LTCDR Nathan Gray, F-35 Test Pilot, Patuxent River Integrated Test Force (ITF), NAS Patuxent River, MD, USA

16 July 2018


One of the UK’s leading F-35 Lightning test pilots has spoken of the importance of a unique £2m flight simulator developed by BAE Systems for use in preparation of flight trials on board HMS Queen Elizabeth, the UK’s new aircraft carrier, later this year.

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Boeing KC-46 Program Completes Flight Testing Required for First Delivery to U.S. Air Force

Boeing Flight Test Photography, Boeing Field, Seattle, Boeing Test and Evaluation, KC-46A, Pegasus, Tanker, VH005, KC-135 offload to KC-46 over Pacific Ocean, Santa Catalina Island

A Boeing KC-46A tanker prepares for receiver certification testing, conducted out of Boeing Field in Seattle. The Boeing/U.S. Air Force test team recently completed all flight testing that is required prior to first delivery. Testing included receiver certification flights with KC-135, F-16 and C-17 aircraft. (Paul Weatherman, Boeing photo)

EVERETT, Wash., July 13, 2018 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] and U.S Air Force teams recently achieved a major KC-46 tanker program milestone, completing all flight testing required for first delivery. This past week, the KC-46 team concluded both its Military Type Certification testing and receiver certification testing with KC-135, F-16 and C-17 aircraft.

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Rockwell Collins and DRS to collaborate on secure air combat training solution for the U.K. Ministry of Defence

Rockwell Collins’ Joint Secure Air Combat Training System provides proven security, advanced networking and Live, Virtual, Constructive (LVC) capabilities

  • Only air combat training system capable of supporting advanced multi-enclave training missions providing real-time pilot feedback
  • Includes the DRS-exclusive P5 interoperable waveform for F-35 aircraft
  • Ready for growth into Live, Virtual, Constructive blended training
  • Builds on over 30 years of advanced air combat training experience both in the U.S. and internationally

FARNBOROUGH, U.K. (July 13, 2018) – Rockwell Collins and DRS have announced plans to work together to bring their state-of-the-art Joint Secure Air Combat Training System (JSAS) to the prime contractor teams’ bidding for the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) Air Support to Defence Operational Training (ASDOT) program and for the Future Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation System (FACMIS) requirement. JSAS is the next generation Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation (ACMI) solution that brings proven security, advanced networking, and growth into Live, Virtual, Constructive (LVC) capabilities.

Through this collaborative effort, JSAS can interoperate with the P5 waveform enabling communications between JSAS, the F-35 and existing P5 training pods. With superior networking features, JSAS lays the foundation for future connectivity to the MoD’s Defence Operational Training Capability (Air) program (DOTC-A) to help deliver the balance of live and synthetic training the MoD seeks to achieve.

“This collaboration brings a host of key capabilities to the MoD, including the multi-enclave security and interoperability needed for fifth-generation fighters,” said Sarah Minett, managing director, United Kingdom for Rockwell Collins. “Working with DRS, this proven solution will meet the current and future needs of these programs.”

Rockwell Collins and DRS have just successfully completed the Preliminary Design Review for their contracted delivery of the Tactical Combat Training System Increment II (TCTS Inc. II) program for the U.S. Navy, which includes similar requirements to the U.K. MoD’s ASDOT and FACMIS programs.

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NASA’s Fermi Traces Source of Cosmic Neutrino to Monster Black Hole

NASA’s Fermi Traces Source of Cosmic Neutrino to Monster Black Hole

NASA’s Fermi (top left) has achieved a new first—identifying a monster black hole in a far-off galaxy as the source of a high-energy neutrino seen by the IceCube Neutrino Observatory (sensor strings, bottom).

Credits: NASA/Fermi and Aurore Simonnet, Sonoma State University

For the first time ever, scientists using NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have found the source of a high-energy neutrino from outside our galaxy. This neutrino traveled 3.7 billion years at almost the speed of light before being detected on Earth. This is farther than any other neutrino whose origin scientists can identify.

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Launch Schedule of the H-II Transfer Vehicle KOUNOTORI7 aboard the H-IIB Vehicle No. 7

Launch Schedule of the H-II Transfer Vehicle KOUNOTORI7 aboard the 
H-IIB Vehicle No. 7

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace 
Exploration Agency (JAXA) will launch the H-IIB Launch Vehicle 
No. 7(H-IIB F7) which carries aboard the H-II Transfer Vehicle 
"KOUNOTORI7" (HTV7), the cargo transporter to the International 
Space Station (ISS). Details are as follows:

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Crowded Skies: Embry-Riddle Studies Financial Impacts of Space Launches on Aviation

Flying the Crowded Skies: Every Space Launch Takes a Financial Toll on Airlines, Embry-Riddle Research Confirms 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Researchers with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s College of Business in Daytona Beach, Florida, are calculating the specific financial impacts of space launches on aviation.

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DARPA, Lockheed Martin Demonstrate Technologies to Enable a Connected Warfighter Network

FORT WORTH, Texas, July 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Skunk Works® and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently performed a series of flight tests demonstrating how a system of systems (SoS) approach enables seamless – and rapid – integration across air, space, land, sea and cyber in contested environments.

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