Archive | November, 2007

Picture of the week

“Hup, 2, 3, 4. Keep it up, 2, 3, 4.” (Colonel Hathi’s March – USAF photo)

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Could the iPhone ever go to war?

So why can’t we just equip the military with Apple iPhones and save a lot of time and money networking our armed forces? Apparently those developing the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS, or “Jitters”) get asked that a lot when folks see the billions of dollars and the years it will take to equip the […]

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Cessnas from Shenyang and Oregon

In one week Cessna has agreed to buy the assets of Columbia Aircraft and outsource the manufacture of its new light sport aircraft to China. Both decisions owe a lot to the company’s booming business-jet production, which is filling its factories as well as its coffers. Cessna has already sold almost 900 Model 162 SkyCatcher […]

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DoD puts numbers to C-5 upgrade cost increase

The estimated cost of re-engining and upgrading US Air Force Lockheed C-5 airlifters has increased almost 55% to $17.5 billion, according to the Pentagon’s latest Selected Acquisition Reports (SAR), a quarterly report to Congress that makes depressing reading for taxpayers hoping for value from their defence dollar. The latest SAR, which documents the performance of […]

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Hello, hello, hello, what have we here? Police UAVs

Texas TV station KPRC Local 2 has caught Houston police red-handed – test-flying an Insitu ScanEagle UAV. You can read the report and see hidden-camera video here. Despite staging the tests over ranchland 70 miles from Houston, Plod’s cover was blown and they had to fess up at a press conference later in the day. […]

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NASA’s long look into the future of civil aviation

We are all wondering what the next Airbus and Boeing narrowbodies will look like, but NASA is already looking beyond that – waaaay beyond that, to airliners that could enter service in 2030-35. The agency is holding a pre-proposal conference in Washington DC on 29 November as a precursor to inviting bids for advanced concept […]

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Talk, talk – avoiding a USAF KC-X tanker protest

Reuters is reporting that the US Air Force plans to hold seperate day-long meetings with Boeing and Northrop Grumman to discuss their KC-X tanker bids, in the hope of avoiding a protest from the losing bidder when it announces the winner of the $40 billion contest in February. The USAF is seriously gun shy after […]

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Rolls puts “made in the USA” on new bizjet engine

Rolls-Royce is to assemble engines in Singapore and a new site in the USA, in part to be closer to its customers and in part to reduce its exposure to the dollar. It is interesting to see the US, where the domestic industry is fiercely criticised for outsourcing, become a preferred location for “insourcing”. Rolls […]

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Picture(s) of the week

I’ve just got to get over this thing I have about sunsets… Marine Huey takes off from Tarawa (US Navy photo) Navy Hornets on Truman (US Navy photo)

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Something stylish to wear for that suborbital hop

Orbital Outfitters has unveiled what it claims is the world’s first commercial spacesuit. The catchily named Industrial Suborbital Space Suit Crew, or IS3C, is intended for those “lucky” enough to fly the first suborbital spaceships. The company says it has a contract to deliver the first set of suits to XCOR Aerospace, which is developing […]

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