Monthly Archives: July 2010

QinetiQ’s Zephyr UAV exceeds official world record for longest duration unmanned flight

  QinetiQ’s Zephyr HALE UAV in flight at White Sands High resolution download (1MB ) QinetiQ’s Zephyr High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has exceeded the official world record time for the longest duration unmanned flight with a 54 hour flight achieved during trials at the US Military’s White Sands Missile Range […]

Jet-A Alternatives

  This December, if the planets align properly and the members of the ASTM International concur, it will become legal to operate a business jet on a blend of conventional Jet-A and low-emissions biofuels refined from weeds, soybeans, tallow or algae.After years of research and testing by engine and airframe OEMs, the airlines and armed […]

Klapmeier teams up for new turboprop project

Former Cirrus Aircraft Chairman Alan Klapmeier has made a public return to the development of breakthrough technology aircraft, announcing that his new company, Kestrel Aircraft, will certify and build the single-engine Kestrel JP10 turboprop at a decommissioned naval air station in Maine. Klapmeier and company co-founder Anthony Galley were flanked at an airport news conference […]

Lockheed Martin F-22 Soars At Farnborough

FARNBOROUGH, England, July 22nd, 2010 — The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] F-22 Raptor showcased its unrivaled maneuverability and aerial prowess for the international crowd attending the Farnborough International Airshow, July 19-20, in the United Kingdom. The Raptor, the world’s only operational 5th generation fighter, made its second straight Farnborough appearance after its popular performance during the […]

Cessna Delivers Four Aircraft to Chinese Customers in June

 Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, marked a very successful month in the People’s Republic of China with the delivery of four aircraft – one Citation Mustang and three 208 Caravans. Two of the Caravans were financed by the leasing division of AVIC, China’s primary aviation organization. The aircraft add to Cessna’s […]

Solar Drone Aims for a Record

QinetiQ A British company is hoping that the Zephyr, a solar-powered drone, can stay aloft above the Army’s Yuma Proving Ground until Friday.  This month we reported on the flight of the Solar Impulse, an experimental aircraft that broke the world record for continuous solar-powered manned flight by staying aloft for 26 straight hours. But […]

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Joins the CSF, Endorses NASA’s New Direction

 Washington, D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is pleased to announce that Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne has joined the Federation as an Associate Member. With 3,100 employees across Florida, California, Alabama, and Mississippi, including more than 1,800 employees in Southern California, the company is a leading provider of propulsion and power systems for space flight. […]