Daily Briefs

Sep 30, 2020
Brief news items of interest to aerospace & defense professionals.
Defense and Space

U.S. Army Petitions Congress For Seeker Funding

By Lee Hudson Sep 29, 2020
The U.S. Army is pleading with Congress to not cut funding for a next-generation seeker that will ultimately be used to guide missiles in the European and Pacific theaters, a service official says.
Budget, Policy & Operations

FAA Accepts More Industry Standards For Part 23 Certification

By Graham Warwick Sep 29, 2020
With a growing number of aircraft projects aiming for type certification under its revamped, performance-based Part 23 regulations, the FAA has expanded the list of industry-developed consensus standards that can be used to demonstrate compliance with the rules.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

NASA Delays SpaceX Crew-1 Launch Until Oct. 31

By Mark Carreau Sep 29, 2020
NASA has moved back the planned liftoff of the SpaceX Crew-1 mission—the first commercial operational launch of astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS)—from Oct. 23 to Oct. 31.
Space

Azerbaijan, Turkey Deny Armenia’s Claimed Su-25 Kill By F-16

By Steve Trimble Sep 29, 2020
The dueling accounts created international confusion over an alleged incident that Armenia previously had warned would trigger retaliatory strikes by Iskander ground-launched, medium-range missiles.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Rat Snack Scratches Triton Mission, Highlights Network Worries

By Steve Trimble Sep 29, 2020
The U.S. Navy initially relied on commercial data networks to support the MQ-4C's first deployment until a hungry local rodent intervened.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Budget Concerns Prompt Halt To German Heavy-Lift Helo Tender

By Tony Osborne Sep 29, 2020
Citing budgetary concerns, Germany has canceled a long-running tender to find a replacement for its aging Sikorsky CH-53G Sea Stallion transport helicopters. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Sabrewing Signs Up Saudi Distributor For Unmanned Cargo Aircraft

By Graham Warwick Sep 29, 2020
Unmanned cargo aircraft developer Sabrewing Aircraft has signed an exclusive representation agreement with Riyadh-based trading company Arabian Development & Marketing Co. covering sales in Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and Pan-African region.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

HeroX, NASA Open Lunar Power Distribution Challenge

By Mark Carreau Sep 29, 2020
On behalf of NASA, the HeroX crowdsourcing social network has launched a “Watts on the Moon Challenge” that seeks concepts for managing, storing and distributing solar electrical power on the Moon.
Space

Canadian Fixed-Wing SAR Aircraft Enters Service

By Tony Osborne Sep 29, 2020
Canada has inducted the first of its new Airbus CC-295 twin-turboprop, search-and-rescue aircraft. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Draken Buys Cobham’s Aviation Services Business

By Tony Osborne Sep 29, 2020
Aviation services firm Draken International has bought the aviation service businesses of Cobham Group. 
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

JAL Backs Volocopter’s Plans For UAM In Japan

By Graham Warwick Sep 29, 2020
Japan Air Lines (JAL) plans to work with Volocopter to promote the development of urban air mobility (UAM) for passenger and cargo transportation in Japan.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Thailand Orders 12 T-6Cs To Replace PC-9Ms

By Steve Trimble Sep 29, 2020
The $162 million contract includes the aircraft, ground-based training systems, a mission planning and debrief system and ground support equipment.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Turbulent Conditions Blamed For Zephyr Breakup

By Tony Osborne Sep 28, 2020
Airbus’ second attempt at flying its Zephyr solar-powered high-altitude pseudo satellite from its test site in Wyndham, Western Australia, ended in failure after encountering turbulent air and breaking up, an Australian accident probe has concluded. 
Space

The Weekly Debrief: Red Pills, Spoons And The USAF's Next Fighters

By Steve Trimble Sep 28, 2020
A Matrix-inspired description of the U.S. Air Force's next fighter acquisition suggests substantial cost savings are possible, but not everyone agrees.
Aircraft & Propulsion

First UK Protector Makes First Flight

By Tony Osborne Sep 28, 2020
The first production example of the Protector derivative of General Atomics’ SkyGuardian medium altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft system has made its first flight. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Kopter Seeking New CEO After Lowenstein Steps Down

By Tony Osborne Sep 28, 2020
Switzerland’s Kopter Group has begun to hunt for a new boss after chief executive Andreas Lowenstein stepped down. 
Marketplace

Space Station Leak Search Continues

By Mark Carreau Sep 28, 2020
For a second time, the International Space Station’s three crewmembers sequestered themselves in the orbiting science lab’s Russian segment this past weekend to help ground teams search for a small air leak.
Space

ISS Cargo Mission To Deliver New Space Toilet

By Mark Carreau Sep 28, 2020
NASA seeks to spark the growth of commercial low Earth economic activity as well as test out a new toilet customized for future deep-space exploration with the planned launch of the 14th Northrop Grumman resupply mission to the International Space Station.
Space

Czech Republic Selects Spyder Air Defense System

By Tony Osborne Sep 28, 2020
The Czech Republic has selected Rafael’s Spyder air defense system to meet the country’s short-medium range ground-based air defense requirement. 
Missile Defense & Weapons

More Evidence Surfaces On Mars Of Liquid Water Under South Pole

By Mark Carreau Sep 28, 2020
A new assessment of radar data from the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter affirms a likely presence of subglacial liquid water with a hyper saline concentration at the Martian south pole.
Space

MMF To Add Ninth A330 MRTT to Fleet 

By Tony Osborne Sep 28, 2020
NATO’s Multinational Multirole Tanker Transport Fleet (MMF) is to receive a ninth Airbus A330 Multirole Tanker Transport (MRTT) after Luxembourg increased its participation in the initiative. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Selected U.S. Military Contracts For The Week Of Sept. 21 - 25, 2020

Sep 28, 2020
Selected U.S. military contracts from the past week.
Defense and Space

The Week Ahead In Aerospace & Defense

Sep 28, 2020
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Daily Briefs

Sep 28, 2020
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