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Sikorsky HAWK Aircraft Highlight Video - S-70 / UH-60 Blackhawk

Versatile, dependable, and rugged: just three reasons why 28 nations depend on HAWK helicopters for multi-mission support.
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COLD RESPONSE 2016 - Combined Joint Task Force - Support Element

Exercise Cold Response 16 in Norway is supported by a Combined Joint Task Force which organizes communications, air support & airlift, naval support, and logistics.

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Why Don't We Explore Space More? | Ask Peter | Google Lunar XPRIZE

Why haven't we gone back to the Moon yet...or sent people to Mars sooner? Why did space exploration slow down? Futurist Peter Diamandis answers---with a ray of hope for change!

Do you have any questions about going back to the Moon, 'newspace' companies (like Virgin Galactic & SpaceX), or XPRIZE? Comment below with #AskPeter to ask XPRIZE Founder Peter Diamandis anything!

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Moon Shot | Official Trailer | Google Lunar XPRIZE

Academy Award®-nominated director Orlando von Einsiedel, Executive Producer J.J. Abrams, Bad Robot and Epic Digital have joined forces with Google and XPRIZE to create a documentary web series about the people competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE (http://lunar.xprize.org). The Google Lunar XPRIZE is the largest prize competition of all time with a reward of $30 million and aims to incentivize entrepreneurs to create a new era of affordable access to the Moon and beyond, while inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers, and explorers.

This character-driven, emotional, awe-inspiring series of 9 short films will follow a selection of the teams currently racing to complete their missions. It will explore the lives of their charismatic, quirky members, the sacrifices they have made to get to where they are today, and crucially, what drives them on this incredible journey.

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Legendary Leadership - Robin Olds

Legendary Leadership - Robin Olds | D-FENS | Scoop.it

“There are pilots and there are pilots; with the good ones, it is
inborn. You can’t teach it. If you are a fighter pilot, you have to be
willing to take risks.”

— Robin OIds

Robin Olds - The Rest of His Story - A One-Hour Documentary -

 

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http://www.albrechtchristian.com/blog/2016/2/18/robin-olds

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B-52 Bomber Launch In Support Of Cold Response 2016

Three B-52 Bomber air crews takeoff from Barksdale AFB in support of U.S. Strategic Command's Bomber Assurance and Deterrence Mission for Exercise Cold Response 16 in Norway. Filmed on February 29, 2016.
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Aerial Refueling - Airbus Helicopters H225M - EH 1/67 " Pyrénées " 

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US Marines Helicopter Door Gunner in Action - Bell UH-1Y "Venom" - Urban Close Air Suport

A group of U.S. Marines provide urban close air support during an offensive air support exercise.
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No Room For Error: Sikorsky UH-60 "Black Hawk" Helicopter Sling Load Operations

U.S. Army Soldiers sling load cargo onto New Jersey Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopters at Coyle Drop Zone, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey.

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USMC V-22 Osprey Tilt-Rotor Aircraft Can Support Cal Fire

USMC V-22 Osprey Tilt-Rotor Aircraft Can Support Cal Fire | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 165 supported the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) in a fire fighting exercise aboard Hemet-Ryan Air Attack Base, California, Feb. 11.

The Marines with VMM-165 flew out to Diamond Valley Lake on Hemet-Ryan Air Attack Base in an MV-22B Osprey to perform bucket dips in an effort to prove the aircraft was capable of supporting Cal Fire operations.

Cal Fire is a state wide California fire-fighting agency that Marine Corps bases such as Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and Camp Pendleton support, according to George Shinrock, the program manager for Fire Emergency Services Marine Corps Installations West, and a Huntington Beach, California, native.

“The Marine Corps supports Cal Fire in the San Diego region through a series of agreements of operational plans,” said Shinrock. “If [Cal Fire] have no aviation resources available for firefighting efforts, they will request an aircraft to support firefighting and we will step forward with that.”

Aside from just supporting Cal Fire in a bucket drop exercise, the training tested the abilities of the Osprey, an aircraft not typically used for fire fighting.

“We came out to show Cal Fire that we can employ the MV-22B for firefighting efforts,” said Maj. Elio Marcillo, assistant current operations officer with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and a Queens, New York, native. “[The Osprey] could be one of the platforms that we use besides the CH-53 Super Stallion and the UH-1Y Hueys.”

VMM-165 Marines hooked the bucket to the Osprey and made two dry runs, flying the aircraft around the drop area, before making four runs where they actually dumped water on the targets.

“The pilots don’t have any visibility on the bucket, so the crew chiefs have to guide it in over the water, that’s the first step,” said Cpl. Aaron Culler, a crew chief with VMM-165 and a Winston-Salem, North Carolina, native. “We line the pilots up because we have a better visual of outside the aircraft. The crew chiefs line everything up and call target drops.”

The training was successful, according to Shinrock.

“Today’s evolution answered all the questions for Cal Fire,” said Shinrock. “If the need arises and they request our assistance, we’re very confident the MV-22B will perform the mission with great success.”

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"Norwegian Armed Forces" main winter exercise with international participation - Cold Response 2016

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Cold Response 2016
Cold Response is the Norwegian Armed Forces' main winter exercise. It is held every other year, and our partners are invited to participate.

Cold Response 2016 will be held in the Trøndelag counties in Central Norway from 19 February to 22 March. Around 15,000 military personnel from 14 nations are expected to participate.


This year, the following nations will participate in Cold Response: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, the USA, the United Kingdom and Norway. In addition, there will be several participating units from NATO.


This year's exercise is divided into three phases: 
 Preparation phase: 19 February to 1 March 
 Exercise phase: 2 to 9 March  
 Closing phase: 10 to 22 March

Norwegian winter can be extreme, and the cold and changing conditions might be unfamiliar and surprising to many. In case of an emergency situation, military personnel need experiece with combat operations in cold weather.


Norway is ideally suited for this kind of winter training, and exercises like Cold Response give us the opportunity to test and confirm our plans and tactics. Cold Response also strengthens cooperation between military and civilian organisations, and military cooperation between the participating countries.

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Norway and Sweden preparing for COLD RESPONSE 2016

Norway and Sweden preparing for COLD RESPONSE 2016 | D-FENS | Scoop.it

A giant winter war exercise is on its way in Norway. Cold Response 2016 kicks off in March, but already now preparations are on their way. Sweden takes it extra seriously, the country runs a pre-excercise of its own: Vintersol (Wintersun).


A few days ago a US Marines CH-53 Sea Stallion was offloaded from a Lockheed C-5 Galaxy on Vaernes Airbase in Norway. From 2 to 9 March the Marines will fight their way through the Trøndelag counties in Central Norway, together or against forces of Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and, of course, Norway. It is such a big exercise that it will take another 13 days to repatriate all equipment involved.


read more here: http://airheadsfly.com/2016/02/08/norway-and-sweden-preparing-for-cold-response-2016/

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Launch. Land. Repeat.


Our vision: millions of people living and working in space. You can’t get there by throwing the hardware away. Watch the re-flight!


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Elon Musk Interview on The BBC about the future of electric vehicles & autonomous driving technology

In January 2016 Elon Musk talks to BBC Technology Correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones at Tesla's Design Studio in Hawthorne, California. The conversation covers the future of electric vehicles and of autonomous driving technology. The importance of Tesla building an affordable car is discussed along with Musk's confidence that Apple will build an electric car.

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Elon Musk on Instagram: “Falcon 9 back in the hangar at Cape Canaveral. No damage found, ready to fire again.”

Elon Musk on Instagram: “Falcon 9 back in the hangar at Cape Canaveral. No damage found, ready to fire again.” | D-FENS | Scoop.it




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Space: The visionaries take over

Space: The visionaries take over | D-FENS | Scoop.it

On Dec. 21, Elon Musk’s SpaceX, after launching 11 satellites into orbit, returned its 15-story booster rocket, upright and intact, to a landing pad at Cape Canaveral. That’s a $60 million mountain of machinery — recovered. (The traditional booster rocket either burns up or disappears into some ocean.)

The reusable rocket has arrived. Arguably, it arrived a month earlier when Blue Origin, a privately owned outfit created by Jeffrey P. Bezos (Amazon chief executive and owner of this newspaper) launched and landed its own booster rocket, albeit for a suborbital flight. But whether you attribute priority to Musk or Bezos, the two events together mark the inauguration of a new era in spaceflight.


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Bell UH-1Y "Venom" - GAU-21 .50cal/ M134 training - Marine Corps Air Station Yuma

Crewmembers of a UH-1Y Huey Venom helicopter fire the GAU-21 .50 caliber machine gun and an M134 minigun during a training mission out Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.

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British Royal Marines & US Marines - Aerial Insertion via MV-22 in Spain

U.S. Marines and British Royal Marines Commandos for an aerial insertion and foot patrol in Andalusia, Spain.
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Third Helicopter Tactics Instructors Course successfully accomplished - European Defence Agency

Third Helicopter Tactics Instructors Course successfully accomplished - European Defence Agency | D-FENS | Scoop.it

During the third Helicopter Tactics Instructors Course (HTIC), aircrew members from across Europe were working hard to master their skills. With successful delivery of the ground and simulator phase at RAF Linton-on-Ouse in the UK, and the phase at Vidsel test range near Lulea in northern Sweden, twelve student instructors from Austria, Germany, Sweden and the UK graduated from the course with Bronze or Silver HTI qualifications, corresponding to their experience and skills level.


It was the first case that the HTIC was delivered under an EDA Category B Programme with its own approved Programme Arrangement signed in March 2015 by Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

The HTIC as a multinational tactical training course involved four helicopter types: Austrian Kiowa, Swedish Air Force Blackhawk and NH90, Chinook from the UK. It engaged more than one hundred military and civilian staff, and included more than two hundred hours of live flying.

The aim of HTIC is to teach experienced helicopter aircrew how to instruct tactics in the air and on the ground. It covers topics such as fighter jets evasion, electronic warfare against surface to air radar threats, convoy escort, vehicle check points and operating in the low-tech threat environment.  

A wide range of assets to provide the correct learning environment were required. The excellent support was provided by the Swedish Armed Forces with their Gripen fighter jets from 211 and 212 Squadron, the SK60 trainer aircraft and the ground-based radar defence systems as well as by the UK with their Hawk aircraft from 100 Squadron.

For the first time, the Staff Instructors included graduates from the previous courses. The two returning Swedish Instructors prove that the course can be self-sustaining and is able to achieve its aim of developing an internationally recognised cadre of tactics instructors who, in turn, can continue to deliver courses in the future. 

The HTIC is a high-value, intensive course that forges close links between all participants, creating a tight-knit community. Experience and knowledge are shared openly and honestly, and working on the principle of adopting best practices, continual improvement and standardisation serve as a constant theme. Everyone works together, harmonising tactics, techniques and procedures, with ever closer interoperability being the final goal. Through this international training, crews prepare for the coalition operations for the future.


They train the way they fight so that they can fight the way they have trained – together! 

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K-Max Helicopter and Indago Quadrotor Demonstrate Firefighting Capability at Griffiss Airfield

A team of Lockheed Martin and Kaman unmanned aircraft successfully demonstrated its ability to aid in firefighting operations. During the demonstration, the Indago quad rotor effectively identified hot spots, and provided data to an operator who directed the unmanned K-MAX helicopter to autonomously extinguish the flames. In one hour, the unmanned K-MAX helicopter lifted and dropped more than 24,000 pounds of water onto the fire.

“The unmanned K-MAX and Indago aircraft can work to fight fires day and night, in all weather, reaching dangerous areas without risking a life,” said Dan Spoor, vice president of Aviation and Unmanned Systems at Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems and Training business.
“This demonstration signifies the potential for adapting proven unmanned systems and their advanced sensors and mission suites to augment manned firefighting operations, more than doubling the amount of time on station,” said Kaman Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Neal Keating.

The industry leader in lift efficiency, unmanned K-MAX provided heavy lift services by autonomously dipping water from a pond and delivering it precisely to the fire location. Manufactured by Kaman and outfitted with an advanced mission suite by Lockheed Martin, unmanned K-MAX has a twin-rotor design that maximizes lift capability in the most challenging environments. The heavy lift capability delivers effective firefighting and resupply operations to firefighters on the ground. Using its electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) camera, K-MAX can locate hot spots and designate the location to its operator for water drops at that location. K-MAX has proven the ability to autonomously conduct resupply operations with the capability to deliver to four different locations. Its flexible multi-hook carousel is suited for attachments such as water buckets, litters and medical supplies in a highly stable system, allowing it to accomplish a wide range of missions.
The Indago’s industry-leading flight time and EO/IR gimbaled imager provides high quality data and enhanced situational awareness for operators to make real-time decisions. Indago is capable of providing tactical situational awareness and geo-location to aid in a variety of missions, from firefighting to precision agriculture to search and rescue.


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- General Safety Reminder -

- General Safety Reminder - | D-FENS | Scoop.it

If you need a mishap to admit there is a problem, then you are part of the problem.

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Investigation blames birdstrike for HH-60 "Pave Hawk" crash -56th Rescue Squadron - 48th Fighter Wing - Royal Air Force Station Lakenheath

Investigation blames birdstrike for HH-60 "Pave Hawk" crash -56th Rescue Squadron - 48th Fighter Wing - Royal Air Force Station Lakenheath | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Geese penetrated the windscreen of an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter during evening training mission in January, disabling the pilot and co-pilot and leading to the crash that killed four Air Force crewmembers, a military investigation revealed Wednesday.


The helicopter crashed on the eastern coast of England while practicing nighttime rescue mission scenario for a downed F-16 pilot. The Pave Hawk was flying over grass-covered marshland near Cley next the Sea when geese, likely startled by the noise rose in flight and hit the helicopter flying at about 110 feet above ground level.


Investigators concluded that at least three geese hit the windscreen, disabling the pilot, co-pilot and the aerial gunner. All three were rendered unconscious. One goose also hit the nose of the aircraft, disabling the trim and flight path stabilization systems.


With both pilots unconscious, and stabilization systems disabled, the helicopter banked left to the point it had no vertical lift. It crashed about three seconds after being struck by the geese, investigators said.


The Pave Hawk was assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing and based at the Royal Air Force station in Lakenheath.


A modified version of the better-known Black Hawks, the Pave Hawk is mostly used for combat search-and-rescue missions, such as recovering downed air crew members in hostile situations. They practice flying low, and have been deployed in military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.

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Drop Test of a Boeing CH-47C Helicopter

This research on the full-scale crash test of a CH-47C helicopter was performed by NASA Langley researcher Claude B. Castle. His accompanying technical report #TM X-3412 was issued in 1976. The research was a joint test program with the U.S. Army at Ft Eustis. Tests were conducted at the NASA Langley Research Center's Impact Dynamics Research Facility.

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