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The UK’s future combat air programme can generate billions for the UK economy

 press release



For the first time, preliminary data has revealed the economic importance of the UK’s future combat air programme, Tempest - predicting it will support an average of 20,000 jobs every year from 2026 to 2050.1


The Tempest programme is being delivered by Team Tempest, a UK technology and defence partnership formed by BAE Systems, Leonardo UK, MBDA, Rolls-Royce and the RAF, and involving hundreds of high-tech companies, SMEs and academia across the UK. It is one of the UK’s most ambitious technological endeavours, designed to deliver a highly advanced, adaptable and affordable military combat air system which will play a key role in the nation’s defence and security.

Along with meeting a major military requirement, the programme is expected to deliver significant benefits to the UK over its full lifetime. It will preserve sovereign capability whilst investing in highly skilled jobs, with a specific focus on young people, developing technology and infrastructure, and will support the wider economy and long-term prosperity of the UK.

The data released today represents the preliminary findings of an independent analysis by PwC on the economic contribution at the initial stages of the multi-decade Tempest programme, covering the period up to 2050. A full report will be available by the end of the year.

The preliminary findings reveal:

The Tempest programme will contribute at least £25.3bn2 to the UK economy in the first 30 years alone. This figure excludes the significant impact of R&D spillover3 and the important role Tempest plays in securing the critical UK combat air industrial sector and its associated economic benefits.
For every £100 of direct value added generated by the Tempest programme partners, £220 of GVA 4 (direct, indirect and induced) is estimated to be created across the UK economy.
The programme is forecast to support an average of circa 20,000 jobs every year between 2026 and 2050. For every 100 workers employed directly by the Tempest programme partners, a further 270 are estimated to be employed across the UK economy (direct, indirect and induced).

This initial analysis looks at the period of programme development, production, entry into service and early support, but does not include the full potential of export opportunities, R&D investment or the value of the programme beyond 2050.

Michael Christie, Director, Combat Air Acquisition Programme, BAE Systems commented:

“Tempest is an exciting and ambitious multi-decade programme that will help to preserve our national security whilst at the same time driving significant economic benefits for the UK. The initial analysis revealed today demonstrates that Tempest is critical to ensuring the UK can sustain its world-leading Combat Air Sector, preserving the sovereign capability that is essential to retaining military freedom of action for the UK.”

Tempest is a beacon to attract engineers and technicians and a place for young people to build their careers. There are currently 1,800 people employed across UK industry and the MOD, a number that is set to increase to 2,500 next year.

ADS Chief Executive Paul Everitt said:



“The Tempest programme is essential for our national security and future prosperity. The high value design and ground breaking engineering skills required for success will create a new generation of talent to drive UK industry.

“Defence programmes like Tempest offer an invaluable opportunity to secure a recovery from the current COVID-19 crisis. It will embed high-value design and manufacturing skills in the UK for decades to come, sustain thousands of high paying jobs and give apprentices the opportunity to build their career in an iconic programme with massive export potential.”

BAE Systems, on behalf of Team Tempest partners, commissioned PwC to carry out an independent analysis of the economic impact of the Tempest programme. The full report is due for publication before the end of the year.

Today’s announcements illustrate the wider economic, skills and technology benefit to the UK. In July seven further companies signed agreements to progress opportunities to work on future combat air concepts and underpinning technologies across Team Tempest – including Bombardier Belfast, Collins Aerospace in the UK, GE Aviation UK, GKN Aerospace, Martin-Baker, QinetiQ, and Thales UK.

Ref: 101/2020

1The draft report referenced was prepared only for BAE Systems (Operations) Limited and solely for the purpose and on the terms agreed with BAE Systems (Operations) Limited. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP accepts no liability (including for negligence) to anyone else in connection with the draft report. Any content that is referenced from the draft report is subject to change between now and the issue of the final version to BAE Systems (Operations) Limited.

2 Figures presented in NPV (net present value) terms in 2019 basis. The estimates have been discounted by the social time preference rate of 3.5% as recommended in HM Treasury’s Green Book.

3 R&D Spillover: A positive consequence of research and development applied to sectors beyond which it was developed for, which has benefits to the wider economy.

4 Figures presented in GVA (gross value added). GVA is a measure in economics of the value of goods and services produced in an area, industry or sector of an economy.

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Futuristic radar for the UK’s future combat aircraft will capture the equivalent of a ‘city’s worth of data’ in a second

 press release




British engineers have today revealed some of the latest concepts under development for the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) next generation combat air system.
The pioneering technology is being delivered by Team Tempest, a UK technology and defence partnership formed by BAE Systems, Leonardo, MBDA, Rolls-Royce and the RAF, and involving hundreds of high-tech companies, SMEs and academia across the UK.  
 
Tempest is one of the UK’s most ambitious technological endeavours and designed to deliver a highly advanced, adaptable combat air system to come into service from the mid-2030s. This next generation combat aircraft, which forms part of a wider combat air system, will exploit new technologies as they evolve to respond to the changing nature of the battlespace, addressing increasingly high-tech and complex threats and conflict.
 

Leonardo UK 

Experts from the Team Tempest electronics lead, Leonardo UK, are developing new radar technology capable of providing over 10,000 times more data than existing systems. The new sensor, called the ‘Multi-Function Radio Frequency System’, will collect and process unprecedented amounts of data on the battlespace – equivalent to the internet traffic of a large city such as Edinburgh, every second. This huge volume of information, processed on-board, will give Tempest a battle winning edge in combat situations, with the ability to locate and target enemies well before they are targeted themselves.
 
The brand new sensor will provide a wide range of abilities beyond traditional radar, with all-digital technology providing the operator with an exceptionally clear view of the battlespace and of potential targets. Leonardo has already built complete sub-systems using the new technology and successfully tested them at the company’s site in Edinburgh with a path to airborne demonstrations in the coming years.
 

BAE Systems

Separately, engineers at BAE Systems have begun flight testing cutting-edge concepts for Tempest’s ‘wearable cockpit’ technologies, designed to provide pilots in the cockpit or operators on the ground with split-second advantage. The concept sees the physical controls seen in current aircraft cockpits replaced with Augmented and Virtual Reality displays projected directly inside the visor of a helmet, which can be instantly configured to suit any mission. Concepts including human-autonomy teaming are also being developed, where a ‘virtual co-pilot’ could take on some of the pilot’s responsibilities. The virtual co-pilot concept is still being developed, but could for example, take the form of an ‘avatar’ built into the cockpit to interact with the pilot.
 
BAE Systems has also been trialing ‘psycho-physiological’ technologies, including eye-tracking, to study the operator’s physical and cognitive processes to better understand increasing exertion, stress, workload and fatigue. BAE Systems test pilots are now trialling these psycho-physiological technologies in controlled test flight conditions in a Typhoon aircraft. The results of the trials will inform further development to better understand a pilot’s cognitive behaviour and processes relating to brain activity, psychological rhythms and eye movement to inform further development.
 

MBDA UK

MBDA UK has also embedded one of its Human Factors engineers within this wearable cockpit team, ensuring early introduction of weapons concepts that exploit these future technologies. This close partnership approach between MBDA UK and BAE Systems will allow the companies to help to collaborate at an early stage of the programme, shaping how weapons systems information and operation is optimised for the pilot.
 

Rolls-Royce

At the same time, Rolls-Royce engineers have been developing advanced combustion system technology as part of the company’s power and propulsion work. The combustion system is where fuel is introduced and burned to release energy into the gas stream. A next generation system will need to be hotter than any previous platform, increasing the efficiency of the engine and meaning it can go further, faster, or produce less carbon dioxide. Rolls-Royce has been exploring advanced composite materials and additive manufacturing as part of this work, producing lightweight, more power-dense components capable of operating at these higher temperatures.

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[Iberia] Vehículos eléctricos, dirigidos por control remoto para mover los aviones de Iberia en Madrid y Barcelona

 nota de prensa


  • Estos silenciosos vehículos permiten reducir en 23.000 kilos las emisiones de CO2 al año por unidad, además de incrementar la seguridad de la operación en rampa y mejorar la puntualidad.

 

  • A finales de este mes, Iberia Airport Services contará ya con ocho unidades de estos “green pushback” en Madrid y El Prat

 

  • Iberia Mantenimiento también los utiliza ya en los hangares de La Muñoza y en el de Barcelona

 



A pesar del impacto de la crisis del COVID en todo el sector aéreo, Iberia, incluyendo sus negocios de handling y mantenimiento, sigue apostando por la innovación y la sostenibilidad, y vuelve a ser pionera con la incorporación de la última tecnología.

Iberia Airport Services está incorporando en los aeropuertos de Madrid y Barcelona vehículos denominados “Green Pushback”, un innovador tractor de aviones eléctrico que se dirige por control remoto y se utiliza para remolcar el avión hacia atrás antes de la salida de cada vuelo.

A finales de octubre Iberia Airport Services dispondrá de ocho unidades de estos equipos, de los más avanzados y sostenibles del mercado: además de ser muy silenciosos, cada vehículo permitirá reducir en 23.000 kilos las emisiones de CO2, incrementar la seguridad operacional con un guiado más preciso y, al mismo tiempo, mejorar la puntualidad y ofrecer un mejor servicio a los clientes de Iberia Airport Services en los aeropuertos de Madrid y Barcelona.

“Los green push back son silenciosos y permiten reducir las emisiones de C02 en 23.000 kilos por vehículo y año”

Estos vehículos tienen una gran autonomía y su batería de 80V permite carretear hasta 28 aviones sin necesidad de recarga. El modelo que ha incorporado Iberia Airport Services (Mototok Spacer 8600) permite remolcar aviones de fuselaje estrecho como los de la familia A319, A320 y A321 con los que Iberia y Vueling realizan todos sus vuelos de corto y medio radio.

Dentro de su proyecto Go Up! para transformar el negocio de handling, Iberia Airport Services está apostando por soluciones innovadoras y sostenibles. En los últimos cuatro años, ha renovado más del 80 por ciento de su flota motorizada, incorporado energías alternativas y sustiyendo por modelos eléctricos hasta un 40 por ciento de sus vehículos en toda la red de aeropuertos españoles que ofrecen esta posibilidad.

Tractores eléctricos también en los hangares

Iberia Mantenimiento ha adoptado también esta misma tecnología para el carreteo de aviones a los hangares de Madrid y Barcelona cuando hay que realizarles tareas de revisión y reparación.

Iberia Mantenimiento dispone de otras dos unidades de estos vehículos -uno en el aeropuerto de Madrid y otro en El Prat-, también para remolcar aviones de fuselaje estrecho.

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https://www.mbda-systems.com/2020/10/15/the-uks-future-combat-air-programme-can-generate-billions-for-the-uk-economy/ 

Press release


For the first time, preliminary data has revealed the economic importance of the UK's future combat air programme, Tempest – predicting it will support an average of 20,000 jobs every year from 2026 to 2050.1

The Tempest programme is being delivered by Team Tempest, a UK technology and defence partnership formed by BAE Systems, Leonardo UK, MBDA, Rolls-Royce and the RAF, and involving hundreds of high-tech companies, SMEs and academia across the UK.  It is one of the UK's most ambitious technological endeavours, designed to deliver a highly advanced, adaptable and affordable military combat air system which will play a key role in the nation's defence and security.

Along with meeting a major military requirement, the programme is expected to deliver significant benefits to the UK over its full lifetime.  It will preserve sovereign capability whilst investing in highly skilled jobs, with a specific focus on young people, developing technology and infrastructure, and will support the wider economy and long-term prosperity of the UK.

The data released today represents the preliminary findings of an independent analysis by PwC on the economic contribution at the initial stages of the multi-decade Tempest programme, covering the period up to 2050.  A full report will be available by the end of the year.

The preliminary findings reveal:


  • The Tempest programme will contribute at least £25.3bn2 to the UK economy in the first 30 years alone. This figure excludes the significant impact of R&D spillover3 and the important role Tempest plays in securing the critical UK combat air industrial sector and its associated economic benefits.
  • For every £100 of direct value added generated by the Tempest programme partners, £220 of GVA 4 (direct, indirect and induced) is estimated to be created across the UK economy.
  • The programme is forecast to support an average of circa 20,000 jobs every year between 2026 and 2050. For every 100 workers employed directly by the Tempest programme partners, a further 270 are estimated to be employed across the UK economy (direct, indirect and induced).

This initial analysis looks at the period of programme development, production, entry into service and early support, but does not include the full potential of export opportunities, R&D investment or the value of the programme beyond 2050.

Michael Christie, Director, Combat Air Acquisition Programme, BAE Systems, commented:  

"Tempest is an exciting and ambitious multi-decade programme that will help to preserve our national security whilst at the same time driving significant economic benefits for the UK.  The initial analysis revealed today demonstrates that Tempest is critical to ensuring the UK can sustain its world-leading Combat Air Sector, preserving the sovereign capability that is essential to retaining military freedom of action for the UK."

Tempest is a beacon to attract engineers and technicians and a place for young people to build their careers.  There are currently 1,800 employed across UK industry and the MOD, a number that is set to increase to 2,500 next year.

ADS Chief Executive, Paul Everitt, said:

"The Tempest programme is essential for our national security and future prosperity. The high value design and ground breaking engineering skills required for success will create a new generation of talent to drive UK industry.

"Defence programmes like Tempest offer an invaluable opportunity to secure a recovery from the current COVID-19 crisis. It will embed high-value design and manufacturing skills in the UK for decades to come, sustain thousands of high paying jobs and give apprentices the opportunity to build their career in an iconic programme with massive export potential."

BAE Systems, on behalf of Team Tempest partners, commissioned PwC to carry out an independent analysis of the economic impact of the Tempest programme. The full report is due for publication before the end of the year.

 Today's announcements illustrate the wider economic, skills and technology benefit to the UK. In July seven further companies signed agreements to progress opportunities to work on future combat air concepts and underpinning technologies across Team Tempest – including Bombardier Belfast, Collins Aerospace in the UK, GE Aviation UK, GKN Aerospace, Martin-Baker, QinetiQ, and Thales UK.


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The world debut of the Long Endurance and Large Payload Intelligent UAV-V400 Albatross

 press release



 




On 13th, September, at the 2020 World UAV Conference, Shanghai AutoFlight Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as "AutoFlight") grandly released the V400 Albatross, a vertical take-off and landing intelligent aircraft for the global market.



At the press conference, AutoFlight also announced its corporate strategic plan for the first time, focusing on large-scale intelligent logistics aircraft + "air taxi" autopilot manned aircraft as the main product layout, building an air logistics operation system and a three-dimensional air travel method to create the future Urban Air Mobility (UAM).



Picture|AutoFlight Chairman Tian Yu, Shenzhen UAV Industry Association President Yang Jincai, Baidu Capital General Manager Hu Tianhang, Rainbow Group Deputy General Manager Zhou Ming, Zhuhai Huamai Aviation Technology Co., Ltd. Chairman Wang Genhua, unveiled V400 Albatross.

The V400 Albatross is independently developed by AutoFlight as a vertical take-off and landing intelligent aircraft with a maximum take-off weight of 400kg and a maximum payload of 100 kg. There are two power versions to choose from: the pure electric version has a full-payload cruising range of 300 kilometers, and the hybrid version has a full-payload cruising range of 1,000 kilometers.
V400 Albatross
Airframe Length6.67m
Wingspan9m
Airframe Height1.11m
Wing Area4.66㎡
Maximum Total Takeoff Weight400kg
Maximum Payload100kg
Maximum Takeoff Altitude5000m
Range at Full Payload(Pure Electric Version)300km
Range at Full Payload(Hybrid Version)1000km




Vertical take-off and landing, long endurance, large payload, and intelligence have always been the direction of technological breakthroughs in intelligent aircraft, and they are also key indicators to measure the technological strength of aircraft companies in various countries around the world. Compared with other leading vertical take-off and landing aircraft in the world, the V400 Albatross has the advantages of long endurance, large payload and intelligence.


V400 Albatross adopts canard layout design, which has a higher lift-to-drag ratio than the traditional layout, and achieves excellent aerodynamic performance. The whole aircraft body uses carbon fiber composite material integrated molding technology, which is lighter in weight, stronger and more rigid. The whole body adopts a three-axis layout to ensure the overall high reliability and high strength characteristics. The V400 Albatross closely integrates aerodynamics and electric propulsion technology, and is equipped with a flight control with completely independent intellectual property rights and a high power-to-weight ratio motor electronic control system. The lift part uses 8 sets of motors, and the thrust part is provided by 2 sets of power sources. The thrust can not only take off and land vertically and hover in the air like a multi-rotor drone, but also fly horizontally like a fixed-wing aircraft.

In terms of safety, the V400 Albatross strictly adopts aviation system development standards. It not only has an 8-lift, 2-thrust multi-redundant control system, a multi-redundant flight control system, and a ground radar assisted remote takeoff and landing function. It can also be equipped with a whole unit parachute. To maximize flight safety.

The V400 Albatross can fly autonomously, has the ability to intelligently sense and avoid in the air, and supports seamless connection with 4G/5G networks. It will be used in scenes such as express logistics, emergency material transportation, medical rescue and fire emergency, especially in mountainous and island transportation scenes, which can save a lot of time and have obvious efficiency advantages.

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Leonardo and ENAV join forces to develop innovative solutions for a more efficient use of helicopters in the civil air space which focus on digitalization, sustainability and safety



 press release


  • The two partners will work at developing solutions, procedures, and standards to enhance the use of air space in Italy and overseas
  • The collaboration marks an important step forward for the evolution and the modernisation of air navigation infrastructures for transport services, public services and environment protection    
  • Leonardo helicopters’ innovative technological features based on greater navigation, approach and landing precision, particularly in harsh weather conditions, are the ideal solution for the satellite navigation procedures developed by ENAV  

 



Leonardo and ENAV signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) in Italy primarily aimed at modernising and making safer, efficient and sustainable the use of helicopters and air space leveraging the most advanced navigation technologies. The aim of the partners is to join forces and offer helicopter operators products and services in the advanced instrument navigation field, while also contributing to modernise the relevant infrastructures. The partners are extremely committed to strengthen a major national resource.

Through the LoI this innovative collaboration combines Leonardo’s industrial capabilities for design, production, supply and support of modern, high performance helicopters together with ENAV’s expertise in the development and management of air space in Italy and overseas.

The agreement will allow the partners to develop and supply advanced integrated solutions for both private and public service operators, in Italy and internationally. This collaboration marks a unique initiative in the world’s aviation sector and also contributes to Italy’s critical infrastructures sustainability, digitalization and safety objectives, with both partners as major stakeholders.

Today the air navigation infrastructures, particularly procedures and air space development, are designed mainly to support fixed-wing aircraft flight operations, limiting rotary-wing aircraft’s potential and versatility. Helicopters inherently feature great flexibility and a higher degree of freedom in manoeuvrability, primarily based on vertical take-off and landing and hover capabilities.

The latest certification standard of Leonardo helicopters, with its advanced systems and equipment, already allows the use of modern Performance Based Navigation (PBN) navigation procedures, and ENAV has already been at the forefront of design PBN procedures for both fix- and rotary-wing aircraft for years.

PBN procedures, carried out through advanced satellite navigation, significantly contribute to air space optimisation delivering greater flight operation safety thanks to greater navigation, approach and landing precision and accuracy, a key enabler particularly in certain weather conditions. PBN is combined or replaces the more traditional land-based radio navigation systems

Moreover, PBN procedures ensure a reduction in polluting emissions and noise through dedicated routes and higher efficiency. Passenger transport, emergency medical service and rescue, disaster relief operations, surveillance and fire-fighting are among the main applications which can benefit from this technology, in all-weather conditions, day and night. Its adoption and implementation significantly enhance flight safety, environment protection, public service flexibility, responsiveness and effectiveness, air transport efficiency.

Alessandro Profumo, Chief Executive Officer of Leonardo, said: “With this initiative we confirm our commitment to contribute to Italy’s growth and competitiveness by strengthening a critical infrastructure like our sky as well as the systems and rules regulating its use. We do this by introducing innovation, digitalization and procedures which will come closer and closer to the future ‘urban air mobility’ scenarios, thanks to the continuous modernisation in the field of integration with our expertise in helicopters and the relevant flight safety enabling technologies, air traffic control systems and space technologies. An integrated solution delivering benefits for mobility, safety, environment protection and services for the communities. Italy, with its industrial and technological excellence, confirms its contribution to the efforts made by Europe in this sector with programmes like SESAR and can become a benchmark at an international level.”

Paolo Simioni, Chief Executive Officer of ENAV, said: “We’re proud of this agreement which shows aviation industry’s ability to create synergies aimed at helping our sector grow and contributing to modernize systems which make flight more efficient and safer. Air space is a prime infrastructure for the Italian and international economy growth. Therefore, we’re investing in technological innovation which must also be sustainable and support the environment. Leonardo and ENAV are two strategic players for the technological and infrastructural development of this sector and this partnership provides further evidence of the technological excellent and quality of ENAV’s people. I’m confident that this collaboration will provide both partners with a competitive advantage in the international market.”

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Leonardo: panels for JUICE solar arrays leave the Company’s Milan plant, they are the largest ever built for an interplanetary mission

 press release


  • Another record for Leonardo, after the milestone of the photovoltaic panels built for the Rosetta mission
  • Ten panels will accompany JUICE’s probe to discover possible oceans hidden under the surface of Jupiter's icy moons
  • Photovoltaic panels represent one of Leonardo's key abilities, which confirms its leadership in the development of complex technologies for space missions



The ten photovoltaic panels for the JUICE mission (JUpiter ICy moons Explorer) are ready. JUICE is the most ambitious mission of the Cosmic Vision space programme of the European Space Agency (ESA), for which the Italian Space Agency (ASI) participates with an important contribution. Airbus, as the prime contractor, is developing and building the JUICE spacecraft. Leonardo will deliver the panels to Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands, which is developing the solar arrays for the interplanetary mission. Even during the COVID-19 emergency, Leonardo guaranteed the continuity of its activities, respecting the timeline of the supply.

With the production of the JUICE photovoltaic panels, Leonardo not only confirms, but exceeds its technological leadership which was previously achieved with the Rosetta mission. JUICE’s panels cover a total area of 85 square meters, becoming the largest ever built for an interplanetary mission.

JUICE, scheduled to launch in 2022, will study Jupiter and its three icy moons - Ganymede, Callisto, and Europa – which are considered to be of great interest due to the presence of vast oceans beneath their surface. The surface and inner layers will be explored in search of conditions favorable to life.

To reach Jupiter, JUICE’s journey will take almost eight years during which the solar panels will guarantee the energy necessary for the on-board instrumentation. At its destination, the probe will be about 780 million km away from the Sun, and will have to operate in extremely critical conditions.

Jupiter’s distance represented a challenge that required the study and implementation of specific and optimised technologies which are able to operate with temperatures as low as -230 degrees Celsius and in conditions of almost no light (about one twenty-seventh of that arriving on Earth). The constant generation of power is in fact an essential requirement without which the mission would not survive, failing all its objectives.

For the JUICE mission, in addition to supplying the photovoltaic panels, Leonardo participates in the production of the JANUS optical telescope and the MAJIS infrared spectrometer, both highly technological scientific instruments of great importance to the mission. JANUS is developed under the responsibility of ASI with the contribution and scientific guidance of INAF (National Institute for Astrophysics). MAJIS is developed by the French institute IAS and funded by CNES and ASI.

Activities continue at the Nerviano plant (Milan) with the construction of the photovoltaic panels of the European Service Module that ESA will provide to the Orion shuttle – as a contribution to NASA’s ARTEMIS programme for the safe return of man on the moon.

The European Service Module, powered by Leonardo's photovoltaic systems, will transport the Orion capsule, guaranteeing the astronauts housed inside the shuttle a safe and comfortable journey.

Leonardo has already provided the panels for the first two missions of the ARTEMIS programme, scheduled for 2021 and 2023, which aim to verify and test the complex integrated transport system between the Earth and the Moon.

Furthermore, activities for the solar panels of the third ARTEMIS mission have just begun, the launch of which is scheduled for 2024, and it will bring the next man and first woman back to the lunar soil, more than half a century after the historic 1969 landing.

Leonardo has over ten years of expertise in the field of photovoltaic generators and power units, developed by participating in numerous international missions such as: Herschel, Planck, Lisa Pathfinder, GAIA, Aeolus, COSMO-SkyMed, Euclid, ExoMars TGO, Exomars 2022, Meteosat Third Generation, MetOp Second Generation.

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ANGELS, France's first industrial nanosatellite, extends the scope of space Internet of Things

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Five times more powerful and ten times smaller than its predecessors, ANGELS has been designed to address the current challenges of New Space: miniaturization, scaled-up performance and very low consumption.

This technological wonder is opening up its services to current users and offering IoT players premium access to this new connectivity. ANGELS gives a first taste of the opportunities provided by Kinéis, the first constellation of European nanosatellites dedicated to IoT. Carrying a state-of-the-art ARGOS instrument, ANGELS is the operationnal proof of the success of the French nanosatellite sector, supported by CNES and leading manufacturers such as Thales Alenia Space, HEMERIA and Syrlinks.

 

Technology offering a five-time performance increase and greater service capability
ANGELS is so sensitive that transmitters on the ground can reach it with a transmission power of just 100 mW, about a fifth of the power needed by current ARGOS transmitters. It also provides access to a new frequency band, boosting the capabilities of the seven satellites in the current system. These major innovations will enable users to extend the battery life of their transmitters and reduce their size and weight. Data from the 20,000 transmitters are currently processed by the whole system, a figure that will increase to several million by 2030. For biologists, who have been using the ARGOS system with CLS for more than 40 years, this means that their studies can last longer and can include new, smaller species through suitably miniaturized transmitters.

 

The addition of ANGELS (ARGOS Neo on a Generic Economical and Light Satellite)  to the ARGOS satellite fleet, a world reference in the collection of transmitter data for the study and protection of the environment, offers new data collection capabilities. The ARGOS Neo instrument is the first of a new generation: this technological wonder has passed the challenge of miniaturization by being ten times lighter (2 kg) and three times more energy-efficient than previous generations.

All the innovations developed on board of the satellite in orbit has immediate benefits for users. In practical terms, this new instrument allows the transmitters to become smaller and lighter, which opens up the range of objects inside which they can be fitted. While the ANGELS model already offers exceptional performance, the 25 similar nanosatellites of the future constellation will meet even more demanding specifications,

 

explains Alexandre Tisserant, CEO of Kinéis.

For Caroline Laurent, CNES's Director of Orbital Systems,

The opening of new services and the inclusion of ANGELS in the ARGOS satellite fleet represent a new milestone in the ARGOS system success story. This was made possible thanks to the unique partnership between CNES, Thales Alenia Space, Syrlinks and HEMERIA. ANGELS is the symbol of French New Space: innovative working methods in action. Designed, developed, manufactured and qualified in record time, ANGELS announces the starting point for the marketing of a range of nanosatellites weighing less than 50 kg. It is carrying ARGOS Neo, itself the precursor of a new generation of low-cost, highly miniaturized instruments.

 

Benoit Broudy, Vice President  of the Navigation business at Thales Alenia Space in France, says:

We are proud to have supplied the ARGOS Neo instrument, and of its successful commissioning on ANGELS. It represents an important milestone in Thales Alenia Space's New Space and innovation approach. The ARGOS system is the global benchmark in satellite location and data collection. Instrument miniaturization offers new spaceflight solutions such as nanosatellite constellations and creates new opportunities in satellite navigation and the Internet of Things. We are happy to share the success of the ANGELS mission, which should spur the development of a French nanosatellite sector to address the booming New Space market.

 

Nicolas Multan, CEO of HEMERIA:

I am delighted and proud of the progress made since 2016, a time when questions were being asked about 'how cube- and nanosats can be turned into industrial products with promising performance'. I think we can say that ANGELS clearly demonstrates French know-how in the New Space area, from CNES labs all the way through to the industrial sector, which we are working to unite. This demonstrator, which is now operational, is good news for the constellation of 25 satellites soon to be launched, which will make Kinéis a unique player in tomorrow's IoT world.

 

Christophe Vassal, President of CLS, provider of ARGOS environmental services:

According to WWF's latest Living Planet Report, populations of vertebrates – fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles – fell by 68% between 1970 and 2016. ANGELS and the forthcoming Kinéis constellation are flying strategic technologies for improving knowledge and protection of biodiversity. ANGELS therefore opens the path to a bright future for wildlife conservation, but also for the sustainable management of marine resources with the monitoring of traditional fishing vessels, or the study of our Blue Planet with the establishment of a digital twin of the ocean. From now on, any sponsor of a project offering connected solutions for the environment can obtain assistance in developing applications. The Kinéis and CLS teams will provide technical and commercial support to all pro-planet players in the creation of novel space applications!

 

Guy Richard, President and CEO of Syrlinks:

Syrlinks is proud to have taken part in designing the ARGOS Neo miniaturized payload with Thales Alenia Space. We contributed our expertise in space radiocommunications, digital signal processing and software, and our mastery of the New Space system. Syrlinks also provided ARGOS Neo with an ultra-stable reference clock, essential for locating ARGOS transmitters. Developing payloads is fully in line with the company's strategy and allows us to diversify our range of satcom products with more advanced features.

 

About the partners

 

Kinéis

 
Founded in 2019, Kinéis is a satellite operator and a global connectivity provider. It inherited the forty years of CNES and CLS expertise with the Argos system to develop reliable technology that provides easy access to useful satellite data. In order to make life easier for professionals and individuals and to encourage them to use its product and services, Kinéis locates and connects objects wherever they are on the planet. For its first year of existence, Kinéis achieved a turnover of nearly 5 million euros and already employs 40 people.

 

CNES

 
CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales) is the public establishment responsible for proposing French space policy to the Government and implementing it in Europe. It designs and puts satellites in orbit and invents the space systems of tomorrow; it promotes the emergence of new services that are useful in everyday life. CNES, created in 1961, initiates major space projects, launchers and satellites and is the natural partner of industry for pushing innovation. CNES has nearly 2,500 employees, men and women who are passionate about space, which opens up infinite, innovative fields of application; it intervenes in five areas: the Ariane launcher, scientific research, observation, telecommunications and defence. CNES is a major player in technological innovation, economic development and industrial policy in France. It also establishes scientific partnerships and is involved in numerous international projects. France, represented by CNES, is the main contributor to the European Space Agency (ESA).

 

Thales Alenia Space

 
Drawing on over 40 years of experience and a unique combination of skills, expertise and cultures, Thales Alenia Space delivers cost-effective solutions for telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation, environmental management, exploration, science and orbital infrastructures. Governments and private industry alike count on Thales Alenia Space to design satellite-based systems that provide anytime, anywhere connections and positioning, monitor our planet, enhance management of its resources, and explore our Solar System and beyond. Thales Alenia Space sees space as a new horizon, helping to build a better, more sustainable life on Earth. A joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), Thales Alenia Space also teams up with Telespazio to form the parent companies’ Space Alliance, which offers a complete range of services. Thales Alenia Space posted consolidated revenues of approximately 2.15 billion euros in 2019 and has around 7,700 employees in nine countries.

 

HEMERIA

 
HEMERIA is a major player in the space industry. HEMERIA designs and manufactures first-class space products that meet the needs of corporate and scientific customers in commercial, defence and safety applications. HEMERIA develops high-performance nanosatellites giving non-technical professionals a fast, competitive and efficient access to space. HEMERIA is also one of the top three European suppliers of panels, thermal protections and interconnection devices for bigger satellites.

 

CLS

 
CLS, a subsidiary of CNES and CNP, is an international company that has been leading the way in Earth observation and monitoring solutions since 1986. Its vision is to design and deploy innovative solutions to enable us to understand and protect our planet and manage its resources in a sustainable way. The company supports the international community in its effort to understand the past, observe the present and prepare for the future. Its resilient solutions provide keys to enable strategic stakeholders to adapt and address the climate and environmental challenges we are facing.
Its systems also make it possible to assess the impact of industrial and economic activities on the environment. CLS employs 720 people at its headquarters in Toulouse and 24 other sites around the world. The company operates in five strategic business sectors: environmental monitoring and climate, sustainable fisheries management, fleet management, energy, mining and infrastructure, and maritime safety.
The CLS Group achieved a turnover of almost 135 million euros in 2019.

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Mi-171A2 certified in South Korea


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Validation of Mi-171A2 certificate confirms the compliance of design with local flight safety requirements and authorizes its use in the Republic of Korea.

"South Korea is the largest foreign operator of the Ka-32 helicopter and also has a successful track record of using Mi-8/17 in police operations. Validation of the Mi-171A2 certificate proves that the country has high demand and trust in Russian helicopter designs. I am confident that our Korean partners will appreciate the outstanding flight performance and modern on-board equipment of Mi-171A2; negotiations about its delivery are already under way", said the Director General of Russian Helicopters Andrey Boginsky.

The first foreign operator of Mi-171A2 was the Republic of Kazakhstan. In addition, its certificate has been validated by the aviation authorities of India and Colombia. Its validation is also planned in China, Brazil, Mexico, Peru and several other countries.

Its modern, high performance VK-2500 engines give Mi-171A2 fundamentally new possibilities for operation in high-mountain and high-temperature regions. Due to its more efficient X-shaped tail rotor, a new main rotor with all-composite blades, and improved aerodynamic profile, the cruise and maximum speeds of Mi-171A2 helicopter are 10 percent higher and its load capacity is 25 percent greater than those of serial Mi-8/17 helicopters.

Mi-171A2 comes with a modern digital "glass cockpit" avionics suite which allows to reduce its crew to two persons. Video cameras provide a better view during external load operations. Its flight safety is improved by modern terrain awareness and warning systems, airborne and obstacle collision avoidance systems.

Depending on the operator needs, Mi-171A2 helicopter can perform search and rescue missions, medical and cargo operations, fight fires or carry passengers in daylight and during night, and at temperatures from -50°C to + 50°C.

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Rostec announced the results of the Russian Be-200ES firefighting operations in Turkey

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Over the past three months, the Russian Be-200ES amphibious aircraft flew more than 200 times for suppressing wildland fires in Turkey. Aircraft with Russian crews onboard have been participating in the firefighting missions at difficult and strategically important places and locations since June 16. Total flight time exceeded 400 hours.

Two amphibious aircraft manufactured by the PJSC Taganrog Aviation Scientific-Technical Complex n.a. G.M. Beriev (part of PJSC UAC of the State Corporation Rostec) are currently on duty in the vicinity of Antalya, Izmir and Bodrum. Russian aircraft was involved in dousing flames at a fireworks factory near the city of Sakaria.


It took less than two hours for the crews to localize and completely extinguish the fires there. Another major fire - in the Dardanelles Strait - was stopped in less than a day. Due to that fact, it became possible to avoid disruptions in the movement of ships through the strait. The amphibious aircraft dropped over 300 tons of water on the heart of major fires. The flights were carried out together with the observer pilots from the Turkish side. Amphibious aircraft will remain on duty until October 15.

“Our Be-200ES aircraft completed all the tasks set for firefighting, with more than 4000 tons of water dumped on the burning forest in total. Our crews worked in a difficult fire situation in rugged mountain terrain. Be-200ES filled tanks from the mountain lakes and the open sea, aircraft carried out more than 500 water intakes. The Be-200ES proved themselves as reliable aircraft, highly effective in dousing forest fires,” said the head of the complex brigade of the Beriev Alexander Ternovoy.

Note that the United Aircraft Corporation organized the signing of the Forest fire-fighting service agreement and the aircraft deployment with the assistance of the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Emergencies Ministry of the Russian Federation, and the active support of the State Corporation Rostec Representative Office in Ankara. A request for assistance in combating forest fires came from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of the Republic of Turkey.

The successful operation of the aircraft in real conditions will allow developing further cooperation with Turkish partners and, as well, discussing the prospects for the purchase of Russian Be-200ES amphibious aircraft to renew the fleet of the Turkish fire service.

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Air Race E Launches Host City Bidding Process for 2022 Races



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Air Race E, the global air racing series, is pleased to announce the official bidding process for destinations and venues interested in hosting races during the inaugural Air Race E series scheduled for 2022.



In addition to races in the inaugural series, interested parties can also apply to host qualification events which will act as showcase test events to demonstrate the sport and provide additional exposure for the host venue.



Air Race E founder and CEO Jeff Zaltman said: “This is an important milestone for us and we’re confident the locations we choose will be the perfect destinations for such a moment in history. We’re excited to reveal more and we encourage anyone interested in being a part of the future of electric mobility and green motorsport to get in touch.”



Official Founding Partner Airbus will be one of the main sponsors of the highly anticipated first event as part of its existing agreement signed at the inception of Air Race E in February 2019. The organiser has since entered discussions with a number of other partners looking to get behind the hallmark event in aviation, having recently announced Ansys as its Official Simulation Software Partner.



The bidding process is being managed by Quantum Consultancy, in partnership with Air Race E.




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Kawasaki unmanned compound helicopter first flight

 




this press release has been automatically translated from japanesse to English with Google translator

https://www.khi.co.jp/pressrelease/detail/20201006_1.html

Successful flight test of unmanned compound helicopter "K-RACER"

October 06, 2020



Kawasaki Heavy Industries has succeeded in a flight test of the unmanned compound helicopter "K-RACER" at the Taiki-cho Multipurpose Air Park in Hokkaido.

We demonstrated the technology of a conventional helicopter with an unmanned tester aiming at high speed, which is technically limited, and in this test, we were able to confirm stable flight by autonomous control.

This machine is a special type of testing machine called a compound helicopter that has main rotors (4 m in diameter), main wings and propellers on both the left and right sides instead of the tail rotor, and the left and right propellers. Allows the torque associated with the rotation of the main rotor to be canceled and forward thrust to be generated. In addition, in forward flight, the main wing shares the lift, reducing the burden on the main rotor and enabling high-speed flight that cannot be achieved with conventional helicopters.
This machine was developed by the Aerospace Systems Company, and the power source is equipped with the supercharged engine of our motorcycle "Ninja H2R" by the technological synergy of the Motorcycle & Engine Company and the Technology Development Headquarters.

We have many delivery records of various helicopters, including the BK117 helicopter series, which is active as a firefighting / disaster prevention and doctor helicopter.
The results obtained in this test will be utilized for the development of VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft such as manned / unmanned helicopters and aircraft operation systems linked with various services. While aiming, we will continue to contribute to society through aviation technology, including the realization of the VTOL system in the future.


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Iberia Mantenimiento ofrece el curso para habilitación en licencia de A350 XWB

lunes, 12 de octubre de 2020

 nota de prensa


  • Desde el próximo 22 de octubre y hasta el 17 de diciembre
  • En el Centro de Instrucción de Mantenimiento de la compañía, junto a los hangares de La Muñoza
  • Además, este mismo centro ofrece cursos para la obtención de la licencia para las flotas A330 y A320, de los modelos ceo y neo



Iberia Mantenimiento ofrece la posibilidad de realizar el curso de A350 XWB, para los técnicos de mantenimiento y otros profesionales de la aeronática que deseen tener esta habilitación y ser certificadores de este modelo de avión.

El curso será impartido en el Centro de Instrucción de Mantenimiento que Iberia tiene en sus instalaciones de La Muñoza, en Madrid, del 22 de octubre hasta el 17 de diciembre. La formación se hará íntegramente en inglés y constará de 2 módulos: 

-    Teoría y práctica en simulador de 240 horas en aula Airbus ACT (Airbus Competence Training) 
-    Y 30 horas de prácticas en el propio avión 

Esto permitirá a los alumnos obtener el certificado homologado por EASA parte 147, tanto en mecánica (B1) como en aviónica (B2) para la flota A350XWB. 

Para más información sobre el proceso de inscripción y detalles del curso contactar con el Centro de Instrucción de Iberia Mantenimiento en el correo maintenance@iberia.es


Centro de Instrucción homologado por EASA

El Centro de Instrucción de Iberia Mantenimiento está homologado por EASA (Parte 147 y 145) y ofrece una amplia gama de cursos dirigidos a la obtención de habilitación en las licencias de certificación de aviones como los A350 XWB (B1/B2), A330 (B1/B2/C), flotas A320 ceo/neo (CFM56/V2500/PW1100/LEAP), y cursos de diferenciación entre flotas. También cursos de refresco para mantener la habilitación, de comienzo de formación para autorizaciones o metrología aplicada, entre otros. En 2019, el Centro de Instrucción de Mantenimiento de Iberia impartió más de 200.000 horas de formación, 57.500 de las cuales correspondieron a la parte 147 de EASA.
 

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Freely flapping wing-tips on future aircraft just took a leap forward




 

 

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The AlbatrossONE demonstrator has successfully achieved a new milestone: a “gate-to-gate” demonstration with wing-tips that are 75% longer than those tested in the first phase. This latest flight test campaign proves freely flapping wing-tips can alleviate wing loads and avoid tip stall for improved aircraft performance.



Thanks to its uncanny ability to travel over long distances with little fatigue, the albatross seabird has a lot to teach aeronautical engineers about improving aircraft performance. And the Airbus AlbatrossONE project team is taking keen interest in this majestic seabird, putting the principles of freely flapping wing-tips—capable of reacting and flexing to wind gusts—to the test.

This small-scale, remote-controlled aircraft demonstrator, which features “semi-aeroelastic” hinged wing-tips, recently completed a successful second flight test campaign. Airbus Semi-Aeroelastic Hinge Project Leader Tom Wilson and AlbatrossONE Chief Engineer James Kirk discuss the potential of this innovative technology for future aircraft.

 

5 questions with Tom Wilson, Semi-Aeroelastic Hinge Project Leader, & James Kirk, AlbatrossONE Chief Engineer








Q. The AlbatrossONE project is inspired by the albatross seabird. How did this unique seabird inspire Airbus engineers?

Tom: The albatross’ wing-tips are actually somewhat analogous to semi-aeroelastic hinged wing-tips. The albatross can “lock” its wings at the shoulder to travel long distances, but when faced with wind gusts, it can “unlock” its shoulder to better navigate wind speeds. Semi-aeroelastic hinged wing-tips behave in the exact same way.

James: Also, as a neat coincidence, the semi-aeroelastic hinged wing-tips’ long span could have an aspect ratio (i.e. the wing span to its width or “chord”) of around 18 (versus 9 or 10 for today’s aircraft). This is exactly the same ratio as that of the largest albatrosses. Wing span and aspect ratio are important for reducing aerodynamic drag.

Q. What makes “semi-aeroelastic hinged wing-tips” so innovative?

James: Semi-aeroelastic hinged wing-tips enable an aircraft to “surf” through wind gusts without transferring the bending loads (i.e. external load that produces bending stresses within a body) to the main wing. This means we require less material, such as carbon-fibre-reinforced polymers, to make the wing strong enough to withstand the gust loads, thus reducing the weight of the aircraft. Also, the length of the wing-tip can be extended without adding weight to the wing because the extra loads from the longer wing-tip are not passed to the main wing.

Q. How does this impact aircraft performance?

Tom: Semi-aeroelastic hinged wing-tips are remarkable because they would enable a step change in aircraft performance: a major increase in wing span with minimal impact on wing weight would reduce drag, leading to significant reductions in fuel burn and CO2 emissions. Lift-induced drag accounts for about 40% of a large aircraft’s drag. But this figure falls as the wing span increases. The semi-aeroelastic hinged wing-tips’ span could potentially be increased beyond 50 metres without increasing wing weight.

Q. The AlbatrossONE team completed a second flight test campaign in July 2020. What was the aim and what did you achieve?

James: Throughout 2019, we completed a series of innovative ground-based tests, which confirmed aspects such as mass properties, wing stall behaviour, and wing-tip release and recovery mechanisms. All of these tests were highly successful. Following a first flight test campaign, we conducted a second to successfully perform a “gate-to-gate” demonstration. This involves moving the wing-tips from vertical to horizontal position before flight, and back again after flight. We also enabled the wing-tips to flap just before lift-off to improve roll control and navigate a high load during flight. They were then locked into planar for efficient cruise.

Tom: The “gate-to-gate” demonstration also enabled us to prove freely flapping wing-tips can alleviate wing loads, while increasing roll rate compared to fixed-wing tips and avoiding tip stall during landing. During a separate flight, we also demonstrated how to safely land an aircraft using freely flapping wing-tips without hitting the ground or stops.

Q. Will the semi-aeroelastic hinged wing-tip concept be applied to future aircraft? And if so, when?

Tom: Now that proof-of-concept has been achieved at small scale, we’ll increase our efforts to mature the technology at a larger scale.

James: There’s still a lot of engineering work required before we can prove it’s a viable product. But the project team is motivated to achieve this goal and to inspire other engineers to think ambitiously about future aircraft!

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