_Thierry Dubois

_Thierry Dubois
ESA Gears Up For 2018 BepiColombo Launch To Mercury 
The test phase of the European Space Agency’s BepiColombo probe is in full swing and scientists are hoping for major progress in understanding the planet’s physics.
Falcon 5X Performs First Flight With ‘Preliminary’ Engines 
The Falcon 5X has performed its first flight with a “preliminary version” of the Safran Silvercrest engine—an unexpected milestone in Dassault’s new business jet program.
OHB Wins Final Galileo Batch Order 
The European Space Agency awarded the “batch 3” order for Galileo satellites to OHB System June 22 during a contract signing event at the Paris Air Show.
Arianespace Sees Weak Market For Commercial Geostationary Sats 
A very small number of geostationary satellites have been ordered so far this year because the industry is devising strategies to meet an upcoming surge in demand for connectivity, Arianespace says.
Thales Introduces Counter-UAV System 
Thales is offering a new counter-UAV system to government agencies wanting to protect civil sites.
Ariane 5 Launches ViaSat-2, Eutelsat 172B 
An Ariane 5 launcher placed two telecommunications satellites—ViaSat-2 and Eutelsat 172B—into geostationary transfer orbit on June 1.
Dassault Working On New Falcon Business Jet 
As the Falcon 8X entered service late last year and the Falcon 5X’s first delivery is planned for 2020, Dassault is working on its next business jet.
Ariane 5 Orbits Two Telecommunications Satellites 
After a one-month closure of Europe’s spaceport in Kourou due to labor strikes in French Guiana, Arianespace has successfully resumed launches.
Arianespace Restarts Launch Operations After Strike 
Arianespace restarted launch operations April 24 at its spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, where work had been at a standstill during strikes and demonstrations.
Kourou Strikes Go On Despite French Government Plan 
France's $1.2 billion plan to invest in French Guiana has been deemed insufficient by the protesters whose strikes have brought Arianespace launches at Kourou’s spaceport to a halt.
ESA’s Wind Science Satellite To Begin Final Testing 
The European Space Agency’s Aeolus science satellite is ready for the two remaining phases of tests that will ensure it can measure “slices” of winds from a 320-km orbit.
More Details Emerge On France’s Pilatus PC-21 Buy  13
Under a contract announced last week with Babcock Mission Critical Services, the French air force will use the Pilatus PC-21 turboprop at an intermediate phase of fighter pilot training.
France Wants Cheaper Bomb Guidance Kits From Safran 
France ordered more AASM Hammer precision-guided air-to-ground munitions from Safran Electronics & Defense on Dec. 29 that will include improved production processes.
Dassault Struggles With Rafale Production Rate 
More Rafale export contracts are in the offing but are taking time to materialize, causing Dassault Aviation to strive to adjust the fighter’s production rate.
Aircelle Opens Nacelle Repair Workshop In France 
Aircelle Europe developing leading position as nacelle service provider for Airbus Neo models
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