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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.

Boeing to install strategic communications gear in Air Force airborne command post

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla., 27 Oct 2014. Strategic communications experts at the Boeing Co., are developing a system to enable military emergency command post aircraft to communicate with submerged submarines in the event of nuclear war or other global disasters.

Navy chooses Lemoore Naval Air Station, Calif., as home base for Pacific Fleet F-35 aircraft

LEMOORE NAS, Calif., 27 Oct. 2014. U.S. Navy carrier aviation leaders say they plan to base future Navy F-35C Lightning II fighter-bombers at Lemoore Naval Air Station, a master jet base in California's San Joaquin Valley with a history of intensive military jet aircraft operations.

Spanish satellite engineers choose AdaCore development environment for satellite control software

Spanish satellite engineers choose AdaCore development environment for satellite control software

BRISTOL, United Kingdom, 24 Oct. 2014. Oficials at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid / UPM) have selected AdaCore’s GNAT Pro cross-development environment for the UPMSat-2 UNION satellite project’s real-time, on-board and ground-control software. The 50-kilogram micro-satellite, scheduled to be launched in Q4 2015, will provide a technology demonstration platform for the university from a sun-synchronous orbit nearly 600 kilometers above Earth.

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.

NBAA—ORLANDO, Fla., 23 Oct. 2014. Rockwell Collins next-generation Pro Line 21 enhancements—expected to be available during the second half of 2015—will be featured on the Bombardier Vision flight deck of Challenger 650 aircraft.

Bombardier Vision flight deck on Challenger 650 features Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 enhancements

NBAA—ORLANDO, Fla., 23 Oct. 2014. Rockwell Collins next-generation Pro Line 21 enhancements—expected to be available during the second half of 2015—will be featured on the Bombardier Vision flight deck of Challenger 650 aircraft.

BAE Systems selects Crane Aerospace & Electronics Power Solutions for Boeing 777X flight control electronics

BAE Systems selects Crane Aerospace & Electronics Power Solutions for Boeing 777X flight control electronics

NBAA—ORLANDO, Fla., 23 Oct. 2014. BAE Systems officials have selected Crane Aerospace & Electronics, Power Solutions to provide ELDEC Power Conditioning Modules (PCMs) and batteries on the Boeing 777X commercial 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.

Lufthansa Technik expands capabilities, opens dedicated bizjet MRO hangar

Lufthansa Technik expands capabilities, opens dedicated bizjet MRO hangar

NBAA—ORLANDO, Fla., 22 Oct. 2014. Lufthansa Technik U.S. subsidiary BizJet International has opened a new dedicated maintenance and refurbishment hangar in Tulsa, Okla.

GE to provide power/health management systems, integrated data technologies for Gulfstream G500/G600 business jets

GE to provide power/health management systems, integrated data technologies for Gulfstream G500/G600 business jets

NBAA—ORLANDO, Fla., 21 Oct. 2014. GE Aviation is supplying the data concentration and network, advanced power management system, and advanced health management system to Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. for the G500/G600 business jet aircraft.

Dassault selects Gogo Business Aviation FANS offering, helping Falcon operators comply with emerging airspace mandates

Dassault selects Gogo Business Aviation FANS offering, helping Falcon operators comply with emerging airspace mandates

NBAA—ORLANDO, Fla., 21 Oct. 2014. Dassault will offer a factory-approved solution, which includes Iridium-based communications systems from Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ:GOGO) subsidiary Gogo Business Aviation LLC, to help Falcon operators comply with emerging FANS (Future Air Navigation System) mandates.

Flexjet enters 10-year agreement, orders up to 50 Gulfstream aircraft

Flexjet enters 10-year agreement, orders up to 50 Gulfstream aircraft

NBAA—ORLANDO, Fla., 21 Oct. 2014. Flexjet LLC officials have placed orders for up to 50 Gulfstream aircraft, including the new Gulfstream G500, for which Flexjet will be the North American launch customer.

Air Force asks Northrop Grumman to stiffen Global Hawk UAS defenses against cyber attacks

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 20 Oct. 2014. U.S. Air Force unmanned aerial vehicle (UAS) experts are asking Northrop Grumman Corp. to upgrade the abilities of the Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAS) to resist computer hackers' attempts to commandeer or disrupt the unmanned aircraft while in flight.

Air Forces asks Textron to upgrade military AN/USM-670 JSECST flightline test equipment

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga., 20 Oct. 2014. Flightline test experts at Textron Systems Corp. will upgrade the U.S. military AN/USM-670A Joint Service Electronic Combat Systems Tester (JSECST) to resolve severe component obsolescence issues, Air Force officials say.

United Airlines two-cabin regional jet fleet to provide Gogo inflight wi-fi, personal device entertainment

United Airlines two-cabin regional jet fleet to provide Gogo inflight wi-fi, personal device entertainment

ITASCA, Ill., 16 Oct. 2014. United Airlines officials chose Gogo (NASDAQ:GOGO), a global aero communications service provider, to bring in-flight Internet service to the airline’s two-cabin regional jet fleet.

Unmanned aircraft system market to triple by 2020, driven by commercial and DIY applications

Unmanned aircraft system market to triple by 2020, driven by commercial and DIY applications

COQUITLAM, B.C., Canada, 16 Oct. 2014. The unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) market in the United States will grow from $5 billion in 2013 to $15 billion in 2020, according to IGI Consulting Inc. in Coquitlam, British Columbia.

Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins Future Airspace Navigation System designed to benefit business jet operators, maintenance technicians, ANSPs

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, 16 Oct. 2014. Rockwell Collins is offering Future Airspace Navigation System (FANS) 1/A capability for Bombardier’s Challenger 604 aircraft equipped with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4 avionics.

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.

Rockford aerospace cluster

Regional aerospace cluster expands, grows international presence, attracts attention

Proactive aerospace community grows international presence and participation, becomes an epicenter of aerospace activity in the nation, and competes for business on a global scale.

Navy moves forward on helicopter-based EW to protect surface warships from missiles

WASHINGTON, 13 Oct. 2014. U.S. Navy surface-warfare experts will begin deciding next month on a contractor to design and build a helicopter-based long-range electronic warfare (EW) system to counter existing and future advanced anti-ship missiles.

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.

Sikorsky collaborates with LORD Corp., rotorcraft industry specialists to unveil S-97 Raider helicopter

Sikorsky collaborates with LORD Corp., rotorcraft industry specialists to unveil S-97 Raider helicopter

CARY, N.C., 9 Oct. 2014. United Technologies Corp. [NYSE:UTX] subsidiary Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. unveiled the first of two S-97 RAIDER helicopter prototypes. Sikorsky engineers teamed with rotorcraft industry specialists—including LORD Corp., maker of vibration, noise, and motion control management solutions—to develop this follow-up to the company’s X2 Technology demonstrator aircraft.

Flight management systems market to reach $912 million by 2020

Flight management systems market to reach $912 million by 2020

DALLAS, 9 Oct. 2014. The global flight management system market is estimated at $601.36 million in 2014 and expected to reach $912.20 million by 2020, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.19 percent, according to a new report from MarketsandMarkets.

AeroVironment wins $19 million DARPA contract to develop new class of maritime unmanned aircraft system

AeroVironment wins $19 million DARPA contract to develop new class of maritime unmanned aircraft system

MONROVIA, Calif., 8 Oct. 2014. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) officials have awarded AeroVironment Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV) and its industry team a 12-month, $19,035,007 phase II preliminary design contract to advance the Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (TERN).

Northrop Grumman delivers Space Based Infrared System payload to Lockheed Martin

Northrop Grumman delivers Space Based Infrared System payload to Lockheed Martin

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., 8 Oct. 2014. Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems has delivered a Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) payload to Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company in Sunnyvale, Calif. The payload -- the third delivered on the SBIRS Follow-on Production contract in 15 months -- will be integrated with a SBIRS geosynchronous (GEO) spacecraft in preparation for its projected launch in the summer of 2016.

Boeing delivers new-build MH-47G Special Operations Chinook

Boeing delivers new-build MH-47G Special Operations Chinook helicopter

RIDLEY TOWNSHIP, Pa., 7 Oct. 2014. Boeing has completed a full month ahead of schedule the initial flight and delivery of its first, new-build MH-47G configured Chinook helicopter to the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command.

Boeing forecast: Air cargo market recovering, to double in next 20 years

Boeing forecast: Air cargo market recovering, to double in next 20 years

SEOUL, South Korea, 7 Oct. 2014. "We see strong signs of a recovery as air freight traffic levels continue to strengthen after several years of stagnation," says Randy Tinseth, vice president of marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The air cargo market is now growing at nearly the long-term rates."

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