Monthly Archives: March 2011

Using Commercial Launchers and Fuel Depots Instead of HLVs

Near Term Space Exploration with Commercial Launch Vehicles Plus Propellant Depot, Dr. Alan Wilhite and Dr. Douglas Stanley, Dale Arney and Chris Jones, GRAs Georgia Institute of Technology/ National Institute of Aerospace “The Propellant Depot Hypotheses * Large in-space mission elements (inert) can be lifted to LEO in increments on several medium-lift commercial launch vehicles […]

Honda Achieves First Flight of FAA-Conforming HondaJet

Greensboro, North Carolina, December 21, 2010 – Honda Aircraft Company, Inc., today announced that it has successfully completed the first flight of its FAA-conforming HondaJet advanced light business jet. The event is a significant step in Honda’s aerospace program leading to delivery of aircraft in 2012. The first conforming HondaJet lifted off yesterday, December 20, […]

Chinese 5 year Plan for Aviation

By Bradley Perrett Beijing  Across China, airports are being expanded, airline traffic is booming and civil aircraft development is moving ahead, but that seems to be not enough for Beijing, which is according the sector high priority in a new national five-year economic plan. Aircraft-building is included in seven industries that the plan has elevated […]

Orbital Sees First Taurus II Flight In Sept.

By Frank Morring, Jr.  WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY, Va. — Orbital Sciences Corp. is on track — with “a limited amount of slack” — to fly its new Taurus II launch vehicle in September on a risk-reduction mission. The first flight main stage is on a ship en route from the KB Yuzhnoye factory in Ukraine […]

Chinese Mull Another BizAv Buy

By William Garvey  The Chinese could soon be owners of another U.S. aviation entity – specifically the SJ30 business jet program. Sources tell AWIN that serious negotiations are under way to acquire the SJ30, now stalled by Emivest’s bankruptcy, and that the deal could close this year.Even though the program was begun by Ed […]

Heavy Lift Rocket Standoff on Capitol Hill

There is a cottage industry these days – inside and outside of NASA – wherein people speculate what Heavy Launch Vehicle (HLV) design NASA is or is not pursuing. Everyone has Powerpoint charts, meeting notes, etc. but no one has all the facts. Nor are they likely to for months. The leaks have become a […]

Cessna Launches Corvalis TTX at Sun ’n Fun Fly-In

LAKELAND, Fla., March 29, 2011 – Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced its new Corvalis TTX high-performance single-engine piston today at the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland, Fla. The Corvalis TTX features new standard and optional equipment, all-new interior and paint scheme options, and the Intrinzic™ flight deck […]