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SPACEX SUCCESSFULLY CARRIES 10 IRIDIUM NEXT SATELLITES INTO ORBIT IN RETURN TO FLIGHT MISSION
Monday, January 16, 2017
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A SpaceX Falcon 9 lifting off

Source: NASA


A SpaceX Falcon 9 lifting off

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Ten new Iridium NEXT satellites were delivered into low-Earth orbit approximately one hour after the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on January 14 at 9:54 a.m. PST (5:54 p.m. UTC; 12:54 p.m. EST). Iridium NEXT is the company's next-generation satellite constellation, replacing and enhancing its existing network of low-Earth orbit satellites spanning the entire globe.

Iridium reported the following day that all 10 satellites had been deployed and are functioning nominally. The ten satellites are now undergoing testing and validation in preparation for the future satellite replacement process known as a "slot swap." Overall, this testing and replacement phase will be completed in an approximately 90-day timeframe, after which the second launch of ten Iridium NEXT satellites will be cleared to proceed.

The launch also marks the return-to-flight mission of SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch vehicle following an explosion during routine pre-launch tests on September 1, 2016. While loading super-cooled fuel into the rocket, composite structures on the Falcon 9 were weakened, causing an explosion. SpaceX has changed its fueling methods and is exploring upgrades to the Falcon 9 structure to ensure that the failure does not happen again.

SpaceX has ambitious plans to revolutionize the launch industry by significantly lowering the cost to launch spacecraft into orbit. However, it has suffered some setbacks as it has not been able to maintain a rapid launch rate. The company also experienced two explosions causing the loss of a Falcon 9 rocket each time. Despite these setbacks, SpaceX remains committed to carrying out its plans. The company plans to conduct a launch every two weeks in 2017. It will also reuse first stages, which it successfully started to land in 2016, and introduce the larger Falcon Heavy this year.

Source:  Iridium
Associated URL: http://investor.iridium.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=1007978
Source Date: January 16, 2017
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 01/16/2017

 
 
BOEING, SPICEJET ANNOUNCE DEAL FOR UP TO 205 AIRPLANES
Friday, January 13, 2017
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NEW DELHI - Boeing and SpiceJet announced a commitment for up to 205 airplanes during an event in New Delhi.

Booked at the end of 2016, the announcement includes 100 new 737 MAX 8s, SpiceJet's current order for 42 MAXs, 13 additional 737 MAXs which were previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website, as well as purchase rights for 50 additional airplanes.

"The Boeing 737 class of aircraft has been the backbone of our fleet since SpiceJet began, with its high reliability, low operation economies and comfort," said Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet. "With the next generation of 737 and the 737 MAX we are sure that we can be competitive and grow profitably."

SpiceJet, all-Boeing jet operator, placed its first order with Boeing in 2005 for Next-Generation (NG) 737s and currently operates 32 737 NGs in its fleet. The 737 MAX incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.

The new airplane will deliver 20 percent lower fuel use than the first Next-Generation 737s and the lowest operating costs in its class - 8 percent per seat less than its nearest competitor.

Source:  Boeing
Associated URL: boeing.com
Source Date: January 13, 2017
Posted: 01/13/2017

 
 
TURKEY'S ANKA UAV TO BE OPERATIONAL IN 2017
Friday, January 13, 2017
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ANKARA - The Turkish military is taking delivery of the Anka unmanned air vehicle (UAV). The Turkish military induct the Anka into service in 2017.

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) is developing the Anka. This UAV made its operational debut in early February. Delivery of 10 systems will be completed in 2018.

A complete system comprises three air vehicles, a truck-mounted ground control station, and an all-weather radar-based automatic take-off and landing system.

Source:  YeniSafak
Associated URL: http://www.yenisafak.com/en/economy/turkish-uav-anka-to-be-delivered-in-2017-259
Source Date: January 13, 2017
Posted: 01/13/2017

 

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