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Airbus and United Nations team up for universal access to space [feedly]

Airbus and United Nations team up for universal access to space

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Boeing, Embraer form separate joint venture to boost KC-390 [feedly]

Boeing, Embraer form separate joint venture to boost KC-390

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New Zealand confirms deal for four P-8A Poseidons


Flyers Rights questions FAA evidence for not setting seat standards [feedly]

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Pre-Farnborough MRJ briefing shows Mitsubishi still bullish on new jet [feedly]

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Lockheed Martin Announces LM-100J Commercial Freighter Flying at 2018 Farnborough International Airshow

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BETHESDA, Md., July 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) will showcase its LM-100J Super Hercules commercial freighter at Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) 2018, held in Farnborough, England, July 16-22.

The LM-100J will participate in the show's daily flight display and be on static display. The LM-100J is a production variant of the C-130J Super Hercules, which is the tactical airlifter of choice for 18 nations to date around the world.

"While the LM-100J is known for its cargo delivery capabilities, the aircraft has been cited throughout industry as the perfect platform for specialized requirements such as firefighting, medevac, aerial spray, and humanitarian relief support," said George Shultz, vice president and general manager, Air Mobility & Maritime Missions programs at Lockheed Martin. "Farnborough Airshow is the year's premier aerospace industry event and it offers us an ideal opportunity to showcase the LM-100J's unmatched versatility and superior performance to the world."

Joining the LM-100J will be Sikorsky's S-92 helicopter, which is the industry standard for off-shore transportation, search and rescue and VIP/VVIP/head of state transport. The S-92 will be on static display at the Lockheed Martin Chalet (site D8-10).

Additionally, Lockheed Martin leaders and subject matter experts will offer insights and updates on the corporation's aviation, space and layered defense capabilities through a series of briefings, open to all journalists and members of the media attending the show.

Details about each engagement are below and media contacts are listed at the end of this release. Visit for more information about Lockheed Martin's presence at FIA.

10 a.m.
Delivering, Sustaining and Modernizing the F-35 Lightning IIFarnborough Media Centre, Navigate Room

Join Greg Ulmer, vice president and general manager, F-35 Lightning II Program, as he discusses the future of the F-35 program, its progress and positive momentum.
11 a.m.
Lockheed Martin: Reaching New Heights in Commercial Aviation
Lockheed Martin Media Annex, located across from the Farnborough Media Centre

Lockheed Martin has its roots and future in commercial aviation. Tony Frese, vice president of Business Development, Air Mobility & Maritime Missions, and Nathalie Previte, vice president of Business Development, Sikorsky, offer insights and news about the LM-100J commercial freighter and the S-92 and Firehawk helicopter programs.
9 a.m.
Small Satellites, Big Value
Lockheed Martin Chalet (site D-10), Media Briefing Auditorium
As CubeSats and small satellites become more powerful and versatile, Lockheed Martin executives and teammates will discuss key innovations in small satellite buses, payloads and operations designed to help advance science and economic goals for the UK's national space endeavors.
11 a.m.F-35 Industry Ramps Up: Reducing Costs, Improving Capability and Expanding CapacityFarnborough Media Centre, Lloyd Room
Leaders from the primary F-35 industry partners — Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman and Pratt & Whitney — will discuss actions across development, production and sustainment to reduce costs, increase efficiencies, improve capabilities and meet increasing demand.
1 p.m.
Growing the Global Demand for the F-16
Lockheed Martin Media Annex, located across from the Farnborough Media Centre
This briefing focuses on the continued interest in F-16 across Central/Eastern Europe, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, Southeast Asia and South America with potential of 400+ new aircraft sales in the next several years. Randy Howard, director of Business Development for Lockheed Martin's Integrated Fighter Group, discusses continued relevancy of the F-16's capabilities around the world.
9 a.m.Global Fleet Readiness: Delivering More Readiness at Less Cost
Lockheed Martin Media Annex, located across from the Farnborough Media Centre

Lockheed Martin leaders will highlight new technologies, strategies and approaches that enhance readiness rates and reduce costs of aircraft sustainment. This roundtable will focus on Lockheed Martin-wide initiatives, as well as specific programs to include the F-35, C-130J/LM-100J, Sikorsky portfolio and Performance Based Logistics support for conventional and Special Operations Forces.
10 a.m. UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency and Sikorsky will speak about S-92 Helicopter Search and Rescue Operations Lockheed Martin Chalet (site D-10) and the S-92 helicopter static display
The director of Aviation at the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and a Sikorsky vice president will discuss operational capability of the S-92 helicopter. The MCA operates 12 S-92 helicopters for maritime search and rescue within the UK Maritime Search and Rescue Region. (SAR) Bristow Helicopters currently operates Coastguard S-92 helicopters on behalf of the MCA for this critical life-saving mission, following the award of the 10-year UK SAR contract by the Department for Transport in March 2013. Since April 2015, Coastguard S-92 helicopters have been used in support of 4,500 search and rescue missions.
10 a.m.LM-100J Media TourLM-100J on Flightline
Take a tour of the newest member of the Super Hercules family: the LM-100J. Tours hosted by members of Lockheed Martin's Flight Operations team. Photography and video encouraged.
11 a.m.
Layered Missile Defense
Lockheed Martin Media Annex, located across from the Farnborough Media Centre

This briefing focuses on Integrated Air & Missile Defense and how Lockheed Martin is pacing the evolving threats. An executive from Lockheed Martin's Missiles & Fire Control business unit will discuss current and emerging capabilities in Layered Missile Defense. Additionally executives from Lockheed Martin's Rotary and Mission Systems business unit will discuss ground-based radars and how systems are connecting disparate elements into an integrated system-of-systems view of threats across the globe.

About Lockheed MartinHeadquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 100,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. This year the company received three Edison Awards for ground-breaking innovations in autonomy, satellite technology and directed energy.
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SM-3 ballistic missiles get a new digital data link | Morocco receives ship-killers | IAI’s Gabriel to protect Finland [feedly]

SM-3 ballistic missiles get a new digital data link | Morocco receives ship-killers | IAI's Gabriel to protect Finland

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Cargo-carrying long-range VTOL UAV moves to full scale prototype stage


UK space sector set to benefit from new European Space Agency contract

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A new rover set to visit Mars and collect the first ever samples from the planet to be brought back safely to Earth, will be designed in Stevenage by Airbus following the award of a £3.9 million contract by the European Space Agency (ESA).

The sample fetch rover will retrieve samples left by NASA’s Mars 2020 rover and transfer them to an ascent vehicle. This will put them into orbit about the planet, where they will then be brought back to Earth by a separate spacecraft.

Science Minister Sam Gyimah said:

“This remarkable new project, which will see samples brought back from Mars to Earth for the first time ever, demonstrates Britain’s world-leading scientific and engineering innovation.

“Winning this contract builds on the UK’s world-renowned expertise in space and robotics which the government is supporting through the UK Space Agency and the major investments in our modern Industrial Strategy.

“One rover bound for Mars in 2020 is already under construction by Airbus in Stevenage and the knowledge and expertise honed there will now be applied to designing this new mission, which aims to safely deliver – for the first time – material to Earth from another planet.”

The UK is a founding member of ESA, which is independent of the European Union. This means the UK’s membership will continue after we leave the EU, delivering economic benefits and ensuring British companies, universities and other organisations continue to be at the forefront of space exploration, satellite manufacture and technology applications.

British ESA astronaut Tim Peake said:

“This is an exciting new era where businesses and space agencies are working closer than ever before on ambitious missions to expand our knowledge of the Solar System and deliver benefits to people’s lives. The close collaboration between the UK and ESA will place Britain at the forefront of innovative missions to explore the Moon, Mars and beyond.”

Tim Peake joined the science minister at the European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications, which employs 103 staff at Harwell and has supported hundreds of UK companies. As the leading funder of ESA’s ARTES programme into telecommunications research the UK sees one in four commercial telecommunications satellites substantially built in the UK.

During the visit, the Minister and Tim Peake visited STFC RAL Space which will be the home to the National Satellite Test Facility. RAL Space’s Autonomous Systems Group are also contributing to the ESA Mars rover mission.

The UK space sector is growing, worth £13.7 billion to the economy and employing more than 38,000 people across the country. The UK is a world-leader in small satellite technology, telecommunications, robotics and earth observation, while British universities are some of the best in the world for space science. As technology evolves and reduces the cost of access to space, there is an exciting opportunity for the UK to thrive in the commercial space age.

The visit took place on the 70th anniversary of the NHS and a number of healthcare applications for space were also discussed. Last week the UK Space Agency with the support of ESA, launched a competition to find hi-tech solutions to the major health and care challenges facing the NHS, using technology originally designed for space, with up to £4m available.


Airbus wins two ESA studies for Mars Sample Return mission

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Sample Fetch Rover to retrieve cached samples on Mars

Earth Return Orbiter to capture the samples and return them to Earth

Stevenage / Toulouse, 05/07/2018 - Airbus has won two studies from the European Space Agency (ESA) to design a Sample Fetch Rover and an Earth Return Orbiter. These two elements will be critical parts of a mission to return samples of the planet Mars to Earth before the end of the next decade. NASA and ESA signed a letter of intent in April 2018 to pursue a Mars Sample Return mission.

After launching to Mars in 2026, the Mars Sample Fetch Rover will retrieve Mars samples left by the Mars2020 rover. This NASA rover will leave 36 pen sized sample tubes on the Martian surface ready to be collected later. The Sample Fetch Rover will pick up the sample tubes, carry them back and load them into a sample container within the waiting Mars Ascent Vehicle. The Mars Ascent Vehicle will then launch from the surface and put the sample container into orbit about Mars.

As a third part of the mission, ESA’s Earth Return Orbiter, will capture the basketball sized sample container orbiting Mars, seal it within a biocontainment system, and bring the samples back to Earth. The samples will re-enter Earth’s atmosphere and land in the USA before the end of the next decade. Scientists from around the world will then be able to study the samples in using the latest laboratory equipment and analysis techniques for years to come.

Patrick Lelong, Project Manager by Airbus for the Earth Return Orbiter study, said: “Our long experience in complex scientific exploration missions such as Rosetta, BepiColombo and Mars Express will be a great asset for this study. The mission is technologically very challenging, but the prospect of seeing a sample of Mars returning to Earth is very exciting.”

Ben Boyes, Project Manager by Airbus for the Sample Fetch Rover study, said: “With the combined expertise of ESA and NASA, this landmark mission is ambitious and technologically very advanced, with two rovers interacting together on Mars for the first time. A double first of launching from the planet’s surface and the in-orbit transfer of the samples means it will be possible for the first time to directly study Mars soil in laboratories on Earth.”

David Parker, Director of Human and Robotic Exploration at ESA, said: “Bringing samples back from Mars is essential in more than one way. Firstly to understand why Mars, although it is the planet that is most similar to Earth, took a very different evolutionary path than Earth and secondly to fully comprehend the Martian environment in order to allow humans to one day work and live on the Red Planet. I am very pleased that with these two studies now being commissioned and in combination with other studies conducted elsewhere in Europe we make another important step to explore Mars.”

Both Sample Fetch Rover and Earth Return Orbiter are part of ESA-NASA’s proposed Mars Sample Return mission that is looking to be approved at the 2019 ESA council at ministerial level.


Hellenic Air Force orders 12 Tecnam P2002 JF training aircraft

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Tecnam announced today the signature of the contract with Hellenic Air Force (HAF) for the supply of 12 low wing trainer P2002JF held in Athens last July 5th.

The contract, signed by Walter Da Costa, Tecnam Global Sales and Marketing Director and by the General Staff of the Hellenic Air Force, in the presence of the Minister of National Defense, Mr. Panos Kammenos, the Chief of General Staff Chief of Staff, Vice-Chief Christos Christodoulou, is the result of a tender procedure initiated in June 2016.

The HAF, among several competitors, choose the Tecnam P2002 JF as its screening/primary training aircraft for the 360 Squadron, at Dekhelia Air Base, also home of the air force academy.

In addition to the 12 P2002 JF aircraft ordered, Tecnam will provide a SOFTEK simulator and a computer-based integrated training system with ancillary support services.

The Tecnam P2002JF is a two-seat, single engine, low wing aircraft. Powered by the popular ROTAX 912, and with the latest avionic from GARMIN, it is firmly established as one of world’s most popular single engine aeroplanes and the aircraft of choice by so many Flight Training Organisations and Air Forces.

In 2016 Tecnam delivered 8 P2002JF to Argentina Air Force that have been flying more than 6,000 hours and performed 16,000 landing until today.

Paolo Pascale, TECNAM CEO: “We are delighted that yet another Air Force is choosing Tecnam for its training. We are honored by this choice and the Hellenic Air Force’s appreciation of our commitment to the quality of our products and service.”

Walter Da Costa, Tecnam Global Sales and Marketing Director says: “We are so proud that after a tough evaluation, with many honourable competitors, the Hellenic Force choose Tecnam.”

More info on the Tecnam P2002JF

About Hellenic Air Force

The Hellenic Air Force (HAF) is the air force of Greece was formed in 1911. The mission of the Hellenic Air Force is to guard and protect Greek airspace, provide air assistance and support to the Hellenic Army and the Hellenic Navy, as well as the provision of humanitarian aid in Greece and around the world. The Hellenic Air Force includes approximately 33,000 active troops, of whom 11,750 are career officers, 14,000 are professional conscripts (ΕΠ.ΟΠ.), 7,250 are volunteer conscripts and 1,100 are women. The motto of the Hellenic Air Force is the ancient Greek phrase Αἰὲν Ὑψικρατεῖν (Aièn Hypsikrateîn, “Always Dominate the Heights”), and the HAF ensign represents a flying eagle in front of the Hellenic Air Force roundel.


Boeing to Showcase the Future of Aerospace at Farnborough International Airshow

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New special exhibit will feature Boeing's "The Future Is Built Here" interactive displays
737 MAX 7 and 787 scheduled for flight displays
CH-47 Chinook and F-15E Strike Eagle among defense platforms on static display
Cargo Village to feature Boeing Global Services exhibit and CargoLogicAir 747-8 Freighter

CHICAGO, July 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) today announced its plans to reveal the exciting future of air and space travel at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow, which takes place July 16-22. From hypersonic travel to the future of autonomous flight to manned space flight, Boeing will visually present the innovations that will revolutionize the way humans travel around the world and into space. Boeing will also highlight its award-winning portfolio of commercial and defense products and its broader services business that offers unmatched lifecycle value. This "One Boeing" approach has produced a strong and steady commercial, defense and services order book this year, as the company continues to compete and win across the full spectrum of its capabilities.

"Boeing is leading the drive to innovate and win with the clear vision that 'the future is built here,'" said Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg. "We come to Farnborough building on the foundation of an exceptionally consistent and strong year, and do so on the first anniversary of our services business. We are excited to highlight these future technologies as well as our core product offerings with a unique new exhibit that will be open throughout the show."

Visitors can immerse themselves in a large 360-degree theater and board next-generation aircraft through virtual and mixed reality devices. The interactive exhibit showcases Boeing's latest family of aircraft and services, and gives visitors a first look at what the company is developing in its second century of aerospace innovation. The exhibit (P7) will be located opposite Hall 1.

Flying and Static Displays
On the airfield, the 737 MAX 7, which is scheduled to enter service in 2019, will make its air show debut with flying displays from July 16-19. Technology advancements allow the MAX 7 to fly 1,000 nautical miles farther and carry more passengers than its predecessor, the 737-700, while having 18 percent lower fuel costs per seat.

Boeing's flying display will also include a Biman Bangladesh 787-8 featuring the breakthrough capabilities and innovations that have made the 787 extremely popular with operators and passengers. Since 2011, almost 700 super-efficient Dreamliners have been delivered to operators, flying more than 250 million people while saving an estimated 25 billion pounds of fuel.

Other commercial airplanes on display at the show include an Air Italy 737 MAX 8, a Qatar Airways 777-300ER, CargoLogicAir and Qatar Airways 747-8 Freighters, and a Royal Air Maroc 767 Boeing Converted Freighter, which will be at the Cargo Village from July 16-18. Boeing is also participating in the Cargo Village to showcase its family of freighters and lifecycle commitment through Services.

The U.S. Department of Defense is scheduled to display several Boeing platforms, including the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, the CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter, the F-15E Strike Eagle and the C-17 Globemaster military transport aircraft.

Leadership Presence
Senior Boeing leaders at the show will include Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Enterprise Performance & Strategy Greg Smith and the heads of the company's three business units:

  • Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Kevin McAllister;
  • Boeing Defense, Space & Security President and CEO Leanne Caret;
  • Boeing Global Services President and CEO Stan Deal.
Other senior Boeing executives at the show will include:
  • Marc Allen, President, Boeing International;
  • Heidi Capozzi, Senior Vice President, Human Resources;
  • Ted Colbert, Chief Information Officer, Senior Vice President, Information Technology & Data Analytics;
  • Greg Hyslop, Chief Technology Officer, Senior Vice President, Engineering, Test & Technology;
  • Tim Keating, Executive Vice President, Government Operations;
  • Phil Musser, Senior Vice President, Communications;
  • Jenette Ramos, Senior Vice President, Manufacturing, Supply Chain & Operations.
Media Briefings and Information
Boeing will hold a series of briefings for news media during the show, as listed below. Media attending the show should check the briefing schedule daily for updates at the Boeing media chalet in row B 1-6 and the Boeing-sponsored Media Centre.
Follow #BoeingFIA @Boeing on Twitter; Boeing on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube; or online for news and features from the show.
News media should visit for schedule updates on briefings and events as well as news releases and background information. News media may also subscribe to Boeing updates via email:
  • Email with "Farnborough Media Updates" in the subject line, followed by your name and media affiliation. You can opt-out of the email updates by clicking the unsubscribe link in the email1.
Note: All times listed below are local to Farnborough.
Tuesday, July 17Wednesday, July 18
The 737 MAX 7 will be available for tours to accredited members of the news media:
  • Tuesday, July 17 – 11.00 – 11.30, the digital and analytics enabled jet. Preview the industry-changing applications that are enabling fundamental shifts to information infrastructure in the age of digital evolution.
  • Wednesday, July 18 – 11.00-11.30
Tuesday, July 17
09.30   Future of Travel and Transport – Boeing Exhibit Theatre, P7 opposite Hall 1
Chief Technology Officer Greg Hyslop and HorizonX Vice President Steve Nordlund will unveil Boeing's vision of next-generation commercial mobility systems and plans for shaping the global infrastructure that will enable piloted and autonomous air vehicles to safely co-exist in the same ecosystem.
10.30    2018 Commercial Market OutlookBoeing Media Chalet Theatre
Boeing Commercial Marketing Vice President Randy Tinseth will reveal the 2018 Commercial Market Outlook (CMO), the latest 20-year forecast of expected demand for commercial airplanes and services. The CMO is one of the longest-published and most accurate forecasts in the aviation industry.
11.45    The Compelling Future of Air Cargo Conference Theatre, Cargo Village
Boeing Commercial Marketing Vice President Randy Tinseth will provide the air cargo market outlook and Boeing's analysis of the latest growth trends in the cargo industry.
12.30    U.S. Navy P-8 Media Briefing – Boeing Media Chalet Theatre
Capt. Tony Rossi, United States Navy, will provide an update on the P-8 anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare aircraft.
15.00    V-22 Joint Program Office Media Briefing Lloyd Room, Media Centre Hall 1A
V-22 Program Manager Col. Matthew G. Kelly, United States Marine Corps, will provide an update on the current status of the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.
Wednesday, July 18
12.05    Developing Cargo Aircraft Conference Theatre, Cargo Village
Boeing Commercial Airplanes Vice President of Product Strategy and Future Airplane Development Mike Sinnett will participate in the panel discussion to share Boeing's views on developing future cargo aircraft.
Thursday, July 19
Boeing Closing Press Conference Boeing Media Chalet Theatre
Boeing Commercial Sales & Marketing Senior Vice President Ihssane Mounir and Boeing Defense, Space & Security Vice President of Global Sales & Marketing Jeff Shockey will host a closing press conference.
Friday, July 20
10.00    Futures Day Lectures for students – Boeing Media Chalet Theatre
Richard Pillans, Boeing Chief Test Pilot and former British Army Helicopter Pilot and Flight Commander, will speak to Boeing apprentices and young people about his experiences leading the team that oversees all flight operations for Boeing Defence UK, including the Royal Air Force (RAF) Chinook fleet. 2018 marks 100 years of the RAF and through the Futures Day youth engagement activities, Boeing is supporting the RAF's ambition to champion STEM and inspire the next generation of aviators. A second session will be held at 11.00.

About Boeing
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. With corporate offices in Chicago, Boeing employs more than 140,000 people across the United States and in more than 65 countries. This represents one of the most diverse, talented and innovative workforces anywhere. Our enterprise also leverages the talents of hundreds of thousands more skilled people working for Boeing suppliers worldwide.