Monthly Archives: March 2010

the Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype

Following the first take-off last December, the Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype starts today, on March 30, a new test phase at Payerne airfield. These will lead up to the first night flights by a plane powered solely by solar energy this summer. These test flights (first short circuit flight, first altitude flight, etc.) will enable […]

Obama administration’s efforts to kill NASA’s Constellation Program

In testimony on Capitol Hill, top NASA managers are walking a thin and carefully lawyered line as they prepare a White House-ordered shift to commercial human flights to orbit and long-term exploration-technology development in Fiscal 2011, while trying to obey a congressional directive that none of the funds appropriated in Fiscal 2010 be used “to […]

China’s AVIC Wins Epic Auction

  The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC)’s bid of $4.3 million cash was selected over two American bids by bankruptcy trustee Ken Eiler following a daylong auction at a Portland law office on Friday.  China Aviation Industry Corporation (Chinese: 中国航空工业总公司) was a Chinese consortium of aircraft manufacturers. On July 1, 1999, this consortium was […]

Pentagon Not Yet Concerned Over NASA Changes

  U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told House defense appropriators March 24 that they were not yet aware of specific concerns within the Pentagon over ramifications stemming from proposed changes at NASA.Pressed by new defense spending subcommittee Chairman Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) about Pentagon […]


What a fantastic LEAP off the cliffs at the Torrey Pines Gliderport! The weather was fantastic, the wind was perfect and Robin Marien had his paraglider instructors dive bombing the press conference speakers on the podium! It was an intense week leading up to this moment. Actually it was an increasing intensity for three months […]

MDA Halts Target Buys From Coleman Aerospace

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency is halting its work with Coleman Aerospace, owned by L-3 Communications, due to quality control problems in preparing targets for the agency’s flight test program, according to a missile defense program source. Army Lt. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly, MDA’s director, informed Coleman he would halt business shortly after the company supplied […]

EADS is saving energy with hydrogen

Saving energy with hydrogen Fuel cells to replace auxiliary power units for supplying electricity in aircraft Fuel cell generator as a replacement for the auxiliary power unit (APU) in the tail of a passenger aircraft. Alternative methods of electricity generation occupy a central role in the planning for the All Electric Aircraft, with the fuel […]