SDA NEXT Will Allow U.S. Military To Experiment With Transport Layer

By Garrett Reim May 23, 2022
NEXT experiments could create path for military service follow-on constellations.
Space
Boeing’s Starliner Reaches Space Station
Boeing’s uncrewed CST-100 Starliner executed a successful autonomous docking to the U.S. segment of the International Space Station (ISS) as scheduled on May 20.
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NAVSEA Seeks New Long-Range Mines For Aircraft

By Steve Trimble May 20, 2022
The U.S. Navy has revealed interest in developing a new air-launched mine. 
Missile Defense & Weapons

Eielson Completes F-35 Beddown, Marine Squadron Reaches FOC

By Brian Everstine May 20, 2022
The U.S. Air Force’s first F-35A wing in the Pacific reached its full complement of aircraft this week, as the second U.S. Marine Corps F-35B squadron reached full operational capability in Japan.
Aircraft & Propulsion

U.S. Army Releases Production Volume Data For T901

By Steve Trimble May 20, 2022
GE Aviation will need to build up to 467 T901 engines during the first years of production.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Russia Postpones May Spacewalk Due To Robotic Arm Malfunction

Aviation Week Staff May 20, 2022
A spacewalk by Russian cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Denis Matveev outside the International Space Station (ISS) that was planned for May 19 has been postponed due to issues with the European Robotic Arm.
Space

Airbus Advancing Tiger Mk. III Development Efforts

By Tony Osborne May 20, 2022
Airbus Helicopters plans to produce three prototypes to support development of the Tiger attack helicopter mid-life upgrade.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Russian Helicopters To Replace Western Engines

Aviation Week Staff May 20, 2022
Russian Helicopters is preparing to replace Western-made engines on its products, with plans to test domestic powerplants on the Kamov Ka-226 and Ka-62 and Kazan Ansat as soon as 2023.
Aircraft & Propulsion
Mitsubishi Creates 3D Printer Resin That Hardens In Space Via Sunlight
Mitsubishi Electric has developed a liquid resin that is formulated to remain stable in the vacuum of space and harden into a parabolic spacecraft antenna when exposed to ultraviolet light emitted from the Sun.
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Airbus Helicopters Exploring Wider Mission Set For VSR700
Airbus Helicopters is studying cargo and armed roles for its VSR700 rotary-wing uncrewed air system (UAS), which is currently in development.
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Carrier Qualification Imposes Tough Choice For T-45 Replacement

By Steve Trimble May 20, 2022
Can Magic Carpet render undergraduate carrier landings unnecessary for future Navy pilots
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Boeing Starliner Heads To ISS
The uncrewed Starliner flight test is part of a joint NASA-Boeing program to develop crew transportation services to the ISS and future destinations in low Earth orbit.
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Airbus To Begin H160M Prototype Assembly This Fall

By Tony Osborne May 19, 2022
Airbus Helicopters is to start assembly after this summer of a prototype for the military version of its H160 twin-engine medium rotorcraft being adopted by the French armed forces.
Multi-Mission Aircraft

Pentagon To Airlift Additional Aid To Ukraine Under New Package

By Brian Everstine May 19, 2022
The Pentagon on May 19 announced it would airlift more counter-artillery radars, howitzers and other equipment to Ukraine, shortly after the Senate approved a $40.1 billion package of assistance.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Next Presidential Aircraft Delayed Again, Up To Three Years

By Brian Everstine May 19, 2022
The schedule delay for the next presidential aircraft has grown by up to three years as Boeing works through issues on the VC-25B, and the Air Force is programming funds for the existing aircraft to keep it flying to cover the gap.
Aircraft & Propulsion

NASA Urged To Step Up Space Science Diversity

By Mark Carreau May 19, 2022
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has presented NASA with 15 recommendations for improving the long-term diversity among those who lead space science missions.
Space

Space Perspective Lands $17M More For Edge-Of-Space Balloon Tourism

By Michael Bruno May 19, 2022
Commercial flights are targeted to begin in late 2024, according to the company.
Commercial Space

NATO Speed Demands For Future Rotorcraft Put Airbus To The Test

By Tony Osborne May 19, 2022
Airbus Helicopters believes that NATO demands for a 220-kt. cruise speed for a future medium transport helicopter could drive maximum take-off weights of up to 17 metric tons.
Aircraft & Propulsion

UK Launches Medium Helicopter Contest For Up To 44 Rotorcraft

By Tony Osborne May 19, 2022
The UK Defense Ministry has launched its long-awaited competition to acquire a new fleet of medium helicopters consolidating several rotary-wing types currently in service.
Aircraft & Propulsion

How Spirit AeroSystems Keeps Supply Chain Issues Under Control

By Michael Bruno May 19, 2022
Supply chain disruptions are flaring, but Spirit AeroSystems remains confident. One quiet project helps explain why.
Manufacturing & Supply Chain

T-7A Rollout Follows Boeing Charge, Air Force Procurement Plan

By Brian Everstine May 19, 2022
Boeing rolls out the EMD T-7A version but also announces new charges and delays on the program.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Viasat Still Fending Off Cyberattacks On KA-SAT Satellite Network

By Garrett Reim May 19, 2022
The satellite company is weeks from restoring service to all users but is wary about sharing too many details of the Feb. 24 attack.
Commercial Space

Space Force To Host Industry Day For Tactical ISR

By Brian Everstine May 18, 2022
The U.S. Space Force is meeting with industry representatives in a different way, to see what will be possible for the migration of tactical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to orbit.
Space

SDA Issues Draft Solicitation For Experimental Satellites

By Brian Everstine May 18, 2022
The Space Development Agency has issued a draft solicitation for its Tranche 1 Demonstration and Experimentation System, outlining plans to use an Other Transaction Authority acquisition strategy to buy 12 space vehicles.
Space

Boeing Poised For Starliner Flight Test To ISS

By Irene Klotz May 18, 2022
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft was rolled out to its launch pad at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on May 18 in preparation for a launch attempt at 6:54 p.m. EDT May 19.
Space