Wearable cockpits - the ultimate human-machine interface?

martes, 21 de agosto de 2018

https://www.aerosociety.com/news/wearable-cockpits-the-ultimate-human-machine-interface/

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Stratolaunch Systems plans to employ a family of four launch vehicles



All of them will blast their way to orbit after being dropped at altitude from a mother-ship plane — the largest aircraft ever built, with a wingspan of 385 feet (117 meters).
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  • Pegasus: built by aerospace company Northrop Grumman. Pegasus will be able to haul payloads as heavy as 815 lbs. (370 kilograms)
  • Medium Launch Vehicle (MLV): payload capacity of 7,500 lbs. (3,400 kg). 
  • Medium Launch Vehicle - Heavy: payload 13,200 lbs. (6,000 kg).
  • Space Plane: This fully reusable vehicle will be able to haul payloads up and bring them back down to Earth 
 Continue reading: https://www.stratolaunch.com/2018/08/20/stratolaunch-announces-new-launch-vehicles/


related:
https://www.space.com/41548-stratolaunch-rocket-family-space-plane-revealed.html


https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/08/20/space-race-paul-allens-stratolaunch-mega-plane.html

https://www.wired.com/story/stratolaunch-airplane-burt-rutan-paul-allen/

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Japan in talks to sell patrol plane tech to Germany and France - Nikkei Asian Review

lunes, 20 de agosto de 2018

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Russia rolls out modernised Tu-22M3M bomber

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/pictures-russia-rolls-out-modernised-tu-22m3m-bombe-451235/

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Electric Aircraft: Sun Flyer 2 On The Road To Certification


As Battery Technologies Evolve, George Bye Explains How Those Advances Positively Impact The Electric Aviation

http://www.aero-news.net/index.cfm?do=main.textpost&id=a8eac19b-4abc-4dca-ade7-afc196a33b04



related:
https://news.usa.siemens.biz/press-release/siemens-provide-electric-propulsion-motor-bye-aerospaces-sun-flyer-2




Press Release


Reservation for 30 Sun Flyer 2s is Bye Aerospace’s Largest to Date
Aspen Flying Club to Use Electric Trainers in Future Fleet

DENVER, Colorado – August 13, 2018 – Bye Aerospace, the developer of the “Sun Flyer” family of high-tech all-electric airplanes, announced a 30-aircraft order from a large Colorado-based training fleet partner, Aspen Flying Club.

Aspen Flying Club, located near Bye Aerospace’s facilities at Centennial Airport, (KAPA), south of Denver, Colorado, has reserved 30 Sun Flyer 2 airplanes to use as trainers in its future fleet of aircraft.

George Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace, said the partnership with Aspen Flying Club is a key step in the process to integrate the benefits of electric aviation at Centennial Airport, currently the second-busiest general aviation airport in the country. “The FAA-certified Sun Flyer’s low emission and noise signatures, in addition to its lower operating costs compared to traditional flight trainers, will be a significant benefit,” he said.

Other recent purchase deposits and reservations for Bye Aerospace’s Sun Flyer 2 and the four-seat “Sun Flyer 4” have been received from international customers in Norway, Israel, Hong Kong, New Zealand, British Columbia and Germany.

The Sun Flyer family of aircraft aim to be the first FAA-certified, U.S.-sponsored, practical, all-electric airplanes to serve the flight training and general aviation markets. Aircraft features include enhanced speed and altitude performance with extremely low ops-costs, low aircraft unit cost, low noise and the effective elimination of CO2 exhaust pollutants. Electric energy, or “fuel,” cost for Sun Flyer is multiples-lower compared to the per-hour flight cost for conventional piston-engine leaded aviation gasoline.

About Bye Aerospace, Inc.
Bye Aerospace is developing the Sun Flyer family of aircraft in addition to a family of advanced, high-altitude, long-endurance solar-electric unmanned aerial vehicles called “StratoAirNet” and “Solesa.” The company was named the 2018 Small Business of the Year in the “small business” category by the Denver Business Journal. For more information, go to www.ByeAerospace.com.

About Aspen Flying Club
Aspen Flying Club unites a group of pilots and flight instructors with a large and diverse fleet of aircraft for flight training and recreational flying, all in a fun, friendly environment. Located at Centennial Airport (KAPA), south of Denver, Aspen Flying Club is part of the American Flight Schools family. For more information, go to www.AspenFlyingClub.com.

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Record-setting Aviatrix to Christen Newest Goodyear Blimp - Wingfoot Three



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--Shaesta Waiz joins aviation pioneers Amelia Earhart and Sally Ride as christener

AKRON, Ohio, Aug. 14, 2018 – The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company announced today that Shaesta Waiz, the youngest woman to fly solo around the world in a single-engine aircraft, will christen Wingfoot Three, the newest addition to its fleet of world-famous Goodyear blimps. The ceremony will be held on Aug. 30 at 2 p.m. ET at Goodyear's Wingfoot Lake Hangar which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

"We're delighted to have Shaesta serve as the christener of our newest blimp," said Goodyear Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President Richard J. Kramer. "Shaesta has an inspiring life story and turned her passion for flying into a record-setting solo journey around the world. She serves as a role model to young women to follow their dreams by pursuing STEM education and careers in aviation"

Waiz traveled more than 24,000 nautical miles on her record-breaking flight between May 13 – Oct. 4, 2017. Along the way, the 30-year-old Afghan-American pilot visited 22 countries and promoted STEM education at outreach events for more than 3,000 girls and boys. Waiz continues advocating for STEM education through her nonprofit organization, Dreams Soar, Inc.

"It is truly an honor to be selected by Goodyear to christen Wingfoot Three. I know Amelia Earhart will be with us on this special day, just as her spirit was with me during the Pacific Ocean crossing from Hawaii to California," said Waiz.

Since 1917, Goodyear has built more than 300 lighter-than-air vehicles for public relations and defense applications, many built at the Wingfoot Lake Hangar in Suffield, Ohio.

Goodyear has recognized noteworthy women for nearly a century through the tradition of christening Goodyear blimps. Celebrated aviator Amelia Earhart (1929), astronaut Dr. Sally Ride (2000) and "Good Morning America" host Robin Roberts (2014) are among those who have christened a Goodyear blimp. Akron native Savannah James served as the most recent christener of Wingfoot Two in 2016.

About Goodyear

Goodyear is one of the world's largest tire companies. It employs about 64,000 people and manufactures its products in 48 facilities in 22 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio, and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg, strive to develop state-ofthe-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to www.goodyear.com/corporate.

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Boeing to Acquire Millennium Space Systems, provider of agile, flight-proven small-satellite solutions

viernes, 17 de agosto de 2018



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Combined capabilities will provide customers with advanced small-satellite technologies and flexible solutions

ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] will acquire Millennium Space Systems, a provider of agile, flight-proven small-satellite solutions, under an acquisition agreement that will expand Boeing's satellite and space portfolio, talent and capabilities.

"Millennium Space Systems' expertise in vertically-integrated small-satellite solutions perfectly complements Boeing's existing satellite portfolio, and will allow us to meet the needs of a diverse customer set," said Leanne Caret, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. "We look forward to incorporating Millennium Space Systems' end-to-end mission solution capabilities into our service offerings in satellite operations and data solutions."

Millennium Space Systems was founded in 2001 and is based in El Segundo, Calif. With approximately 260 employees, the company has developed high-performance satellites for exacting missions ranging from 50 KG to more than 6,000 KG.

"I am proud of the talented and dedicated team we've built at Millennium Space Systems over the past 17 years," said Stan Dubyn, CEO of Millennium Space Systems. "By combining our tools, talent, technologies and culture, we'll be able to do even more incredible things as part of Boeing."

The acquisition, which is subject to customary conditions, is expected to close by the end of third quarter 2018. Once finalized, Millennium Space Systems will become a Boeing subsidiary, operating under its current business model and reporting to Mark Cherry, vice president and general manager of Phantom Works.

The terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The transaction will have no impact on Boeing's 2018 financial guidance or the company's commitment to returning approximately 100 percent of free cash flow to shareholders.


Forward-Looking Information Is Subject to Risk and Uncertainty

Certain statements in this release may be "forward-looking" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding benefits and synergies of the transaction, and future business prospects, as well as any other statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact. Forward-looking statements are based on current assumptions about future events that may not prove to be accurate. These statements are not guarantees and are subject to risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements. As a result, these statements speak only as of the date they are made and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, except as required by law. Specific factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include the effect of global economic conditions, the ability of the parties to consummate the transaction, our ability to successfully integrate Millennium Space Systems' business and realize anticipated synergies, and other important factors disclosed previously and from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Bjorn’s Corner: Supersonic transport revival, Part 2



last Corner we outlined several challenges facing a supersonic airliner or business jet.

We will now go through these challenges one by one. We start with the aerodynamic challenge. Continue reading https://leehamnews.com/2018/08/17/bjorns-corner-supersonic-transport-revival-part-2/

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TsAGI completes the first stage of helicopter VRT500 testing [feedly]

Specialists of the Zhukovsky Central AeroHydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) held the first stage of aerodynamic tests of the VRT500 model, a light multi-purpose helicopter with coaxial rotors.



http://tsagi.ru/en/pressroom/news/3910/


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Boeing gets $16 million to make C-32 look more presidential

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​Pentagon report highlights Beijing’s bomber capabilities

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Stratos expands and rebrands its very light jet

jueves, 16 de agosto de 2018

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/stratos-expands-and-rebrands-714-very-light-jet-451156/

https://www.eaa.org/en/airventure/eaa-airventure-news-and-multimedia/eaa-airventure-news/eaa-airventure-oshkosh/07-23-2018-stratos-debuts-kit-built-vlj

https://www.flyingmag.com/stratos-announces-larger-single-engine-jet

https://stratosaircraft.com/partner-program/

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Iran unveils next generation missile: media

http://www.spacewar.com/reports/Iran_unveils_next_generation_missile_media_999.html

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President Trump Blocks Sale of F-35s to Turkey, Deepens Rift in Turkish/U.S. Relations.

https://theaviationist.com/2018/08/15/president-trump-blocks-sale-of-f-35s-to-turkey-deepens-rift-in-turkish-u-s-relations/

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Check Out These Incredible Photos Taken Last Week of the Massive Stratolaunch Space Plane

https://theaviationist.com/2018/08/13/exclusive-check-out-these-incredible-photos-taken-last-week-of-the-massive-stratolaunch-space-plane/

https://www.geekwire.com/2018/paul-allens-stratolaunch-venture-rolls-worlds-biggest-airplane-weekend-tests/

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HONDA AIRCRAFT COMPANY BEGINS HONDAJET ELITE DELIVERIES



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The HondaJet Finishes the First Half of 2018 as the Most Delivered Aircraft in its Class



GREENSBORO, N.C. – August 7th, 2018 – Honda Aircraft Company announced today that it has begun deliveries of its new advanced aircraft, the HondaJet Elite, at its headquarters in Greensboro, NC. Deliveries of the HondaJet Elite begin as the HondaJet marks the first half of 2018 as the most delivered aircraft in its class, based on information provided by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).



“We are proud to announce that deliveries of the HondaJet Elite have begun,” said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “This milestone showcases Honda Aircraft’s steadfast commitment to setting new standards in business aviation and enthusiasm for remaining at the forefront of an evolving industry.” He added, “We are excited about the very positive worldwide reaction to the HondaJet Elite’s market entrance and are pleased to announce that, most recently, more than 10 orders in Japan were placed following our expansion to the region in June. Deliveries in Japan will begin following receiving type certification from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau early next year.”



During the first half of 2018, Honda Aircraft delivered 17 HondaJets to customers, making it the most delivered aircraft in it its class. When discussing the HondaJet ranking as most delivered, Mr. Fujino stated, “When creating the HondaJet, my priority was to enhance the lives of business jet users by designing an aircraft that offered unrivaled performance, value and comfort. As the HondaJet remains the most delivered very light jet, we would like to thank our customers for choosing the aircraft for its best-in-class attributes. We are looking forward to continuing to deliver the HondaJet and HondaJet Elite around the globe.”



Honda Aircraft Company has established a worldwide dealer and authorized sales network to provide unsurpassed service and support for HondaJet Elite customers that spans territories in North America, Europe, Middle and South America, Southeast Asia, China, India, the Middle East and Japan. Manufactured at Honda Aircraft Company’s world headquarters in Greensboro, NC, the HondaJet Elite is type certified by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

The HondaJet Elite was designed to provide customers with the best experience by utilizing Honda Aircraft's pioneering advanced technologies coupled with the best performance and comfort enhancements. For more information about the HondaJet Elite, visit www.HondaJetElite.com.

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Global Space Debris Monitoring and Removal Market 2018-2022

According to the report, one driver in the market is rising amount of space debris. As of now, there are 40,000 tracked objects in the orbit, of which about half remain in space and are regularly tracked by the US Space Surveillance Network and maintained in its catalog. One-fourth of the cataloged objects are satellites out of which less than 30% are operational and are spent upper stages and mission-related objects, such as launch adapters and lens covers. Continue reading https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/global-space-debris-monitoring-and-removal-market-2018-2022-with-airbus-astroscale-boeing-lockheed-martin-northrop-grumman--rsc-energia-dominating-300697457.html

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Boeing Awarded Order to Convert 11 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Aircraft into Blue Angel Configuration

https://defpost.com/boeing-order-convert-11-f-a-18e-f-super-hornet-aircraft-blue-angel-configuration/

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Zephyr S HAPS breaks world record | US Navy orders torpedo upgrades | Russian Alligators sighted in Egypt

https://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/zephyr-s-haps-breaks-world-record-us-navy-orders-torpedo-upgrades-russian-alligators-sighted-in-egypt-040477/

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EPIC World Tour Helicopter Circumnavigation Comes To A Close

Two Pilots Returned To Whistler Municipal Airport In Vancouver, Canada August 5 Ninety-seven days from their date of departure, pilots Ruben Dias of Whistler, Vancouver Canada and his co-pilot Mischa Gelb landed their Robinson R66 helicopter back at Whistler Municipal Airport completing the world's fastest antipode circumnavigation in a helicopter.
http://www.aero-news.net/index.cfm?do=main.textpost&id=2f8891cb-7355-45f4-b4ad-2ef5538e0ee6


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US Air Force awards hypersonic weapon contract



press release





ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) -- Today the Air Force has awarded a contract not to exceed $480,000,000 to Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control to begin designing a second hypersonic weapon prototype.



This contract will provide the critical design review, test and production readiness support for the Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW).



"We are going to go fast and leverage the best technology available to get hypersonic capability to the warfighter as soon as possible," said Secretary of the Air Force Heather A. Wilson.



The ARRW effort is one of two hypersonic weapon prototyping efforts being pursued by the Air Force to accelerate hypersonic research and development. The Air Force is using rapid prototyping authorized by Section 804 of the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act to explore the art-of-the-possible and to advance these technologies to a capability in 2021.



Leaders from the Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency, Air Force, Navy and Army signed a memorandum of agreement June 28 to work cooperatively on hypersonic boost glide technology development.



"The Joint Team requires the right mix of agile capabilities to compete, deter and win across the spectrum of competition and conflict," said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein. "We must push the boundaries of technology and own the high ground in this era of great power competition and beyond."



This undefinitized contract action allows the government to meet urgent needs by authorizing the contractor to begin work before reaching a final settlement on contract terms and conditions, to include a final negotiated price. The contract is expected to be definitized within 180 days of award.



The Air Force's other hypersonic weapon rapid prototyping effort is called the Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon (HCSW). The ARRW and HCSW efforts are developing unique capabilities for the warfighter and each has different technical approaches. The ARRW effort is "pushing the art-of-the-possible" by leveraging the technical base established by the Air Force/DARPA partnership. The HCSW effort is using mature technologies that have not been integrated for an air-launched delivery system.



The Armament Directorate of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center is providing program management of these prototyping efforts.

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IL-2 World War 2 Plane Raised from the Bottom of the Lake

In Murmansk region people raised another WW2 airplane from lake bottom. It's one seater IL-2 fighter plane. They hope they will be able to get it back to skies after restore job.   They hope it can even join air … Read more...
http://englishrussia.com/2018/08/14/il-2-world-war-2-plane-raised-from-the-bottom-of-the-lake/


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Historic Flight museum founder injured in BC air show crash | HeraldNet.com

martes, 14 de agosto de 2018

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USAF analyst suggests ways to avoid cost overruns on 6th-gen fighter

lunes, 13 de agosto de 2018

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/usaf-analyst-suggests-ways-to-avoid-cost-overruns-on-451032/

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Bjorn’s Corner: Supersonic transport revival



The interest in civil supersonic flight has been revived in the last years. Aerion Supersonic is well advanced with its AS2 supersonic business jet and there are several projects looking at restarting supersonic airliner service, 15 years after the Concorde stopped flying.

We will examine the unique challenges facing these projects in a series of Corners. Continue reading: https://leehamnews.com/2018/08/10/bjorns-corner-supersonic-transport-revival/

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Interesting Video of the Textron Scorpion cockpit in Manned-Unmanned Teaming Demonstration

Interesting Video of the Textron Scorpion cockpit in Manned-Unmanned Teaming Demonstration
https://theaviationist.com/2018/08/10/interesting-video-of-the-textron-scorpion-cockpit-in-manned-unmanned-teaming-demonstration/


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TSAGI conducts anti-icing research for light convertible aircraft



press release




Icing is one of the most dangerous environmental effects for aircraft. It reduces the aircraft lift and the critical angle of attack, and increases its weight and drag. In addition, icing interferes with controllers, impairs visibility, and adversely affect the engines.

The ice growth on aircraft lift surfaces occurs mainly during takeoff, landing and “waiting” mode, that is, at low altitudes when the air contains a large quantity of supercooled droplets. Deicing is an important task to improve flight safety. The optimal deicing protection level of the aircraft lift surfaces must be chosen at the initial design stage. At a later stage it will help to avoid significant layout changes, power plant increase and energy loss.

Specialists of the Zhukovsky Central AeroHydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) conducted anti-icing research for light convertible aircraft. Experiments were held in TsAGI’s small speed wind tunnel.

The program tested a model with simulated ice on the wing and empennage, which could form in the “waiting” mode. The simulator configuration was corrected against the background of the new aircraft layout modification. It was revealed that the investigated forms of ice did not affect the effectiveness of the vertical tail and rudder. In this regard, the plane does not need fin surface deicing.

At the next stage, the scientists plan to continue computation and experimental research of icing to form the requirements for designing the most effective deicing system for wing and horizontal empennage.

The lightweight convertible aircraft will be utilized both for passenger and for freight without changing the design. The aircraft is designed to transport 50 passengers over a distance of 1500 km or 6 tons of cargo at a distance of 1000 km. Its cruising speed will reach 480 km/h.a

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Hypersonic airliner "may not be as hard as people think": Boeing CTO

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/hypersonic-airliner-may-not-be-as-hard-as-people-th-451069/

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‘Sheepdog robot’ herds birds away from flight paths

Scientists have equipped a drone with a new algorithm to herd birds without human input, saving aeroplanes and birds alike. Continue reading

video: https://youtu.be/9wn-qjk_pOE








Robotic Herding of a Flock of Birds Using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Abstract:
In this paper, we derive an algorithm for enabling a single robotic unmanned aerial vehicle to herd a flock of birds away from a designated volume of space, such as the air space around an airport. The herding algorithm, referred to as the m -waypoint algorithm, is designed using a dynamic model of bird flocking based on Reynolds’ rules. We derive bounds on its performance using a combination of reduced-order modeling of the flock’s motion, heuristics, and rigorous analysis. A unique contribution of the paper is the experimental demonstration of several facets of the herding algorithm on flocks of live birds reacting to a robotic pursuer. The experiments allow us to estimate several parameters of the flocking model, and especially the interaction between the pursuer and the flock. The herding algorithm is also demonstrated using numerical simulations.

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Bizarre Airline Theft and Crash Blamed on Airport Worker (Updated)

An airport worker apparently took unauthorized possession of a Horizon Air Q400 twin turboprop, got it powered up, and somehow took off without permission or clearance from Sea-Tac Airport late Friday night. Once on flight he performed some aerobatics before running out of fuel and crashing in an island.

Continue reading http://www.aero-news.net/index.cfm?do=main.textpost&id=84272369-d721-45a0-88e0-2187ecb853a5

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UCLan unveils world’s first graphene skinned plane



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The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has unveiled the world’s first graphene skinned plane at an internationally renowned air show. Juno, a three-and-a-half-metre wide graphene skinned aircraft, was revealed on the North West Aerospace Alliance (NWAA) stand as part of the ‘Futures Day’ at Farnborough Air Show 2018.

The University’s aerospace engineering team has worked in partnership with the Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), the University of Manchester’s National Graphene Institute (NGI), Haydale Graphene Industries (Haydale) and a range of other businesses to develop the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which also includes graphene batteries and 3D printed parts.

Billy Beggs, UCLan’s Engineering Innovation Manager, said: “The industry reaction to Juno at Farnborough was superb with many positive comments about the work we’re doing. Having Juno at one the world’s biggest air shows demonstrates the great strides we’re making in leading a programme to accelerate the uptake of graphene and other nano-materials into industry.

“The programme supports the objectives of the UK Industrial Strategy and the University’s Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC) to increase industry relevant research and applications linked to key local specialisms. Given that Lancashire represents the fourth largest aerospace cluster in the world, there is perhaps no better place to be developing next generation technologies for the UK aerospace industry.”

Previous graphene developments at UCLan have included the world’s first flight of a graphene skinned wing and the launch of a specially designed graphene-enhanced capsule into near space using high altitude balloons.
UCLan engineering students have been involved in the hands-on project, helping build Juno on the Preston Campus.
Haydale supplied much of the material and all the graphene used in the aircraft. Ray Gibbs, Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are delighted to be part of the project team. Juno has highlighted the capability and benefit of using graphene to meet key issues faced by the market, such as reducing weight to increase range and payload, defeating lightning strike and protecting aircraft skins against ice build-up.”

David Bailey Chief Executive of the North West Aerospace Alliance added: “The North West aerospace cluster contributes over £7 billion to the UK economy, accounting for one quarter of the UK aerospace turnover. It is essential that the sector continues to develop next generation technologies so that it can help the UK retain its competitive advantage. It has been a pleasure to support the Engineering Innovation Centre team at the University in developing the world’s first full graphene skinned aircraft.”

The Juno project team represents the latest phase in a long-term strategic partnership between the University and a range of organisations. The partnership is expected to go from strength to strength following the opening of the £32m EIC facility in February 2019.

The next step is to fly Juno and conduct further tests over the next two months.



Notes

The additional partners involved in the project are: FDM Digital Solutions, Fastavia Ltd., Tri-cast Composite Tubes Ltd., John Burn Ltd. the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) at the University of Manchester and the Advanced Manufacturing and Automation Centre (AMAC) at Training 2000.

Haydale is a global technologies and materials group that facilitates the integration of graphene and other nanomaterials into the next generation of commercial technologies and industrial materials. With expertise in graphene, silicon carbide and other nanomaterials, Haydale is able to deliver improvements in electrical, thermal and mechanical properties, as well as toughness. Haydale has granted patents for its technologies in Europe, USA, Australia, Japan and China and operates from six sites in the UK, USA and the Far East.

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston was founded in 1828 as the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge. Since those early days it has grown into one of the UK’s largest universities with a staff and student community approaching 38,000 and an employment-focused course portfolio containing over 350 undergraduate programmes and nearly 250 postgraduate courses. The University has an established research reputation with world-leading or internationally excellent work taking place within the areas of Business, Health, Humanities and Science.

As a truly global institution with an established campus in Cyprus, UCLan’s student body includes 120 nationalities and its partnership network extends to 125 countries. In 2013 the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings awarded UCLan the full five stars for its global outlook in all aspects of international educational provision. In 2017 the Centre for World University Rankings placed UCLan in the top 3.3 percent of all worldwide universities.

The University has a strong focus on continually improving the student experience and recently unveiled a 10-year, £200 million plan to redevelop its Preston Campus to create an attractive and inviting, world-class campus helping to create jobs, kick-start regeneration and attract inward investment into the City.

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UT Works with Uber and Army Research Labs on New uberAIR Program



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Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin will work with the U.S. Army Research Labs (ARL) and Uber Elevate to help develop new rotor technology for vehicles that will be used in Uber’s proposed urban aviation ride-share­­ network — called uberAIR.

Last year, Uber announced that the first Uber Elevate cities would be Dallas (DFW metroplex) and Los Angeles, with a goal of flight demonstrations in 2020 and plans to make uberAIR commercially available to riders in those cities by 2023. As part of the uberAIR program, the company has entered into partnerships with several major aircraft manufacturers and signed a space act agreement with NASA, which will stimulate the development of new unmanned traffic management concepts and aerial safety systems.

The design of the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft to be used in the project specifies that it is a fully electric vehicle with a cruising speed of 150-200 mph, a cruising altitude of 1,000-2,000 feet and the ability to complete trips of up to 60 miles on a single charge.

“UT is uniquely positioned to contribute to this new technology, and Uber has recognized that,” said Jayant Sirohi, associate professor in UT’s Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and the UT team leader on the project. “In addition to the technical expertise we bring to this area, we also already have a rig to test new rotor configurations right here on campus.”

Sirohi is one of the country’s leading experts in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology, VTOL aircraft and fixed- and rotary-wing aeroelasticity. He and his team, which includes postdoctoral fellow Christopher Cameron and Charles Tinney from UT’s Applied Research Laboratories, will explore the efficiency and noise signature of stacked co-rotating rotors, or propellers, for VTOL, a novel flying technology in which two rotor systems are stacked on top of each other and rotating in the same direction.

Preliminary testing of this concept has shown the potential for stacked co-rotating rotors to be more efficient than other approaches while simultaneously improving versatility and overall performance for a flying craft.

Both of the proposed Uber Elevate launch cities suffer from major traffic congestion, especially during rush hour. For example, the current drive from DFW International Airport to the nearby city of Frisco, a distance of less than 25 miles, could take up to an hour during rush hour. In an uberAIR vehicle, it could take less than 10 minutes.

An official launch of the collaboration takes place today on campus with leaders from Uber, ARL and UT in attendance.

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[video] Airbus Zephyr S maiden flight launch

jueves, 9 de agosto de 2018

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Taking off from Arizona, US on 11 July, Airbus Defence's solar powered UAV, the British-built Zephyr S, has smashed the existing endurance record for unrefuelled, unmanned flight by staying aloft for 25 days, 23 hours and 57 minutes.

https://youtu.be/0IZW7llqReM






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Aero Vodochody and Israeli IAI introduced multirole F/A-259 Striker aircraft for future combat missions




Aero's Video: https://youtu.be/BiGMw4dswj8



Aero, the biggest Czech aircraft manufacturer, and Israel Aerospace Industries, world leader in defense systems technologies, introduced cost-effective, combat proven fighter attack aircraft. The F/A-259 Striker is a multirole aircraft for close air support, counter-insurgency operations and border patrolling with interception capabilities.


IAI's press release






Farnborough, United Kingdom - Aero, the biggest Czech aircraft manufacturer, and Israeli Aerospace Industries, world leader in defense systems technologies, introduced cost-effective, combat proven fighter attack aircraft. The F/A-259 Striker is a multirole aircraft for close air support, counter-insurgency operations and border patrolling with interception capabilities.

The F/A-259 Striker combines the robustness and effectiveness of its successful predecessor, the L-159 Alca, with the latest advances in avionics and aircraft systems technology. Powered by the same "best in its class" Honeywell F124 engine and using benefits of a wet wing, F/A-259 Striker provides superior performance, great maneuverability, and a high range.

Giuseppe Giordo, the President and CEO of Aero, said: "Nowadays, national air forces are looking for a solution how to fulfill a great variety of missions in an affordable way, while keeping high survivability of the aircraft and its crew. Aero and IAI are introducing a multirole fighter F/A-259 Striker with a wide range of combat capabilities that meet those needs of Air Forces all around the world by bringing great performance with low acquisition, operation and maintenance cost." Giuseppe Giordo added: "There are not so many aircraft on the market providing such capabilities, because it is a new requirement."

Benjamin Cohen, General Manager of Israel Aerospace Industries' Lahav Division, said: "Our cooperation with Aero Vodochody offers the USAF impressive proven performance of the F/A-259, with new innovative IAI systems, to provide customers with aircraft that meet their OA-X requirements""
The F/A-259 is able to operate from unpaved runways and has seven hard points for any combination of fuel, weapons, or mission equipment, allowing smart weapons integration and standoff weapon capabilities. As an optional upgrade, the F/A-259 can be equipped by EASA radar and helmet mounted display. Another optional upgrade is air-to-air refueling, increasing the aircraft's range and endurance.
Advance 4th generation avionics for the F/A-259 Striker has an open architecture concept, allowing future updates based on customer's requirements and use of Real Time Data Link, supporting a high situational awareness capability. The advanced digital cockpit is equipped by two large multifunctional displays, electronic flight instrument system, and other features.

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Boeing confirms it’s crunch time in Renton, fewer 737 deliveries next quarter | The Seattle Times

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Estonian Defence Forces determine location where launched missile exploded | News | ERR

miércoles, 8 de agosto de 2018

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In-flight collision during Romanian Air Show. One pilot dies.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6027039/Pilot-dies-planes-crash-performing-stunt-Romania.html

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Verdego aero, cofounded by Erik Lindbergh , announces powertrain and eVTOL control systems to advance $30b urban air mobility market

VerdeGo Aero launches Integrated Distributed Electric Propulsion (IDEP) powertrain and eVTOL control systems to help the“flying car”industry get off the ground

press release: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/b2a9b8_1723a58435974514acc88f96b1706866.pdf

More info: https://www.verdegoaero.com 

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Hurjet Trainer Will Be Steppingstone To Turkish Indigenous Fighter

The jet trainer is expected to provide experience in fly-by-wire flight controls and supersonic flight.
http://aviationweek.com/defense/hurjet-trainer-will-be-steppingstone-turkish-indigenous-fighter

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Studies Seek to Industrialize Additive Manufacturing for Aerospace

https://www.mro-network.com/emerging-technology/studies-seek-industrialize-additive-manufacturing-aerospace

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PLD SPACE signs a 25-year concession for rocket engine testing at Teruel Airport

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/PLD_SPACE_signs_a_25_year_concession_for_rocket_engine_testing_at_Teruel_Airport_999.html

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Boeing HorizonX Ventures Invests in High-Speed Metal 3D Printing Company Digital Alloys



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Patented multi-metal additive manufacturing system enables rapid, low-cost production of aerospace-quality 3D-printed parts



CHICAGO, Aug. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced its investment in Digital Alloys, Inc., a Burlington, Mass.-based company developing high-speed, multi-metal additive manufacturing systems that produce 3D-printed parts for aerospace and other production applications.

Digital Alloys' Joule Printing™ technology can rapidly combine multiple metals into each part, which enhances thermal, electrical, magnetic and mechanical properties. The process allows metals like titanium and high-temperature alloys to be 3D-printed for parts that could be used on Boeing products.

"Our investment in Digital Alloys will help Boeing produce metal structural aerospace parts faster and at higher volume than ever before," said Brian Schettler, managing director of Boeing HorizonX Ventures. "By investing in companies with emerging additive manufacturing technologies, we aim to strengthen Boeing's expertise and help accelerate the design and manufacture of 3D-printed parts to transform production systems and products."

Formed in January 2017, Digital Alloys developed a patented 3D-printing approach that avoids the cost and complexity of powder-based systems, and delivers higher resolution than other wire-based 3D-printing techniques.

"Our novel Joule Printing process is faster, more cost-effective, and more reliable than other approaches," said Duncan McCallum, CEO of Digital Alloys. "Partnering with Boeing will make us a smarter, stronger company. We are committed to enabling Boeing and other leading manufacturers to create valuable new products quickly and at less cost by incorporating metal 3D printing into their production."

Additive manufacturing generates value for Boeing by reducing the cost and time needed to design, build and deliver products to customers. Today, Boeing has more than 60,000 3D-printed parts flying on space, commercial and defense products. This investment is the latest example of the company's commitment to additive manufacturing innovation.

Boeing HorizonX Ventures participated in Digital Alloys' Series B funding round led by G20 Ventures, with participation by Lincoln Electric and Khosla Ventures. The Boeing HorizonX Ventures investment portfolio is made up of companies specializing in autonomous systems, energy and data storage, advanced materials, augmented reality systems and software, machine learning, hybrid-electric and hypersonic 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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Lockheed Martin claims both USAF hypersonic programmes

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/lockheed-martin-claims-both-usaf-hypersonic-programm-450968/

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La France relance l’enquête sur le MH 370

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Spanish Eurofighter Typhoon Accidentally Fires Live Air-to-Air Missile Over Estonia, 25 miles west of the Russian border. [feedly]

Spanish Eurofighter Typhoon Accidentally Fires Live Air-to-Air Missile Over Estonia, 25 miles west of the Russian border.
https://theaviationist.com/2018/08/08/spanish-eurofighter-typhoon-accidentally-fires-live-air-to-air-missile-over-estonia-25-miles-west-of-the-russian-border/

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TsAGI conducts joint test with French and Russian partners

For more than 60 years people have been firing objects into space. Space debris, accumulated during this time, is steadily increasing and constitutes an ever-greater threat.
http://tsagi.ru/en/pressroom/news/3899/

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TsAGI holds strength tests on the Il-112 primary structure members

The Zhukovsky Central AeroHydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) held static tests of structurally similar wing panels models and fuselage models of the new generation transport aircraft IL-112.
http://tsagi.ru/en/pressroom/news/3897/

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Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully tests rocket booster for hypersonic vehicle [feedly]

Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully tests rocket booster for hypersonic vehicle
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/aerojet-rocketdyne-successfully-tests-rocket-booster-450973/

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OA-X goes into the next round | TOPGUN gets a new training facility | IAI and Boeing fight over tanker contract [feedly]

OA-X goes into the next round | TOPGUN gets a new training facility | IAI and Boeing fight over tanker contract
https://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/oa-x-goes-into-the-next-round-topgun-gets-a-new-training-facility-iai-and-boeing-fight-over-tanker-contract-040424/

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European Heat Wave May Have Contributed To Swiss Ju 52 Accident [feedly]

European Heat Wave May Have Contributed To Swiss Ju 52 Accident
http://www.aero-news.net/index.cfm?do=main.textpost&id=e2438641-aa30-477b-9391-df2eaa242f87

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Spanish Government Signs Comprehensive Deal To Open First European Hyperloop Development Facility With Virgin Hyperloop One

Press Release

  • New Facility would Spur Economic Growth and Job Creation In Spain’s Andalusian Region
  • Investment would Accelerate the Development and Testing of Virgin Hyperloop One’s Proprietary Technology and Commercialization across Europe


MADRID, SPAIN, August 7th, 2018--Virgin Hyperloop One has signed an agreement with Administrator of Railway Infrastructures to open an Advanced Technology Development and Testing Center in the Andalusian region of Spain, the company’s first European development facility, valued at approximately 500 million USD. In return for this investment, Virgin Hyperloop One would obtain 126 million euros in public aid through loans and grants to help establish the new center, to advance Virgin Hyperloop One’s technology development and testing, and to stimulate regional economic growth and job creation.

The agreement, facilitated by the state-owned infrastructure agency ADIF, was signed by Mrs. Isabel Pardo de Vera Posada, President of ADIF (Administrador de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias or Administration of Railway Infrastructure) and Rob Lloyd, CEO of Virgin Hyperloop One. The Andalusian region is known globally as an epicenter of transportation and aerospace innovation.

“With its robust transportation, aerospace, and high-tech sectors in turn paired with outstanding regional talent, Spain is an ideal fit for Virgin Hyperloop One’s Advanced Technology Development and Testing Center,” said Rob Lloyd, Virgin Hyperloop One CEO. “By investing in the development and testing of Virgin Hyperloop One, Spain is extending its long-tradition as an innovative, global transport leader. We are excited to partner with such a forward-thinking country in developing the next generation of transportation.”

The Virgin Hyperloop One Advanced Technology Development and Testing Center is to be located in the Andalusian region of Spain at Bobadilla, a village of the municipality of Antequera, in the province of Malaga. With over 9,000 companies in transport and logistics, the second largest aerospace cluster in Spain, and 20,000 employees in R&D, the new center in Andalusia complements the advanced transportation, aerospace, and high-tech innovation in the Andalusian region and will be a catalyst for further economic growth. Virgin Hyperloop One estimates that it would hire 200-300 high-tech skilled professionals and that the center would spur job creation in a broad ecosystem of partners and suppliers in the region.

“The location of the Center in our country will lead to important high-value commercial opportunities and will boost economic growth in the region”, said ADIF in a statement. “The agreement with Virgin Hyperloop One will help us to deepen the willingness to face new technological challenges, contributing to reinforce our leadership in the development of transport infrastructures in the international arena.”

The 19,000 square meter center, planned to be opened by 2020, would develop, test, and certify components and subsystems to continually improve safety and reliability of hyperloop systems.

“For hyperloop to be commercially viable it needs to be safe and reliable - safety is our number-one priority,” said Josh Giegel, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Virgin Hyperloop One. “We’ve already been testing and improving our technology for the last four years, including building the only full-scale hyperloop system in the world. Ultimately, the center will help us deliver upon our first projects and scale to meet future demand around the world.”

Additional Virgin Hyperloop One images can be accessed here.

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. Virgin Hyperloop One is backed by key investors including DP World, Caspian VC Partners, Virgin Group, Sherpa Capital, Abu Dhabi Capital Group, SNCF, GE Ventures, Formation 8, 137 Ventures, WTI, among others. For more information, visit www.virginhyperloopone.com.

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What Is The Future For Traditional Pneumatic Systems?

martes, 7 de agosto de 2018


Electric systems could become more prominent in future aircraft.
continue reading: https://www.mro-network.com/manufacturing-distribution/what-future-traditional-pneumatic-systems

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Supply chain meltdown

https://leehamnews.com/2018/08/06/pontifications-supply-chain-meltdown/

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Laser Communications Demonstrated From Cubesats For The First Time

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Laser_Communications_Demonstrated_From_Cubesats_For_The_First_Time_999.html

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Slow Motion Videos Of The Bell V-280 Valor Prototype Provide Interesting Details About The Next-Generation Tilt-Rotor Aircraft

https://theaviationist.com/2018/08/01/slow-motion-videos-of-the-bell-v-280-valor-prototype-provide-interesting-details-about-the-next-generation-tilt-rotor-aircraft/

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Bell's Michael Thacker on Urban Air Mobility







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Let’s Talk About The Sightings Of F-117 Stealth Jets Flying Over Nevada Few Days Ago [feedly]

Let's Talk About The Sightings Of F-117 Stealth Jets Flying Over Nevada Few Days Ago
https://theaviationist.com/2018/08/06/lets-talk-about-the-sightings-of-f-117-stealth-jets-flying-over-nevada-few-days-ago/

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USAF reveals intentions to acquire light attack fighter fleet [feedly]

USAF reveals intentions to acquire light attack fighter fleet
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/usaf-reveals-intentions-to-acquire-light-attack-figh-450940/

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Urgent A380 flight measures aim to avert duct rupture [feedly]

Urgent A380 flight measures aim to avert duct rupture
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/urgent-a380-flight-measures-aim-to-avert-duct-ruptur-450948/

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Drones for indoor Surveillance

Avansig And Skysense Develop Autonomous Drone Solution For Indoor Surveillance
http://www.skysense.co/blog/2018/7/avansig-skysense-autonomous-drone-solution-for-indoor-surveillance

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ParaZero: Ballistic parachutes for drones


System Identified A Critical Failure In Flight And Deployed Ballistics Parachute

http://www.aero-news.net/index.cfm?do=main.textpost&id=df711297-a3b3-4519-874f-f6ff97cfdf1f




 

https://parazero.com/ 

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NASA Assigns Crews to First Test Flights, Missions on Commercial Spacecraft



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NASA introduced to the world on Friday the first U.S. astronauts who will fly on American-made, commercial spacecraft to and from the International Space Station – an endeavor that will return astronaut launches to U.S. soil for the first time since the space shuttle’s retirement in 2011.

“Today, our country’s dreams of greater achievements in space are within our grasp,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “This accomplished group of American astronauts, flying on new spacecraft developed by our commercial partners Boeing and SpaceX, will launch a new era of human spaceflight. Today’s announcement advances our great American vision and strengthens the nation’s leadership in space.”

The agency assigned nine astronauts to crew the first test flight and mission of both Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon. NASA has worked closely with the companies throughout design, development and testing to ensure the systems meet NASA’s safety and performance requirements.

“The men and women we assign to these first flights are at the forefront of this exciting new time for human spaceflight,” said Mark Geyer, director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. “It will be thrilling to see our astronauts lift off from American soil, and we can’t wait to see them aboard the International Space Station.”


Starliner Test Flight Astronauts

Eric Boe was born in Miami and grew up in Atlanta. He came to NASA from the Air Force, where he was a fighter pilot and test pilot and rose to the rank of colonel. He was selected as an astronaut in 2000 and piloted space shuttle Endeavour for the STS-126 mission and Discovery on its final flight, STS-133.

Christopher Ferguson is a native of Philadelphia. He is a retired Navy captain, who piloted space shuttle Atlantis for STS-115, and commanded shuttle Endeavour on STS-126 and Atlantis for the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program, STS-135. He retired from NASA in 2011 and has been an integral part of Boeing's CST-100 Starliner program.

Nicole Aunapu Mann is a California native and a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps. She is an F/A-18 test pilot with more than 2,500 flight hours in more than 25 aircraft. Mann was selected as an astronaut in 2013. This will be her first trip to space.

Boeing’s Starliner will launch aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Crew Dragon Test Flight Astronauts

Robert Behnken is from St. Ann, Missouri. He has a doctorate in engineering and is a flight test engineer and colonel in the Air Force. He joined the astronaut corps in 2000 and flew aboard space shuttle Endeavour twice, for the STS-123 and STS-130 missions, during which he performed six spacewalks totaling more than 37 hours.

Douglas Hurley calls Apalachin, New York, his hometown. He was a test pilot and colonel in the Marine Corps before coming to NASA in 2000 to become an astronaut. He piloted space shuttle Endeavor for STS-127 and Atlantis for STS-135, the final space shuttle mission.

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon will launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

After each company successfully completes its crewed test flight, NASA will begin the final process of certifying that spacecraft and systems for regular crew missions to the space station. The agency has contracted six missions, with as many as four astronauts per mission, for each company.

Starliner First Mission Astronauts

Josh Cassada grew up in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. He is a Navy commander and test pilot with more than 3,500 flight hours in more than 40 aircraft. He was selected as an astronaut in 2013. This will be his first spaceflight.

Sunita Williams was born in Euclid, Ohio, but considers Needham, Massachusetts, her hometown. Williams came to NASA from the Navy, where she was a test pilot and rose to the rank of captain before retiring. Since her selection as an astronaut in 1998, she has spent 322 days aboard the International Space Station for Expeditions 14/15 and Expeditions 32/33, commanded the space station and performed seven spacewalks.

Crew Dragon First Mission Astronauts

Victor Glover is from Pomona, California. He is a Navy commander, aviator and test pilot with almost 3,000 hours flying more than 40 different aircraft. He made 400 carrier landings and flew 24 combat missions. He was selected as part of the 2013 astronaut candidate class, and this will be his first spaceflight.

Michael Hopkins was born in Lebanon, Missouri, and grew up on a farm near Richland, Missouri. He is a colonel in the Air Force, where he was a flight test engineer before being selected as a NASA astronaut in 2009. He has spent 166 days on the International Space Station for Expeditions 37/38, and conducted two spacewalks.

Additional crew members will be assigned by NASA’s international partners at a later date.

NASA’s continuous presence on the space station for almost 18 years has enabled technology demonstrations and research in biology and biotechnology, Earth and space science, human health, physical sciences. This research has led to dramatic improvements in technology, infrastructure and medicine, and thousands of spinoff technologies that have improved quality of life here on Earth.

The new spaceflight capability provided by Boeing and SpaceX will allow NASA to maintain a crew of seven astronauts on the space station, thereby maximizing scientific research that leads to breakthroughs and also aids in understanding and mitigating the challenges of long-duration spaceflight.

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is facilitating the development of a U.S. commercial crew space transportation capability with the goal of achieving safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from the International Space Station and low-Earth orbit. The public-private partnerships fostered by the program will stimulate growth in a robust commercial space industry and spark life-changing innovations for future generations.

Learn more about NASA’s Commercial Crew Program at:

https://www.nasa.gov/commercialcrew

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NASA’s Planet-Hunting TESS Catches a Comet Before Starting Science

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2018/nasa-s-planet-hunting-tess-catches-a-comet-before-starting-science

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnhKBdDanFw&feature=youtu.be
 




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Russia Cosmonaut Show Inside Space Station [video] [feedly]

Russia Cosmonaut Show Inside Space Station [video]
http://englishrussia.com/2018/08/05/russia-cosmonaut-show-inside-space-station-video/

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Boeing to Establish New Aerospace & Autonomy Center

Press release

  • New research and development facility brings together engineering teams to accelerate development of future mobility solutions
  • 100,000 square foot facility scheduled to open in 2020



Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced plans to open the new Boeing Aerospace & Autonomy Center in Cambridge, Mass., becoming the first major tenant of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) new mixed-use district in Kendall Square.




Under the agreement, Boeing will lease 100,000 square feet of research and lab space inside a new 17-floor building at 314 Main Street in Cambridge. The new center will house employees from Boeing and subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences, who will focus on designing, building and flying autonomous aircraft and developing enabling technologies.

The investment in the new center follows the recent creation of Boeing NeXt. This new organization unites researchers and projects across the company to shape the future of travel and transport, including the development of a next-generation airspace management system to enable the safe coexistence of piloted and autonomous vehicles. Employees at the center will help develop new technologies in support of Boeing NeXt programs.

"Boeing is leading the development of new autonomous vehicles and future transportation systems that will bring flight closer to home," said Greg Hyslop, Boeing chief technology officer. "By investing in this new research facility, we are creating a hub where our engineers can collaborate with other Boeing engineers and research partners around the world and leverage the Cambridge innovation ecosystem."

The construction of the new research facility is part of MIT's broad strategy to foster vibrancy and diversity in Kendall Square, which is often referred to as the most innovative square mile in the world. Through its Kendall Square Initiative, the university will develop six buildings to house a blend of lab and research, office, housing and retail space.

"It's fitting that Boeing will join the Kendall/MIT innovation family," said MIT Provost Martin Schmidt. "Our research interests have been intertwined for over 100 years, and we've worked together to advance world-changing aerospace technologies and systems. MIT's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics is the oldest program of its kind in the United States, and excels at its mission of developing new air transportation concepts, autonomous systems and small satellites through an intensive focus on cutting-edge education and research. Boeing's presence will create an unprecedented opportunity for new synergies in this industry."

Employees from Aurora Flight Sciences' existing research and development center in Kendall Square will move into the new center and operate it on behalf of Boeing once complete.

"Today, Aurora's Kendall Square team is already building innovative autonomous systems," said John Langford, Aurora Flight Sciences founder, chief executive officer and MIT alumnus. "By expanding Aurora's 30-year relationship with MIT, and working with Boeing, we are creating a collaborative space where engineers, students and researchers can work together to create technologies that will define the next-century of air mobility."

Financial terms of the new lease agreement and development of the new facility were not disclosed.

The new agreement builds on a century-long relationship between Boeing and MIT to advance aerospace innovation. Last year, the company announced its role as lead sponsor of an $18 million project to replace MIT's Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel.

Aurora Flight Sciences, A Boeing Company, is an innovative technology company striving to create smarter aircraft through the development of versatile and intuitive autonomous systems. Operating at the intersection of technology and robotic aviation, Aurora leverages the power of autonomy to make manned and unmanned flight safer and more efficient. Headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, Aurora has more than 550 employees and operates in six locations, including research and development centers in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Luzern, Switzerland; manufacturing facilities in Bridgeport, West Virginia, and Columbus, Mississippi; and offices in Dayton, Ohio, and Mountain View, California.

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. Boeing products and tailored services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training.

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Transport Canada Certifies 90-Seat Cabin Configuration for Bombardier’s Q400 Aircraft



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  • Launch customer SpiceJet of India to become first airline to take advantage of the extra-capacity turboprop’s increased profitability potential

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that its 90-passenger Q400 aircraft configuration has received its certification from Transport Canada, becoming the first in-production commercial turboprop in the world to reach that capacity.

“With increasing growth in the number of passengers per departure in the turboprop market, we are excited to offer our customers a higher-capacity configuration and 15 percent lower cost per seat compared to the previous standard Q400, leading to more profitability potential for airlines,” said Todd Young, Head of the Q Series Aircraft Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “This milestone certification showcases -- once again -- the unique versatility of the Q400 turboprop and our continued commitment to the evolution of the program.

“Upon delivery later this year, our launch customer SpiceJet will become the first airline to take advantage of the profitable and efficient operations of the 90-seat Q400 aircraft following its order of up to 50 in 2017,” added Mr. Young.

Combined with the Q400 aircraft’s unique speed flexibility, which is driving higher scheduling efficiency, this new segment solution is perfectly adapted to high-demand turboprop markets and will further enhance economic connectivity between smaller towns and major hubs.

The 90-seat configuration represents another step in Bombardier’s continuous improvement of its Q400 aircraft, aimed at addressing traffic growth and customer bottom line. Other improvements under development includes a 2,000-lb-increase in payload capacity and an escalation of the A-Check and C-Check intervals from 600/6,000 to 800/8,000 flight hours.

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Bombardier Reports Second Quarter 2018 Results


  • Earnings(1) up 18% year over year on $4.3B revenues, driven by a strong 11% growth at Transportation
  • EBIT margin(1) expands by 80 bps to 6.4%
  • Consolidated EBITDA and EBIT before special items(2) of $336M and $271M respectively
  • Improved free cash flow usage(2) of approximately $370M(3) supports full year breakeven target
  • Backlog expansion across all businesses(4)
  • Airbus partnership closed ahead of schedule; significant new orders announced
  • $600M cash infusion from Downsview property sale finalized
continue reading https://www.bombardier.com/en/media/newsList/details.binc-20180802-bombardier-reports-second-quarter-2018-results.bombardiercom.html

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Airbus D&S selected by Telesat to further develop the design of its LEO satellite constellation



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Airbus Defence and Space has been selected by Telesat as a major industrial partner to support their System Design and Risk Management phase for Telesat’s LEO constellation now in development. Under the terms of the contract, Airbus will perform system optimisation, requirements engineering, and initial design of key hardware and software components for space, ground and user terminal segments of the Telesat LEO system. Airbus has agreed to deliver to Telesat, at the end of the 9-month project term, an end-to-end solution that meets the performance, capacity and cost targets Telesat has established for its state-of-the-art LEO constellation.

Telesat’s LEO constellation is being designed to transform global communications by offering an unsurpassed combination of capacity, speed, security, resilience and low cost with latency comparable to, or better than, today’s terrestrial networks. The advanced capabilities of Telesat LEO can satisfy many of the world’s most challenging communications needs, such as accelerating 5G expansion, bridging the digital divide, and setting new levels of performance for commercial and government broadband on land, sea and in the air.

Airbus will bring its wide range of expertise covering the full end-to-end communication system with satellite constellation and ground segment architectures, design, manufacturing and operations based on its strong heritage in GEO and unrivalled experience in innovative technologies, design and automated production of LEO satellite constellations.

"With four telecommunications satellites built by Airbus in its GEO fleet, Telesat has again affirmed its confidence in Airbus by selecting our company for its LEO system design phase, which aims to maximise capacity, coverage and performance while minimising delivered cost per bit,” said Arnaud de Rosnay, Head of Telecom Satellites at Airbus. “We are extremely pleased to continue our successful partnership with Telesat and to have the opportunity to apply our leading expertise to Telesat LEO, providing Telesat with a technically solid and truly compelling LEO constellation design."



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.

About Telesat

Telesat is a leading global satellite operator, providing reliable and secure satellite-delivered communications solutions worldwide to broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities around the world, the company’s state-of-the-art fleet consists of 16 GEO satellites, the Canadian payload on ViaSat-1 and one Phase 1 LEO satellite which is the start of Telesat’s planned global LEO satellite constellation that will offer low latency, high throughput broadband services. An additional GEO satellite is scheduled for launch in August 2018. Telesat is also a leading technical consultant providing high value expertise and support to satellite operators, insurers and other industry participants on a global basis. Privately held, Telesat’s principal shareholders are Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral Space & Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: LORL).

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German WW2 plane, flying under Swiss flag, crash kills 20 people

https://www.aerotime.aero/clement.charpentreau/21625-swiss-ww2-plane-crash-kills-20-people

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China’s hypersonic flight vehicle completes first test flight

China announced on August 5, 2018, it has successfully completed the first flight test of its newly developed hypersonic flight vehicle also known as the “wave-rider”. According to Chinese officials, the aircraft is based on sonic wave-riding technology and is capable of carrying nuclear warheads as well as eluding any current-generation missile defense system. The launch test of the prototype reportedly saw it glide at more than five times the speed of sound. Continue reading
https://www.aerotime.aero/ruta.burbaite/21629-china-s-hypersonic-flight-vehicle-completes-first-test-flight

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Russia Developing a New Air-Riding 'Sea Monster' (ekranoplane)

sábado, 4 de agosto de 2018

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Boeing’s 737 ramp-up slows as unfinished planes pile up in Renton

viernes, 3 de agosto de 2018

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NATO: Making aircraft less detectable





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A team of NATO experts is developing new technology that will make military aircraft less detectable. Most forms of aircraft need actuators (vertical and horizontal flaps) to enable flight and control. The technology being developed leaves these flaps redundant in certain phases of flight, replacing them with an active flow control system using air to help manoeuvre the aircraft. The research into innovative control effectors, or ICE, is being carried out by a NATO task group under NATO’s Science and Technology Organization, which includes representatives from the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the US Air Force Academy in Colorado, the Illinois Institute of Technology and Lockheed Martin. The first model of the ICE aircraft was made in 2015, measuring just 28 centimetres in wingspan. It has since undergone numerous rounds of testing in a wind tunnel at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado.

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Boeing to Establish New Aerospace & Autonomy Center

press release

  • New research and development facility brings together engineering teams to accelerate development of future mobility solutions
  • 100,000 square foot facility scheduled to open in 2020



CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced plans to open the new Boeing Aerospace & Autonomy Center in Cambridge, Mass., becoming the first major tenant of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) new mixed-use district in Kendall Square.




Under the agreement, Boeing will lease 100,000 square feet of research and lab space inside a new 17-floor building at 314 Main Street in Cambridge. The new center will house employees from Boeing and subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences, who will focus on designing, building and flying autonomous aircraft and developing enabling technologies.

The investment in the new center follows the recent creation of Boeing NeXt. This new organization unites researchers and projects across the company to shape the future of travel and transport, including the development of a next-generation airspace management system to enable the safe coexistence of piloted and autonomous vehicles. Employees at the center will help develop new technologies in support of Boeing NeXt programs.

"Boeing is leading the development of new autonomous vehicles and future transportation systems that will bring flight closer to home," said Greg Hyslop, Boeing chief technology officer. "By investing in this new research facility, we are creating a hub where our engineers can collaborate with other Boeing engineers and research partners around the world and leverage the Cambridge innovation ecosystem."

The construction of the new research facility is part of MIT's broad strategy to foster vibrancy and diversity in Kendall Square, which is often referred to as the most innovative square mile in the world. Through its Kendall Square Initiative, the university will develop six buildings to house a blend of lab and research, office, housing and retail space.

"It's fitting that Boeing will join the Kendall/MIT innovation family," said MIT Provost Martin Schmidt. "Our research interests have been intertwined for over 100 years, and we've worked together to advance world-changing aerospace technologies and systems. MIT's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics is the oldest program of its kind in the United States, and excels at its mission of developing new air transportation concepts, autonomous systems and small satellites through an intensive focus on cutting-edge education and research. Boeing's presence will create an unprecedented opportunity for new synergies in this industry."

Employees from Aurora Flight Sciences' existing research and development center in Kendall Square will move into the new center and operate it on behalf of Boeing once complete.

"Today, Aurora's Kendall Square team is already building innovative autonomous systems," said John Langford, Aurora Flight Sciences founder, chief executive officer and MIT alumnus. "By expanding Aurora's 30-year relationship with MIT, and working with Boeing, we are creating a collaborative space where engineers, students and researchers can work together to create technologies that will define the next-century of air mobility."

Financial terms of the new lease agreement and development of the new facility were not disclosed.

The new agreement builds on a century-long relationship between Boeing and MIT to advance aerospace innovation. Last year, the company announced its role as lead sponsor of an $18 million project to replace MIT's Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel.

Aurora Flight Sciences, A Boeing Company, is an innovative technology company striving to create smarter aircraft through the development of versatile and intuitive autonomous systems. Operating at the intersection of technology and robotic aviation, Aurora leverages the power of autonomy to make manned and unmanned flight safer and more efficient. Headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, Aurora has more than 550 employees and operates in six locations, including research and development centers in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Luzern, Switzerland; manufacturing facilities in Bridgeport, West Virginia, and Columbus, Mississippi; and offices in Dayton, Ohio, and Mountain View, California.

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. Boeing products and tailored services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training.

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Airbus launches ab initio Pilot Cadet Training Programme


  • Programme to help meet global demand for pilots over the next 20 years.
  • Mexico City-based pilot school Escuela de Aviacion Mexico to be launch partner
  • Reflects Airbus’ commitment to support airline customers in contributing to long-term availability of qualified flight crew, strengthening flight crew basic flying skills

https://www.aerocontact.com/en/aerospace-aviation-news/55442-airbus-launches-ab-initio-pilot-cadet-training-programme

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IATA, CFM International Sign Pro-Competitive Agreement on Engine Maintenance

miércoles, 1 de agosto de 2018


IATA's press release
IATA, CFM International Sign Pro-Competitive Agreement on Engine Maintenance

Translations:
IATA y CFM International firman acuerdo a favor de la competencia en mantenimiento de motores (pdf)
L’IATA et CFM International signent une entente proconcurrentielle sur la maintenance des moteurs (pdf)




Geneva - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that it has entered into an agreement with CFM International (CFM) that will lead to increased competition in the market for maintenance, repair and overhaul services (MRO) on engines manufactured by CFM, a 50/50 partnership between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines.

“Airlines spend a tremendous amount of money on the maintenance and repair of aircraft and engines to ensure we are always operating to the highest levels of safety and reliability. This milestone agreement with CFM will lead to increased competition among the providers of parts and services related to the servicing of CFM engines. We expect increased competition will reduce airline operating costs and help to keep flying affordable. And we hope that this agreement will be an example for other manufacturers to follow,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

Under the agreement, CFM has adopted a set of “Conduct Policies” that will enhance the opportunities available to third-party providers of engine parts and MRO services on the CFM56 and the new LEAP series engines. Among the many elements of the agreement, CFM has agreed to:

  • License its Engine Shop Manual to an MRO facility even if it uses non-CFM parts
  • Permit the use of non-CFM parts or repairs by any licensee of the CFM Engine Shop Manual
  • Honor warranty coverage of the CFM components and repairs on a CFM engine even when the engine contains non-CFM parts or repairs
  • Grant airlines and third-party overhaul facilities the right to use the CFM Engine Shop Manual without a fee
  • Sell CFM parts and perform all parts repairs even when non-CFM parts or repairs are present in the engine


The agreement includes specific provisions ensuring the implementation of CFM’s commitments with regard to CFM56 series engines which power some 13,400 single-aisle aircraft flying today. CFM has, however, committed to apply the agreement to all commercial engines produced by the company, including engines in its new LEAP Series. GE, moreover, has agreed to apply the Conduct Policies to other commercial aircraft engines that it produces in its own right.

Beneficiaries of the agreement include IATA, CFM’s airline customers, aircraft lessors, third-party MRO facilities and parts manufacturers.

Based on the agreement, IATA has withdrawn a formal complaint it filed with the Competition Directorate of the European Commission in March 2016.



also in:
AeroTime
 https://www.aerotime.aero/clement.charpentreau/21608-iata-withdraws-complaint-against-cfm-international

also in Reuters
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iata-engines-cfm/iata-cfm-agree-deal-to-open-up-engine-maintenance-idUSKBN1KL1DP

flight global
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ge-to-voluntarily-extend-cfms-new-mro-rules-to-ow-450834/

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Embraer drops to $127M loss on fewer deliveries, KC-390 delay

https://www.aerotime.aero/ruta.burbaite/21609-embraer-drops-to-127m-loss-on-fewer-deliveries-kc-390-delay

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Accident: Aeromexico Connect E190 overran runway after rejected takeoff and burst into flames

Accident: Aeromexico Connect E190 at Durango on Jul 31st 2018, veered off and overran runway after rejected takeoff and burst into flames

http://avherald.com/h?article=4bbcb11c&opt=0

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CT y Axter Aerospace impulsan la investigación para obtener un avión ligero 100% eléctrico



Nota de Prensa





El objetivo es desarrollar una plataforma de propulsión completamente eléctrica capaz de competir en prestaciones, autonomía y seguridad con los aviones ligeros convencionales del mercado. AXTER ha desarrollado un sistema de propulsión híbrida para la aviación por el que obtuvo el premio International Quality Innovation Award en el 2017.

CT y AXTER Aerospace trabajan en un consorcio junto con las empresas Power Smart Control, Wavenet Radio & Audio Systems y la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid para obtener un demostrador 100% eléctrico para la aviación capaz de competir en prestaciones, autonomía y seguridad con los aviones convencionales existentes en el mercado.

Para alcanzar el propósito del proyecto, denominado Electra (Electric Aircraft Platform), la plataforma eléctrica de propulsión será diseñada con tecnología española. La plataforma se podrá adaptar tanto a aviones en desarrollo como a aquellos que tengan que reemplazar el motor de combustión.

Los objetivos técnicos estarán centrados en el desarrollo del controlador sobre el motor eléctrico con poco peso y alta eficiencia, el desarrollo del paquete de baterías ligera y en una arquitectura de propulsión segura y fiable.

“El objetivo del proyecto es conseguir un producto competitivo que cumpla con un diseño seguro y fiable con la regulación aeronáutica. La aviación ligera demanda tecnologías verdes y un sistema de propulsión eléctrica permitirá reducir la contaminación ambiental y acústica así como disminuir los costes operacionales de los aviones. Estos ámbitos y la preocupación por la seguridad son claves para el proyecto”, explica Miguel Suárez, fundador de AXTER Aerospace.

AXTER Aerospace desarrolló un sistema de propulsión híbrida para la aviación con la creación del primer prototipo híbrido diseñado para prevenir accidentes causados por fallo del motor. Este sistema de propulsión híbrida mejora la seguridad aérea al proporcionar 20 minutos extra de vuelo en caso de fallo del motor, incrementa la potencia en 40 caballos de vapor, reduce los costes de mantenimiento y operaciones, reduce las emisiones de C02 y la contaminación acústica. En 2017 AXTER Aerospace ganó el premio International Quality Innovation Award 2017 en la categoría de ‘Innovación Empresarial’ de micro empresas y start-ups.

El proyecto de I+D Electra cuenta con el respaldo del Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades del Gobierno de España mediante financiación de la convocatoria Retos-Colaboración 2017.

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ELIMCO Y COMPASUR Aúnan Esfuerzos Para Saltar A Mercados Internacionales En El Sector Aeronáutico

Nota de Prensa







Ambas compañías firmaron, en el marco de ADM Sevilla 2018, un acuerdo que les permitirá crecer e implantarse en el exterior



Sevilla, 31 de julio de 2018.- Elimco Aerospace y Compasur, ingenierías andaluzas del sector aeronáutico, han firmado un acuerdo comercial que les permitirá crear soluciones globales electromecánicas y saltar a mercados complejos internacionales para los principales actores finales o TIER1.



Como han indicado los CEO´s de ambas compañías, José Manuel Soria y Jesús Escudero, “esta asociación comercial nos va a permitir aprovechar las capacidades técnicas de cada compañía con el objetivo de ofrecer servicios y productos complementarios, cuya demanda está creciendo de forma considerable en el sector a nivel internacional, y en los cuales, desde España, somos muy competitivos”. Asimismo, “la importancia de este acuerdo radica en que así tendremos la oportunidad de acceder a contratos de mayor volumen para ambas compañías y trabajar de manera paralela junto a las principales Tier1 a nivel europeo, además de a fabricantes de aeronaves, a los que sería más difícil optar por separado”, han añadido.



Por otra parte, la sinergia generada entre ambas compañías y los medios de los que dispone cada una servirán para implantarse y consolidarse en nuevos mercados internacionales, especialmente Francia, Alemania e Italia, objetivos estratégicos contemplados en los respectivos planes de negocios de Elimco Aerospace y Compasur.



El acuerdo alcanzado es fruto de la intensa labor comercial llevada a cabo por los equipos de Elimco Aerospace y Compasur que culminó durante la celebración de Aerospace & Defense Meetings Sevilla, el evento de negocios de la industria aeroespacial más importante de España, organizado por Extenda-Agencia Andaluza de Promoción Exterior y la firma BCI Aerospace, y celebrado en el Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos de Sevilla del 15 al 18 de mayo. Esta alianza se une a la alcanzada también en ADM Sevilla 2018 con la consultora Job Impulse para potenciar su crecimiento internacional a través de la selección de perfiles técnicos de alta cualificación en los países de interés para las compañías.





Sobre Elimco Aerospace

Elimco Aerospace es una compañía impulsada por la firma Ingemont que ofrece soluciones tecnológicas de alto valor añadido para los sectores aeroespacial, defensa, ferroviario y naval, entre otros. En el sector aeronáutico es un referente en la creación de soluciones customizadas en ingeniería, fabricación y servicios de sistemas eléctricos, electrónicos y aviónica, siendo experta en la gestión integral de productos o sistemas automáticos, simuladores, unidades de control de cabina, consolas y equipos embarcados de alta complejidad, apostando por el desarrollo de la I+D+i y la prestación de servicios en FAL. La compañía participa en los principales programas de Airbus, entre los que destacan los aviones A380, A400M, A330MRTT, Eurofighter y los helicópteros Tiger y NH90.





Sobre Componentes Aeronáuticos del Sur (COMPASUR)

Compasur es una empresa netamente sevillana que elabora paquetes de chapistería metálica para los Tier1 y Tier2 españoles y que participa en los principales programas de Airbus como el A350, A330, A320, A380, A330MRTT, A400M y Eurofighter, para Boeing con el programa B737 y para Embraer con el KC390. Recientemente ha trasladado sus instalaciones al Parque Tecnológico Aeroespacial Aerópolis y está desarrollando nuevas capacidades de mecanizado aeronáutico, montaje e impresión 3D.

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