Boeing and SparkCognition to launch joint venture SkyGrid

Boeing and SparkCognition have announced plans to launch SkyGrid, a new company that will enable the future of urban aerial mobility. Based in Austin, Texas, SkyGrid will develop a software platform to ensure the safe, secure integration of autonomous cargo and passenger air vehicles in the global airspace. Using blockchain technology, AI-enabled dynamic traffic routing, data analytics and cybersecurity features, SkyGrid’s platform will go beyond unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) traffic management (UTM). The platform will enable SkyGrid customers to safely perform a broad range of missions and services using UAS, including package delivery, industrial inspections and emergency assistance. SkyGrid merges Read more

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XpressSAR selects IAI’s TecSAR technology for high-resolution X-Band satellite constellation

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and XpressSAR, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to purchase from IAI a constellation of up to four TecSAR synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites along with associated support services for launch, in-orbit testing, commissioning and establishing ground operations to control the constellation. XpressSAR, an American owned and operated company will purchase and operate the satellites in inclined orbit. IAI is responsible for the manufacturing of the satellites and other services needed to deliver a turnkey operational constellation in space.

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Airbus to build two new HOTBIRD satellites for Eutelsat

Eutelsat selects Airbus to build two HOTBIRD new generation telecommunication satellites ©Airbus

Airbus has announced it has been selected by Eutelsat, one of the world’s leading satellites operators, to build two HOTBIRD new-generation telecommunication satellites to replace current spacecraft and enhance capacity at Eutelsat’s premium broadcasting position at 13° East, improving performances over the European and Middle-Eastern footprint, reinforced by a powerful European Superbeam. The new satellites will ensure full service continuity over the operational 102 Ku-band transponders/frequencies, secure deployment and capacity redundancy; the The HOTBIRD fleet forming one of the largest broadcasting systems in Europe, which broadcasts over 1,000 television channels to more than 135 million homes in Europe, North Africa Read more

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Delta refinery to use feedstock from waste plastic

Delta has reported that a portion of the oil refined by Monroe Energy will come from synthetic feedstock converted from waste plastic, under an agreement announced last week with Agilyx, an environmental technology and development company. Under the agreement, Agilyx will supply about 2,500 barrels per day of the synthetic feedstock by 2020. “The Agilyx technology is an innovative process, reducing the amount of plastic that is currently being landfilled,” said Jeff Warmann, CEO – Monroe Energy. “I am proud that our company can play such a significant role in converting waste plastics into useful jet fuel for Delta.” Monroe, Read more

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Falko establishes leasing business in China

Falko establishes aviation leasing company in China ©Falko

Triangle (Holdings) has released that through Falko Regional Aircraft Limited, it has established an aviation leasing company – Falko (Tianjin) Leasing Co. (Falko Tianjin) – in the Dongjiang Free Trade Port (DFTP) in Tianjin, China. This makes Falko Regional Aircraft Limited the first foreign regional aircraft lessor to set up a leasing business in the DFTP. With this new entity in the DFTP, Falko Tianjin will be in the position to offer Chinese airlines more choice of regional aircraft leasing solutions. Jeremy Barnes, Chief Executive Officer of Falko Regional Aircraft Limited said: “We are extremely pleased to be the first Read more

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Aurora Flight Sciences Unveils Odysseus – a Solar-powered Autonomous Aircraft

Odysseus ©Aurora Flight Sciences

Headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, Aurora Flight Sciences (Aurora) has unveiled Odysseus, the company’s solar-powered autonomous aircraft, now the world’s most capable aircraft of its type. Combining advanced solar cells with lightweight materials, Odysseus is an ultra-long endurance, high-altitude platform which can effectively fly indefinitely, powered solely by clean, renewable energy. “Aurora was founded by the idea that technology and innovation can provide powerful solutions to tough problems that affect all of humankind. Odysseus was an idea born out of Daedalus [a 1988 human-powered 72-mile flight] that is now a real solution to advancing the important research around climate change and Read more

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Magnetic MRO cuts paper consumption, shifts to biometric e-signatures

Magnetic MRO, a global provider of Total Technical Care for aircraft operators and lessors, made a significant step towards becoming a fully paperless MRO. The company has decided to digitalize paper-based aircraft maintenance work orders, as well as introduce biometric e-signatures for aviation mechanics and other certifying staff. Paper documents made their job back in those days when there was no other reliable alternative for keeping track of aircraft maintenance works. But today, highly secure digital storage systems provide an unprecedented level of reliability and security against manipulations or unauthorized edits,” comments Jan Kotka, the COO of Magnetic MRO. “With Read more

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Israel’s technology companies join forces for the aviation industry

Israel’s ministry of economy and industry, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), CyberArk, Check Point, Cockpit Innovation, Karamba Security and ClearSky have announced a new cyber consortium for the aviation industry. The announcement was made as part of the 5th International Conference of Homeland Security and Cyber, which is organized by Israel’s Export Institute. The new consortium includes long-standing Israeli companies, which are offering a broad range of aviation, security, intelligence and cyber solutions for the global market, alongside young startups with cutting edge cyber products and technologies. The consortium was established in order to offer comprehensive, end-to-end, cyber security solutions for Read more

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PANSA and IATA announce publication of first airspace strategy for Poland

PANSA (the Polish Air Navigation Service Provider) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have announced the publication of the first edition of an Airspace Strategy for Poland (ASP). It is anticipated that the demand for aviation in Poland will double over the next 20 years to an estimated 1.5 million flights per year. In that time, passenger volumes at Polish airports may increase to 68 million passengers a year. Poland will have to modernize its airspace and air traffic management (ATM) network to service this demand, while ensuring safety and improving environmental performance, plus reducing costs and delays. Successful Read more

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New Honeywell Aerospace Safety Technology will reduce costly and sometimes fatal runway collisions

Honeywell has completed initial testing of its new safety technology that helps airlines and business jets avoid runway accidents and collisions. Developed under the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research program with program partners Airbus, Dassault and Eurocontrol, the software-based Surface Indications and Alert System (SURF IA) gives pilots visual and audio warnings about approaching hazards on the runway. In Europe, runway incursions, which can be costly and dangerous, occur at least twice daily. The technology is the latest among the safety-focused product breakthroughs and inventions that Honeywell has delivered to the aerospace industry, including SmartRunway and SmartLanding, the Read more

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