Triumph Sells Aerostructures Composites To Arlington Capital Partners

By Michael Bruno Aug 03, 2020
Triumph Group has announced a significant step forward in shedding some aerostructures businesses, revealing a definitive agreement to sell its composites operations to private equity investor Arlington Capital Partners.
Marketplace

Lockheed Proposes THAAD Variant For Hypersonic Interceptor

By Steve Trimble Aug 03, 2020
Lockheed Martin has chosen a proposed new variant of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system to compete for the sea-based Regional Glide Phase Weapon prototyping program.
Missile Defense & Weapons

Small Satellite Launch Startup ABL Eyes Demos

By Michael Bruno Aug 03, 2020
Small satellite launcher ABL Space Systems has disclosed around $90 million in new defense contracts plus investments from Lockheed Martin and venture capitalists, powering the startup through a three-launch demonstration of the RS1 launch vehicle and GS0 deployable launch system early next year, the company said Aug. 3.
Space

Collins Close To Air Combat Training System Deal

By Lee Hudson Aug 03, 2020
Collins Aerospace is on the brink of closing a deal with its first international customer for a next-generation air combat training device that the U.S. Navy and Air Force will use for the F-35.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Russia To Hasten Development Of Sukhoi S-70 Combat UAV

By Maxim Pyadushkin Aug 03, 2020
Deliveries of the Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik (Hunter) unmanned combat air vehicle to the Russian military will start in 2024, the head of Russia’s United Aircraft Corp., Yury Slyusar, told President Vladimir Putin at an Aug. 3 meeting.
Aircraft & Propulsion

The Weekly Debrief: Cruise Missile Defense Gains Popularity With USAF

By Steve Trimble Aug 03, 2020
Once a mission prioritized mostly by the U.S. Army and Navy, the U.S. Air Force is now seeking to experiment with low-cost options to intercept cruise missiles, potentially expanding an arsenal that today consists solely of the relatively high-cost and inventory-limited AIM-120C missile
Missile Defense & Weapons

Virgin Adds Rolls-Royce To Supersonic Transport Study

By Guy Norris Aug 03, 2020
Virgin Galactic has unveiled the outline configuration of its ongoing high-speed air-breathing passenger transport study and announced Rolls-Royce as its propulsion partner for the Mach 3 design concept. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

USAF Defines Price Range For 'Attritable' UAS

By Steve Trimble Aug 03, 2020
The unit price for a new AttritableONE family of low-cost, unmanned aircraft systems will fall into a gap between “expendable” and “exquisite” categories within the U.S. Air Force inventory.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Japan Seeks Single Prime Contractor For F-X

By Bradley Perrett Aug 03, 2020
Japan has begun seeking a single prime contractor for the F-X fighter program, with the end of October reported as the target for concluding a contract.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Selected U.S. Military Contracts For The Week Of July 27 - 31, 2020

Aug 03, 2020
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SpaceX Demo-2 Flight Test Ends With Crew Splashdown

By Irene Klotz Aug 02, 2020
NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, flying as test pilots for the SpaceX Demonstration Mission-2 (Demo-2), landed in flat seas and 2 mph winds at 2:48 p.m. EDT, capping NASA’s six-year effort to restore U.S. human orbital flight capability after the space shuttles’ retirement in 2011. 
Space

NASA Demo-2 Crew Departs ISS For Aug. 2 Splashdown

By Mark Carreau Aug 02, 2020
The third and final phase of the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule's two-month test flight will conclude Sunday with an 11-min. de-orbit burn of the capsule's Draco engines, which will be followed by an atmospheric re-entry and a parachute descent into the Gulf waters on Aug. 2.
Space

Three-Satellite Ariane 5 Launch Scrubbed

By Mark Carreau Aug 01, 2020
Liftoff was scrubbed due to an out-of-limit sensor indication associated with the Ariane 5's first-stage liquid hydrogen propellant tank.
Space

SOCOM Adds Nine Block II Chinooks To Boeing’s At-risk Backlog

By Steve Trimble Jul 31, 2020
A new order for nine MH-47G Block IIs announced on July 31 raises Boeing’s overall order book for the latest version of the Chinook to 24 aircraft, the company said. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Amid COVID-19, Shifts Seen In Military Aircraft Competitions

By Jefferson Morris Jul 31, 2020
An Aviation Week panel sees significant changes coming in global military aircraft procurement over the next several years, as countries battered by the biggest global economic contraction since World War II look to simultaneously scale back defense spending and prop up their indigenous industries.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Faulty Electrical Connection Doomed Rocket Lab Flight

By Irene Klotz Jul 31, 2020
Rocket Lab has determined the cause of the July 4 failure of an Electron rocket—a faulty electrical connection which triggered a premature shutdown of the booster’s second stage, the company said on July 31. 
Commercial Space

Bristow To Operate Scheibel UAVs On UK SAR Missions

By Graham Warwick Jul 31, 2020
Unmanned aircraft will be flown as part of search-and-rescue operations in the UK beginning on Aug. 1.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Congress Still Waiting For Space Acquisition System Report

By Lee Hudson Jul 31, 2020
Capitol Hill is continuing to wait for the Pentagon to submit a report proposing changes to Space Force acquisition, but the document still needs to receive a blessing from the White House.
Space

UK Project Advances Drone Traffic Management System

By Bill Carey Jul 31, 2020
A UK Department for Transport-sponsored research program has chosen several companies to participate in the development of an open-access unmanned aircraft traffic management (UTM) system.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

EHang Introduces EVTOL To Fight High-rise Fires

By Graham Warwick Jul 31, 2020
China’s EHang has launched an unmanned aerial firefighting version of its two-seat autonomous electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing air taxi, demonstrating its ability to fight fires in high-rise buildings. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Canada Enters Source Selection For Fighter Contract

By Steve Trimble Jul 31, 2020
Three separate bids based on the Boeing CF-18E/F Block III, Lockheed Martin F-35A and Saab Gripen E will be evaluated by Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) for the CAD$15-19 billion contract.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Demo-2 Splashdown Prep Continues As Isaias Upgraded To Hurricane

By Mark Carreau Jul 31, 2020
Two NASA Demo-2 astronauts continued preparing on July 31 for a weekend return to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS) and a splashdown off the Florida coast as Tropical Storm Isaias was upgraded to a category 1 hurricane.
Space

 

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