Skyports Selects SITA Biometrics For AAM Vertiports
Airline information technology provider SITA is to supply its Smart Path biometric identity management technology as a component of the passenger journey through vertiports to be developed by the UK’s Skyports.
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Company Demos Secure Laser Communications System For SDA

By Jen DiMascio Jun 14, 2022
Northrop Grumman has demonstrated a secure networked laser communications system for the Space Development Agency’s proliferated low Earth orbit constellation.
Space

House Committee’s Proposal Cuts F-15EX Request, Adds Helos

By Brian Everstine Jun 14, 2022
The House Appropriations Committee is looking to fund the Pentagon at the same level as the fiscal 2023 budget request, but has tweaked some of the proposed aircraft buys by decreasing the number of F-15EXs for the U.S. Air Force while increasing some helicopter programs.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Korea’s Hanwha Ups Investment In eVTOL Startup Overair

By Graham Warwick Jun 14, 2022
South Korean conglomerate Hanwha has invested an additional $115 million in U.S. urban air mobility startup Overair, which is developing the Butterfly tiltrotor electric vertical takeoff and landing air taxi.
Advanced Air Mobility

SpaceX Space Station Cargo Launch Moves To July 11

By Mark Carreau Jun 14, 2022
SpaceX needs to replace a faulty Draco thruster valve inlet joint before the the 25th NASA-contracted Dragon resupply mission.
Space

AeroVironment Shows AI Capability For Switchblade, Jackal

By Steve Trimble Jun 14, 2022
A new version of the Switchblade 600 will be demonstrated with artificial intelligence (AI) software that allows the loitering munition to automatically identify targets observed by a sensor.
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

AeroVironment Expects Switchblade Surge After Ukraine Decision

By Steve Trimble Jun 14, 2022
AeroVironment expects a significant increase in demand for loitering munitions after a U.S. government decision to transfer Switchblade loitering munitions to Ukraine led to a wider export authorization for the armed flying systems.
Budget, Policy & Operations

DARPA Reimagines KC-46 As Airborne Battery Charger

By Steve Trimble Jun 14, 2022
DARPA has launched a new project that sees a fresh role for the U.S. Air Force fleet of aerial tankers as airborne recharging points for networks of electric-powered UAS by adding a wing-mounted laser pod.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Space Flight Laboratory Uses ‘Drag Sail’ Tech To Deorbit Nanosat

By Garrett Reim Jun 14, 2022
The Space Flight Laboratory deorbited its CanX-7 demonstration nanosatellite using four drag sails in April, five years after the sails were deployed and significantly sooner than it would have deorbited naturally.
Commercial Space

French, German NH90 Fleets To Be Supported By OEM

By Tony Osborne Jun 13, 2022
NHIndustries claims that French and German NH90 fleets will benefit from improved availability rates through a new support contract for the rotorcraft agreed to by the OEM and NATO agency NAHEMA.
Aircraft & Propulsion

SpaceX Spared New Environmental Assessment For Boca Chica Ops

By Irene Klotz Jun 13, 2022
SpaceX has some more work to do before it will receive U.S. clearance to launch Starship on an orbital flight test from Boca Chica Beach, Texas, the FAA has determined in its long-awaited study assessing the program’s environmental impacts.
Commercial Space

NASA Hurricane-Tracking Cubesats Lost In Launch Accident

By Irene Klotz Jun 13, 2022
NASA’s gamble on a startup launch company to deliver a pair of novel hurricane-probing cubesats into orbit got off to a rough start on June 12 after the upper stage of an Astra 3.3 rocket shut down early, dooming the first two members of the agency’s Tropics constellation.
Commercial Space

U.S. Space Force Working To Open Foreign Military Sales Office

By Garrett Reim Jun 13, 2022
The U.S. Space Force is working to launch its Foreign Military Sales office, opening the door to what it says will be the first sale of a U.S. military satellite to a foreign country.
Space

USAF Wants New Ideas For Sustaining Next ICBM

By Brian Everstine Jun 13, 2022
The U.S. Air Force wants to hear from industry on how to sustain the Sentinel nuclear missile system, including its new re-entry vehicle.
Missile Defense & Weapons

U.S. Navy, Marine Corps Hold Safety Stand Down Following Crashes

By Brian Everstine Jun 13, 2022
Most U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aviation units were grounded for a safety pause on June 13 after a series of fatal incidents within about one week.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Poland Plans To Buy AW149 Fleet, Defense Minister Says

By Tony Osborne Jun 13, 2022
Poland plans to purchase a fleet of Leonardo AW149 medium helicopters to meet a long-standing requirement for a multimission helicopter.
ILA Berlin

Ampaire Links With Black & Veatch On Airport Electrification

By Graham Warwick Jun 13, 2022
Hybrid-electric propulsion startup Ampaire has partnered with sustainable infrastructure developer Black & Veatch to electrify airports to support the deployment of advanced air mobility.
Advanced Air Mobility

The Weekly Debrief: U.S. Air Force Looks To Future Of Tactical Airlift

By Steve Trimble Jun 13, 2022
For most of the past 70 years, the Lockheed Martin C-130 has defined the role of tactical airlift in the U.S. Air Force inventory.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Diehl Could Include Datalink In Future Missile Concept

By Steve Trimble Jun 13, 2022
A heat-seeking missile concept proposed by Diehl could feature a datalink to support beyond visual range, air-to-air missile intercepts.
Missile Defense & Weapons

Lockheed Adds Inovor For JP9102 Australian Military Satellite Bid

By Chen Chuanren Jun 13, 2022
Lockheed Martin has added Australian small satellite-maker Inovor Technologies under the so-called Hosted Missions Program for the JP9102 military satellite project.
Space

Lockheed Developing New Roles For JAGM

By Steve Trimble Jun 13, 2022
Medium-range and surface-to-air versions of the AGM-179 Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) are being developed internally.
Missile Defense & Weapons

KAI Strengthens T-50 Marketing Cooperation With Lockheed

By Chen Chuanren Jun 13, 2022
To help Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) position itself to better compete for future jet trainer contracts in North America, the South Korean manufacturer has signed a teaming agreement with Lockheed Martin to market the T-50 worldwide.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Europe Looking For Alternatives To Russian Titanium

By Thierry Dubois Jun 13, 2022
As the war in Ukraine continues to mean the supply of titanium from Russia is uncertain, the European aerospace industry is pressing on with efforts to find replacement sources.
Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Rocket Lab To Build Solar Arrays For NASA’s GLIDE Spacecraft

By Garrett Reim Jun 13, 2022
Rocket Lab has been selected by Ball Aerospace to manufacture the solar array panel for NASA’s Global Lyman-Alpha Imager of Dynamic Exosphere mission spacecraft.
Space

Russia Agrees To Station Crew Seat Exchange

Aviation Week Network Staff Jun 12, 2022
The Russian government has cleared state-owned Roscosmos to sign a long-delayed agreement with NASA for cosmonauts to fly on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsules in exchange for astronauts joining Russian Soyuz crews. 
Space