Airbus QUICK NEWS – AUGUST 2020

Issued: August 2020

First metal cut achieved for the A321XLR’s Rear Centre Tank section
Following the recent ‘first metal cut’, production of the first Rear Centre Tank (RCT) for the new long range A321XLR is now underway. The RCT, which is unique to this variant, is a permanently installed high-capacity fuel tank which makes maximum volumetric use of the aircraft’s lower fuselage. The RCT structure which is integrated in fuselage Sections 15 and 17 is located behind the main landing gear bay and holds up to 12,900 litres – which is more fuel than several optional Additional Centre Tanks (ACTs) combined could hold previously in the A321 Family. Moreover, since the RCT takes up less space in the cargo hold, it frees-up underfloor volume for additional cargo and baggage on long range routes of up to an unprecedented 4,700nm. Premium AEROTEC, which was commissioned by Airbus in September 2019 to manufacture the RCT, is currently completing the structure’s sub-assembly at its factory in Augsburg, Germany. This phase involves production of the other RCT parts, followed by structural assembly, systems equipping and testing prior to delivery to Airbus’ major component assembly (MCA) facility in Hamburg early next year, where the tank will be integrated into the aircraft’s rear fuselage. The A321XLR, the next evolutionary step in Airbus’ single-aisle products, has been designed to maximize overall commonality with the rest of the A320neo Family, while introducing minimal changes needed to give the aircraft an Xtra Long Range with increased revenue payload and best travel experience.

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Lockheed Martin and University of Southern California Build Smart CubeSats, La Jument

Experimental AI/ML mission will be the first to fly the SmartSat™ software-defined platform

LITTLETON, Co., Aug. 5, 2020 – Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is building mission payloads for a Space Engineering Research Center at University of Southern California (USC) Information Sciences Institute small satellite program called La Jument, which enhance Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) space technologies.

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NASA Administrator Statement on the Passing of Mike Freilich

NASA Administrator Statement on the Passing of Mike Freilich

Jan. 28, 2020, at NASA Headquarters in Washington, NASA and its European partners renamed the Sentinel-6A/Jason-CS satellite
On Jan. 28, 2020, at NASA Headquarters in Washington, NASA and its European partners renamed the Sentinel-6A/Jason-CS satellite Michael Freilich, in honor or Mike Freilich, former director of NASA’s Earth Science Division. Sentinel-6A Michael Freilich will observe and record global sea level changes and will be joined by an identical satellite slated to launch in 2025 for a total of ten years of targeted observations.
Credits: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on the passing of Mike Freilich, passionate explorer and former director of NASA’s Earth Science Division:

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NASA Astronaut Aboard Space Station Answers STEM Students’ Questions

NASA Astronaut Aboard Space Station Answers STEM Students’ Questions

Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy completing NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer Installation on the JEM Airlock
Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy completing NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer Installation on the Japanese Experiment Module Airlock.
Credits: NASA

Students participating in Space Station Explorers STEM programs across the nation will pose questions this week to NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy aboard the International Space Station. The educational downlink event will air live at 12:45 p.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 7, on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

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Beechcraft King Air turboprops approved for new IS&S ThrustSense Autothrottle upgrade

Photography of the Beechcraft King Air 350 cockpit with the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion integrated flight deck.
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Wichita, KS USA

Beechcraft King Air turboprops approved for new IS&S ThrustSense Autothrottle upgrade

WICHITA, Kan. (Aug. 4, 2020) – Textron Aviation today announces special type certification (STC) approval of Innovative Solutions & Support (IS&S) ThrustSense Autothrottle on the Beechcraft King Air 300 series equipped with Pro Line Fusion avionics and new production Beechcraft King Air 360 turboprops. This is in addition to the STC that was received in 2019 for Pro Line 21-equipped Beechcraft King Air 200 series.

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Introducing the Beechcraft King Air 360 – the new flagship of the best-selling turboprop family

Photography of the Beechcraft King Air 350 cockpit with the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion integrated flight deck.
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Introducing the Beechcraft King Air 360 – the new flagship of the best-selling turboprop family  

WICHITA, Kan. (Aug. 4, 2020) – Textron Aviation today ushers in the next generation of its legendary King Air turboprop family with the Beechcraft King Air 360/360ER. The updated flagship turboprop offers the latest technological advancements in the cockpit, a redesigned cabin, and enhancements to passenger comfort. The aircraft is currently in production with customer deliveries expected to begin in the Fall of 2020.

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NASA Astronauts to Discuss Historic SpaceX Crew Dragon Test Flight

NASA Astronauts to Discuss Historic SpaceX Crew Dragon Test Flight

NASA astronauts Robert Behnken, left, and Douglas Hurley are seen inside the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft
NASA astronauts Robert Behnken, left, and Douglas Hurley are seen inside the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft onboard the SpaceX GO Navigator recovery ship shortly after having landed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. The Demo-2 test flight for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program was the first to deliver astronauts to the International Space Station and return them safely to Earth onboard a commercially built and operated spacecraft. Behnken and Hurley returned after spending 64 days in space.
Credits: NASA/Bill Ingalls

NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will discuss their recently completed SpaceX Demo-2 test flight mission to the International Space Station during a news conference at 4:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Aug. 4.

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Torpedo Bombers, 1900-1950, An Illustrated Histor

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The story of the torpedo bomber has never been told before in the clear and comprehensive manner of this new book. The air-launched torpedo claimed its first victims in the early part of |WWI, in WWII at Taranto and Pearl Harbour it decimated the might of two navies, but by 1945 it was a weapon system on its way out . – Most Highly Recommended.

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