AKKA To Assist In Developing Electric Regional Aircraft
European engineering services company AKKA Technologies is to assist French startup Aura Aero with development of its planned 19-seat Electric Regional Aircraft and Integral E electric aerobatic aircraft. Credit: Aura Aero
Firefly Raises $75 Million As Noosphere Ventures Sells Shares
Launch vehicle developer Firefly Aerospace has raised $75 million in a Series A venture capital round, the Los Angeles startup announced May 4, while seed investor Noosphere Ventures sold $100 million of its holdings to investors on the sideline. Credit: Firefly Aerospace
Pentagon In Final Talks On Establishing Space National Guard
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will receive a brief in the coming days on plans for a Space Force active and reserve component, and a separate Space National Guard, according to the National Guard Bureau chief. The establishment of a Space National Guard is a top concern, Gen. Daniel Hokanson, head of the National Guard Bureau, told the House Appropriations defense subcommittee on May 4. Senior leadership has reached agreement on creating a “two component construct,” he said. Credit: Biden-Harris transition team.
Pyrotechnic Protection Developed For High-Power Electric Systems
As aircraft and propulsion developers look to electrical systems operating at kilovolt levels, Safran has teamed with a pyrotechnics specialist to develop an ultrafast method of shutting down high-power networks before electric arcing can cause potentially catastrophic damage. Credit: L’oeil du chat
UK Will Send Carrier-Based F-35s To Counter Islamic State Insurgency
Egypt is planning to more than double the size of its Dassault Rafale fleet after inking agreements with France for 30 more aircraft. The $4.5 billion purchase will be made with a loan provided by France with repayments over 10 years, the Egyptian Ministry of Defense confirmed on May 4. Credit: Khaled Desouki / AFP / Getty Images
Chinese Ministry of National Defense
Long March 5B
Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser Cleared To Land At NASA’s KSC
Sierra Nevada Corp.’s (SNC) commercial space enterprise plans to land, service, and launch the company’s winged reusable Dream Chaser from Cape Canaveral on cargo missions to the International Space Station (ISS). Credit: Sierra Nevada / Space Florida
Startup Receives NASA Contract To Develop In-Orbit Propellant Depot
Startup Eta Space is to demonstrate technologies for propellant depots in space under a NASA contract to build a test payload for launch into low Earth orbit in late 2023 on a Rocket Lab Photon satellite. The $25 million contract for the LOXsat-1 mission to demonstrate critical cryogenic fluid management technologies on orbit was awarded by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate under its Technology Demonstration Missions program. Credit: Eta Space
SpaceX Launches, Deploys More Starlinks
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch.
Myanmar Rebels Claim Military Helicopter Kill
The Kachin Independence Army (KIA), an armed rebel group in Myanmar, said it shot down a Myanmar military helicopter that was part of an air strike package against the ethnic army organization on May 3. Credit: Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP / Getty Images
Maxar Technologies took a $28 million hit in the first quarter of 2021 on the failure of the SXM-7 satellite it built for satellite broadcaster Sirius XM. That news was disclosed May 3, when Maxar also warned it could push out the timeline for its key Worldview Legion satellite program due to supplier issues. Credit: Maxar Technologies
Pentagon in final talks on establishing Space National Guard, eighteen-ton Chinese rocket to make uncontrolled re-entry, AKKA to assist in developing electric regional aircraft and more. A roundup of aerospace, space and defense news powered by Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN).