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FIRST SERIAL H160 MAKES INITIAL FLIGHT
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
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H160

Source: Airbus Helicopters


H160

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MARIGNANE, France -- The first serial Airbus Helicopters H160 made its first flight on December 14. The helicopter then performed a flight demonstration on December 17 in front of Airbus Helicopters' H160 team. The helicopter is to be delivered to launch customer Babcock in 2020.

This first serial H160 is to join the three H160 prototypes in the final steps of the flight test campaign. The prototypes have already accumulated more than 1,000 flight hours.

The last stages of flight testing are geared toward confirming that modifications introduced into the serial configuration have no impact on the H160's handling qualities.

Source:  Airbus Helicopters
Source Date: December 18, 2018
Posted: 12/18/2018

 
 
AIRBUS AND HUNGARY AGREE TO LONG-TERM INDUSTRIAL PARTNERSHIP
Monday, December 17, 2018
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H225M

Source: Airbus Helicopters


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BUDAPEST -- Airbus Helicopters and the government of Hungary have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to establish industrial cooperation for long-term aviation projects that initially focus on production of high-precision mechanical parts for helicopter dynamic systems. This project is part of the Zrinyi 2026 armed forces development program that supports Hungary's national security goals of developing independent defense capabilities.

"This partnership is in line with our European cooperation strategy at Airbus and a demonstration of our commitment to accelerate our collaboration with one of Europe's fastest-growing economies," said Bruno Even, Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Helicopters. "This project has been made possible thanks to Hungary's industrial expertise and commitment to innovation, which will now thrive in Airbus' global supply chain."

The agreement envisions creation of a green field production unit within Airbus. The unit is to begin work by manufacturing mechanical parts for delivery to Airbus' major component assembly center for helicopter dynamic components. A local supply chain is to be qualified to perform certain tasks such as surface treatment.

Source:  Airbus Helicopters
Source Date: December 17, 2018
Posted: 12/18/2018

 
 
OVZON SIGNS MANUFACTURING CONTRACT FOR FIRST SATELLITE
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
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An SSL-built satellite

Source: Telesat


An SSL-built satellite

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SOLNA, Sweden -- A few months after signing its first launch contract, Swedish satellite startup has signed a contract with SSL to manufacture the company's first geosynchronous orbit (GEO) satellite. The total investment for the satellite (Ovzon-3) including manufacturing, launch, financing and insurance is estimated to approximately SEK 1.5 billion ($165.9 million).

The satellite features a central On-Board Processor (OBP), developed by Ovzon and already being manufactured by a third party. The OBP will be connected to high performance steerable beams. When Ovzon signed a launch contract with SpaceX in October 2018, the launch was planned for the fourth quarter of 2020. However, the new contract pushes launch back to 2021. Ovzon has indicated that the deal with SpaceX has been modified to meet the new launch date.

The deal is also significant because SSL parent, Maxar Technologies, is considering letting go of its GEO satellite manufacturing operations as demand for GEO satellites declines. The company has already begun selling real estate owned by SSL and may sell or spin off SSL itself. It's not clear how this deal will affect those plans; however, it is clear that operations will need to continue until at least 2021.

Source:  Ovzon
Associated URL: https://www.ovzon.com/en/ovzon-signs-manufacturing-contract-for-the-first-satellite-as-part-of-its-global-deployment-plan/
Source Date: December 18, 2018
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 12/18/2018

 

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