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Poland launches comprehensive helicopter fleet renewal

Poland launches comprehensive helicopter fleet renewal | D-FENS | Scoop.it

The Polish Armed Forces is reviewing bids for an initial 70 helicopter requirement, with a contract expected to be awarded at the end of this year or start of 2014.

The acquisition is part of an ambitious renewal of the Polish military’s entire helicopter fleet, with 200 aircraft expected to be purchased over the next two decades.

Speaking at the International Military Helicopter 2013 in London on 30 January, Brig Gen Krzysztof Mitrega, commander of the First Army Aviation Brigade, Polish Army, said the development plan of the Polish Armed Forces called for 70 new medium helicopters across the three services from 2013 to 2022.

Tenders for the requirement were submitted on 7 May 2012 and a downselect to one or more bidders will be negotiated before the end of 2013. The MoD appears to be working to a tight timetable with the first aircraft forecast to be delivered in 2014.

‘According to the development plan of the Polish Armed Forces 2013 to 2022, we should gain 70 different helicopters based on a common platform – medium transport helicopters, search and rescue and anti-submarine warfare,’ Mitrega said.

‘We plan also to gain 12 attack helicopters for land forces and the air force, as we are creating a squadron of special forces which will consist of some attack helicopters and some transport helicopters. For now it will be Mi-24 and Mi-7 but in the future we have to exchange the Mi-24 because of the end of life of that platform,’ he added.

He noted that settling on a replacement for the Mi-24 would be difficult, with crews in Afghanistan appreciating the aircraft’s armament, armouring, cargo space and ability to carry passengers.

For the wider requirement, the armed forces are planning on procuring 90 utility transport, 54 medium, 32 attack and 24 heavy transport helicopters in total for a total of 200 aircraft by 2035.

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5 Things to Know About SpaceX’s Pad Abort Test

5 Things to Know About SpaceX’s Pad Abort Test | D-FENS | Scoop.it


Crew Dragon's first critical flight test, known as a Pad Abort Test, is expected to take place this Wednesday, May 6, from SpaceX’s Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) in Cape Canaveral, Florida. While the test is originating from the same launch pad we use for operational missions, this is not an operational flight.


This will be the first flight test of SpaceX’s revolutionary new launch abort system, and the odds of encountering delays or issues are high. Fortunately the test doesn’t need to be perfect to be valuable—our primary objective is to capture as much data as possible as the data captured here will be key in preparing Crew Dragon for its first human missions in 2017.


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Luftfahrzeug-Bergeübung „Elephant Recovery“ abgeschlossen

Luftfahrzeug-Bergeübung „Elephant Recovery“ abgeschlossen | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Das Gelände in Schortens eignet sich für die Bergeübung besonders gut. Die vorhandene Infrastruktur bietet ausreichend Platz und es sind bereits ausgesonderte Luftfahrzeuge der ehemaligen Luftwaffeninstandhaltungsgruppe 21 vor Ort.

An sieben Stationen waren diesmal acht ausgesonderte Luftfahrzeuge der Luftwaffe in unterschiedlichen Lagen positioniert. Darunter befanden sich die Waffensysteme Tornado, Bell UH-1D, CH-53G sowie C-160 Transall. 

Der Bergeoffizier und sein Team, insgesamt sechs Spezialisten, begutachten die Situation, schlagen ein entsprechendes Verfahren vor und haben bis zu einem Tag Zeit, das Luftfahrzeug zu bergen. Anschließend werden Bergeberichte erstellt und die angewendeten Verfahrensweisen analysiert.

Rund 150 Soldatinnen und Soldaten aus 20 Dienststellen der Bundeswehr sind bei „“Elephant Recovery“ beteiligt. Die Bergespezialisten sind in der Regel technisches Personal aus den Luftwaffenverbänden, die in Zweitfunktion für derartige Einsätze ausgebildet werden.

„Die Übungsteilnehmer aus den verschiedenen Verbänden werden gemischt in feste Bergeteams eingeteilt. Sie haben die Aufgabe die unterschiedlichen Luftfahrzeuge im Laufe der Übung sorgsam zu bergen, sodass diese nach Zuführung zu Instandsetzungseinrichtungen wieder in den Flugbetrieb entlassen werden könnten. Kollateralschäden bei der Bergung sind also zu vermeiden“, erklärte Oberstleutnant Markus Rist vom Taktischen Luftwaffengeschwader 33 aus Büchel. „Den Bergeteams ist es gestattet hier Fehler zu machen, denn nur so können sie künftig die richtigen Maßnahmen umsetzten, falls es zu so einer Situation kommt."

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Bell UH-1Y Venom Live Fire Drills - Marine Corps Air Station Yuma

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267 from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, stayed at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, from December 2-11 to conduct live fire and fly-over drills on the air station's vast ranges with UH-1Y Hueys and AH-1Z Cobras.

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X-47B Completes First Autonomous Aerial Refueling - AAR

The X-47B successfully conducted the first ever Autonomous Aerial Refueling (AAR) of an unmanned aircraft April 22, completing the final test objective under the Navy's Unmanned Combat Air System demonstration program. 


While flying off the coast of Maryland and Virginia, the X-47B connected to an Omega K-707 tanker aircraft and received over 4,000 pounds of fuel using the Navy's probe-and-drogue method.
"What we accomplished today demonstrates a significant, groundbreaking step forward for the Navy," said Capt. Beau Duarte, the Navy's Unmanned Carrier Aviation program manager. 
"The ability to autonomously transfer and receive fuel in flight will increase the range and flexibility of future unmanned aircraft platforms, ultimately extending carrier power projection." 
During the test, the X-47B exchanged refueling messages with a government-designed Refueling Interface System (RIS) aboard the tanker. 
The aircraft autonomously maneuvered its fixed refueling probe into the tanker's drogue, also known as the basket, the same way a Navy pilot would refuel a manned aircraft. 
"In manned platforms, aerial refueling is a challenging maneuver because of the precision required by the pilot to engage the basket," Duarte said. "Adding an autonomous functionality creates another layer of complexity." 
This testing helps solidify the concept that future unmanned aircraft can perform standard missions like aerial refueling and operate seamlessly with manned aircraft as part of the Carrier Air Wing, he said. 
"This segment of the X-47B demonstration program allowed us to further mature AAR technologies and evaluate the government tanker RIS," said Barbara Weathers, X-47B deputy program manager.
"We used similar command-control and navigation processes previously demonstrated during the X-47B landings aboard the aircraft carrier." 
Over the last few years, the Navy accomplished several significant firsts with the X-47B that showcased the Navy's commitment to unmanned carrier aviation. 
With the completion of this program, the service continues to develop its future unmanned carrier-based platform, known as UCLASS.

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VMM-162 Reinforced Conducts Air Delivery Ground Refueling - Forward Area Refueling Capabilities

U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 162 Reinforced, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), train in air-delivered ground refueling (ADGR) at Fort Pickett VA., April 26, 2015.
The training was conducted to allow the Marines to be more proficient in refueling smaller aircraft, such as the UH-1Y Venom, from larger aircraft, such as the MV-22B Osprey.
The 26th MEU is conducting realistic urban training in preparation for deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet area of responsibility later this year.

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Aircraft Wireless Intercom System (AWIS)

The Aircraft Wireless Intercom System (AWIS), a joint development with the U.S. Navy, provides increased safety and mission performance such as medical evacuation of helicopter crew members and medical personnel during hoist rescue, and whenever flight medical crew members are conducting dismounted patient recovery missions in proximity to the aircraft. AWIS supplements the current aircraft corded intercom system for both flight and ground operations for the Army’s CH-47 and HH/UH-60 aircraft, and the Navy’s CH-46, SH-60, and CH/HH-53 aircraft. The system consists of one aircraft interface unit, up to six mobile equipment units, and one support station including battery charger.

AWIS provides:

Hands-free communication between hoist operators and rescue personnel on the hoist

Full duplex voice-activated mode, hands-free mode, and a push-to-talk mode


Fifty independent channels (aircraft networks) with up to six crew members on each aircraft network

Simultaneous omnidirectional communications among all users in the aircraft network within 200 feet of the center of the aircraft.

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RED FLAG14 - U.S. Air Force air-to-air combat training exercise

RED FLAG is the Air Force's premier air-to-air combat training exercise. Participants often include both US and allied nations' combat air forces. The exercise gives pilots the experience of multiple, intensive air combat sorties in the safety of a training environment. 
Aircraft and personnel deploy to Nellis for RED FLAG under the Air Expeditionary Force concept and make up the exercise's "Blue" forces. By working together, these Blue forces are able to utilize the diverse capabilities of their aircraft to execute specific missions, such as air interdiction, combat search and rescue, close air support, dynamic targeting and defensive counter air. These forces use various tactics to attack NTTR targets such as mock airfields, vehicle convoys, tanks, parked aircraft, bunkered defensive positions and missile sites. These targets are defended by a variety of simulated "Red" force ground and air threats to give participant aircrews the most realistic combat training possible.
After months of work, see this training from multiple camera views as you experience it from many locations during multiple Red Flag sorties. This video gives you a unique perspective of what its like to be involved in one of the most realistic war games on the planet.


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24 Hours At WTI -Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course - Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One

24 Hours at WTI (Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course) is as close as you can get to seeing live fire exercises without joining the Marine Corps. This mini movie gives you a whirlwind look at one day at WTI.

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SpaceX CRS 6 First Stage Landing - side by side video

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SpaceX CRS-6, also known as SpX-6, is a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, contracted to NASA. It is the eighth flight for SpaceX's uncrewed Dragon cargo spacecraft and the sixth SpaceX operational mission contracted to NASA under a Commercial Resupply Services contract.


After the separation of the second stage, SpaceX conducted a flight test and attempted to return the nearly-empty first stageof the Falcon 9 through the atmosphere and land it on a 90-by-50-meter (300 ft × 160 ft) floating platform called theautonomous spaceport drone ship. The unmanned rocket technically landed on the floating platform, however it came down with too much lateral velocity, tipped over, and was destroyed.[12] Elon Musk later explained that the bipropellant valve was stuck, and therefore the control system could not react rapidly enough for a successful landing.[13]

This was SpaceX's second attempt to land the booster on a floating platform after an earlier test in January 2015 was not successful either. The booster was fitted with a variety of technologies to facilitate the flight test, including grid fins andlanding legs to facilitate the post-mission test. If successful, this would have been the first time in history that a rocket booster was returned to a vertical landing.[14][8]

On 15 April, SpaceX released a video of the terminal phase of the descent, the landing, the tip over, and a small deflagrationas the stage broke up on the deck of the ASDS.[15]



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Boeing seeks patent on a helicopter-airplane — with the airplane part detachable and flyable

Boeing seeks patent on a helicopter-airplane — with the airplane part detachable and flyable | D-FENS | Scoop.it

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A compound rotorcraft including a rotary-wing aircraft having a fuselage and at least one rotor and a fixed-wing aircraft coupled to the rotary-wing aircraft, wherin the rotary-wing aircraft can fly on the rotor or the fixed-wing aircraft, and wherin the fixed-wing aircraft is detachable from the rotary-wing aircraft to fly independently.

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Highlights of Marine Corps Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course - WTI 2-15

An end of course video production featuring the highlights of Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI) 2-15 in Yuma, Ariz., from March 8, 2015 to April 26, 2015. WTI is a seven week event hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) cadre. MAWTS-1 provides standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine Aviation Training and Readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics.

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NASA Greased Lightning GL-10 Successful Transition Test Flight

NASA Langley researchers designed and built a battery-powered, 10-engine remotely piloted aircraft. The Greased Lightning GL-10 prototype has a 10-foot wingspan and can take off like a helicopter and fly efficiently like an airplane. In this video, engineers successfully transition the plan from hover to wing-borne flight in tests at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia.

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Volga-Dnepr Expects An-124 Paint Job to Produce Fuel Savings of $100,000 a Year Per Aircraft

Volga-Dnepr Expects An-124 Paint Job to Produce Fuel Savings of $100,000 a Year Per Aircraft | D-FENS | Scoop.it

One of Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ unique An-124-100 freighters has been painted using a leading coating technology to increase the aircraft’s aerodynamic qualities and produce a fuel saving of over $100,000 a year.

Vladimir Drebnev, Senior Engineer, Continuing Airworthiness at Volga-Dnepr Airlines, stated: “The Base coat/clear coat system is widely used on aircraft around the world. The facial layer of the glaze is considered to have greater smoothness than, for example, polyurethane enamel, and protects the base layer of painting from the influence of ultra-violet rays. Due to this smoother effect, the air drag during a flight decreases and this can be measured in terms of fuel savings. As a result of using the coating, we expect to cut the aircraft’s fuel expenses by up to 1.5% or more than $100 000 per year. The Base coat/clear coat system also gives a freshly painted look for a longer period so it also produces a saving in paint work too. The periods between washing of the aircraft can also be extended because the lacquer is more soil-resistant.”

The aircraft (RA82079) will be monitored by Volga-Dnepr’s technical experts to gauge the level of fuel savings. If the technology demonstrates the results the airline is hoping for, it will ultimately be applied to the rest of Volga-Dnepr’s An-124-100 fleet.

The painting of the aircraft was completed by Spectr-Avia, Russia’s leading aircraft painting centre.

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CAE to maintain Mk88 Sea Lynx full mission flight simulator in Nordholz - MFG 5

CAE to maintain Mk88 Sea Lynx full mission flight simulator in Nordholz - MFG 5 | D-FENS | Scoop.it
CAE has received a contract to provide maintenance services for the Lynx helicopter full-mission flight simulator at German Naval Air Station Nordholz in Germany. The three-year contract from the NATO Support and Procurement Agency Aviation Support Programme was announced on 23 April.The contract will see CAE provide on-site maintenance services, logistics support and visual database development services for the trainer.The joint Lynx simulator training establishment at Nordholz provides training support to aircrews from Germany, Denmark, and Portugal. The flight trainer has delivered over 100,000 hours of training to aircrews since it was established in 1988.
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SpaceX Crew Dragon Vehicle Pad Abort Test a Unique Evaluation Opportunity

SpaceX Crew Dragon Vehicle Pad Abort Test a Unique Evaluation Opportunity | D-FENS | Scoop.it


SpaceX and NASA teams will gain important insight into how the Crew Dragon spacecraft and its abort system perform during a test slated for May 6, engineers said today.

Next week's flight test is to see a Crew Dragon and trunk – together about 20 feet tall - fly on the power of eight SuperDraco engines from a platform at Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The test will not have crew members aboard the spacecraft, but will simulate an emergency escape from the launch pad in the unlikely case of booster failing at liftoff or other scenario that would threaten astronauts inside the spacecraft.

The SuperDracos, each producing 15,000 pounds of thrust, are expected to lift the spacecraft about 5,000 feet above the launch pad before it parachutes into the Atlantic Ocean about a mile offshore. The whole test will take about a minute and a half. Recovery teams will retrieve the Crew Dragon from the ocean at the end of the test.


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As a firefighter I would rather fight a leak than a fire My 2 cents
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I once heard a person describe how in space you could inflate a craft with LARGE inflatables filled with water that would serve a multitude of problems and because these large inflatables are of ice they become pretty tough My 2 Cents
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How does salt water react in space?
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Russians scramble to restore cargo ship communications - Progress M27M

Russians scramble to restore cargo ship communications - Progress M27M | D-FENS | Scoop.it


A Russian Progress supply ship loaded with more than 3 tons of supplies and equipment bound for the International Space Station apparently spun out of control shortly after reaching orbit Tuesday, putting the resupply mission in jeopardy while flight controllers scrambled to come up with a fix.

The station’s six-member crew was not in any danger and nothing critical to lab operations was on board the Progress. But the loss of more than 6,000 pounds of supplies, if it comes to that, would cut into the lab’s on-board reserves, already an issue of sorts because of the failure of a U.S. cargo ship last October.



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SpaceX to the Rescue? SpaceX Cargo Resupply Services Mission #7 (CRS-7) is tentatively scheduled for launch two months from now in June.

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To Recover First Stage, Just Read the Instructions

To Recover First Stage, Just Read the Instructions | D-FENS | Scoop.it


SpaceX is gearing up for a second attempt to land the spent first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. Liftoff is scheduled for Monday, April 13 at 4:33 p.m. EDT (19:33 UTC) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Falcon's primary mission is sending a cargo-laden Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station. After the first stage finishes its job, the second stage and Dragon will power onward while the first stage comes in for a controlled landing on a thruster-powered spaceport.


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Italian Blade 2015 Teaser - Helicopter Exercise Programme - European Defence Agency

Italian Blade 2015, organised as part of the European Defence Agency's Helicopter Exercise Programme, will take place from 22 June to 5 July in Viterbo, Italy.
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Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter - Deck Landing Qualification - DLQ

Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from the Washington National Guard's 66th Theater Aviation Command, conduct deck landing qualification (DLQ) with the help of the U.S. Navy's USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier near Port Angeles, Washington, 

The DLQ was part of the 66th TAC's yearly qualifications. Pilots must complete multiple touchdown landings on the deck of a moving ship. 

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Welcome to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | Flying the Huey - Bell UH-1Y "Venom"

In this episode, follow Capt. Marianne Sparklin as she takes to the skies in the UH-1Y Venom "Huey" helicopter. Sparklin is with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The ‘Welcome to the MEU’ video series is designed get behind the scenes with the Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit while on their Spring Patrol ‘15 of the Asia-Pacific Region. 

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​Sikorsky S-97 RAIDER™ Program Begins Ground Tests

​Sikorsky S-97 RAIDER™ Program Begins Ground Tests | D-FENS | Scoop.it
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp today announced the start of bladed ground testing, a major milestone, for the S-97 RAIDER™ program. The RAIDER™ is an armed reconnaissance rotorcraft designed to significantly outmatch conventional military helicopters in maneuverability, payload, speed, range and high/hot environmental conditions.
Testing all of the aircraft's systems together, for the first time, marks significant progress in the development of this next generation helicopter and moves the program closer to first flight," said S-97 RAIDER Program Manager Mark Hammond.
During the ground runs phase, the S-97 RAIDER team is testing the first of two aircraft prototypes as a completed system for the first time. The team will perform initial ground tests with the aircraft tied down and will focus on verifying correct operation of the propulsion system, drive train, rotor control system and pilot-vehicle interface.
This testing comes on the heels of the recent successful completion of software qualification testing, component fatigue testing, and gearbox testing, for the first S-97 RAIDER prototype.
Sikorsky launched the S-97 RAIDER program in October 2010 with the objectives of maturing the X2™ rotorcraft design and offering a helicopter to meet U.S. Army reconnaissance and special operations needs.
 
In addition to ground runs for the first prototype, the program team at Sikorsky's Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, is prepared to begin final assembly of the second prototype S-97 RAIDER helicopter, following acceptance last month of the fuselage structure from Aurora Flight Sciences. Sikorsky rolled out the first prototype in October 2014.
 
Based on Sikorsky's rigid X2 rotor coaxial design, the S-97 RAIDER helicopter features next-generation technologies in a multi-mission configuration, capable of carrying six troops and external weapons. The coaxial counter-rotating main rotors and pusher propeller provide cruise speeds up to 220 knots (253 mph).
 
"We look forward to the opportunity to demonstrate the RAIDER's revolutionary performance and unmatched maneuverability for the U.S. Army," said Steve Engebretson, Director, Advanced Military Programs. "We're delivering on our promise to design and build a helicopter with performance capabilities not seen before."
 
The S-97 RAIDER helicopter demonstrator program is 100 percent industry-funded. Sikorsky provides 75 percent of the investment and the suppliers provide the remaining funding. Sikorsky's goal is to attract government interest in the program.
 
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Sikorsky S-97 RAIDER Begins Bladed Ground Runs

February 4, 2015 marks the start of bladed ground testing, a major milestone, for the S-97 RAIDER™ program. During the ground runs phase, the S-97 RAIDER team is testing the first of two aircraft prototypes as a completed system for the first time. The team will perform initial ground tests with the aircraft tied down and will focus on verifying correct operation of the propulsion system, drive train, rotor control system and pilot-vehicle interface.
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SpaceX nears pad abort test for human-rated Dragon capsule

SpaceX nears pad abort test for human-rated Dragon capsule | D-FENS | Scoop.it


SpaceX is finishing up preparations for a major test of a rocket-powered abort system for the company’s new Dragon crew ferry spacecraft, targeting launch from Cape Canaveral in March after a pair of Falcon 9 missions in February.

The redesigned version of SpaceX’s cargo-carrying Dragon capsule should be ready for an uncrewed space mission by late 2016, said Gwynne Shotwell, the company’s president and chief operating officer. A piloted test flight will follow in early 2017.


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