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  • A new jet could fly from Beijing to New York in two hours

    09/21/2018 1:07:37 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 33 replies
    Fast Company ^ | BY MELISSA LOCKER
    A new hypersonic plane could rival Superman for the fastest thing in the sky. A team of researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences just announced that when they tested a scaled-down model of their new hypersonic plane in a wind tunnel it got up to speeds of Mach 7, or 5,300 miles per hour. That’s way past Mach 5, which NASA defines as five times faster than the speed of sound, which would be about 3,800 mph at sea level. The researchers published their results in the Chinese journal Physics, Mechanics & Astronomy. The plane was developed for the...
  • T-6 Texan trainer crashes in Texas; pilots eject safely

    09/20/2018 11:20:51 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 70 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/19/2018 | Oriana Pawlyk
    A T-6 Texan trainer from Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph crashed roughly 30 miles from the base near Rolling Oaks Mall, Air Education and Training Command officials said Tuesday. “The crew ejected and is safe with minor injuries reported at the site,” AETC said in a Facebook post. “There were no civilian casualties, and the extent of damage to property has not been assessed,” officials said. Members from the base’s fire and safety units from the 12th Flying Training Wing responded to the incident alongside local responders, the announcement said. Two parachutes were seen deploying from the aircraft, indicating the airmen...
  • Why Lockheed Martin is designing a tiny home to orbit the Moon

    09/07/2018 4:18:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    The Verge ^ | Sep 7, 2018, 9:00am EDT | Loren Grush
    NASA wants to build another space station, but this one won’t live in a close orbit around Earth. Within the last year, NASA has begun planning for a much smaller astronaut outpost in orbit around the Moon, a new destination dubbed the Gateway. The idea is for this space station, which will be a fraction of the size of the International Space Station, to serve as a place for astronauts to live and train for excursions to and from the lunar surface. A crucial piece of hardware needed for this Gateway will, of course, be habitats — spaces for a...
  • Boeing awarded $805 million contract for MQ-25 refueling drone.

    09/04/2018 12:23:33 PM PDT · by MCF · 37 replies
    KMOV.com ^ | Sept. 4, 2018 | Rachel Sudduth
    “The US Navy awarded Boeing on Thursday an $850 million contract to design and build the MQ-25A Stingray, the Navy's first carrier-based unmanned refueling aircraft.”
  • Was the Navy’s F-111 Really That Bad?

    08/23/2018 7:24:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 78 replies
    Air & Space Magazine ^ | September 2018 | Robert Bernier
    The controversy swirling around the F-35 joint strike fighter echoes previous battles fought over aircraft tasked with serving more than one master. Perhaps the central question in today’s debate is whether a single airplane designed to perform many missions adequately is a better and truly more affordable choice than several airplanes, each designed to perform a single mission flawlessly. In 1968, the Navy had an unequivocal answer: No. But were they right? In the early 1960s both the Navy and the Air Force were shopping for new combat aircraft. The Navy needed a carrier-based interceptor capable of engaging Soviet bombers...
  • New Russian Gunship Implements Syrian Combat Lessons

    08/22/2018 6:32:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Defense Update ^ | August 22, 2018
    Russian Helicopters presented a new version of the Mi-28N attack helicopter that improves combat survivability and firepower and implements manned-unmanned teaming capability for the first time. The “Night Hunter” was used extensively in the Syrian theater, used both by the Russian and Syrian forces. Some of the improvements address lessons learned from these operations. “We are constantly improving military helicopters because the requirements of our customers change, and we always aim to meet them. Due to the experience of using Mi-28 machines during military operations, we knew how to further develop this project. The modernization considerably increased the capabilities of...
  • Is Lockheed Martin Winning the Hypersonic Race?

    08/19/2018 12:56:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | August 18, 2018 | Lou Whiteman
    Hypersonic technology -- weapons and interceptors able to travel at least five times the speed of sound -- are a top Pentagon priority and an area where China and Russia are perceived to be ahead of U.S. military efforts. The Defense Department has committed to spend aggressively to catch up. Based on initial contract awards, it's becoming clear that Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) is outpacing the competition in the battle to win the lion's share of those awards. Lockheed Martin earlier this month was awarded a $480 million contract to develop a hypersonic air-launched, rapid response weapon (ARRW). The award could...
  • U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels to receive newer and larger F/A-18E/F Super Hornet

    08/14/2018 12:52:28 PM PDT · by PROCON · 9 replies
    defence-blog.com ^ | Aug. 14, 2018
    Photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy SchumakerBoeing has received a $17 million contract for convert nine F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft for Blue Angels flight demonstration team, said in the statement of the U.S. Department of Defense on 13 August. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has contracted Boeing for the retrofit documentation and kits to convert nine F/A-18E (single-seat) and two F/A-18F (tandem-seat) aircraft into a Blue Angel configuration in accordance with engineering change proposal 6480. According to the DoD, work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri, and is expected to be completed in December 2021. The Blue...
  • China’s air force quietly adds new J-16 fighter jets to ‘push the envelope’

    08/12/2018 7:50:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | August 12, 2018 | Kristin Huang
    China’s expanding line-up of multirole, all-weather J-16 fighter jets will help the air force to launch strikes deep into enemy territory and destroy key strategic assets like airfields and bridges, military analysts say. While it is not as advanced as the new J-20 – officially named Weilong, or powerful dragon – the Shenyang J-16 will become a key part of PLA Air Force operations and any strategy against Taiwan or to deter US military intervention, they said. China’s air force announced last week that a squadron of J-16s would soon be combat ready. Based on the Russian Sukhoi-30 fighter jet,...
  • Boeing Reportedly Blocks Offer Of Used 767s For Israeli Air Force Tanker Competition

    08/10/2018 8:04:13 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Drive ^ | August 7, 2018 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    Israel is mulling over a large, multi-billion dollar defense spending boost for the Israeli Air Force, or IAF, which could include money for fighter jets, transport helicopters, cargo planes, and six new aerial refueling tankers. This last tender was already set to be highly competitive and now there are reports that Boeing has blocked Israel Aerospace Industries, also known as IAI, from offering second-hand 767 airliners converted into tanker-transports, which would be a direct threat to its own troublesome 767-based KC-46 Pegasus. The Israeli business daily Globes was the first to report the developments on Aug. 6, 2018. According to...
  • Kuznetsov Undergoes MiG-29K Refit (Russian carrier)

    08/10/2018 8:11:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    AIN online ^ | August 9, 2018 | Vladimir Karnozov
    MiG-29K/KUBs are seen during sea trials aboard Kuznetsov in 2013. (photo: Russian Aircraft MiG) The Russian navy has embarked on a three-year project to modernize its sole aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, or Project 1143.5, with a focus on achieving full operability with the Russian Aircraft MiG-29K/KUB fighter. Although navalized MiGs flew from the carrier during trials in 1989-1991 and during its seventh and most recent deployment to the Mediterranean Sea in late 2016/early 2017, they are yet to be completely integrated with the carrier’s systems. According to the Nevskoye Design Bureau, the ship’s developer, some of the outdated onboard equipment...
  • Boeing Now Building Qatar's F-15s as Part of the Eagle's Renaissance

    08/10/2018 8:07:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    AIN online ^ | August 9, 2018 | David Donald
    For now the F-15SA Eagles being delivered to Saudi Arabia are the most advanced Eagles, but those destined for Qatar have even more advances, such as a wide-area display in the cockpit. (photo: RSAF) Earlier this month, the Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence Affairs, HE Dr. Khalid bin Mohamed al-Attiyah, visited the Boeing Company factory at St. Louis, Missouri, to formally inaugurate the production of F-15QA Eagle multi-role fighters that have been ordered for the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF). Although no initial delivery schedule has been announced, the 36 are due for delivery by...
  • NASA signs off on SpaceX’s “load-and-go” procedure for crew launches

    08/09/2018 9:09:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    Spaceflight Now ^ | August 9, 2018 | Stephen Clark
    The NASA manager overseeing development of Boeing and SpaceX’s commercial crew ferry ships says the space agency has approved SpaceX’s proposal to strap in astronauts atop Falcon 9 rockets, then fuel the launchers in the final hour of the countdown as the company does for its uncrewed missions. The “load-and-go” procedure has become standard for SpaceX’s satellite launches, in which an automatic countdown sequencer commands chilled kerosene and cryogenic liquid oxygen to flow into the Falcon 9 rocket in the final minutes before liftoff. “From a program standpoint, we went throgh a pretty extensive process where we laid out the...
  • Air Force B-2 Stealth Bomber Completed New Test Drop of Deadly Nuclear Gravity Bomb

    08/07/2018 11:12:18 AM PDT · by Eddie01 · 94 replies
    National Interest ^ | 8/7/2018 | Brad Howard
    The B-61-12 gravity bomb, a GPS-guided behemoth that’s been in development since 2008, can penetrate three meters of earth before detonating and dial up a nuclear yield of between 0.3 kilotons and 50 kilotons of devastating power. A message to Iran? Read on: An Air Force B-2 stealth bomber just completed the first test drop of an advanced nuclear gravity bomb, Military.com reported on June 30. The B-61-12 gravity bomb , a GPS-guided behemoth that’s been in development since 2008 , can penetrate three meters of earth before detonating and dial up a nuclear yield of between 0.3 kilotons and...
  • Aerospace firm to put headquarters in Mississippi, hiring 70

    08/05/2018 3:27:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Vicksburg Post ^ | August 5, 2018 | The Associated Press
    MADISON, Miss. (AP) — An aerospace company spun off from a larger conglomerate will make its headquarters in central Mississippi. Vertex Aerospace announced Friday that it will invest $1.4 million and hire 70 front-office workers over the next two years at its Madison office. The company currently employs 340 there, and 856 more statewide. Private equity firm American Industrial Partners of New York bought Vertex in July from L3 Technologies for $540 million....
  • The incredible moment a Hercules transport plane does a LOOP (TR)

    08/03/2018 4:44:40 PM PDT · by DFG · 52 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 08/03/2018 | Ted Thornhill
    Think of aerobatics and it's fighter jets and light aircraft that spring to mind. But the crowds at the recent Farnborough Airshow were treated to the sight of a new Rolls-Royce-powered LM100-J Hercules transport plane pulling outrageously nimble manoeuvres – including a loop. The man at the controls was chief test pilot Wayne Roberts – and his stunt was caught on camera.
  • Commercial Spaceships Are Like 'Driving an iPhone,' New Astronaut Says

    08/03/2018 1:32:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Space.com ^ | August 3, 2018 03:18pm | Meghan Bartels,
    Nine astronauts have new travel plans aboard commercial space capsules, with their mission assignments announced earlier today (Aug. 3). Five of those astronauts flew aboard the United States' last set of spacecraft to travel to the International Space Station (ISS), the space shuttles. But while the newly announced crews are excited to once again launch from Florida instead of Kazakhstan, they aren't very nostalgic for the hardware of the shuttles themselves. During the press announcement of the new astronaut assignments, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine asked two veteran astronauts to compare their new rides to the shuttles they flew more than...
  • Eviation Chooses Prescott as US Headquarters (Electric Powered Aircraft)

    08/02/2018 9:45:25 AM PDT · by chrisinoc · 32 replies
    Prescott eNews ^ | 02 August 2018 | John Heiney
    Prescott, AZ – August 2, 2018 – Eviation, an Israeli startup pioneering the industry’s first all-electric aircraft, selected Prescott for its US corporate headquarters. Eviation will open an office at the former Guidance Aviation building, at the Prescott Municipal Airport in August. The decision came following months of discussions in the greater community and across the state. “We met with their CEO, Omer Bar-Yohay and his team twice over the course of the past year, and connected them with local resources like Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Yavapai College and others,” said Lamar. “Our Economic Development Consultant Jim Robb connected them with...
  • Why Stealth Is Boeing’s Big Buzzword In India’s Looming Fighter Race

    07/26/2018 6:04:00 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Livefist Defence.com ^ | Jul 26 2018 | Shiv Aroor
    The esoteric subject of fighter aircraft contracting, usually restricted in the Indian context to the occasional headline, boomed within the walls of India’s Parliament a week ago. In the eye of the proverbial storm was — and continues to be — India’s purchase of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft from France. With less than a year to go for the country’s next national election, one that promises to outstrip all earlier elections in its assurance of a historically no-holds-barred fight, the aircraft deal is now a fully loaded political weapon, where the noise has helpfully blurred many of the questions being...
  • Exclusive: Unmasking The F-15X, Boeing's F-15C/D Eagle Replacement Fighter

    07/26/2018 6:01:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    The Drive ^ | July 25, 2018 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Last week, the aerospace-defense community was overwhelmingly intrigued by a report from Defenseone.com that said Boeing was pitching a new variant of its 45-year-old F-15 Eagle line of fighters to the United States Air Force. Still, next to nothing is known about this initiative, including where it came from and what it entails exactly. Although it has been framed as a Boeing solicitation to the USAF, the opposite is actually true—the USAF began the discussion over a year and a half ago. Since then, ongoing talks have been kept incredibly hush-hush, along with the details of the aircraft involved—until now....