Boeing Launches New Round Of T-7A Flight Tests
The three flights logged on June 22 by the future US Air Force jet trainer were the first in nearly a year.
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UK Formally Orders First Export Version Of MH-47
The Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the UK marks the first export variant of the Special Operations Command’s MH-47G aircraft. 
steve.trimble@… Tue, 06/22/2021 - 21:38
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EP Systems Targets Certification In 2022 For Propulsion Batteries
For a five-year-old startup, EP Systems has already accumulated unrivaled experience in designing energy storage systems for electric aircraft.
andy.savoie@av… Tue, 06/22/2021 - 20:44
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MH-139 Delay Caused By 'Funny Air Disturbances'
Two of the supplemental type certificate programs for the Boeing/Leonardo MH-139 have fallen behind schedule. One of them concerns the Air Force most of all.
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NASA Turns To Tide To Help Clean Astronaut Clothing
Proctor and Gamble is working with NASA to develop a space version of its Tide detergent to clean the clothing and fabrics of astronauts assigned to future missions to the Moon and Mars that could double as a more environmentally friendly cleanser for use on Earth.
andy.savoie@av… Tue, 06/22/2021 - 20:00
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HX50 Helo Sales Surpass Targets, Hill Helicopters Says
UK helicopter startup Hill Helicopters says it has presold more than 200 of its HX50 turbine light helicopters as the company moves toward a first flight in 2022.
andy.savoie@av… Tue, 06/22/2021 - 19:06
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ESA, European Commission Sign 2021-27 Financial Agreement
The European Space Agency and the European Commission on June 22 signed a long-sought financial framework partnership agreement for 2021-27, formalizing a relationship they intend to make tighter.
andy.savoie@av… Tue, 06/22/2021 - 18:41
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UK Flies First Operational Missions From Queen Elizabeth Carrier
The UK has launched its first operational sorties from its new carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, flying missions over Iraq and Syria in support of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State militant group.
andy.savoie@av… Tue, 06/22/2021 - 17:06
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Malaysian, Indonesian Procurement Plans Inch Forward
Malaysia and Indonesia are moving ahead with long-awaited aircraft procurement plans, issuing a tender for a light combat aircraft and approving loans for new aerial refueling tankers.
andy.savoie@av… Tue, 06/22/2021 - 16:49
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China Plans To Launch Xuntian Space Telescope In 2024
Xuntian will be similar to the Hubble Space Telescope but with a field of view 300 times larger, according to the director of the National Astronomical Observatories at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. 
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Aerojet Completes OpFires Full-Scale Static Test
The static test at sea level at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama demonstrated the throttleable motor funded by Phase 2 of DARPA’s Operational Fires (OpFires) program. 
steve.trimble@… Mon, 06/21/2021 - 22:00
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Jet It, JetClub Become eFlyer 800 Turboprop Launch Customers

By Molly McMillin Jun 21, 2021
Fractional ownership companies Jet It and JetClub are the launch customers for Bye Aerospace’s eight-seat, all-electric twin turboprop aircraft, the eFlyer 800.
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U.S. ExIm Bank Backs SpaceX Launch In First Satellite Deal In Six Years

By Michael Bruno Jun 21, 2021
The U.S. Export-Import Bank on June 21 reported its first satellite-related export financing deal since 2015, backing SpaceX’s expected launch of Hispasat’s planned Amazonas Nexus satellite so that rival Arianespace did not win the business with European export credit agency support.
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Israel Scores Airborne Laser Intercept Breakthrough

By Steve Trimble Jun 21, 2021
Israel’s defense industry has achieved a global first by successfully demonstrating that a compact, airborne High Power Laser can shoot down unmanned aircraft systems.
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Intuitive Machines To Initiate Lunar Communications Capability
Intuitive Machines (IM), one of NASA’s early Commercial Lunar Services Payload Services providers, announced plans on June 21 to place a communications satellite in orbit around the Moon to provide a data link to Earth as part of its second lunar mission planned for late 2022.
andy.savoie@av… Mon, 06/21/2021 - 20:08
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UK Royal Air Force Envisions Electric Aircraft In Service By 2024

By Tony Osborne Jun 21, 2021
The UK Royal Air Force could have an electric-powered aircraft in service by 2024, a senior officer has suggested, as the air arm takes steps to reduce its environmental footprint.
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Japan May Drop Plans To Buy LRASM, Reports Suggest

By Chen Chuanren Jun 21, 2021
Japan is reportedly considering dropping plans to acquire Lockheed Martin’s AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile due to “ballooning costs.”
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The Weekly Debrief: Can Refueling Capacity Shortages Bridge A Tanker Divide?

By Steve Trimble Jun 21, 2021
The prize is a contract to deliver 140-160 commercial derivative aircraft between 2029 and as late as 2042.
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Japanese Carriers Test Domestically Produced SAFs
All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines have committed to being net-zero carbon by 2050, while Japan aims to commercialize domestically produced sustainable aviation fuels by 2030.
guy.ferneyhoug… Mon, 06/21/2021 - 17:04
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Volocopter Takes First Step Toward Paris UAM

By Graham Warwick Jun 21, 2021
Volocopter conducted a remotely controlled flight of its 2X prototype at Le Bourget Airport outside Paris on June 21, the first in France by an eVTOL vehicle.
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Qarbon To Manufacture Lift’s Hexa eVTOL

By Graham Warwick Jun 21, 2021
Qarbon Aerospace, formerly Triumph Aerospace Structures, is to produce Lift Aircraft’s Hexa single-seat electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing aircraft.
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Liebherr, GM To Demo Fuel-Cell Power Generation For Aircraft
The integrated demonstrator, customized to the performance and economic requirements of commercial aircraft, will be built at a Liebherr system integration testing laboratory in Toulouse.
guy.ferneyhoug… Mon, 06/21/2021 - 16:15
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Qatari Hawk Trainers Make First Flights

By Tony Osborne Jun 21, 2021
BAE Systems has flown the first three of nine Hawk jet trainers ordered by Qatar.
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NATO Ups Tempo Of AGS Force Flights
NATO commanders have used a surge operation to stress-test the alliance's ground-radar reconnaissance capabilities using its fleet of Northrop Grumman RQ-4D Global Hawks.
guy.ferneyhoug… Mon, 06/21/2021 - 11:11
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ISS Spacewalkers Log First Roll Out Solar Array Install
During a 6.5-hr. spacewalk that concluded at 2:10 p.m. EDT on June 20, the European Space Agency’s Thomas Pesquet and NASA’s Shane Kimbrough overcame the hardware obstructions that had prevented them from finishing their task four days earlier.
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