Aerospace Technology-Updates The latest content updates from the web site en-us Aerospace Technology-Updates General Atomics completes second endurance flight of Predator B ER drone General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA‑ASI) has successfully completed the second endurance flight of its Predator B extended range (ER) remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), ending its Phase 1 flight test period. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:00:00 GMT US alleges Russia’s involvement in Malaysia Airlines crash The US has accused Russia of providing rebels in eastern Ukraine with anti-aircraft systems, which shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 last week, killing 298 people. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:00:00 GMT San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to buy Bell 407GX helicopter The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is planning to sign a deal with Textron’s subsidiary Bell Helicopter to buy a Bell 407GX. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:00:00 GMT Hong Kong Aviation Capital to buy 70 Airbus A320neo aircraft Aircraft lessor Hong Kong Aviation Capital (HKAC) has placed an order with Airbus for 70 A320neo (new engine option) family airliners. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:00:00 GMT Nearly 300 dead in Malaysian plane crash in Ukraine Malaysian Airlines' MH17 passenger jet has reportedly been shot down in the eastern, rebel-held Ukraine, killing 298 passengers on-board, just four months after the disappearance of flight MH370. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:00:00 GMT ASL Aviation to procure ten LM-100J Freighters ASL Aviation Group has signed a letter of intent to purchase Lockheed Martin's ten LM-100J commercial freighters, a progress that would enable Lockheed to go ahead with certification of its civil variant of the C-130J Super Hercules. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:00:00 GMT Qatar Airways finalises $18.9bn order for 50 777-9X Qatar Airways has placed an $18.9bn order with Boeing for 50 777-9Xs with options for 50 additional 777-9X. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:00:00 GMT ESA’s spaceplane set for November launch Engineers at European Space Agency (ESA) are moving ahead with the final trials on the itermediate experimental vehicle (IXV) to validate its survival capabilities in demanding conditions after its launch on-board a Vega rocket in November. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:00:00 GMT Airbus signs $11.8bn A320 aircraft order from SMBC Aviation Ireland-based SMBC Aviation Capital has placed a $11.8bn order for 115 Airbus A320 family aircraft, said to be the largest ever single-aisle aircraft request by a leasing firm. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:00:00 GMT Boeing Satellite Systems 702 In October 1995, Hughes Space and Communications, now Boeing Satellite Systems, announced a new satellite series, called the Hughes 702. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:00:00 GMT IAG selects IAE’s V2500 engines for A320ceo aircraft International Airlines Group (IAG) has selected International Aero Engines' (IAE) V2500 engines to power 30 A320ceo aircraft for subsidiary Vueling Airlines. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:00:00 GMT US Military plans reusable spaceplane to cut satellite launch costs The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded initial design contracts for its next-generation, reusable experimental spaceplane project, called XS-1, as part of efforts to reduce satellite launch costs. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:00:00 GMT Emirates inks $13bn engine MRO deal with GE Emirates airline has signed a 12-year deal with GE for the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of its new GE9X engines that will power the airline’s 150 Boeing 777X aircraft, which are on order for $56bn. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:00:00 GMT Airbus launches new A330neo wide-body aircraft with Trent 7000 engines Airbus has launched the latest product from its widebody family, the A330neo (new engine option), with Rolls-Royce's Trent 7000 engines. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:26:00 GMT Jabiru-2 Communication Satellite Jabiru-2, a Ku-band communication satellite, is scheduled to be launched into the Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) in September 2014. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 23:00:00 GMT easyJet selects CFM engines for A320neo and A320ceo aircraft British carrier easyJet has placed a $3.3bn order with CFM International for 270 engines to power its Airbus A320neo and A320ceo aircraft. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 23:00:00 GMT SpaceX’s Falcon 9 blasts off with six ORBCOMM OG2 satellites SpaceX’s Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket has successfully blasted-off with ORBCOMM’s constellation of six OG2 commercial communications satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) in Florida, US. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 23:00:00 GMT Rockwell Collins’ avionics successfully used in European Union flight demonstrations Rockwell Collins' flight management system (FMS) and global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receiver have successfully enabled the first demonstrations of advanced arrival and departure flight operations for the European Union's airspace-enhancing… Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:00:00 GMT Boeing to introduce new version of 737 passenger jet Boeing has announced plans to offer an improved version of its 737 passenger jet with an increased 200-seat variant, resulting in reduced operating costs per seat. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:00:00 GMT UK plans to establish first spaceport by 2018 The UK Government has unveiled plans to establish a spaceport within the next four years. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:00:00 GMT