House Appropriators Approve 2023 NASA Budget Increase

By Mark Carreau Jun 23, 2022
The U.S. House Appropriations commerce, justice and science subcommittee has marked up a $25.45 billion NASA fiscal 2023 budget measure that would provide less than the $25.97 billion requested by the White House but more than the $24.04 billion the space agency received for the current fiscal year.

Ariane 5 Launches Indian And Malaysian Telecom Satellites

By Jen DiMascio Jun 23, 2022
An Ariane 5 rocket has lifted off from Kourou, French Guiana, to place two telecommunications satellites into geostationary orbit.

MTU Identifies Two Favored Concepts For Clean Engine Program

By Steve Trimble Jun 23, 2022
MTU Aero Engines says it has identified a Flying Fuel Cell (FFC) and Water Enhanced Turbofan (WET) as “favored” concepts for revolutionary reductions in emissions from aircraft propulsion systems.
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South Korean Nuri Launches Two Satellites Into LEO
South Korea has become the seventh country to develop heavy-rocket technology, after placing two satellites into low-Earth orbit with its Nuri rocket.
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Taiwan Grounds S-70C Fleet Following Crash

By Chen Chuanren Jun 23, 2022
The Taiwan Navy has grounded all of its Sikorsky S-70C(M) helicopter fleet after one crashed at Zuoying Naval Base on June 22, leaving four injured, including one critically.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Boeing Boosts Safety Plan With Aireon Space-Based ADS-B Data

By Guy Norris Jun 23, 2022
As part of Boeing’s growing suite of safety initiatives, the company has selected Aireon to provide historic and near real-time flight data to expand the aircraft manufacturer’s advanced data-analytics capabilities.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Spain’s Umiles Unveils eVTOL Prototype And Plans

By Graham Warwick Jun 22, 2022
Spanish unmanned-aircraft manufacturer Umiles has unveiled a concept prototype of an electric air-taxi and its design for a piloted two-passenger production aircraft, the Integrity3. A single-seat design, but remotely piloted, the prototype is planned to fly mid-year.
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Kaman Buys Into Autonomy Developer Near Earth

By Graham Warwick Jun 22, 2022
The companies are working together to develop the Kaman K-Max Titan heavy-lift and Kargo medium-lift autonomous logistics aircraft.
Aircraft & Propulsion

SpaceX Launched Four Mystery Satellites Along With Globalstar

By Irene Klotz Jun 22, 2022
Four mystery satellites accompanied the Globalstar FM-15 communications satellite into orbit, data posted on the 18th Space Defense Sqdn.’s website show.

SDA Issues Solicitation For T1DES Program

By Garrett Reim Jun 22, 2022
The Space Development Agency has issued a solicitation for the design, development and deployment of its Tranche 1 Demonstration and Experimentation System satellite constellation.

ESA Still Coy On Details Of Ariane 6 Delay

By Thierry Dubois Jun 22, 2022
After having said recently the first flight of an Ariane 6 medium- to heavy-lift launcher will not take place until 2023, European Space Agency Director General Josef Aschbacher has announced details will not be discussed publicly until July 13.
U.S. Navy Ends Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator Mission
The U.S. Navy and U.S. Central Command have ended the RQ-4 Global Hawk Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator mission after 13 years in the Middle East.
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Rolls-Royce Unveils New AAM Turbogenerator Plan

By Guy Norris Jun 22, 2022
Rolls-Royce has revealed it is developing an all-new turbogenerator for use in advanced-air-mobility applications including primary propulsion for electric short-takeoff-and landing aircraft and extending the range of electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing vehicles.

Airbus Picks Automotive Suppliers For CityAirbus NextGen

By Graham Warwick Jun 22, 2022
The advanced-air-mobility supply base is widening, with Airbus selecting automotive industry players KLK Motorsport and M&F Gerg to design and produce the rear fuselage of the CityAirbus NextGen electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing air taxi.
Advanced Air Mobility
USAF's NGAD Wingman Part Of New Approach To Electronic Attack
The U.S. Air Force is undertaking a new approach to electromagnetic spectrum operations, mainly with the nascent development of an uncrewed teaming aircraft to couple with the Next Generation Air Dominance that can carry jamming capabilities.
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NASA’s Mars InSight Team Strives For A Few Weeks Of Additional Data

By Mark Carreau Jun 22, 2022
NASA’s Mars Insight science team plans to extend marsquake-data gathering by the probe’s seismometer while available power dwindles daily due to dust accumulating on the lander’s solar arrays.

Initiatives Aim To Boost Hydrogen In Aviation

By Graham Warwick Jun 22, 2022
Two initiatives have been unveiled in Europe and the UK to help advance the use of hydrogen to decarbonize aviation. 
Aircraft & Propulsion
Japan’s Tetra Secures Funds For Personal eVTOL
Tokyo-based startup Tetra Aviation has secured ¥450 million yen ($3.3 million) to continue development of its Mk-5 personal electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing aircraft.
michael.stearn… Wed, 06/22/2022 - 16:36
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Boeing Eyes 2023 Contract Signing For German Chinook Purchase
Boeing hopes to secure a contract early next year for Germany’s future fleet of Chinook transport helicopters as it works to finalize requirements for the rotorcraft.
michael.stearn… Wed, 06/22/2022 - 15:37
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Germany And Lockheed Martin ‘Sprint’ For F-35 Contract Finalization

By Tony Osborne Jun 22, 2022
Germany is pursuing an accelerated timeline for its Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter acquisition as the country looks to bring the aircraft into operation before the end of the decade.
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Pentagon Details Security Assistance To Ukraine

Jun 22, 2022
The U.S. has committed about $6.3 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden administration, including $5.6 billion…
Budget, Policy & Operations

Boeing Adds Former UTC Aerospace Chief Gitlin To Board

By Michael Bruno Jun 21, 2022
Dave Gitlin, the former head of erstwhile UTC Aerospace Systems and now chairman and CEO of air-conditioning giant Carrier, is joining the Boeing board of directors.
Manufacturing & Supply Chain
House Appropriators Criticize USAF’s F-15EX Acquisition Approach
The House Appropriations defense subcommittee is blasting the U.S. Air Force for not only changing how many Boeing F-15EXs it wants to buy, but how it is buying them.
michael.stearn… Tue, 06/21/2022 - 21:36
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NASA Mulls Next Steps After Space Launch System Tanking Test
NASA managers on June 21 were reviewing results of a modified fueling test of NASA’s Space Launch System rocket, which culminated when the onboard flight system software aborted the countdown.
michael.stearn… Tue, 06/21/2022 - 21:05
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House Measure Would Add $37 Billion To Defense Topline, F/A-18s
A proposed amendment to the House Armed Services Committee’s markup of the fiscal 2023 defense policy bill would add $37 billion to the panel’s topline and plus-up Pentagon acquisitions, including another addition to the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18 program.
michael.stearn… Tue, 06/21/2022 - 20:24
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