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Sun, Dec 17, 2017

Airborne 12.15.17: New Shepard Flies Again, Falcon 5X Cancelled, Flying Car Race

Also: Online Pilot Records Database, GA Security Bill, $1M 4 ERAU, Blades Aerobatic Team

Blue Origin's New Shepard made its seventh test flight Tuesday afternoon at the company's launch site in west Texas. The mission included the first test of Crew Capsule 2.0, and carried 12 commercial, research and education payloads. According to data provided by Blue Origin, the launch took place at 1059 CDT and lasted just over 10 minutes. The booster reached an apogee of 322,032 feet AGL, while the capsule continued to an apogee of 322,405 feet AGL. Dassault Aviation has initiated the termination process of the Silvercrest contract leading to the end of the Falcon 5X program, and announces the launch of a new Falcon program with an entry into service in 2022. The delivery of compliant Silvercrest engines was originally planned for the end of 2013 in accordance with the Falcon 5X flight test schedule. But Sa

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Sun, Dec 17, 2017

AMA Drone Report 12.14.17: Drone Registry, AMA Q&A, New IDRA Boss

Also: LAFD Drones, Toys For Tots FPV, Modular Racing Drone, Community College Drone Program

President Donald Trump has signed the Defense Authorization Bill that includes a reinstatement of the FAA's drone registry that was invalidated by a federal judge in May. The language was included in the $700 billion National Defense Authorization Act. The FAA released a statement, supportive of the language in the bill. "We welcome the reinstatement of registration rules for all small unmanned aircraft," the FAA said. "Ownership identification helps promote safe and responsible drone operation and is a key component to full integration." With registration coming back, AMA has summarized a few issues of immediate concern and the questions that are being raised... Q: If I already registered, do I have register again? A: You will not have to register again since this bill simply reverses the John Taylor case.

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Sun, Dec 17, 2017

Airborne-Unmanned 12.12.17: ERAU Storm Chaser, USMC Drone Insignia, Malawian UAV

Also: NLR Signs Agreement, QinetiQ, Big Bend Community College, 2nd Annual UAS Conference, Tigershark UAS

Kicking off a series of tests for its capstone project, the UAV Storm Chaser team at Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University completed its first Remote Controlled (RC) flight of a UAV on Nov. 17. Considered a “huge success,” the RC fight was used to demonstrate “all of the communication components of the UAV linking together properly, to calibrate the motors and motor controller, to get flight time, and to go through the process of setting up all of the parameters in mission planner.” The UAV Storm Chaser team is one of five teams within Embry-Riddle’s Electrical, Computer, Software, and Systems Engineering (ECSSE) Capstone Class, which is a two-semester class that provides students in their final year with project experience that mirrors what they will experie

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Sun, Dec 17, 2017

NASA Establishes Advisory Group for National Space Council

Will Advise And Inform The National Space Council On A Broad Range Of Aerospace Topics

NASA has established a new advisory group on behalf of the National Space Council that will represent the expertise, interests and perspectives of non-federal aerospace organizations to the National Space Council.

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Sun, Dec 17, 2017

Bombardier And Qazaq Air Sign Order For Two New Q400 Aircraft

Firm Order Valued At $66.8 Million

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Qazaq Air JSC of Kazakhstan has signed a firm purchase agreement for two new Q400 turboprops. Based on the list price of the Q400 aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately $66.8 million.

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Sun, Dec 17, 2017

First Light For ESPRESSO - The Next Generation Planet Hunter

Device Installed On ESO's Very Large Telescope In Chile

The Echelle SPectrograph for Rocky Exoplanet and Stable Spectroscopic Observations (ESPRESSO) has successfully made its first observations. Installed on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, ESPRESSO will search for exoplanets with unprecedented precision by looking at the minuscule changes in the light of their host stars. For the first time ever, an instrument will be able to sum up the light from all four VLT telescopes and achieve the light collecting power of a 16-metre telescope.

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Sun, Dec 17, 2017

Dallas Love Field Addresses Bird Strikes With High Tech

City Council May Spend $1.2 Million On Detection System

The number of bird strikes at Dallas Love Field is on the rise, so the city council is considering a high-tech solution that would detect birds as much as five miles from the airport. So far in 2017, there have been more than 150 bird strikes at Love Field, according to airport statistics.

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Sun, Dec 17, 2017

Military Analysts Say Russian 5th Generation Fighter Is On Hold

Su-57 Is Not Likely To Enter Serial Production Until 2027

A policy memo drafted by a senior Russian policy analyst at Harvard University says that the Russian 5th Generation Su-57 aircraft is on hold for at least a decade.

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Sun, Dec 17, 2017

Meteorites From Mars Suffer A Velocity Boost Due To The Material Pileup

Nearly 200 Meteorites From Mars Have Been Discovered On Earth

Researchers have performed numerical simulations to explore the launch mechanism of Martian meteorites. According to the knowledge of shock physics, a strong shock compression higher than 50 GPa is required to accelerate Martian materials up to the escape velocity of Mars (5 km/s). In contrast, detailed analysis of Martian meteorites shows that they suffer only 30-50 GPa during the ejection.

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Sun, Dec 17, 2017

ULA Selects L3 Technologies To Design Next-Gen Avionics Systems

Contract Valued At An Estimated $1 Billion Or More

L3 Technologies has entered into an agreement with United Launch Alliance (ULA) to become the exclusive provider of avionics and related services for its new Vulcan Centaur rocket system, delivering an estimated $1 billion-plus in mission-critical systems and services, over a 10-year period.

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