Monthly Archives: December 2012

Volta Volaré’s futuristic GT4 e-hybrid airplane available for order

Volta Volaré has begun taking orders for its four-seater GT4 hybrid private aircraft it calls “the most technologically advanced private aircraft available anywhere on Earth.” Though the GT4 is perfectly capable of taking off and flying powered only electrically, a gas engine starts when the airplane’s battery drops to 25 percent capacity in order to […]

Orbital Sciences Poised For 2013 ISS Cargo Deliveries

By Mark Carreau mark.carreau@gmail.com Source: AWIN First December 27, 2012 Hurricane Sandy came and went in late 2012, as did many of the start up issues at Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS), elevating the prospects that Orbital Sciences Corp. will complete its NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Systems program milestones in the New Year and begin lucrative […]

Bombardier Aerospace Secures Orders For Six Learjet 75 Aircraft

Transaction Valued At $81 Million Based On List Prices Bombardier Aerospace has received orders for a total of six Learjet 75 business jets from an undisclosed customer. The transaction is valued at approximately $81 million based on the 2012 list price for typically equipped aircraft. “The Learjet 75 aircraft is a blend of innovative technology, […]

Inside The First Production-Ready Electric Airplane

Volta Volare unveils its GT4 By Seth FletcherPosted 04.30.2012 at 9:09 am36 Comments Engineers have historically faced two obstacles when designing electric aircraft. Batteries that run the electric motors have been too heavy and not energy-dense enough to provide sufficient power. And the consequences of failure were too high: Running out of power would all but assure […]

NASA’s Space Launch System Core Stage Passes Major Milestone, Ready To Start Construction

Source: Marshall Space Flight Center Posted Friday, December 21, 2012 The team designing America’s new flagship rocket has completed successfully a major technical review of the vehicle’s core stage. NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) will take the agency’s Orion spacecraft and other payloads beyond low-Earth orbit, providing a new capability for human exploration. The core stage preliminary […]

SpaceX’s Grasshopper Takes Giant Leap Towards Reusability with 40 Meter Flight (with video)

SpaceX’s Grasshopper took a 12-story leap towards full and rapid rocket reusability in a test flight conducted December 17, 2012 at SpaceX’s rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas. Grasshopper, SpaceX’s vertical takeoff and landing vehicle (VTVL), rose 131 feet (40 meters), hovered and landed safely on the pad using closed loop thrust vector and throttle […]

Gulfstream reveals new supersonic aircraft, inlet designs in patent filings

By:   STEPHEN TRIMBLE WASHINGTON DC 10:04 19 Dec 2012 Source:  Gulfstream has released new drawings of a supersonic business jet design in patent application forms, revealing features such as a telescoping nose, highly-sloped fuselage and variable-geometry wings. The drawings from patent filings dated in April and August emerge less than two months after a Gulfstream executive said the […]