Just recently, Japan has demonstrated its growing power in the global space industry. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has unveiled on July 1, 2015, their next automated HTV (H-II Transfer Vehicle) spacecraft. This vessel will be designed to specialize in cargo transportation to deliver payloads to the International Space Station. This freighter, named Kounotori-5 (HTV-5), is being prepared to resupply the International Space Station on its upcoming launch date of August 16th. Kounotori-5, which in Japanese means “white stork,” is anticipated to lift off from Tanegashima Space Center to dock on the International Space Station on August 22nd.

The HTV-5 has the capabilities of transporting up to 6 metric tons of cargo, measuring in at 33 feet long and 14.4 feet in diameter. In addition to food and water, the HTV-5 will be transporting other equipment, materials, and supplies necessary for the experiments being held on the International Space Station. Prior to the HTV-5, Japan has successfully carried out four previous missions.

“We have successfully launched four previous Kounotori transport vehicles,” said the head of the HTV Technology Center, Kaneaki Narita. “We hope to steadily carry out our mission, relentlessly tackling each task.”

New renovations to the HTV-5 include modification of its solar panels and improved cargo capacity. In its upcoming launch, the HTV-5 will lift off atop an H-IIB rocket. This H-IIB rocket will eventually be superseded by a new launch vehicle, designated the H3. JAXA announced the official naming of this next general launch vehicle currently under development in coordination with the prime contractor, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. The H3 launch vehicle will stand 207 feet tall with a core rocket diameter of 17 feet. In the name “H3,” the ‘H’ symbolizes the successful heritage of the H-IIA/H-IIB Launch Vehicles and the ‘3’ implies JAXA’s innovative challenge.

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Bell Helicopter’s 525 relentless model recently completed its first flight at its assembly center in Amarillo, Texas.

The chopper went through a series of tests, including basic takeoff and landing drills, followed by more complex patterns and unique situations.

"The first flight test started with taxi testing and maneuvers, and then went into an initial hover, performing various hover maneuvers and then tested low-speed handling qualities with winds gusting to 20k,” said Bell Helicopter senior flight test pilot Jeff Greenwood.

The super-medium helicopter is the world’s first fly-by-wire commercial helicopter. The 525 is meant to perform missions in situations other helicopters normally wouldn’t be able to. It also has a more advanced autopilot system, decreasing the workload and stress on the pilot.

Some qualities that make the 525 special include its best-in-range payload/range capability, cabin and cargo volumes, and visibility with their wrap-around windshields. The helicopter can hold 2 crew members and up to 16 passengers with standard seating, or 20 with high-density seating. It has a max cruise speed of 287 km/h, and is able to perform CAT-A takeoffs and landings to and from a helipad at maximum gross weight.

Bell Helicopter commercial programs executive vice-president Matt Hasik added that the company was proud that all its hard work over the years had finally paid off in the form of the 525.

"The Bell 525 was announced at Heli-Expo in 2012, and we are proud to have achieved this milestone. We have diligently executed our schedule to design, develop, build and test the aircraft, and look forward to the next phase of flight testing as we work towards certification,”
Hasik said.

As for that next step, Bell has logged over 60 orders for their 525 as of now. These were agreed to under letters of intent.

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Airbus has beaten Boeing in a bid from South Korea as the country has decided to purchase 4 military airborne refueling tankers. The purchase grants $1.3 billion to the European aerospace company. In addition to beating Boeing, Airbus also outbid Israel Aerospace Industries in the tanker aircraft bid. The four A330 MRTT tankers will be delivered from 2018 to 2019 and will have the capability to fuel all fighter jets in the South Korean Air Force.

The procurement of the Airbus tankers will allow the fighter jets to cover greater distances within North Korea in the event of a war. The tanker’s midair capability also provides the South Korean fighter jets to carry heavier ammunition and equipment. Although South Korean has traditionally purchased essential military aircraft from United States-based companies, Airbus’s cost gave the company the competitive edge as the euro has weakened against the dollar since last year’s tanker bid. The South Korean acquisition agency spokesman, Kim Si Cheol, does not expect there to be any compatibility issues between the European Airbus tankers and the American-made fighter jets.

The A330 MRTT is a new-generation Multi Role Tanker Transport and is the only one that is completely certified, in operational service, and proven in combat. Initially produced in June 2007, the A330 variant is used for aerial refueling and transport purposes. Primary users include the Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Air Force, United Arab Emirates Air Force, and the Royal Saudi Air Force. The A330 MRTT has a maximum fuel capacity of 245,000 pounds and can allow for 99,000 additional pounds of cargo. As a multipurpose aircraft, the A330 MRTT can be fitted with several systems including Airbus Military Aerial Refueling Boom System, Cobham 905E under wing refueling pods, Cobham 805E Fuselage Refueling Unit, and the Universal Aerial Refueling Receptacle Slipway Installation.

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Boeing Company has announced that they have chosen a new chief executive officer, Dennis Muilenburg, to succeed McNerney, who is retiring after ten years as CEO. Muilenburg already has a long to-do list of decisions that he hopes will help reshape the world’s largest aircraft maker. Two of the biggest decisions he’ll have to make are right around the corner. He will have to decide whether or not to pursue a USD$10 billion takeover of Sikorsky Aircraft as well as deciding if the company will move forward on a brand new jetliner and either keep or cancel the well-known 747 jumbo, the model nicknamed the “Queen of the Skies.”

Michel Merluzeau, vice president for global aerospace development at consulting firm Frost & Sullivan Inc., released a statement about the change in leadership: “McNerney did the really hard job. He changed Boeing to the core. With Muilenburg, I’d say, ‘OK, the storm has passed. Where do we go from here?'"

According to Muilenburg himself during a phone interview, one of the biggest challenges he will face as the new CEO will be setting a course for the $60 billion commercial plane company as well as navigating a difficult global marketplace. “The greatest opportunity that we have ahead of us is the strong commercial market,” Muilenburg said, nodding to plans to boost the monthly output of the 737 and 787 jets to new highs.

Rob Stallard, an RBC Capital Markets analyst, believes that Muilenburg will face tough decisions that will affect Boeing’s commercial jet line-up and defense portfolio. These decisions include whether to pare output for the 777, one of Boeing’s most-profitable models, ahead of the successor 777X next decade. In addition, he will have to decide whether or not to invest in a replacement for the Boeing 757 which had been out of production. Muilenburg is a trained engineer from Iowa who started as an intern at the Chicago Boeing location and worked his way up. One of his biggest successes as defense chief was scoring a contract to build the Air Force’s new refueling tanker.

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In June 2015, Spirit AeroSystems announced that they have delivered the third fuselage section to Sikorsky for the United States Marine Corps’ CH-53K “King Stallion” heavy lift helicopter program. This delivery is under the CH-53K program’s system demonstration and test article (SDTA) contract. The new fuselage is composite skinned and includes an integrated cockpit and cabin structure that has its tail section separately attached.

"Spirit AeroSystems is pleased to be a major supplier to a new-generation, heavy-lift helicopter capability for the Marine Corps,” said Phil Anderson, Senior Vice President of Spirit Defense Programs. "The strong, lightweight composite structures we are providing to Sikorsky will in turn give the Marine Corps a much needed increase in payload capability." With the addition of this new fuselage, Sikorsky can now begin assembling the third out of four SDTA aircraft.

Back in 2013, Sikorsky signed a contract with the Navy in which they were responsible for both assembling and delivering four SDTA aircraft to the US Marine Corps by 2017. The USMC will employ the four SDTA aircraft to assess its capability to carry 27,000 pounds more per 110 nautical miles under 'high-hot' ambient conditions. They will replace the existing CH-53E Super Stallion models. The new helicopters will feature enhanced payload, range, and hot-high capabilities. They are expected to deliver reliable and cost-effective, low-maintenance, and survivable solutions in almost any condition.

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In June 2015, the space technology firm Orbital Sciences successfully launched their 40th Coyote supersonic sea-skimming target (SSST) vehicle for the US Navy.  The goal of the Coyote program, which is managed by the US Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), is to provide an SSST system that will simulate high speed, anti-ship cruise missiles for fleet training and weapon systems research, development, tests, and evaluation.

"Tests of this nature can be costly for customers to conduct from a logistics standpoint,” said Orbital Coyote Program Manager Keven Leith. "However, the Coyote's low production cost and outstanding operational track record have provided an excellent value for our customers." Orbital ATK was awarded the initial development contract in 2000. In January 2003, the Coyote program launched the first test flight of the unguided target. Later in the year, six more test flights were launched with enhanced capabilities and in 2004, an additional six were launched. In 2005, the system was at full operation.

Since that time, Orbital ATK has received multiple orders from the U.S. Navy, as well as orders from the Royal Australian Navy, France’s Direction générale de l’armement (DGA), and Japan’s Technical Research Development Institute (TRDI). So far, the system has launched 40 targets as well as completed 34 low altitude Mach 2.5 class flights. These missions included altitudes as low as 15 feet, maneuverability up to 12 G’s of lateral acceleration, and ranges of up to 55 nautical miles. In the years since 2010, the high altitude Coyote has successfully completed six Mach 3.25 class flights including altitudes up to 40,000 feet, power dives at user-specified downward angles, and ranges up to 120 nautical miles.

The development and manufacturing of the Coyote vehicles occurs at Orbital ATK’s production facility in Chandler, Arizona. Orbital ATK’s major subcontractors include Aerojet Corporation in Gainesville, Virginia and Sacramento, California for the solid-fuel ducted-rocket motor, and Goodrich Sensors & Integrated Systems in Vergennes, Vermont for the vehicle’s fin actuation system. Approximately 120 units have been ordered to date, 97 of which have been delivered to customers.

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The Mexican operator, Transportes Aéreos Pegaso, has signed a framework agreement to purchase ten H145 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters. This deal establishes Transportes Aéreos Pegaso as the first Latin American company to operate these twin-engine helicopters. Transportes Aéreos Pegaso has been in operation for more than 30 years, leading the industry in executive air transportation services, personal transportation, cargo transportation, and off-shore flights. This new deal will allow Transportes Aéreos Pegaso to gradually replace their existing fleet of four EC135s and sixteen EC145s.

Transportes Aéreos Pegaso’s CEO, Enrique Zepeda, has stated: “The EC145 has performed very well in our operations, and we look forward to experiencing the enhanced capabilities of the new H145 version.”

Claiming the reputation as the quietest helicopter on the market, the H145 Airbus helicopter is an evolution of the popular EC145 model. The H145 helicopter features an innovative new digital avionics suite, four-axis autopilot, and the new Turbomeca Arriel 2E engine with increased performance capabilities. In addition to these enhancements, the new H145 will include an anti-torque system with Airbus’ signature Fenestron shrouded tail rotor, an upgraded main gearbox, as well as a new tail gearbox.

The deal signed between Transportes Aéreos Pegaso and Airbus Helicopters will allow for deliveries of these twin-engine helicopters over the span of seven years, beginning in the year 2016. In this agreement, the ten H145 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters will be specifically designed for Transportes Aéreos Pegaso’s needs. Pegaso’s H145s will be distinctly engineered for their airlift services, allowing Transportes Aéreos Pegaso to focus on the energy industry and the Gulf of Mexico’s gas and oil activities. The Airbus H145 can be utilized in a variety of different functions, as this aircraft can be reconfigured easily and quickly for an array of diverse services and needs, whether aerial work, police duties, or emergency medical services.

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At the 51st Paris Air Show, France’s Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) announced that it would sell its 35% stake in Arianespace to Airbus Safran Launchers, giving the private company majority ownership. CNES is the government agency tasked with implementing France’s space policy in Europe. The sale of the French government’s shares of the Evry, France-based Arianespace has been cleared by Prime Minister Manuel Valls after Airbus Safran Launchers promised that it would not move Arianespace from its current Evry headquarters.

It should be noted that Prime Minister Valls is the former mayor of Evry and is concerned about the effect on unemployment rates in the low-income Evry region were Arianespace to move. The launch consortium will also maintain its facilities in Washington, D.C., Tokyo, and Singapore.

Though it has given up its ownership of the Arianespace launch consortium, the French government will still maintain its oversight role. The sale of Arianespace by the French government marks the end of more than half-a-century of CNES leadership in launcher design and development. This includes the Diamant rocket built under the guidance of former President Charles de Gaulle’s government, notable for being the first exclusively French-built and designed expendable launch system. Under CNES leadership, Arianespace designed and developed the Ariane family of launch vehicles. Arianespace completes its launches from Guiana Space Centre, a spaceport off the coast of Kourou, French Guiana that hosts launches from the European Space Agency as well.

CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall commented that though the French government’s formal rule over the launch consortium would lessen with the shares transfer, Europe’s launch business is still a government-controlled industry.

In a June 2015 briefing, Arianespace Chief Executive Stephane Israel announced the company’s decision to become 74%-owned by Airbus Safran Launchers while still operating as a separate entity. Airbus Safran Launchers came about as a result of the Airbus Group’s and Safran’s desire to make their marks in the European launcher industry. Airbus Safran Launchers is 50:50 owned, combining Airbus Defense and Space’s know-how in launcher systems and Safran’s capabilities in liquid and solid rocket propulsion.

Arianespace Chief Executive Israel stated that in order to meet competition from lower-price competitors such as Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX, Arianespace and Europe’s overall space-launch industry would have to change. Arianespace’s current system under development is the Ariane 6 launch vehicle set to fly in 2020. Israel states that if Ariane 6 meets its cost and schedule requirements, it will allow Arianespace to keep its premier position in the launch industry.


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Qatar Armed Forces have signed an agreement with Boeing for four C-17 Globemaster III airlifters at the 2015 Paris Air Show.

The purchase will double their current fleet, and help meet their increasing demands for airlifts. They were the first Middle Eastern country to order the C-17s, receiving two in 2009 and then two more three years later.

Boeing’s Vice President of International Customer Service and Sales for Military Aircraft Tommy Dunehew expressed his pleasure with the order and the causes it was being used for: “We’re confident the additional C-17s will significantly increase the QAF’s ability to support the people of Qatar and their allies with transport, airdrop and humanitarian missions. Boeing stands ready to support, sustain and maintain Qatar’s expanded fleet of C-17s to keep their planes mission ready.”

The C-17s are military aircraft used to transport troops and heavy cargo, while being able to perform airdrop, aeromedical evacuations, and delivering aid to whomever may need it. Boeing states the aircraft is unmatched in its transportation capabilities. The giant plane has a high-wing design and four engines. It has the ability to carry a payload of up to 169,000 pounds.

Some basic characteristics include:

  • Length: 174 feet
  • Wing Span to Wingtips: 169.8 feet
  • Cruise Speed: 0.74 – 0.77 Mach
  • Takeoff Field Length (Max Gross Weight): 7,740 feet

The C-17 has been delivered too many foreign air forces, including those belonging to Canada, Kuwait, India, Australia, UAE, and the United Kingdom. Recently, it surpassed a total of 2.8 million flight hours. Qatari military officials were excited to begin the expansion of their noble efforts.

“We are very pleased with the C-17s from Boeing and look forward to doubling our fleet to enhance worldwide operations,”
said General Ahmed Al-Malki, Deputy Commander, Qatar Emiri Air Force and Chairman of The Airlift Committee.

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Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation will support principal investigator Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University to develop a Thermal Emission Imaging System for a NASA exploration mission to Europa, a moon of Jupiter.

The mission’s purpose is to determine whether life can be sustained in the icy conditions of Europa. The E-THEMIS will be one of nine science instruments that will fly on the spacecraft as part of the exploration.

The instrument will be built on ASU’s main Tempe campus at the School of Earth and Space Exploration. Ball Aerospace will provide the engineering model and flight electronics, and will lead the development of the radiation-hardened micro bolometer (which is used as a detector in a thermal camera), focal plane assembly, and the design and implementation of the system radiation hardening and mitigation.

The team at ASU will be responsible for the mission operations and science data processing. They will also do the design, fabrication, assembly, testing, and calibration of the E-THEMIS.

The E-THEMIS will use a heat detector to help locate active sites - for example, a vent erupting plumes of water into space.

“The role E-THEMIS plays in the mission is to act as a heat detector,” says Dr. Philip Christensen. “It will scan the surface of Europa at high resolution for warm spots.”

This is not the first time ASU has been used for space exploration. In 2001, a THEMIS instrument led by ASU was on the Mars Odyssey orbiter to help understand the minerals and landforms on the red planet. Ball Aerospace stated how proud they were to work on such a great program.

“We are proud to be part of the Europa mission to support ASU in the development of an instrument for NASA’s search for life beyond Earth in our solar system,” said Jim Oschmann, Vice President and General Manager of Ball’s Civil Space and Technology business unit.

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In June 2015, GKN Aerospace has been awarded a contract by Boeing to supply engine inlet aluminum lip skins for their 737 MAX and 777X aircraft. In addition, the contract also calls for GKN to be responsible for assembling the 787 Dreamliner Section 47 floor grids.

A spin forming and post spin processes will be used by GKN Aerospace to produce engine inlet skins. The processes will be developed by the California-based metallic spin forming company Sheets Manufacturing (SMI), which GKN just recently acquired. Also, the processes will be enhanced by GKN's lean industrialization techniques. The lip skins will be produced at GKN’s Camarillo facility and a new manufacturing unit in Orangeburg, South Carolina, where the Boeing 787 Section 47 floor grid will also be assembled.

The lip skins will generate a laminar flow surface that reduces drag and improves aerodynamic performance along with a reduction in weight. GKN will supply the floor grid assemblies for all the three 787 variants, including the 787-8, 787-9 and 787-10, to the Boeing South Carolina plant for installation in the fuselage barrel.

The final assembly of the 737 MAX Winglets and paint work will be carried out at a 57,000-square-foot facility that GKN Aerospace will operate in Sumner, Washington, near Boeing’s 737 MAX Final Assembly in Renton, Wash. The facility will open in late 2015 and employ approximately 75 people when full rate production is achieved. Staff recruitment will begin early in 2015 with the majority of the new team being drawn from the highly skilled workforce based in the state. The 737 MAX with AT Winglets incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. The 737 MAX will be 14 percent more fuel-efficient than today's most efficient Next-Generation 737s – and 20 percent better than the original Next-Generation 737s when they first entered service.

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With the 2015 Paris Air Show fast approaching, premier cybersecurity provider Raytheon plans to entice current and future clients with its latest portfolio of missile defense technologies, ultra-powerful radars, missile interceptors, and jammers.

Raytheon Chairman and CEO Thomas A. Kennedy comments, “The evolving cyber threat from sophisticated nation-state adversaries and criminal enterprises has led to global demand for cybersecurity solutions. The Paris Air Show affords us an ideal venue to show our international customers how our defense-grade cybersecurity technology can guard their military, commercial and critical infrastructure.”

Raytheon plans to showcase the following products and technologies to US-allied customers at the 2015 Paris Air Show:

  • The new ground-launched short-to-intermediate range ballistic missile interceptor Standard Missile-3
  • C5I which builds upon the concept of C4I (command, controls, computers, and intelligence) with the addition of the cyber element
  • The long-range, high altitude, all-weather Global Patriot Solutions which has recently selected by NATO member Poland for its “Wisla” air and missile defense program
  • The 155mm Excalibur precision projectile which is capable of hitting targets 30 miles away when fired from an M109A2/A3 howitzer
  • DARPA-backed hypersonic weaponry that consists of missiles flying at speeds in excess of Mach 5
  • The Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II) integrated with a millimeter wave radar to provide maximum threat tracking and detection, allowing weapons to engage both moving and fixed targets

Established in 1922, the Raytheon Company is a major American defense contractor with core manufacturing concentrations in weapons and military and commercial electronics. Until early 2007, it was involved in corporate and special mission aircraft. Currently, Raytheon stands as the world’s largest producer of guided missiles. Today, the Raytheon Company employs a 63,000-strong workforce worldwide and consistently reports annual revenues of approximately US$25 billion. More than 90% of Raytheon's revenues were obtained via military contracts and, as of 2012, it is the fifth-largest military contractor in the world. It is also the fourth-largest defense contractor in the United States by revenue.

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The ultra-low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines is set to purchase 12 Airbus A320 family aircraft. Worth an approximate $1.3 billion, the deal includes ten A321 and two A320 airliners which will be used to replace Frontier Airlines’ larger variants while phasing out the Airbus A319 aircraft.

Frontier Airlines will increase to 101 aircraft over the span of five years and expects to have a continuous annual growth of 15%. With the new aircraft, Frontier airlines will be able to carry more people on a single trip which allows the company to move towards their goal of becoming the lowest cost carrier in the United States. The A320 aircraft are expected to be delivered in 2016 while the A321 aircraft will arrive in 2017.

The Airbus A320 single-aisle medium-range airliner first entered service in 1988 and more than 5,000 aircraft of the A320 family are in service today, with more than 8,600 ordered. The A320 family includes the A319 and A318 short-bodied versions and the A321 stretched version. The A319 entered service in 1996, the A321-100 in 1994, and the A321-200 in 1997. The A318 made its first flight in January 2002 and entered service in July 2003. The A320 was the first subsonic airliner to have a fly-by-wire flight control system.

Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Frontier Airlines is a North American ultra-low-cost airline. Operating under Indigo Partners, LLC, Frontier Airlines has flight operations to 52 destinations in the United States as well as 7 international destinations.

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In June 2015, Airbus announced that they will soon start the production of its first aircraft in the United States once the large aircraft components reach the final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama.

The company has launched a ship carrying the first components for A320 family aircraft from Hamburg, Germany. On the trip, which is estimated to take around 30 days, the BBC Atlantic ship will transport major component assemblies, such as the wings, rear fuselage section, the tail cone, and the forward fuselage section including the cockpit. It will also be carrying both horizontal and vertical stabilizers.

So far, all the components have been produced in various European locations including France, Spain, Germany, and the UK. In 2016, Airbus plans to deliver the first US-produced A320 family aircraft, an A321ceo to JetBlue. Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Bregier is excited for the company’s expansion into the United States. He said in a statement: “North America is one of the largest single-aisle aircraft markets in the world. This manufacturing facility brings us closer to our customers, and strengthens the aerospace industry in the US, Europe and around the world."

The Mobile, Alabama manufacturing facility will be Airbus’ first in the US and fourth in its network which includes facilities in Toulouse, France; Hamburg, Germany; and Tianjin, China. The project, worth an estimated USD$600 million, began in April of 2013. The new facility will assemble and deliver A319, A320 and A321 aircraft, and is designed to serve the increasing demand for the airliners in the US and elsewhere. The assembly line and associated facilities will create around 1,000 jobs in the region.

Headquartered in Toulouse, France, Airbus Group is a European multinational defense corporation & aerospace that manufactures aircraft parts as well as entire civil airliners. Airbus was originally formed as the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS), but in January of 2014 was reorganized as Airbus Group by combining the divisions for development and marketing of civil and military aircraft, as well as communications systems, missiles, space rockets, helicopters, satellites, and related systems.

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Bombardier Aerospace is projecting to sell 9,000 light, medium and large business jets over the next 10 years, valuing at $267 billion. Their forecast is based on the expansion of economic activity, globalization of trade, growth in the world’s developing markets, new aircraft programs, aircraft retirements and alternatives to full aircraft ownership, fractional ownership, card programs, and charter.

Demand is also expected to be divided amongst high wealth individuals, publically traded companies, and for profit aircraft operators. The forecast predicts that 3,400 light jets with a total value of $39 billion over 10 years will increase in growth by approximately 2.4% per year. Medium jets are planned to have 3,100 units sold, valued at $91 billion with a growth of 3.8%. Bombardier looks to have their large jets growth as the largest with a forecast of 2,500 units sold, valued at $137 billion. In addition, the large jet fleet is expected to increase from 1,620 jets in 2014 to 4,070 by 2024, warranting a growth of 9.6%.

Light jet and medium jet fleets are predicted to increase by about the same growth rate of 2.4% with light jet quantities increasing from 8,770 to 11,085 and medium jet quantities from 5,345 to 7,755. Bombardier Aerospace is the aerospace division of the multinational aerospace and transportation company Bombardier Inc. Founded in 1986 after Bombardier acquired Canadair, the company is currently headquartered in Dorval, Quebec, Canada.

The company stands as one of the largest aircraft manufacturers as they compete with Brazilian rival Embraer along with Boeing and Airbus. With over 30,000 employees worldwide, Bombardier Aerospace has met yearly revenues of over $9.4 billon. Bombardier Aerospace produces 6 types of aircraft along with concept projects. Their 6 aircraft models include business jets, the Bombardier Global family, commercial jets, turboprops, military aircraft, and unmanned aerial vehicles.

Via our proprietary website ASAP Aerospace, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of Bombardier products. We have wide range of Bombardier aircraft parts at competitive rates. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current Bombardier parts at www.asap-aerospace.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-aerospace.com or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.


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In May 2015, Airbus completed the maiden flight of its A320neo equipped with CFM International's Leap-1A engines in Toulouse, France. During the flight, which lasted 4 hours and 25 minutes, the company evaluated the A320neo's airspeed and load factor capabilities at up to 39,000ft and engine speed variation. The aircraft was flown by experimental test pilots Philippe Perrin and Malcolm Ridley.

Airbus A320 program head Klaus Roewe is very proud of this accomplishment. He said in a statement: "With the second Neo engine now taking to the skies, we are progressing well towards fulfilling our objective to offer our customers an engine choice for a product at the cutting edge of competitiveness." In September last year, the company completed the first flight of A320neo, powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines. In December of 2010, Airbus chose the Leap engine for the A320neo and so far, received 2,508 orders and commitments, which accounts for 55% of all A320neo orders.

Headquartered in Toulouse, France, Airbus Group is a European multinational aerospace and defense corporation that manufactures aircraft parts as well as civil airliners. Airbus was originally formed as the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS), but in January of 2014 was reorganized as Airbus Group combining the divisions for development and marketing of civil and military aircraft, as well as communications systems, missiles, space rockets, helicopters, satellites, and related systems.

ASAP Aerospace, a parts purchasing resource created by ASAP Semiconductor, is a premier logistics and supply chain partner for all aerospace manufacturing and technology-driven companies. ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of Airbus Industries parts. We are ISO 9001-2008 certified, ASA 100 accredited, and a member of the Aviation Suppliers Association. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive catalog of both obsolete and in-production Airbus parts ranging from brackets to labels to cover strips and more at www.asap-aerospace.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-aerospace.com or call 1-714-705-4780 toll free for a quote.


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Airbus has partnered with University of Cincinnati researchers to develop metals that will fortify aircraft components.

The new practice will use laser shock peening (LSP), a method that shoots an infrared light beam on to pieces of metal to change their physical, mechanical, and environmental properties.

It will make the metals on aircraft components and structures more durable and less sensitive to corrosion by increasing its longevity. When they are processing the metal, each sample they test goes through a rigorous course of manipulations and stress, heat, and environmental tests. Its structural and chemical properties are assessed right down to its nano-structure.

"We hypothesize that, when we use the LSP processes to impart deep, compressive, residual stresses to these components, we strengthen the metal in a very deliberate way, which makes it less likely to fail," said University of Cincinnati Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Professor S.R. Mannava.

Questions have come up regarding just how durable the metal will be when going through this process, and researchers at the university are ready to take the next step in the process once they find out for sure.

"When we have confirmed the metal itself won't fail due to fatigue, cracking or corrosion, we will fortify huge pieces of metal for use in prototypes and, eventually, mass production,” MME Professor Vijay Vasudevan said. "We will also conduct basic research to understand the effects of the process on how the material behaves in order to optimize the process for specific, future applications."

Right now, they are testing the technology on passenger aircraft. Professors Mannava and Vasudevan have tested and fortified numerous samples already. Researchers have stated the technology – which was originally developed and patented by General Electric - can be used for many different things, such as medical devices, automobiles, power generation, nuclear imaging components and chemical processing.

Via our proprietary website ASAP Aerospace, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of Airbus products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive catalog of both obsolete and in-production Airbus parts at www.asap-aerospace.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-aerospace.com or call 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.


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The Mexican ultra-low cost carrier VivaAerobus has received its first delivery of an Airbus A320 that is a part of the 52 aircraft order placed in October 2013. This order of 52 aircraft includes 12 A320ceo and 40 A320neo and was the largest Airbus aircraft order from a single airline in the history of Latin America.

VivaAerobus is currently flying six A320s that were leased in March 2014 and 19 Boeing 737-300. The airline plans to shift out their Boeing fleet to an all-Airbus aircraft operation by early 2016. The new fleet of A320s will allow for VivaAerobus to remain as a low cost and fare operation, all while providing a new and improved aircraft for their customers. The A320neo will be able to offer at least 30% more of fuel savings as compared to the current 737-300.

The Airbus A320 family of aircraft is the world’s best-selling single aisle aircraft with over 11,700 orders to date and over 6,500 aircraft delivered to 400 customers and operations worldwide. There currently exists 4 variants - A318, A319, A320, and A321- that compete with the Boeing 737, 757-200, and 717. American Airlines is the largest airline operator of the A320 aircraft as they service approximately 331 of these aircraft. Other primary users include EasyJet, China Southern Airlines, and China Eastern Airlines.

VivaAerobus is a Mexican low cost airline that is a part of IAMSA, the biggest bus company group in Mexico. Founded in 2006, the airline initially connected General Mariano Escobedo International Airport to several domestic Mexican locations. Currently, VivaAerobus has expanded their reach as the company now flies to several locations in the United States of America. As more A320s are delivered, the company hopes to convert bus passengers to air travelers based in Cancun, Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Monterrey.

Via our proprietary website ASAP Aerospace, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of Airbus products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive catalogue of both in-production and obsolete Airbus parts at www.asap-aerospace.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-aerospace.com or call 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.


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According to Reuters, the aircraft leasing firm Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) is in negotiations with Moelis investment bank to sell its StandardAero aviation services unit for USD$1.8 billion. The auction process is expected to start later this year according to Reuter’s sources. DAE, StandardAero, and Moelis all declined to comment and because the negotiations are not public, the sources asked to remain anonymous.

Dubai Aerospace Enterprises, an international corporation with interests in aircraft leasing, MRO and aviation IT solutions, acquired StandardAero back in 2007 from the buyout firm Carlyle Group. Headquartered in Arizona, StandardAero provides engine and airframe maintenance, repair and overhaul, engine component repair, engineering services, interior completions, and paint application services.

This is not the first time that DAE has attempted to sell StandardAero. Back in 2010, Deutsche Bank was hired to help sell StandardAero, but an emergent upturn in the aerospace aftermarket ultimately led to a failed sale. Again in 2013, DAE announced that they were in discussions with BBA Aviation to merge some of their assets including StandardAero, but those talks ended one month later.

Currently, StandardAero offers extensive MRO services and custom solutions for business aviation, commercial aviation, military and industrial power customers in more than 80 nations around the world. They employ more than 4,000 professional, administrative and technical workers in a dozen major facilities in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, as well as an additional 14 strategically located regional service and support centers.

ASAP Aerospace, a parts purchasing resource created by ASAP Semiconductor, is a premier logistics and supply-chain partner for all aerospace manufacturing and technology driven companies. It offers complete supply chain management services to all of its customers, resulting in simplified and speedy procurement of all aerospace components with time and cost savings. We ensure that our customers production lines and prototype builds are always up and running effectively. We offer cost-effective component solutions by improving our customers' negotiation power.

We have also decreased sourcing cycle time with streamlined operational processes. Therefore, all customers can increase their profit margin by utilizing our services. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive catalogue of both obsolete and in-production parts at www.asap-aerospace.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-aerospace.com or call 1-714-705-4780 toll-free for a quote.


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Composite components for Block IV attack submarines will be supplied through 2020 by UTC components. An agreement signed with Newport News Shipbuilding, a subsidiary of Huntington Ingalls Industries, states that composite components for the next  ten Virginia-class submarines to be built of the U.S. Navy will be supplied by UTC.

UTC supplied components for the Virginia Class Block III. Their performance was a large contributing factor to winning the current contract. Under the contract bow domes, rubber boots, and a variety of external fairing structures will be produced.  The work will be done by Engineered Polymer Products, a division of UTC’s aero structures business unit.  UTC would not disclose the value of the contract they were awarded.

Another contract was awarded to UTC to deliver sonar domes for surface combat ships. The value of the contract is $39 million. The new Virginia-class attack submarine is a nuclear-powered multi-mission stealth submarine used in deep ocean anti-submarine warfare and littoral operations. Equipped on the vessel are 12 vertical missile launch tubes and four 533mm torpedo tubes.

The vertical launching system is capable of launching 16 Tomahawk submarine-launched cruise missiles in a single salvo. The hull of a Virginia class sub measures 377ft in length, they displace 7,300t dived. The subs are powered by GE pressure water reactor S9G. Two turbine engines with one shaft and a United Defense pump jet propulsion provide 29.84MW. Dived, the sub can reach speeds of over 25kt.

Via our proprietary website ASAP Aerospace, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of UTC products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current UTC parts at www.asap-aerospace.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-aerospace.com or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.


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