Rocket

Blue Origin, a spacecraft company founded by Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, just did what SpaceX failed at doing last week and successfully launched and landed a suborbital rocket. Known as New Shepard, the spacecraft reached a maximum altitude of 333,582 feet, which is approximately 63 miles above the Earth's surface, before gently landing back at Blue Origin's test facility located in Texas. Accomplishing this feat makes New Shepard the first commercial vertical rocket to launch into space twice.

It also signifies that Blue Origin has beaten its competitor SpaceX in the race to manufacture reusable space rockets. SpaceX has had two attempts at landing a space craft and it has been successful just once, nonetheless despite both company’s similar ambitions the rockets used by SpaceX and Blue Origin are both very different in design. While Blue Origin’s rocket is designed to take future passengers into suborbital space it isn’t designed to stay for too long in space.

SpaceX’s rocket on the other hand is designed to carry cargo into orbit and not only last longer in space, but go further into space than Blue Origin’s rocket. These differences in functionality and design shouldn’t however undermine the fact that Blue Origin has been able to relaunch and land its rocket in such a short turnaround period. To make this happen the company has had to make some modifications to the rocket such as replacing the parachutes in the crew capsule. These new parachutes enable the capsule to have a smoother landing. In addition to the new parachutes Blue Origin also replaced the pyro igniters in the rocket and updated the software running the rocket. These modifications played a key role in making sure that the rocket has had a seamless landing.

Reusable rockets have been heavily touted as a way to reduce costs by recycling the use of rockets instead of having to build entirely new rockets for each mission. In a statement announcing the launch Jeff Bezos expressed his fondness for powered vertical landings, such as the one employed in the launching and landing of the New Shepard rocket and he also stated that the company is in the process of developing a rocket much larger than New Shepard. Bezos went on to state that Blue Origin’s ultimate goal is to make it possible for “millions of people” to work and live in space.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne

The United States Air Force has reached out to Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. to standardize and qualify the components used in liquid fueled rockets.

Julie Van Kleek, Vice President of Advanced Space & Launch Systems has said, “It is imperative that engine manufacturers understand the qualification methodology for this revolutionary technology because of the criticality of the assets they help launch into space.”

This request by the US Air Force comes on the heels of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. winning the contracts from Boeing and NASA to begin preparations for the next phase of space travel for humans. That contract is worth an estimated $1.4 billion dollars. This proposition for 3-D Printed Rocket Engine standards is expected to be a part of a movement designed to end Pentagon’s reliance on Russian-made rockets currently being used by United Launch Alliance such as the RD-180 Atlas V Rockets.

The Air Force has prominent plans on increasing the number of contracts for US-built propulsion systems, Aerojet is in charge of drafting and implementing the industry-wide standard in regards to the manufacturing and examination process when these 3-D printed parts are required to go through it’s stringent testing phase. The standards are of the utmost importance as the testing phase is extremely demanding and requires strict adherence to protocols for it to pass due to the magnitude of space travel. Aerojet is already considered to be one of the leading manufacturers when it comes to the field of 3-D printing or additive manufacturing as they boast a considerable amount of experience as well as already implemented practices designed to reduce manufacturing time and significantly lowering production costs for components keeping the spending from becoming cost-prohibitive. Ultimately their experience coupled with the vast resources at their disposal will allow Aerojet to successfully outline an industry standard when it comes to qualifying flight components for space travel.

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Boeing recently ramped up its production of the space bound CST- 100 Starliner and to get acclimated with the new spacecraft, two of the four NASA astronauts training to fly Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft stopped by the Boeing facility to try some of the systems that will prepare them for flights to the International Space Station.The CST-100 Starliner’s first crew flight test to the space station is expected in 2017 and will be Boeing’s first commercial flight transporting of people to that destination.

While at the Boeing facility, astronauts Eric Boe and Bob Behnken focused on systems used for learning to manipulate switches and display panels. They were also able to work with devices that they will use to train for flight tests and missions.

“We have been learning about the spacecraft displays through slideshows. It’s great to finally see what we are actually going to train on,” said Boe.
“The trainers look great, and this visit gives us an opportunity to meet with the Boeing engineers. We appreciate them allowing us to give input on these trainers so the devices are ready when they arrive at Johnson Space Center.”
Behnken also went on to point out how comprehensive the training system is, stating that
“Historically, some trainers were just a simple component that might have a very specific task, this one has a lot of capability with multiple tasks coming together so it can execute more complicated training scenarios.”

Boeing is planning on delivering two of the trainers used by these astronauts to NASA in the autumn of 2016. In addition to this the aircraft manufacturer is building an immersive, high-fidelity training system that’s to be delivered to Houston’s Johnson Space Center, early next year.

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North Korea’s nuclear threats and claims have led the U.S to deploy the WC-135 Constant Phoenix to track the origin of any radioactive substances in the area around North Korean alleged hydrogen bomb test zone.  Atmospheric gatherings will be collected by the aircraft to determine whether North Korea’s nuclear test did indeed happen.  The WC- 135 has been flown by flight crews from the 45th Reconnaissance Squadron from Offutt Air Force Base. Often called by the crew the WC-135 also known as the “sniffer” or “weather bird” is known for its ability to track radioactive activity using filter papers with two scoops on the sides of the fuselage collecting Radioactive Specimens or effluent gasses. The WC-135 has been used to control compliance with nuclear weapon treaties.

The aircraft includes features to determine the radio activity in the air and even within its self. “airframes have two large supplemental charcoal filter packs, as well as HEPA/ULPA filters (we called them “lungs”) for their cabin air. When the instruments indicate contact with radioactive debris, the crew will also reduce cabin airflow to just maintain pressurization, and all personnel on board will go to 100% oxygen through their masks. They will stay on 100% O2 until activity readings drop back down into the safe levels. Everybody wears a dosimeter, and those records are monitored to prevent unsafe exposure” says Darin R Pfaff, a former WC-135 aircrew member.

WC-135 was also Dispatched after the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster in the Soviet Union in 1986 and the Fukushima accident back in 2011. Kim Jung Uns launching Rockets Earlier this year it raised alerts that it was used in Syria, detected chemical substances by the WC-135in the attacked area weeks after they were launched.

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Raytheon

Upgrades to the Raytheon-made Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense System have proven to be very effective with a recent flight test proving that the they are capable of destroying advanced threats at greater ranges. The test where performed using a Patriot system upgraded with a suite of improvements known as PDB-8 (Post Deployment Build 8) which successfully tracked and engaged a ballistic missile target with PAC-3 MSE missiles.

One of the upgrades known as the Radar Digital Processor (RDP), enables the PAC-3 MSE interceptor to realize more of its potential. This upgrade is a commercial, ruggedized, off-the-shelf processor that reduces Patriot's operations and maintenance cost while improving its previously impressive reliability by approximately 40 percent. RDP is fully digital, which means that its software can be upgraded to address future threats.

In addition to the RDP, PDB-8 also represents the first U.S. Army fielding of what is known as the Modern Man Station (MMS) and is a user interface with color LCD displays, touch screens and soft keys. Even though not the first time a Patriot partner nation has fielded MMS and RDP, PDB-8 takes full advantages of the hardware upgrades and as a result, the U.S. Army and other PDB-8 users will have the following features and benefits in their Patriot systems:

• Enhanced capability against a variety of threats • An improved Identification Friend or Foe capability • Improved radar search capability • Improved target detection and identification • A redesigned Fire Solution Computer, which enables Patriot to take advantage of the PAC-3 MSE missile capabilities • An Enhanced Weapons Computer, which is projected to provide up to 50 percent more processing power for software enhancements, allowing it to address evolving threats by using commercial off-the-shelf processors.

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AS2 Supersonic

Airbus and Aerion recently got the thumbs up on putting together a master piece known as the AS2 jet plane; traveling at supersonic speeds. The manufacturing location is not yet decided by Aerion and Airbus but is hoped by both companies to be established in the US according to Bloomberg Business. With estimated times for test flights and commercial traveling commencing in the year 2021 to 2023, this private jet is designed to have a 30 ft. cabin and feature wings that will reduce approximately 20 percent of drag.

Supersonic traveling will allow passengers to travel from place to place in record breaking times. In as little as 6 years with the AS2 Jet Plane, a flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo would take an approximate 6 hours, oppose to a 13-hour direct flight. Its unique design allows the jet to move more efficiently and reduce drag by is narrow and futuristic dimensions.

“Capacity:  Up to 12 passengers, Length: 170 feet, Wingspan: 61 feet, Height: 22 feet, Wing area 1,350 ft², Maximum speed Mach 1.5 (1,217 mph), Range: 4750 miles to 5300 miles.”Design of this private jet will consist of various assemblymen. “We see clear and achievable technical solutions to the design of a supersonic jet and a realistic road map for helping Aerion proceed toward construction and flight,” said by Airbus’ senior vice president Ken McKenzie.

Airbus providing all major components and Aerion completing the final assembly; a company supported by billionaire Robert Bass. This project is anticipated to the reach the costs of 100 million US dollars.

In the US, the AS2 jet will be restricted to reach a various speed at a lower altitude due to restrictions on sound barriers. Maximum speed being 750 mph flying overland in civilian planes. Although it is not the first of its type, this is a new frontier in supersonic traveling. Airbus is experienced first handedly creating the Concorde Airliner and retiring it after 27 years of service.

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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.

"This is a tremendous accomplishment, and I couldn't be more proud of our team," said Epic CEO Doug King. "We achieved our goal to fly FT1 by the end of the year, thanks to the hard work, long hours and dedicated commitment of our entire staff."

Epic’s E1000 offers a “jet-class performance” powered by its 1200 HP Pratt & Whitney PT6A-67A engine. The aircraft can ascend at a rate of 3,000 feet per minute while fully loaded, with a maximum ceiling of 34,000 feet. It also boasts a range of greater than 1,650 nautical miles carrying a payload of over 1,120 pounds fully fueled. The spacious interior will remind pilots and passengers of a luxury car. FT1 testing will continue over the next several months, assessing general handling qualities, operational performance, systems operations in normal mode, failure scenarios, extreme conditions and Flight into Known Icing (FIKI) requirements. ASAP-Aerospace, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of aircraft parts. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current parts at http://www.asap-aerospace.com/. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com or call toll free at 714-705-4780 for a quote.


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AugustaWestland

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.

In this new structure Finmeccanica will now consist of four sectors and seven divisions. The following four sectors will be helicopters; aerospace; electronics, defense and security systems; and space. While the seven divisions will consist of helicopters; aircraft; aerostructures; avionics systems and space; defense electronics land and naval; defense systems; and security systems and information. These seven divisions will handle business delivery with full responsibility for managing their own operations and finances.

As a part of this corporate reorganization plan that merges Finmeccanica's aerospace, defense and security assets, AgustaWestland has been recently renamed Finmeccanica Helicopters. The combined company is expected to achieve various synergies and economies of scale. The announcement was made at the end of December and took effect on January 1st 2016.

“We are proud of the work accomplished, which has allowed us to introduce the new organizational and operational model of the group,” said Finmeccanica CEO Mauro Moretti.
“This will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the activities of Finmeccanica, reducing operating costs, thanks to maximizing economies of scale and synergies. With this one company, Finmeccanica consolidates its competitive position in international markets [for] aerospace, defense and security, increasingly complex and global, leveraging areas of technology leadership and product enhanced by belonging to one large industrial group.”

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Airbus-neo

 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.

The A320neo is considered a narrow-body jetliner. The A320neo is considered a revamped version of the A320. Airbus tacked on the neo as it is an acronym of ‘new engine option.’ The original deadline for the A320neo was supposed to be delivered by the tail end of 2015.

The German carrier, Deutsche Lufthansa, was going to be the recipient of the first A320neo however, upon talking with Airbus, Airbus made the decision to delay the delivery. Lufthansa said it had agreed with Airbus to delay the delivery to the start of 2016 due to "technical complexities". An Airbus spokesman states that they are in the works of delivering the plane in a timely manner.

"Discussions are continuing such that when we deliver the plane, it is truly operational in the Lufthansa fleet,” says the Airbus spokesman.

Qatar Airways also planned for the A320neo however they expressed uncertainty over the Pratt & Whitney engines. In addition to Deutsche Lufthansa, the engine market Pratt & Whitney, who manufactures the PW1100G geared turbofan engine in the A320neo, also agreed to the delay of the narrow body jetliner.

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MUOS Satellite

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.

“The satellite joins MUOS-1, MUOS-2 and MUOS-3, launched respectively in 2012, 2013 and January 2015, and four required MUOS ground stations. MUOS-5, an on-orbit spare, also will be launched next year,”stated Lockheed Martin.

MUOS-4 is the penultimate satellite as part of the $7.3 billion, five satellite program slated to replace the 1990s-era Ultra High Frequency Follow-On (UFO) constellation. The new satellites promise ten times the transfer rates of the UFO net with speeds of up to 384 kbs. The fifth MUOS satellite that will function as a spare will launch sometime next year. The five MUOS satellites will plan to be used in conjunction with ground stations Hawaii, Italy, Western Australia and Chesapeake, Va.

For MUOS, Lockheed Martin is building on its proven record of providing progressively advanced spacecraft for protected, narrowband, and wideband military satellite communications. Lockheed Martin built the legacy Milstar protected communications satellites, as well as the Defense Satellite Communications Systems (DSCS) wideband communications spacecraft for the U.S. Air Force. Lockheed Martin is also the prime contractor on the U.S. Air Force’s Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) program, a next-generation military satellite communications system to deliver vastly improved global, survivable, highly secure, protected communications capabilities for strategic command and tactical warfighters operating on ground, sea and air platforms.

“The most dangerous part of a satellite’s life is launch and getting into orbit. I really want to thank our entire team whose hard work prepared MUOS-4 for this mission-critical event and the Atlas team who ultimately carried us safely to our transfer orbit,” said Iris Bombelyn, vice president of Narrowband Communications at Lockheed Martin. “We look forward to completing our on-orbit health checks and delivering this important asset to the U.S. Navy and these new capabilities to our mobile forces.”

While the network is well on its way, future radios that would use the constellation are far from settled.

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