Aviation Week Forecasts: Future European Tanker Capabilities

By Craig Caffrey Sep 17, 2020
On Sept. 10 a Luftwaffe Airbus A310 Multirole Tanker Transport (MRTT) carried out a symbolic air-to-air refueling mission, marking the last time the…
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Sep 17, 2020
Brief news items of interest to aerospace & defense professionals.
Defense and Space

Audit Finds Lapses In NASA Planetary Science Performance

By Mark Carreau Sep 16, 2020
In an audit of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, the agency’s inspector general expresses concerns over the adequacy of funding and oversight of the recently established lunar Commercial Launch Provider Services (CLPS) initiative and efforts to identify potential impact threats to Earth posed by asteroids and comets as mandated by Congress.
Space

Skyborg Unites Two AFRL Unmanned Aircraft System Programs

By Steve Trimble Sep 16, 2020
A little-known technology development program involving secret unmanned aircraft systems has helped to seed the air vehicles available for the AFRL's pioneering Skyborg program.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Is MQ-9 An Attritable Aircraft Contender?

By Lee Hudson Sep 16, 2020
The U.S. Air Force is on the hunt for attritable aircraft to round out its inventory, but the service may already have what it needs in the MQ-9, according to the manufacturer.
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NASA Mini-Probes Lose Ride To Mars

By Irene Klotz Sep 16, 2020
NASA is removing a planned secondary payload from the August 2022 launch of its Psyche asteroid probe, leaving a pair of small satellites without a piggyback ride to Mars. 
Commercial Space

FAA Moves To ‘Covariance’ To Assess Launch Collision Risk

By Bill Carey Sep 16, 2020
The FAA’s plan to amend the collision-avoidance methodology it uses in licensing commercial space launches will support safer operations with more flexible launch windows as space at low Earth orbit becomes increasingly congested, the agency says.
Commercial Space

Nanoracks Preps For ISS Commercial Landmark

By Mark Carreau Sep 16, 2020
Working with Nanoracks, LLC, NASA is about to mark a milestone in its push to transition oversight of human scientific research and tech development in low Earth orbit to the private sector as it sets its sights on the Moon and Mars.
Commercial Space

GE AVIATION

Sep 16, 2020
GE AVIATION delivered the first F110-GE-129 engines for USAF F-15EX; Lot 1 contract calls for production of 19 engines.
Defense and Space

Boeing Pushes T-7 Modernity, Adaptability For Australia

By Bradley Perrett Sep 16, 2020
Modernity and adaptability are among the characteristics that Boeing is promoting in proposing its T-7 trainer for the Royal Australian Air Force.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Lockheed Unveils Speed Racer UAS To Prove Digital Engineering

By Steve Trimble Sep 16, 2020
The Speed Racer project harkens back to the Skunk Works' origins as the company that built the first XP-80 in 143 days and the first U-2 in less than nine months.
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Leonardo Proposes AW139 For Polish Utility Requirement

By Tony Osborne Sep 16, 2020
Leonardo is proposing a military variant of its AW139 twin-engine medium helicopter for Poland as a replacement for the country’s aging W-3 Sokol and Mi-2 rotorcraft.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Opinion: How To Break Exponential Pentagon Cost Growth

James Chew Sep 16, 2020
Companies have developed the tools to build new electronics on the first pass, and the government should embrace faster development.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Mediterranean Tensions Prompt Greek Rafale Plans

By Tony Osborne Sep 16, 2020
France is the ultimate winner from Eastern Mediterranean tensions, securing its first European Rafale customer.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Bombardier Strikes Final Train Biz Sale Terms

Sep 16, 2020
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Sep 16, 2020
Brief news items of interest to aerospace & defense professionals.
Defense and Space

Space, Strike, ISR, Base Defense Roles Raised In Turf Debate

By Steve Trimble Sep 16, 2020
U.S. Space Force and Air Force leaders are seeking to define roles and missions between all of the armed services for a broad range of capabilities.
Budget, Policy & Operations

USAF, Space Force Have Not Sent Budget Anomaly Wish List To Congress

By Lee Hudson Sep 15, 2020
With 15 days left in the fiscal year, the U.S. Air Force and Space Force have not sent Congress a wish list of waivers to make living without a new appropriations bill easier.
Budget, Policy & Operations

AIA: 220,000 Jobs Could Be Lost If No More Government Action

Sep 15, 2020
At least 220,000 jobs in the U.S. tied to the aerospace and defense industry could be lost as civil manufacturers see international aircraft production potentially halved in the wake of COVID-19, the industry’s most prominent trade group revealed in its latest annual factbook.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Verizon Skyward, Parrot Partner On Drone Package

By Bill Carey Sep 15, 2020
Verizon Skyward and French manufacturer Parrot have partnered to offer a drone training and operations management package based on Parrot’s Anafi USA quadcopter, the companies announced Sept. 15.
Aircraft & Propulsion

New Solar Cycle Should Be Much Like The Last

By Irene Klotz Sep 15, 2020
The new 11-year solar cycle is expected to match its extremely quiet predecessor, which concluded in December 2019.
Space

European Theater Dynamics Prompt Mildenhall Base Retention

By Tony Osborne Sep 15, 2020
National support from the UK and a need to retain basing flexibility has prompted U.S. Air Force commanders to reverse the decision to close RAF Mildenhall, England. 
Budget, Policy & Operations

RAF Looks To Expand Simultaneous Targeting, Global Reach

By Tony Osborne Sep 15, 2020
Britain’s Royal Air Force will adopt new technologies to identify and prosecute targets in more locations simultaneously than what is possible today, the air arm’s most senior officer says. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

AFSOC Preps MC-130 For Potential Arsenal Plane Role

By Steve Trimble Sep 15, 2020
A January missile firing test offered a glimpse of the MC-130’s potential in a new role as an Arsenal Plane.
Aircraft & Propulsion

USAF Inches Closer To KC-46 Vision System Decision

By Lee Hudson Sep 15, 2020
The head of the U.S. Air Force’s mobility fleet needs more data from Boeing on the KC-46 Remote Vision System (RVS) upgrade plan to determine if an interim fix is worth taking the maintenance downtime.
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