Digital technologies play a decisive role in the competitiveness of Russian aircraft - Yuri Slyusar at the SPIEF-2018

jueves, 21 de junio de 2018

https://youtu.be/msIhEVeCBLY




Irkut's press release




"UAC’ enterprises are actively implementing digital technologies, this is the key to solve the main task for us - increasing the current and future competitiveness of Russian aircraft on the global market," - the President of PJSC United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) and PJSC Irkut Corporation, Yuri Slyusar said on May 24 during the session "New mechanisms of investment policy" at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

The UAC president believes that all aircraft programs in the UAC should be based on new digital solutions. "For us, it is crucially important to reduce the time of entering the market. We need to design quickly, launch production faster, provide better service, and the life cycle of the product should be longer," - he said. "This is possible only on the basis of the solutions offered by the new digital economy. Its development is an absolute priority for us," - Yuri Slyusar stressed.

A striking example of the digital technologies use is the program of MC-21 new-generation aircraft, which Irkut Corporation executes in close cooperation with other UAC enterprises.

All participants of the program work within the unified informational environment.

The key component of this medium is the airliner's electronic mock-up which contains comprehensive information on the aircraft as the whole, its units, systems, and equipment at all stages of its life cycle. The electronic mock-up is constantly detalized and developed.

Participants of the program have real-time access to the electronic mock-up. Information exchange is performed via high-speed communication channels.

Digital technologies ensure more precise and effective implementation of a wide variety of design, manufacturing, and operational components of the MC-21 program. In manufacturing, they provide high product quality and precise conjunction of airframe assemblies.

During operation, data on every aircraft is entered into the specialized information system. Interaction of the electronic mock-up and the information system will allow monitoring condition of every aircraft and predicting its maintenance.

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LEICA CITY MAPPER AIRBORNE SENSOR NOW AVAILABLE CERTIFIED ON TECNAM P2006T SMP

press release

Tecnam announced June, 4th the EASA and FAA certification approval of the Leica City Mapper installation on the P2006T SMP.

The Leica CityMapper is specifically designed for 3D city modelling and urban mapping. It is the world’s first hybrid airborne sensor combining both oblique and nadir imaging as well as a LiDAR system.

The Tecnam P2006T SMP has been produced to support a wide range of special missions and applications, such as search and rescue, reconnaissance, immigration surveillance/border patrol, drug trafficking and law enforcement roles. It is fully able to replace, support and drastically reduce the use of far more expensive and complicated assets such as the deployment of CS/FAR 25 airplanes, helicopters and coast guard vessels. the Tecnam P2006T SMP achieves a step change in the delivering of aerial mapping missions by establishing a cost effective and unique solution for special mission operators.

Unbeatable value, low ownership, operating and maintenance costs coupled with innovative design and combined with the Rotax ‘912S’ engines efficiency ensures the Tecnam P2006T SMP affords high mission reliability as well as lower noise emissions.

With a payload capacity optimized for CityMapper (plus a PAV100 gyro stabilized mount), the Tecnam P2006T SMP can easily perform mapping missions of up to 4 hours with both a pilot and camera operator on board.

The P2006T SMP’s high wing and retractable landing gear allows for a ‘no view obstruction’ for external cameras and operator FoV (Field of View). This potentially may make the difference between mission success and failure or as a worst case, poor collected data package.

“In just four years since we introduced the TECNAM P2006T SMP, it has firmly established itself as the aerial platform of choice with so many operators around the globe. Today with the option of the Leica City Mapper sensor embodiment, the SMP offers our customers the highest quality/price ratio currently available on the market.” said Fabio Russo, Chief Project R&D and Product Development.

More info on the P2006T SMP: https://www.tecnam.com/aircraft/p2006t-smp/

More info on the Leica City Mapper: https://leica-geosystems.com/products/airborne-systems

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RemoveDEBRIS spacecraft launched from ISS with Airbus space debris capture removal technology

https://youtu.be/4ZFAkBMtcPo






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Airbus net, vision based navigation, and harpoon experiments will deploy in orbit



Toulouse/Stevenage/Bremen, 20/06/2018 - The space debris removal technology mission RemoveDEBRIS, led by the Surrey Space Centre (SSC) at the University of Surrey, has been launched into orbit from the International Space Station (ISS). RemoveDEBRIS will demonstrate a range of innovative technologies to clean up space debris, with the first Airbus designed and built experiment due for deployment in October 2018.




The spacecraft features three Airbus technologies to perform Active Debris Removal (ADR): a net and a harpoon to capture debris, and also a Vision Based Navigation (VBN) system to develop rendezvous techniques in orbit with space debris. The spacecraft itself was designed and built by Airbus subsidiary Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) and also includes a drag sail to speed up deorbiting of the whole mission.



The mission timelines will see the net deployed in October this year, followed by the VBN test in late December and then the harpoon in February 2019. The experiments will all be carried out below the orbit of the ISS.



The net experiment, developed by Airbus in Bremen, will see a cubesat deployed from the main mission craft. When the cubesat is 5 metres away, it will then be targeted by the net and captured at approximately 7 metres before it floats away to deorbit.



The VBN system from Airbus in Toulouse will test 2D cameras and a 3D LIDAR (light detection and ranging) technology supplied by CSEM to track a second cubesat deployed from the main spacecraft. The VBN system will track its rotation and movement away from the main spacecraft. At the same time the cubesat will transmit its true position to the main spacecraft, enabling the performance of the VBN to be measured. This cubesat will then float and deorbit naturally.



The Airbus Stevenage designed harpoon will see a 1.5 metre boom deployed from the main spacecraft with a piece of composite panel on the end. The harpoon will be fired at 20 metres/sec to penetrate the target and demonstrate the ability of a harpoon to capture debris.



Nicolas Chamussy, Head of Airbus Space Systems said: “We have spent many years developing innovative active debris removal systems to be at the forefront of tackling this growing problem of space debris and to contribute to the UNs’ Sustainable Development Goals for our future generations. We will continue to work closely with teams across the world to make our expertise available to help solve this issue.”



After completion of the Airbus designed ADR, the main spacecraft will deploy the drag sail developed by SSC which will deorbit the craft in approximately 8 weeks. Without the drag sail, deorbiting would take more than 2.5 years.



Co-funded by the European Commission under FP7, RemoveDEBRIS is an international collaboration between the University of Surrey, Airbus, Ariane Group, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, Innovative Solutions In Space, CSEM (Switzerland); Inria (France) and Stellenbosch University.



This Space Station satellite deployment opportunity was made possible thanks to NanoRacks and its Space Act Agreement with NASA’s U.S. National Labs.

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Bell and Safran Announce Shared Vision for On-Demand Mobility



press release



New collaboration between Bell and Safran on the development of innovative hybrid electric propulsion systems for future air taxi and VTOL systems.

Cologne, Germany (June 19, 2018) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today at the Future of Transportation World Conference a newly formed collaboration with Safran (Euronext Paris: SAF) on the development of innovative hybrid electric power system solutions to support Bell’s vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft concept.





“Bell is at the forefront of on-demand mobility – ushering a new era of flight where the benefits of aviation are accessible to more people in more places,” said Scott Drennan, Bell’s director of Innovation, while speaking at the Transportation Conference. “This announcement is another proof point of our commitment to providing transportation of people and logistics in new, innovative and more efficient ways; our work with Safran is a historical milestone for future transport solutions.”





For several years, Safran innovation teams have been actively exploring the potential of hybrid solutions for future propulsion systems. Bell and Safran’s shared vision for electric and hybrid electric aircraft is to strive for the successful deployment of Bell Air Taxis and new on-demand mobility systems in the future



Thanks to the long and sustained technology-development strategy conducted within the Safran group, we can now offer Bell our hybrid electric power solutions for their next generation products that result in improved performance giving more value to our customers,” said Stéphane Cueille, Safran senior executive vice president, R&T and Innovation.







In this collaboration, Bell will lead the design, development and production of VTOL systems, and Safran will bring its technical expertise to bear in the development of a disruptive propulsion system.

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ESA Council commits to Ariane 6 and transition from Ariane 5

miércoles, 20 de junio de 2018



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ESA Council commits to Ariane 6 and transition from Ariane 5 // Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/ESA_Council_commits_to_Ariane_6_and_transition_from_Ariane_5_999.html

Paris (ESA) Jun 18, 2018
The ESA Council met in Paris this past weeek to discuss the path towards the future exploitation of Ariane 6. In view of the progress made in the Ariane 6 programme, Participating States have decided on the completion of the development up to full operational capability and agreed to fund industrial incentives associated with the development of Ariane 6 and P120C solid rocket motor.
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​Bell targets Asia-Pacific attack helicopter opportunities



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​Bell targets Asia-Pacific attack helicopter opportunities // Military news
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/bell-targets-asia-pacific-attack-helicopter-opportu-449590/

Bell is eyeing a number of attack helicopter requirements in the Asia-Pacific as it looks to win further export deals for its AH-1Z Viper.
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Boeing, FedEx Express Announce Order for 24 Medium and Large Freighters



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Boeing, FedEx Express Announce Order for 24 Medium and Large Freighters // MediaRoom
http://boeing.mediaroom.com/2018-06-19-Boeing-FedEx-Express-Announce-Order-for-24-Medium-and-Large-Freighters

World's largest air cargo carrier modernizes its fleet with more 767 Freighters and 777 Freighters
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First Engine Assembled for DARPA & Boeing Reusable Experimental Spaceplane – Parabolic Arc

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France Will Lead European Fighter Project



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France Will Lead European Fighter Project // AviationWeek.com Commercial Aviation Channel
http://aviationweek.com/awindefense/france-will-lead-european-fighter-project

France is taking the lead in Franco-German efforts to produce a new European fighter aircraft.

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Why the New U.S. Space Force Isn’t as Whacky as The Internet Suggests

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New NASA Position To Focus On Exploration Of Moon, Mars And Worlds Beyond

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USAF set to begin dual mode ramjet design for hypersonic vehicle

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​Aerion eyes billionaire market for AS2 as it awaits GE study

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Naval UUV Research is cruising ahead | Belgian fighter options still unclear | Will the German Lynx go to Australia?

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An-2: 21st Century biplane

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ANALYSIS: Cyber threat to aviation is real – and urgent

lunes, 18 de junio de 2018

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First short take off and landing competition on sand


No runway? No problem! Planes get airborne within the space of a few yards on Belgian beach in world's first short take off and landing competition on sand http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5853965/Belgian-beach-taken-daredevil-pilots-worlds-short-landing-competition.html


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Airbus enters partnership with government of Côte d'Ivoire



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MoU to develop aerospace industry in Côte d'Ivoire

Airbus and the government of Côte d’Ivoire signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a framework of collaboration to support the development of the country’s aerospace industry, which has been identified as strategic for its economic development.

The MoU was signed today by His Excellency Amadou Koné, Minister of Transport of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire and Mikail Houari, President Airbus Africa Middle East in the presence of His Excellency Daniel Kablan Duncan, Vice President of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, and Guillaume Faury, President Airbus Commercial Aircraft.

Under the terms of the MoU, Airbus and the government of Côte d'Ivoire will explore channels of cooperation in developing the aerospace sector in Côte d'Ivoire in various areas.

“We are confident that this partnership with Airbus will contribute to Côte d’Ivoire’s economic growth as well as support us build a stronger framework for industrial development, creation of jobs and capacity building for our country,” said Duncan. “We are committed to deliver on our vision and make Côte d'Ivoire a hub for aerospace technology in Africa,” he added.

“Collaboration between the public and private sector is essential to facilitate economic and industrial growth,” said Faury. “Through this MoU, we will work closely with Côte d'Ivoire’s government, share expertise, discuss opportunities and support efforts in building a robust and sustainable aerospace sector. At Airbus, we are committed to supporting the sustainable socioeconomic development of Africa through partnerships such as this.”

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Airbus A330neo en route to function & reliability tests



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Flying over European Airbus sites and visiting 15 cities worldwide to test aircraft readiness for airline operations

The A330neo, Airbus’ newest widebody aircraft, has embarked on a worldwide tour to demonstrate its readiness for airline operations. As final step in the aircraft certification phase these function & reliability tests, also known as route proving will include ETOPS missions, landing at diversion airports and testing airport handling services. After a fly past over Airbus’ European sites, the A330neo will head for 15 major airports worldwide over five continents, aiming at achieving 150 Flight Test Hours in three trips.

The route proving tests are performed with the first A330-900 production aircraft, fully equipped with an Airspace by Airbus cabin and flying in launch operator’s Tap Air Portugal colours. The aircraft first flew on 15th May 2018 launching flight-tests to check cabin systems such as air conditioning.

The route proving tests form part of the last trials required for aircraft Type Certification scheduled for summer 2018.

Today two A330-900 flight test aircraft and the TAP customer aircraft are involved in the intensive flight test programme, which will reach 1000 flight hours during the tour of the Airbus plants.

Launched in July 2014, the A330neo family is the new generation A330, comprising two versions: the A330-800 and A330-900 sharing 99% commonality. It builds on the proven economics, versatility and reliability of the A330 family, while reducing fuel consumption by about 25 percent per seat versus previous generation competitors and increasing range by up to 1,500nm compared to the majority of A330s in operation. The A330neo is powered by Rolls-Royce’s latest-generation Trent 7000 engines and features a new wing with increased span and new A350 XWB inspired Sharklets. The cabin provides the comfort of the new "Airspace" amenities.

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Airbus-C Series closing a “positive catalyst,” say analysts [feedly]

Airbus-C Series closing a "positive catalyst," say analysts
https://leehamnews.com/2018/06/13/airbus-c-series-closing-a-positive-catalyst-say-analysts/

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Brexit: Brussels bars aviation chiefs from preparing for no-deal

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/brexit-brussels-bars-aviation-chiefs-from-preparing-for-no-deal-t5zkgv75v

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5855739/EU-threatens-ground-flights-Brexit.html

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Trent aircraft-on-ground situation improving: Rolls-Royce [feedly]

Trent aircraft-on-ground situation improving: Rolls-Royce
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/trent-aircraft-on-ground-situation-improving-rolls-449500/

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Airbus prepares to take on Qantas 'Sunrise' challenge with A350 [feedly]

Airbus prepares to take on Qantas 'Sunrise' challenge with A350
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/airbus-prepares-to-take-on-qantas-sunrise-challeng-449530/

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The Super Hornets get a new stinger | MQ-9 Reaper gets a SAR upgrade | The Bradleys keep on rolling [feedly]

The Super Hornets get a new stinger | MQ-9 Reaper gets a SAR upgrade | The Bradleys keep on rolling
http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/the-super-hornets-get-a-new-stinger-mq-9-reaper-gets-a-sar-upgrade-the-bradleys-keep-on-rolling-040104/

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Multi-million fighter jet contracts are underway | France doubles VBMR-L order | Airbus tests its VSR700 [feedly]

Multi-million fighter jet contracts are underway | France doubles VBMR-L order | Airbus tests its VSR700
http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/multi-million-fighter-jet-contracts-are-underway-france-doubles-vmbr-l-order-airbus-tests-its-vsr700-040068/

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NASA Flies Large Unmanned Aircraft in Public Airspace Without Chase Plane for First Time

jueves, 14 de junio de 2018



NASA's press release





NASA’s remotely-piloted Ikhana aircraft, based at the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, successfully flew its first mission in the National Airspace System without a safety chase aircraft on Tuesday. This historic flight moves the United States one step closer to normalizing unmanned aircraft operations in the airspace used by commercial and private pilots.

Flying these large remotely-piloted aircraft over the United States opens the doors to all types of services, from monitoring and fighting forest fires, to providing new emergency search and rescue operations. The technology in this aircraft could, at some point, be scaled down for use in other general aviation aircraft.

“This is a huge milestone for our Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration in the National Airspace System project team,” said Ed Waggoner, NASA’s Integrated Aviation Systems Program director. “We worked closely with our Federal Aviation Administration colleagues for several months to ensure we met all their requirements to make this initial flight happen.”

Flights of large craft like Ikhana, have traditionally required a safety chase aircraft to follow the unmanned aircraft as it travels through the same airspace used by commercial aircraft. The Ikhana flew in accordance with the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Technical Standard Order 211 -- Detect and Avoid Systems -- and Technical Standard Order 212 -- Air-to-Air Radar for Traffic Surveillance.

The FAA granted NASA special permission to conduct this flight under the authority of a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization on March 30. The certificate permitted Ikhana’s pilot to rely on the latest Detect and Avoid technology, enabling the remote pilot on the ground to see and avoid other aircraft during the flight.

NASA successfully worked with its industry partners to develop a standard for Detect and Avoid technologies, complied with the requirements of the FAA Technical Standard Orders, and garnered flight approval from the FAA.

The Ikhana aircraft was equipped with detect and avoid technologies, including an airborne radar developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a Honeywell Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System, a Detect and Avoid Fusion Tracker, and an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast capability – a surveillance technology where the aircraft determines its position via satellite navigation and periodically broadcasts this information so other aircraft can track it.

The flight took off from Edwards Air Force Base in California and entered controlled air space almost immediately. Ikhana flew into the Class-A airspace, where commercial airliners fly, just west of Edwards at an altitude of about 20,000 feet. The aircraft then turned north toward Fresno, requiring air traffic control to be transferred from the Los Angeles Air Route Traffic Control Center to the Oakland Air Route Traffic Control Center. On the return trip, the pilot headed south toward Victorville, California, requiring communication control to be transferred back to Los Angeles.

During the return flight, the pilot began a gentle descent over the city of Tehachapi, California, into Class E airspace -- about 10,000 feet -- where general aviation pilots fly. The pilot initiated an approach into Victorville airport at 5,000 feet, coordinating in real time with air traffic controllers at the airport. After successfully executing all of these milestones, the aircraft exited the public airspace and returned to its base at Armstrong.

“We are flying with a suite of sophisticated technology that greatly enhances the safety capabilities of pilots flying large unmanned aircraft in the National Airspace System,” said Scott Howe, Armstrong test pilot. “We took the time to mitigate the risks and to ensure that we, as a program, were prepared for this flight.”

Tuesday’s flight was the first remotely-piloted aircraft to use airborne detect and avoid technology to meet the intent of the FAA’s “see and avoid” rules, with all test objectives successfully accomplished.

For more information on NASA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration in the National Airspace System project, visit:

https://go.nasa.gov/2sx9VCn

For more information about NASA’s aeronautics research, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/aeroresearch






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New NASA X-Plane Construction Begins Now

martes, 12 de junio de 2018

https://www.nasa.gov/lowboom/new-nasa-x-plane-construction-begins-now

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US Senate introduces measure to upgrade defense against hypersonic threats

lunes, 11 de junio de 2018



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US Senate introduces measure to upgrade defense against hypersonic threats // Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense


Washington DC (Sputnik) Jun 11, 2018
US lawmakers have introduced bipartisan legislation that would accelerate the development of missile defenses against hypersonic threats, US Senator Brian Schatz, who co-authored the bill, said in a press release. "US Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) introduced S. 2980, the Integrated Missile Defense Act of 2018," the release said on Thursday. "The bill .. http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/US_Senate_introduces_measure_to_upgrade_defense_against_hypersonic_threats_999.html
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New York plans to move ahead with UAS program



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New York plans to move ahead with UAS program // The UAS Magazine
http://uasmagazine.com/articles/1869/new-york-plans-to-move-ahead-with-uas-program

Although New York's proposal wasn't among the 10 selected for the U.S. Department of Transportation's UAS Integration Pilot Program, the state is pressing ahead with plans to use its done corridor to test a variety of commercial applications.
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COMAC C929 / COMAC C939 Large Airliner

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ANALYSIS: How Serge Dassault helped shape global fighter fleet

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Rolls-Royce, preparing to cut thousands of jobs, says engine problem has spread | Article [AMP] | Reuters

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Aciturri joins PLD Space shareholder



Press release




Aciturri has become a shareholder in the PLD Space company, a Spanish firm based in Alicante dedicated to the development of suborbital and orbital launch vehicles.

The project of the company PLD Space constitutes a bet in the space sector that fits perfectly with our diversification strategy, and in which besides our support as a financial partner we think we´ll can contribute our knowledge and technology.

The latest funding round, recently closed, has allowed the company to complete its "Series A" of 17 million euros, thanks to which it will start manufacturing two ARION 1 rockets that will make their first flight in 2019. Additionally, it will expand during this quarter its propulsion test facilities at Teruel airport.

The ARION 1 is the first of the models that PLD Space is developing, and it is designed as a suborbital sounding rocket for research or technological development in micro-gravity environments and in the higher parts of the atmosphere.

For its part, the ARION 2 has orbital range and will be manufactured in a close phase (its first flight is scheduled for 2020) and will be able to place 150 kg of cargo in a low orbit of 400 km.

The project will be the first orbital launch system of the history of Spain, and is being developed entirely in our country: from design, manufacturing and integration to launching.

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Aciturri se incorpora al accionariado de PLD Space



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Aciturri se ha incorporado como accionista a la empresa PLD Space, firma española con sede en Alicante dedicada al desarrollo de vehículos de lanzamiento suborbitales y orbitales.

El proyecto de la compañía PLD Space constituye una apuesta en el sector espacial que encaja perfectamente con nuestra estrategia de diversificación, y en el que además de nuestro respaldo como socio financiero consideramos que podemos aportar nuestro conocimiento y tecnología.

La última ronda de financiación, cerrada recientemente, ha permitido a la compañía completar su “Serie A” de 17 millones de euros, gracias a la cual iniciará la fabricación de dos cohetes ARION 1 que realizarán su primer vuelo en 2019. Adicionalmente, ampliará durante el presente trimestre sus instalaciones de ensayo de propulsión en el aeropuerto de Teruel.

El ARION 1 es el primero de los modelos que está desarrollando PLD Space, y está diseñado como un cohete de sondeo suborbital para labores de investigación o desarrollo tecnológico en entornos de micro gravedad y en las partes más altas de la atmósfera.

Por su parte, el ARION 2, de alcance orbital, se fabricará en una fase próxima (su primer vuelo está previsto para 2020) y será capaz de colocar 150 kg de carga en una órbita baja de 400 km.

El proyecto supondrá el primer sistema de lanzamiento orbital propio de la historia de España, y está siendo desarrollado íntegramente en nuestro país: desde el diseño, fabricación e integración hasta el lanzamiento.

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USMC reveals new details of MUX acquisition plan



A new fleet of unmanned, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft that could be acquired in two years
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/usmc-reveals-new-details-of-mux-acquisition-plan-449304/
https://news.usni.org/2018/06/06/marines-wont-need-carrier-high-end-fight-mux-unmanned-system
https://news.usni.org/2018/04/23/marines-zero-requirements-future-mux-unmanned-aerial-vehicle





More info:
Request For Information - Marine Air Ground Task ForceUAS Expeditionary (MUX)
https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=997bf9a8d27d6538ee9c5b7356e04af4&tab=core&_cview=1



MUX Technical Requirements Brief 

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US Air Force orders B-1 safety stand-down



USAF's press release




BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. (AFNS) -- Gen. Robin Rand, the Air Force Global Strike Command commander, ordered a safety stand-down of the B-1B Lancer fleet June 7, 2018.

During the safety investigation process following an emergency landing of a B-1B in Midland, Texas, an issue with ejection seat components was discovered that necessitated the stand-down. As issues are resolved aircraft will return to flight.

The Safety Investigation Board is ongoing. The SIB’s purpose is to prevent future mishaps or losses and is comprised of experts who investigate the incident and recommend corrective actions. The safety of Airmen is the command’s top priority. The Air Force takes safety incidents seriously and works diligently to identify and correct potential causes.

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China steals hypersonic missil data | Iraq says ‘Njet’ to Abrams tanks | Will the Super Tucano fly in Europe?

https://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/china-steals-sea-dragon-data-iraq-says-njet-to-abrams-tanks-will-the-super-tucano-fly-in-europe-040057/

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Airbus risks losing market share if it doesn’t boost A350 production


  • Boeing is increasing the production rate of the 787 next year from 12 to 14/mo.
  • Airbus is reducing the production rate of the A330neo from 10 to 6/mo.
continue reading: https://leehamnews.com/2018/06/11/airbus-risks-losing-market-share-if-it-doesnt-boost-a350-production/

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Ilyushin and Kronstadt Techologies to develop an unmanned Il-112 for cargo delivery to remote areas.



Press release in Russian, translated into English with Google translate

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[España] Vídeos resumen de los 3 días de UNVEX

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https://youtu.be/ZZbY-swr1ms

https://youtu.be/URZ87J21mUg

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Cierre de UNVEX:Europa reafirma su compromiso con la industria de RPAS [España]

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La industria española participa en uno de los sectores con mayor potencial de crecimiento.

Los drones más avanzados mostraron sus capacidades y aplicaciones.



UNVEX S&D 2018, la cumbre europea de drones celebrada en León, ha servido como escenario a Europa para mostrar su compromiso con la industria de RPAS, un sector en continuo crecimiento que podría generar 20.000 millones de euros anuales a mediados de la década del 2020, según el informe ASD Reports.

Esta última edición de la cumbre de sistemas remotamente tripulados, especialmente dedicada a Seguridad y Defensa, ha sido todo un hito para la industria europea puesto que los principales organismos vinculados con el desarrollo de este sector han podido hacer un balance de la situación actual y dialogar sobre los retos del futuro, en un entorno que tiene previsto las mayores inversiones por parte del Fondo Europeo de la Defensa, que cuenta con 5.500 millones de euros anuales para impulsar las capacidades de defensa europeas.

A lo largo de tres días de conferencias, los 82 ponentes y moderadores, entre los cuales había representantes de la Comisión Europea, de la OTAN o de la OCCAR, así como del Ministerio de Defensa español y de las Fuerzas Armadas, han puesto en valor la importancia que tiene la autonomía de esta industria europea.

El principal objetivo de UNVEX S&D 2018 es destacar un sector como es el de la Defensa, generar sinergias y fomentar el negocio además de servir como lugar de reunión entre los actores implicados en este ámbito. Para ello, más de 700 profesionales asistieron al ciclo de conferencias y más de 300 acudieron a las demostraciones de los sistemas remotamente tripulados en las bases militares, lo que ha permitido mejores relaciones entre las instituciones y la industria.

El Secretario de Estado de Defensa destacó que este encuentro representaba una gran oportunidad para establecer contactos entre las principales empresas del sector y la administración pública y que esta red de contactos impulsará el desarrollo de una industria española que tiene una gran proyección de crecimiento. A este respecto, Alberto Nieto Illescas, responsable de operaciones de Aurea Avionics, afirmó: “UNVEX le da visibilidad al sector y supone un foro muy valioso para mantener contacto con empresas e instituciones. Esto es fundamental en un sector como el de Defensa, en que estar a la vanguardia de la tecnología y los productos no es sólo importante, sino imprescindible”.

La mayor demostración de RPAS en España

UNVEX S&D 2018 ha supuesto la mayor demostración de RPAS que haya tenido lugar en España, con demostraciones tanto en bases militares como en el interior del Palacio de Exposiciones. Dieciséis aeronaves remotamente tripuladas, tanto de ala fija como de ala rotatoria, pudieron volar dentro del programa de demostraciones en la Base Militar “Conde de Gazola” y en la Base Aérea “Virgen del Camino”.

Dentro de las exhibiciones, hay que resaltar la presentación de primer UGV (Vehículo Terrestre No Tripulado por sus siglas en inglés) desarrollado íntegramente en España. Este hito para la industria española ha sido desarrollado por el INTA y por el Instituto de Investigación del Automóvil (INSIA) de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

La UME fue otro de los actores principales de las demostraciones de UNVEX S&D con un simulacro de emergencias en el que se aplicaron drones para labores de búsqueda y rescate en zonas urbanas, mostrando así como un RPAS podría buscar supervivientes desde el cielo, trasladar herramientas o avisar en casos de emergencia repentina.

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Heavy ground testing puts Airbus’ BelugaXL on track for first flight

viernes, 8 de junio de 2018



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In preparation for its upcoming maiden flight, Airbus’ first BelugaXL is now in its heavy ground test phase – which focuses on the highly modified airframe for this next-generation oversize cargo airlifter.

According to ground test project leader Mathieu Laemle, a total of 72 development and certification ground tests must be performed before the BelugaXL’s high-profile first flight, which is planned for this summer. “With more than 48 tests already completed, we are on time,” he added. “The big challenge was to be able to anticipate or modify the test scheduling so as not to impact final assembly.”

Airbus has succeeded in keeping things on track thanks to early analysis of the requirements and excellent multidisciplinary collaboration between the design office, laboratories, tests and programme teams.

Intensive testing for the BelugaXL

Heavy ground tests started with the team weighing the no. 1 BelugaXL at “pitch zero” and then at “pitch nine,” lifting the aircraft’s nose by 3.5 metres to determine the empty weight centre of gravity. Next, they performed the standard loads and horizontal tailplane tests, which were followed by separate evaluations involving the dorsal fin and vertical tailplane.

The heavy ground test phase involves carrying out tests on the aircraft that would usually be conducted on a static cell. “It is unusual for us to perform tests like load calibration using the generalised finite element method of analysis on an aircraft which will fly, as we usually use a dedicated clean aircraft without any systems inside,” explained BelugaXL aircraft configuration leader Arnaud Puyo.

With the loads calibration test campaign completed, the team then began ground vibration testing performed in conjunction with the French ONERA aerospace research centre and DLR, the German aerospace research centre. The eight-day ground vibration campaign, which began 28 May, saw the BelugaXL tested while both empty and fully loaded. The activity required one week of intensive preparation during which the aircraft was put on pneumatic suspension and special shakers were installed to make it move.

The team identified 30 different locations for the 80-kg. shakers and during tests lasting two-to-three hours, sensors inside and outside the aircraft measured the structure’s response. Vibration data from the test are used in validating and improving structural dynamic models for the aircraft.

Looking ahead

With the ground vibration tests now complete, subsequent steps ahead of the aircraft’s maiden flight include validating the flight test instrumentation and applying the BelugaXL’s special “smiling” livery.

Starting in mid-2019, the BelugaXL will gradually replace the existing five-member Beluga ST fleet – which is used for carrying complete sections of Airbus aircraft from different production sites around Europe to the final assembly lines in Toulouse, France and Hamburg, Germany.


Photos and Video here: http://www.airbus.com/newsroom/news/en/2018/06/heavy-ground-testing-puts-airbus--belugaxl-on-track-for-first-fl.html

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Airbus will take Majority Control Of Bombardier C Series On July 1



Press Releases:
Airbus:

  • Airbus to acquire majority stake in the C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership, effective July 1, 2018
  • All regulatory approvals required for the closing of the transaction have been obtained
  • Partnership head office, leadership team and primary final assembly line located in Mirabel, Québec (representing some 2,200 employees and subcontractors), with the support of the C Series global supply chain
  • Partnership brings together two complementary product lines, with 100-150 seat market segment projected to represent 6,000 new aircraft over the next 20 years
  • Addition of Airbus’ global reach to create significant value for C Series’ customers, suppliers, employees, shareholders and communities
  • Significant C Series production efficiencies anticipated by leveraging Airbus’ production ramp-up expertise
  • Growing market for C Series to support second Final Assembly Line in Alabama, serving U.S. customers

Amsterdam / Montreal, June 8, 2018 – Having received all required regulatory approvals, Airbus SE (EPA: AIR), Bombardier Inc. (TSX: BBD.B) and Investissement Québec (IQ) have agreed to close the C Series transaction effective on July 1, 2018. The transaction by which Airbus will acquire a majority stake in the C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership (CSALP) was initially announced in October 2017. The Mirabel-based partnership, which was originally established between Bombardier and IQ, will benefit from Airbus’ global reach, scale, procurement organization and expertise in selling, marketing and producing the C Series – a state-of-the-art jet aircraft family in the 100-150 seat market.

Airbus will work with its partners Bombardier and IQ to fully unlock the C Series’ potential and create significant new value for customers, suppliers, employees, shareholders and the communities in which the partnership operates. The partnership’s head office, primary assembly line and related functions will be based in Mirabel, Québec.

As previously announced, Bombardier will continue with its current funding plan of CSALP. Due to the early closing of the partnership, the terms of this plan are updated according to the following schedule: Bombardier will fund the cash shortfalls of CSALP, if required, during the second half of 2018, up to a maximum of US$225 million; during 2019, up to a maximum of US$350 million; and up to a maximum aggregate amount of US$350 million over the following two years, in consideration for non-voting participating shares of CSALP with cumulative annual dividends of 2%. Any excess shortfall during such periods will be shared proportionately amongst CSALP’s Class A shareholders. Airbus will consolidate CSALP effective from July 1, 2018 onwards. Further financial information on the transaction will be provided later this year.

The C series program continues to ramp up. Having delivered 17 aircraft in 2017, it is gearing up to double its deliveries in 2018.

With the C Series’ demonstrated in-service performance and the finalization of this partnership, the parties expect increased demand to support a second C Series Final Assembly Line in Mobile, Alabama, dedicated to supplying U.S.-based customers. The C Series is positioned to capture a large percentage of the estimated 6,000 aircraft needed in this market segment over the next 20 years.

Airbus Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders said: “This partnership extends our commitment to Québec and to all of Canadian aerospace, and we are very glad to welcome so many C Series teammates into the extended Team Airbus. The strength of the entire Airbus organization will be behind the C Series. Not only will that enable this outstanding aircraft to fulfill its market potential, but we are convinced the addition of the C Series to our overall aircraft product offering brings significant value to Airbus, our customers and shareholders.”

“This marks the beginning of a very exciting new chapter for the C Series and the Canadian Aerospace industry,” said Alain Bellemare, Bombardier President and Chief Executive Officer. “The C Series is widely recognized as the most advanced and efficient aircraft in its class and this partnership will ensure its commercial success. Airbus’ unmatched global scale, strong customer relationships and operational expertise are necessary ingredients for unleashing the full value of the aircraft. Together, we will create tremendous new value and opportunities for airlines, suppliers, shareholders and employees.”

“By combining the world’s most innovative and efficient aerospace technology – designed and engineered in Québec – with Airbus’ market and expertise, we are creating a brand new dynamic in a promising segment,” noted Québec’s Deputy Premier, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy Dominique Anglade. “Above all, we are ensuring the growth of the C Series and securing the more than 2,000 jobs attached to it in Mirabel. In addition to maintaining the C Series’ head office, engineering and R&D activities in Québec, this partnership positions Montréal as Airbus’ largest research and development centre outside Europe, representing tremendous opportunities for our entire aerospace industry.”

“The C Series team in Québec is proud to participate in this opportunity to drive the success of this amazing aircraft,” said Philippe Balducchi, CEO of the C Series partnership. “Our teams have worked tirelessly to merge cultures and bring operations together well ahead of schedule and are confident in our ability to make this win-win partnership a thriving commercial success. The composition of the C Series leadership team reflects our principles of bringing together the best talent that both sides have to offer. We are ready to turn outward and help our customers get their hands on the hottest aircraft in its segment.”



Bombardier
June 8, 2018 Montréal Bombardier Inc.,  Press Release

  • C Series financials to be de-consolidated from Bombardier’s results starting July 1, 2018
  • Consolidated EBIT(1) guidance increased to a range of $900M to $1.0B, and revenue guidance reduced to a range of $16.5B to $17.0B, mainly reflecting de-consolidation of C Series results for the remainder of 2018
  • Full-year consolidated free cash flow(1) guidance is reaffirmed
  • Full year guidance for Commercial Aircraft segment is withdrawn; Regional aircraft delivery guidance of approximately 35 aircraft for 2018 is reaffirmed

Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) and Airbus have agreed to close the C Series partnership on July 1, 2018 after having received all required regulatory approvals.

“Closing the Airbus partnership ahead of the original schedule positions us to accelerate value creation for our shareholders as we combine the innovative C Series aircraft with the global scale and reach of Airbus,” said Alain Bellemare, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc. “With this milestone achieved, we are focused on capturing growth opportunities across the portfolio and delivering our remaining turnaround plan objectives.”

The partnership with Airbus will close and be effective July 1, 2018. Consequently, Bombardier will de-consolidate C Series financial results starting July 1, 2018. As a result of closing earlier than originally expected, Bombardier is withdrawing its full year guidance for its Commercial Aircraft segment. However, the company reaffirms its regional aircraft delivery guidance of approximately 35 aircraft for 2018 and expects to provide updated 2018 segment guidance for revenue and EBIT when it announces second quarter results on August 2, 2018.

Closing ahead of schedule will result in expected revenues for 2018 in a range of $16.5 billion to $17 billion, as C Series revenues from and after July 1, 2018 will no longer be consolidated in Bombardier’s financial results and sales from Aerostructures and Engineering Services to CSALP will no longer be inter-segment. Full year consolidated EBIT for Bombardier Inc. is expected to increase to a range of $900 million to $1.0 billion as C Series program results will no longer be fully recognized after closing. Further adjustments to the equity pick-up of CSALP’s results included in our EBIT guidance may be required based on CSALP’s future results.

Free cash flow expectations for the year remain unchanged at breakeven plus or minus $150 million, excluding the proceeds of the sale of the Downsview property. Further, Bombardier’s cash commitments towards the C Series program under the Airbus partnership will be recognized as investing activities, reflecting the receipt of non-voting participating units of CSALP, if any.

As previously announced, Bombardier will continue with its current funding plan of CSALP. Due to the early closing of the partnership, the terms of this plan are updated according to the following schedule: Bombardier will fund the cash shortfalls of CSALP, if required, during the second half of 2018, up to a maximum of $225 million; during 2019, up to a maximum of $350 million; and up to a maximum aggregate amount of $350 million over the following two years, in consideration for non-voting participating shares of CSALP with cumulative annual dividends of 2%. Any excess shortfall during such periods will be shared proportionately amongst CSALP’s Class A shareholders.

The Company remains on track to achieve its 2020 turnaround plan objectives, which already reflect the de-consolidation of the C Series results. The transaction will be accounted for as a disposal of CSALP in exchange for an equity interest in the new partnership measured at fair market value. In addition, the transaction is expected to result in a net accounting charge of approximately $500 million. The net charge is largely triggered by the fair market value of warrants to be issued by Bombardier to Airbus on July 1, 2018, and a derivative liability associated with the expected off-market return on non-voting participating units to be issued to Bombardier by CSALP under Bombardier’s funding commitments. The net charge will be treated as a special item in the second quarter.

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Lack of funds causes USAF to skip hypersonic cruise missile competition

miércoles, 6 de junio de 2018



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Lack of funds causes USAF to skip hypersonic cruise missile competition // Military news
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/lack-of-funds-causes-usaf-to-skip-hypersonic-cruise-449192/

The US Air Force skipped a more extensive competition for its nearly $1 billion hypersonic cruise missile development contract due to lack of available funds to pay multiple sources to develop alternative prototypes.
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Deficiencies could delay F-35 full-rate production decision



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Deficiencies could delay F-35 full-rate production decision // Military news
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The Department of Defense agreed with a Government Accountability Office report that it should resolve the Lockheed Martin F-35 s critical deficiencies before requesting funds to pay for full-rate production of the aircraft.
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Boeing HorizonX Ventures Invests in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Software Startup Kittyhawk



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http://boeing.mediaroom.com/2018-06-06-Boeing-HorizonX-Ventures-Invests-in-Unmanned-Aircraft-Systems-Software-Startup-Kittyhawk

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Airbus sees potential for A330neo sales; Boeing sees opportunity - Leeham News and Comment

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China Plans To Scale Up CJ-1000 Core For CR929’s Engine



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http://aviationweek.com/awincommercial/china-plans-scale-cj-1000-core-cr929-s-engine

China's state propulsion company plans to develop an engine for the Craic CR929 Sino-Russian widebody airliner in part by scaling up the core of its CJ-1000 narrowbody engine.

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Airbus Supporting Ship-To-Shore Drone Delivery Trial



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http://aviationweek.com/awinbizav/airbus-supporting-ship-shore-drone-delivery-trial

The ship-to-shore system will build on Skyways, the mail delivery drone that Airbus is currently testing in conjunction with the Singaporean mail service.

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Closer inspection interval detected cracking on 747 pylon

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Piaggio developing successor to P.1HH UAV

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wildland fire support: Bridger Aerospace Team selected by Department of Interior for "Call When Needed" Unmanned Type 1 Air Attack Service Contract



Bridger Aerospace is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract by the Department of Interior ("DOI") to supply unmanned service support for wild land fire management on a "call when needed" basis. The five-year IDIQ contract, which is the first of its kind awarded by DOI, will allow DOI to deploy contractor-operated and maintained small unmanned air systems ("UAS") that are ready when needed to support wildland fire operations, search and rescue, emergency management and other resource missions in the Continental United States and Alaska. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/bridger-aerospace-team-selected-by-department-of-interior-for-call-when-needed-unmanned-type-1-air-attack-service-contract-300660498.html

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SureFly Hybrid Electric Manned Multi-Copter Enters FAA Type Certification Process





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https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/surefly-hybrid-electric-manned-multi-copter-enters-faa-type-certification-process-300660500.html




CINCINNATI, June 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Workhorse Group Inc. (NASDAQ: WKHS), an American technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective solutions to the commercial transportation sector, announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) accepted their application for Type Certification for their SureFly eVTOL aircraft. The June 1st application is an important step forward, as the SureFly design appears to be the first hybrid-electric eVTOL multi-copter to reach this important milestone with the FAA.


SureFly has been designed to create a new type of aircraft that is intended to be easy to operate, safe to fly and expected to be moderately priced relative to a conventional helicopter. SureFly has eight electrically driven props that are powered via a piston or turbine based generator. The craft also has a small lithium battery that is designed to power the motors for a safe descent and landing in the rare event that the generator should fail while in flight. In addition to these redundancies, the SureFly design has a ballistic parachute that works above 100ft of altitude.

The SureFly system features a state of the art fly-by-wire control system that enables single joystick control of the craft. The lightweight carbon fiber fuselage and large front windshield also lend a level of comfort and safety for the pilot and passenger. The SureFly can accommodate a pilot and passenger or a pilot and cargo for a wide variety of applications.

"The FAA has yet to certify an aircraft like SureFly," said Steve Burns, CEO of Workhorse Group. "We have been working closely with the FAA while we have been under our Experiment Certification status, and we feel that their acceptance of our Type Certification application represents a vote of confidence in our team, our product and the future of electric vertical take and landing aircraft here in the United States."

Because the FAA has not certificated an aircraft like SureFly before, and because this is truly a first-of-its-kind design, much of the FAA's regulatory certification framework does not apply to SureFly, so Workhorse is working closely with top experts in the field to develop new certification requirements that fit a hybrid-electric eVTOL like SureFly.

You can check out a video of the progress SureFly has made over the past few months, all leading up to their recent untethered hovers, here: https://youtu.be/5yFZAPdYCck.



About SureFly 
The Surefly is a two-place hybrid-electric eVTOL multi-copter aircraft developed by Workhorse in Loveland, Ohio. It is designed to carry about 400 pounds of payload approximately 70 miles, at a speed of about 70 miles per hour, day or night. The aircraft utilizes a fly-by-wire flight control system designed to maintain the flight envelope of the aircraft. With eight independent motors, each driving its own rotor system, the aircraft has the system redundancy required to land safely should a motor fail. A parachute deploys as the final backup, should the aircraft encounter an unsafe situation. The aircraft is quiet, comfortable, and practical.


About Workhorse Group Inc.  Workhorse is a technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective solutions to the commercial transportation sector. As an American original equipment manufacturer, we design and build high performance battery-electric vehicles including trucks and aircraft. We also develop cloud-based, real-time telematics performance monitoring systems that are fully integrated with our vehicles and enable fleet operators to optimize energy and route efficiency. All Workhorse vehicles are designed to make the movement of people and goods more efficient and less harmful to the environment. For additional information visit www.workhorse.com.


Forward Looking Statement  This press release includes forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements may be identified by words such as "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates," "projects," "intends," "should," "seeks," "future," "continue," or the negative of such terms, or other comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained herein. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to: our limited operations and need to expand in the near future to fulfill product orders; risks associated with obtaining orders and executing upon such orders; the ability to protect our intellectual property; the potential lack of market acceptance of our products; potential competition; our inability to retain key members of our management team; our inability to raise additional capital to fund our operations and business plan; our inability to maintain our listing of our securities on the Nasdaq Capital Market; our ability to continue as a going concern; our liquidity and other risks and uncertainties and other factors discussed from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including our annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC. Workhorse expressly disclaims any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements contained herein, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

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Boeing HorizonX Ventures Invests in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Software Startup Kittyhawk



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CHICAGO, June 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced its investment in Kittyhawk, a San Francisco, Calif.-based company offering a unified approach to the safe operation of commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Kittyhawk's technology will support development of a UAS Traffic Management System (UTM) that enables piloted and autonomous air vehicles to safely coexist.


Kittyhawk pioneered enterprise software and mobile-based apps that integrate real-time UAS flight operations and management solutions all in one platform. Since its founding in 2015, Kittyhawk has grown its customer base to include industry leaders in media, insurance, energy, rail transportation and fire and emergency management agencies that rely on it for end-to-end drone operations.

"When paired with the broad portfolio of complementary data service offerings within Boeing, Kittyhawk is poised to help us shape the future of safe autonomous flight," said Brian Schettler, managing director of Boeing HorizonX Ventures. "We are excited to explore new capabilities made possible through foresight, expertise and a focus on holistic solutions that support the safe integration of unmanned systems into the national airspace."

Kittyhawk is partnering with Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen to expand unmanned operations by participating in the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC). LAANC is a collaborative effort to create UTM processes that integrate unmanned aircraft, cargo delivery and beyond visual line of sight operations safely into the airspace.

"Boeing's world-renowned aviation expertise and resources will help Kittyhawk continue to mature our enterprise offerings," said Joshua Ziering, founder and chief pilot of Kittyhawk. "Boeing's long history of forging new industries within the aerospace sector will also help as Kittyhawk continues its mission to create robust, open and interoperable standards to empower the commercial drone industry. We have a unique opportunity to pioneer a new aviation industry and having the support of Boeing will give Kittyhawk the resources and expertise we need to be truly disruptive in this space."

Boeing HorizonX Ventures participated in this seed funding round led by Bonfire Ventures, with participation by Freestyle Capital. The Boeing HorizonX Ventures investment portfolio is made up of companies specializing in technologies for aerospace and manufacturing innovations, including autonomous systems, energy storage, advanced materials, augmented reality systems and software, machine learning, hybrid-electric propulsion and Internet of Things connectivity.

Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in more than 150 countries.

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Bombardier Signs Letter of Intent with HK Bellawings Jet Limited for up to 18 Global 6500 and Global 7500 Aircraft

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  • Newest additions to the Global family demonstrating overwhelmingly positive response from customers and business aircraft industry
  • Global 6500 and Global 7500 aircraft are perfectly suited for operations in Asia, offering global reach to key cities around the world
  • New aircraft join HK Bellawings Jet Limited’s existing fleet of Challenger and Global business aircraft



Bombardier announced today that it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) for up to 18 Global 6500 and Global 7500 business jets with HK Bellawings Jet Limited, a leading aircraft management company based in Hong Kong. If all firm orders and options are exercised, the transaction would be valued at approximately $1.14 billion U.S. based on 2018 list prices.

“We’re thrilled with the tremendous response we have received since launching our newest Global aircraft just days ago,” said Peter Likoray, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Our leading Global aircraft will contribute to the continued success of HK Bellawings Jet Limited and its operations in the region.”

“We are glad to announce our letter of intent to purchase 18 Global 6500 and Global 7500 on the first day of EBACE. Global 6500 and Global 7500 are the top-of-the-range aircraft from Bombardier’s latest generation. The two models align with HK Bellawings’ rapid development to be a one-stop business aviation solution, empowering us to reach higher and further in the long run,” HK Bellawings’ President Mr. Zhang Yijia said.

The recently launched Global 6500 jet and the renamed Global 7500 aircraft set the standard with the longest range and the largest cabins in their respective classes—all while offering Bombardier’s signature smooth ride.

The Global 6500 aircraft joins the high-performing Global aircraft family, offering additional range and speed, as well as highly favorable operating costs versus smaller competing aircraft with less range. The Global 6500 can connect Hong Kong or Singapore with London.

The Global 7500 aircraft now has an unmatched range of 7,700 nautical miles, a full 300 nautical miles further than initial commitments. It is the only business aircraft that can connect New York to Hong Kong, and Singapore to San Francisco, nonstop.

Based in Hong Kong, HK Bellawings Jet Limited is a distinguished business jet management company dedicated to providing a diverse array of professional, highly efficient and comprehensive business aviation services and solutions, which include business jet management, aircraft maintenance, travel concierge service, aircraft acquisition service, and business aviation consultancy. They operate a fleet of Challenger and Global business aircraft.

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Embraer Legacy 450 Sets Transatlantic Speed Record between the United States and Europe





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Geneva, Switzerland, May 30, 2018 – Embraer’s Legacy 450 medium cabin business jet set a new speed record on a recent flight between Portland, Maine in the United States and Farnborough in the United Kingdom, according to the U.S. National Aeronautic Association (NAA). The record-setting flight occurred on March 7, 2018, with two pilots and two passengers on a ferry flight of Embraer’s new Legacy 450 demonstrator aircraft, which debuted at EBACE with new seat designs and the lowest cabin altitude in its class (5,800 ft.).





The flight departed at 9:25 a.m. (EST) from Portland International Jetport Airport (KPWM) and landed at Farnborough Airport (EGLF) at 8:30 p.m. (GMT), achieving an average speed of 521.89 mph (840 kph).





The Legacy 450 landed with fuel reserves in excess of those required for NBAA IFR as well as for critical operations. The flight lasted six hours and five minutes, covering a distance of 2,756 nautical miles (5,105 km).







The Legacy 450 has a full range capability of 2,904 nm (5,378 km) with four passengers and NBAA IFR Reserves, and it can operate at up to Mach 0.83 with an altitude ceiling of 45,000 ft. The aircraft’s cabin altitude is the lowest in its class, at 5,800 ft. The aircraft’s environmental control system also preserves a sea-level cabin altitude while flying under 27,050 ft.





The NAA has confirmed this flight as a U.S. record and the flight data along with air traffic control documentation has been submitted to the Federation Aeronautique Internationale for validation as a world record.

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LEICA CITY MAPPER AIRBORNE SENSOR NOW AVAILABLE CERTIFIED ON TECNAM P2006T SMP



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Tecnam announced today June 4th the EASA and FAA certification approval of the Leica City Mapper installation on the P2006T SMP.

The Leica CityMapper is specifically designed for 3D city modelling and urban mapping. It is the world’s first hybrid airborne sensor combining both oblique and nadir imaging as well as a LiDAR system.

The Tecnam P2006T SMP has been produced to support a wide range of special missions and applications, such as search and rescue, reconnaissance, immigration surveillance/border patrol, drug trafficking and law enforcement roles. It is fully able to replace, support and drastically reduce the use of far more expensive and complicated assets such as the deployment of CS/FAR 25 airplanes, helicopters and coast guard vessels. the Tecnam P2006T SMP achieves a step change in the delivering of aerial mapping missions by establishing a cost effective and unique solution for special mission operators.

Unbeatable value, low ownership, operating and maintenance costs coupled with innovative design and combined with the Rotax ‘912S’ engines efficiency ensures the Tecnam P2006T SMP affords high mission reliability as well as lower noise emissions.

With a payload capacity optimized for CityMapper (plus a PAV100 gyro stabilized mount), the Tecnam P2006T SMP can easily perform mapping missions of up to 4 hours with both a pilot and camera operator on board.

The P2006T SMP’s high wing and retractable landing gear allows for a ‘no view obstruction’ for external cameras and operator FoV (Field of View). This potentially may make the difference between mission success and failure or as a worst case, poor collected data package.

“In just four years since we introduced the TECNAM P2006T SMP, it has firmly established itself as the aerial platform of choice with so many operators around the globe. Today with the option of the Leica City Mapper sensor embodiment, the SMP offers our customers the highest quality/price ratio currently available on the market.” said Fabio Russo, Chief Project R&D and Product Development.

More info on the P2006T SMP: https://www.tecnam.com/aircraft/p2006t-smp/

More info on the Leica City Mapper: https://leica-geosystems.com/products/airborne-systems

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TECNAM, BRP-ROTAX AND SIEMENS TEAM UP FOR HYBRID PROPULSION FOR GENERAL AVIATION



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Last 17thof May 2018, H3PS(acronym for “High Power High Scalability Aircraft Hybrid Powertrain”) kick off meeting took place in Capua (Italy), at TECNAM headquarters, coordinator of the project. The European Commission and INEA Agency has selected and financed H3PS project among 31 submitted proposals on the call Mobility for Growth (Topic MG-1.4-2016-2017) under HORIZON 2020.

The objective of the project is to put the basis for the development, manufacturing and in-flight test of a parallel hybrid powertrain for General Aviation by the involvement of three European GA market leaders: TECNAM, BRP-ROTAX and SIEMENS. The R&D departments of these three innovative European companies, will join their experience to present a concrete performing alternative to state-of-the-art propulsion that will dramatically reduce environmental impact of today’s General Aviation four seats aircraft.

Through the project’s kick off meeting, participants discussed the status of the research area, project goals, and expectations of the different stakeholders with respect to the project outcome.

Fabio Russo, Head of R&D and Product Development of TECNAM and Project Manager of H3PS, explains the expected impact from H3PS: “We are excited to contribute with H3PS project to the main EU challenges in transportation sector, particularly leadership position of its aeronautics industry and reliable and sustainable air transport system. The project will allow broadening the horizons of knowledge in the field of parallel hybrid propulsion systems. By developing electrical components, including a parallel hybrid drive system for GA segment, the project will introduce the most advanced technologies for all-electric aircraft and thus stimulating innovation. Together with other Research and Innovation Actions funded under H2020 umbrella and focused on development of different hybrid configuration, European aircraft and propulsion leaders will play an essential role both on conventional aircraft efficiency growth as well as on future and most innovative configurations”

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Airbus collaborates with Wilhelmsen to develop unmanned aircraft systems for maritime deliveries



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Athens, Airbus and Wilhelmsen Ships Service have entered into a strategic collaboration to drive the development of an end-to-end service for safe deliveries of parcels with an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), in the maritime industry.


The announcement was made today at the biennial Posidonia maritime exhibition taking place in Athens, Greece, with the MoU signed by Airbus’ and Wilhelmsen’s representatives.

Skyways is an experimental project aimed at developing a safe and commercially viable aerial unmanned delivery system for use in dense urban cities in its first trial phase. The project is being led by a team in Singapore, where plans are progressing towards the launch of a first trial system at the National University of Singapore in July.

The MoU signature with Wilhelmsen paves the way for the start of a second trial phase which will cover the delivery of goods from the Singapore coast to ships anchored at bay – commonly known as ‘shore-to-ship’.

Under this collaboration, Airbus is the overall Skyways system architect and provider, contributing its expertise in aeronautical vertical lift solutions and experiences from its first trial phase, to develop the UAS for shore-to-ship deliveries. The UAS is an innovative system-of-systems that includes aviation-standard UAVs, ground control stations, air navigation systems, and operational and maintenance procedures. Wilhelmsen, with its wealth of experience in ship agency services, will develop and provide customer services, and ensure compliance of the UAS operations with maritime safety and security regulations.

The initial two-week shore-to-ship pilot trial will begin in the third quarter of 2018, delivering parcels to vessels anchored off the coast of Singapore – one of the world’s busiest ports. Command and delivery centres will be set up at the pier to facilitate the deliveries, with an initial delivery range of up to 3km from the shoreline. A second delivery station will be positioned at an open space in Marina South to extend delivery coverage to more anchored vessels.

Airbus’ Skyways lead Leo Jeoh, said: “This collaboration with Wilhelmsen, the first of its kind in the region, gives us a unique test bed where we can trial, refine and shape the future of shore-to-ship drone technologies. This also serves as an exciting opportunity to bring together the strong domain expertise of both Airbus and Wilhelmsen, to pioneer the future of UAS in the maritime industry.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to be working with a forward thinking, industry leader like Airbus. When we announced last year that we were pursuing drone delivery, we were greeted with a fair amount of scepticism, but our collaboration with Airbus, shows we really do mean business,” said Marius Johansen, Vice President Commercial, Ships Agency at Wilhelmsen Ships Service.

“As an outward looking company, eager to utilise technology to help improve our customers’ experiences, drone delivery is a perfect fit for our agency business. As part of our standard husbandry services, we organise the delivery of essential spares, medical supplies and cash to master via launch boat day in and day out all over the world. Delivery by drone is much more cost effective, quicker, and frankly safer for all involved.”

While drones have already been mooted as one way to deliver items on shore and at sea, the use of UAS in the maritime industry shapes the possibility to enlarge existing ship agency services’ portfolio, increase productivity by up to six times, lower delivery costs by up to 90%, reduce carbon footprint, and significantly mitigate risks of accidents associated with launch-boat deliveries.



About Airbus

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2017 it generated revenues of €59 billion restated for IFRS 15 and employed a workforce of around 129,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

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