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ASTROSCALE AND JAXA CONCLUDE AGREEMENT TO RESEARCH SPACE DEBRIS REMOVAL
Friday, September 22, 2017
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Artist's rendition of space debris

Source: NASA


Artist's rendition of space debris

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TOKYO - ASTROSCALE and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency signed a joint research agreement regarding the removal of space debris.

Under the terms of the agreement, ASTROSCALE will have access to JAXA’s technologies that examine the methods to approach and capture space debris. The technologies will facilitate ASTROSCALE’s development of ELSA-d, a technology demonstration satellite scheduled to be launched in the first half of 2019. ASTROSCALE and JAXA will also work together to validate the imagery of simulated debris obtained through the ELSA-d on-orbit mission. JAXA will not take direct part in the development, launch, or operation of ELSA-d, but will be involved in the research and development of relevant component technologies.

ASTROSCALE is a Singapore-based satellite services company that was founded in 2013 with the objective of developing solutions against the growing number of space debris. The company aims to raise awareness about space debris, craft new technologies to remove the most threatening space debris, and improve global knowledge about small debris that cannot be accurately tracked using existing technologies.

It is important for companies like ASTROSCALE to develop partnerships with national space agencies. Initially, these agreements will cover technology sharing. National space agencies will eventually represent a business opportunity for the companies as well. Cleaning space debris can be defined as a public good, meaning paying for its removal is something that benefits everyone, but will be too expensive for a single commercial player to justify the cost to its shareholders. Therefore, government agencies will likely need to take the lead on removing space junk. Companies like ASTROSCALE hope to position themselves to take advantage of that market.

Source:  JAXA
Associated URL: http://global.jaxa.jp/press/2017/09/20170912_elsa-d.html
Source Date: September 22, 2017
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 09/22/2017

 
 
ROSTEC AND AECC CAE AGREE TO DEVELOP NEW WIDEBODY ENGINE
Thursday, September 21, 2017
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SHANGHAI, China - The United Engine Corporation (UEC), a part of Russia's Rostec State Corporation, has signed a memorandum of understanding with China's AECC Commercial Aircraft Engine Co., Ltd. (AECC CAE) covering a potential deal to develop a new engine to power a widebody airliner.

Under the memorandum, the primary objectives of the program for creating an engine for the LRWBA will include engaging in joint research and competitive analysis, defining the potential customers' requirements to the engine, forming the appearance of the engine, and determining its basic technical parameters.

"Our ultimate goal is the creation of our own powerful world-class engine certified in accordance with the highest international standards," said Sergey Chemezov, CEO of Rostec State Corporation.

UEC has previously tried to develop a high-thrust civil engine, the PD-35, for prospective wide-body long-haul aircraft. There is currently research and development groundwork under way under the PD-35 program in order to bring the degree of its development up to a level that will allow implementing research and development work as a whole with minimal technical risk.

AECC CAE is part of the Aero Engine Corporation of China, created in 2016, and is engaged in the development, manufacture and maintenance of civil gas turbine engines. The UEC is working closely with AECC and its divisions.

UEC plans to start engine testing in 2022 and achieve certification in 2027.

Source:  Rostec
Source Date: September 21, 2017
Posted: 09/21/2017

 
 
AAR TO ACQUIRE MRO FACILITIES FROM PREMIER AVIATION
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
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AAR Acquiring Canadian MRO Plants

Source: AAR Corp


AAR Acquiring Canadian MRO Plants

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WOOD DALE, Illinois - AAR Corp has agreed to acquire two of Premier Aviation's aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities. One facility is located at Trois-Rivieres Airport in Quebec, and one is at Windsor International Airport in Ontario.

Premier established the MRO facility in Trois-Rivieres in 2002, and expanded it to 150,000 square feet in 2011. The facility can accommodate up to seven narrowbody aircraft. Premier began operating in Windsor in 2012 in a new 143,000-square-foot hangar with full back shop capability and capacity for six narrowbodies. The facilities have made significant investments in tooling over the past few years, and currently employ over 300 aviation mechanics and personnel that are to retain their positions based on expected workload.

The Canadian MROs will join AAR's existing network that includes airframe maintenance facilities in Indianapolis, Indiana; Miami, Florida; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Duluth, Minnesota; and Rockford, Illinois, as well as component repair facilities in New York and Amsterdam and landing gear services in Miami.

Source:  AAR Corp
Source Date: September 19, 2017
Posted: 09/21/2017

 

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