Leader Spotlight: Mangone Long Shot For Calif. House Seat

By Lee Hudson Oct 21, 2020
Democrat Kim Mangone is challenging one of the most powerful Republicans in Congress, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, to represent California’s 23rd District.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Bell Starts Parts Production For New Armed Scout Helo

By Steve Trimble Oct 21, 2020
Parts production for the 360 Invictus helicopter has started even as Bell continues to fine-tune the final design of the air vehicle and overall system over the next two months.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Singapore Deploys Military-Grade Anti-Drone System At Changi

By Chen Chuanren Oct 21, 2020
In a continuing effort to thwart potential drone incursions into Changi Airport (SIN) airspace, local authorities have deployed a military-grade anti-drone protection system during the lull in activity at the airport. 
Airports & Routes

Osiris-Rex Successfully Touches Down On Asteroid

By Mark Carreau Oct 21, 2020
Flying autonomously more than 208 million mi. from Earth, NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft made brief successful contact with the boulder-strewn surface of the asteroid Bennu, according to data from the probe received by the mission operations and science teams on Oct. 20.
Space

Daily Briefs

Oct 21, 2020
Brief news items of interest to aerospace & defense professionals.
Defense and Space

Defense Market Intelligence Notes

Oct 21, 2020
Recent market intelligence items for aerospace & defense professionals.
Defense and Space

Aviation Week Laureate Winners Announced

Oct 21, 2020
News in brief
Defense and Space

Leader Spotlight: Amy McGrath–The Kentucky Senate Challenger

By Lee Hudson Oct 20, 2020
Democrat Amy McGrath is challenging one of the most powerful Republicans in Congress, Sen. Mitch McConnell (Ky.) for his Senate seat.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Firefly Launch Manifest Grows

By Irene Klotz Oct 20, 2020
Firefly Aerospace, which plans to debut its Alpha small satellite launch vehicle this year, has signed contracts with Spire Global and Geometric Space Corp. for multiple flights.
Space

Boeing To Demonstrate Solid Fuel Ramjet For U.S. Navy

By Steve Trimble Oct 20, 2020
“The SPEAR flight demonstrator will provide the F/A-18 Super Hornet and carrier strike group with significant improvements in range and survivability against advanced threat defensive systems,” said Steve Mercer, Boeing’s SPEAR program manager. 
Missile Defense & Weapons

Thales Uses Silicon-Germanium In New Airborne AESA

By Tony Osborne Oct 20, 2020
Thales has adopted Silicon-Germanium semiconductor technology for its new airborne surveillance radar.
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

Selected U.S. Military Contracts For The Week Of Oct. 13 - 16, 2020

Oct 20, 2020
Selected U.S. military contracts from the past week.
Defense and Space

Daily Briefs

Oct 20, 2020
Brief news items of interest to aerospace & defense professionals.
Defense and Space

Nanoracks Sells Airlock Service Contracts To NASA, ESA

By Irene Klotz Oct 20, 2020
NASA and the European Space Agency have signed contracts with privately owned Nanoracks to use the company’s Bishop airlock, which is due to be delivered to the International Space Station next month. 
Space

Transport Canada Authorizes Drone Powerline Inspections

By Bill Carey Oct 20, 2020
Transport Canada has granted geomatics company MVT Geo-solutions permission to fly drones beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) of an operator to perform powerline inspections in Alma, Quebec.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Pyka Tests Unmanned Crop Sprayer Over U.S. Farms

By Graham Warwick Oct 20, 2020
California-based Pyka has a “minimum viable product” it believes can accelerate fielding of two of the hottest technologies in aviation: autonomy and electric propulsion.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Inmarsat, Hughes Partner On In-Flight Connectivity For Airlines

By Bill Carey Oct 20, 2020
Satellite network operators Inmarsat and Hughes Network Systems announced a “strategic collaboration” on Oct. 20 to provide in-flight connectivity designed for commercial airlines in North America.
Commercial Space

MHI Proposing Upgraded H3 For Lunar Supply

By Bradley Perrett Oct 20, 2020
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is proposing to use improved versions of its H3 rocket as a launcher for lunar supply.
Space

Volansi Tests Drone Delivery Of Cold-Chain Medicines

By Bill Carey Oct 20, 2020
U.S. drone start-up Volansi announced on Oct. 20 that it is testing the delivery of temperature-controlled medicines in North Carolina with pharmaceutical company Merck.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Turkey, Ukraine To Cooperate On UAVs, Turbine Engines

By Tony Osborne Oct 20, 2020
Ukraine has already purchased Baykar Makina Bayraktar TB2 unmanned air systems from Turkey and is a partner in the development on the company’s larger Akinci medium-altitude, long-endurance platform.
Budget, Policy & Operations

SpaceX Aiming For Starlink Public Beta This Year

By Irene Klotz Oct 19, 2020
With the arrival of 60 more Starlink satellites into orbit on Oct. 18 and another 60 due to launch this week, SpaceX intends to roll out public trials of its high-speed internet service before year’s end. 
Space

Osiris-Rex Seeks Secrets To Life’s Origins

By Mark Carreau Oct 19, 2020
The modest sample of pebbles and soil that NASA’s Osiris-Rex sample return mission will attempt to gather from the asteroid Bennu may hold important clues to how life arose on Earth and perhaps other planetary bodies.
Space

U.S. Naval Research Lab Builds Testbed Supporting SDA

By Lee Hudson Oct 19, 2020
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory is supporting the Space Development Agency by building a hardware and software testbed for optical communications to enable interoperability between different satellites.
Space

Weekly Debrief: Scientific Scrutiny Hits U.S. Army’s 'Super Gun' Project

By Steve Trimble Oct 19, 2020
A National Academy of Sciences committee has been formed to study the technical feasibility of the U.S. Army's Strategic Long-Range Cannon.
Missile Defense & Weapons

Pandemic Impacting Gripen Supply Chain

By Tony Osborne Oct 19, 2020
Swedish defense firm Saab has taken a 1.1 billion Swedish Krona ($130 million) charge over impacts on production of the Gripen combat aircraft due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. 
Aircraft & Propulsion