Airflow Evaluates Honeywell Radar For Detect-And-Avoid Aircraft

By Graham Warwick Oct 25, 2021
Airflow has signed a memorandum of understanding with Honeywell to explore use of the avionics manufacturer’s IntuVue RDR-84K compact multimode radar for detect-and-avoid on its planned electric short-takeoff-and-landing aircraft.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Norway To Equip F-35s With Joint Strike Missile

By Tony Osborne Oct 23, 2021
Norway’s defense materiel agency has signed a 3.95 billion krone ($470 million) contract to acquire an undisclosed number of the missiles.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Mark Moore’s Startup Targets Ultraquiet Electric GA Jet

By Graham Warwick Oct 22, 2021
Citing increased confidence following static tests of its ultraquiet electric propulsors, startup Whisper Aero has accelerated plans to use the technology in a quiet, efficient electric general aviation aircraft.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Korea Dipping Toes Into ‘Loyal Wingman’ Concept For KF-21

By Kim Minseok Oct 22, 2021
South Korean defense agencies and manufacturers are in the exploratory stages of developing manned-unmanned teaming to operate alongside KF-21 fighter. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

NASA Sets Tentative February Date For Artemis I Launch

By Mark Carreau Oct 22, 2021
With the initial Space Launch System (SLS) assembly now complete at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the agency is looking to a Feb. 12-27 launch window for its uncrewed Artemis I test flight to the Moon.
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Lockheed Received Most Contracts From DOD In Fiscal 2020—Pentagon

By Brian Everstine Oct 22, 2021
Lockheed Martin was by far the largest recipient of defense contracts in fiscal 2020 after receiving a 60% increase in Defense Department funding when compared to fiscal 2019, the Pentagon announced Oct. 21.
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Mesa Deal Boosts Prospects For Drone Deliveries

By Graham Warwick Oct 22, 2021
Flirtey conducted the first FAA-approved drone delivery in 2015, and now the startup has secured its first order from a U.S. scheduled airline.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

T-7 Jet Trainer Interest Growing In Middle East, Boeing Says

By Tony Osborne Oct 22, 2021
Boeing says it is in discussions with Middle Eastern countries about a light attack version of its T-7 Red Hawk jet trainer, one of a number of opportunities the company’s defense business is pursuing in the region.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Alliance Members Join Development Of NATO Air Defense Projects

By Tony Osborne Oct 22, 2021
More NATO members have joined alliance efforts to develop new-generation ground-based air defense systems. 
Budget, Policy & Operations

South Korea Displays UAM Ambitions

By Graham Warwick Oct 22, 2021
Korea Aerospace Industries has unveiled plans to develop commercial and military versions of an electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing vehicle, in passenger and unmanned cargo variants.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

ISS Progress Redock To Initiate Nauka Propellant Leak Checks

By Mark Carreau Oct 22, 2021
Russia’s Progress MS-17 cargo capsule carried out a successful autonomous redocking with the International Space Station’s Russian segment Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module early Oct. 22 to complete a nearly 29-hr. relocation to set up Nauka propellant line leak checks.
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U.S. Navy Seeks Surrogate Trainers, Matching Air Force Concept
In an echo of a proposed new U.S. Air Force acquisition program, the U.S. Navy is also now interested in buying a new fleet of advanced training jets to give frontline fighter pilots more training opportunities in a cheaper aircraft.
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HASC Chair: 2023 Budget To Include Nuclear Negotiation Push

By Brian Everstine Oct 21, 2021
The fiscal 2023 budget process will drive discussions on opening up weapons negotiations with Russia and China, with a specific goal of more transparency to avoid miscalculation, the head of the House Armed Services Committee said Oct. 21.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Russian Space Tourism Effort To Pause In 2022

By Maxim Pyadushkin Oct 21, 2021
The successful mission of a Russian movie crew to the International Space Station (ISS) Oct. 5-16 suggests the state space corporation Roscosmos is poised to resume a space tourism program. But despite the busy delivery schedule at the end of 2021, new space travelers are likely to fly Russian ships no earlier than 2023.
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Reports Outline National Security Threats From Climate Change

By Brian Everstine Oct 21, 2021
Climate change will harm military readiness at home through extreme weather events as climate-related stressors create further instability, possibly leading to additional conflicts, multiple U.S. governmental agencies claim in reports released Oct. 21.
Budget, Policy & Operations

First Test Of Army/Navy Hypersonic Glider-Booster Combo Failed

By Steve Trimble Oct 21, 2021
The failed test is one of a series of over the past year marring the Pentagon’s portfolio of boost-gliding and air-breathing hypersonic weapons.
Missile Defense & Weapons

White Paper Calls For UK To Enable Electric Intercity Flight By 2025

By Graham Warwick Oct 21, 2021
A white paper outlining the benefits of advanced air mobility, created by a group of UK stakeholders, lays out an ambitious road map of actions required by 2025 if the country is to become a leader in the emerging market.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

NATO To Improve Air, Missile Defenses, Stoltenberg Says

By Brian Everstine Oct 21, 2021
NATO will make “significant improvements” to air and missile defenses as part of an overall plan aimed at deterring Russia, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Oct. 21.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Sounding Rockets Test Advanced Hypersonic Tech For U.S. Navy, Army

By Steve Trimble Oct 21, 2021
The U.S. Navy has announced the completion of successful tests of “advanced hypersonic technologies” on three sounding rockets launched from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia, on Oct. 20.
Missile Defense & Weapons
Nanoracks, Lockheed, Voyager Team For ‘Starlab’ LEO Habitat
Ahead of NASA’s selection of up to four proposals to support development of commercial space stations, a team led by Nanoracks unveiled plans on Oct. 21 for a four-person outpost called Starlab, with initial operational capability expected by 2027.
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Ariane 5 To Launch French MoD’s New Communications Satellite

By Thierry Dubois Oct 21, 2021
The French ministry of armed forces is poised to improve its military communications with the upcoming launch of the Syracuse 4A satellite.
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SES Kick-Starts Multi-Orbit Plan With SES-17 Launch

By Thierry Dubois Oct 21, 2021
An Ariane 5 heavy launcher is to send the SES-17 satellite into orbit during the night of Oct. 22-23 local time at Arianespace’s Kourou, French Guiana, spaceport, as Thales seeks to capture half of the crucial North American inflight connectivity market.
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H3 Raises Funds for Hydrogen-Fueled Cargo Drones

By Graham Warwick Oct 21, 2021
Singapore-headquartered H3 Dynamics has closed a $26 million funding round to develop hydrogen-powered unmanned aircraft for longer-range parcel and cargo delivery.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

DOD Reveals Requirements For Space-Based, GEO Sensors

By Steve Trimble Oct 21, 2021
The U.S. Space Force has taken the next step to create a "deterrence layer" of orbital space vehicles that will keep track of enemy spacecraft.
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