWB.

Dómhnal Slattery, Avolon CEO, commented: “Our order for 100 A320neo family aircraft builds on our leading industry position and reflects our ambition to become the global leader in the sector. We continue to see robust demand from our customers for the A320neo family globally. This is consistent with our own market research and global fleet forecast. This order affirms our belief in the medium-term market outlook and the strong growth prospects for our business.”

“This order underscores the market appetite for the efficiency, reliability and passenger appeal of our A320neo Family,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer. “The A320 Family of aircraft is a future-proof asset for investors and airlines alike. Avolon’s recent success is a testimony to its leadership’s dedication to our industry. Its commitment to Airbus reflects its profound market insights. I personally look forward to further extending this relationship as we go forward.”

The new order for 100 aircraft, together with the 22 single-aisles and four wide-bodies already delivered, increases Avolon’s Airbus backlog to 258, the largest of any lessor.

Featuring the widest single-aisle cabin in the sky, the efficient A320neo Family incorporates the very latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklets, which together deliver more than 15 percent fuel and CO2 savings from day one and 20 percent by 2020 as well as 50 percent noise reduction. With more than 6,200 orders received from over 100 customers, the A320neo Family has captured some 60 percent of the market.

Note: Avolon figures include Hong Kong Aviation Capital and ex “CIT Leasing” orders.

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Boeing, ELG Carbon Fibre find new life for airplane structure material in groundbreaking partnership



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  • First-agreement of its kind will repurpose aerospace-grade composite material for making laptop cases, car parts and other products
  • Partnership will reduce solid waste by more than one million pounds a year

SEATTLE, Dec. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] and ELG Carbon Fibre today announced a partnership to recycle excess aerospace-grade composite material, which will be used by other companies to make products such as electronic accessories and automotive equipment.

The agreement – the first of its kind for the aerospace industry – covers excess carbon fiber from 11 Boeing airplane manufacturing sites and will reduce solid waste by more than one million pounds a year.

Carbon-fiber reinforced material is extremely strong and lightweight, making it attractive for a variety of uses, including in building the super-efficient 787 Dreamliner and the all-new 777X airplane.

As the largest user of aerospace-grade composites from its commercial and defense programs, Boeing has been working for several years to create an economically viable carbon fiber reuse industry. The company improved its production methods to minimize excess and developed a model for collecting scrap material.

But technical barriers stood in the way of repurposing material that had already been "cured" or prepped for use in the airplane manufacturing process. UK-based ELG developed a proprietary method to recycle "cured" composites so they do not have to be thrown out.

"Recycling cured carbon fiber was not possible just a few years ago," said Tia Benson Tolle, Boeing Materials & Fabrication director for Product Strategy & Future Airplane Development. "We are excited to collaborate with ELG and leverage innovative recycling methods to work toward a vision where no composite scrap will be sent to landfills."

To prove that the recycling method can be applied on a grand scale, Boeing and ELG conducted a pilot project where they recycled excess material from Boeing's Composite Wing Center in Everett, Wash., where the massive wings for the 777X airplane are made.

ELG put the excess materials through treatment in a furnace, which vaporizes the resin that holds the carbon fiber layers together and leaves behind clean material. Over the course of 18 months, the companies saved 380,000 pounds of carbon fiber, which was cleaned and sold to companies in the electronics and ground transportation industries.

"Security of supply is extremely important when considering using these materials in long-term automotive and electronic projects," said Frazer Barnes, managing director of ELG Carbon Fibre. "This agreement gives us the ability to provide that assurance, which gives our customers the confidence to use recycled materials."

Based on the success of the pilot project, Boeing says the new agreement should save a majority of the excess composite material from its 11 sites, which will support the company's goal to reduce solid waste going to landfills 20 percent by 2025.

"This collaboration takes Boeing's commitment to protect the environment to a whole new level. Recycling composites will eventually be as commonplace as recycling aluminum and titanium," said Kevin Bartelson, 777 Wing Operations leader.

Boeing and ELG are considering expanding the agreement to include excess material from three additional Boeing sites in Canada, China and Malaysia.

As a result of the partnership, ELG estimates the number of its employees will nearly triple from 39 in 2016 to an expected 112 by the end of 2019 as the recycling market continues to expand.

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Boeing Launches Longest-Range Business Jet Ever with BBJ 777X



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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing Business Jets (NYSE: BA) today announced it is launching the BBJ 777X, a new Boeing Business Jet model that can fly more than half way around the world without stopping, farther than any business jet ever built.

"Our most exclusive customers want to travel with the best space and comfort and fly directly to their destination. The new BBJ 777X will be able to do this like no other airplane before it, redefining ultra-long range VIP travel," said Greg Laxton, head of Boeing Business Jets, at the bi-annual Middle East Business Aviation Association Show (MEBAA).

Customers can choose between two models: the BBJ 777-8 and BBJ 777-9. The BBJ 777-8 offers the longest range of 11,645 nautical miles (21,570 km) and a spacious 3,256 sq. ft. (302.5 sq m) cabin.

The BBJ 777-9 provides an even larger cabin measuring 3,689 sq. ft. (342.7 sq m), while still offering ultra-long range of 11,000 nautical miles (20,370 km). This model opens up almost unlimited interior design options to ensure ultimate comfort for long distance travel.

To demonstrate the versatility of the airplane's spacious cabin, BBJ unveiled interior concepts from three leading design firms: Greenpoint Technologies, Jet Aviation, and Unique Aircraft Design. Each concept shows how the BBJ 777X can be transformed to suit the tastes of any VIP customer.

The strength of the BBJ fleet of airplanes was highlighted at the air show as Boeing announced it recently booked another order for its BBJ MAX family. The order from an unidentified customer brings total orders for the BBJ MAX to 21.

Based on Boeing's best-selling 737 MAX airplane, the BBJ MAX offers more than three times the cabin space as most of its competitors, a lower cabin altitude, and the ability to fly 7,000 nautical miles (12,964 km).

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Lockheed Martin y Airbus firman un memorando de acuerdo sobre reabastecimiento aéreo

martes, 4 de diciembre de 2018



Madrid, 4 de diciembre de 2018 - Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) y Airbus han firmado un memorando de acuerdo con el objeto de explorar conjuntamente oportunidades para satisfacer la creciente demanda de reabastecimiento aéreo de los clientes de defensa en EE. UU.

 

Ambas compañías tienen la intención de ofrecer servicios de repostaje aéreo para abordar posibles deficiencias de capacidad identificadas y para satisfacer las necesidades de la nueva generación de aviones cisterna capaces de operar en los difíciles entornos del futuro espacio de batalla.

 

"Para nuestros clientes es esencial disponer de un repostaje aéreo fiable y modernizado para poder mantener su alcance mundial y su ventaja estratégica", ha afirmado Marillyn Hewson, presidenta y CEO de Lockheed Martin. "Al combinar la innovación y la experiencia de Airbus y Lockheed Martin, estaremos bien posicionados para proporcionar a la Fuerza Aérea de Estados Unidos y a sus aliados en todo el mundo las soluciones avanzadas de reabastecimiento de combustible que necesitan para hacer frente a los retos de seguridad del siglo XXI".

 

"La Fuerza Aérea de EE. UU. merece contar con la más avanzada tecnología de reabastecimiento aéreo de combustible que exista en el mundo y la que preste el mejor  rendimiento. Justamente esto es lo que ofrecerá este gran equipo industrial formado por Lockheed Martin y Airbus", ha manifestado Tom Enders, CEO de Airbus.

 

Las compañías están adoptando un enfoque cooperativo centrado en el avión de transporte y reabastecimiento multimisión A330 MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport), con el fin de examinar un amplio espectro de oportunidades. Estas podrían abarcar desde el apoyo en caso de necesidades críticas de abastecimiento aéreo de combustible a corto plazo, contemplando una estructura de pago por servicio, hasta el diseño del avión cisterna del futuro.

 

Fernando Alonso, director de Military Aircraft en Airbus Defence and Space, ha declarado: "Una docena de naciones de todo el mundo han seleccionado el A330 MRTT. Se ha probado ampliamente en operaciones reales y ha recibido múltiples elogios por parte de las principales fuerzas aéreas."

 

"Estamos convencidos de que, uniendo la experiencia de Airbus en aviones cisterna y la amplia presencia de Lockheed Martin en EE. UU., podremos proporcionar soluciones muy eficaces a las necesidades actuales y futuras de reabastecimiento aéreo militar de EE.UU.".

 

Lockheed Martin cuenta con un amplio historial de éxitos en integración de sistemas, fabricación y operaciones de MRO con grandes aeronaves de transporte aéreo y aviones cisterna. Junto con la experiencia de Airbus, las dos compañías dispondrán de un sólido equipo para hacer frente a las futuras necesidades de reabastecimiento aéreo de combustible.

 

"Airbus es un líder de la industria en reabastecimiento aéreo de combustible y Lockheed Martin es una compañía reconocida por sus tecnologías y capacidades de defensa de vanguardia", manifestó Michele Evans, vicepresidenta ejecutiva de Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. "Se trata de una gran oportunidad para que nuestras dos compañías combinen sus conocimientos técnicos y cooperen desarrollando soluciones de primer nivel mundial para satisfacer necesidades críticas en todo el mundo".

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Lockheed Martin and Airbus sign aerial refuelling Memorandum of Agreement


Madrid, 4 December 2018 – Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Airbus have signed an agreement to jointly explore opportunities to meet the growing demand for aerial refuelling for US defence customers.

 

The companies will seek to provide aerial-refuelling services to address any identified capacity shortfall and to meet requirements for the next generation of tankers capable of operating in the challenging environments of the future battlespace.

 

"Reliable and modernized aerial refuelling is an essential capability for our customers to maintain their global reach and strategic advantage," said Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson. "By combining the innovation and expertise of Airbus and Lockheed Martin, we will be well positioned to provide the United States Air Force and allies around the world with the advanced refuelling solutions needed to meet 21st century security challenges."

 

"The US Air Force deserves the best aerial-refuelling technology and performance available under the sun and this great industry team, Lockheed Martin and Airbus, will offer exactly that," said Tom Enders, Airbus CEO.

 

The companies are taking a cooperative approach, with the Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (A330 MRTT) at its heart, to examine a broad spectrum of opportunities.  These may range from ways to support critical near-term air-refuelling needs, such as a fee-for-service structure to conceptualizing the tanker of the future.  

 

Airbus Defence and Space Head of Military Aircraft Fernando Alonso said: "The A330 MRTT has been selected by a dozen nations around the world. It is extensively proven in live operations and has been repeatedly praised by major air forces. We are convinced that the combination of Airbus' tanker expertise with Lockheed Martin's extensive US presence, has the potential to provide highly effective solutions for current and future US military aerial-refuelling requirements."

 

Lockheed Martin has a long and successful history of systems integration, manufacturing and MRO operations with large airlift and tanker aircraft.  When combined with Airbus' expertise, the two companies will field a strong team to address future air refuelling needs.

 

"Airbus is an industry leader in the aerial refuelling area, and Lockheed Martin is known for cutting-edge defensive technologies and capabilities," said Michele Evans, Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. "This is a great opportunity for our two companies to combine our expertise – cooperating to develop world-class solutions for critical needs around the world."

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KC-46A completes Phase II receiver aircraft testing

lunes, 3 de diciembre de 2018

Boeing KC-46 Tanker Program Completes Phase II Receiver Certification Testing https://boeing.mediaroom.com/2018-12-03-Boeing-KC-46-Tanker-Program-Completes-Phase-II-Receiver-Certification-Testing

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Aircraft seat size minimums in the offing, Recaro touts flexibility

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Airbus celebrates opening of the world’s first Zephyr Solar High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite operating site

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First in Europe, the Italian Air Force Declares IOC For Its First F-35A Squadron During TLP 18-4



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https://theaviationist.com/2018/12/01/first-in-europe-the-italian-air-force-declares-ioc-for-its-first-f-35a-squadron-during-tlp-18-4/

The Aeronautica Militare has declared its F-35s operational. On Nov. 30, 2018, during the media day of TLP 18-4 currently underway at Amendola, in southeastern Italy (the first iteration of the course to integrate 4th [...]
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Right hand engine cowl of a Frontier Airlines Airbus A320 got detached after take-off from Las Vegas Airport



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Right hand engine cowl of a Frontier Airlines Airbus A320 got detached after take-off from Las Vegas Airport // Aviation24.be
https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/frontier-airlines/right-hand-engine-cowl-of-a-frontier-airlines-airbus-a320-got-detached-after-take-off-from-las-vegas-airport/amp/

On 30 November, the right hand engine cowl of a Frontier Airlines Airbus A320 (N227FR) got detached just after take-off from Las Vegas Airport. The aircraft was scheduled for flight F9260 to Tampa Airport. The pilots decided to return to Las Vegas Airport, where the aircraft safely landed 15 minutes after its departure.  Shortly after […]

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Dauntless UAV can lift 200 pounds over your head



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https://newatlas.com/mobile-recon-systems-dauntless-uav/57433/

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Time Flies: GE’s Original Flying Testbed Jets Off Into History - GE Reports

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LinkSure is building a satellite network to provide global internet access for free



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It's easy to take web access for granted, but in many regions getting online isn't as simple as just opening up a browser window. Now Chinese firm LinkSure Network has announced a system of satellites to be launched by 2026, which it wants to provide internet access across the globe, free of charge.

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Recyclable wonder-fuel promises twice the range and zero emissions at half the price



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Israeli-Australian company Electriq Global's new technology stabilizes hydrogen in a recyclable liquid that can be pumped and transported just like gasoline. That's huge news, because it enables long-range electric driving with fast refueling – and it plugs right into the existing fuel logistics model.

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Brussels Airlines begins roll-out of A330-300 aircraft


Friday, November 30, 2018 — Together with Lufthansa, Brussels Airlines invests in the replacement of seven of its ten A330 long-haul aircraft. Already one aircraft left the airline's fleet. It is the most substantial investment project in the 16-year long history of Brussels Airlines and the first time ever that the airline operates long-haul aircraft that are owned and not leased.

With the new long-haul aircraft, Brussels Airlines will be able to offer its customers even more comfort, with quieter, more efficient and environmentally friendlier planes. Besides new aircraft, the airline is also investing in an entirely new cabin interior for all three travel classes, providing guests an even higher on-board comfort and a best-in-class travel experience on all intercontinental flights to Africa and the North Atlantic.

After a comprehensive study where Brussels Airlines and Lufthansa looked at the current and future intercontinental network of the Brussels based airline, as well as at its capacity need for both passengers and cargo and the available aircraft on the market, it was decided last year to go for A330-300 CEO series. From an economic and operational point of view, this aircraft type is the best fit for Brussels Airlines as it brings many benefits such as a significantly higher range than its current Airbus A330 fleet and a higher maximum take-off weight offering more freight capacity.

While Brussels Airlines is currently flying with different engine types, the 'CEO' aircraft will all be equipped with Rolls Royce Trent 700 engines. This engine type that consumes less fuel and emits less noise and CO2, is already in use at several other airlines of the Lufthansa Group. Also for the Brussels Airlines Maintenance & Engineering Department, this harmonization and standardization is of an added value as it significantly reduces the complexity.

The replacement of seven of its ten A330 aircraft is the most substantial investment made in the 16-year long history of Brussels Airlines. In addition, it's the first time ever that the airline operates its long-haul flights with aircraft that are owned by the Lufthansa Group and not leased.

The very first A330 with tail number OO-SFN successfully left the Brussels Airlines fleet last November 13th. In December, the phase out of OO-SFM is planned, followed by OO-SFO, OO-SFY, OO-SFV, OO-SFW and OO-SFU in the course of 2019 and 2020. The first two new aircraft OO-SFC and OO-SFB have started their operations in June. The refleet program will gradually take place in the months to come and will be finalized by the beginning of 2020.

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El Ejército del Aire español recibe un 4º H215 para misiones SAR


Nota de prensa


El Ministerio de Defensa y el Ejército del Aire español han recibido hoy su cuarto helicóptero H215 en las instalaciones de Airbus Helicopters en Albacete. El nuevo helicóptero será destinado al 802 Escuadrón de Fuerzas Aéreas/RCC Canarias del Ejército del Aire, con base en Gando (Gran Canaria) y se dedicará a misiones de búsqueda y rescate junto con los otros tres helicópteros H215 entregados desde 2016.


Esta adquisición ha sido tramitada por la Dirección General de Armamento y Material del Ministerio de Defensa a través de la Agencia de Adquisiciones de la OTAN, la NSPA (Nato Support and Procurement Agency).

Perteneciente a la probada familia Super Puma, el nuevo H215 es un helicóptero bimotor robusto y rentable de categoría pesada que cumple con los más exigentes requerimientos de seguridad gracias a los equipos embarcados de última tecnología. El H215 del Ejército del Aire dispone de depósitos de combustible adicionales para un mayor alcance - de hasta 560 km- un sistema de flotabilidad de emergencia, y grúa de rescate, entre otros equipos. Destacan las pantallas multifunción digitalizadas compatibles con gafas de visión nocturna y la inclusión de un avanzado sistema de piloto automático de 4 ejes que ofrece una gran estabilidad en condiciones operacionales adversas.

"La satisfacción del cliente es muy importante para Airbus y es un honor entregar hoy el 4º H215 al Ejército del Aire, para llevar a cabo misiones tan exigentes como el rescate en alta mar" declaró Francisco Vergé, Consejero Delegado de Airbus Helicopters en España. "Agradezco al Ejército del Aire su confianza renovada en Airbus y les reitero nuestro compromiso para garantizar una disponibilidad de los helicópteros a la altura de la importancia de sus misiones"

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France, Germany agree on next step for fighter jet program. Spain considering joining the program

Germany, France and Spain have completed separate studies on the next generation fighter. Spain has said it is considering joining the Franco-German program, but has also had discussions with a rival project launched by Britain in July.
 
 
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A 'generation of innovators' has been appointed to run the military in a shake-up of the top ranks of the Army, Navy and RAF

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/03/generation-innovators-has-appointed-run-military-shake-up-top/

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Audi, Airbus And Italdesign Test Flying Taxi Concept [video]

miércoles, 28 de noviembre de 2018

https://youtu.be/CmwFwautgNU

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  • A 1:4 scale model will be performing test flights at the Amsterdam Drone Week


Moncalieri, Italy, 27 November 2018.

Italdesign performed a few minutes ago the first test flight of a 1:4 scale model of Pop.Up Next, the modular, multimodal, future mobility concept, developed in collaboration with Airbus and Audi, at the Amsterdam Drone Week, November 27 to 30.

Italdesign world-premieres Pop.Up’s first operational model, inside the exhibition’s flying arena. Once a day, until November 29, the 1:4 scale model will perform a test flight in fully autonomous mode. Capsule and ground module will simulate an on-ground trip to reach the air module; then the capsule disconnects from the ground module, connects to the air module that will fly crossing the 80 meter-length of the arena, to reach another ground module, waiting at the opposite side and then conclude the exhibition.




The main aim of the dynamic scale model is two-fold:
  1. To provide an objective demonstration that the project which began in 2017 with Pop.Up, and has continued this year with Pop.Up Next, is proceeding as promised and entering the next development phase. More specifically, the primary purpose of this model is to test the base functionality which will allow perfect alignment of the various modules during docking of the capsule with the drone or the ground module.
  2. Confirmation, strengthening and field validation of the key modularity concept, which is the core of the Pop.Up philosophy. This concept, which falls within Italdesign’s pioneering approach in the search for innovative solutions, makes the Pop.Up project unique within the world of eVTOL (electrical vertical take off & landing) vehicles being developed to meet future urban mobility requirements.

“With this project, which began with Airbus in 2017, we will demonstrate in practical terms that future mobility will no longer be a playing field for individual companies, each operating in their own specific sector, but will rather become the melting point of know-how, technologies and professional expertise from a wide range of sectors – automotive, aerospace, urban planning, social sciences – to name but a few – Jörg Astalosch, CEO of Italdesign, said. “Future mobility, is an as-yet unexplored sector which, as well as the technical challenges of developing the vehicles, will require a lot of work in the sectors of infrastructure, regulations, relations with city municipalities, services… Together with Airbus and Audi, we are convinced that our joint project, Pop.Up, made an important step to find better solutions for urban mobility in megacities”.

In keeping with its tradition as an innovative company and creator of futuristic ideas, Italdesign is taking concrete steps to deal with the problem of future urban mobility, which is already becoming relevant. To do so, it has incorporated a new Mobility Solutions division within its organisation and strategic plan, alongside with the more traditional style, engineering and vehicle-production business units, to operate with 360° approach to future mobility, smart cities and with different means of transportation. The 1:1 static model of Pop.Up Next, world-premiered at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, is displayed inside the exhibition as well.
 
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https://www.audi-mediacenter.com/en/press-releases/audi-airbus-and-italdesign-test-flying-taxi-concept-11019
 
About Amsterdam Drone Week
AN EVENT BY AND FOR THE DRONE INDUSTRY
Amsterdam Drone Week is a co-created events festival, that unites the brightest and most creative minds of the UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) Industry, showcases the latest technology and helps unlock the potential of drones and discovery of new applications. For the duration of one week, this umbrella event connects the entire UAS value chain through a diversity of events around drone regulations, new technology and future solutions. 

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EMS Brüel & Kjaer, primer laboratorio acreditado por ENAC en el mundo para el control del ruido de aeronaves en entornos aeroportuarios

Nota de prensa
 

  • Este tipo de ensayos acreditados generan un impacto notable en términos de protección medioambiental

 

La Entidad Nacional de Acreditación (ENAC) ha otorgado al  Laboratorio de Monitorado de EMS Brüel & Kjaer la primera acreditación para realizar ensayos de monitorización de los niveles de ruido ambiental en el entorno aeroportuario según la norma ISO 20906, en concreto de los aeropuertos Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas y Barcelona-El Prat, gestionados por AENA. Se trata de una primera acreditación no solo a nivel nacional, sino también internacional, ya que el laboratorio es pionero en desarrollar esta actividad de manera acreditada en todo el mundo.

 

El ensayo acreditado consiste en determinar el ruido producido por los aviones en el entorno de un aeropuerto conforme a la norma internacional ISO 20906. Para ello, el laboratorio cuenta con una red de estaciones fijas de medida de niveles sonoros y condiciones meteorológicas o TMRs (Terminales de Monitorado de Ruido), que se ubican en puntos estratégicos en las inmediaciones del aeropuerto o en localidades próximas, por las que sobrevuelan los aviones en sus operaciones de despegue y aterrizaje. Estas terminales remiten telemáticamente los resultados de medición para ser recibidos, finalmente, en los servidores de cada aeropuerto.

Este tipo de ensayos acreditados generan un impacto notable en términos de protección medioambiental. María Jesús Ballesteros, Directora Técnica del laboratorio de monitorado de EMS Brüel & Kjaer, explica que "son una herramienta de información pública y vigilancia de los niveles de contaminación acústica producidos por las operaciones aeronáuticas en el entorno de los aeropuertos."

Además, añade, que "la acreditación ha supuesto una garantía en la calidad de los ensayos, avalada por una entidad externa a la propia empresa, lo que supone un aumento en la calidad y la confianza en los resultados para terceras partes."

Garantías de los laboratorios acreditados

La acreditación de ENAC constata la competencia técnica del laboratorio frente a este tipo de ensayos, lo que supone, entre otros, que el laboratorio dispone de personal cualificado, que cuenta con las instalaciones y los equipos necesarios, que estos equipos están calibrados y adecuadamente mantenidos, que sus ensayos o calibraciones se ejecutan utilizando métodos y procedimientos técnicamente válidos, y que su actividad está sometida a un estricto control de calidad.

 

Todo ello se lo han demostrado a ENAC, el único organismo designado en España para realizar este tipo de evaluaciones, mediante un riguroso proceso de auditoría en el que intervienen expertos técnicos en cada área técnica acreditada y de acuerdo a criterios establecidos y reconocidos internacionalmente.

 

 obre ENAC
 La Entidad Nacional de Acreditación – ENAC – es la entidad  designada por el Gobierno para operar en España como el único Organismo Nacional de Acreditación, en aplicación del Reglamento (CE) nº 765/2008 del Parlamento Europeo que regula el funcionamiento de la acreditación en Europa.

ENAC tiene como misión generar confianza en el mercado y en la sociedad evaluando, a través de un sistema conforme a normas internacionales, la competencia técnica de laboratorios de ensayo o calibración, entidades de inspección, entidades de certificación y verificadores medioambientales que desarrollen su actividad en cualquier sector: Industria,  Energía, Medio Ambiente, Sanidad, Agricultura y Alimentación, Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación, Transportes, Telecomunicaciones, Turismo, Servicios, Construcción, etc. Contribuye, así, a la seguridad y el bienestar de las personas, la calidad de los productos y servicios, la protección del medioambiente y, con ello, al aumento de la competitividad de los productos y servicios españoles y a una disminución de los costes para la sociedad debidos a estas actividades.

La marca ENAC es la manera de distinguir si un certificado o informe está acreditado o no. Es la garantía de que la organización que lo emite es técnicamente competente para llevar a cabo la tarea que realiza, y lo es tanto en España como en los 100 países en los que la marca de ENAC es reconocida y aceptada gracias a los acuerdos de reconocimiento que ENAC ha suscrito con las entidades de acreditación de esos países.

 

www.enac.es

 

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Japan is considering buying up to 100 F-35 for more than $8.8 billion

martes, 27 de noviembre de 2018

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Japan_mulling_purchase_of_100_US_stealth_fighters_report_999.html

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RUAG Space signs MOA with Australian rocket company Gilmour Space

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/RUAG_Space_signs_MOA_with_Australian_rocket_company_Gilmour_Space_999.html

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GMV leads an ambitious campaign of space robotics trials

http://www.robodaily.com/reports/GMV_leads_an_ambitious_campaign_of_space_robotics_trials_999.html

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Pontifications: Transitions, clearing the decks and turmoil at Airbus [feedly]

Pontifications: Transitions, clearing the decks and turmoil at Airbus
https://leehamnews.com/2018/11/26/pontifications-transitions-clearing-the-decks-and-turmoil-at-airbus/

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Air France to reduce Airbus A380 fleet

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US Army orders Saab’s ULCANS | 1st European FCAS contracts to be issued in 2019 | K-SAAM to be deployed in 2019

https://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/us-army-orders-saabs-ulcans-1st-european-fcas-contracts-to-be-issued-in-2019-k-saam-to-be-deployed-in-2019-041133/

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Thales set to repair the Navy’s ALFS | Belgium buys MQ-9B SkyGuardian | India opts for the Igla-S VSHORAD

https://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/thales-set-to-repair-the-navys-alfs-belgium-buys-mq-9b-skyguardian-india-opts-for-the-igla-s-vshorad-041117/

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Binter, of Spain, Will Receive its First E195-E2 in 2019



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Embraer announced that Binter Canarias, of Spain, will receive its first E195-E2 jet in the second half of 2019, becoming the first European customer of the E-Jets E2’s largest model. The airline signed a firm order with Embraer for three E195-E2s. The contract also includes purchase rights for two additional aircraft of the same model. This agreement was previously announced as a Letter of Intent (LoI) with an “undisclosed customer” at the Farnborough Air Show 2018, in July. With all options being exercised, the contract has a list price of USD 342 million. The order was included in Embraer’s third quarter backlog of 2018. The airline will configure the aircraft with 132 seats in a very comfortable single-class layout. “Embraer is proud to welcome Binter to the expanding base of E-Jets operators in Europe,” said Martyn Holmes, Vice President, Europe, Russia & Central Asia, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “Embraer’s E2 family is the quietest, cleanest and most fuel efficient next-generation single-aisle aircraft family in the world. Compared to the regional jets currently utilized by Binter, the E195-E2 will provide greater operational flexibility with more seats, more range and unmatched passenger comfort, with lower operating costs.” “At Binter we have always believed in offering our customers quality service and, for us, fleet modernization is paramount,” said Binter’s Vice President, Rodolfo Núñez, who recalled that the airline will celebrate its 30 years in 2019, with a very modern fleet. “We are convinced that the E195-E2 is the ideal aircraft model for our operations,” he said. Embraer is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial jets up to 150 seats. The Company has 100 customers from all over the world operating the ERJ and E-Jet families of aircraft. For the E-Jets program alone, Embraer has logged more than 1,800 orders and 1,400 deliveries, redefining the traditional concept of regional aircraft.

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Embraer successfully completes KC-390 troop unloading and evacuation tests



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São José dos Campos, Brazil, November, 21, 2018 – Embraer successfully completed the troop unloading, evacuation by hatch and evacuation tests through the front and rear doors of the KC-390 multi-mission medium airlift recently held at Brasília Air Force Base, in Brazil. The tests complied with the requirements for achieving the Final Operational Capability (FOC), which is the subject of the final military certification of the aircraft, due to occur in the last quarter of 2019. The tests were supported by the Brazilian Air Force as well as the Brazilian Army and involved approximately 370 military personnel. “By completing this important stage of the testing campaign toward final military certification with excellence, the KC-390 demonstrates compliance with the industry's most stringent operating and safety standards,” said Walter Pinto Junior, vice-president of the KC-390 Program. Embraer KC-390 is a tactical airlift designed to set new standards in its category while presenting the lowest life-cycle cost of the market. It can perform a variety of missions such as cargo and troop transport, troop and cargo air delivery, aerial refueling, search and rescue and forest fire fighting.

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Unmanned Systems: CODE Demonstrates Autonomy and Collaboration with Minimal Human Commands


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  • Ground and flight tests highlight CODE-equipped UASs’ ability to collaboratively sense and adapt to locate and respond to unexpected threats and new targets


In a recent test series at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, DARPA’s Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE) program demonstrated the ability of CODE-equipped Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) to adapt and respond to unexpected threats in an anti-access area denial (A2AD) environment. The UASs efficiently shared information, cooperatively planned and allocated mission objectives, made coordinated tactical decisions, and collaboratively reacted to a dynamic, high-threat environment with minimal communication.

The air vehicles initially operated with supervisory mission commander interaction. When communications were degraded or denied, CODE vehicles retained mission plan intent to accomplish mission objectives without live human direction. The ability for CODE-enabled vehicles to interact when communications are degraded is an important step toward the program goal to conduct dynamic, long-distance engagements of highly mobile ground and maritime targets in contested or denied battlespace.

“The test series expanded on previously demonstrated approaches to low bandwidth collaborative sensing and on-board planning. It demonstrated the ability to operate in more challenging scenarios, where both communications and GPS navigation were denied for extended periods,” said Scott Wierzbanowski, DARPA program manager for CODE.

During the three-week ground and flight test series in a live/virtual/constructive (LVC) environment, up to six live and 24 virtual UASs served as surrogate strike assets, receiving mission objectives from a human mission commander. The systems then autonomously collaborated to navigate, search, localize, and engage both pre-planned and pop-up targets protected by a simulated Integrated Air Defense System (IADS) in communications- and GPS-denied scenarios.

“The demonstrated behaviors are the building blocks for an autonomous team that can collaborate and adjust to mission requirements and a changing environment,” said Wierzbanowski.

The DARPA team also has advanced the infrastructure necessary to support further development, integration, and testing of CODE as it transitions to future autonomous systems.

Achievements include incorporation of third-party autonomy algorithms into the current software build, the creation of a government repository and lab test environment for the CODE algorithms, and the successful demonstration of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory White Force Network capability to provide constructive threats and effects in an LVC test environment.

CODE’s scalable capabilities could greatly enhance the survivability, flexibility, and effectiveness of existing air platforms, as well as reduce the development times and costs of future systems.

Further development of CODE and associated infrastructure will continue under DARPA until the conclusion of the program in spring 2019, followed by full transition of the CODE software repository to Naval Air Systems Command.

Image Caption: CODE artist’s concept

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Space Tango Unveils ST-42 for Scalable Manufacturing in Space for Earth-Based Applications



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Company Announces Plans for Autonomous, Robotic Low Earth Orbit Platform Facilitating Development of New Sectors in the Space Economy

LEXINGTON, Ky. (NOVEMBER 15, 2018) – Space Tango, a leader in the commercialization of space through R&D, bioengineering and manufacturing in microgravity, today announced ST-42, a fully autonomous robotic orbital platform designed specifically for scalable manufacturing in space. Launching in the mid 2020’s, ST-42 aims to harness the unique environment of microgravity to produce high value products across industries; from patient therapeutics to advanced technology products that have the potential to revolutionize industries here on Earth. ST-42 is an extension of the International Space Station’s (ISS) capabilities, and NASA’s creation of a robust commercial marketplace in low Earth orbit (LEO).



ST-42 will bring the economics of production in orbit into reality coupling autonomy with the reduced cost and larger number of launch vehicle providers. Space Tango expects the platform to be at the forefront of new breakthroughs in knowledge discovery, therapeutic solutions and manufacturing, and to provide the required capabilities for creation of new biomedical and technology product sectors in the commercial Space economy.

While early modules will be focused on technology applications and materials production, ST-42’s initial design will incorporate features that address Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP). These regulations are enforced by the FDA and are a critical component in the production of patient therapeutics that Space Tango intends to establish as a capability on orbit within the platform. In addition to harnessing microgravity to create the next billion-dollar LEO market sectors, ST-42’s leap forward in the design of autonomous manufacturing capabilities has the potential to change the current paradigm and approach of multiple industries.


This platform is the logical extension of [our] work and will create a new category of capabilities for LEO commercialization in the space economy.

“With our TangoLab product line on the ISS, Space Tango has begun to pinpoint the applications and understand the unit economics of building high value products in microgravity for Earth,” said Twyman Clements, president and CEO of Space Tango. “This platform is the logical extension of this work and will create a new category of capabilities for LEO commercialization in the space economy. Our experienced team has crafted not only a vision for the future of manufacturing in space but procedures, partnerships and tangible plans for executing ST-42.”

Development of LEO opportunities for a variety of commercial applications continues to gain steam and will be a growing part of the modern economy. Estimates from Morgan Stanley predict that the revenue generated by the global space industry, which today consists mainly of satellites that leverage only one aspect of LEO as the vantage point of Space, will increase to $1.1 trillion or more by 2040, up from $350 billion in 2016. This illustrates the enormous potential of the expanding Space Economy and the opportunity for the creation of new markets that will drive further commercial applications that will benefit Earth.

About Space TangoSpace Tango provides improved access to microgravity through their Open Orbit platform for research and commercial manufacturing applications that benefit life on Earth. The Company believes the microgravity environment is a new frontier for discovery and innovation. Space Tango is focused on creating a new global market 250 miles up in low Earth orbit and envisions a future where the next important breakthroughs in both healthcare and technology will occur off the planet. Recognized for their expertise in microgravity design and operations, Space Tango believes that by exploring with industry and educational partners of all kinds, we can improve life on Earth and inspire the next generation to continue to expand the horizon of this new frontier. For more information, visit www.spacetango.com.

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Airbus Plans Tweak to Fend Off Boeing's New Mid-Size Jet


European company to offer shorter-range version of wide-body

Mid-market U.S. plane also likely to face enhanced A321


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Wendelstein 7-X fusion reactor keeps its cool en route to record-breaking results [feedly]

Scientists toiling away on the cutting edge Wendelstein 7-X nuclear fusion reactor in Germany have pulled together results from their latest round of testing, with a few records to be found amongst them. Following a series of upgrades, the team is reporting the experimental device has achieved its highest energy density and the longest plasma discharge times for device of this type, marking another step forward in the quest for clean fusion power.

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NASA's InSight lands on Mars and its calendar is full till 2020

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InSight Is Catching Rays on Mars

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NASA's InSight has sent signals to Earth indicating that its solar panels are open and collecting sunlight on the Martian surface. NASA's Mars ...
Mars InSight probe has landed; NASA awaits signals
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New study examines practicality of spraying aerosols into the atmosphere to combat climate change

lunes, 26 de noviembre de 2018


https://newatlas.com/spraying-aerosols-atmosphere-climate-change/57379/

Combating the effects of climate change by spraying aerosols into the atmosphere is a contentious topic, with many rightfully pointing out the risk of unintended side effects of such large-scale climatic intervention. But with the heads of so many governments around the world still firmly stuck in the sand on the realities of climate change, the prospect of increasingly desperate times calling for increasingly desperate measures becomes more and more conceivable. But putting aside the issues of should we or shouldn't we, or the prospects for success or failure, would such an approach even be practically achievable? A new study says yes.

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Airlines face crack down on use of ‘exploitative’ algorithm that splits up families on flights | The Independent

domingo, 25 de noviembre de 2018


Algorithms used by airlines to split up those travelling together unless they pay more to sit next to each other have been called "exploitative" by a government minister.


https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/airline-flights-pay-extra-to-sit-together-split-up-family-algorithm-minister-a8640771.html?amp&__twitter_impression=true

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Aciturri starts the industrialization of detail parts for the EWIRA flight demonstrator

viernes, 23 de noviembre de 2018

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The Road to FCAS

jueves, 22 de noviembre de 2018

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Thales Alenia Space Proceeds With Stratobus Airship Design

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Hybrid Propulsion Pushing Pace Of Electric Aircraft Development

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Airbus Reveals Plans for All-New Narrow-Body, Re-Engined A350 - Bloomberg

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Pilot Report: Piper Diesel Archer | General Aviation News: Aviation International News

miércoles, 21 de noviembre de 2018

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Germany, France eye first contract for new fighter jet in early 2019 | Article [AMP] | Reuters

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Boeing, Jeju Air Announce Order for up to 50 737 MAX Airplanes - Nov 19, 2018

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Boeing and SparkCognition to Launch Joint Venture SkyGrid - Nov 20, 2018

https://boeing.mediaroom.com/2018-11-20-Boeing-and-SparkCognition-to-Launch-Joint-Venture-SkyGrid

New company will build AI- and blockchain-powered airspace management software platform


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First flight of the 777X scheduled for 2019; delivery in 2020

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Narrowbody routes edge closer to middle of market, suggest data - Runway GirlRunway Girl

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