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SPACEX MAKES SECOND SUCCESSFUL LANDING IN A ROW
Friday, May 6, 2016

Source: SpaceX

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket carrying JSAT's JCSAT-14 satellite, lifted off from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on May 6. The launch occurred at 1:21 a.m. EDT (5:21 a.m. UTC). The satellite separated from the launch vehicle 32 minutes after liftoff.

The launch also marks the second time in a row that SpaceX successfully landed the Falcon 9 first stage on a barge at sea. Companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin are leading the way on reusable launch vehicles. They hope that by reusing components from launch vehicles, they will be able to significantly lower the costs of carrying payloads into orbit, thereby opening space to a wide consumer base.

JCSAT-14 is a geosynchronous communications satellite built by Space Systems Loral (SSL) based on its 1300 platform. It is equipped with 26 C-band and 18 Ku-band transponders, and will replace JSAT's aging JCSAT-2A satellite currently in orbit. JCSAT-14 had a mass of 4,696 kg at launch.

This is SpaceX's fifth launch of 2016, another important milestone for the company. Despite ambitious plans, SpaceX has had difficulties historically maintaining a high launch pace. The company seemed to be launching satellites rapidly last year, but suffered a launch failure in June, delaying launches for five months.

The inability to maintain a fast launch pace is starting to hurt sales at the company. Competitor Arianespace signed more contracts in 2015 than SpaceX because SpaceX's growing launch manifest means there will be a long lead-time before a customer's payload can be carried into space. If SapceX can maintain the faster launch tempo from the start of 2016, it will make the company more competitive in the market.

Source:  Forecast International
Associated URL: www.forecastinternational.com
Source Date: May 6, 2016
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 05/06/2016

 
 
CERTIFIABLE PREDATOR B COMPLETES FUSELAGE INTEGRITY TESTING
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Source: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

SAN DIEGO - General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has successfully completed fuselage structural integrity testing of its Certifiable Predator® B (CPB) RPA.

"Completion of this testing signifies that the design of the new fuselage will be able to meet the strict requirements for type-certification and routine operations in national airspace," said Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI. "This fuselage is designed to meet lightning-strike, damage-tolerance, and turbulence-induced stress requirements specified by the NATO UAV [Unmanned Aerial Vehicle] Airworthiness Standard. It also will accommodate an integrated Detect & Avoid System, including an anti-collision radar system."

Following a two-day Test Readiness Review (TRR), rigorous testing began in February at the company's Research and Development Facility in California. The "proof testing" method allowed GA-ASI to evaluate and confirm the integrity of CPB's fuselage quickly and economically, enabling assessments of increasing mechanical stresses at levels higher than the airframe will incur in flight. The resultant empirical data supports computational modeling, analyses, and verification to confirm compliance with exacting airworthiness requirements.

Proof tests were conducted successfully across multiple regions of the fuselage. Testing focus included determination of the effects of airframe bending, aft section torsion, maximum power plant torque, multiple stress tests (load cases) on main and nose landing gear mounts, and maximum hoist load. Data collected from the stress tests are leveraged for model correlation in order to maximize airborne safety. Proof testing will be followed by aircraft flight testing this year.

Structural integrity testing of CPB's wings and tail design was previously completed in December 2015 under a separate effort, ensuring that the aircraft meets its intended design requirements.

GA-ASI is undertaking an Independent Research and Development (IRAD) effort to design, develop, and produce CPB, a variant of its Predator B RPA that is fully compliant with NATO's UAV SYSTEM AIRWORTHINESS REQUIREMENTS (defined in STANAG 4671). Page 5 of this Standard states:If a National Certifying Authority states that a UAV System airworthiness is compliant with STANAG 4671 (and any appropriate national reservations), then, from an airworthiness perspective, that UAV System should have streamlined approval to fly in the airspace of other NATO countries, if those countries have also ratified this STANAG." Additionally, CPB completed a successful internal Phase 1 Critical Design Review (CDR) in June 2015, along with reviews by two prospective European customers.

Source:  General Atomics Aeronautical Systems
Associated URL: http://www.ga-asi.com/certifiable-predator-b-completes-fuselage-integrity-testin
Source Date: May 4, 2016
Posted: 05/06/2016

 
 
ENGILITY REPORTS FIRST QUARTER 2016 RESULTS
Friday, May 6, 2016

Source: Engility

CHANTILLY, Va. - For the first quarter of 2016, Engility reported sales of $523 million, up almost 30 percent from sales of $403 million in the year ago period. The company posted a loss of $2 million compared to a loss of $12 million in the first quarter of 2015. Funded backlog was $824 million and total backlog was $2.9 billion.

"Engility posted solid results this quarter and we are on track to meet our guidance for fiscal year 2016," said Lynn Dugle, Chief Executive Officer of Engility. "With the integration of TASC effectively complete, we are concentrating our efforts on organic growth, attracting and retaining the best talent and paying down our debt. I am confident that we are putting the right foundation in place to position the company for long-term success."

During the quarter the company was warded an $82 million sole source renewal contract to provide classified systems engineering, intelligence analysis and program management support to the U.S. Department of Defense. In addition to systems engineering expertise, intel analysis and program management, the scope of work on this contract will include logistical expertise, security administration support, financial analysis, technical analysis on a variety of domains, and geographic information systems support and data management. Work performed under this five-year contract will be done on a cost-plus-fixed-fee basis.

In addition the firm was also awarded four Intelligence Community contracts totaling $102 million. These wins represent a mix of sole source, recompete and new contract wins. The Company has been supporting intelligence agencies on missions of national importance for more than 40 years. Our deep domain knowledge and specialized expertise across all intelligence disciplines enables the Company to help its customers anticipate change and meet rapidly evolving threats.

Source:  Forecast International Government & Industry Group
Associated URL: www.engilitycorp.com/
Source Date: May 6, 2016
Author: R. Pettibone, Gov't & Industry  
Posted: 05/06/2016

 

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