Spacecraft

October 19, 2013 - 1:40am
A Dallas Airmotive field service tech inspects a PW500 engine.

Dallas Airmotive unveiled its new logo here at NBAA 2013. Using the company’s traditional red and blue colors, the new logo morphs spinning turbine engine blades into the shape of a Phoenix.

August 2, 2013 - 2:30am
With launch of the first next-generation GPS III satellites planned for 2016, the DOD is looking for ways to reduce costs in line with today’s budget realities while ensuring the utility airspace users expect in the future.

With the continuing strains on the U.S. national budget and the possibility that the Administration’s sequestration program could last for several more years, Pentagon planners are said to be worrying that the costs of the future GPS III system could become out of reach, despite its major advances and the need to have modernized replacement satellites ready to be deployed as the orbital lives of current satellites end.

July 23, 2013 - 3:20pm

Jetcraft Corporation today announced the launch of the Hud Vision Access head-up display system for the Challenger 604. The equipment, based on Kollsman’s enhanced flight vision system, is covered by a new STC, which gives Challenger operators reduced-visibility landing credits for using the display. Jetcraft and its subsidiary Jetcraft Avionics have selected West Star Aviation to handle system installations.

May 7, 2013 - 2:00pm

The massive, gangly Solar Impulse landed at 12:30 a.m. in Phoenix on Saturday, having completed the first leg of the solar-powered airplane’s Across America mission. The flight departed Moffett Airfield in Mountain View, Calif. on Friday at 6:12 a.m. PDT and landed at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Saturday at 12:30 a.m. MST.

The flight took 18 hours and 18 minutes, all powered by 12,000 solar cells mounted in the wings, driving four 10-hp electric motors and propellers. To fly at night, energy is stored in 881 pounds of lithium-ion batteries.

December 3, 2012 - 1:00pm

Canadian air navigation service provider (ANSP) Nav Canada and Iridium Communications signed a joint venture agreement that will eventually give Nav Canada a controlling interest in the Aireon global, satellite-based aircraft surveillance system.

August 13, 2012 - 8:30am
Photo of Mars landscape

In this year of the summer Olympics, it is only fitting that NASA scored a gold medal when it “stuck the landing” on its Curiosity rover, the most ambitious lander ever sent to another planet.

July 18, 2012 - 2:57pm

The FAA issued a supplemental type certificate to Banyan Air Service for installation of Honeywell’s Aspire 200LG Wi-Fi-enabled satcom system on the Gulfstream GII/III/IV. The system includes the Aspire 200LG Inmarsat SwiftBroadband satcom, optional CNX-200 cabin gateway and Honeywell Sky Connect dual-channel Iridium satcom. “The flexibility and scalable architecture of the Aspire system combined with data acceleration and Wi-Fi allows versatility within our STC to meet the needs of our clients,” said Brian Wilson, Banyan’s director of avionics.

July 11, 2012 - 5:30pm
Virgin Galactic founder and CEO Sir Richard Branson

At $200,000 a ticket it isn’t cheap but it is definitely out of this world and you get a great view. Virgin Galactic’s plans to be the first space tourism business really took off after SpaceShipOne won the Ansari X-Prize back in 2004.

September 27, 2011 - 8:43am

With a narrower pipe but greater reach for voice and data than its rival Inmarsat, the Iridium satellite network is becoming increasingly relevant for aircraft cockpits.

December 23, 2010 - 10:15am

Now that Iridium has successfully completed the financing for its next-generation satellite constellation, called Iridium Next, the McLean, Va., firm is looking ahead to the fun part: building and launching an all-new network of dozens of cross-linked communications satellites.

 
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