U.S. Awards Design Contracts For Lunar Nuclear Power Concepts

By Garrett Reim Jun 21, 2022
The U.S. Energy Department has awarded three conceptual-design contracts for Moon-based nuclear-fission powerplants for NASA’s Artemis missions starting in the 2030s.
Space

Leonardo DRS-Rada Deal Creates New Defense Electronics Mid-Tier

By Michael Bruno Jun 21, 2022
Italian flagship aerospace and defense company Leonardo is buying Rada Electronic Industries, a publicly traded Israeli defense electronics and military radar specialist, to fold under Leonardo’s U.S.-based DRS brand, the companies announced June 21.
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Germany Advances Simplified Military Procurement Law
Germany’s government has approved simplified procurement legislation enabling the country’s military to spend its recently approved €100 billion ($105 billion) special fund for 2022 more easily.
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IAI Sells Scorpius-SP Jammer To Asian Air Force

By Chen Chuanren Jun 21, 2022
Israel Aerospace Industries says it has secured a “multimillion” deal to supply ELL-8222SB Scorpius-SP jammer pods to an unspecified Asian country.
Missile Defense & Weapons

Safran Invests In New Additive Technology For Engine Components

By Thierry Dubois Jun 21, 2022
Safran has made an undisclosed investment in Sintermat, a five-year-old company specializing in an advanced sintering process for higher-performance engine components.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Kenya Airways’ Fahari Aviation Signs For Eve eVTOLs

By Graham Warwick Jun 21, 2022
The uncrewed aircraft division of Kenya Airways, Fahari Aviation, has signed a letter of intent with Embraer spinoff Eve for up to 40 electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing aircraft.
Advanced Air Mobility

European Tensions Prompt Denmark To Keep F-16s Longer

By Tony Osborne Jun 21, 2022
Denmark is to retain its F-16s at a higher operational level and for a longer period than planned due to regional tensions prompted by Russia’s war in Ukraine.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Modified SLS Tanking Test Halted 20 Sec. Before Planned Cutoff

By Irene Klotz Jun 21, 2022
Technical issues that curtailed three Space Launch System tanking tests at the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39B in April appear to have been resolved, but a new issue stymied a fourth practice countdown underway on June 20.
Space

Cygnus Space Station Reboost Aborted

By Mark Carreau Jun 20, 2022
A test of the Northrop Grumman Cygnus resupply capsule’s ability to raise the orbit of the International Space Station (ISS) while docked to it was aborted quickly June 20.
Space

Canada Pledges Billions To Modernize North American Radar

By Jen DiMascio Jun 20, 2022
Canada will spend CAN$4.9 billion ($3.8 billion) over the next six years to upgrade the radar system that defends North America.
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

The Weekly Debrief: Just How Rapid Is The USAF’s E-7A Rapid Prototype?

By Brian Everstine Jun 20, 2022
The U.S. Air Force has announced it wants to rapidly build and begin flying Boeing’s E-7A Wedgetail to replace its beleaguered E-3 Sentry AWACS fleet,
Multi-Mission Aircraft

Globalstar Launches Spare Satellite For IoT Constellation

By Garrett Reim Jun 20, 2022
Globalstar’s FM-15 spare satellite successfully reached low-Earth orbit after launching aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
Space

U.S. Air Force Nears Selection Of New Fixed-Wing Aircrew Helmet

By Brian Everstine Jun 20, 2022
The U.S. Air Force is close to selecting a new helmet for its fixed-wing aircrew, based on studies that have identified problems with injuries and the integration of new technology on the current 1980s-designed model.
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Boeing Redesigns T-7 Canopy After Bird-Strike Risk Emerges

By Brian Everstine Jun 20, 2022
Boeing has redesigned components of the T-7A Red Hawk trainer aircraft after tests showed how a bird strike against the cockpit canopy would endanger the pilot.
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Tamarack Completes Flight Evaluation Of King Air 350 Winglets

By Molly McMillin Jun 20, 2022
Tamarack Aerospace says it has completed flight evaluation of its active winglets for a Beechcraft King Air 350, to provide endurance and payload, and high-and-hot takeoff abilities and extended loiter times.
Aircraft & Propulsion

China Conducts Mid-Course Ballistic-Missile Defense Tests

By Chen Chuanren Jun 20, 2022
China’s People’s Liberation Army has performed a ballistic-missile defense test, hitting a missile in its mid-course phase.
Missile Defense & Weapons
China’s AVIC Flies Large Cargo UAV
With a design maximum takeoff weight of 1,400 kg (3,100 lb.), equivalent to a light general-aviation aircraft, the single-engine UAV made a 27-min. first flight on June 18.
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Dutch Electric Airliner Startup Unveils Funding, New Name

By Graham Warwick Jun 17, 2022
Netherlands’ electric aircraft startup Venturi Aviation has closed a €3.4 million ($3.6 million) funding round and unveiled a new name, Maeve Aerospace. 
Advanced Air Mobility

SpaceX Sets New Booster Reuse Record With 13th Flight

By Irene Klotz Jun 17, 2022
SpaceX kicked off a trio of launches planned for June 17-19 by sending another bank of Starlink satellites into orbit aboard a Falcon 9 booster making its13th flight, a new company record.
Commercial Space

Impulse Space Lands $10M From Lux Partners

By Michael Bruno Jun 17, 2022
Three months after emerging from so-called stealth mode, Impulse Space Propulsion, an in-orbit transfer services company founded by SpaceX co-founder Tom Mueller, has added $10 million to its initial fundraising. Lux Capital, a venture capital firm focused on emerging science and technology ventures that is familiar to aerospace startups, is investing in Impulse, bringing the latter’s total raised to date to $30 million.
Commercial Space

Velo3D Unveils 3D Printer For Aerospace Parts

By Garrett Reim Jun 17, 2022
Velo3D has unveiled the Sapphire XC 1MZ, a 3D printer that can make aerospace parts up to 1 m in height.
Advanced Air Mobility
Wireless Companies Agree To Extend 5G Limitations
Wireless companies have agreed to keep in place some limitations of their 5G network deployments for a further year to give airlines more time to replace or protect radio altimeters from potential interference, the FAA announced June 17.
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First Of New German SAR Satellite Constellation Ready For Launch

By Tony Osborne Jun 17, 2022
SpaceX is to loft the first of three new synthetic aperture radar satellites into orbit for the German Defense Ministry on June 18.
Space

Space Station Maneuvers To Avoid Russian ASAT Debris

By Mark Carreau Jun 17, 2022
The International Space Station (ISS) executed a June 16 debris avoidance maneuver prompted by the predicted close approach of a fragment from last year’s Russian anti-satellite (ASAT) test.
Space

NASA Shuffles Crew For Boeing Starliner Flight Test

By Irene Klotz Jun 17, 2022
NASA has reassigned astronaut Sunita Williams to the upcoming Crew Flight Test (CFT) of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner, replacing Michael Fincke.
Space