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SENTINEL-5 PRECURSOR SATELLITE READY FOR LAUNCH
Thursday, July 20, 2017
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Sentinel-5 Precursor ready for launch

Source: Airbus


Sentinel-5 Precursor ready for launch

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STEVENAGE, UK - Europe’s pollution monitoring satellite Sentinel-5 Precursor is ready to leave Airbus’ Stevenage site for launch on a Rokot rocket from Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia. Sentinel-5 Precursor is part of the global monitoring program "Copernicus", a joint European Commission-ESA undertaking which aims to acquire continuous and accurate Earth observation data and provide services to improve the management of the environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change and ensure civil security.

Sentinel-5 Precursor is due for launch in September 2017.

The satellite will provide essential atmospheric chemistry data to the Copernicus program before the Sentinel-5 instrument becomes operational in 2021 on the MetOp Second Generation satellite.

Airbus was prime for Sentinel-5 Precursor, with three sites involved in development and manufacturing of the satellites and its components: Stevenage (UK - prime), Toulouse (France) and Friedrichshafen (Germany).

Sentinel-5 Precursor features the TROPOMI (TROPOspheric Monitoring Instrument) instrument, developed by Airbus DS Netherlands for the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Netherlands Space Office. TROPOMI will measure ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, methane and other atmospheric pollutants at a higher resolution than previous instruments. Having more accurate atmospheric data will enable improved climate models and pollutant tracking and forecasting. The MetOp Second Generation spacecraft will feature a different Sentinel 5 instrument.

Source:  Airbus
Associated URL: airbus.com
Source Date: July 20, 2017
Posted: 07/26/2017

 
 
VECTOR AEROSPACE COMPLETES FIRST CRFT TEST
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
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Crash-Resistant Fuel Tank (CRFT)

Source: Vector Aerospace


Crash-Resistant Fuel Tank (CRFT)

Source: Vector Aerospace


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LANGLEY, BC - Vector Aerospace and Robertson Fuel Systems have successfully flight tested their Crash-Resistant Fuel Tank (CRFT) on an Airbus AS350 helicopter. The flight test follows a successful 50-foot drop test. The retrofittable upgrade will be able to withstand impact without leakage, thus preventing post-crash fires. The companies are working towards a late 2017 FAA STC target date.

The upgrade will serve as a direct replacement for all AS350 models, and the EC130 B4. The design features a crash-resistant fuel bladder, a magneto-resistive fuel quality transmitter, and may include an Onboard Systems cargo swing solution as a compatible option.

Following a number of high profile, deadly post-crash helicopter fires, pressure from the media and regulatory agencies has opened up the helicopter retrofit CRFT market.

Source:  DOD
Associated URL: http://www.adsadvance.co.uk/vector-completes-first-as350-crft-flight-test.html
Source Date: July 26, 2017
Posted: 07/26/2017

 
 
AIRBUS DELIVERS 100TH A350 XWB
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
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Source: Airbus


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TOULOUSE, France - When China Airlines received its seventh A350 XWB July 26, the carrier took possession of the 100th jetliner delivered from this newest family in Airbus’ industry-leading widebody product line.

The milestone aircraft is an A350-900 version, joining China Airlines’ growing A350 XWB fleet - adding to the line-up of widebody A330s and A340s flown by the long-time Airbus customer, which is based in Taiwan.

Having now received half of its 14 A350-900s on order, China Airlines is benefitting from the A350 XWB’s maturity and flexibility on both regional and long-haul services - including the Taipei-San Francisco route.

This 100th A350-900 delivery, the 36th so far in 2017, took place some 30 months after first delivery. Not only does this demonstrate a solid production ramp-up, it is the fastest widebody production ramp-up for Airbus - on track to reach rate 10 aircraft per month by the end of 2018.

The A350 XWB is Airbus’ all-new mid-size long-range aircraft family. Currently in service with 14 operators worldwide, A350 XWBs are being flown on more than 110 routes around the globe, with an operational reliability of 99%.

As of the end of June, Airbus’ A350 XWB family had logged 847 firm orders from 45 customers.

Source:  Airbus
Associated URL: airbus.com
Source Date: July 26, 2017
Posted: 07/26/2017

 

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