Russia’s Prichal Docking Module Arrives At International Space Station

By Mark Carreau Nov 26, 2021
Prichal provides the Russian segment of the ISS with five new parking spots for space vehicles.
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Paris Opens Urban Air Mobility Test Site
The test center at Pontoise-Cormeilles will be used for real-world trials of electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) aircraft and the supporting ecosystem.
guy.ferneyhoug… Fri, 11/26/2021 - 09:24
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Astroscale Boosts Funding For On-Orbit Servicing
“This latest round of funding will dramatically accelerate our ability to make on-orbit servicing routine by 2030,” Astroscale founder and CEO Nobu Okada said.
guy.ferneyhoug… Thu, 11/25/2021 - 16:07
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Airbus Defends Stance In Legal Dispute With Kelley Aerospace
Airbus has dismissed UAS startup Kelley Aerospace’s claims of illegal activity by the OEM’s personnel as “baseless and defamatory.”
guy.ferneyhoug… Thu, 11/25/2021 - 14:22
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Boeing Secures Second Australian P-8 Maintenance Contract
The A$60 million agreement with the Australian government to provide heavy maintenance and upgrades for the Royal Australian Air Force’s P-8A Poseidon fleet.
guy.ferneyhoug… Thu, 11/25/2021 - 09:34
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Rolls-Royce Passes Megawatt Level In Hybrid-Electric Power Tests
Rolls-Royce has generated more than a megawatt of power in ground runs of a hybrid electric engine on a testbed in Bristol, England, which is designed to pave the way for future hybrid-electric regional propulsion system development.
andy.savoie@av… Wed, 11/24/2021 - 20:52
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DOD Creates New Study Group On Unidentified Aerial Phenomena
The Pentagon has created another task force to research unidentified aerial phenomena, following a June report to Congress that outlined UAP encounters which pilots experienced but investigators could not identify.
michael.stearn… Wed, 11/24/2021 - 20:48
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Softbank To Raise Sustainability Funds For HAPS Business

By Graham Warwick Nov 24, 2021
Japan’s SoftBank is to issue its first sustainability bond to raise funds for its high-altitude platform system business, which plans to operate solar-powered stratospheric unmanned aircraft as airborne base stations for internet connectivity.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation
Russia Launches Last Module For Its ISS Segment
Twenty-three years after the launch of the first module for the International Space Station in 1998, Russia is preparing to complete the construction of its segment with the launch of its last element—the Prichal Node Module.
andy.savoie@av… Wed, 11/24/2021 - 20:08
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Saab Begins Serial Gripen E Deliveries to Brazil, Sweden
Saab has started the delivery process for the first six Gripen E fighters ordered by the Brazilian and Swedish air forces, the company said on Nov. 24.
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German Researchers Study Hybrid-Electric 100-Seater

By Graham Warwick Nov 24, 2021
The regional airliner concept uses distributed hybrid-electric propulsion to reduce energy consumption.
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Vertical Set To Build VA-X4 eVTOL Prototype

By Guy Norris Nov 24, 2021
Vertical says it remains on track to start flight tests in early 2022 as it targets certification for the VA-X4 in 2024 and entry-into-service in 2025.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation
Rolls-Royce Passes Megawatt Level In Hybrid-Electric Power Tests
Rolls-Royce says it has generated more than a megawatt of power in ground runs of a hybrid-electric engine on a testbed which is designed to pave the way for future development of a hybrid-electric regional propulsion system.
guy.ferneyhoug… Wed, 11/24/2021 - 10:29
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NASA’s DART Sets Off On Mission To Redirect Asteroid
DART separated from its Falcon 9 second stage just less than 56 min. after launching, a milestone followed by signal acquisition by the APL mission operations center 70 min. after liftoff.
guy.ferneyhoug… Wed, 11/24/2021 - 09:04
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Next New Shepard Crew To Include Pioneering Astronaut’s Daughter

By Irene Klotz Nov 23, 2021
The eldest daughter of Alan Shepard, the first American to venture into space, will fly on the Blue Origin suborbital spacecraft named after her father, the company said on Nov. 23.
Commercial Space

Next Gen OPIR GEO Block 0 Passes Critical Design Review

By Brian Everstine Nov 23, 2021
Lockheed Martin on Nov. 23 announced the Next Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (NGG) Block 0 program passed its system-level critical design review, keeping pace for the first launch in 2025.
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Otto Confirms Laminar Flow On Unconventional Celera

By Graham Warwick Nov 23, 2021
Otto Aviation has completed the first phase of testing of its unconventional Celera 500L and says flights of the full-scale aerodynamic prototype demonstrated the aircraft’s low fuel consumption.
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Processing Mishap Delays Launch Of JWST

By Irene Klotz Nov 23, 2021
Launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, the $11 billion, U.S.-led successor to the Hubble observatory, is being delayed at least four days to no earlier than Dec. 22 to allow time for additional analysis following a mishap during processing the telescope for launch in French Guiana.
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Future MilTech Rollup BlueHalo Buys IC Specialist Asymmetrik
Space, missile and cyber electronics rollup BlueHalo announced its latest acquisition Nov. 23 with a deal for Asymmetrik, a boutique software provider to the U.S. intelligence community.
andy.savoie@av… Tue, 11/23/2021 - 18:30
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Airbus, Kelley Aerospace Sue Each Other In Singapore
Kelley is suing its landlord Airbus over alleged industrial espionage while Airbus is suing Kelley over alleged unpaid leases. 
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Volocopter Partners With South Korean Mobility App

By Graham Warwick Nov 23, 2021
In South Korea Volocopter and Kakao Mobility are to study the feasibility of operating UAM services, a technology that Seoul wants to see commercialized by 2025.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Favorable Weather Outlook Awaits NASA’s DART Launch Attempt

By Mark Carreau Nov 23, 2021
DART is the first attempt to demonstrate a kinetic impact strategy for diverting an asteroid away from Earth.
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Startup Astra Space Reaches Orbit On Fourth Try

By Irene Klotz Nov 23, 2021
Astra Space, a California-based startup staking a claim in the burgeoning small-satellite launch business, completed a successful flight test of its Rocket 3.1 booster on Nov. 20, a mission backed by the U.S. Space Force.
Commercial Space

Voyager Space Buys Sat Comms Specialist Space Micro

By Michael Bruno Nov 23, 2021
Voyager Space, a private equity-backed holding company of new-space upstarts such as Nanoracks, announced Nov. 22 it has acquired a majority stake in Space Micro, a satellite communications specialist for NASA and the U.S. military.
Commercial Space

Walmart, DroneUp Expand Drone Deliveries

By Bill Carey Nov 23, 2021
Flight services provider DroneUp and Walmart have agreed to launch on-demand package deliveries by drone at three Walmart stores in northwest Arkansas, the companies announced Nov. 22.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation