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April 05, 2015

Orbital ATK Successfully Launches Scientific Balloon Flight

First Since Since Recent NASA Contract Award

Orbital ATK has successfully launched its first scientific balloon flight as the operator of NASA’s balloon program. The company supported NASA’s super pressure balloon (SPB) launch from New Zealand, marking the first achievement for Orbital ATK in scientific balloon operations since NASA awarded the contract in November 2014.

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DARPA Uses Open Systems To Boost Airpower

Sandell: 'Our Technological Lead Is Definitely Threatened'

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is unveiling a new program to boost U.S. air superiority by separating payloads such as weapons and sensors from the main air platform, and using open-system architectures to seamlessly integrate plug-and-fly modules into any kind of platform.

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Kenya's Jambojet New Q400 Turboprop Operator In Africa

Second New Operator To Launch Service With Q400 Aircraft In Africa In 2015

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has welcomed Nairobi, Kenya-based, Jambojet Limited ("Jambojet") to the family of Q400 aircraft customers and operators following Jambojet's launch of service with a Q400 turboprop chartered from DAC Aviation. Jambojet is using the aircraft to provide service to three new destinations in Kenya's coastal region -- Lamu, Malindi and Ukunda -- from its base at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

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AirRobot, NGC Remotec Sign Distribution Agreement For UAS

Aircraft Would Be Sold Exclusively Through Northrop Grumman Subsidiary To First Responders And Law Enforcement

A distribution agreement for a line of small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) has been entered into by Northrop Grumman and AirRobot US. Under the agreement, Remotec is the sole reseller of these products to the first responder and law enforcement market in the United States.

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Airways Aviation Opens New Pilot Foundation School in Iraq

Will Be Located Near The University Of Baghdad

Aviation educator Airways Aviation is opening its latest Aviation Theory School in Baghdad later this month, paving the way for aspiring Iraqi pilots to launch their flying careers.

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Five More Dauphins To Fly Police And Fire Missions In Japan

Three Delivered, Two Under Contract

A contract for two new Airbus Helicopters Dauphins, along with deliveries of three Dauphins this month, have underscored the importance of this twin-engine aircraft family in Japan – particularly with the country’s law enforcement and firefighting agencies.

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Army Considers Laser-Based Aircraft Countermeasures

Would Provide 'Unlimited Rounds' Against MANPADS

The U.S. Army expects later this year to reach a Milestone B decision with its laser-based common infrared countermeasures, or CIRCM, defense system program.

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CAE Names Global Leader-Training Strategy For Civil Aviation

Torbjorn Wischer Tapped For The Post With The Simulator Manufacturer

CAE has named Torbjorn Wischer as Global Leader - Training Strategy for Civil Aviation, responsible for maintaining and developing CAE's position as the recognized global training partner of choice for customers in Civil Aviation. By leveraging CAE's decades of training expertise and industry credibility, he will further enhance the Company's value proposition in aviation training.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.05.15)

Aero Linx: The European Space Agency The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. ESA is an international organisation with 20 Member States. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.05.15): Radar Mosaic

Radar Mosaic A radar product that combines information from multiple radars to give a regional or national view of reflectivity or precipitation. An individual NEXRAD radar is limited to a range of about 200 miles. Typically, a mosaic product is produced for regions spanning several hundreds to several thousands of miles. Mosaic products are produced by vendors external to the NEXRAD system.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.05.15)

“The successful launch demonstrated the value of an experienced and dedicated team that will help maintain Wallops Flight Facility’s position as the world leader in scientific ballooning operations. These long duration balloon flights help provide critical scientific data, create new technologies and trigger new discoveries. The NASA/Orbital ATK team worked together seamlessly to provide the right combination of scientific ballooning and technical expertise.” Source: John Pullen, General Manager, Technical Services Division of Orbital ATK’s Space Systems Group, commenting after Orbital ATK has successfully launched its first scientific balloon flight as the operator of NASA’s balloon program. The company suppo

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