NASA Faces Mobile Launcher-2 Cost, Schedule Challenges

By Mark Carreau Jun 10, 2022
NASA’s efforts to develop a second mobile launcher have been plagued by significant issues with the contractor’s performance and the agency’s oversight, leading to a major cost increase and schedule delay, an audit by NASA’s inspector general has found.
Space

USAF Reopens Search For Small Drone Interceptor

By Steve Trimble Jun 10, 2022
The U.S. Air Air Force has reactivated a search for a small drone that can shoot down other small ones, after the program fell silent for a year.
Aircraft & Propulsion

USAF Activates F-35A Aggressor Squadron, Highlights Role Switch

By Steve Trimble Jun 10, 2022
The U.S. Air Force has formally activated a new aggressor squadron of Lockheed Martin F-35As, highlighting a recent switch to stealth aircraft for a dedicated combat training role.
Light Attack and Advanced Training

Electroflight Battery System Seen Advancing Electric Aircraft

By Graham Warwick Jun 10, 2022
Building on its involvement in a UK project that set a speed record for electric aircraft, energy storage specialist Electroflight has introduced a battery system designed to be available off the shelf for use in the early development of electric aircraft.
Emerging Technologies

Red 6 Conducts Multi-Platform Augmented-Reality Training Demo

By Graham Warwick Jun 10, 2022
Red 6, a developer of synthetic air-combat training, has flown the first multi-aircraft training flight against multiple augmented-reality assets.
Light Attack and Advanced Training

China Plans Space-Based Solar Power System Trials From 2028

By Chen Chuanren Jun 10, 2022
China is looking to send its first space solar power system experiment into orbit in 2028 in support of its goal to produce and operate a gigawatt-level SSPS by 2050 that can send power back to Earth.
Space

Norway Terminates NH90 Program, Returning Rotorcraft To OEM

By Tony Osborne Jun 10, 2022
Frustrated with the poor availability of its NH90 naval helicopter fleet, Norway has decided to call it a day with the European rotorcraft.
ILA Berlin

Deep Space Exploration Looks For More Global, Industry Cooperation

By Mark Carreau Jun 09, 2022
Based on what is coming together for humanity’s return to the Moon, those involved at NASA and key commercial partners believe a global public/private collaboration must continue to grow if humans are to establish a sustainable presence on the Moon and then press on to Mars.
Space

NASA Study Team To Assess Unexplained Aerial Phenomena

By Irene Klotz Jun 09, 2022
NASA is commissioning a study team to learn more about unexplained aerial phenomena , with the goal being to assess available non-classified data and determine what steps the agency could take to collect additional scientific information.
Space

AFRL Awards Contract To Build Airborne Laser Warfare Simulator

By Garrett Reim Jun 09, 2022
The Air Force Research Laboratory has granted a 10-year, $80 million contract to BlueHalo to build a system that models and simulates directed-energy weapons use in wargames.
Missile Defense & Weapons

Aeronautics’ Trojan UAS Combines Hover, Long Range

By Graham Warwick Jun 09, 2022
Israel’s Aeronautics Group plans to debut its latest uncrewed aircraft, the Trojan, at the Eurosatory show in Paris June 13-17.
Advanced Air Mobility

House Committee Calls For Reports On Military Rotorcraft, ISR Programs

By Brian Everstine Jun 09, 2022
A House Armed Services subcommittee, in a markup to the 2023 defense policy bill approved June 9, is raising concerns over multiple Pentagon helicopter programs and urging the Defense Department to move forward on other efforts it is trying to slow.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Lilium Refines eVTOL Design To Maximize Operating Range

By Graham Warwick Jun 09, 2022
Lilium has completed the preliminary design review for its seven-seat electric air taxi, finalizing changes intended to extend the range that can be extracted from the Lilium Jet’s battery system.
Advanced Air Mobility

Airspeeder Eyes High-Performance eVTOL Market With Multicopter

By Graham Warwick Jun 09, 2022
As it prepares to launch its Airspeeder racing series, Australia’s Alauda Aeronautics says it plans to develop a supercar-style high-performance eVTOL vehicle for private owners.
Emerging Technologies

USMC MV-22 Crash Kills Five In California

By Brian Everstine Jun 09, 2022
Five U.S. Marines were killed June 8 when a Bell Boeing MV-22B crashed in California, the second fatal accident involving the tiltrotor within three months.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Zipline Develops Detect-And-Avoid System For Delivery Drones

By Graham Warwick Jun 09, 2022
Delivery drone operator Zipline has developed an acoustic detect-and-avoid system to enable autonomous long-range flights in complex as well as uncontrolled airspace.
Advanced Air Mobility

Mangata Eyes Network Trials In 2023, Satellite Service By 2024

By Michael Bruno Jun 09, 2022
Mangata Networks, a satellite-based connectivity, plans to showcase its initial network in early 2023, potentially launch eight highly elliptical-orbit satellites that year and then inaugurate service in 2024 for the Northern Hemisphere.
Connected Aerospace

Shield AI Lands $165 Million For Drone-Swarm Technology

By Michael Bruno Jun 09, 2022
Shield AI, an artificial intelligence startup targeting the aerospace and defense market, announced on June 9 it had garnered $90 million in private-equity issuance and $75 million in new debt as part of a Series E fund-raising round.
Emerging Technologies

KC-46 Software Enhancement Stalls As USAF Plans New Camera System

By Brian Everstine Jun 09, 2022
An interim update Boeing designed to improve the KC-46 Pegasus’ remote-vision system has been stalled due to an ongoing software problem in the initial two aircraft to receive the installation.
Multi-Mission Aircraft

Northrop, L3Harris Join Lockheed In SiAW Competition

By Steve Trimble Jun 09, 2022
Northrop Grumman and L3Harris have been selected to form a three-way competition with previously announced Lockheed Martin for a contract to develop the Stand-in Attack Weapon for the U.S. Air Force.
Missile Defense & Weapons

Joby Acquires Hydrogen Propulsion Specialist H2Fly

By Graham Warwick Jun 08, 2022
Joby Aviation has acquired German hydrogen-electric propulsion pioneer H2Fly.
Advanced Air Mobility

Artemis I Mission Working To Share Live Video, Data Transmissions

By Mark Carreau Jun 08, 2022
Even without test pilot astronauts on board, NASA’s Artemis I mission of a Space Launch System (SLS)-propelled Orion capsule around the Moon and back to Earth promises drama, which the space agency is working to share publicly through live video and data transmissions.
Space

Lack Of Test Aircraft, Range Time Delay Testing Of StormBreaker

By Brian Everstine Jun 08, 2022
A lack of available aircraft and range time has delayed the testing of the GBU-53/B StormBreaker small-diameter bomb, with initial operational capability expected to slip, according to a new government assessment.
Missile Defense & Weapons
Quebec, Private-Equity Group Team For $100 Million Aero Supplier Fund
Canada’s first private-equity fund dedicated to the aerospace supply chain is targeting $100 million and already has garnered commitments for $77 million, officials said.
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Tier 1 Engineering Flies R44 On MagniX Electric Power

By Graham Warwick Jun 08, 2022
Tier 1 Engineering has begun flying its electric Robinson R44 helicopter with the 350-kW MagniX magni350 electric propulsion unit planned for the production conversion.
Aircraft & Propulsion