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Gulfstream G500 earns FAA type and production certificates

2018-08-02
The Gulfstream G500 twin-engine business jet recently completed type certification and received a production certificate from the FAA. The certifications pave the way for Gulfstream’s first G500 customer delivery planned for fourth quarter this year.
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NASA invests in aerospace start-up, university projects on CubeSat platform

2018-08-01
NASA Science Mission Directorate officials in Washington are funding three new projects selected from a pool of 25 received in response to the NASA Earth Science Technology Office’s (ESTO’s) solicitation for the In-Space Validation of Earth Science Technologies (InVEST) program element A.49 of ROSES (Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences) 2017, supporting the Earth Science Division (Solicitation NNH17ZDA001N).
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SaraniaSat wins $5M NASA InVEST contract for hyperspectral thermal imager

2018-08-01
SaraniaSat, an aerospace startup in Los Angeles, won a three-year, $5.1 million NASA In-Space Validation of Earth Science Technologies (InVEST) contract to test and advance the company’s Hyperspectral Thermal Imager (HyTI), being touted as a unique, disruptive technology for hyperspectral remote sensing, a technology also known as imaging spectroscopy used to detect and identify minerals, vegetation, and manmade materials.
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Poland’s PGZ to collaborate on new Leonardo attack helicopter

2018-07-31
Leonardo and Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A. intend to collaborate on the new AgustaWestland AH-249A attack helicopter – also referred to as the AW249. PGZ’s involvement comes during the Polish Army’s continued search for 32 new helicopters under Poland’s own attack helicopter procurement program in an effort to replace aging Russian Helicopters Mi-24 military rotorcraft.
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Viasat military-grade airborne SATCOM antenna achieves FAA certification, completes Air Force C-17 MACC testing

2018-07-31
The Viasat Global Mobile Antenna 5560-101 military-grade, Ku-/Ka-band, multi-network, multi-mode satellite communications antenna has demonstrated it can provide in-flight broadband connectivity to enable advanced situational awareness, en-route mission planning, and other applications that demand high forward and return link capacity. FAA DO-160G certification enables the antenna to be installed on select manned and unmanned military aircraft, while passing AFMC C-17 MACC tests demonstrates the antenna's ability to become certified for Air Force and FMS C-17 aircraft.
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Iridium, Aireon, SpaceX celebrate satellite launch, system deployment

2018-07-26
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 04:39:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on July 25, 2018 and placed 10 new Iridium NEXT satellites into low Earth orbit (LEO), bringing the total number of Aireon space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) payloads in orbit to 65 as global air traffic surveillance service nears debut and satellite constellation nears completion.
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SAE International anti-counterfeit standards integral to obsolescence management

2018-07-25
Counterfeit parts prevention is integral to an effective obsolescence management plan, and the focus of anti-counterfeit standards – including Counterfeit Avoidance Standard (AS5553) and Counterfeit Detection Standard (AS6081) – from SAE International in Warrendale, Pa. SAE International officials are bringing the anti-counterfeit discussion and sharing best practices, which include adherence to critical standards, to the Future of Obsolescence Management (FOM) event on October 10 and 11 in Washington.
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Tooling decisions play major role in cost, turnaround time

2018-07-24
“Laddering up” of the range of tooling options requires assessing at each plateau whether greater upfront investment in tooling will pay off with a relatively quick return on investment. Since tooling plays such a key role in this equation, it also means working closely with OEMs willing to evaluate the best available tooling options at any time as production requirements increase.
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VPT rad-hard point of load converters designed for digital processing in space environments

2018-07-24
VPT Inc. is introducing its SVPL series space-qualified, radiation-hardened point of load DC-DC converters – covering an input voltage range of 3.1 volts to 13.2 volts and offered in 6-, 9-, and 12-amp output surface-mount options – designed specifically for space applications facing harsh radiation environments while requiring low voltages and tight regulation for high-performance processors.
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Challenges ahead: cybersecurity and the aerospace supply chain

2018-07-24
The same way technology opens the doors for speed, efficiency, and convenience, it offers the unintended opportunity for malicious cyberattacks, with threat agents becoming bolder. Supply chains, now being targeted as a pathway to the vital core of organizations around the world, have become a vital part of the industry’s cybersecurity strategy, says Kirsten Koepsel, author of SAE International’s latest book, The Aerospace Supply Chain and Cyber Security – Challenges Ahead, now available.
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Blue Origin Mission 9 a success

2018-07-20
Blue Origin’s New Shepard flew for the ninth time this week, completing a test of the crew capsule escape motor. This launch achieved the highest elevation that Blue Orbit has achieved during an incremental build-up of system capabilities.
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Rolls-Royce to work with airframe manufacturers, seek partners for EVTOL project

2018-07-19
Rolls-Royce in London is unveiling a concept electric vertical take-off and landing (EVTOL) vehicle, including civil and military variants, that could take to the skies as soon as the early 2020s. The flexible design – able to be adapted for a variety of applications, including personal transport, public transport, logistics, and defense – is based upon technologies currently in use and under development.
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