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Skydiver breaks sound barrier, altitude record - RED BULL STRATOS

Skydiver breaks sound barrier, altitude record - RED BULL STRATOS | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner today broke a 51-year-old record for the world's highest skydive from 128,000ft, and became the first human to break the sound barrier.

Baumgartner exceeded M1.24 near the beginning of a roughly 4min 22sec free-fall from nearly 37km above the Earth, or 25,000ft higher than the previous record set in 1961.

"Sometimes you have to go up really high to understand how small you are," Baumgartner said moments before delivering a salute and jumping, the curvature of the Earth visible from the camera attached to his capsule.

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A Boeing 727 Is Crashed Into The Desert On Purpose

A Boeing 727 Is Crashed Into The Desert On Purpose | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Deliberately smashing a multi-million dollar plane into the desert packs high entertainment value, but the elaborate experiment, which kicked off the second season of Discovery Channel's "Curiosity" series, wasn't just for gasps.
It was also part of an effort to make the 2.8 billion flights that hit the skies each year safer.


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First Netherlands CH-47F Chinook handed over to Defence Helicopter Command

First Netherlands CH-47F Chinook handed over to Defence Helicopter Command | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Today, the first Netherlands CH-47F Chinook helicopter will be handed over to the Defence Helicopter Command (DHC) . NLR has been and will be involved in many fronts of expertise with this helicopter, like Mission Planning Systems, certification and cockpit modernisation.

 

NLR has been involved in many areas with the Chinook. NLR has provided assistance in the procurement and development of the transport Helicopter by providing a permanent project member to the DMO project team. Through this capacity, NLR was involved in the ground and flight test program leading up to the certificate of airworthiness. Furthermore, NLR participated in the man-machine interface design of the modernized CH-47F cockpit, as well as in the test phase. NLR has gained a lot of knowledge on the existing CH-47D Helicopter with respect to the measurement of structural loads in various locations in the helicopter related to a variety of manoeuvres, a program that will be extended to the Netherlands CH-47F.

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Armament for German TIGER Helicopter Ready for Series Start

Armament for German TIGER Helicopter Ready for Series Start | D-FENS | Scoop.it

The successful conclusion of the PARS 3LR guided missile’s release firings fulfilled an important prerequisite for the series production of the German TIGER helicopter´s main armament.

A direct hit of the target moving between two house walls marked the conclusion of a challenging firing campaign. The firing from the support helicopter TIGER took place on September 20, 2012 at the Defence Technology Center 91 in Meppen.

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New Cargo Plane Nears Market Entry | Rival to Boeing C-17 Globemaster

Russia has moved closer to commercial production of a military transport aircraft that will rival the Boeing C-17 Globemaster.

A demonstration flight of the upgraded Ilyushin-76 airlifter took place as President Vladimir Putin looked on late last week.

Russia has been working toward domestic production of an improved version of the airliner ever since it concluded in 2005 that efforts to assemble it in Uzbekistan had failed.

Following the flight Thursday, the Defense Ministry signed a contract with the plane-maker, United Aircraft Corp., to buy 39 craft worth 140 billion rubles ($4.5 billion).

Putin described the agreement as the biggest single deal for the Russian aircraft industry since the Soviet break-up, and he noted that only the United States manufactured similar airlifters.

 

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Highest free-fall jump postponed due to winds - RED BULL STRATOS

Highest free-fall jump postponed due to winds - RED BULL STRATOS | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Weather concerns have pushed back an Austrian daredevil's attempt to break the world record for highest-ever skydive by one day, to Tuesday.
Felix Baumgartner was slated to leap from a balloon nearly 23 miles (37 kilometers) above southeastern New Mexico on Monday, breaking the sound barrier as he plummeted to Earth in a harrowing freefall.
But an incoming cold front is expected to bring cooler temperatures, strong winds and a bit of rain to the launch site on Monday, said officials with Baumgartner's mission, which is known as Red Bull Stratos.
The team expects conditions to clear up considerably by Tuesday. If so, around dawn on that day a huge helium-filled balloon will lift off from Roswell, N.M., carrying Baumgartner and his custom-built 2,900-pound (1,315 kilograms) capsule to an altitude of 120,000 feet (36,576 meters).

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MANTIS - das neue Flugabwehrwaffensystem der Bundeswehr im scharfen Schuß

MANTIS - das neue Flugabwehrwaffensystem der Bundeswehr im scharfen Schuß.
Nieselregen und böiger Wind aus West, so beginnt der Tag auf dem Truppenübungsplatz in Todendorf. Für die Soldaten der Flugabwehrgruppe aus Husum ein besonderer Tag, sie werden heute Ziel eines Drohnenangriffs werden. Sie sind aber gut gerüstet, ihnen zur Seite steht das neue Flugabwehrwaffensystem „MANTIS".

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Bell/Boeing Wins $205M Contract to Support V-22 Osprey

The order is under a previously awarded performance based logistics contract for supply chain management of 170 components.
A portion of the work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and the rest in Ridley Park, Pa and the expected completion date is Dec., 31, 2016.
Appropriation is the Navy Working Capital contract funds and will not expire by the end of this fiscal year.
The NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity.

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The Sound that Binds | Bell UH-1 Iroquois / Huey

Unique to all that served in Vietnam is the UH1H helicopter. It was both devil and angel and it served as both extremely well. Whether a LRRP, US or RVN soldier or civilian, whether, NVA, VC, Allied or civilian, it provided a sound and sense that lives with us all today. It is the one sound that immediately clears the clouds of time and freshens the forgotten images within our mind. It will be the sound track of our last moments on earth. It was a simple machine-a single engine, a single blade and four man crew-yet like the Model T, it transformed us all and performed tasks the engineers and designers never imagined. For soldiers, it was the worst and best of friends but it was the one binding material in a tapestry of a war of many pieces.

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Airbus A400M Endurance Test to Resume After Engine Fixed

Airbus Military will have to rerun a pivotal test phase for the A400M troop transporter after fixing an engine fault that caused an earlier trial to be halted, an aircraft regulator said.

The so-called function and reliability test will restart once repairs are implemented, and the required 300 hours “will have to be redone,” the Cologne, Germany-based European Aviation Safety Agency said in a written response to questions.

Airbus interrupted the test in mid-2012 after 160 hours when metal chips were found in a gearbox. The suspension led the manufacturer to adjust the schedule of the 20 billion-euro ($25 billion) A400M. It delayed the plane’s civil and military certification until the first quarter of 2013 from this year and put off an end-of-March contractual deadline for the first customer delivery.

“The full 300 hours will have to be repeated for the engines, but not necessarily all the other systems,” Airbus Military said in a written response to questions. “We’re making good progress on the retrofit program,” including on the MSN6 production-representative aircraft being used for the test, the unit of Toulouse, France-based European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co. (EAD) said.

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STL pilot crashes plane — for Discovery Channel

STL pilot crashes plane — for Discovery Channel | D-FENS | Scoop.it

The airplane crashed in a Mexican desert, and it was perfect.

That was the assessment from STL pilot Leland "Chip" Shanle Jr. of Webster Groves, whose Broken Wing company was hired by the Discovery Channel show "Curiosity" for an episode dealing with what happens during an airplane crash.

 

Shanle, whose day job is piloting for American Airlines, said Broken Wing provides a variety of aviation-related technical services, including acting as advisors on movies.

"In this case, we got hold of an old 727, remounted engines on it and then rigged it with drone kits," said Shanle, who piloted the plane by remote control from a trailing Cessna 337.

All told, Shanle employed 23 people for the crash. (Like any good pilot, Shanle consistently avoided using the word "crash" and instead called it "the event.") Crews of independent scientists also worked on the show, equipping the plane with cameras and other instruments to collect data on conditions present during a crash.

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Landing on an aircraft carrier / Посадка МиГ-29К на палубу авианосца on Prochan.com

Landing on an aircraft carrier / Посадка МиГ-29К на палубу авианосца on Prochan.com | D-FENS | Scoop.it
Russsia, MiG-29K fighter...
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AAS-72X+ Armed Aerial Scout voluntary flight demos begin

AAS-72X+ Armed Aerial Scout voluntary flight demos begin | D-FENS | Scoop.it

EADS North America announced on 26 September that it has begun its voluntary flight demonstration (VFD) for the US Army’s Armed Aerial Scout helicopter programme. The series of demonstrations will see two aircraft flown at a high-altitude test site to showcase the capabilities of the company’s AAS-72X+ offering.

 

The AAS-72X+ is an armed derivative of the army’s UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter. The aircraft will be manufactured by the company’s American Eurocopter business unit, with Lockheed Martin providing the mission computer and integrating the mission equipment.

According to EADS North America, the AAS-72X+ is ‘cost-competitive with the upgrades planned for the Vietnam-era OH-58 Kiowa Warrior, and could be fielded with army units as early as 2016’. The company said the aircraft would be built in the same facility as the army’s UH-72A Lakota, 240 of which have been delivered by EADS North America – all on time and on cost.

 

The company believes these elements of the AAS-72X+ ‘will offer the army greater power, range, endurance and payload capacity when operating in 6,000 foot altitude and 95 degree environments, commonly known as ‘6K/95 high/hot’ conditions — the most demanding environment for rotary-wing operations’.

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Boeing to Provide Performance-Based Logistics for CH-47 Chinook Helicopters

Boeing to Provide Performance-Based Logistics for CH-47 Chinook Helicopters | D-FENS | Scoop.it

The U.S. Army has awarded Boeing a five-year Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) contract for CH-47 Chinook support, an arrangement that reduces customer costs while allowing Boeing to invest in improving products and processes. The $185 million contract covers management of the production, overhaul and distribution of the Army's supply of Chinook helicopter rotor blades.

"PBLs are outcome-focused sustainment contracts that guarantee enhanced performance and improved costs," said Peri Widener, Rotorcraft Support vice president for Boeing. "We work with our customer to reduce costs through longer-term agreements, purchasing only the parts needed and investing in techniques that extend the life of key components."

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Autonomous aerial refuelling inches closer - Global Hawk UAV

Autonomous aerial refuelling inches closer - Global Hawk UAV | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Northrop Grumman has announced that it has recently completed a series of flight demonstrations with DARPA and NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, marking an important milestone in DARPA’s Autonomous High-Altitude Refueling (AHR) programme.

 

The flight demonstrations, using two NASA Global Hawk UAVs – one configured as a tanker and the other as a receiver - were carried out at Edwards Air Force Base, California, between 11 January and 30 May.

 

The tests saw the lead receiver aircraft extend and retract its aerial refuelling hose several times, completing all planned tests to validate the associated programme hardware and software. The trail tanker aircraft also successfully demonstrated precision control in formation with manual and automated ‘breakaway’ manoeuvres – important safety features and criteria of the test programme.

The tests also saw two Global Hawk UAVs flown in close formation successfully for the first time in close formation – at times as close as 30 feet. During the close-formation flight, the aircraft rendezvoused and flew for more than 2.5 hours under autonomous formation control, with the majority of the time within 100 ft (or one wingspan) of each other.

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Boeing awarded CH-47 Chinook logistics contract

Boeing awarded CH-47 Chinook logistics contract | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Boeing has announced that the US Army has awarded it a five-year Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) contract for CH-47 Chinook support worth $185 million. The contract covers management of the production, overhaul and distribution of the army's supply of Chinook helicopter rotor blades.

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SPEED of SOUND EXPLAINED - RED BULL STRATOS

Breaking the speed of sound refers to catching up with – and surpassing – the speed at which sound waves are produced in the air. The speed of sound is affected by temperature: where the air is colder, sound travels more slowly.
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The Physics of the Red Bull Stratos Jump

Can you fall faster than the speed of sound?


In short, yes.

 

As Felix falls from a very high altitude, there are essentially two forces acting on him. There is the gravitational force pulling down and an air resistance pushing up. During the entire jump (even up to 120,000 feet) the gravitational force will be pretty constant. The air resistance force is not constant. It depends on his speed as he moves through the air. The faster he goes, the greater the air resistance force.

For a normal sky diver jumping out of a plane, the jumper will fall and increase speed. However, before too long the speed will increase to a value such that the air resistance force has the same magnitude as the gravitational force. At this point, the net force on the jumper will be zero and he or she will fall at a constant speed. This speed is call the terminal velocity and has a typical value around 120 mph (around 50 m/s).

There is one important difference between Felix's jump and a normal sky diver - the density of air. At 120,000 feet, the density of air is much lower than it is near the surface of the Earth. This means that the air resistance force will be much smaller at this high altitude (for the same speed) than it would be when he is lower. The result is that he will keep increasing in speed to a value much higher than 120 mph.

Yes, he should go faster than the speed of sound.

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MANTIS das neue Flugabwehrwaffensystem

MANTIS - das neue Flugabwehrwaffensystem der Bundeswehr.
Eine 35mm --Revolverkanone des Flugabwehrwaffensystems MANTIS wird auf dem Truppenübungsplatz Putlos in Position gebracht.
Mit diesem einzigartigen Waffensystem geht die Bundeswehr neue Wege, auf eine sehr wirkungsvolle Art kann jetzt auf Bedrohungen aus der Luft, wie durch Raketen, Artilleriegranaten und Mörsern reagiert werden.

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First Luftwaffe MANTIS Firing - Modular, Automatic and Network capable Targeting and Interception System

First Luftwaffe MANTIS Firing - Modular, Automatic and Network capable Targeting and Interception System | D-FENS | Scoop.it

The Bundeswehr conducted its first firing under its own responsibility of its Modular, Automatic and Network capable Targeting and Interception System (MANTIS) counter-rocket, artillery and mortar system last month. The Sept. 5 firing at the Todendorf/Panker training area on the Baltic shot down six target drones launched in rapid succession by larger mother drones.

 

Previous test firings were conducted by supplier Rheinmetall and Bundeswehr testing and evaluation facilities. In mid-August, the Luftwaffe's Flak Group (FlaGrp) conducted target determination of drones at its home base in Hussum without firing MANTIS.

The system's 35 mm guns can fire up to 1,000 rounds a minute.

The Bundeswehr has produced two videos showing the MANTIS deployment to and firing in Todendorf. Plans to deploy MANTIS to Afghanistan have been cancelled.

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General: 'My Career Was Done' When I Criticized Flawed Warplane | V-22 Osprey

General: 'My Career Was Done' When I Criticized Flawed Warplane | V-22 Osprey | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Don Harvel thought he was cruising to a well-deserved retirement after 35 years flying cargo planes for the U.S. Air Force. Then in the spring of 2010 he was tapped to investigate the fatal crash of a high-tech Air Force tiltrotor aircraft – and everything changed.

 

What Harvel discovered about the controversial hybrid aircraft drew him into a battle of wills with his superiors at Air Force Special Operations Command. Harvel, then a brigadier general, uncovered evidence of mechanical problems — and resulting safety woes — in the V-22 Osprey, which takes off like a helicopter and flies like an airplane. These are issues the Pentagon has been eager to downplay. So when Harvel refused to alter his findings to match the Defense Department’s expectations, he knew that was the final chapter of his decades-long military service. Harvel’s long-planned retirement was held up for more than two years, effectively silencing him during a troubling chapter in the Osprey’s often-troubled history.

“I turned [my report] in and I knew that my career was done,” Harvel says.

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Cormorant Trophy awarded to Canadian SAR team

Cormorant Trophy awarded to Canadian SAR team | D-FENS | Scoop.it

AgustaWestland has announced that the 2012 Cormorant Trophy for Helicopter Rescue has been selected as a Canadian Forces Search and Rescue team that carried out the treacherous nighttime icy Arctic sea rescue of two hunters in October 2011.

The Cormorant Trophy for Helicopter Rescue recognises the Canadian civilian, government or military crew that has performed the most demanding helicopter rescue of the year.

The recipients of this year’s award from 103 Search and Rescue Squadron at Canadian Forces Base Gander, Newfoundland have been named as: Captain Aaron Noble (aircraft commander), Captain Dean Vey (co-pilot), Sergeant Brad Hiscock (flight engineer), Sergeant Daniel Villeneuve (SAR Tech team lead), and Master Corporal Shawn Bretschneider (SAR Tech team member).

According to the company, at 9 am on 27 October 2011, the crew of AW101 Cormorant ‘Rescue 915’ from the 103 SAR Squadron were tasked with rescuing two walrus hunters stranded on an ice flow in the Arctic sea near Igloolik, Nunavut. In planning the mission, Noble realised he had to cover a distance of 2,780 km. in the shortest time and with the fewest stops. Noble and Vey plotted a mission which used no crew replacement and three very short fuel stops. After about 12 hours of flying with night setting in, Rescue 915 was told the conditions of the hunters had worsened. In addition, there were three SAR Techs from 424 Squadron at Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ontario, who had parachuted into the water from a CC-130 Hercules and two Personal Locator Beacons had been activated indicating there was more trouble in the water.

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Green Blade 2012: Interoperability and mutual trust

Green Blade 2012: Interoperability and mutual trust | D-FENS | Scoop.it

With the redeployment of the last helicopters and ground forces, Green Blade 2012 ends today. Three weeks, 49 missions and 487 flying hours later, the 550 participants from four countries part from the Belgian Air Base Kleine-Brogel better trained and better prepared for multinational missions.

“Green Blade 2012 was a great success. All participants have made tremendous efforts and have delivered hard work with passion. All have reached an extraordinary level of interoperability and gained new grounds of mission preparation by sharing experiences and mutual trust and friendship.” Said Michael Becker, responsible for Green Blade 2012 at the EDA. Andy Gray, in charge of EDA’s helicopter training programme added, “We have to train personnel the way we fight. Collaboration is the only option and Green Blade was an excellent example of how far we get by working and training together.”

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FA18 extended view of Space Shuttle Endeavour's flyover Southern California

SCA-Endeavour extended aerial view during Tour of Southern California on September 21, 2012. Views included Malibu, Dodger Stadium, California Science Center, the Los Angeles Colosseum, downtown Los Angeles, the Hollywood Sign, Griffith Observatory, Pasadena, the Rose Bowl, Santa Monica, Long Beach, Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Space X, Universal Studios, Point Mugu before landing at Los Angeles International Airport at 12:51 pm PT.

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DISCOVERY CHANNEL’S CURIOSITY SERIES: Boeing 727 crash experiment - THE BIGGEST REMOTE CONTROLLED PLANE CRASH IN HISTORY

DISCOVERY CHANNEL’S CURIOSITY SERIES: Boeing 727 crash experiment - THE BIGGEST REMOTE CONTROLLED PLANE CRASH IN HISTORY | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Watch my friend LCDR Leland "Chip" Shanle, Jr., CEO of Broken Wing LLC (http://brokenwing.tv/) and Naval Aviator/ Test Pilot ,  explaining this groundbreaking experiment:

 

DISCOVERY CHANNEL’S CURIOSITY SERIES GOES ON BOARD THE BIGGEST REMOTE CONTROLLED PLANE CRASH IN HISTORY

Episode Premieres Sunday, Oct. 7 at 9-11 p.m.ET/PT

 

(Los Angeles, Calif.) – Have you ever wondered what would happen if the plane you were on crashed? Does bracing really help or is it a myth? Where is the best place to sit? And fundamentally, are planes designed so that you could survive?

In the premiere episode of CURIOSITY, airing Sunday, Oct. 7 on Discovery Channel, an international team of experts will explore these questions by doing the unthinkable – deliberately crashing a full-size passenger airplane into the remote desert along the U.S.-Mexico border.

This groundbreaking experiment looks at what actually happens during a plane crash and the science behind passengers’ best chance for survival. Crash test dummies as well as sensors throughout the plane will reveal just what types of forces are unleashed in a typical plane crash. Through video footage from inside the plane, viewers will see what happens during the moment of impact.

This experiment marks the first time an entire plane has been crash tested since 1984 when NASA attempted it with mixed results. With four years of meticulous planning, this latest attempt seems ready to take flight. However, a series of last minute obstacles prove that anything could potentially go fatally wrong.

Interviews opportunities are available upon request with the pilots, crew members and team of experts.

 

The episode will also be shown on Channel 4 in the UK plus Pro Sieben in Germany. To learn more, go to www.discovery.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/discovery and on Twitter @Discover or @pilotPOV.

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