Epic Aircraft’s E1000 prototype has successfully completed its first test flight, setting the course for the company to begin deliveries. The aircraft, valued at $2.95 million, should ready for delivery in the next year. The Oregonian manufacturers completed a big step towards getting certification for their single-engine turboprop with their successful maiden voyage. The aim of the project is to have it be the fastest single engine civil aircraft in the world. The first successful flight for the plane nicknamed “FT1” took place on December 19th at Bend Municipal Airport in Deschutes County. Chief Pilot David Robinson took it for a twenty minute test run, and gave it a glowing review. The experienced flyer reported that it handled extremely well, just as he expected it to. Officials at Epic were just as delighted to meet their deadline of getting the plane off the ground by the end of the year.


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Italy’s Finmeccanica group is beginning 2016 under a new unified structure, one that has ended its long-standing structure of being a holding group consisting of multiple separately controlled businesses. On January 1st 2016, the restructured company implemented a reorganization process originally launched by CEO and general manager Mauro Moretti in June 2014.


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 On January 4, 2016 Airbus has announced that the first delivery of the A320neo will be delayed due to problems and conflicts that are occurring with the plane.


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Following the completion of successful on-orbit testing, the U.S. Navy accepted the fourth Lockheed Martin-built Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite for Secure Communications Network. Launched September 2, the MUOS-4 is the latest addition to a network of orbiting satellites and relay ground stations that is revolutionizing secure communications for mobile military forces.


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Although unmanned aircraft are typically not used to combat fires, Lockheed has just proved any doubters otherwise. This past week, Lockheed used its Stalker XE UAS drone to provide data and a precise location to an unmanned K-MAX cargo helicopter. By using an innovative dual-capability electro-optical infrared camera, the drone was able to work in tandem with the K-MAX helicopter to pinpoint fires and determine their intensity.


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The United States Navy has recently made the decision to upgrade the Boeing EA-18G Growler with an updated datalink as well as various other systems which would enable the aircraft to locate vessels at a long distance without the use of a radar.


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Thales Alenia Space announced that it has signed a contract with ARSAT Empresa Argentina de Soluciones Satelitales SA to supply the payload for its third geostationary telecom satellite manufactured in Argentina, ARSAT-3, as well as options for two additional payloads. The ARSAT-3 is slated to enter service in 2019, and will be positioned at 81 degrees west as a baseline. It will provide high speed data, Internet and television transmission services for South America while weighing about 3 tons at launch.


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Kaman Aerospace Group, a United States aerospace company, has recently announced that its MRO and Air Vehicles division has completed an agreement with Lectern Aviation Supplies Co., Ltd. (Lectern) of China. Kaman Aerospace has agreed to provide two manned K-MAX® heavy-lift utility helicopters in 2017. This order marks the introduction of the K-MAX® into China’s large and expanding aviation market, and represents the first order to be received from a Chinese customer. The initial two helicopters will be used by the China Department of Forestry in order to begin operations fighting fires.


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The United States Navy’s MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial system (UAS), which was developed by Northrop Grumman, has recently begun operational assessment (OA) in Maryland at the NAS Patuxent River. This operational assessment is being held in preparation for the milestone C review and entry into low-rate initial production. Over the span of the next two months, the Triton will undergo six flights and will execute various operational test scenarios in order to evaluate the system’s operational performance.


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Italian defense contractor Alenia Aermacchi is pitching their new MC-27J multi-mission airlifter-gunship hybrid aircraft to various Gulf nations.


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Honeywell has just announced that Satcom1 is now partners with Honeywell Global Data Center (GDC) to provide customers with a solution for the Cockpit that will offer cockpit communication and management, such as text messaging, Pre-Departure Clearances (PDC), Oceanic Clearances, Transcribed Weather Information for Pilots (TWIP) and Controller Pilot Datalink Communication (CPDLC) and comply with FANS-1A. For more than 25 years, the Honeywell Global Data Center (GDC) has provided VHF and satellite datalink communications to datalink equipped aircraft worldwide.


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A General Dynamics-led team has just completed the next step in the implementation, integration and testing of NASA’s Space Network Ground Segment Sustainment (SGSS) Command and Control Infrastructure. Dubbed Increment A4, this project includes the ground antenna and associated control systems that are housed in a Space Network Operations Center. This same General-Dynamics led team also completed a full demonstration of the Increment A4 capability to maneuver a simulated tracking and data relay system satellite.


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Lockheed Martin was awarded a $4.6 million contract for the continued development of a maritime canister-launched small Unmanned Aircraft System.


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Airbus Defense and Space is scheduled to launch their new satellite, Arabsat-6B (Badr-7), on November 10th.


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GKN Aerospace has signed a multi-million dollar agreement with Kawasaki Heavy Industries to supply titanium engine components. This multi-million dollar deal is considered a long term agreement (or LTA for short).


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Space Systems Loral (SSL), which is a leading provider of commercial satellites, announced an agreement with Azercosmos of Azerbaijan to manufacture the new Azerspace-2 telecommunications satellite. SSL earned the new contract after beating out a number of other satellite manufacturers including Airbus Defense and Space of Europe, the Great Wall of China Industry Corp., and Orbital ATK. As per an agreement signed with Intelsat, the industry leader in providing satellite services, the new Azercosmos satellite will be located 45 degrees east orbital location. This placement is ideal for providing satellite services to Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Azerspace-2 will expand the capabilities of the existing Azerspace-1 satellite and provide support for growing demand government, DTH, and network services.


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In a large-scale, multinational exercise, a Raytheon-made Standard Missile-3 successfully engaged a ballistic missile target fired from a U.K. range in the Outer Hebrides near Scotland - the first time the interceptor was tested in European waters. SM-3 is a defensive weapon used by the U.S. Navy to destroy short- to intermediate-range ballistic missile threats. This "hit-to-kill" missile interceptor uses an exoatmospheric "kill vehicle" to collide with targets in space, a capability that's been likened to hitting a bullet with a bullet. The massive collision of the kill vehicle hitting its target obliterates the threat completely-explosives are not necessary. The resulting impact is the equivalent of a 10-ton truck traveling at 600 mph. The test, At Sea Demo (ASD) 2015, was organized by the Maritime Theater Missile Defense Forum, a group of countries dedicated to improving sea-based missile defense through improved cooperation and interoperability.


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Ducommun Incorporated has just announced that it has been awarded a new multi-year contract from Boeing to manufacture position sensors for both the US Navy and the UK Navy’s Trident Navigation system. These new position sensors, otherwise known as resolvers, will be augmented to US Ohio-class and UK Vanguard-class submarines. Ducommun produced the original resolvers for Polaris and Poseidon class submarines, and this deal only further strengthens their relationship with the US Navy. The resolvers will be manufactured and tested at Ducommun’s Carson-based facility through 2017.


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The United States Air Force has awarded a contract to Orbital ATK for the initial production of the MJU-73/B.


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Cessna has begun a three-week tour of their new business jet, the Citation Latitude, at London Biggin Hill airport as part of a multi-city tour. The journey began in London on September 15th, which is annual Business and General Aviation Day.


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