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Orbital Antares rocket suffers catastrophic failure, destroying space vehicles and hosted payloads

Orbital Antares rocket suffers catastrophic failure, destroying space vehicles and hosted payloads

DULLES, Va., 31 Oct. 2014. Shortly after lift-off from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A in Virginia at 6:22 p.m. (EDT), an Orbital Sciences Corp. (NYSE:ORB) Antares space launch vehicle suffered a catastrophic failure. No casualties were incurred and property damage was limited to the south end of Wallops Island, but the launch vehicle, onboard spacecraft, and hosted payloads went up in flames.

Emerging air traffic management technologies, procedures reduce emissions and fuel costs, NAV CANADA reports

Emerging air traffic management technologies, procedures reduce emissions and fuel costs, NAV CANADA reports

OTTAWA, Ontario, 30 Oct. 2014. "Working co-operatively with our airline customers and other industry partners, our efforts resulted in a GHG emissions reduction of 1.3 million metric tons and a fuel cost savings of over $500 million in 2013 alone," says NAV CANADA President and CEO John Crichton.

American Jet International, Million Air Charter pass Part 135 safety certification audit

American Jet International, Million Air Charter pass Part 135 safety certification audit

HOUSTON, Texas, 29 Oct. 2014. American Jet International (AJI), powered by Million Air Houston (HOU), has completed a two-day audit of its Part 135 Air Carrier Operations conducted by the Aviation Research Group/US (ARG/US).

FAA awards $10.2 million in low-emission grants to six airports

FAA awards $10.2 million in low-emission grants to six airports

WASHINGTON, 28 Oct. 2014. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials in Washington awarded $10.2 million in grants, under the FAA’s Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) program, to six U.S. airports with the goal of reducing emissions and improving air quality.

Gulfstream Aerospace chooses Elbit Systems Kollsman Enhanced Vision System for new G500 and G600 aircraft

NBAA—ORLANDO, Fla., 23 Oct. 2014. Gulfstream Aerospace officials selected Elbit Systems of America LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems, to deliver its Kollsman Enhanced Vision System - Superior Performance (EVS-SP) for the new Gulfstream G500 and G600 business aircraft.

Thales Wireless inflight entertainment system now standard on Gulfstream bizjets

Thales Wireless inflight entertainment system now standard on Gulfstream bizjets

NBAA—ORLANDO, Fla., 23 Oct. 2014. The Thales Wireless inflight entertainment (IFE) system has become the first wireless IFE to come standard on Gulfstream platforms, Thales officials are announcing during the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) conference and exhibition. Thales has been selected to provide its wireless IFE system on the Gulfstream 500 and 600 business jets (bizjets) unveiled this month.

Airports Authority of India to deploy Saab surface movement guidance, control systems

Airports Authority of India to deploy Saab surface movement guidance, control systems

EAST SYRACUSE, N.Y., 15 Oct. 2014. Officials at the Airports Authority of India (AAI) will deploy Saab Advanced – Surface Movement Guidance & Control Systems (A-SMGCS) at five airports in India. The Saab A-SMGCS will enhance situational awareness and runway safety at these growing airports, officials of the defense and security company explain.

Inmarsat’s L-TAC provides beyond-line-of-sight satellite communications to U.S. government users

Inmarsat’s L-TAC provides beyond-line-of-sight satellite communications to U.S. government users

WASHINGTON, 10 Oct. 2014. Inmarsat, a provider of global mobile satellite communication (SATCOM) services, is harnessing the skills of its partners and the capabilities of its Inmarsat-4 satellite constellation to expand the availability of mobile tactical beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) communications to actively deployed U.S. and coalition forces.

All avionics technology domains growing, with exception of HUDs, says Thales Avionics’ Gatti

All avionics technology domains growing, with exception of HUDs, says Thales Avionics’ Gatti

CINCINNATI, Ohio, 25 Sept. 2014. The avionics sector sits at the intersection of two major technology domains: electronics and aeronautical – with the added pressure of certification, describes Marc Gatti of Thales Avionics during his talk, titled “Technological Changes and Competitive Advantage: the New Deal for Avionics Firms,” at the SAE Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference (ASTC) in Cincinnati, Ohio, this week.

Problems with cost overruns, missed deadlines, supplier quality issues, and negative Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports

SAE to publish AS6500 manufacturing management standard

CINCINNATI, Ohio, 23 Sept. 2014. Problems with cost overruns, missed deadlines, supplier quality issues, and negative Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports prompted the formation of the SAE G-23 Manufacturing Management Committee. The recognition of manufacturing and quality problems kicked off a 360-degree study led by Dr. Tom Christian, ASC/EN, describes Committee Secretary Hamid Akhbari, AFLCMC/EZSM, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (AFB), during the SAE 2014 Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference (ASTC) this week in Cincinnati, Ohio.

FAA NextGen ADS-B

FAA asks industry to equip for NextGen, help to increase safety and efficiency

WASHINGTON, 19 Sept. 2014. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is holding an all-day “Call to Action” summit — to be held 28 October 2014 — to engage the aviation industry in meeting the 1 Jan. 2020 deadline to equip aircraft with new avionics technology.

Teledyne LeCroy introduces 500 MHz, $5,000 WaveJet Touch portable oscilloscope

Teledyne LeCroy introduces 500 MHz, $5,000 WaveJet Touch portable oscilloscope

CHESTNUT RIDGE, N.Y., 16 Sept. 2014. Teledyne LeCroy is introducing the WaveJet Touch oscilloscope, equipped with a touch screen, powerful debug tools, and advanced triggering. Built on the popular WaveJet 300 oscilloscope platform, the WaveJet Touch is available in two models with 350 MHz or 500 MHz bandwidth, four channels, up to 5 Mpts of memory at 2 GS/s, and a 7.5-inch touch-screen display.

EASA certifies Rockwell Collins Aircraft Information Manager on 22 aircraft models

EASA certifies Rockwell Collins Aircraft Information Manager on 22 aircraft

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, 4 Sept. 2014. European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) officials have certified Rockwell Collins’ Aircraft Information Manager (AIM)—the secure data transfer system for Pro Line Fusion, Pro Line 21, and Pro Line 4 avionics—for use on 22 aircraft models.

Mentor Graphics infuses Nucleus RTOS with capabilities for microcontroller and multicore applications

Mentor Graphics infuses Nucleus RTOS with capabilities for microcontroller and multicore applications

WILSONVILLE, Ore., 28 Aug. 2014. Mentor Graphics Corp. (NASDAQ:MENT) has announced a new version of the Mentor Embedded Nucleus real-time operating system (RTOS) targeting high-performance, next-generation applications for connected embedded devices.

Former NASA Administrator Griffin urges government to reduce dependence on Russia, proactively pursue space, and clearly define goals and policy

Former NASA Administrator Griffin urges government to reduce dependence on Russia, proactively pursue space, and clearly define goals and policy

A former NASA administrator discusses current and future aerospace opportunities and challenges, including U.S. dependence on foreign aerospace technologies and capabilities. 

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