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Spotlight on Antarctica



  • Title Spotlight on Antarctica
  • Released 21/01/2019 8:00 am
  • Copyright D. Michalik/NSF/SPT
  • DescriptionThis ethereal image was taken by Daniel Michalik, currently a research fellow at ESA. It was shortlisted as a finalist in the Royal Society photography competition in 2017, and went on to become the overall winner in the ‘Astronomy’ category – and it’s easy to see why.

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Bell Boeing awarded $144 million for V-22 support

An MV-22 Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261 (Reinforced), 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, lifts off at Udairi Range in Kuwait, July 29, 2012, as part of a live-fire event showcasing the Osprey’s Defensive Weapon System. VMM-261 (Rein) is in Kuwait as part of a 24th MEU sustainment training package. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

Contract adds support for U.S. Navy CMV-22B variant to existing U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps customers

Contract expands and advances work that Bell Boeing has performed since 2008

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 18, 2019 – The Bell Boeing Joint Program Office has been awarded an estimated $143,863,184 firm-fixed-price requirements contract for performance-based logistics and engineering support for the V-22 platform. This is an 11-month base contract with four one-year option periods. Locations of performance are Texas and Pennsylvania for V-22 aircraft belonging to the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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RAPIS-1 Completion of Critical Operations Phase

January 19, 2019 (JST)

JAXA received telemetry data from the Rapid Innovative Payload 
Demonstration Satellite 1 (RAPIS-1), launched aboard the fourth 
Epsilon Launch Vehicle (Epilon-4) earlier at 9:50 a.m. (Japan 
Standard Time, JST), January 18, 2019 from the JAXA Uchinoura 
Space Center. The RAPIS-1 telemetry confirmed that the satellite's 
solar panels started generating electricity, which is essential 
for the RAPIS-1 operation. The telemetry also shows communication 
with the satellite via ground stations proceeded well. This 
concludes the critical operations phase. *1

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Launch Success, The Innovative Satellite Technology Demonstoration-1 aboard Epsilon-4

January 18, 2019 (JST)

National Research and Development Agency Japan Aerospace 
Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the Innovative Satellite 
Technology Demonstration-1* aboard the fourth Epsilon Launch 
Vehicle (Epsilon-4) from the JAXA Uchinoura Space Center. The 
launch proceeded on time at 9:50:20 a.m., (Japan Standard Time, 
JST) January 18, 2019.

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IX Reach and AMS-IX India Strengthen Partnership to Offer Exceptional Global Connectivity Solutions

Manchester, United Kingdom – 18th January 2019: IX Reach, the global leading provider of carrier services and connectivity solutions, has today announced to expand its partnership with AMS-IX into India to bring robust and resilient connectivity into AMS-IX’s Internet Exchange in Mumbai.

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Boeing Delivers First 787 Dreamliner for WestJet

Airline to fly super-efficient, long-range 787-9 on new non-stop international routes

Airplane named after carrier’s chairman, founder; features new business cabin

SEATTLE, Jan. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing [NYSE:BA] today delivered the first of ten 787 Dreamliners to WestJet, marking the start of the airline’s global expansion. Having long operated a fleet of Boeing single-aisle jets, WestJet will use the super-efficient, long-range 787-9 Dreamliner to profitably serve new international routes.

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Bombardier Appoints Peter Bromby as Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Learjet Aircraft

  • Seasoned professional brings more than 20 years of leadership and experience in business aviation sales
  • New sales team to champion Learjet aircraft sales in the U.S., focusing on iconic brand
  • Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 are the best performing, best equipped aircraft in their class, offering the best value  

MONTREAL, Jan. 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier Business Aircraft today announced the appointment of Peter Bromby as Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Learjet Aircraft. Bromby will assume overall responsibility for sales with a dedicated U.S.-based sales team and apply his vast experience and insight to driving sales of this impressive Bombardier brand. He will retain his current responsibilities as Vice President, Worldwide Pre-owned Aircraft Sales.

A seasoned professional with more than 20 years of experience in aviation sales, Peter has held a number of key roles in his career. Peter joined Bombardier in 2015 as Director, Sales, Learjet Aircraft. One year later, he was promoted to the role of Regional Vice President, Sales, Pre-owned Aircraft, helping to transform Bombardier’s pre-owned Learjet, Challenger and Global business worldwide. Under his new role, he has a clear mandate to increase Learjet brand awareness and sales, particularly in the North American market.

“Peter is an accomplished industry veteran with a proven track record. Given his impressive vision, leadership and experience, he will bring a strong sales focus on the Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 – key pillars of the Bombardier Business Aircraft’s industry-leading portfolio,” said Peter Likoray, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Learjet aircraft are the best performing and best equipped aircraft in their class and offer the best value. They also bring distinct comfort advantages that have become synonymous with Learjet and Bombardier these past decades.”

Bombardier’s Learjet program is one of business aviation’s greatest success stories, with more than 2,200 Learjet aircraft flying around the world, from the Learjet 23 to the Learjet 75.

About Learjet aircraft

Learjet aircraft are renowned worldwide for their sleek ramp appeal and are favoured by pilots for their handling characteristics and high performance. They have transported corporate leaders for decades, helping build their businesses.

Learjet 70 aircraft: The Learjet 70 aircraft is the most trusted light-midsized business aircraft platform among Fortune 50 and 500 companies. The aircraft offers a smooth ride, top reliability and performance, and its cabin is designed for the utmost comfort – easily accommodating six passengers and two crew members.

Learjet 75 aircraft: As part of the well-established Learjet family, the class-defining Learjet 75 aircraft continues to set the standard by bringing large-jet features to a light-jet platform. The Learjet 75 aircraft is the only business jet in its class to feature an eight-seat double-club configuration and a flat floor throughout the cabin, offering a smooth ride and the ultimate in comfort.

About Bombardier
With more than 69,500 employees across four business segments, Bombardier is a global leader in the transportation industry, creating innovative and game-changing planes and trains. Our products and services provide world-class transportation experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.

Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Bombardier has production and engineering sites in 28 countries across the segments of Transportation, Business Aircraft, Commercial Aircraft and Aerostructures and Engineering Services. Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, Bombardier posted revenues of US$16.2 billion. News and information are available at or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

Fascinating Arms & Armour coming up at Chiswick Auctions on 28th January

Arms & Armour sale at Chiswick Auctions on Monday 28th January, 2019 at 11.00am.

We have some interesting pieces including the highlights below.

Lot 54 – An associated WW1 grouping related to Captain Sir E A Stewart-Richardson of The Black Watch. Including a Highland dirk set by Kirkwood of Edinburgh, a sgian-dubh with silver hallmarked fittings and a Princess Mary’s Gift tin for Christmas 1914, containing the attribution note, photo, tobacco and cigarettes (unopened). (3)

Estimate: £500-£800

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