21.09.2008
FLUG REVUE

2008-09-22 - News in BriefNews in Brief

Kurzmeldungen<br /> +++<br /> Singapore Airlines Cargo (SIA Cargo) signed a 10-year, more than $500 million Fleet Management Program agreement with Pratt &amp; Whitney Global Service Partners.

The agreement covers 13 Boeing 747-400F cargo aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney PW4000-94" engines and six spare engines. SIA Cargo is one of the world's largest operators of B747-400 freighters, and has a route network that covers 74 destinations in 39 countries.
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The newly constructed training centre, where all training facilities currently spread out over several sites will be combined at one location, is the third and final complex of the "Vienna Aviation Campus", which was formally opened today. The training building provides a connection between the simulator centre of Lufthansa Flight Training and the already existent Flight Safety and Security Center (mock-up hall) of Austrian Airlines. Commercial, technical, flight attendant and pilot training facilities are now located at the technical base in the central area of the airport premises. Through the new training centre, existing training procedures will be improved in many respects, which will result in a significant increase in the quality of training while simultaneously decreasing the costs of training sessions; because of, for example, decreased walking times, shortened training days, synergies in the utilisation of rooms and compacting of training activities. As a result of this higher concentration of training activities at one location, the external marketing of Austrian Airlines training offers are given a significant competitive advantage.
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NASA for the first time last week used microgravity research flights aboard commercially-owned aircraft to test hardware and technologies. These flights, on an airplane operated by the Zero Gravity Corporation, simulated the weightless conditions of space. In addition to numerous NASA experiments, five companies sponsored by the agency's Innovative Partnerships Program flew experiments aboard the reduced-gravity aircraft flights from Ellington Field in Houston. The flights were the first in NASA's Facilitated Access to the Space Environment for Technology Development and Training program, called FAST.
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NASA has selected a Mars robotic mission that will provide information about the Red Planet's atmosphere, climate history and potential habitability in greater detail than ever before. Called the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft, the $485 million mission is scheduled for launch in late 2013. The selection was evaluated to have the best science value and lowest implementation risk from 20 mission investigation proposals submitted in response to a NASA Announcement of Opportunity in August 2006. "This mission will provide the first direct measurements ever taken to address key scientific questions about Mars' evolution," said Doug McCuistion, director of the Mars Exploration Program at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The principal investigator for the mission is Bruce Jakosky of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The university will receive $6 million to fund mission planning and technology development during the next year. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., will manage the project. Lockheed Martin of Littleton, Colo., will build the spacecraft based on designs from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and 2001 Mars Odyssey missions. The team will begin mission design and implementation in the fall of 2009.
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French Caribbean carrier Air Caraïbes has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for three A350-1000 aircraft, and is with this purchase decision becoming the European launch customer for the largest version of the A350 XWB. The aircraft will be operated on the airline's network from Paris to the islands of Guadeloupe, Martinique and soon to French Guyana. They will be configured in three classes with a total of 440 seats. "The A350 XWB will continue the track record of spectacular efficiency and low operating costs we already experience with the A330", said Jean-Paul Dubreuil, President of Air Caraïbes. "Aircraft commonality, which is unique to Airbus aircraft, will allow our pilots to transition efficiently to the A350 XWB. Most importantly, this aircraft assures lowest fuel burn, which perfectly matches our growth strategy," he added.
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Raytheon will soon complete a major cost reduction initiative for the High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) Destruction of enemy air defense Attack Module (HDAM). HDAM is an upgrade kit that converts the combat-proven HARM into a long-range, supersonic, precision-strike weapon for non-radiating targets. It upgrades HARM from a suppression of enemy air defense weapon into a destruction of enemy air defense weapon. "With our cost-reduction measures, we can sell HDAM to the U.S. government for far less than $100 thousand a unit in 2008 dollars," said Jeff Wadsworth, Raytheon Missile System's HARM program director. "Other upgrade kits are projected to cost several hundred thousand dollars a unit. In today's fiscally constrained environment, the warfighter deserves the capability and value HDAM brings to the table."     Raytheon completed HDAM flight testing in 2006. HDAM adds an inertial navigation system and GPS to HARM. These enhancements greatly improve the missile's effectiveness and eliminate the possibility of fratricide.
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With some 100 new business jets entering the Russian market in the next 12 months, ExecuJet Aviation Group foresees the market shifting. Fewer charter customers, but heightened interest from owners looking to manage their aircraft.  With its geographical reach, full suite of business aviation solutions and extensive experience in the East European countries, ExecuJet is upbeat about increased business in the region. The Group currently has nearly 20 aircraft based in Russia and the CIS, under its four European AOC's (Switzerland, Denmark, Germany, United Kingdom) according to Marcel Wepfer, ExecuJet Director Aircraft Management. The charter market in Europe remains pretty steady, he notes, with larger cabin, longer range aircraft more popular in this region. "Although charter prices are up slightly owing to higher fuel prices and the strength of the Euro against the US$, for the longer term we think prices will drop off a bit. As a European-headquartered charter operator and part of a world-wide organization, ExecuJet can attend to both your regional and global aviation transportation needs and because we can call on a 25-strong charter aircraft fleet based widely over Europe – Moscow, Kiev, Zurich and London, for example – we can quickly respond to short notice bookings."  The other regions of ExecuJet (Middle East, South Africa and Australia) account for an additional 36 aircraft available for charter around the world.
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The United States Department of Defense DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) has awarded contract to Aeros Aeronautical Systems Corp. for the Buoyancy Assisted Lift Air Vehicle (BAAV) Rigid Aerostructure Technology demonstration. The focus of the BAAV program is a demonstration of the lightweight rigid aerostructure technology. This will involve analysis leading to a demonstration air test of the aerostructure under flight load conditions. Proving that the rigid aerostructure can be both light and strong enough to accommodate air loads without failure will validate this structural approach as the air platform basis for a new class of buoyancy assisted vehicles that are more robust and have potentially greater military utility. New missions that require extended speed, range, and loiter times would be enabled. The aerostructure, essentially the body of the air vehicle, is one of the main technology elements of the new type of variable buoyancy air vehicle – it is an essential design element of the Aeroscraft; an air vehicle that is designed to control lift in all stages of air or ground operations including the ability to offload payload without taking on-board ballast. In distinct contrast to earlier generation airships, the Aeroscraft is a heavier-than-air vehicle and generates lift through a combination of aerodynamics, thrust vectoring and gas buoyancy generation and management. The key features of the Aeroscraft include the noted rigid structure, vertical takeoff and landing capability, ability to operate at low speed and hover, and operate from unprepared surfaces.
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The New Zealand Navy and Air Force successfully fired two live AGM-65 Maverick, air-to-surface missiles from SH-2G(NZ) Super Seasprite helicopters, during a  Sept. 5 joint exercise involving the NZ Frigate Te Kaha and an NZ Air Force P-3 Orion. The simulated targets were floating shipping containers off Great Barrier Island. A similarly configured SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite helicopter will be on display for the first time at the Black Sea Defense & Aerospace Exposition, September 24-26 in Bucharest, Romania. Company officials and suppliers will be in attendance to brief potential customers and the news media about the helicopter and its capabilities. The aircraft, configured for the Penguin anti-ship missile, is one of 11 multi-mission maritime helicopters now available for immediate delivery.
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The Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Company (LHTEC), a 50:50 joint venture between Honeywell and Rolls-Royce, has achieved European Aviation Safety Agency Type Certification for the CTS800-4N engine that will power the UK's Future Lynx helicopter fleet. The UK Ministry of Defence has ordered 70 twin-engine Future Lynx tactical and maritime helicopters from AgustaWestland to meet the requirements of the Army Air Corps and the Royal Navy. The first CTS800-4N engine was delivered to AgustaWestland in April 2008. Ken Roberts, President of the Rolls-Royce Helicopter business and LHTEC board member, said: "Type certification clears the way for aircraft testing and production deliveries and demonstrates that this engine performs exactly as it was designed to do, which is excellent news for the Future Lynx program. Following on so closely from the first engine delivery shows that there is real momentum behind this program."
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Airbus has selected Hamilton Sundstrand, a subsidiary of United Technologies, to provide the Ram Air Turbine emergency power system for the Airbus A350 XWB. Hamilton Sundstrand estimates total A350 XWB Ram Air Turbine (RAT) system revenues in excess of $500 million over the life of the multi-year program. "We are proud to support Airbus' latest advanced commercial aircraft," said Michael Epling, general manager, Hamilton Sundstrand Electric Systems' Commercial Systems Enterprise. "As the world's leading RAT systems supplier, we strive to provide the best competitive and technical solutions for our customers, and we're pleased to be selected for the A350 XWB." The RAT system will be designed and manufactured in Rockford, Ill.
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Embraer announced the sale of the first EMBRAER 195 jet to Montenegro Airlines. The agreement with the airline from the Republic of Montenegro also includes purchase rights for two more aircraft of the same model. The value of the deal, at list price, is US$ 39.5 million, and could total US$ 118.5 million, if all of the purchase rights are exercised. The EMBRAER 195 for Montenegro Airlines will comfortably seat 116 passengers in a single-class layout and delivery is expected in 2009. The company plans to use the new airplane for key markets on the European continent, including routes to cities like London and Moscow.
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The U.S. Navy is making progress in the recovery of its grounded P-3C Orion aircraft. Currently, 10 of grounded aircraft have been inducted for outer wing modifications, with the first one due to be completed this fall - less than a year after grounding 39 aircraft for structural fatigue concerns. Additionally, the Navy awarded contracts to L-3 Communications Aug. 19 and to Lockheed Martin Aug. 26 for the production of 17 outer wings assembly kits for the P-3C Orion with delivery of the first outer wings scheduled to occur in early 2010. These kits will replace the entire outer wing section, to included Zone 5, which was the area of concern in the groundings. L-3 Communications will produce four of the outer wings, and Lockheed Martin will produce 13. Opportunities to procure additional outer wing kits may be available at a later time. According to Bob Holmes, U.S. Navy P-3 Sustainment lead, the Navy is proactively managing the fatigue status, flight hour usage, and operational profiles on those aircraft not currently impacted by the fatigue groundings in order to reduce the likelihood of additional unanticipated elevated fatigue risk conditions.
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For the fourth time in a row, passengers from around the world have selected Munich as Europe's Best Airport in the World Airport Awards 2008. Over eight million passengers took part in the worldwide survey conducted by Skytrax, an independent aviation research institute. This morning in Munich, Edward Plaisted, the director of the renowned London-based institute, presented the coveted award to Dr. Michael Kerkloh, Munich Airport's CEO. In the worldwide airport rankings in which a total of 165 airports were assessed in the survey, Munich took fifth place behind the four Asian metropolises of Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul and Kuala Lumpur. Particularly impressive was Munich's performance in the "Best International Transit Airport" category, where it took second place behind the overall winner Hong Kong. As Munich Airport CEO Kerkloh sees it, this individual result highlights one of Munich Airport's special strengths in the international air transportation industry: The world's 10 best airports as ranked by Skytrax: 1. Hong Kong, 2. Singapore, 3. Seoul, 4. Kuala Lumpur, 5. Munich, 6. Kansai, 7. Copenhagen, 8. Zurich, 9. Helsinki, 10. Capetown.
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SAFRAN and Creuzet have confirmed the renewal of their collaboration agreement for a period of five years, reflecting their commitment to continuing a fruitful partnership. Working in partnership, the two companies will launch new technology studies, such as the development of leading-edge airfoils for fan blades. Their agreement also confirms the continued collaboration through 2013 between the Creuzet group company Creuzet Aéronautique and SAFRAN Group companies Snecma and Techspace Aero, for the production of engine parts. The two groups first teamed up over 30 years ago through joint participations in major international aircraft programs, resulting in reciprocal technological contributions to commercial aircraft engines.
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The Lockheed Martin C-5 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) reached another milestone this week with the induction of the first U.S. Air Force C-5A into the program. "The combination of hardware and software afforded through AMP allows Air Force crews to fly unrestricted anywhere in the world," said George Shultz, Lockheed Martin's vice president of C-5 Modernization. "Modernizing the C-5As today with new avionics further ensures this unique national asset will continue to support the warfighter for many years to come." The AMP replaces the analog cockpit instruments and systems in the C-5 with digital displays and equipment. It also provides the necessary communications and navigational avionics to comply with Global Air Traffic Management (GATM) requirements, the new set of international standards for aircraft movement and reduced separation in flight.
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AgustaWestland is pleased to announce the assignment of the 100 th Grand light twin helicopter to a Russian private customer. The aircraft will be used for VIP/corporate transport purposes by its owner Alexander G. Shishkin. Its handover will take place later this year. AgustaWestland, which has achieved significant success in recent years in Russia, sees even greater business opportunities in the country through the contract and distribution agreement recently signed with Oboronprom Corporation and Loyd's Investments Corp. This three-staged agreement includes plans to establish a number of maintenance centres throughout Russia to support the expanding AgustaWestland fleet of commercial helicopters. In July this year it was announced that AgustaWestland and Oboronprom plan to sign a joint production agreement for the AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter in Russia for both domestic and international markets.
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Boeing has won three competitive proposals resulting in U.S. Army Technology Investment Agreements with a combined value of more than $19 million. The agreements with the Army's Aviation Applied Technology Directorate cover applied research and development in support of the Rotor Durability Army Technology Objective (ATO) and the High Performance Rotary Wing Vehicle Designs (HPRWVD) program. "This research will provide near-term solutions to support the Army's immediate needs to keep blades in service longer, enhance capabilities for the current fleet and lay the groundwork for future advanced rotorcraft designs," said Pat Donnelly, director of Boeing Advanced Rotorcraft Systems. First, as part of the Rotor Durability ATO efforts, Boeing will work to improve the durability and performance of helicopter rotor blades by developing and testing permanent blade-erosion protection, reliable and maintainable icing protection, improved blade repairability and increased rotor performance concepts. Boeing will demonstrate the resulting durable, high-performance rotor through isolated testing at its Vertical/Short Take-Off and Landing (V/STOL) wind tunnel near Philadelphia.
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On the first day of the biennial Africa Aerospace and Defence show, being staged at AFB Ysterplaat in Cape Town, South Africa, history was made when Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota officially handed over the first of the country's fleet of new generation Gripen fighters to Lt. Gen. Carlo Gagiano, Chief of the South African Air Force. The occasion was marked in style with a fly past of four of South Africa's fleet of twenty-six Gripen fighters, with the spectacular backdrop of Cape Town's famous Table Mountain providing some memorable photo opportunities. Following the fly past, the four aircraft landed at Ysterplaat and taxied to a position in front of Defence Minister Lekota, Lt. Gen. Carlo Gagiano and other VIP guests from the Government, Air Force and industry and the media. The pilots, including South Africa pilots Musa Mbhokota and Charl Coetzee, then de-planed and joined in the ceremony which saw Gen. Gagiano officially accept the first Gripen fighter from Minister Lekota.
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General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems has successfully completed the Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) of NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. Fermi, previously known as the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope or GLAST, is a next-generation high-energy gamma-ray satellite designed to make observations of celestial gamma-ray sources. NASA recently renamed the satellite in honor of Prof. Enrico Fermi (1901 - 1954), a pioneer in high-energy physics. The LEOP is a functional checkout of the observatory which demonstrates that all the instruments and subsystems perform to meet Fermi's mission. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is now managing daily operations of the observatory. Fermi was launched on June 11, 2008.
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Patria and the Finnish Air Force have signed a contract to team up to establish an international flight training centre. The facility, called the Nordic Pilot Training Centre, or NPTC, will offer military flight training to foreign customers utilising Hawk aircraft operated by the FINAF's Training Air Wing at Kauhava air base. The Ministry of Defence, Defence Command Finland, Finnish Air Force, and Patria have been involved in the development work of an international flight training concept since 2003. The contract now signed is based on a report prepared by a working group set up by the Ministry of Defence to carry out a feasibility study on various options for international flight training in Finland. The contract defines general guidelines and work-sharing in the setting up and running of the training center. As the training platform, the NPTC offers the upgraded Hawk of the Finnish Air Force. The advantages of Kauhava include airspace, which is extensive by European standards and more than sufficient for tactical and weapons training.
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A U.S. Air Force F-15C completed the first captive carry test of Raytheon's AIM-9X Block II air-to-air missile. The infrared-guided AIM-9X Block II missile faced the same stressors -- wind, vibration and altitude -- that it would encounter during an operational mission. The test demonstrated that the AIM-9X Block II hardware and software could perform in combat-like conditions. The test also proved the missile could be successfully integrated on the F-15C Eagle. "This test keeps the Raytheon-government team on track for test firing the AIM-9X Block II by year's end and achieving initial operating capability in 2010," said Harry Schulte, Raytheon Missile Systems vice president of Air Warfare Systems. "By adding lock-on-after launch capability and a one-way forward quarter datalink capability, the Block II builds on the legacy of the more than 3,000 AIM-9X Block I missiles Raytheon has delivered."
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Over the next 10 years, missile defense and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) will be the primary forces driving the almost $33.6 billion Airborne and Space-Based EO market as defined in Forecast International's annual review of the industry. At the present time, there are three major programs dedicated to supporting a U.S. defense capability against intercontinental and theater ballistic missiles.  These three programs – the Boeing YAL-1A Airborne Laser (ABL), the Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS), and the Space-Based Infrared System - High (SBIRS-High) – are forecast to be worth almost $17 billion over the 2008-2017 timeframe.  Also covered in Forecast International's "The Market for Airborne and Space-Based Electro-Optical Systems" is the U.S. Army's Aerial Common Sensor (ACS) program, which will seek to develop a replacement for the older U.S. Army Airborne Reconnaissance Low (ARL) platform.  Meanwhile, the U.S. Navy has launched its service-specific EPX initiative. In the short term, companies are manufacturing airborne and space-based EO equipment to support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  During the first half of the forecast period – from 2008-2012, approximately 7,300 electro-optical systems are expected to be procured.  During the second half, from 2013-2017, nearly 4,150 units are anticipated to be bought.
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Raytheon has been awarded a $10 million Missile Defense Agency contract to continue research and development of the Network Centric Airborne Defense Element. NCADE is an air-launched weapon system designed to engage short- and medium-range ballistic missiles in the boost and ascent phase of flight. "NCADE fills a critical niche in the Ballistic Missile Defense system and provides a revolutionary, low-cost approach to interceptor development and acquisition," said Mike Booen, Raytheon Missile Systems vice president of Advanced Missile Defense. "The ballistic missile threat is increasing rapidly. Raytheon is committed to getting NCADE to the warfighter as quickly as possible." The NCADE interceptor leverages many proven components and technologies, including the aerodynamic design, aircraft interface and flight control system of Raytheon's Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile. The commonality with AMRAAM enables the warfighter to launch NCADE from a wide variety of aircraft, including smaller unmanned aerial vehicles.
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The large-cabin, long-range Gulfstream G450 and the large-cabin, mid-range G350 business-jet fleet recently surpassed 100,000 flight hours, achieving the milestone less than four years after the first G450 entered service on May 7, 2005. The fleet leader accounted for more than 2,600 of those hours, while more than 115 additional G450 and G350 aircraft in service around the world contributed the remainder. The in-service G450/G350 fleet has a 12-month dispatch reliability rate of 99.85 percent. The G450 was officially introduced during the National Business Aviation Association's (NBAA) annual meeting on Oct. 6, 2003, while its sister ship, the G350, was announced less than six months later, on Feb. 23, 2004, during the Singapore Air Show.
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AgustaWestland and Versace are pleased to announce, during a ceremony held at JetExpo 2008 in Moscow today, that the first AW119 Ke single turbine engine helicopter featuring a Versace-styled interior has been delivered to a private customer in Russia. The VIP/corporate transport-configured helicopter owned by Sergei Shmakov has been configured in an six seat layout trimmed in white and blue leather bearing the Versace trademark of style, elegance and  luxury.
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Eight oil companies have joined forces to conduct an extensive study of helicopter safety on the Norwegian continental shelf at a cost of NOK 6 million over the next three years. The aim of the project, which will be carried out by the Sintef research foundation in Trondheim, is to help ensure that the NCS remains in the forefront for helicopter safety. "We're already a world leader in this field," explains Sverre Austrheim from ConocoPhillips, who chairs the management committee for the Helicopter Safety Study III (HSS-III). "At the same time, we have a clear goal of working for further improvements in the safety of passengers flown to and from their jobs on the NCS." About to kick off, the latest project represents the third major Norwegian study of offshore helicopter safety. The first covered 1966-90, the second focused on 1990-98/99, and the present work will deal with 2000-10. While the initial study (HSS-I) found that the accident risk corresponded to 4.1 fatalities per million person-hours flown, the second identified a reduction to 2.3 per million. A commission of inquiry appointed by the Ministry of Transport and Communications specified in 2002 that the overall probability of dying in a helicopter accident should be at least halved compared with 1990-2000 over the coming 10-year period. "We're well on our way to achieving that goal," says Austrheim. "The introduction of new helicopters, in particular, has meant a lot in terms of enhancing safety."At the same time, a single accident would represent a setback to our work. So we can't relax our efforts to improve safety here."Helicopter safety is also an important topic for Norway's offshore workforce and the government, Mr Austrheim notes.
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A Russian Progress cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station Wednesday, after being delayed by Hurricane Ike. The ISS Progress 30 docked on time at 2:43 p.m. EDT Wednesday, to the aft docking port of the International Space Station's Zvezda Service Module. Docking occurred one week after Progress launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The cargo ship brings more than 2 tons of supplies, including a new shipment of food and fuel, to Station Commander Sergei Volkov and Flight Engineers Oleg Kononenko and Greg Chamitoff. The next major ISS activity will be ESA's deorbiting of the "Jules Verne" Automated Transfer Vehicle on Sept. 29 followed by a Service Module engine reboost of the station on Oct. 2 to set the stage for the launch of the Expedition 18/Spaceflight Participant crew on Oct. 12. The Progress docking, originally set for Friday, Sept. 12, was postponed when space station mission control at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston closed due to the approaching storm. The center is set to reopen on Monday, Sept. 22.
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Lockheed Martin  has been awarded a $122 million technology development contract for the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) system. The next-generation missile will be carried on U.S. Armed Forces rotary-wing, fixed-wing and unmanned aerial system (UAS) platforms. The 27-month contract, awarded by the U.S. Army's Aviation and Missile Command, with participation by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, is for a competitive risk-reduction phase of the Armed Forces' next major missile program. "We look forward to developing this critical new weapon system for our nation's Warfighters," said Rick Edwards, vice president of Tactical Missiles and Combat Maneuver Systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "Our extensive risk-reduction tests have significantly mitigated risk on the three critical subsystems, our software and simulations are mature and proven, and we have made significant strides in developing low-risk platform integration solutions.We will continue to apply the same commitment and disciplined performance proven in earlier risk reduction activity on JAGM technologies."
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Lockheed Martin and Airmen of the Japanese Self Defense Force successfully supported the first international PAC-3 Missile flight test at White Sands Missile Range, NM. The test was an engagement against a tactical ballistic missile (TBM) target, which was intercepted and destroyed by a PAC-3 Missile delivered to the Japan Self Defense Force. The flight test was conducted by Patriot Japan Air Self Defense Force. The test demonstrated the Patriot Configuration-3 upgrades to Japanese Patriot ground system, and the addition of the PAC-3 Missile Segment to detect, track, engage and destroy a TBM target in a realistic battlefield environment.
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Boeing delivered the 200,000th Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) tailkit on Sept. 17, just 10 years after JDAM guidance tailkit deliveries to the United States and allied countries began. Boeing began JDAM production in May 1998 at its weapons manufacturing facility in St. Charles, Mo., and since then has delivered every tailkit on cost and ahead of schedule. The U.S. Air Force received the 200,000th kit. "When the Air Force and Navy needed a reliable weapon with battlefield power, reach and aimpoint accuracy, the Boeing JDAM team delivered," said Debra Rub, Boeing vice president for Weapons Programs. "200,000 deliveries later, the team is still meeting that commitment to the warfighter on schedule and on target." Lynda Rutledge, director of the 708th Armament Systems Group at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., added her appreciation of JDAM: "After 10-plus years of production, 200,000 units produced for Air Force, Navy and international inventories, and over 23,000 combat drops, JDAM has become the warfighters' weapon of choice," she said. JDAM is a low-cost guidance kit that converts existing free-fall bombs into accurately guided smart weapons. With its Inertial Navigation System/Global Positioning System guidance, JDAM provides near-precision accuracy against a variety of targets in any weather. In addition to the four baseline weapons, the JDAM family also includes Laser JDAM, which was deployed operationally earlier this year. Future enhancements under development include JDAM Extended Range and Radar JDAM.
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The first UK Tranche 2 twin-seat Typhoon is now in the final stages of assembly at BAE Systems Warton. The Tranche 2 Typhoon will provide the customer with an increased capability thanks to the improved speed and power of the aircraft's computers combined with the stronger airframe to enable the aircraft to carry heavier weapons. The major units of the aircraft (BT017) have arrived at Warton's final assembly facility after being manufactured in the partner nations' facilities across Europe – the front fuselage is built at the BAE Systems Samlesbury site in Lancashire. Once delivered to the RAF, in late 2009, the jet will be used to train the next generation of Typhoon pilots. This latest milestone on Typhoon comes hot on the heels of other major achievements on the programme. On 1 July, the RAF declared Typhoon multi-role capable – this means the aircraft can deliver both an air-to-air and an air-to-ground capability – making it the most flexible aircraft in operation today. Also in the last few weeks, the first two single seat Tranche 2 aircraft made their maiden flights at Warton.
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Orbital Sciences Corporation announced that the U.S. Air Force Space and Missiles Systems Center (SMC) recently placed an order for a new Minotaur IV launch vehicle under the company's Orbital/Suborbital Program-2 (OSP-2) contract. The order consists of one Minotaur IV launch vehicle that will be used to launch a military technology demonstration payload in 2010. The new order brings the total number of Minotaur launch vehicles procured by the U.S. Air Force, including space launch and target vehicles, to 25 since the inception of the program in 1997. It also represents the eighth Minotaur IV under contract for launches beginning in 2009. The Air Force's Space Development and Test Wing (SDTW), located at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico, administers the OSP-2 contract. The program office responsible for all Minotaur vehicles is the Launch Test Squadron (LTS) of the SDTW.
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EADS North America is underscoring its refueling, airlift and defense electronics support capabilities for the U.S. Air Force at this week's annual meeting of the Air Force Association (AFA) in Washington, D.C. EADS' A400M is the only in-production aircraft that provides transformational capabilities required by the warfighter today and in the future. Capable of strategic range, airspeeds, and payloads, the A400M offers the ability to deliver medium-sized armor (FCS, STRYKERs, and MRAPs) from operational and strategic distances directly to the soft/short, "point of effect" landing zone. By transforming "tactical airlift" to "theater airlift," the A400M fulfills the factory/fort to foxhole vision -- a capability not resident in the U.S. Air Force today. The A400M would complement existing aircraft in the U.S. Air Force fleet, and offers a less-risk acquisition approach -- as it already has been built and generated more than 190 orders from U.S. and NATO allies.
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For the first time since July 2001, two shuttles are on the launch pads at the same time at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Space shuttle Endeavour completed a 4.2-mile journey to Launch Pad 39B on Friday, Sept. 19, at 6:59 a.m. EDT. Endeavour left Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building at 11:15 p.m. Thursday, traveling at less than 1 mph atop a massive crawler-transporter. Endeavour will stand by at pad B in the unlikely event that a rescue mission is necessary during space shuttle Atlantis' upcoming mission to repair NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, targeted to launch Oct. 10. After Endeavour is cleared from its duty as a rescue spacecraft, it will be moved to Launch Pad 39A for the STS-126 mission to the International Space Station. That flight is targeted for launch Nov. 12.
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