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EC225 to return to service in April, says Eurocopter

EC225 to return to service in April, says Eurocopter | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Eurocopter hopes to clear the EC225 for a full return to service in April, after cracks in the aircraft’s main gear box (MGB) caused the ditching of two aircraft in 2012 and the subsequent grounding of the North Sea fleet.


In October a circumferential crack in the bevel gear vertical shaft resulted in the ditching of a CHC Scotia EC225 (G-CHCN) in the North Sea, some 32nm southwest of the Shetland Islands. It followed a similar incident in May, which brought down a Bond EC225 (G-REDW).


While the EASA has introduced operational changes and additional inspection requirements for EC225 operations, the UK and Norwegian civil aviation authorities have issued directives effectively preventing the aircraft being used for oil and gas operations in the North Sea.

The problem of the false indication of EMLUB-failure has now been resolved but Eurocopter has struggled to replicate the conditions that caused the bevel gear vertical shaft to fail.

 

 


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Back To The Moon For Good – The New Space Race


Watch our cool movie about going back to the Moon. In case you haven’t heard, the Moon is trending again… and in a big way. Narrated by Tim Allen (voice of Buzz Lightyear), this is a complete behind-the-scenes feature on the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the largest incentivized prize in history. Adapted from the award-winning digital planetarium show, the 24-minute movie chronicles 18 teams from around the world looking to make history by landing a privately funded robotic spacecraft on the Moon. This global competition is designed to spark imagination and inspire a renewed commitment to space exploration, not by governments or countries – but by the citizens of the world. 


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SpaceX Falcon Heavy | Flight Animation


Falcon Heavy will be the world’s most powerful rocket, a launch vehicle of scale and capability unequaled by any other currently flying.


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NASA’s "Launch America initiative" | Commercial Crew Transportation Capability


On Monday, January 26th, 2015, NASA, Boeing and SpaceX held a news briefing on NASA Television at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston to highlight key development activities, test plans and objectives for achieving certification of two American crew transportation systems. Under Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contracts for NASA’s Launch America initiative, Boeing and SpaceX will develop safe and reliable crew transportation to and from the International Space Station on American spacecraft launched from the United States.


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SpaceX Falcon9 booster crash landing on the drone ship

Still a huge accomplishment! Next rocket landing on drone ship in 2 to 3 weeks with way more hydraulic fluid.

According to SpaceX's CEO Elon Musk: "at least it should explode for a different reason" ;-)


Thats the attitude!


"Failure is not the opposite of success - it is a part of it"

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Arianespace and SpaceX Virtually Tied on 2014 Launch Contracts

Arianespace and SpaceX Virtually Tied on 2014 Launch Contracts | D-FENS | Scoop.it


Of the 19 commercial launch contracts competitively awarded in 2014, Arianespace and SpaceX took home nine apiece.


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Virgin Galactic planning SpaceShipTwo’s return to flight

Virgin Galactic planning SpaceShipTwo’s return to flight | D-FENS | Scoop.it


Less than 10 weeks after a fatal crash that destroyed a suborbital rocket plane and raised questions about the future Virgin Galactic, the company’s chief executive says engineers are developing a test program for a replacement spaceship expected to fly later this year.

“Our company is turning the corner and looking to the future,” said George Whitesides, Virgin Galactic’s CEO, in a Jan. 9 speech at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Science and Technology Forum and Exposition in Orlando, Fla. “Our team and our investors remain committed to the goal of opening space to all.”


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Virgin Galactic - Introducing Second Spaceship


An introduction to the second Spaceship, featuring interviews with key team members and behind the scenes shots of the Spaceship factory.


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SpaceX's Reusable Rocket Crash Lands On Its Pad

The Falcon 9’s first shot at a live landing was only partially successful. The rocket crashed into its landing pad.
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Despite botched landing, a lot went right with SpaceX’s booster flyback

Despite botched landing, a lot went right with SpaceX’s booster flyback | D-FENS | Scoop.it


SpaceX’s Falcon 9 booster accomplished a delicate maneuver after a glowing predawn launch from Cape Canaveral on Saturday, turning around at hypersonic speeds and autonomously navigating its away to a modified barge the size of a football field hidden in darkness beneath a blanket of low clouds, before it crashed — and presumably broke up — on the ship.

SpaceX officials described the landing attempt as purely experimental, but it marked a key step in the company’s long-running effort to make a rocket that can be reused cheaply. All existing launchers drop their spent rocket parts back to Earth and are written off after each flight.

Such a breakthrough could dramatically reduce the cost of spaceflight, SpaceX says.


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2014 Recap of a Memorable Year from Planetary Resources


A lot has happened in 2014 as we have moved towards our mission to mine asteroids in our Solar System. Our team has grown, we have progressed in our technology and spacecraft development, and worked with YOU on some amazing Citizen Science endeavors.

Here is a quick snapshot of all the incredible 2014 accomplishments from our team, YOU, and the industry.


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SpaceX scrubs Dragon CRS-5 launch and historic core return attempt

SpaceX scrubs Dragon CRS-5 launch and historic core return attempt | D-FENS | Scoop.it


SpaceX will have to wait to attempt the first orbital launch of 2015, involving the Falcon 9 sending a Dragon spacecraft on its way to the International Space Station. The launch was scrubbed with just over a minute remaining in the count due to an actuator issue on the Thrust Vector Control (TVC) system. The next attempt will take place on Friday at 5:09 am local, set to include an attempt to land the first stage of the rocket on a floating platform.



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2014 - SCOOP.IT ANALYTICS - D-FENS

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2014: SpaceX Year in Review

Relive SpaceX’s 2014 highlights: launching rockets, landing stages, and unveiling our next generation crewed spacecraft.
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EC175 training day - Noordzee Helicopters Vlaanderen (NHV)

Belgian operator Noordzee Helicopters Vlaanderen (NHV) will welcome the EC175 to its family on December 11, becoming the first customer to receive the next-generation medium-sized helicopter.

The operators’ pilots, who will use the helicopter mainly to perform offshore oil & gas missions, are ready to enter the cockpit, having already completed the four-step EC175 pilot training program that launched last summer at Airbus Helicopters’ headquarters in Marignane, France.

A video crew from Airbus Helicopters followed NHV chief pilot Marc Simillion on his training journey. Simillion recounts his experience, starting with the theoretical training, flight navigation procedures trainer (FNPT), and Level D full flight simulation. The course culminates in his first real flight.

This EC175 training program has today welcomed 20 pilots from NHV, Heli-Union, and UTair.

At the same time 30 technicians have received EC175 maintenance type-rating training, starting with Russian operator UTair.

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2014 What Happened This Year @NASA


In 2014, NASA took significant steps on the agency’s journey to Mars -- testing cutting-edge technologies and making scientific discoveries while studying our changing Earth and the infinite universe as the agency made progress on the next generation of air travel. Here’s a look at some of the top NASA stories of the year!


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Internationales Hubschrauberausbildungszentrum - Heeresfliegerwaffenschule Bückeburg

Internationales Hubschrauberausbildungszentrum - Heeresfliegerwaffenschule Bückeburg | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Nicht ohne Stolz führt Oberstleutnant Thomas Mallwitz vor dem Simulatorgebäude in die Materie ein. „Wir haben in Bückeburg die derzeit weltbesten Hubschraubersimulatoren“, sagt er. Über 14 Projektionsdome verfügt die Heeresfliegerwaffenschule. Acht für den Schulungshelikopter EC 135, vier für den Transporthubschrauber CH 53 und zwei für den NH 90 – ebenfalls Transporthubschrauber – in einem anderen Gebäude. „Wir können die gesamte Bandbreite des Flugbetriebes darstellen“, erklärt Mallwitz.


Jeder einzelne Dom wiegt 13 Tonnen und hat sechs hydraulische Beine, die durch ihre Bewegungsmöglichkeiten realistische Bedingungen im Simulatorcockpit schaffen. Damit dort ein homogenes Bild entstehen kann, sind acht Projektoren nötig, um die Simulation, die das gesamte Blickfeld umfasst, möglichst lebensnah wirken zu lassen. Dafür ist eine enorme Rechenleistung notwendig. Sieben Terabyte Datenumfang werden benötigt, um Deutschland komplett und realitätsgetreu überfliegen zu können.

„Man kann problemlos von Innsbruck bis Helgoland fliegen“, führt Mallwitz aus. Von einer Kontrollstation aus kann der Ausbilder die Bedingungen für den Simulatorflug einstellen. Wetter, der Stand der Sonne, Windstärke, Lautstärke und Vibrationen – je nach Voreinstellungen kann der Hubschrauber von einem Anfänger geflogen oder hochkomplexe Übungen für Fortgeschrittene einstudiert werden, wie etwa das Fliegen bei Unwetter oder das Brown-Out-Szenario. Dabei trainieren die Flugschüler eine Landung in Nordafghanistan (das ebenfalls kartografiert vorhanden ist) unter realen Bedingungen – einschließlich der immensen Staubaufwirbelung, die die Sicht stark behindert.


Von der Kontrollstation beobachtet der Ausbilder die Flugschüler bei der Erfüllung ihrer Aufgaben. Kameras im Inneren des Cockpits nehmen jede Regung der Piloten wahr – die im Nachgang in der Debriefing Station ausgewertet werden. „Hier wird so lange geübt, bis alles sitzt“, stellt Mallwitz klar.


Dass sich die 200 Millionen Euro, die vor einigen Jahren in den Gebäudekomplex investiert wurden, gelohnt haben, zeigt Mallwitz auf. „Wir konnten in den letzten zehn Jahren 500 Millionen Euro einsparen, da weit weniger Realflugstunden für die Ausbildung nötig sind.“ Damit dies auch in Zukunft so bleibt, kümmert sich eine 15-köpfige Mannschaft der Canadian Aviation Electronics mit Firmensitz in Montreal um die Wartung der Simulatoren.


Während die Bundeswehr jene acht EC 135- und vier CH 53-Simulatoren ihr Eigen nennt, unterhält im Gebäude gegenüber die Helicopter Flight Training Services GmbH (HFTS) die verbliebenen zwei Projektionsdome für den Helikopter NH 90. Hauptabnehmer dieser Simulatoren ist freilich die Bundeswehr, aber auch andere europäische Streitkräfte oder Institutionen wie die Bundespolizei oder die ungarische Luftrettung können dort Flugstunden buchen.


Internationalität ist auch ein Stichwort während der Ausbildung der Helikopterpiloten in Bückeburg. In den Hörsälen wird seit einigen Jahren ausschließlich Englisch gesprochen. Grund sind unter anderem die Schweden: „Seit 2008 stellt die Heeresfliegerwaffenschule einen internationalen Hörsaal für zwölf Flugschüler zur Verfügung. Diese Ausbildungsplätze werden derzeit vorrangig durch Flugschüler der schwedischen Streitkräfte genutzt“, führt Baumgärtner aus. „Außerdem ist die internationale Arbeitssprache in der Fliegerei ohnehin Englisch.“

Freie Ausbildungsplätze in diesem Hörsaal werden auch durch andere Nationen, wie etwa Spanien oder Norwegen, genutzt. „Betriebseigene Ausbildungseinrichtungen lohnen sich für diese Streitkräfte aufgrund der geringen Stückzahl eigener Helikopter einfach nicht“, sagt Oberstleutnant Rudolf Fendt, der sich für den Ausbildungsbereich NH 90 verantwortlich zeichnet. Auch für die Zukunft spielt die Flexibilität der Ausbildung eine große Rolle. Beispielhaft erwähnt Baumgärtner die Zusammenarbeit mit der belgischen Luftwaffe. Der Simulations- und Theorieteil fand in Bückeburg statt, im Anschluss gingen deutsche Fluglehrer ins Nachbarland, um dort belgischen Flugschülern auf belgischen NH 90 Helikoptern das Fliegen beizubringen.

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Airbus Helicopters to continue providing full service support for Bundeswehr’s EC135 training helicopters

Airbus Helicopters to continue providing full service support for Bundeswehr’s EC135 training helicopters | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Airbus Helicopters has won the support contract to maintain, overhaul and ensure the availability of the German Army Aviation School’s fleet of EC135 training helicopters. This extends the existing contract, signed in 2005, by a further seven years.


“At the core of the Airbus Helicopters full service contract is ensuring that on virtually every working day, eleven EC135 aircraft are available on the airfield for training purposes. This puts the fleet’s operational availability at over 95 percent,” explained Ralf Barnscheidt, Head of the Military Support Center in Germany. “A team of technicians that is constantly on-site at the Bückeburg location as well as our specialist maintenance center in Kassel-Calden provide technical and logistical support, carry out throughlife maintenance and even large-scale repair work, and are responsible for ensuring the mission readiness of the helicopters.” Barnscheidt added, “We’re delighted that the Bundeswehr has once again chosen to put its faith in us, building on what is now 15 years of fruitful collaboration on the EC135.”

Airbus Helicopters has won the support contract to maintain, overhaul and ensure the availability of the German Army Aviation School’s fleet of EC135 training helicopters. This extends the existing contract, signed in 2005, by a further seven years.

“At the core of the Airbus Helicopters full service contract is ensuring that on virtually every working day, eleven EC135 aircraft are available on the airfield for training purposes. This puts the fleet’s operational availability at over 95 percent,” explained Ralf Barnscheidt, Head of the Military Support Center in Germany. “A team of technicians that is constantly on-site at the Bückeburg location as well as our specialist maintenance center in Kassel-Calden provide technical and logistical support, carry out throughlife maintenance and even large-scale repair work, and are responsible for ensuring the mission readiness of the helicopters.” Barnscheidt added, “We’re delighted that the Bundeswehr has once again chosen to put its faith in us, building on what is now 15 years of fruitful collaboration on the EC135.”


Colonel Uwe Klein, commander of the German Army Aviation School and General in the German Army Aviation Corps, stated that “Airbus Helicopters submitted the most cost-effective bid for the service contract – one that is perfectly tailored to the requirements of the German Army Aviation School – and we look forward to continuing our collaboration. The on-site teams do tremendous work: We can always count on the helicopters we need being available for each and every training session – even for night flights – so that our people have to perform just the pre-flight check.”

The German Army Aviation School in Bückeburg trains some 70 future Bundeswehr pilots using a total of 14 EC135 aircraft, which log about 6,000 flight hours a year. Over the course of twelve months, student pilots learn how to fly a helicopter under visual flight rules and also qualify in IFR and sensor flight in low-altitude night flight.

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Ankunft des ersten A400M "ATLAS" in Deutschland - LTG 62 Wunstorf

Nun kann auch die Bundeswehr einen A400M ihr Eigen nennen. Bundesministerin Ursula von der Leyen empfängt das Transportflugzeug samt Crew in Wunstorf bei Hannover. Der Militärflugplatz des Lufttransportgeschwaders 62 ist die neue Heimat des ersten A400M der Luftwaffe. 

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A-10 Thunderbolts & C-17 Globemasters - Joint Forcible Entry Exercise

A-10 Thunderbolts and C-17 Globemasters and approximately 130 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division participate in the Joint Forcible Entry Exercise or JFE 14B over Keno Airfield on the Nevada Test & Training Range and return later that afternoon, December 6th, 2014. JFE is a US Air Force Weapons School large scale air mobility exercise in which participants plan and execute a complex air-land operation in a simulated contested battlefield. JFE exercises participants ability to synchronize aircraft movements from geographically-separated bases, command large formations of dissimilar aircraft in high threat airspace, and tactically deliver and recover combat forces via air drops and combat landings on an unimproved landing strip.

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First two HAD-E Tigers delivered to Spain - EC665

First two HAD-E Tigers delivered to Spain - EC665 | D-FENS | Scoop.it

The Spanish military’s new helicopter fleet continues to take shape with the delivery of the first two Tiger helicopters in the new HAD-E version from Airbus Helicopters. The first NH90 tactical transport helicopter (TTH) for the Spanish Army Airmobile Force (FAMET) has also been delivered, as announced by NHI on 19 December.

All three helicopters were assembled in the Spanish plant in Albacete, which successfully carried out the industrial phase, airworthiness certification and technical acceptance.

Francisco Vergé, CEO, Airbus Helicopters España, said: ‘The delivery of these three helicopters is a very important milestone for our company and we wish to thank the Spanish Ministry of Defense for trusting in us. Our close relationship with the Spanish Army and the different departments of the Directorate-General of Armament and Equipment (DGAM) has been crucial to ensuring the success of these two high-tech programmes.’

The Tiger combat helicopters offer a number of improvements over the HAP-E Tigers currently in service, including a new MTR-E turboshaft with 14% more power, an improved optronic vision system, Spike air-to-ground missiles, an Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) system coupled with an interrogator and a new electronic warfare and countermeasure system. Twenty-four Tiger helicopters will be delivered in total.

Airbus Helicopters España will supply a total of 22 NH90 helicopters to the Spanish armed forces under a delivery schedule that continues through to 2021. The Spanish plant is responsible for assembly of all the NH90 helicopters for the Spanish armed forces, along with manufacture of the front fuselage section both for the Spanish helicopters and for those destined for export. 

As the Spanish version of the NH90, the GSPA has been designed to perform technical missions such as troop transport, search and rescue missions, personnel recovery and medical evacuation. It is equipped for day and night operations in all types of environments.

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Northrop Grumman - Sikorsky UH-60V Blackhawk Cockpit Digitization

Northrop Grumman has been selected to provide digital cockpit upgrades to the U.S. Army.
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MQ-8C Fire Scout Takes First Flight on USS Jason Dunham

The U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman Corporation successfully flew the MQ-8C Fire Scout system for the first time off the guided-missile destroyer, USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), Dec. 16 off the Virginia coast.

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Overview: The MQ-8C Fire Scout will provide the U.S. Navy with an increased range by over 30%, twice the endurance and an increased payload capacity over the existing MQ-8B variant. Under a risk reduction and cost-savings approach, the unmanned systems architecture developed and matured for the MQ-8B is re-used in a Bell 407 helicopter to support a special operations requirement for a ship-based unmanned system. Northrop Grumman is the only provider capable of meeting the Navy's needs by mid-2014.



  • Northrop Grumman's decade-long expertise in unmanned helicopter development puts the company in the best position to supply the Navy with it's next-generation Fire Scout quickly and affordably.
  • The Bell 407 is a mature commercial helicopter with more than 1,000 airframes produced and over 3 million flight hours. Combined with the maturity of Northrop Grumman's unmanned systems architecture, the MQ-8C Fire Scout uses available technology and equipment to deliver a more capable system to the Navy.
  • The MQ-8C's capabilities have already been validated through the Fire-X demonstration program. Additionally, the unmanned systems architecture has accrued more than 7,800 flight hours, with over 5,900 of those hours flown operationally from ships and on land.
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CAE helicopter simulators at the German Army Aviation School, Bueckeburg

CAE helicopter simulators at the German Army Aviation School, Bueckeburg | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Germany’s Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has exercised a contract option for CAE GmbH to continue providing a range of maintenance and in-service support through 2021 at the Hans E. Drebing simulator centre of the German Army Aviation School in Bueckeburg. The contract covers the on-site maintenance and training support services of the 12 CAE-built helicopter simulators operated at the German Army Aviation School. The state-of-the-art training facility, Europe’s largest helicopter training centre, includes two Bell UH-1D, eight Airbus Helicopter EC135, and two Sikorsky CH-53 helicopter simulators that are used to deliver initial and advanced pilot training to the German Armed Forces as well as several other defence and security forces. In addition, CAE is delivering under a separate contract two additional CH-53GA cockpits to use with the roll-on/roll-off simulators, giving the German Army a total of 14 simulator cockpits at the facility.


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Sikorsky iPRIZE Competition

At Sikorsky, some of the most innovative minds are engineering the future of vertical lift and we’re having fun doing it. Mark Miller, Vice President of Research & Engineering, takes you through a day in the life at Sikorsky.

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