AeroVironment’s New Long-Range Tracking Antenna Significantly Extends Puma AE UAS Capabilities and Enhances Warfighter Safety

  • Critical upgrade extends range of Puma™ AE systems equipped with AeroVironment’s secure Digital Data Link (DDL) technology to approximately 60 kilometers
  • New technology delivers three times the range of current Puma systems



LONDON, at DSEI, Sept. 12, 2017 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for both military and commercial applications, today announced the release of a new, long-range tracking antenna (LRTA) for its Puma™ AE unmanned aircraft system. The critical upgrade extends the range of Puma systems equipped with AeroVironment’s secure Digital Data Link (DDL™) technology to approximately 60 kilometers (37.28 miles), significantly boosting Puma AE’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities and enhancing warfighter safety.

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U.S. Cargo Ship Set to Depart from International Space Station

U.S. Cargo Ship Set to Depart from International Space Station

SpaceX Dragon spacecraft
A SpaceX Dragon spacecraft is set to depart the International Space Station on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. The commercial spacecraft will return approximately 3,800 pounds of cargo to Earth, including science samples from human research conducted aboard the orbiting laboratory.
Credits: NASA

After delivering more than 6,400 pounds of cargo, a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft will depart the International Space Station on Sunday, Sept. 17. NASA Television and the agency’s website will provide live coverage of Dragon’s departure beginning at 4:30 a.m. EDT.

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Cornwall Airport Newquay’s soaring summer

Following a great start to the season where it recorded its busiest April ever– Cornwall Airport Newquay (CAN) continues to witness a remarkable surge in its passenger traffic having experienced a soaring summer performance. Hitting a new high last month, CAN handled a record 61,000 passengers during August, a significant traffic increase of 30%. The Airport growth this summer is more than triple the EU average of 8% and it is firmly on course to reach its 600,000 to 650,000 annual capacity limits.

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Airbus prepares the future European Governmental Satellite Communications programme

Paris, 11 September 2017 – Airbus has been contracted by the European Space Agency (ESA) to produce a demonstrator for the future European Governmental Satellite Communications (GOVSATCOM) programme. Supported by the European Commission, the European Defence Agency (EDA) and ESA, GOVSATCOM aims to provide key European countries, organisations and operators with secured satellite communication services. The programme should be launched by 2020 and follows in the footsteps of major European programmes such as Copernicus, Galileo and EDRS-SpaceDataHighway.

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Boeing to Design and Build Seven Medium Earth Orbit Satellites for SES

The satellites will carry Boeing’s most-advanced digital payload applicable to all orbits

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Sept. 11, 2017 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] will design and build seven super-powered medium earth orbit (MEO) satellites for SES, delivering efficient high-performance data communications services to users around the world.

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Sikorsky Receives Contract to Deliver Two S-70i™ Black Hawk Helicopters to the Los Angeles County Fire Department

Aircraft will be modified to Firehawk™ configuration for aerial firefighting and multi-role missions

STRATFORD, Conn., Sept. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, received a contract from the County of Los Angeles for two S-70i™ Black Hawk helicopters in a baseline configuration. Sikorsky is assembling the two new S-70i Black Hawk helicopters for delivery to L.A. County in December 2017.

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Five-star airline Garuda Indonesia, is to offer the only return, non-stop flights between the UK and Indonesia, with a new service operating from Jakarta’s Soekarno–Hatta International Airport to London Heathrow from 31 October.


The new return leg of the Indonesian flag carrier’s existing Heathrow to Jakarta service, will be the only non-stop flight to fly from Jakarta to London and will mean cutting out the previous stopover at Singapore Changi Airport. It will also make Garuda Indonesia the only airline operating non-stop flights on the route both inbound and outbound.


Boydike Kussudiarso, General Manager UK & Ireland says: “Operating non-stop flights from Jakarta to London has been a significant goal of ours for many years, even more so since the new Terminal 3 at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport – which opened just last year – became our home this May.


“We wanted to introduce the non-stop service to reflect Jakarta’s growing profile as a hub for international and domestic travel, allowing UK travellers and our SkyTeam Frequent Travellers better connections to more destinations.


“The new service will mean that we can offer the only non-stop links between the UK and Indonesia, making us a desirable airline for business and leisure travellers alike travelling between the two countries.”


The announcement also coincides with a new schedule that will see the previous Sunday outbound service rescheduled to Thursday. Non-stop flights will continue to operate three times per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, enabling better connections for UK passengers travelling onwards from Jakarta to domestic Indonesian destinations including Surabaya, Medan, Jogyakarta, Makassar, Labuan Bajo and Garuda Indonesia’s secondary hub Denpasar, Bali.


The airline has also amended flight timings to boost connections from the UK to Australia (Melbourne, Sydney and Perth), the Far East (Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul) and China (Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Shanghai).


Singapore will still remain well connected with up to ten flights per day from Jakarta.


Enveloping all five senses, the unique Garuda Indonesia on-board experience, including the smell of aromatic flowers and traditional Indonesian food, ensures that passengers are fully immersed in all that Indonesia has to offer. The airline recently won “The World’s Best Cabin Crew” award for the fourth year running and is ranked as one of the Skytrax World Airline “Top 10 Global Airlines”.


The new flight schedule will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at the following times:

GA87: Departs London Heathrow (LHR) 21:55, arrives at Jakarta (CGK) 18:55 (+1)

GA86: Departs Jakarta (CGK) 12:05, arrives London Heathrow (LHR) 20:00


The non-stop route will continue to utilise the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three-class configuration.


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