Spaceflight

October 21, 2014 - 12:01am

Lufthansa Technik is offering a new “Executive Shuttle” VIP interior concept for Airbus and Boeing narrowbodies. The concept, which offers configurations varying from 20 to 52 passengers for the A320 family and 20 to 56 passengers for Boeing’s 737, offers a variety of cabin designs within a “manageable budget.”

The German company’s creative design department has developed 20 different cabin layouts for both aircraft families, from “an all-business/first-class configuration to more sophisticated versions with sleeping options, meeting and dining areas or private rooms.”

October 20, 2014 - 8:10pm

Bombardier unveiled its new Challenger 650 here at NBAA 2014 in Orlando, Fla. The Montreal-headquartered airframer (Booth 281) is refreshing its classic, 10-passenger Challenger 600 series with redesigned cockpit and cabin interiors and optimized GE CF34-3B MTO turbofan engines that will provide additional takeoff thrust on a limited basis to facilitate shorter takeoff distances, greater payloads and more range from “challenging” airports during high/hot operations. Planned maximum range of the new model is 4,000 nm (with six passengers and standard NBAA IFR reserves).

October 20, 2014 - 6:00pm

Bombardier unveiled the Challenger 650, a refreshed version of the Model 605 with new avionics and engines, yesterday on the eve of NBAA 2014. Deliveries of the $33.25 million Challenger 650 are targeted for the second quarter of next year.

October 20, 2014 - 11:00am

The Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics Special Committee 213, Enhanced Flight Vision Systems/Synthetic Vision Systems (EFVS/SVS), has scheduled a public meeting for November 5 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. The meeting requires in-person visitors to pre-register.

October 20, 2014 - 10:15am
X-37B OTV-3 test mission concludes

Boeing’s X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on October 17, completing its third and longest test mission since 2010. The unmanned spaceplane under development by the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office orbited for 674 days following its launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard an Atlas V launch vehicle last December.

October 1, 2014 - 3:05am

On the heels of statements of dissatisfaction by senior U.S. Air Force officials about the current delay of more than two years in producing the critical Mission Data Unit (MDU) of the DOD’s future GPS III satellite program, the USAF issued a Sources Sought ultimatum to GPS III contractor Lockheed Martin and its subcontractor Excelis. Such a declaration–essentially advising the contractor to improve performance and indicating that the agency is investigating other sources for the work–was a bombshell event for the aerospace community.

September 30, 2014 - 3:10pm

Granite Aviation opened its FBO at Sandpoint (Idaho) Airport. The company’s new $1.6 million facility features a 3,700-sq-ft private air terminal, 7,000-sq-ft hangar, four aircraft refueling trucks, de-icer truck and recently constructed 171,000-sq-ft ramp. The facility offers fueling, maintenance, storage and ground transportation. Other aerospace companies on the field include business jet winglet manufacturer Tamarack Aerospace, Quest Aircraft and Timberline Helicopters.

September 16, 2014 - 3:40pm

The European Global Navigation Satellite System Agency (GSA)–which operates and maintains Egnos, Europe’s Waas equivalent–and Eurocontrol signed a new cooperation agreement yesterday under which they will jointly implement European satellite navigation policies in the aviation sector. The move will set the stage for the EU to evolve its air traffic management infrastructure from one based primarily on ground-based systems to a more satellite-based system, improving accessibility, efficiency and safety for European operators, pilots and airports.

July 17, 2014 - 6:37am

Safety system specialist Aero Sekur of Aprilia, Italy comes to the Farnborough Airshow on the heels of signing a licensed teaming agreement with U.S.-based aerospace supplier Bullerdick GSE. Here at the airshow Aero Sekur is introducing a new lightweight flexible fuel tank while highlighting recent successes in its space projects.

July 17, 2014 - 6:37am

Safety system specialist Aero Sekur of Aprilia, Italy comes to the Farnborough Airshow on the heels of signing a licensed teaming agreement with U.S.-based aerospace supplier Bullerdick GSE. Here at the airshow Aero Sekur is introducing a new lightweight flexible fuel tank while highlighting recent successes in its space projects.

 
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