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Jaunt Air Mobility's merge with the AIRO Group (US) will provide the financial leverage and business leadership necessary to continue the development of their Journey electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) and eventually an autonomous cargo drone. During the 2021 NBAA BACE in Las Vegas, Martin Peryea, CEO of Jaunt Air Mobility, explained how joining…

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Space

‘Mars, Here We Come!’ says Elon Musk After Starship High Altitude Test Ends with a Bang

[caption id="attachment_93288" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] An image shared by SpaceX on Twitter of its Starship SN8 test flight. (SpaceX)[/caption] On Wednesday Dec. 9, SpaceX executed its most extensive test of its Starship rocket to date, demonstrating a landing flip maneuver before the rocket returned to the launch pad in a fiery crash. During the high altitude test, the Starship prototype (SN8) took off from SpaceX’s launch pad in Cameron County, Texas at 5:45 p.m. ET. SpaceX reported that SN8 successfully ascended, transitioned propellant, and performed its landing flip maneuver, demonstrating flap control to reach the landing point. The test took place after a scrub on Tuesday. The test was streamed live on YouTube, showing the rocket flip onto its side at about 4:40 after liftoff, while the flaps adjusted. The rocket then reoriented itself about 6:30 into the mission before crashing back onto the launch pad ten seconds later. [caption id="attachment_93287" align="aligncenter" width="666"] Starship rocket explodes on impact returning to Earth from a high altitude test. (Screenshot via SpaceX/YouTube)[/caption] According to NASASpaceFlight, the goal was for the rocket to reach 12.5 km in altitude after originally targeting 20 km and then reducing it to 15 km. SpaceX has not confirmed what altitude SN8 reached. Previous Starship tests have been hops of 150 m or less. Read the full story in Via Satellite, a sister publication to Avionics International.

 

Commercial

JetBlue’s A220 Takes Its First Flight

[caption id="attachment_93281" align="aligncenter" width="800"] JetBlue has ordered 70 A220 aircraft which will be delivered to New York before the end of the year. (Airbus)[/caption] JetBlue Airways completed its first test flight of Airbus’ A220-300 at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, Airbus announced in a Dec. 9 press release. The airline’s first A220 aircraft debuted this fall featuring a brand new tail fin livery called “Hops” designed by JetBlue. The aircraft will be outfitted with a single-class cabin configuration and carry passengers on many short trips together as part of a larger journey, commonly referred to as “hopping,” according to JetBlue. JetBlue has ordered a total of 70 Airbus A220s that will be delivered to their New York hub before the end of the year, according to the release. The A220 is advantageous because of the flexibility offered by its range and seating capacity. The A220 has a 50 percent reduced noise footprint and burns 25 percent less fuel burn per seat making it the quietest and cleanest aircraft in its category, according to the release. It also has 50 percent lower NOx emissions than industry standards.    

ATM Modernization

NASA Publishes RFI for UAS Cargo Operations

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Air Traffic Management – eXploration (ATM-X) is requesting information for the integration of large unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for cargo operations, according to a new contracting opportunity. The request for information (RFI) states a need for a comprehensive concept of operations for UAS cargo operations. NASA ATM-X wants to have a complete system to demonstrate for cargo UAS in 2025, according to the RFI. The RFI looks to learn about industry investment, understand the challenges, and help determine a partnership strategy with the industry for cargo UAS. Through the RFI, NASA wants to determine how to efficiently partner with the industry and obtain information about the current technological capabilities of cargo UAS. They would also want to know fiscal rough orders of magnitude (ROM) and if the industry can meet its timeline for research and development.

Military

Lockheed Martin to Join Mitsubishi for Development of New Japanese Fighter Plane

[caption id="attachment_93273" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Japan's new fighter jet will replace the F-2. (Lockheed Martin)[/caption] Lockheed Martin is working with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) to develop a new fighter plane for the Japanese Air Force which will replace Japan's F-2 fleet, Reuters reported on Dec. 11. MHI was awarded the primary contractor for the new aircraft by Japan’s Ministry of Defense in October. The new fighter jet is expected to be released in the 2030s and is projected to cost around $40 billion. Lockheed Martin had also worked with MHI to develop the F-2.

3 Companies Awarded Skyborg Prototype Contracts

The Boeing Co., General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., and Kratos Unmanned aerial Systems Inc received contracts from the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center for missionized unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) prototypes for the Skyborg Vanguard program, the Air Force announced on Dec. 10. By May 2021, the prototypes will be delivered to the Air Force for initial flight testing with the intention of experiments beginning in July 2021. The Skyborg Vanguard program aims to integrate autonomous UAVs with open systems that can fly in teaming missions with manned aircraft, according to the release. “This award is a major step forward for our game-changing Skyborg capability — this award supporting our operational experimentation is truly where concepts become realities. We will experiment to prove out this technology and to do that we will aggressively test and fly to get this capability into the hands of our warfighters,” Brig. Gen. Dale White, Program Executive Officer for Fighters and Advanced Aircraft, said in a press statement. The contract amounts varied with Boeing receiving $25,784,180, General Atomics receiving $14,317,933, and Kratos receiving $37,771,577.  

B-1B Gets Closer to Carrying Hypersonic Weapons

[caption id="attachment_92276" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] The multimission B-1B “Lancer” bomber can deliver an extraordinary quantity and diversity of weapons anywhere in the world within hours. (Boeing)[/caption] The B-1B Lancer completed a test flight at Holloman Air Force Base on Dec. 4 where it conducted an external weapon release demonstration launching an inert Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile from an external pylon underneath the fuselage, according to a Dec. 9 press release published by the U.S. Air Force. “The Air Force Test Center is enthusiastically teaming with the Air Force Global Strike Command to enable greater flexibility in bomber payloads,” Maj. Gen. Christopher Azzano, Air Force Test Center commander, said in a press statement. “Demonstration of B-1B external carriage reflects the potential to keep weapon systems in the fight with increased combat capability.” The internal bomb bay was initially modified in 2019 with “box drop” ground tests occurring in October of this year, according to the release. In November the B-1B conducted a captive carry flight. “AFTC has a long history of certifying external carriage weapons. While this type of testing is far from routine, our testers are the best in the world at managing operational and technical risk to deliver increased combat capability,” Azzano said. “I’m confident our multi-discipline teams will meet the requirements for future stores—including hypersonic weapons—while increasing operational flexibility of the bomber fleet.”    

MQ-25 Completes Test Flight with Aerial Refueling Store

[caption id="attachment_93280" align="aligncenter" width="396"] Boeing and the U.S. Navy completed a 2.5-hour test flight of the MQ-25T1 with the Cobham aerial refueling store. (Boeing)[/caption] Boeing and the U.S. Navy completed a 2.5-hour test flight of the MQ-25T1 with the Cobham aerial refueling store (ARS) taking the next step towards the development of an unmanned aerial refueler, Boeing announced in a Dec. 9 press release. The ARS was mounted under the wing to test the aircraft’s aerodynamics, according to the release. The ARS used during the test flight is also used on the F/A-18. “Having a test asset flying with an ARS gets us one big step closer in our evaluation of how MQ-25 will fulfill its primary mission in the fleet – aerial refueling,” said Capt. Chad Reed, the U.S. Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Aviation program manager. “T1 will continue to yield valuable early insights as we begin flying with F/A-18s and conduct deck handling testing aboard a carrier.”    

Air Taxi

Lilium Partners with Lufthansa Aviation Training to Select and Train pilots for Lilium Jet

[caption id="attachment_93285" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Lillium is partnering with Lufthansa Aviation Training to develop pilots for its electric air taxi jet. (Lillium)[/caption] Lilium, the Munich-based aviation company developing an all-electric, vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) for regional air mobility, announced today an industry-first partnership with Lufthansa Aviation Training (LAT, member of the Lufthansa Group). Together, Lilium and Lufthansa Aviation Training will develop a tailor made Pilot Sourcing and Training program to qualify pilots to fly the Lilium Jet. The first phase of this innovative program consists of bespoke Lilium type rating training certification for qualified commercial pilots. It will harness technologies including Mixed and Virtual Reality (MR/VR) opening possibilities to recreate the program worldwide and enabling a stable pipeline of qualified pilots to support the growth of the company and the industry. “Opening a new professional segment for pilots of the future is a challenge we have long been excited to undertake and Lufthansa Aviation Training is the perfect partner. Their insights, experience and dedication to forward-thinking training concepts ensure that our pilots will be selected and trained to the highest calibre, an industry standard which we will establish through this partnership," Remo Gerber, Chief Operating Officer, Lilium said, commenting on the new partnership.

Urban Air Mobility ATM Startup Gets 2.9 Million Euro Investment

[caption id="attachment_92815" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] D3 AVCS will provide flexibility within their routes offering pilots multiple options when available and could work within something similar to the corridors which the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the U.S. has offered. (D3 Technologies)[/caption] D3 Technologies, Munich-based urban air mobility (UAM) startup creating an integrated traffic management system, received 2.9 million euros in investments completing its Seed II funding round and allowing it to build its first pilot application in 2021, the company announced on Dec. 9. D3 Technologies integrated traffic management system will assist in integrating air taxis into the national airspace as the UAM market grows. The ground station, communications solution, and onboard blue box will be installed into test regions in 2022, according to the release. "For urban air traffic to be able to carry passengers, a paradigm shift in air traffic management is needed,” Corvin Huber, D3 Technologies CEO, said in a press statement. “With D3 Technologies, we are developing a rule-based method for handling man-carrying urban traffic, suggesting a system architecture that follows the required rules, and making a suggestion for means of compliance. In 2021, with the help of our partners, we will lay the foundation for air taxis to take off.” Companies who invested in the Seed II funding stage include Vector Venture Capital GmbH, the lead investor, SEK Ventures GmbH, EIT KIC Urban Mobility, and Mutschler Ventures AG, according to the release. "We share the belief of the D3 aviation engineers: In 10 to 15 years, there will be so much traffic over urban areas that solutions as defined today will not be sufficient,” Uwe Gerlinger, Managing Director of Vector Venture Capital GmbH, said in a press statement. “We believe that a highly automated traffic management system is necessary to enable aircraft of the future to share a rather small and crowded airspace. We are investing in D3 because the start-up sees the bigger picture.”   [post_title] => What's Trending in Aerospace - December 13, 2020 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => whats-trending-aerospace-dec-13-2020 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-12-11 15:46:20 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-12-11 20:46:20 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.aviationtoday.com/?p=93272 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 91713 [post_author] => 23 [post_date] => 2020-09-13 09:45:27 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-09-13 13:45:27 [post_content] => Check out the Sep. 13 edition of What's Trending in Aerospace, where editors and contributors for Avionics International bring you some of the latest headlines happening across the global aerospace industry.

Commercial Aviation

New Airbus Project to Evaluate Wake Energy Retrieval Conops

[caption id="attachment_91753" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] The Airbus "fello’fly" project will evaluate the use of Wake Energy Retrieval (WER) flying, where a follower aircraft will retrieve the energy lost by the wake of a leader aircraft, by flying in the smooth updraft of air it creates. (Airbus)[/caption] Under new agreements signed with two airlines and several air navigation service providers (ANSPs), Airbus will evaluate the use of Wake Energy Retrieval (WER) to reduce aircraft emissions. The company confirmed agreements with Frenchbee and SAS Scandinavian Airlines, as well as France’s Direction des Services de la Navigation Aérienne (DSNA), the UK’s NATS and Eurocontrol for their new “fello’fly” project in a Sept. 9 press release. “WER replicates the behavior of birds, which fly together to reduce their energy consumption. The technique of a follower aircraft retrieving energy lost by a leader, by flying in the smooth updraft of air the wake creates, reduces fuel consumption in the range of 5-10 percent per trip,” Airbus said. Flight testing will take place throughout 2020 using two Airbus A350 aircraft, with the involvement of the airlines and ANSPs as early as 2021 in an oceanic airspace.

Eurocontrol Publishes Study Outlining COVID-19 Impact on Airport Operations

[caption id="attachment_91754" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Eurocontrol's new study included participation from London Heathrow Airport, shown here where a hygiene technician checks a passenger kiosk. (Heathrow Airports Limited)[/caption] A new study published by Eurocontrol, “Impact assessment of COVID-19 Measures on Airport Performance,” to provide an in-depth understanding of the impact of COVID-19 travel restrictions, regulations and guidelines on how airports manager passengers and aircraft. The study focuses on terminal operations, including how many minutes physical distancing, testing and new check-in procedures have added to the overall flow of passengers through airports. “Six external partners largely contributed to the project: ACI EUROPE and IATA, and 4 airports, namely Paris Charles-de-Gaulle, London Heathrow, Stuttgart and Swedavia airports,” according to Eurocontrol. “As far as departures are concerned, the compulsory COVID measures might add up to 10 minutes to the passengers’ journey,” the study says. “One concern is the suitable provision of staff to support the COVID measures, especially to compensate a reduced security control throughput which, if not addressed, could lead to backing up passengers into the terminal areas.” Check out the full 138-page study here.

FAA Hosts Virtual Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting

The Federal Aviation Administration is hosting a Zoom virtual meeting of the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) Monday Sept. 14, starting with a “Call to Order” at 8:45 A.M. ET. The meeting will feature a keynote address from Major General DeAnna M. Burt, Director of Operations and Communications, Headquarters United States Space Force. Interested viewers can register for the free meeting here. Check out the full agenda for the meeting here.

Business Aviation

Shift5 to Provide Cybersecurity Onboard Aerion AS2 Avionics

[caption id="attachment_58159" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Aerion’s AS2 supersonic business jet design is ready to begin wind tunnel testing this month according to a Sept. 10 press release. (Aerion)[/caption] Aerion Supersonic has a new partnership with Shift5 to increase the “cyber resiliency” of the onboard electronics for their AS2 business jet, according to a Sept. 10 press release. The Florida-based company describes itself as a supplier of cyber defense for embedded internal networks used by “operational technology platforms such as planes, trains, and tanks.” Under the new partnership, Shift5 will “enhance the cyber resiliency of the AS2's avionics and other onboard networks through expert design review and enable optional integration of its cyber monitoring products to the aircraft.” "Aerion is setting new standards in the aerospace community on cyber monitoring and advanced security of onboard electronics, something we see as a standard feature in years to come. Shift5 is thrilled to collaborate with Aerion on the cyber resiliency of their primary aviation platform, the AS2, and continue to build better data and security products to protect transportation" said Michael Weigand, President of Shift5.

Military

Agile Condor Pod to Go Through Classified Testing Over Next Year

[caption id="attachment_91755" align="aligncenter" width="1202"] A General Atomics' MQ-9 Reaper with an Agile Condor pod under wing (General Atomics)[/caption] The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Agile Condor wide area surveillance pod is to undergo classified testing over the next year after a recent flight on the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper at GA-ASI’s Flight Test and Training Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota, according to the Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC). “The Agile Condor pod is a critical component of a lot of different programs of which we’re part,” U.S. Army Col. Brad Boyd, chief of joint warfighting operations for JAIC, told reporters on Sept. 10. “Our project, called Smart Sensor, is interacting with [Project] Maven as well as the Air Force on developing the Agile Condor pod capability to enable essentially autonomous tracking of whatever you want on the battlefield, theoretically.” Check out the full article in Defense Daily, a sister publication to Avionics International.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

FAA Chooses Airports to Host Counter-UAS Testing As Drone Sightings Rise

The Federal Aviation Administration will select four airports nationwide to host some of its testing and evaluation of drone detection and mitigation systems as the agency works toward eventually publishing standards around safe and effective use of such systems near airports. On Aug. 21, the FAA released a solicitation looking for at least 10 drone detection and/or mitigation systems to be tested over a period of up to 24 months, beginning in early 2021 at Atlantic City International Airport (KACY). Systems that “graduate” from initial testing will then be moved to one or more participating airports for additional evaluation. At least one of the four selected airports “must rank in the top 10 of the FAA’s most recent Passenger Boarding Data,” according to the agency’s release. The FAA intends to select four airports with unique operational environments to best understand how drone detection and mitigation systems are affected by variables such as geography, noise, airport infrastructure, interference and proximity to metropolitan areas. “The four selected airport operators’ properties must be at least 2,300 acres, which is the same size of the property the FAA intends to use for testing and evaluation as part of Phase 1 at KACY,” the solicitation states. “The FAA expects the UAS detection technologies to cover 2,300 acres of the selected airport operator’s Air Operations Area (AOA) and as much surrounding area as possible with a general goal of reaching approximately 5 miles out from the center point of the AOA. The FAA expects the mitigation technologies to protect the AOA.”  

Volansi's VOLY C10 Selected for Use in North Dakota's Statewide BVLOS Testing

North Dakota's Northern Plains UAS Test Site (NPUASTS) will use Volansi's VOLY C10 eVTOL drone for site acceptance testing and use case development for the state's beyond visual line of site network. Collins Aerospace, L3 Technologies and Thales USA were recently selected to build out the physical infrastructure for the network. The VOLY C10 was selected because it is expected to allow for the integration of numerous technologies, including command-and-control and onboard detect-and-avoid, as well as the flexibility to support various payloads needed for testing different use cases. It is also in the the process to obtain an FAA durability and reliability type certification. “Volansi’s proposal was impressive,” said Jim Cieplak, program manager of the statewide BVLOS network through the NPUASTS. “We feel confident that the VOLY C10 will not only meet our needs in testing the earliest stages of network deployment, but will support the integration of new technology as the project evolves.”  

Sustainability

Government Attendees at First-Ever Sustainable Business Aviation Fuels Summit

U.S. government leaders will join the Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF Coalition) on Sept. 14-15 for the first-ever Sustainable Business Aviation Fuels Summit. Members of government attending the summit include U.S. Reps. Garret Graves (R-6-LA) and Rick Larsen (D-2-WA) and Acting U.S. Under Secretary for Transportation Policy Joel Szabat. The officials will join others from government, as well as manufacturers, producers, providers/FBOs and operators, to discuss how to increase the production, availability and use of SAF, the cleaner-burning alternative fuel which, on a gallon-per-gallon basis, often reduces net lifecycle CO2 emissions in excess of 50%, versus conventional jet fuel.  

Investment

Toyota Research Institute Launches $800M Global Investment Fund

Earlier this year, automaker Toyota presented at the Consumer Electronics Show on its vision of mobility and life in a "woven city" created at the base of Mount Fuji. The company's future-looking activities expand far beyond the scope of cars, with its strategic venture arm Toyota AI Venture — an early supporter in Joby Aviation, one of the leaders in electric VTOL flight — as well as many other sensing, shipping and robotics companies. Now, Toyota has formed an $800 million growth fund it calls Woven Capital to provide larger, later-stage investments into companies developing new technologies and business models in the mobility space. Toyota identified autonomous mobility, automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, data and analytics, connectivity, and smart cities as areas it intends to focus on. 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BVLOS Commercial Drone Flights Launch at Grand Sky [caption id="attachment_70541" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson at Grand Sky. (NINE18 Photography)[/caption] Large UAS testing without the need for a chase plane could save big money for companies like General Atomics. Read all about the launch of the country's first FAA-sanctioned beyond-visual-line-of-sight program for large commercial drones, made possible by a partnership between multiple companies and the Grand Forks Air Force Base.   9. Is this Electric VTOL Drone the Future of Aerial Infrastructure Inspection? [caption id="attachment_69831" align="aligncenter" width="300"] SkyX's SkyTwo drone. (SkyX)[/caption] The second version of an autonomous, electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing, data gathering drone is out. See how the company behind it aims to upset the asset inspection industry.   8. U.S. Air Force to Use New Supercomputer for Neuromorphic Supercomputer for AI Research [caption id="attachment_69901" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Blue Raven. (AFRL)[/caption] IBM and the Air Force Research Laboratory are using a new supercomputer setup based on IBM/DARPA-developed neuromorphic processors to research machine learning for use in aerospace.   7. FAA: Why Most Drone Waiver Applications Crash and Burn [caption id="attachment_65824" align="aligncenter" width="300"] (FAA)[/caption] The FAA has an ongoing series of webinars to help operators comply with its Part 107 rule and submit successful waiver applications. Learn why most fail and how to increase your chances of approval.   6. Boeing AvionX to Develop Flight Controls, Navigation Technology Under New President [caption id="attachment_70339" align="aligncenter" width="296"] Brendan Curran (PRNews/Boeing)[/caption] It has been a while since Boeing announced the formation of an avionics division. This month, the company finally told the world who would run that business and where it would fall in the aerospace leader's hierarchy.   5. Alaska Hacked Like Equifax: Industry Needs to Evolve to Prevent Repeat [caption id="attachment_70915" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The liveries of Alaska Airlines and Virgin America. (PRNewsFoto/Alaska Air Group)[/caption] Alaska Airlines was the victim of a cybersecurity breach. The head of their cybersecurity team talks about why that happened, what they learned, and what needs to change in the aviation industry to keep the same thing from happening again.   4. Meet Allegiant's First Flight Operations Performance Engineer [caption id="attachment_54089" align="aligncenter" width="300"] (Allegiant)[/caption] Every week, we profile an engineer working in the aviation industry. On August 4, we published a conversation with Allegiant Air's Sid Ravuru, who is helping the carrier get more out of its data.   3. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Final Report Inconclusive [caption id="attachment_40507" align="aligncenter" width="300"] (Malaysia Air)[/caption] The final report from the tragic MH370 flight was filed, but closure is still out of reach. See what conclusions the investigative team was able to draw.   2. Boeing CFO Talks Services Industry, NMA, Acquisitions [caption id="attachment_60942" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Boeing 737 MAX 7. (Boeing)[/caption] In the wake of Boeing's second fiscal quarter, CFO Greg Smith talked about the company's position in the industry, re-thinking strategies on plane-making, and how that informs deals such as the one with Embraer ahead of the much-anticipated new mid-market aircraft.   1. F-35: Under the Helmet of the World's Most Advanced Fighter [caption id="attachment_70745" align="aligncenter" width="300"] A pilot's-eye view from the F-35 HMDS. (K2 Communications Inc.)[/caption] The month's top story was an in-depth look at the fifth-generation strike fighter's $400,000 helmet system. 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UTC Aerospace Systems relaunched the company's Aircraft Data Management solution as InteliSight™ with added functionality that integrates hardware and software applications to deliver critical data, and communication links including access to real-time weather and aircraft health and performance information, to flight crews and airline operators. Access to this data allows operators to avoid turbulent weather, increasing safety and enhancing passenger experience, in addition to aircraft component health monitoring which can improve operational efficiency. The InteliSight platform is aircraft and mobile technology agnostic and can be tailored to specific operator requirements. The platform has been certified on a wide range of aircraft platforms and validated with major global airworthiness authorities.
Intelligent flight for airlines requires collecting, analyzing and delivering the right data to the right people, at the right time, in order to make decisions that will improve safety, situational awareness and/or operating efficiency, all while reducing crew and operator workloads. The InteliSight platform integrates and delivers actionable data via the aircraft interface device (AID) in conjunction with mobile and/or hosted applications to enable flight crews and ground operations to make decisions ranging from optimal flight profiles to predictive maintenance. The open platform design of the AID allows operators to host various applications from a range of providers, including those developed by UTC Aerospace Systems and third parties. The ability to host these applications will help expand the functionality of the AID throughout the life of the aircraft. With a focused shift to proactive strategies through advanced data and predictive analytics, the InteliSight platform cost effectively gives operators the ability to solve current and future challenges. With a modular and scalable hardware platform that's upgradeable via on-wing software updates, InteliSight can adapt to technology advancements and ongoing user needs. "UTC Aerospace Systems has a longstanding history of enabling safe, cost-effective and technologically advanced flight operations," said Steve Rausch, general manager for sensors and integrated systems. "The InteliSight platform is at the core of our aircraft data management system, providing each operator the critical data they need to optimize flight operations and minimize disruptions from unscheduled maintenance." For more information about InteliSight visit utcaerospacesystemsefb.com.
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Space

‘Mars, Here We Come!’ says Elon Musk After Starship High Altitude Test Ends with a Bang

[caption id="attachment_93288" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] An image shared by SpaceX on Twitter of its Starship SN8 test flight. (SpaceX)[/caption] On Wednesday Dec. 9, SpaceX executed its most extensive test of its Starship rocket to date, demonstrating a landing flip maneuver before the rocket returned to the launch pad in a fiery crash. During the high altitude test, the Starship prototype (SN8) took off from SpaceX’s launch pad in Cameron County, Texas at 5:45 p.m. ET. SpaceX reported that SN8 successfully ascended, transitioned propellant, and performed its landing flip maneuver, demonstrating flap control to reach the landing point. The test took place after a scrub on Tuesday. The test was streamed live on YouTube, showing the rocket flip onto its side at about 4:40 after liftoff, while the flaps adjusted. The rocket then reoriented itself about 6:30 into the mission before crashing back onto the launch pad ten seconds later. [caption id="attachment_93287" align="aligncenter" width="666"] Starship rocket explodes on impact returning to Earth from a high altitude test. (Screenshot via SpaceX/YouTube)[/caption] According to NASASpaceFlight, the goal was for the rocket to reach 12.5 km in altitude after originally targeting 20 km and then reducing it to 15 km. SpaceX has not confirmed what altitude SN8 reached. Previous Starship tests have been hops of 150 m or less. Read the full story in Via Satellite, a sister publication to Avionics International.

 

Commercial

JetBlue’s A220 Takes Its First Flight

[caption id="attachment_93281" align="aligncenter" width="800"] JetBlue has ordered 70 A220 aircraft which will be delivered to New York before the end of the year. (Airbus)[/caption] JetBlue Airways completed its first test flight of Airbus’ A220-300 at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, Airbus announced in a Dec. 9 press release. The airline’s first A220 aircraft debuted this fall featuring a brand new tail fin livery called “Hops” designed by JetBlue. The aircraft will be outfitted with a single-class cabin configuration and carry passengers on many short trips together as part of a larger journey, commonly referred to as “hopping,” according to JetBlue. JetBlue has ordered a total of 70 Airbus A220s that will be delivered to their New York hub before the end of the year, according to the release. The A220 is advantageous because of the flexibility offered by its range and seating capacity. The A220 has a 50 percent reduced noise footprint and burns 25 percent less fuel burn per seat making it the quietest and cleanest aircraft in its category, according to the release. It also has 50 percent lower NOx emissions than industry standards.    

ATM Modernization

NASA Publishes RFI for UAS Cargo Operations

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Air Traffic Management – eXploration (ATM-X) is requesting information for the integration of large unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for cargo operations, according to a new contracting opportunity. The request for information (RFI) states a need for a comprehensive concept of operations for UAS cargo operations. NASA ATM-X wants to have a complete system to demonstrate for cargo UAS in 2025, according to the RFI. The RFI looks to learn about industry investment, understand the challenges, and help determine a partnership strategy with the industry for cargo UAS. Through the RFI, NASA wants to determine how to efficiently partner with the industry and obtain information about the current technological capabilities of cargo UAS. They would also want to know fiscal rough orders of magnitude (ROM) and if the industry can meet its timeline for research and development.

Military

Lockheed Martin to Join Mitsubishi for Development of New Japanese Fighter Plane

[caption id="attachment_93273" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Japan's new fighter jet will replace the F-2. (Lockheed Martin)[/caption] Lockheed Martin is working with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) to develop a new fighter plane for the Japanese Air Force which will replace Japan's F-2 fleet, Reuters reported on Dec. 11. MHI was awarded the primary contractor for the new aircraft by Japan’s Ministry of Defense in October. The new fighter jet is expected to be released in the 2030s and is projected to cost around $40 billion. Lockheed Martin had also worked with MHI to develop the F-2.

3 Companies Awarded Skyborg Prototype Contracts

The Boeing Co., General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., and Kratos Unmanned aerial Systems Inc received contracts from the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center for missionized unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) prototypes for the Skyborg Vanguard program, the Air Force announced on Dec. 10. By May 2021, the prototypes will be delivered to the Air Force for initial flight testing with the intention of experiments beginning in July 2021. The Skyborg Vanguard program aims to integrate autonomous UAVs with open systems that can fly in teaming missions with manned aircraft, according to the release. “This award is a major step forward for our game-changing Skyborg capability — this award supporting our operational experimentation is truly where concepts become realities. We will experiment to prove out this technology and to do that we will aggressively test and fly to get this capability into the hands of our warfighters,” Brig. Gen. Dale White, Program Executive Officer for Fighters and Advanced Aircraft, said in a press statement. The contract amounts varied with Boeing receiving $25,784,180, General Atomics receiving $14,317,933, and Kratos receiving $37,771,577.  

B-1B Gets Closer to Carrying Hypersonic Weapons

[caption id="attachment_92276" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] The multimission B-1B “Lancer” bomber can deliver an extraordinary quantity and diversity of weapons anywhere in the world within hours. (Boeing)[/caption] The B-1B Lancer completed a test flight at Holloman Air Force Base on Dec. 4 where it conducted an external weapon release demonstration launching an inert Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile from an external pylon underneath the fuselage, according to a Dec. 9 press release published by the U.S. Air Force. “The Air Force Test Center is enthusiastically teaming with the Air Force Global Strike Command to enable greater flexibility in bomber payloads,” Maj. Gen. Christopher Azzano, Air Force Test Center commander, said in a press statement. “Demonstration of B-1B external carriage reflects the potential to keep weapon systems in the fight with increased combat capability.” The internal bomb bay was initially modified in 2019 with “box drop” ground tests occurring in October of this year, according to the release. In November the B-1B conducted a captive carry flight. “AFTC has a long history of certifying external carriage weapons. While this type of testing is far from routine, our testers are the best in the world at managing operational and technical risk to deliver increased combat capability,” Azzano said. “I’m confident our multi-discipline teams will meet the requirements for future stores—including hypersonic weapons—while increasing operational flexibility of the bomber fleet.”    

MQ-25 Completes Test Flight with Aerial Refueling Store

[caption id="attachment_93280" align="aligncenter" width="396"] Boeing and the U.S. Navy completed a 2.5-hour test flight of the MQ-25T1 with the Cobham aerial refueling store. (Boeing)[/caption] Boeing and the U.S. Navy completed a 2.5-hour test flight of the MQ-25T1 with the Cobham aerial refueling store (ARS) taking the next step towards the development of an unmanned aerial refueler, Boeing announced in a Dec. 9 press release. The ARS was mounted under the wing to test the aircraft’s aerodynamics, according to the release. The ARS used during the test flight is also used on the F/A-18. “Having a test asset flying with an ARS gets us one big step closer in our evaluation of how MQ-25 will fulfill its primary mission in the fleet – aerial refueling,” said Capt. Chad Reed, the U.S. Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Aviation program manager. “T1 will continue to yield valuable early insights as we begin flying with F/A-18s and conduct deck handling testing aboard a carrier.”    

Air Taxi

Lilium Partners with Lufthansa Aviation Training to Select and Train pilots for Lilium Jet

[caption id="attachment_93285" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Lillium is partnering with Lufthansa Aviation Training to develop pilots for its electric air taxi jet. (Lillium)[/caption] Lilium, the Munich-based aviation company developing an all-electric, vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) for regional air mobility, announced today an industry-first partnership with Lufthansa Aviation Training (LAT, member of the Lufthansa Group). Together, Lilium and Lufthansa Aviation Training will develop a tailor made Pilot Sourcing and Training program to qualify pilots to fly the Lilium Jet. The first phase of this innovative program consists of bespoke Lilium type rating training certification for qualified commercial pilots. It will harness technologies including Mixed and Virtual Reality (MR/VR) opening possibilities to recreate the program worldwide and enabling a stable pipeline of qualified pilots to support the growth of the company and the industry. “Opening a new professional segment for pilots of the future is a challenge we have long been excited to undertake and Lufthansa Aviation Training is the perfect partner. Their insights, experience and dedication to forward-thinking training concepts ensure that our pilots will be selected and trained to the highest calibre, an industry standard which we will establish through this partnership," Remo Gerber, Chief Operating Officer, Lilium said, commenting on the new partnership.

Urban Air Mobility ATM Startup Gets 2.9 Million Euro Investment

[caption id="attachment_92815" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] D3 AVCS will provide flexibility within their routes offering pilots multiple options when available and could work within something similar to the corridors which the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the U.S. has offered. (D3 Technologies)[/caption] D3 Technologies, Munich-based urban air mobility (UAM) startup creating an integrated traffic management system, received 2.9 million euros in investments completing its Seed II funding round and allowing it to build its first pilot application in 2021, the company announced on Dec. 9. D3 Technologies integrated traffic management system will assist in integrating air taxis into the national airspace as the UAM market grows. The ground station, communications solution, and onboard blue box will be installed into test regions in 2022, according to the release. "For urban air traffic to be able to carry passengers, a paradigm shift in air traffic management is needed,” Corvin Huber, D3 Technologies CEO, said in a press statement. “With D3 Technologies, we are developing a rule-based method for handling man-carrying urban traffic, suggesting a system architecture that follows the required rules, and making a suggestion for means of compliance. In 2021, with the help of our partners, we will lay the foundation for air taxis to take off.” Companies who invested in the Seed II funding stage include Vector Venture Capital GmbH, the lead investor, SEK Ventures GmbH, EIT KIC Urban Mobility, and Mutschler Ventures AG, according to the release. "We share the belief of the D3 aviation engineers: In 10 to 15 years, there will be so much traffic over urban areas that solutions as defined today will not be sufficient,” Uwe Gerlinger, Managing Director of Vector Venture Capital GmbH, said in a press statement. “We believe that a highly automated traffic management system is necessary to enable aircraft of the future to share a rather small and crowded airspace. We are investing in D3 because the start-up sees the bigger picture.”   [post_title] => What's Trending in Aerospace - December 13, 2020 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => whats-trending-aerospace-dec-13-2020 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-12-11 15:46:20 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-12-11 20:46:20 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.aviationtoday.com/?p=93272 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [comment_count] => 0 [current_comment] => -1 [found_posts] => 8 [max_num_pages] => 2 [max_num_comment_pages] => 0 [is_single] => [is_preview] => [is_page] => [is_archive] => [is_date] => [is_year] => [is_month] => [is_day] => [is_time] => [is_author] => [is_category] => [is_tag] => [is_tax] => [is_search] => [is_feed] => [is_comment_feed] => [is_trackback] => [is_home] => 1 [is_privacy_policy] => [is_404] => [is_embed] => [is_paged] => [is_admin] => [is_attachment] => [is_singular] => [is_robots] => [is_posts_page] => [is_post_type_archive] => [query_vars_hash:WP_Query:private] => fbd739e137c1df6a08963c374816f99f [query_vars_changed:WP_Query:private] => 1 [thumbnails_cached] => [stopwords:WP_Query:private] => [compat_fields:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => query_vars_hash [1] => query_vars_changed ) [compat_methods:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => init_query_flags [1] => parse_tax_query ) [tribe_is_event] => [tribe_is_multi_posttype] => [tribe_is_event_category] => [tribe_is_event_venue] => [tribe_is_event_organizer] => [tribe_is_event_query] => [tribe_is_past] => )

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