On August 21st 2016, Rich Smith wrote an article for The Motley fool talking about how SpaceX was able to secure a second manned spaceflight mission. NASA has asked Boeing and SpaceX to run a mission called the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability. The Commercial Crew Transpiration Capability mission is to transport US astronauts from Earth to the International Space Station and back.
Here was the criteria that NASA used in judging this:
“Conduct ‘at least one crewed flight test per company with at least one NASA astronaut aboard to verify the fully integrated rocket and spacecraft system can launch, maneuver in orbit, and dock to the space station.’
Prove that all systems aboard its respective spacecraft ‘perform as expected.’
‘Once each company's test program has been completed successfully and its system achieves NASA certification, each contractor will conduct at least two, and as many as six, crewed missions to the space station.’”
Although Boeing and SpaceX were given the same exact mission, the two companies got very different type of compensation for their efforts. NASA promised to pay Boeing around $4 billion whereas SpaceX only was given a compensation of $2 billion.
SpaceX was founded in June 2002 by Elon Musk. The company’s headquarters is located in Hawthorne, California. The company employs over 5000 people. SpaceX is American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services. SpaceX is famous for their products: Falcon 9 and the Dragon. Elon Musk was the former PayPal CEO and currently the CEO of Tesla Motors.
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We’ve reached an era where technology leads the world. Today’s technological capabilities have reached a point where we are able to send satellites to space very easily and enhance the activities that the satellite can function at while orbiting the earth in outer space. A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket was launched in July out of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The information given by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) has not been clear about the activities of the satellite but they only have mentioned and according to the ULA that the satellite has been designed or engineered for the support of national defense.
The Satellite has been launched at 8:37 a.m. EDT (GMT-4) and the event was recorded by the United Launch Alliance (ULA) and it has been aired on television with some commentary. After 5 minutes of air time, the live feed was cut off with no additional information. There are speculations that the satellite is going to be used as an American spy satellite for the national security of the country. This was not the first launch for the National Reconnaissance Office, apparently the Atlas 5 is the sixty forth successful launch since the year 2002. This time though the trajectory of the satellite was predicting that the satellite is going to be orbiting at a distance near the orbits of communication relay stations.
A view of Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station was clearly seen by a camera that was assembled on the Atlas 5, the rocket was set off by Atlas 5’s Russian built RD-181 first stage engine which thrusted the American Spy Satellite at approximately 800,000 pounds of force.
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The World Largest Aircraft, the Airlander 10 has been approved to be airborne once more. An Aircraft first developed for the US Army’s North Grumman-led Long Endurance, multi intelligence vehicle contract by a company in the UK named Hybrid Air shut down their production due to lack of funds. It is approximately 92m (302ft) long in length, and has seen to have traveled 5000 ft. in altitude. Being able to travel a 5nm radius going 35kt (40.2773 MPH) on its most recent test run. The purpose for such aircraft is for surveillance, communications and passengers able to be aired for approximately 5 days with a pilot on board . Its reinstating test run was held in Cardington airfield in Bedfordshire at around 19:45 and arriving at 20:00 before sundown on August 17th. The Aircraft alone has set to be worth up to £25m (32,986,250 US dollars).
Per their test run of the aircraft, it resulted in passing all its tests which included safe launch, during flight, and landing properly allowing it to become qualified to be able to be airborne once more. The aircraft Chief pilot David Burns, stated
“It was a privilege to be able to conduct the aircraft more so a fantasy, concluding with it flew like a dream.”
HAV has reached out to the UK government to pitch the reinstatement of the Airlander 10. Along with the UK government they are also interested in other investors or raising their equity through high net worth individuals to help fund and keep their programme going. The HAV launched their campaign to reinstate their program close to last May.
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The Boeing Company announced today that they have reached an agreement with Embraer to collaborate on the KC-390 Program. The terms under this agreement stipulates that Embraer and Boeing will share specific technical knowledge between the two in order to evaluate the market and identify areas in which they can join their sales effort for more medium-lift military transport opportunities.
President and CEO of Embraer Defesa e Segurança, Luiz Carlos Aguilar concedes that
“Boeing has the advantage with their extensive experience in military transport and air refueling aircraft but also in part due to their deep knowledge of potential markets for the KC-390, some of which were even being overlooked and not considered as a part of Embraer’s original marketing plan”
As part of a broader agreement signed in April between Boeing and Embraer, The KC-390 collaboration was previously announced as an exploratory way for the two companies to cooperate and share expertise in “commercial airplane efficiency and safety, research and technology, and sustainable aviation biofuels.” To facilitate that, Embraer and Boeing will conduct joint market assessment as well as fully analyze/integrate business collaboration models for the medium-lift military transport market. This assessment will include potential customers that had not been previously considered in the initial market prospects for the KC-390 Program.
President and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security Division, Dennis Muilenburg believes that this collaboration is a perfect match made in heaven in terms of how it marries the two companies strengths such as Boeing's proven excellence in military transport with Embraer's KC-390 accomplishments in order to further advance the medium-lift aircraft all the while staying true to the values of hard work in order to provide high-quality, affordable customer solutions.
The KC-390 is the largest aircraft to be manufactured by the Brazilian aerospace industry and was signed as a development contract back in April 2009. Boeing has also had an incredibly strong and enduring partnership with Brazil for the past 80 years with the first F4B-4 fighters delivered to the Brazilian government back in 1932.
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Airbus Group SE reports that they are nearing the final stages of securing a monumental order for up to 100 jetliners from AirAsia Bhd. Sources close to the ground level have all but confirmed that this deal is imminent and is just a matter of getting a few more additional commitments from AirAsia who is their biggest single-aisle aircraft customer.
The deal could be announced as early as tomorrow at the Farnborough Air Show according sources who elected to remain unnamed due to the sensitive nature of the negotiations but it is almost a certainty given the amounts of undisclosed sources basically confirming the same details. Details have leaked that the purchase would likely involve the A321neo narrow-body aircraft which is listed at $125.7 million each with the caveat that buyers typically can further negotiate discounts especially for deals of this magnitude.
The Asian low-cost carrier has plans to utilize the narrow-body planes to provide stepped-up service to India. Tony Fernandes, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Group already has 304 single-aisle aircraft and 76 twin-aisle jets on order from the European plane maker as part of a plan to build a pan-Asian budget airline that is looking to capitalize on the surge of air travel happening across the continent. For their part and keeping with the tight-lipped nature of all parties involved in the deal, Sepang and Airbus has remained mum. The surge in air travel has spurred Asian budget carriers to purchase hundreds of jets from Airbus Group and rival Boeing in an attempt to satiate ever-growing demands.
Back in 2013, PT Lion Mentari Airlines ordered 234 planes from Airbus which was just the second time in history the carrier has purchased more than 200 aircraft. Just this past year the Indian budget airline IndiGo announced their commitment to purchase 250 Airbus planes. It’s a matter of when not if but the moment AirAsia’s potential purchase is formalized it will rank as the biggest news and one of the biggest orders to come out of the UK Farnborough International Airshow. For now the devil is in the details and we will just have to await the finalization of this monumental order.
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Bird Aerosystems has specialized in the manufacturing of Special Mission Aircraft Solutions (ASIO) and Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) for different customers around the world, including NATO forces, the United Nations, and the United States Government. The firm has just released the newest version of the Airborne Missile Protection System that will be used on the multi-purpose MI-8 Helicopters for the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Ground-to-air missiles, otherwise known as MANPADS have become a growing threat for both military and civilian aircrafts. Bird’s new configuration, the AMPS-MV provides the defense needed against missiles. In collaboration with Airbus Defense and Space, the AMPS-MV system has been installed in 2 thousand aircraft carriers. This accounts for 85% of the worldwide market- excluding the United States.
AMPS-MV is based on a concept that allows aircrafts to confirm any missile threats and reduce a system’s FAR to almost nothing. This original concept is termed the Missile Approach Confirmation Sensor (MACS). Its low FAR level allows the AMPS-MV system to comply with the European Aviation Safety Agency and Federal Aviation Administration’s regulations. The system is also able to be installed in civil and military platforms which make it a unique component.
Bird Aerosystems provides programs for operational analysis, system strategies and installations, as well as product support and management, and engineering procedures such as landing and launching testing and system accreditation.
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NASA being in the frontier of astrophysics is always working on developing better ways to discover the history of our galaxy and the universe. The next project NASA is working on is going to be the Mars 2020 rover, it’s going to be a more developed and better engineered rover and expected to launch in 2021. The rover will be designed to investigate the environment on Mars and possibly collect Martian soil and rocks that may show evidence for an ancient life on Mars. More importantly; this mission is going to mark the first of many missions to Mars because the scientists are looking to find ways to bring soil and rocks back to earth. The Mars 2020 rover is going to mark a significant milestone in NASA’s journey to discovering the cosmos.
The Mars 2020 rover will include new scientific instruments that will aid in exploring the red planet. For example, the new rover will carry entirely new subsystems to collect soil and rocks that will be placed in tubes and then deposited at a secure location for returning to earth on future missions. Not to mention the technological advances on the camera systems and the parachute system for when the rover lands on Mars. Microphones are another tool that can provide useful information to the engineers; microphones have traveled to the red planet on previous rover missions but never have been used on the surface of the red planet. This will be a great chance for the people to be able to hear the sounds of Mars for the first time.
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From the skies of New Zealand, NASA’s Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility (CSBF) has successfully launched a super pressure balloon (SPB) to investigate the balloon’s enhanced technology on enduring long flights which could last over 100 days. This was also an opportunity to complement the SPB with a sophisticated telescope such as The Compton Spectrometer and Imager (COSI) to explore the origins of galactic positrons, examine the galaxy’s nucleosynthesis, and measuring polarization from Gamma ray eruptions and black holes. This launch is the second attempt of equipping the SPB along with The Compton Spectrometer and Imager for a multi-purposed exploratory mission.
The enormous 18.8 million cubic foot balloon has flown in a trajectory path of 110,000 feet in altitude in just over 2 hours. The SPB was guided by the winds of Wanaka, New Zealand to float all the way to southern Australia before crossing over to the stratosphere zone. Depending on wind speeds in the stratospheric region, it has been estimated by NASA that the gigantic balloon will circumnavigate the globe once every one to three weeks.
Not only this, the launch is also considered the fifth attempt of testing the Carolina Infrasound Instrument’s (CII) performance in the stratospheric space to record acoustic wave field activity. Previous experimental trials using the University of North Carolina’s developed instrument (CII) was believed to record low frequency sounds that are new to science. Prior attempts were not as operational since the weather conditions weren’t convenient enough to launch the SPB out to the stratosphere. NASA’s current record for the SPB flight is 54 days. Residents in countries such as Argentina, South Africa and others that are in the southern hemisphere region may actually see the balloon floating during its journey, especially during sunrise.
These similar experiments by NASA are now introducing a new approach for future scientific explorations related to astrophysics and other atmospheric related studies near outer space, at a significantly lower cost.
Today the NASA Flight Facility in Virginia is managing the SPB program with at least 10 flights annually from different launch sites worldwide. Alongside with Orbital ATK which provides planning and engineering services to the balloon program, the CSBF crew has managed to launch over 1,700 pressure balloons over a period of 35 years.
NASA has reached another milestone with the successful two-minute test launch of its biggest rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), bringing the space agency one step closer to Mars.
The startup test took place in Promontory, Utah, and was streamed online on NASA’s website for the public. After the successful completion of the 82 qualification objectives set, the booster in now competent to fly. The first time the test took place, it was conducted in 93 degrees Fahrenheit. The second time, the booster was launched at only 40 degrees Fahrenheit in order to test out how the propellant will burn under different temperature conditions. During this last test, the equivalent of 3.6 million pounds of thrust were needed for takeoff.
When the SLS is finally launched in 2018, the temperature of the 5-segment booster will reach around 6,000 degrees Fahrenheit and launch the Orion spacecraft with enough force to break free from the Earth’s gravity. Further advancements in technology to make the mission possible are still needed, especially since a bigger rocket with more power is needed to even come close to Mars. The launch of the SLS and Orion is currently on schedule, with different parts of the rocket undergoing production.
Perhaps the most ambitious part of Mars exploration, is NASA’s plan to send a manned aircraft to Mars in the 2030s. This breakthrough would mark the start of human presence in deep space.
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Gulfstream engineers have developed a way to enhance the quality of the design process. The integration of the new 3-D projection technology will ensure customers get exactly what they envision. This removes the need for a 2-D phase, which required engineers to first create a design on a flat surface. That process did not always deliver the same design intended to, as 2-D designs do not take into account the curved surfaces aircrafts have. That is what makes the addition of the new 3-D technology a revolutionary. The execution of the paint schemes is even better than the already state-of-the-art paining process. In addition, any changes in the design can take place in real time. This provides both technicians and customers with the knowledge of the design throughout the entire painting process, ensuring 100% satisfaction with the completed aircraft.
Accuracy is a key component of the 3-D projection technology. It gives engineers an edge during the execution process. The 3-D mapping software lets engineers know how to correctly shape each image to reflect it accurately on the surface. This software is based on another commercial 3-D software used in aircraft manufacturing- the Delta Sigma Co.’s Projection Works. This program is used to map out where fasteners and other connectors should be located in an aircraft.
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