China Sends Shenzhou-14 To Space In Another Manned Mission

By Chen Chuanren Jun 06, 2022
China has launched another three astronauts into space as construction of the Tiangong space station enters its next phase.
Space

Australia, Canada Say China Fighters Harassing Their Patrol Aircraft

By Chen Chuanren Jun 06, 2022
The Australian and Canadian governments say Chinese fighters have intercepted and harassed their maritime patrol aircraft, with one Chinese aircraft releasing chaff that was ingested into the engines of a Royal Australia Air Force P-8 Poseidon. 
Budget, Policy & Operations

Airbus CEO Calls For Greater European Defense Cooperation

By Tony Osborne Jun 03, 2022
Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury has called for enhanced European cooperation on defense procurement and for EU member states to be more supportive of Europe’s defense industry.
Budget, Policy & Operations

High-Speed Track Makes Sled Recovery After Mach 5.6 Run

By Steve Trimble Jun 03, 2022
A high-speed sled was recovered after accelerating to around Mach 5.6 on a 10-mi.-long, 9-in.-wide monorail track in the New Mexico desert, the U.S. Air Force said on June 2.
Missile Defense & Weapons

Russia ‘Fast-Tracks’ Cargo To International Space Station

By Mark Carreau Jun 03, 2022
Russia’s Progress MS-20 linked to the International Space Station’s (ISS) Russian segment on June 3, completing a two-orbit launch to docking to deliver a 3-ton cargo of propellant, drinking water, food and other supplies for the orbital lab’s seven crewmembers.
Space

Swiss Government To Proceed With F-35 Purchase By March 2023 

By Tony Osborne Jun 03, 2022
Bern’s Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport says it can sign contracts before the “Stop F-35” initiative can be voted on. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

UK Competition Watchdog Calls On CHC To Unwind Babcock Offshore Acquisition

By Tony Osborne Jun 03, 2022
The UK’s competition watchdog has called on offshore helicopter operator CHC to unwind its acquisition of Babcock’s rotary-wing oil and gas services. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

USAF Solicitation Outlines Planned C-17 Upgrades

By Brian Everstine Jun 03, 2022
The U.S. Air Force is planning a flight deck upgrade to avoid expected obsolescence issues and a lack of spares that could ground the C-17 fleet.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Daily Briefs

Jun 03, 2022
SONY CORPORATION OF AMERICA announced formation of SONY SPACE COMMUNICATIONS CORP. to develop small optical comms devices for LEO microsatellites…
Defense and Space

Beta Completes Longest Alia Mission To Date

By Graham Warwick Jun 03, 2022
Beta Technologies has completed a 1,220-nm mission with its Alia-250c electric aircraft, flying the prototype from its test base in Plattsburgh, New York, to Bentonville, Arkansas, for display at the UP.Summit on June 6-8.
Advanced Air Mobility

ISS Research To Study Fashioning Building Materials On Moon, Mars

By Mark Carreau Jun 02, 2022
NASA has lined up some forward-looking research for its next resupply mission to the International Space Station.
Space

NASA To Buy Five More SpaceX Crew Dragon Missions To ISS

By Irene Klotz Jun 02, 2022
NASA plans to add five more Crew Dragon missions to SpaceX’s Commercial Crew flight services contract on a sole-source basis, as the agency continues to work with Boeing to certify a second transportation system to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station. 
Space

Space Force’s GMTI Force Design Plan To Finish This Month

By Brian Everstine Jun 02, 2022
The U.S. Space Force this month will finalize its force design for how it will move the ground moving target indication mission from aircraft to space, with the plan to shape the 2024 budget request. The U.S. Air Force wants to retire its E-8C Joint Stars that currently serve in this role, with much of the capability to come from satellites. This plan faces several hurdles, however, not the least of which is physics.
Space

Sukhoi, MiG Formally Merge With UAC

Aviation Week Staff Jun 02, 2022
Sukhoi and MiG have formally merged with parent company United Aircraft Corp., with both legacy Soviet fighter manufacturers having ceased to exist as separate entities as of June 1. “Strong and worldwide-known Sukhoi and MiG brands will last in the assembled aircraft, while their reputable design schools will continue to evolve,” said Sergey Chemezov, CEO of Rostec, UAC’s parent company.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Ursa Major Offering New Arroway Rocket Engine

By Jen DiMascio Jun 02, 2022
Startup propulsion company Ursa Major announced June 2 that it is offering a 200,000 lb. thrust liquid oxygen and methane staged-combustion rocket engine called Arroway.
Commercial Space

Inmarsat Unveils Major Upgrade Of Ka-Band Network

By Bill Carey Jun 02, 2022
Satellite communications (satcom) provider Inmarsat says it will upgrade its Jet ConneX (JX) service for business aviation to vastly increase inflight download speeds.
Connectivity

Thales To Supply 13 GM403 Radars To Indonesia

By Chen Chuanren Jun 02, 2022
Thales and Indonesia state-run defense company PT Len have signed an agreement to acquire 13 GM403 air defense radars for the country’s military.
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

How The KC-46 Is Flying Operationally With IOC Still Years Away

By Brian Everstine Jun 02, 2022
Despite the fact that it won’t be declared operational for at least another two years, the Boeing KC-46A has flown thousands of operational missions and offloaded tens of millions of pounds of fuel under a plan that has freed up the troubled tanker to refuel 97% of receiver aircraft.
Multi-Mission Aircraft

South Korea Upgrading More Patriots To PAC-3s

By Chen Chuanren Jun 02, 2022
South Korea’s Defense Project Promotion Committee has OK’d spending KRW750 billion ($605 million) to upgrade the country’s MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missiles from the PAC-2 to the PAC-3 standard.
Missile Defense & Weapons

Denmark OKs Referendum Favoring Closer EU Defense Alignment

By Tony Osborne Jun 02, 2022
Voters in Denmark have approved a referendum in favor of closer defense cooperation with the European Union.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Japan Flies First H215 With SAF

By Chen Chuanren Jun 02, 2022
Japan has conducted a helicopter flight powered by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), a first in the country. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Canada’s F-35 Contract Signing, Delivery Dates May Slip

By Steve Trimble Jun 02, 2022
A Canadian procurement official on June 2 restated the government’s commitment to finalizing a contract by year’s end to buy 88 F-35As, but an industry executive raised new doubts that the goal could be achieved. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Kleos Space Wins USN Contract For Geolocation Tracking Experiment

By Garrett Reim Jun 01, 2022
The U.S. Navy has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with Kleos Space to provide radio frequency geolocation data as part of an experiment.
Commercial Space

Russia Tests Turbine For Nuclear Space Tug

Aviation Week Staff Jun 01, 2022
Roscosmos State Corp. tested a turbine on May 13 which was designed to produce electric power for ion engines on Russia’s future nuclear space tug.
Space

Startup Picks Jaunt eVTOL For Quebec AAM Network

By Graham Warwick Jun 01, 2022
Jaunt Air Mobility has signed a letter of intent (LOI) for almost 100 Journey electric vertical takeoff and landing air taxis with a Canadian startup planning to develop and service a vertiport network in Quebec.
Advanced Air Mobility