U.S. Navy Moves Closer To First AARGM-ER Flight Test

By Steve Trimble May 07, 2021
The Northrop Grumman Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile - Extended Range is on track to stage the first live fire test from a Boeing F/A-18E/F this spring.
Missile Defense & Weapons

Jaunt Plans To Manufacture eVTOL In Canada

By Graham Warwick May 07, 2021
Startup Jaunt Air Mobility has announced plans to locate its design and manufacturing operations in Canada.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Perseverance Captures Ingenuity Sound On Mars

By Guy Norris May 07, 2021
As NASA prepares to attempt the fifth flight of the Ingenuity helicopter on Mars, the agency has released audio of the rotorcraft recorded by instruments on the Perseverance rover.
Space

NASA Astronaut Urges Future Space Tourists To Pack Smart

By Mark Carreau May 07, 2021
Careful preplanning and packing of supplies will be an essential part of Inspiration4, the world’s first all-commercial astronaut mission planned for launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center later this year, NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins says.
Space

KSC Director: NASA’s Commercial Partnerships Should Continue

By Mark Carreau May 06, 2021
NASA’s  Kennedy Space Center is on course to continue evolving its infrastructure in partnership with the commercial launch sector to support a growing number of rocket launches from Florida’s Space Coast in the coming years, according to Robert Cabana, the center’s director.
Space

U.S. Navy Sets Flight Demo For T-44 Replacement Bidders

By Steve Trimble May 06, 2021
The system performance demonstration will be held in April-May, 2022, for the Multi-Engine Training System contract.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Boeing, NASA Targeting Uncrewed Starliner Test In July

By Jen DiMascio May 06, 2021
Boeing and NASA plan to conduct an uncrewed Orbital Flight Test-2 of the Starliner CST-100 crew capsule at 2:53 p.m. EDT on July 30, pending range approval, the company said May 6.
Commercial Space

TSA Selects Miami International For Counter-Drone Testing

By Bill Carey May 06, 2021
Miami International Airport on May 6 announced its selection by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration to serve as a test site for drone detection technologies.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

U.S. Air Force B-1Bs Return To Flight

By Jen DiMascio May 06, 2021
The first U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers returned to flight operations on May 3 after a safety stand-down, Air Force Global Strike Command said on May 6.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Philippines Committed To Fighter Program, Shows Off Up-Armed FA-50

By Chen Chuanren May 06, 2021
Despite significant national resources and funding committed to the containment of COVID-19, the Philippines said it is still pursuing the acquisition of a multirole fighter aircraft under the Armed Forces of Philippines Modernization projects.
Aircraft & Propulsion

UK Could Help India Develop Tejas Mk. 2

By Tony Osborne May 06, 2021
The UK could help India develop a larger variant of its Tejas combat aircraft as part of a new strategic partnership between the two countries.
Aircraft & Propulsion
Wright Tests Megawatt-Scale Inverter For Electric Single-Aisle
Startup Wright Electric has begun testing the megawatt-scale power inverter that is a key building block in development of the electric propulsion system for its planned single-aisle airliner.
guy.ferneyhoug… Thu, 05/06/2021 - 14:06
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Space Force Readies Cloud-Based Digital Platform For Release

May 06, 2021
The U.S. Space Force is close to establishing an unclassified version of a cloud-based, digital platform that will allow guardians to collaborate with contractors to design new software applications for satellites, Maj. Gen. Kimberly Crider said on May 6.
Space

China To Build UAV Industrial Base In Zigong

By Chen Chuanren May 06, 2021
China’s Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group (CAIG) has signed a project agreement with Zigong Municipal People’s Government to build a dedicated unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industrial park in the city that will eventually see an annual output of 100 medium to large drones.
Aircraft & Propulsion

SpaceX Sticks Starship Landing

By Guy Norris May 06, 2021
SpaceX successfully landed a full-scale Starship prototype after a high-altitude flight test on May 5, marking a key milestone towards the development of the company’s next generation launch system.
Space

Blue Origin Solicits Bids For July 20 First Crewed Launch

By Jen DiMascio May 05, 2021
Blue Origin plans to send human crewmembers to suborbital space for the first time on July 20 on its New Shepard rocket, the company said in a May 5 statement.
Commercial Space

USAF Eyes Autonomous Inspector Small Spacecraft Tech

By Lee Hudson May 05, 2021
The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory is asking industry for ideas for small, autonomous spacecraft that could inspect and repair other satellites in geosynchronous orbit—and to ultimately develop a flight experiment concept.
Space

Grob 120TP Selected For Swedish Basic Training

By Tony Osborne May 05, 2021
Sweden has chosen Grob’s 120TP turboprop as the basic trainer for its air force.
Light Attack and Advanced Training

Aurora, Columbia Helicopters Team Up For Safer Firefighting Flight

By Tony Osborne May 05, 2021
Columbia Helicopters and Aurora Flight Sciences have teamed up to develop and demonstrate a suite of technologies that could make rotary-wing firefighting in degraded visual environments safer.
Aircraft & Propulsion

AFRL Contracts For LEO Sat Demo To Connect Arctic Region

By Lee Hudson May 05, 2021
The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory has selected Hughes Network Systems and OneWeb to demonstrate low Earth orbit satellite communications to connect the remote Arctic region with sites around the globe.
Space

Directional Aviation Acquires UK Helicopter Operator

By Bill Carey May 05, 2021
Directional Aviation Group has acquired helicopter charter operator Halo Aviation, of Cranleigh, UK, for an undisclosed price, adding to its OneSky Flight portfolio of private aviation companies.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Former Albany CEO Now Head Of PE-backed Cadence Aerospace

By Michael Bruno May 05, 2021
Olivier Jarrault, most recently CEO of LEAP engine blade maker Albany International during a dynamic two-year stint, is now CEO of Cadence Aerospace, a relatively new private equity-backed machined-parts producer for aerospace and defense OEMs and others.
Supply Chain

FAA Adds Space Launch Areas To Nav Charts

BCA Staff May 05, 2021
The FAA announced on May 5 that it is marking more space launch activity areas on the digital VFR raster charts it makes available to pilots.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Turkish Aerospace To Begin Hurjet Prototype Assembly

By Tony Osborne May 05, 2021
Turkish Aerospace is to begin assembly of the first prototype Hurjet jet trainer in June as the company targets a first flight by the end of 2022.
Light Attack and Advanced Training
USAF Scrubs Unarmed ICBM Test Launch
The cause of the ground abort minutes or hours before the planned launch on May 5 remains under investigation.
steve.trimble@… Wed, 05/05/2021 - 15:38
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