23.03.2008
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2008-03-23 - News in BriefNews in Brief

Kurzmeldungen<br /> +++<br /> Honeywell announced that it has been selected to provide the Flight Management System (FMS) and the Aircraft Environment Surveillance System (AESS) for Airbus's new long-range, wide-body A350XWB aircraft. The contract is expected to generate more than $1.5 billion (including aftermarket) in revenue for Honeywell over the life of the program.

Honeywell's AESS, the first and only integrated surveillance system to obtain FAA Technical Standard Order approval, combines the Traffic Alert Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), Mode S transponders, Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS) and Advanced 3-D Volumetric Weather Radar (RDR-4000) into a single unit -- offering pilots increased situational awareness to reduce workload and maximize route and fuel efficiency. Honeywell's AESS reduces system weight by more than 20% and saves more than 50% in aircraft space by combining systems traditionally housed in as many as eight avionics boxes into two boxes. It is certified and operating on all delivered Airbus A380 aircraft, and will be enhanced for the A350XWB. Honeywell's 3-D Volumetric Weather Radar is the first and only weather radar system certified to the FAA's Enhanced Turbulence Detection Minimum Operation Performance Standard (MOPS). Pilots are better informed of air turbulence and can make more informed route decisions -- thereby increasing passenger safety and decreasing turbulence-related costs due to injuries and aircraft inspections. The 3-D scanning provides a complete view of weather across a 320 nautical-mile range, enabling pilots to maneuvering and re-route sooner due to weather.  
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One of the world's largest hangars for the technical support of aircraft was ceremonially inaugurated at Ameco Beijing now. 350 metres long and 110 metres wide, the maintenance hangar built by the joint venture between Air China and Lufthansa provides space for technical work on up to four Airbus A380s and other wide-body aircraft with immediate effect. "This new hangar is not only important to us for supporting Air China as it builds up its fleet. The 70,000-square-metre hangar also enables us to offer perfect service to all those customers who fly to the new Terminal 3 at Beijing Capital International Airport," declared CEO and General Manager Chai Weixi and General Manager Andreas Meisel at the inauguration ceremony. The new A380 hangar to the north of Beijing's new Terminal 3 is a central element of the investment program worth well over 100 million dollars with which China's largest maintenance, repair & overhaul (MRO) provider is supporting the rapid growth of the Chinese aviation industry. Besides the A380 hangar, an additional overhaul hangar for wide-body jets is being built. Once it is finished, Ameco Beijing will be able to of-fer maintenance and overhaul services for 15 wide-body and 11 narrow-body aircraft. "With this new hangar and our 140 million dollar investment programme, we have established a firm foundation on which we can cater for the needs of our Chinese and international customers."
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Avianca announced that it has signed a 15-year OnPointSM solution agreement with GE Aviation's Services business for the maintenance and overhaul of the CFM56-5B engines that power the airline's fleet of 50 Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft. The agreement is valued at more than $750 million. The maintenance and overhaul work will be performed at the GE's Celma facility at Petropolis, Brazil.
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Heliservicio Campeche S.A., a joint venture company of Compania Inversora Corporativa S.A. de C.V. and Bristow Group, announced that it has been awarded a five-year contract for five medium and two small helicopters by a major customer in Mexico. Total revenue over the term of the contract is estimated at $90 million.
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In a day highlighted by robotics activity, the Canadian-built Dextre was attached to a power and data grapple fixture located on the U.S. laboratory Destiny. The new robotic system is the final element of the International Space Station's Mobile Servicing System. Mission Specialists Rick Linnehan and Mike Foreman finished assembling Dextre Sunday during the second spacewalk of STS-123. Canadarm2, the International Space Station's robot arm, grabbed the pallet that secured Dextre during its journey to the orbital outpost and returned the pallet to space shuttle Endeavour's payload bay for the trip back to Earth. The station and shuttle crews also prepared hardware to be used in a shuttle tile repair test on the next spacewalk, and they got some much needed off duty time.
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Diamond Aircraft has selected a newer, higher nominal thrust engine in the same Williams engine family for the D-JET – the FJ33-4A-19. The engine's advantages include several technological advances that result in better bleed air handling and improved specific fuel consumption. With a 1,900-lb nominal thrust versus 1,564 lbs for the originally planned FJ33-4A-15, the 'FJ33-19' also offers a potential future performance upgrade path for the D-JET. Williams International's accelerated development schedule of the FJ33-19 has made it viable to proactively launch D-JET deliveries with this engine rather than reactively introducing it at a later date in response to competitive pressures. "The FJ33-19 engine is the perfect match for the D-JET, offering the latest technology and a potential performance and utility upgrade path for delivered aircraft that the current engine just doesn't allow. While making this change now rather than later means that initial deliveries will now be in Q2, 2009, we are confident this is the right choice and in the interest of all D-JET customers, as it ensures one configuration and maximum resale value for all delivered aircraft," said Peter Maurer, President of Diamond Aircraft. Diamond will deliver the FJ33-19-equipped aircraft to current position holders at the contracted price; however, the company announced that a price increase for future orders is expected shortly.
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The new passenger handling area between the C and D concourses in Terminals 1 and 2 will be officially inaugurated at Frankfurt Airport. With two waiting levels and amply dimensioned bridges, the new pier in the passageway linking the C and D concourses meets optimally all the requirements for operations with Lufthansa's future flagship, the Airbus A380. Entirely new is the pier concept allowing passengers to board their flights direct from two separate levels. "The new and exclusive Lufthansa gate area located on two levels is unique, worldwide. Even before the first 380 enters service with the Lufthansa fleet, we are already laying on more space and comfort for passengers prior to flight departure," said Karl Ulrich Garnadt, Executive Vice President Services and Human Resources at Lufthansa Passenger Airlines. With the new two-level boarding concept, Lufthansa can now channel First, Business and Economy-Class passengers into separate areas as soon as they access the waiting and boarding zone at the airport. Once through the security controls, First and Business-Class passengers as well as status customers go straight to the Priority Gates on Departures Level Three. These gates, designed in Lufthansa business-lounge style, offer comfortable waiting zones with easy chairs to relax in, as well as workstations equipped with wireless Internet access and spacious bistros serving drinks and light menus. First-Class passengers as well as HON Circle members or Senators also have the use of an exclusive Senator Lounge with a panoramic view of the airport apron, and the take-off and landing strips. Four open gates for Economy-Class passengers on the second level are equipped with ample seating arrangements and snackbars. Spacious glass facades give the interior a bright, friendly and airy atmosphere. The open gates allow passengers to move around freely in the entire handling areas and afford a good view of traffic on the airport apron.
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Boeing in partnership with ImSAR and Insitu, has successfully flight-tested NanoSAR, the world's smallest Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), aboard the ScanEagle unmanned aircraft (UA). During the 1.5-hour flight on Jan. 7 at the Boardman, Ore. test range, ScanEagle, with ImSAR's NanoSAR payload installed, completed several passes over the target area at various altitudes and ranges. The targets included vehicles, structures and corner reflectors. Data collection onboard the ScanEagle worked as planned, and SAR imagery was later created on the ground. The next step in flight testing will be to create imagery aboard the UA in real time. The NanoSAR is a 2-pound system approximately the size of a shoebox. The weight of standard SARs ranges from 50 to 200 pounds. Logan Harris, chief technology officer for ImSAR, said, "SAR is the best tool to get certain jobs done, such as finding small vessels on the ocean. But because of the size, weight, power and cost of SAR systems, it just hasn't been possible to get this capability to the warfighter on a broader scale. NanoSAR has changed that. The NanoSAR is built on Printed Circuit Board technology that is rugged and can be rapidly and cost-effectively manufactured."
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Diamond Aircraft and Maylan Aviation completed an order for thirteen DA20-C1 aircraft. This order will bring the total of DA20s operated by Maylan to 35, making Maylan the second largest DA20 fleet operator in North America, and the largest in Canada. Maylan Aviation is using the DA20 as the cornerstone of its professional pilot training program, which takes primarily Asian students from 0 hours to the right seat of an airline in 14 months. Maylan Aviation will operate a fleet of 35 DA20-C1 aircraft
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AERO TOY STORE has been appointed the Factory Authorized Representative of Aerion for the sale of the company's Supersonic Business Jet. Principle agreements have been reached for the sale of 12 new aircraft by AERO TOY STORE. The Supersonic Business Jet will afford individuals the ability to cruise at sustained supersonic speeds of up to Mach 1.6 and at altitudes of up to 51,000 feet with a range of 4,000 nautical miles. "Interest from our customers in this new generation private jet already has been extremely strong and we've only just begun to introduce this revolutionary aircraft to a fragment of the market," said AERO TOY STORE Chief Executive Officer Morris Shirazi. "It is my belief the SUPERSONIC Business Jet is poised to become the new standard for corporate executive and private individual travel across the global arena."
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Pratt & Whitney installed the flight inlet and nacelle system on the Geared Turbofan demonstrator engine in preparation for Phase II ground testing scheduled to begin next month. The nacelle system, provided by Geared Turbofan demonstrator program partner Goodrich, was installed during a fit check before final test sensors are connected and the engine returns to the test stand. "We are on track to begin Phase II ground testing of the Geared Turbofan demonstrator engine ahead of schedule," said Bob Saia, vice president, Pratt & Whitney Next Generation Product Family. "The Goodrich nacelle system fits perfectly and we are excited to continue our ground test program as we prepare for flight testing later this year." The Geared Turbofan demonstrator engine will return to Pratt & Whitney's advanced test facility in West Palm Beach, Fla., to begin its next series of tests. Phase II testing will focus on engine performance, acoustic characteristics, and nacelle system validation.
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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne has completed assembly of flight clearance engine SJX61-2 as part of the Scramjet Engine Demonstrator-WaveRider (SED-WR) Program. This engine configuration will power a record-setting test flight of the Boeing X-51A hypersonic vehicle next year. The SED-WR program is a collaborative effort of the U.S. Air Force, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), PWR and The Boeing Company to demonstrate hypersonic flight capability. "The SJX61-2 scramjet will demonstrate a flightworthy configuration in ground tests, putting the X-51A team a step closer to flight," said Curtis Berger, PWR director of hypersonic programs. "The upcoming set of tests to be conducted at NASA Langley Research Center on the SJX61-2 engine are critical steps to prepare the X-51 for flight in 2009. We will test a complete set of propulsion flight hardware: engine, controller, valves, fuel pump, ethylene start system, and instrumentation. We're excited to get started and move one step closer to flight," said Charlie Brink, X-51A program manager, Air Force Research Laboratory. The SJX61-2, also known as the X-2, is a hydrocarbon-fueled scramjet engine featuring X-51A flight hardware. This includes a Full Authority Digital Engine Control to orchestrate complex fuel controls and transitions and a closed-loop thermal management system in which JP-7 fuel both cools engine hardware and fuels the engine's combustor.
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Pratt & Whitney received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for the Global Material Solutions CFM56-3 engine fan and booster Supplemental Type Certificate. The Supplemental Type Certificate (STC), resulting from numerous engine and rig development and certification tests, is the first FAA certification granted for alternative life limited engine parts. The FAA's STC process requires an applicant to meet all regulations required of a type certificate holder. The STC for Pratt & Whitney's CFM56-3 engine fan and booster, which includes three alternative parts -- the fan disk, booster spool and fan shaft -- certifies each part with FAA Chapter 5 life limits equal to the original type certificate holder. This is the first of four STCs Pratt & Whitney is actively pursuing, which will result in the certification of 19 GMS-produced life limited parts for the CFM56-3 engine. The additional three STCs, which Pratt & Whitney expects to earn very soon, will cover the high-pressure compressor, high-pressure turbine and low-pressure turbine.
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United Airlines' announcement that it plans to eliminate 15 to 20 planes from its fleet and delay the purchase of newer aircraft signals, once again, that the current management team is incapable of leading this airline. It is clear to the pilots that United CEO Glenn Tilton and his upper management team haven't learned the simple lesson that an airline cannot shrink its way to profitability. Using fuel prices to justify its latest cost-saving scheme is typical of a management team that refuses to acknowledge the real problems that have been plaguing United Airlines for too long. United Airlines pays out among the lowest wages in the airline industry, yet it has the highest non-labor and non-fuel costs. "Cutting its fleet of airplanes does not address the larger cost problems that continue to beleaguer this airline," said United MEC Chairman Captain Steve Wallach. "Instead of doling out hundreds of million of dollars to shareholders and pocketing millions of dollars in bonuses and salary increases, perhaps management should reinvest that money into our operation. "We will not be waiving the sections of our contract that guarantee minimum block hours for our pilots that this move may require. Blaming the price of fuel for management's perceived cost woes rings hollow. Fuel is a transparent cost shared by all airlines. All airlines need to price their product according to commodity costs, but shrinking the airline to achieve profitability has been demonstrated to be a failed business practice. Management's cries of poverty now fall on deaf ears. The time has come for Glenn Tilton and his team to stop making excuses and demonstrate the leadership required to navigate this airline into the future."
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Embraer successfully performed the wing-fuselage mating and installation of the engines of the first Phenom 300 executive jet, last week, at its Gaviao Peixoto plant. In addition, the first electrical power-on test was successfully completed on Tuesday, March 4. "We are excited to see the Phenom 300 program on schedule for a mid-year first flight," said Luis Carlos Affonso, Embraer Executive Vice President, Executive Jets.
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The Swedish Government presented a bill to the Riksdag on multilateral cooperation on strategic air transport. The bill has been prepared in light of Sweden's long-term need to ensure access to strategic military air transport capacity, partly due to the increased ambition to participate in international crisis management operations. "The lack of strategic transport capacity is a factor that often delays or prevents preparations for international operations. This joint solution enables smaller countries to ensure they have access to transport facilities so as to be able to contribute promptly to peace and security operations," says Minister for Defence Sten Tolgfors. Sweden and 14 other countries have jointly negotiated an arrangement to be known as Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC). The countries will obtain access to three Boeing C-17 planes to enable secure and rapid transport to and from operational areas. The plane has unique capabilities and range. It combines a high loading capacity with an ability to take off and land on short runways with poor surfaces. The plane also has a high level of protection against the threats that may exist in an area of military operations. The Government decided on 19 October 2006 that Sweden would join the negotiations and register a flying time requirement of 550 flying hours per year. The cost of the Swedish share of flying time over a 25 to 30 year period is currently estimated at a maximum of SEK 200 million per year. The countries that have participated in the negotiations are Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Hungary and the United States.
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Parallel to the development of the new demo version of Skeldar, Saab is participating in new international initiatives that will make it possible for unmanned vehicles to fly in civil airspace. The base platform that Skeldar is built on was first test flown about a year ago. With the experiences of this as a foundation, Saab has carried out a complete review and redesign of the unmanned helicopter. The helicopter that has just had test flights is a new version with the most of the components replaced with the intention of arriving at a product that meets Saab's high quality requirements. "After a long and intensive period with ground tests and continuous adjustments we have now come to flying. Work is now continuing with the function lift required for us to implement fully autonomous flights. Then we should be able to demonstrate Skeldar for potential customers and other interested parties", says Anders Carp, responsible for UAV operations at Saab.
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Embraer's new Executive Jets Center at Le Bourget Airport, in France, received the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part 145 Approval Certificate to operate in Europe. The facility is dedicated exclusively to the Embraer Executive Jets fleet, and joins the existing service center network that includes OGMA, in Portugal, and another four Embraer authorized service centers in the region. They offer maintenance for the Legacy 600 and will support the Phenom 100 and the Phenom 300, as they enter operation in 2008 and 2009, respectively. Significant investments were made in the refurbishment of the Le Bourget facility, in the spare parts inventory and in ground support equipment, in order to offer specialized executive jets support and maintenance. The new service center will provide routine checks, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, and will be prepared to deploy rescue teams throughout Europe in support of Legacy 600 operations, as well as the Phenom 100 and the Phenom 300 upon their entry into service.
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Alenia Aeronautica has successfully completed the "ultimate load testing" of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner's horizontal stabilizer. The test has been carried out at the Laboratory of Structural Tests at Alenia's Pomigliano plant, Naples, in the presence of Boeing engineers. The test is a fundamental step as part of Boeing's certification efforts for the 787. During the test, the stabilizer is subjected to the aerodynamic loads that could be experienced by the aircraft during flight in the most severe circumstances. Using a complex system of hydraulic jacks activated by specifically developed software, the test proves that the 787's horizontal stabilizer is capable of withstanding more than 150 percent of the load it is expected to see in its lifetime. Over the past three months, static tests in the laboratory at Pomigliano have successfully bent the 787 stabilizer up and down and asymmetrically at maximum load, simulating three critical design conditions for the stabilizer.
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On 19 March, the Sea Launch Company successfully delivered the DIRECTV 11 broadcast satellite to orbit from its ocean-based platform on the Equator, marking its 4th successful launch of a DIRECTV satellite. A Zenit-3SL rocket lifted off at 3:48 pm PDT (22:48 GMT) from the Odyssey Launch Platform, positioned at 154 degrees West Longitude, precisely on schedule. All systems performed nominally throughout the flight. The Block DM-SL upper stage inserted the 5,923 kg (13,058 lb) DIRECTV 11 satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit, on its way to a final orbital position at 99.2 degrees West Longitude. Acquisition of the spacecraft's first signals from orbit is expected in another few hours and will be reported when confirmed. DIRECTV 11 is one of three recent Boeing 702-model spacecraft built for DIRECTV and is among the largest and most powerful Ka-band satellites built to date. The on-board technology of this direct-to-home satellite will enable DIRECTV to continue to expand its industry-leading lineup of quality high-definition television (HDTV) programming. DIRECTV 11, combined with the DIRECTV 10 satellite already in orbit, will provide DIRECTV with the capacity for 150 national HD channels and will be capable of supporting spot beams carrying 1,500 local HD channels.
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Spirit AeroSystems announced the completion of an amendment to its existing credit agreements to increase the Company's $400 million revolving credit facility to $650 million. The transaction enhances the company's financial flexibility as it continues to invest in product development and win new business across the aerospace industry. The maturity date and interest cost of the credit facility remains unchanged. "We are pleased with the terms of our increased credit facility, which reflect the lending community's confidence in Spirit and the company's solid financial position," said Rick Schmidt, Spirit's Chief Financial Officer. "This accomplishment provides additional liquidity as we execute our core businesses and implement our growth and diversification strategy."
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On 5 March 2008 the Government announced its intention to cancel the Seasprite helicopter project. A satisfactory conclusion to the Seasprite project has now been agreed with the contractor, Kaman, to cancel the project on mutually agreed terms. An agreement has today been signed between the Australian Government and the contractor setting out the agreed terms. The agreement has some confidential aspects, however I can say that, subject to US Government approval, the project deliverables including the aircraft, training equipment and spare parts would be returned to Kaman for sale on the open market. The Australian Government and Kaman would share in the profits of subsequent sales. Under the agreement, the Australian Government will receive at least 50 per cent of the proceeds from any sale of the helicopters by Kaman with a guaranteed financial return from Kaman of $39.5 million. In addition a further $30 million worth of spares will be retained for use on the Seahawk and Black Hawk helicopter fleets. Further, the Australian Government has saved $150 million that would otherwise have been spent on the Seasprite project that will now be available for use on other capability. Minister for Defence Joel Fitzgibbon said that he was pleased that the early resolution that had been achieved by the Australian negotiating team removes the uncertainty surrounding the Seasprite project.
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Lockheed Martin announced that the first Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) geosynchronous orbit (GEO-1) spacecraft is progressing through a series of key tests that will demonstrate the integrated satellite's readiness to enter the critical environmental test phase in preparation for launch in late 2009. SBIRS is designed to provide early warning of missile launches, and simultaneously support other missions including missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace characterization. The test phase, known as Baseline Integrated System Test (BIST), is conducted at Lockheed Martin's Space Systems facilities in Sunnyvale, Calif. and is designed to characterize the overall performance of the GEO-1 satellite and establish a performance baseline prior to entering environmental testing. The first phase of BIST, which included the GEO-1 spacecraft in an expanded configuration, was completed on Jan. 23, 2008. Following the successful test, the team assembled the satellite into the flight configuration, including the GEO-1 bus and payload and other critical subsystems. A comprehensive test of the integrated satellite is now underway.
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In time for the summer season, Munich Airport's new timetable will add three attractive new Asian destinations. As of the beginning of May, Lufthansa will be flying non-stop to the Indian metropolis of Mumbai for the first time, with three weekly departures, and as of June 8 will also be offering five weekly departures to Singapore.  In the summer season a total of 248 destinations in 69 countries around the world will be served from Munich Airport, with 52 long-haul routes, 175 continental destinations and 21 connections within Germany.
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Jules Verne ATV has reached a parking position 2000 km ahead of the International Space Station. Europe's ISS re-supply spacecraft will wait at this holding point for the completion of the STS-123 Space Shuttle mission before proceeding with the first of two rendezvous demonstration days. Two boosts late last night took the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) to its parking orbit at the same orbital altitude as the International Space Station (ISS). In the course of this manoeuvre ATV passed just 30 km underneath the Space Station.  Three smaller boosts in the course of the morning were used to adjust the spacecraft's orbit, with Jules Verne ATV finally arriving at the parking position shortly before 13:00 CET (12:00 UT) today. ATV's second propulsion chain was used to execute today's manoeuvres and, according to Alberto Novelli, ESA's Mission Director at the ATV Control Centre in Toulouse, France, it performed perfectly. "In doing the boosts we have tested all the pressure regulators and that worked perfectly fine. So as of today we have the proof that the propulsion system as a whole, including all the redundancies, is working fine," said Novelli.
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The tennis court-sized sunshield built by Northrop Grumman for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has completed its preliminary design review at the company's Redondo Beach facility. The Webb Telescope is the next-generation space observatory, designed to explore phenomena from distant galaxies to nearby planets and stars. From the origins of the universe to the formation of star systems capable of supporting life on planets such as Earth, JWST will give scientists unprecedented access to unexplored regions of space. The five-layer sunshield consists of extremely thin, specially coated reflective membranes and a supporting structure. The sunshield blocks solar heat, keeping the telescope's science instruments operating at cryogenic temperatures so astronomers can study distant galaxies, young stars and planetary systems at near- and mid-infrared wavelengths. "The completion of the preliminary design review allows the detailed engineering design to move forward and maintains the delivery schedule for the Observatory," said Martin Mohan, Northrop Grumman JWST program manager.
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Radar will be incorporated onto Northrop Grumman's MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV). The Navy has decided to commit funds in 2009 to develop a radar capability on Fire Scout. Northrop Grumman first demonstrated radar capability on the RQ-8A Fire Scout in 2003 using a General Atomics Lynx Radar. That demonstration carried both radar and an electro-optical/infrared system. The same demonstration will take place on the MQ-8B Fire Scout this year on a company-owned Fire Scout using a non-developmental Telephonics RDR-1700B maritime surveillance and imaging radar. The purpose of the demonstration is to show enhanced Fire Scout operational utility while confirming the assessment of a need for radar. Radar would not only benefit the U.S. Navy, but would also be beneficial to other services interested in Fire Scout.
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Sabena Technics Group has been attributed the Maintenance in Operational Condition (MOC) contract of the KC135 and C135 of the French Air Force. The Structure Intégrée de Maintien en condition opérationnelle des Matériels Aéronautiques de la Défense (Simmad) attributed to Sabena technics, on 25 January 2008, the MOC contract for the KC135/C135 fleet as well as the flight simulator of the French Air Force. This contract, of a maximal amount of EUR 820 million, covers a 12-year period. Within the scope of this contract the group will provide full support services to a fleet comprising 11 Boeing C135 aircraft and 3 Boeing KC135 stationed and having their operational base in Istres, in the south of France. This contract will be undertaken at the group's Nimes site.
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As dawn approached the Anbar province of Iraq on Tuesday, two MV-22 Ospreys soared over the desert. Not an uncommon sight here, but what was uncommon was who was on board. The Ospreys weren't filled with Marines, but with Iraqi Army soldiers from the 27th Iraqi Infantry Brigade, 7th Iraqi Infantry Division. For the 22 IA soldiers on board the Ospreys, this was their first helo-borne operation. While helo-borne operations are common for Marines, the Iraqi Army is still learning to get its wings. To assist the IA, Marines with Military in Transition Team 0720, Regimental Combat Team 5, and Navy SEALS with SEAL Team 1 have been training the IA on how to conduct helo-borne operations. The current group of IA soldiers has been training for 20 days to prepare them for their first helo-borne operation. The training the soldiers went through included room clearing, marksmanship, patrolling, navigation and radio procedures.  
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The European Commission has authorised, under EC Treaty State aid rules, financial support Germany intends to grant to Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd. & Co KG. The aid will be given for the experimental development of a new jet engine. The Commission found the aid to be in line with the criteria laid down in its Framework for Research and Development and Innovation (R&D&I Framework). The Commission's assessment showed that the aid would address a genuine market failure, namely the private sector's reluctance to provide sufficient risk-sharing capital for such projects, due to imperfect and asymmetric information. The Commission also found that the aid amount, as well as its repayment depending on the success of the project, would ensure that it is appropriate and limited to the minimum necessary. The amount of aid involved is a business secret. Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said: "This is one of the most important state aid cases in the aeronautics sector the Commission has assessed since the entry into force of the new R&D&I Framework on 1st January 2007. It will strengthen the technological basis and create new jobs in Brandenburg, one of the EU assisted regions. Last but not least, the case exemplified how important unreserved cooperation of the Member State is." The aid would stem from European Recovery Programme-funds and would be granted in the form of an interest-bearing loan. The reimbursement of the loan would depend on the project's successful outcome, i.e. when a prudently predefined sales target is met. The major part of the development project is carried out in Rolls-Royce Deutschland's site in Dahlewitz, in the German Federal State Brandenburg. The new engine will be designed to propel next-generation business and regional jets. First customer orders have been booked and the first engines are expected to leave assembly lines in 2011. The project would be the first complete development of a new engine under Rolls-Royce Deutschland's responsibility since its integration into the Rolls-Royce Group in 2000 and would constitute a significant and sustainable upgrade of the Brandenburg site. The project will also have an international dimension, as 19 companies in the EU and two in the US are involved.
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AgustaWestland announced that the first two helicopters fitted with Versace-styled interiors have been delivered to their customers during an official ceremony held at its Vergiate plant. The two aircraft comprising a Grand light twin turbine engine helicopter featuring a black and white interior and paint scheme and an AW109 Power light twin with a grey-coloured Versace-styled interior, ordered by Ioan Tiriac Air of Romania and Elimarca of Italy respectively, were formally accepted by the customers. 
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The GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team has successfully completed a high-altitude afterburner testing program at the US Air Force Arnold Engineering Development Center in Tennessee, including common exhaust hardware for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft. The F136 engine is a 40,000+ lb. thrust, combat engine that will be available to power all variants of the F-35 for the US military and eight partner nations. All test objectives were reached as planned using an engine configured with Conventional Takeoff and Landing (CTOL) and Short Takeoff Vertical Landing (STOVL) common exhaust systems. The engine configuration included a production-size fan and functional augmentor allowing several run periods to full afterburner operation.
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