Aerospace Daily & Defense Report

Aviation Week Staff Oct 03, 2023

The next mission, Chang’e 6, which is intended to return the first samples from the lunar far side, is expected to launch in May.

Space

By Steve Trimble Oct 02, 2023

The image released by the 412th Test Wing shows a portion of the missile where the solid rocket motor of the booster stage connects to the exhaust section.

Missile Defense & Weapons

By Garrett Reim Oct 02, 2023

Astroscale Japan has received an $80 million grant from the Japanese government to “image and diagnose” a large, defunct satellite.

Commercial Space

By Mark Carreau Oct 02, 2023

Congress has authorized ISS operations through 2030.

Space

Aviation Week Staff Oct 02, 2023

Financing issues are delaying development of a new Russian space station in low Earth orbit.

Space

By Steve Trimble Oct 02, 2023

Acquire thousands of cheap drones within a few years by empowering combatant commands and defense-wide agencies, Anduril's Chris Brose says.

Missile Defense & Weapons

By Michael Bruno Oct 02, 2023

The list of to-do tasks for the surprising new chief executive of leading aerostructures supplier Spirit AeroSystems is clear and daunting.

Aircraft & Propulsion

By Angus Batey Oct 02, 2023

Insurance is vital for any business to obtain, but convincing an insurer to take a risk on an unprecedented product may be trickier than inventing new tech.

Advanced Air Mobility

By Angus Batey Oct 02, 2023

A German startup is aiming to prove that low-cost regional airlines can be disruptors.

Advanced Air Mobility

By Mark Carreau Oct 02, 2023

NASA plans to extend its New Horizons mission, the first to conduct a close flyby of distant Pluto and its moons, until the end of the decade with a focus on gathering data on solar activity and its influences across the Solar System.

Space

By Steve Trimble Oct 02, 2023

The milestone clears the Joint Program Office to seek a decision on full-rate production status for the family of Lockheed Martin F-35 fighters.

Aircraft & Propulsion

By Thierry Dubois Oct 02, 2023

The need to redesign the Vega-C light- to medium-lift launcher’s second stage nozzle is causing another delay for the fledgling program.

Space

By Tony Osborne Oct 02, 2023

Slovakia has 14 Block 70-model fighters on order to replace its Soviet-era Mikoyan MiG-29s that were withdrawn last year and transferred to Ukraine.

Aircraft & Propulsion

By Tony Osborne Oct 02, 2023

The two-seat Rafale B was formally transferred on Oct. 2 during a ceremony at the Mont-de-Marsan air base, where Croatian pilots are being trained on the type.

Aircraft & Propulsion

By Tony Osborne Oct 02, 2023

Leonardo Helicopters says it has handed over the 56th and final aircraft, a NATO Frigate Helicopter version of the NH90 for the Italian Navy.

Aircraft & Propulsion

By Sean Broderick Sep 29, 2023

Reports suggest recent occurrences are more significant than routine jamming; EASA and FAA have issued special alerts to operators and other authorities.

Safety, Ops & Regulation

By Garrett Reim Sep 29, 2023

Gitai’s 1.5-m-long autonomous dual robotic arm system (S2) has successfully passed all NASA safety reviews for its planned International Space Station external demonstration.

Space

By Steve Trimble Sep 29, 2023

The settlement includes a $1.539 million payment to whistleblowers who sued Boeing on behalf of the U.S. Defense Department for allegedly making false claims.

Multi-Mission Aircraft

By Angus Batey Sep 29, 2023

The rules, regulations and parameters within which vertiports will operate are all works in progress.

Advanced Air Mobility

By Steve Trimble Sep 29, 2023

The request for information published on Sept. 29 by the Air Force tells industry to assume a CCA program will be launched in the first quarter of fiscal 2025.

Aircraft & Propulsion

By Tony Osborne Sep 29, 2023

The purchase of the two Erieye Saab 340s springs from an urgent requirement from Poland to bolster aerial surveillance of its borders with Russia.

Aircraft & Propulsion

By Mark Carreau Sep 29, 2023

The parameters for thruster operations are being altered in response to warmer thermal predictions for their use, according to a NASA mission update.

Space

By Tony Osborne Sep 29, 2023

MD Helicopters has closed a 12-helicopter deal with the Nigerian Army to deliver light attack versions of the company’s MD530 single-engine light rotorcraft.

Aircraft & Propulsion

By Chen Chuanren Sep 29, 2023

The Australian armed forces say the priority now is bringing the new fleet of UH-60M Black Hawks into service.

Aircraft & Propulsion

By Ben Goldstein Sep 28, 2023

Canadian air taxi startup Horizon Air recently announced a design change from five to seven seats for its hybrid-electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing aircraft.

Advanced Air Mobility