Here Is Italy’s First F-35B Lightning II Flying In Full Italian Navy Markings For The First Time Today

viernes, 19 de enero de 2018

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GomSpace signs deal for low-inclination launch on Virgin's LauncherOne



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GomSpace signs deal for low-inclination launch on Virgin's LauncherOne // Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/GomSpace_signs_contract_for_low_inclination_launch_on_Virgin_Orbits_LauncherOne_999.html

Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Jan 17, 2018
GomSpace has purchased a launch for several nanosatellites onboard a LauncherOne rocket from the California based company Virgin Orbit. The flight, which is bound for a low-inclination orbit, is scheduled to occur in early 2019. GomSpace will use the launch to further build out a constellation of small satellites that will use Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) and Automati
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​Short-term funding could delay B-21 delivery



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​Short-term funding could delay B-21 delivery // Military news
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/short-term-funding-could-delay-b-21-delivery-445021/

Development and delivery of the US Air Force s B-21 stealth bomber could stall if Congress passes yet another short term funding bill that would freeze the Pentagon s spending limit at previous fiscal year levels, a senior USAF official warns.
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Boeing, Adient Launch New Company to Design and Build Airplane Seats



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Boeing, Adient Launch New Company to Design and Build Airplane Seats // MediaRoom
http://boeing.mediaroom.com/2018-01-16-Boeing-Adient-Launch-New-Company-to-Design-and-Build-Airplane-Seats

Adient Aerospace will develop, manufacture and sell a portfolio of seating products to airlines and leasing companies
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PD-14 fan undergoes bird-strike testing



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PD-14 fan undergoes bird-strike testing // Latest news
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/pd-14-fan-undergoes-bird-strike-testing-444999/

Russian analysts have conducted bird-strike tests on the fan for the Aviadvigatel PD-14, the second engine option for the Irkut MC-21.
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FAA UAS test site to perform drone delivery work



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FAA UAS test site to perform drone delivery work // The UAS Magazine
http://theuasmagazine.com/articles/1805/faa-uas-test-site-to-perform-drone-delivery-work

A U.S. Federal Aviation Administration unmanned aircraft system test site will soon be helping a Canadian-based drone company test the functionality and ability of a drone delivery system.
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Insitu provides UAS pilots with improved situational awareness



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Insitu provides UAS pilots with improved situational awareness // The UAS Magazine
http://theuasmagazine.com/articles/1806/insitu-provides-uas-pilots-with-improved-situational-awareness

Insitu has successfully demonstrated a ground-based airspace system that provides commercial UAS operators with better situational awareness for beyond-visual-line-of-sight flying. The testing was conducted at Mississippi State University.
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Emirates signs agreement for up to 36 additional A380s



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Press Release: Emirates signs agreement for up to 36 additional A380s // Runway Girl
https://runwaygirlnetwork.com/2018/01/18/press-release-emirates-signs-agreement-for-up-to-36-additional-a380s/

Dubai-based Emirates Airline has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to acquire up to 36 additional A380 aircraft.





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Boeing raises airliner list prices 4%



Boeing quietly raised its list prices by 4.1% for its commercial airplanes, the same day Airbus did (Monday)—but without the fanfare of an announcement, as did Airbus…

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Indian Navy Wants Third Aircraft Carrier



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Indian Navy Wants Third Aircraft Carrier // AviationWeek.com Commercial Aviation Channel
http://aviationweek.com/awindefense/indian-navy-wants-third-aircraft-carrier

India's navy wants to acquire a third aircraft carrier along with more than 50 foreign aircraft to operate from it.

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Safety First For Commercial Crew Program Despite Delays, Auditors Say



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Safety First For Commercial Crew Program Despite Delays, Auditors Say // AviationWeek.com Commercial Aviation Channel
http://aviationweek.com/commercializing-space/safety-first-commercial-crew-program-despite-delays-auditors-say

With U.S. ferry flights on Russian Soyuz ending next year, pressure is on to get U.S. space taxis flying, without sacrificing safety.

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Meet the amateur astronomers who track secretive spy satellites for fun

lunes, 15 de enero de 2018

If Zuma is still up there, these are the people who might spot it. What the heck happened to Zuma? We know that the super-secret satellite was built by Northrop Grumman for an agency of the United States Government, and that SpaceX launched it on Sunday, January 7. But what we know is vastly outw...

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Scientists are making carbon fiber from plants instead of petroleum

Cheaper, plant-based carbon fiber could be used to make lighter cars that consume less fuel. Carbon fiber is the Superman of materials. Five times stronger than steel and a fraction of the weight, it is used in everything from tennis rackets to golf clubs to bicycles to wind turbine blades to pas...

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Belgian fighters intercept Russian bombers over North Sea

An F16 at the Volkel airbase. Photo: U.S. Air Force via Wikimedia Commons Two Russian bombers have been intercepted after flying into Dutch airspace over the North Sea on Monday morning. Belgium sent …

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Airbus says A380 superjumbo production could end

European planemaker Airbus has said it will stop making its A380 "superjumbo" if it does not get any more orders. Sales director John Leahy said Airbus would have to halt the programme if the plane's main customer, Dubai's Emirates airline, did not place another order. "But I'm hopeful that we wo...

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ANALYSIS: Hyperloop link promises Schiphol expansion



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ANALYSIS: Hyperloop link promises Schiphol expansion // Airlines news
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/analysis-hyperloop-link-promises-schiphol-expansion-444141/

Hyperloop One, a California-based company that is seeking to make the concept of aircraft-speed ground transportation a commercial reality, is hopeful that talks with the Dutch Government to build a hyperloop track linking Amsterdam Schiphol and Lelystad airports could result in the two facilities effectively becoming one integrated aerodrome within five years.
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Pontifications: Embraer twice became focus of US trade commission complaints - Leeham News and Comment

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Airbus delivers record 718 aircraft amid strong sales - Leeham News and Comment

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No Deal With Emirates Would Shut Down A380 Program, Predicts Leahy



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No Deal With Emirates Would Shut Down A380 Program, Predicts Leahy // AviationWeek.com Commercial Aviation Channel
http://aviationweek.com/commercial-aviation/no-deal-emirates-would-shut-down-a380-program-predicts-leahy

Outgoing sales chief believes the A380 is an "aircraft whose time will come," but it needs to go through a period of low demand before additional orders emerge.

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Thai T-50s hit bad weather, welcoming ceremony postponed | Airbus announce Taiwan payout, German one on the cards | New Belgian NH90s need radar fix

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Airbus may cut A380 production to six planes a year

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-airbus-a380/airbus-may-cut-a380-production-to-six-planes-a-year-sources-idUSKBN1E51U9


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Airbus has drawn up plans which would enable it to take A380 production down to as few as six aircraft per year. The airframer delivered 15 of the type over the course of 2017. Airbus is planning to reduce production this year and intends to deliver 12 A380s. It has also previously stated that it plans to cut ...
Airbus to ditch A380 if new Emirates order falls through
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He said the Dubai-based airline is "the only one who has the ability" to commit to a minimum order of six A380s a year for the next 8-10 years, which the manufacturer needs to make the plane financially viable. Airbus has not received an order for the A380 in over two years. Emirates was expected to place ...

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GKN Aims to Reorganize After Spurning Takeover

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SpaceX's recycled Dragon splashes down after second ISS stint

https://newatlas.com/spacex-dragon-return-iss/52962/

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Planetary Resources Launches Latest Spacecraft in Advance of Space Resource Exploration Mission




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Redmond, Wash. – January 12, 2018 – Planetary Resources today announced the successful launch of the Arkyd-6, a 6U CubeSat, containing a demonstration of technology designed to detect water resources in space. The team has already begun to receive telemetry from the spacecraft. The data obtained from the Arkyd-6 will be valuable in the development of the Arkyd-301, Planetary Resources’ next spacecraft platform and the beginning of the company’s space resource exploration program.

In the process of engineering the Arkyd-6, the Planetary Resources’ team was able to modify commercial hardware to be used in space, allowing for the possibility of deep-space missions at greatly reduced costs. This process also allows for control at every stage of development and production resulting in a reliable and innovative product.

“The success of the Arykd-6 will validate and inform the design and engineering philosophies we have embraced since the beginning of this innovative project,” said Chris Lewicki, President and CEO, Planetary Resources. “We will continue to employ these methods through the development of the Arkyd-301 and beyond as we progress toward our Space Resource Exploration Mission.”

Out of 17 elements that will be tested during Arkyd-6’s flight, one of the most crucial technologies is the onboard mid-wave infrared (MWIR) imager. The technical team qualified a commercial sensor to collect pixel-level data and integrated custom optics, creating the world’s first commercial MWIR instrument to be used in space. Based on the findings from this initial flight, Planetary Resources will further develop this sensor technology into the most advanced water resource detection hardware available, which will be incorporated into Arkyd-301.

Chris Voorhees, Chief Engineer, Planetary Resources, said, “If all of the experimental systems operate successfully, Planetary Resources intends to use the Arkyd-6 satellite to capture MWIR images of targets on Earth’s surface, including agricultural land, resource exploration regions, and infrastructure for mining and energy. In addition, we will also have the opportunity to perform specific celestial observations from our vantage point in low Earth orbit. Lessons learned from Arkyd-6 will inform the company’s approach as it builds on this technology to enable the scientific and economic evaluation of asteroids during its future Space Resource Exploration Mission.”

Arkyd-6 will be testing additional technologies such as power generation, attitude determination, instrument operation and two-way communication. Although the spacecraft is fully autonomous and able to execute all functions independently, it will continue to communicate with Mission Control through every critical check point.

About Planetary Resources
Planetary Resources was founded in 2009 by Eric Anderson, Dr. Peter H. Diamandis and Chris Lewicki. The company’s vision is to establish a new paradigm for resource utilization that will bring the Solar System within humanity’s economic sphere of influence. The pathway in identifying the most commercially viable near-Earth water-rich asteroids has led to the development of multiple transformative technologies that are applicable to global markets, including the agriculture, oil & gas, mining and insurance industries.

Planetary Resources is financed by industry-launching visionaries who are committed to expanding the world’s resource base so humanity can continue to grow and prosper for centuries to come. Some of the company’s partners and advisors include the Government of Luxembourg’s SpaceResources.lu initiative, 3D Systems, the Bechtel Corporation and Analytical Graphics Incorporated; Sara Seager, Ph.D., professor of Planetary Science & Physics at MIT and TED fellow; Dante Lauretta, Ph.D., professor of Planetary Science at the University of Arizona and principal investigator of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission; Members of the company’s technical staff have worked on every recent U.S. Mars lander including Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity, and include other key non-aerospace and safety-critical disciplines. For more information, please visit www.planetaryresources.com.

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Virgin Galactic completes high speed glide test




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Update from Mojave: VSS Unity successfully completes high speed glide flight

January blues? Not a problem in Mojave today as VSS Unity successfully completed her seventh glide flight!

It’s been a few months since our last flight, during which we worked through a planned period of focused ground time. This involved extensive analysis, testing and small modifications to ensure vehicle readiness for the higher loads and forces of powered test flight. Today we tested that work by pushing Unity’s atmospheric capabilities hard, touching top-end glide speeds as pilots Mark ‘Forger’ Stucky and Michael ‘Sooch’ Masucci completed a busy test card.

Alongside confirming the work that has taken place on the ground, the glide flight tested transonic flight performance, stability and control. After release from mothership VMS Eve, the spaceship was immediately pushed into a sharp descent, accelerating to Mach 0.9 which is around the maximum airspeed we can achieve without igniting the rocket motor!

At this stage of the glide flight programme, each flight is essentially a dry run for rocket-powered test flights. Where possible the team replicates those powered flight conditions by, for example, adding water ballast to simulate the weight and positioning of the rocket motor. As during previous flights, the water ballast was jettisoned at around 22,000 feet, allowing the pilots to complete the flight and land in a lighter configuration, again simulating the conditions which will apply during space flight. Also as a precursor to powered flight, VSS Unity flew today with her thermal protection system (TPS) fully applied. This ensures that heat loads generated by air friction during rocket-powered boost and supersonic re-entry cause no damage to the vehicle. It’s a good look though, with the upper surfaces of the previously white feather flaps now covered in a protective silvered film.

Congratulations to Forger and Sooch, as well as VMS Eve crew, CJ Sturckow, Kelly Latimer and Richard Starke, for a well-executed flight, supported of course by the Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company teams on the ground. Please stay tuned to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn as well as this site to keep fully updated on our test flight program and other news.

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El libro "Aviones Bizarros" y uno de sus autores en RNE

Hablamos con el ingeniero y piloto José Manuel Gil García, co autor de "Aviones Bizarros: Los aparatos más asombrosos de la historia de la aviación".

http://www.rtve.es/m/alacarta/audios/esto-me-suena-las-tardes-del-ciudadano-garcia/esto-suena-tardes-del-ciudadano-garcia-tercera-hora-12-01-18/4417389/

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NASA tests X-ray-based "Space-GPS" navigation system

https://newatlas.com/nasa-tests-space-gps-pulsars-sextant/52961/

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2018/nasa-team-first-to-demonstrate-x-ray-navigation-in-space

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Interview: David Mayman debuts the faster, safer, six-engine JB11 jetpack

viernes, 12 de enero de 2018

https://newatlas.com/jetpack-aviation-jb11-david-mayman-interview/52944/

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Space in 2018: Big rockets, asteroid hunting and a close shave with the Sun

https://newatlas.com/space-2018-rockets-asteroid-sun/52948/

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End signalled for European Ariane 5 rocket

jueves, 11 de enero de 2018

A final order for a batch of 10 Ariane 5 rockets has been raised. The vehicle, which has been the mainstay of European launcher activity for the past 20 years, will be phased out once its successor is in place. ArianeGroup, the French-led industrial consortium, expects its new Ariane 6 to be flyi...

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Nasa rover Curiosity visits 'Scotland' on Mars

Nasa's Mars rover Curiosity is exploring a part of the planet named after Torridon in Scotland. Martian geological areas and features have been named by Nasa after places on Earth. Several of the names have been taken from Scotland and, as well as Torridon, there is a Siccar Point, Muck, Wick, Sa...

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Watch the James Webb Space Telescope go through nine months of testing in two minutes

The spectacular scope launches in 2019. The James Webb Space Telescope took decades to build. It won't launch until 2019 at the earliest, it's slowly but surely making its way toward that distant date, after which it will finally get a chance to capture those first glimpses of galaxies forming in...

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Arianespace prepares for a busy 2018



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Arianespace prepares for a busy 2018 // Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Arianespace_prepares_for_a_busy_2018_999.html

Evry, France (SPX) Jan 10, 2018
The past year saw Arianespace carry out 11 successful launches; sign 19 additional launch contracts, including three for Vega C and two for Ariane 6; and enter a new governance structure alongside ArianeGroup. Building on these achievements, Arianespace is targeting a record number of launches in 2018, while …

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SpaceX says rocket worked fine as spy satellite reported lost



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SpaceX says rocket worked fine as spy satellite reported lost // Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SpaceX_says_rocket_worked_fine_as_spy_satellite_reported_lost_999.html

Miami (AFP) Jan 09, 2018
A SpaceX rocket worked fine in its weekend launch of a secretive government satellite, named Zuma, the company said Tuesday after reports the payload did not make it into orbit. "For clarity: …

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New algae fuel cell design ramps up the efficiency

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The 50 most valuable scientific documents of 2017

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TsAGI experts test air-brake device for aviation rescue systems

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​Autonomous subs to make 90-day search for MH370

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France awards Airbus deal to develop naval drone technology

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Here's what Uber for the skies might feel like

miércoles, 10 de enero de 2018

Ride-sharing has disrupted transportation in many cities, and not always for the better. Some surveys show services like Uber and Lyft actually add to the congestion in urban areas, with more cars on …

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CES 2018: Zano the zombie drone whirs back to life

A group of developers are attempting to revive the Zano drone - one of Kickstarter's most notorious failures. The handheld quadcopter raised £2.3m from more than 12,000 backers on the crowdfunding platform before the project imploded in 2015. The resulting scandal prompted a probe that found faul...

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Why Shares of AeroVironment, Inc. Popped 23% in December

A big earnings report sent this drone stock higher to end 2017. Dan Caplinger | Jan 9, 2018 Find out why these stocks have done so well and what's left in the tank for the future. Daniel Miller | Jan 5, …

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The CIA's 1970s-era "Insectothopter" spy drone

In the 1970s, the CIA created a dragonfly-shaped drone that carried a microphone, with the goal of using it to snoop on remote targets. It was a pretty ingenious piece of engineering: propelled by a …

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Can we actually stop using fossil fuels?

Tim McDonagh Is it smart—or crazy stupid—to rely solely on wind, solar, and hydro? This past July, as Dawn Lippert surfed the swells at her home beach in Honolulu, a rogue board sprang up and slammed her between the eyes. It could have been a knockout blow. But Lippert, a former high school socce...

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Boeing Unveils New electric Unmanned Cargo multi copter Prototype



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Boeing Unveils New Unmanned Cargo Air Vehicle Prototype // MediaRoom
http://boeing.mediaroom.com/2018-01-10-Boeing-Unveils-New-Unmanned-Cargo-Air-Vehicle-Prototype

The electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing multi-copter UAV is designed to carry up to 500 pounds
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1919: Orville Wright On The Future Of Civil Flying



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1919: Orville Wright On The Future Of Civil Flying // AviationWeek.com Commercial Aviation Channel
http://aviationweek.com/blog/1919-orville-wright-future-civil-flying

Orville Wright makes the argument for runways in a 1919 viewpoint for Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine.

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Zuma Satellite Launched By SpaceX Failed To Reach Orbit

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TOP TEN: Major Military Developments Of 2017

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America’s Secret Airline To Area 51 Is Now Hiring Flight Attendants

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Aerospace sector set for 'steep' growth: UK forecast

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China is making 1,000-UAV drone swarms now

martes, 9 de enero de 2018

These autonomous swarms can make decisions on how and when to repair themselves. At the close of the Global Fortune Forum in Guangzhou on Dec. 7, the event's hosts set a world record for the largest drone swarm ever deployed. For 9 minutes, 1,180 drones danced and blinked out an aerial show. It w...

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Boeing Reports Fourth-Quarter Deliveries



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Boeing Sets Airplane Delivery Record, Finishes 2017 with Larger Order Book



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Boeing Sets Airplane Delivery Record, Finishes 2017 with Larger Order Book // MediaRoom
http://boeing.mediaroom.com/2018-01-09-Boeing-Sets-Airplane-Delivery-Record-Finishes-2017-with-Larger-Order-Book

- Delivered 763 commercial airplanes to lead industry for sixth straight year
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​Unionised Ryanair will be 'markedly different': HSBC



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​Unionised Ryanair will be 'markedly different': HSBC // Airlines news
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Ryanair's decision to enter talks on recognising unions for both pilots and cabin crew, disclosed last month, will create a "markedly different" company, HSBC has predicted in an analyst note.
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Innovation at Bell: HYDRA Demonstration; FCX-001 Concept Helicopter

HYDRA 
http://news.bellhelicopter.com/en-US/162794-hydra-a-mission-of-movement

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Bell Unveils Air Taxi Approach With Cabin Demo

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Defining Asymmetrical Warfare: Extremists Use Retail Drones to Attack Russian Air Base in Syria

One Aircraft Heavily Damaged in Most Recent in String of Low-Cost Insurgent Drone Attacks. It is the definition of asymmetrical warfare: a fast-moving, lightly armed insurgency fueled by a radical doctrine uses simple weapons to attack a larger, seemingly more capable occupying force. Taking inspiration from the doctrines of T.E. Lawrence, Sun Tzu, Che Guevara […]

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Virgin Hyperloop One Shares First Look at the Hyperloop End-to-End Passenger Experience and Publicly Unveils Test Pod Fresh from Historic Test Run

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  • Virgin Hyperloop One Partners with HERE Technologies to Power New Multimodal Navigation App


LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, January 8, 2018—Virgin Hyperloop One, the only company in the world that has built a full-scale hyperloop system, is sharing its vision for a seamless travel experience through the first-ever hyperloop passenger application demo, powered by HERE Technologies, and publicly unveiling its first-generation pod at CES 2018.

In the first demonstration of the Virgin Hyperloop One passenger experience, the company is showcasing its application designed for real-time, on demand travel, throughout the transportation ecosystem. Passengers will be able to plan, book, and pay for a hyperloop journey and other modes of transportation including public, private, and ride-shares using the application. The application is the latest to be released using HERE Technologies’ Mobile Software Development Kit for Business which enables detailed location, mapping, and navigation capabilities for 136 countries, public transit information for more than 1,300 cities, and 3D indoor and venue maps.

The application will feature end-to-end route navigation including, for the first time, turn-by-turn indoor walking directions to help passengers negotiate large transit centers, venues, shopping centers, and airports. Passengers can customize their travel preferences by choosing route example options such as the fastest, cheapest, and greenest. The application will be made available to the public in 2018.

“Hyperloop is not just about A to B, it’s an end-to-end passenger experience -- that means no waiting at any point along the journey,” said Matt Jones, Virgin Hyperloop One’s SVP Software Engineering. “HERE shares our vision for optimizing travel. We will redefine the passenger experience by offering real time, on demand travel connecting hyperloop, other modes, and even indoor walking directions.”

“This collaboration demonstrates the future of transportation and mobility,” said CEO of HERE Technologies, Edzard Overbeek. “Supported by our open location platform, Virgin Hyperloop One is showing how its groundbreaking mode of transportation will be seamlessly integrated into an end-to-end, multimodal travel experience that will redefine all notions of personal mobility.”

Additionally, the Virgin Hyperloop One XP-1 pod used in recent phase three testing where the company achieved record speeds of 387 kilometers per hour (240 miles per hour) will be unveiled to the public for the first time at CES at the HERE Technologies Booth (#CP-2). The Virgin Hyperloop One XP-1 Pod is the first-generation design of the passenger or cargo pod of a Virgin Hyperloop One system. It is the only full-scale pod in the world that, combined with the company’s proprietary electric motor, achieves autonomous high-speed propulsion and levitation in a controlled low-pressure environment.

“We’re giving the public a taste of what a Virgin Hyperloop One experience will be like by publicly unveiling our pod and demonstrating how passengers will experience booking a hyperloop trip from their pocket,” said CEO of Virgin Hyperloop One, Rob Lloyd. “Every hardware and software milestone brings us closer to commercializing hyperloop.”


About Virgin Hyperloop One

Virgin Hyperloop One is the only company in the world that has built a fully operational hyperloop system. Our team has the world's leading experts in engineering, technology, and transport project delivery, working in tandem with global partners and investors to make hyperloop a reality, now. For more information, visit www.hyperloop-one.com.

About HERE Technologies

HERE, the Open Location Platform company, enables people, enterprises and cities to harness the power of location. By making sense of the world through the lens of location we empower our customers to achieve better outcomes – from helping a city manage its infrastructure or an enterprise optimize its assets to guiding drivers to their destination safely. To learn more about HERE, including our new generation of cloud-based location platform services, visit http://360.here.com and www.here.com

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U.K. Drone Collision Study Called Into Question


Report Shows Risks To Airliners May Not Be As Serious As The Government Claimed


http://www.aero-news.net/index.cfm?do=main.textpost&id=998ad32c-55c6-4042-835a-ee89d51d37ac

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/01/04/qinetic_drone_collision_study_airliner_windows/

https://regmedia.co.uk/2018/01/04/qinetic_drone_collision_study_redacted.pdf 

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Volocopter flying taxi lifts off onstage at CES

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Boeing, Turkish Airlines Announce Order for Three 777 Freighters



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SEATTLE, Jan. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] and Turkish Airlines announced that the carrier ordered three more 777 Freighters in December 2017. The new order came weeks after the carrier took delivery of two of the large cargo jets as part of its plan to further expand its freight business.

"These freighter orders will surely contribute to our significant target for establishing a young and efficient cargo fleet," said M. İlker Aycı, Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines. "The new aircraft will be delivered this year and will provide us with additional flexibility to serve more destinations while we continue to develop our global freight service."

"The 777 Freighter is the largest and most capable twin-engine freighter in the world today," said Marty Bentrott, senior vice president of Sales, Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Central Asia and Africa, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "We're pleased world-class customers like Turkish Airlines recognize the value of the 777 Freighter's long range and large payload capability."

The 777 Freighter is the world's longest-range twin-engine freighter and is based on the 777-200LR (Longer Range) passenger airplane. The jet can fly 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a full payload of 112 tons (102 metric tonnes or 102,000 kg).

The airplane's range capability translates into significant savings for airlines: fewer stops and associated landing fees, less congestion at transfer hubs, lower cargo handling costs and shorter cargo delivery times.

About Turkish Airlines
Based in Istanbul, Turkish Airlines is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world. It carries over 60 million passengers a year, with direct flights to 300 destinations in 120 countries. The airline made its first domestic flight in 1933 and the first international flight in 1947. Turkish Airlines was founded in 1933 with a fleet of five airplanes that carried a total of 28 passengers, expanding to 331 aircraft today.

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[PHOTOS] First BelugaXL transporter rolls off assembly line











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This next-generation super transporter is one of the largest aircraft in existence

The first structurally complete airframe for the new BelugaXL rolled out from its assembly hangar in Toulouse, France this month. Once operational, a fleet of these next-generation airlifters will be used to transport completed sections of Airbus aircraft among the company’s European production sites and to its final assembly lines in France, Germany and Spain.

The BelugaXL is one of the most voluminous aircraft in existence, and everything about it speaks to that fact. With a bulging upper forward fuselage and enormous cargo area, the BelugaXL is hardly recognizable as the outsized airlifter version of the Airbus A330-200 jetliner from which it is derived. “We have the A330 as a foundation,” said Bertrand George, head of the BelugaXL programme, “but many changes have been successfully designed, introduced into the aircraft and tested. Transforming an existing product into a super transporter is not a simple task.”

This initial BelugaXL is expected to be flying by mid-2018. “The whole team is really looking forward to seeing its first flight and, of course, its smiling livery,” said George, referring to the supersized smile that will be painted across the ‘face’ of the transporter, the winning design of six options presented to Airbus employees for a vote in early 2017.

Ground testing for the No. 1 BelugaXL before first flight

Before that can happen, the aircraft will undergo a months-long battery of tests after installation of its two jet engines, ensuring each of the BelugaXL’s systems function as intended. All the while, said George, “We will perform bench tests in Toulouse and Hamburg, Germany – testing our systems on flight simulators and in laboratories” as well as using hydraulic jacks to simulate flight loads on full-scale copies of specific joints between the new upper bubble and A330’s lower fuselage.

“The data from these tests will be used to clear the aircraft for flight and, later on, to attain type certification,” the official pronouncement of the aircraft’s safety and airworthiness, said George.

While the first structurally complete BelugaXL moves into its testing phase, the second A330 to be converted into a BelugaXL arrived on schedule in Toulouse to begin its integration process. George noted that with lessons learned from the production of the first transporter, the assembly time for the second is expected to be about two months shorter. The BelugaXL programme was launched in November 2014 to address Airbus’ increasing transport requirements. At six metres longer, one metre wider and with a payload lifting capacity six tonnes greater than the BelugaST transporter version it is replacing, the BelugaXL will be able to transport both wings of the A350 XWB jetliner at once, instead of the single wing currently accommodated on the BelugaST. All told, five BelugaXLs are scheduled to enter service for Airbus’ airlift needs

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TECNAM P2012 TRAVELLER S/N 002 ACHIEVES FIRST FLIGHT MILESTONE



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Tecnam announced the successful first flight of a second P2012 Traveller aircraft occurred on December 22nd. Serial number 002 will be configured as the “Conforming Production Aircraft’ and will be the template for all P2012 customer production aircraft.

The arrival into service of the next-generation 11 seat P2012 Traveller is highly anticipated by airlines who have been demanding a replacement for the many hundreds of ‘heritage’ aeroplanes in the FAR23/CS23 category currently in service around the world.

P2012 serial number 001 first flew on 21 July 2016. Since the maiden flight, the prototype has accumulated more than 250 flight test hours.

Serial number 002 further facilitates the Tecnam Flight Test & Development teams ability to stay on track for both EASA and FAA certification during 2018, thereby enabling deliveries to commence in 2019.

The 11-seat P2012 Traveller is equipped with latest avionics from Garmin, the new G1000 Nxi and powered by two 375 HP Lycoming piston engines. The Tecnam P2012 Traveller will enter revenue service with US based Cape Air in early 2019 with the delivery of the first of 100 aircraft ordered.

The Traveller has been designed from the start to be a very versatile and flexible aerial platform, offering multi role opportunities including VIP, cargo, parachuting, medevac and amphibious.

“We are pleased to have achieved this significant milestone. The tremendous worldwide interest and demand for the P2012 keeps us focused on staying on track with the development and certification program.” said Paolo Pascale, Tecnam’s CEO.

More info on the P2012: p2012.tecnam.org

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CORDIS : Projects and Results : Augmented reality takes flight in aviation

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Good for factories, bad for shoppers: a Brexit pattern is emerging

The latest UK figures suggest a modest rebalancing of the economy of the kind long wished-for by policymakers The UK economy has settled down into a post EU-referendum pattern. Consumer spending is being constrained by the fall in the value of the pound, which has pushed up inflation by making im...

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Ryanair applies for UK licence as airline braces for hard Brexit

Irish carrier seeks permit to ensure it will be able to continue operating domestic UK flights after March 2019 Ryanair has applied for a British air operating licence to ensure its domestic UK routes can keep flying after Brexit. The Irish airline has repeatedly warned that flights could be grou...

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'I'm going via the wing': fed-up Ryanair passenger climbs out emergency exit

Man is arrested after shocking fellow travellers on delayed flight to Malaga by opening door and getting out on to the wing – taking hand luggage with him An impatient Ryanair passenger shocked fellow travellers when he forced his way out of the emergency exit after getting fed up with waiting to...

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UK factories optimistic for 2018 despite Brexit concerns, survey finds

A majority of companies polled expect global demand and growth in export markets to sustain order books Britain's manufacturers are more upbeat about the state of the global economy than at any time since 2014 and believe demand from overseas will sustain their businesses through another year of ...

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Circular runways: Engineer wants to use design for drones

The Dutch engineer behind the idea for circular runways at airports has revealed plans to build a test runway for unmanned delivery drones. Henk Hesselink is collaborating with Valkenburg airport, a disused naval base near The Hague, which has ambitions to become a drone innovation centre. His de...

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John Young, US astronaut and pioneer, dies aged 87

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Researchers Combine Actuators, Smart Materials To Morph Wing



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http://aviationweek.com/future-aerospace/researchers-combine-actuators-smart-materials-morph-wing

Researchers have made significant progress with morphing wings, bringing the long-sought dream of copying birds on how to achieve aerodynamics closer to reality.

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Will Digital Twinning Play A More Important Role In Aircraft Health Monitoring?



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Will Digital Twinning Play A More Important Role In Aircraft Health Monitoring? // AviationWeek.com Commercial Aviation Channel
http://aviationweek.com/%5Bprimary-term%5D/will-digital-twinning-play-more-important-role-aircraft-health-monitoring

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The question, will digital twinning play a more important role in aircraft health monitoring? has been asked with increasing regularity in the MRO industry in the past few years.

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First Pipistrel's Alpha Electro took flight in Australia

http://www.pipistrel.si/news/first-pipistrels-alpha-electro-took-flight-in-australia


On 2. January 2018 the first serially-built Pipistrel Alpha Electro took flight in Australia. The aircraft, which received a Special Certificate of Airworthiness from Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) in October 2017, took off from Perth's Jandakot Airport and conducted two circuits around Jandakot (the 5th busiest airport in the southern hemisphere with more than 375,000 movements last year). It then went on to complete another seven hours of flying over the following two days before being handed over to Electro.Aero, the aircraft's operator.

The Alpha Electro can be registered in Australia as either a recreational aircraft or with CASA. In both cases it can be used for training, even to obtain PPL. The Pipistrel Alpha Electro is the first electric aircraft that offers the possibility of PPL training.

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The aircraft was sold and all the paperwork done by our Australian distributor, X-Air Australia and its representative, Mr. Michael Coates. The new owner of the aircraft, Perth-based company Electro.Aero, stated on their Facebook pagethat they were satisfied with the new aircraft. 
Mr. Richard Charlton, the finance director of Electro.Aero said in his statement for Australian Aviation that it was a smooth first flight. "It was very much without drama. We were just in the pattern behind a normal aeroplane and the control tower was very excited. They knew all about what was happening."
Charlton said the aircraft was much quieter and cheaper to operate than equivalent-sized aircraft, powered by piston engines."The main issue with petrol is the maintenance costs of what is a more complex engine," Charlton said. "The electric engine is really simple. It has one moving part, it's a very small piece of equipment and it is a solid-state motor."

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All the characteristics of the Alpha Electro aircraft are available here: http://www.pipistrel.si/plane/alpha-electro/technical-data

The General Manager of Pipistrel, Mr. Ivo Boscarol said an all-electric training aircraft would help lower the cost of becoming a pilot.
"Technologies developed specially for this aircraft cut the cost of ab-initio pilot training by as much as 70 percent, making flying more affordable than ever before," Boscarol said. "The biggest advantage is being able to conduct training on smaller airfields closer to towns with zero CO2 emissions and minimum noise."

For now, the Electro.Aero company is offering trial instructional flights with the Alpha Electro, with a view to eventually offering ab-initio flight training all the way torecreational pilot certificate in the near future.

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Iberia tira los precios en la primera campaña del año



Nota de Prensa


  • Durante 15 días, la aerolínea ofrece precios inigualables para volar a todo el mundo.
  • Vuelos nacionales desde 25 euros por trayecto, a Europa desde 29 o a destinos de largo radio como Asia o Estados Unidos desde 199 y 200 euros por trayecto respectivamente.
  • Esta campaña también incluye vuelo + hotel a precios reducidos.
  • Se trata del mejor momento del año para conseguir billetes a los mejores precios.
  • La aerolínea ha preparado un spot para televisión en el que nos invita a viajar, porque haciéndolo somos más, más de descubrir, de probar cosas, más nosotros.





Madrid, 8 de enero de 2018



Iberia ha lanzado hoy su primera campaña de precios de 2018, que tradicionalmente cuenta con los mejores precios de todo el año. Durante 15 días, la aerolínea tira los precios para volar a todos los destinos de su red.



En concreto, vuelos nacionales desde solo 25 euros por trayecto y a Europa desde 29 euros. Iberia quiere acercar también otros continentes ofreciendo precios de escándalo para viajar a ellos; por ejemplo, vuelos a Asia desde 199 euros por trayecto; a Estados Unidos desde 200, a destinos caribeños desde 274 o a destinos en América Latina desde 299 euros por trayecto.



Esta campaña también incluye la posibilidad de comprar de forma conjunta el vuelo y el hotel, por ejemplo, vuelo de ida y vuelta a Nueva York + 7 días de hotel desde 599 euros; o vuelo de ida y vuelta a Londres o Tenerife + 2 noches de hotel desde 139 euros. Además, Iberia también ha lanzado descuentos de hasta un 50 por ciento en el alquiler del coche al reservar vuelos + coche al mismo tiempo. Por ejemplo, vuelo de ida y vuelta a Miami + alquiler del coche durante 7 días desde 499 euros, o en Roma desde 129 euros.



El lema de la campaña en todos ellos es “Eres más”. Viajando somos más, más de descubrir, de probar cosas, de vivir; en definitiva, más nosotros. Y encima, con estos precios, viajar más, te costará menos.


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Airbus rolls out first A321neo ACF



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New evolution with longer range and higher capacity

Airbus has completed assembly of the first A321neo ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex) at its facilities in Hamburg, Germany. The aircraft, powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines, will undergo ground tests prior to its scheduled first flight in the coming weeks. First delivery of an A321neo ACF to a customer is scheduled for mid-2018.

The A321neo ACF is the latest addition to the successful A320 Family. By applying modifications to the fuselage, the ACF enables more flexible cabin configurations for up to 240 passengers. Compared to the previous A321 variant, the most visible modifications are a new rear section and a modified passenger door configuration, where the door located forward of the wing is removed and new overwing emergency exits in the centre section are introduced. The A321neo ACF is an option today and will become standard for all A321neos around 2020.

The A321neo ACF is the base for a longer range variant known as the A321LR. The A321LR has an increased MTOW (Maximum Take Off Weight) of 97 tonnes and a third underfloor fuel tank allowing airlines to increase its range to 4,000 nautical miles for intercontinental flights. The first delivery of an A321LR is targeted for the fourth quarter of 2018.

The A321 is the largest member of the A320 Family, seating up to 240 passengers, depending on cabin configuration. Incorporating the latest engines, aerodynamic advances and cabin innovations, the A321neo offers a reduction in fuel consumption of at least 15 percent per seat from day one and 20 percent by 2020.

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End of the Line: Bizjets to Beer Cans



With the FAA mandate for ADS-B equipage looming at the beginning of 2020, there is debate within the industry as to whether this added expense will precipitate a major retirement of elderly business aircraft, those whose diminished value and use would scarcely justify the cost of the upgrade. Some believe the cost of equipage could drop so much by the deadline that many of those owners will indeed make the move to upgrade their aircraft, which are still perfectly capable of flight despite their age. continue reading https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/business-aviation/2017-12-26/end-line-bizjets-beer-cans

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Huge unmanned aerial vehicle spotted at Chinese production facility



The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was located near the hangar and was hidden in a protective case. The UAV has twin-fuselage design and according to local experts, it is new Chinese Divine Eagle high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle. continue reading http://defence-blog.com/news/huge-unmanned-aerial-vehicle-spotted-at-chinese-production-facility.html

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Pentagon Seeks Laser-Powered Bat Drones. Really.



A new contest seeks flight systems inspired by Mother Nature and powered by directed-energy beams. Flying robots that move like living animals, are crafted of next-generation materials, and draw their power not from batteries but energy beamed from nearby aircraft. Continue reading http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2018/01/pentagon-seeks-laser-powered-bat-drones/144964/

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CMV-22 Ospreys will fully replace the old C-2As by 2028, but it's still not clear if they are up to the job.



The U.S. Navy has revealed new details about its schedule to replace the C-2A Greyhound carrier on-board delivery (COD) aircraft with the CMV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor, what bases will host the new aircraft, and their missions. Though serious questions remain about just how well the Osprey is suited to the task, the service says it hopes new aircraft will be fully operational in 2024 and the transition will be complete by 2028. Continue reading http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/17383/us-navy-expects-its-carrier-onboard-delivery-ospreys-to-be-fully-operational-by-2024

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Sunwing plane catches fire after clipping WestJet aircraft at Toronto Pearson airport



A Sunwing plane caught on fire after it clipped a WestJet aircraft at Toronto Pearson International Airport Friday evening, forcing WestJet passengers to evacuate the plane on emergency slides.

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Why no one has died in a commercial passenger jet crash in over a year

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Air travel has become incredibly safe. Not a single person perished in a commercial passenger jet crash in 2017, making the year an extraordinarily safe one for flying. New reports from two separate organizations in the Netherlands summarize just how incredibly safe it was to take to the skies co...

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Boeing Leader Predicted Delta Airbus A321 Order – Could It Doom “New 757?”



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http://www.airlinereporter.com/2018/01/thoughts-boeing-leader-predicted-delta-airbus-a321-order-doom-new-757/



The recent announcement by Delta Air Lines that it will be ordering 100 new Airbus A321neo jets could put a nail, or perhaps rivet, into the coffin of a 757 replacement.

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Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle Commander John Young dies age 87

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FAA approves registration number for Boeing MQ-25 prototype

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FAA approves registration number for Boeing MQ-25 prototype // Military news
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/faa-approves-registration-number-for-boeing-mq-25-pr-444627/

Boeing has received a US aircraft registration for the newly-unveiled demonstrator at the heart of its bid to make up to 72 MQ-25 Stingray carrier-based unmanned tankers for the US Navy, the company confirms to FlightGlobal.
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As much as we love to hate air travel, flying is safer than ever



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As much as we love to hate air travel, flying is safer than ever // Dallas News | airlines
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Boeing Still Working To Repair Major KC-46 Defects



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Boeing Still Working To Repair Major KC-46 Defects // AviationWeek.com Commercial Aviation Channel
http://aviationweek.com/awindefense/boeing-still-working-repair-major-kc-46-defects

Boeing is still working to fix three deficiencies related to the refueling process of the KC-46 that must be resolved before the tanker can enter service.

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Airbus To Reduce A400M Production Rate



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Airbus To Reduce A400M Production Rate // AviationWeek.com Commercial Aviation Channel
http://aviationweek.com/awindefense/airbus-reduce-a400m-production-rate

Airbus will cut the production rate for its A400M airlifter to ensure what it calls a "sustainable future" for the aircraft.

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British astronaut Helen Sharman recognised in New Year’s honours

Helen Sharman, the first Briton in space, has been recognised in the New Year's honours. She joins the Order of St Michael and St George.

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Meltdown and Spectre: ‘worst CPU bugs ever found’ affect virtually all computers

Everything from smartphones and PCs to cloud computing affected by major security flaw found in Intel and other processors – and fix could slow devices Serious security flaws that could let attackers steal sensitive data, including passwords and banking information, have been found in processors ...

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Game Over For The Airbus A380

Airbus might close down A380 program if it fails to secure Emirates order. Airbus A380 business case hinges on long-term scenarios. Emirates looking for production guarantees as it wants the A380 to …

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Why have all airlines started to retire their B747?

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2017 Was Safest Year in Aviation History

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Australia's first electric 2seater airplane takes to the skies of Perth, with Rottnest in its sights

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NASA straps a new space debris sensor onto the ISS

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Boeing receives $17.5M for engineering support for KC-135



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http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Boeing_receives_175M_for_engineering_support_for_KC-135_999.html

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Boeing has been awarded a $17.5 million contract by the U.S. Air Force for engineering sustainment on the C/KC-135 Stratotanker, a military aerial refueling aircraft. The deal, announced Friday by the Department of Defense, comes under a firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract that is a modification to a previously awarded contract tapping Boeing to provide engineering sustain
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AeroVironment revives Global Observer with new joint venture



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AeroVironment will team up with the Japan-based SoftBank Corporation to develop a solar-powered high-altitude long-endurance unmanned air vehicle for commercial operations, the company announced this week.
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Workhorse to spin-off electric passenger helicopter drone



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Workhorse to spin-off electric passenger helicopter drone // The UAS Magazine
http://theuasmagazine.com/articles/1798/workhorse-to-spin-off-electric-passenger-helicopter-drone

Attendees of this year's Consumer Electronic Show held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada, will have the chance to witness the first experimental flight of the SureFlyTM electric hybrid helicopter. In December, a spin-off plan was announced.
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Ballard, Insitu partner on UAS fuel cell propulsion system



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Ballard, Insitu partner on UAS fuel cell propulsion system // The UAS Magazine
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Ballard Power Systems and Insitu, a Boeing subsidiary, recently signed a contract to integrate a next-generation fuel cell propulsion system into the ScanEagle fixed-wing UAS. The new fuel cells increase power with little increase in size or weight.
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DroneGun a countermeasure to drone terror attacks



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DroneGun a countermeasure to drone terror attacks // The UAS Magazine
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DroneShield CEO Oleg Vornik sees the use of drones as a terror weapon as a growing threat. Military and security organizations around the world see the company's DroneGun as an effective countermeasure to the potential threat.
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AeroVironment, SoftBank Form Solar Stratospheric UAV Venture



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http://aviationweek.com/awindefense/aerovironment-softbank-form-solar-stratospheric-uav-venture

AeroVironment has formed a joint venture with Japanese telecommunications provider SoftBank to develop "high-altitude pseudo-satellites," or HAPS.

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Refurbish Over Retire Trend A Medium-Term Prospect



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http://aviationweek.com/%5Bprimary-term%5D/refurbish-over-retire-trend-medium-term-prospect

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Airlines' penchant for refurbishing aircraft instead of phasing them out of their fleets will continue in the medium-term, a Middle Eastern MRO executive predicts.

Mansoor Janahi, deputy CEO, Turbine Services and Solutions (TS&S), says the trend for taking the refurbishment over retirement route will continue due to a number of factors.

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UK economy in 2018: steady growth tempered by Brexit politics

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Weaker pound will continue to boost exports and lower borrowing costs allow consumers to keep calm and carry on, but it ain't smooth sailing Forty years ago, Ian Dury and the Blockheads released Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3 – listing some of the better things in life even as Margaret Thatcher b...

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Yes, UFOs exist. But they're probably not what you think.

New video of a 2004 encounter between the U.S. Air Force and an unidentified flying object has the internet asking about aliens. On a dark and otherwise serene night back in the 1960s, my grandpa, a doctor and recreational pilot, was ferrying two lawyers to a deposition. As they bisected the stat...

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Five questions about NASA's plans to visit an alien world in 2069

Like, can we even do that? Earlier this month, New Scientist reported that NASA has plans in the works to visit Alpha Centauri. While the plan is reportedly "nebulous," the space agency hopes to launch something by 2069. Here's what we know: First things first: Why 2069? The proposed launch date ...

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