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A330neo first flight

Watch te first A330neo make its maiden flight over south-western France. The aircraft took off at 9:57am local time on 19 October from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport and was powered by state-of-the-art Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 turbofans.

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25 October, 2017



Valor begins ground-constrained testing

The Bell V280 Valor prototype aircraft has successfully begun its restrained ground run test operations. The aircraft will continue ground run testing at the Bell Helicopter Amarillo Assembly Center in Texas where it will undergo a series of functional tests running all aircraft systems and flight.

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11 October, 2017


 

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Virgin Galactic to fly scientists to Space

Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, the world's first commercial spaceline, has announced the first ever commercial contracts to fly scientists into space for the purpose of conducting research experiments.
This is the first such agreement signed to fly scientists into space (over 328,000ft above the Earth), enabling valuable microgravity, biology, climate and astronomy research.
As part of the contract announced today, South West Research Institute (SwRI) has made full deposits for two researchers to fly on Virgin Galactic's spacecraft, with the intent to make similar arrangements for an additional six seats for a total value of US$1.6 million. As well as flying its own researchers, who will carry scientific experiments developed by its in-house technical staff, SwRI also aims to assist American researchers who do not have direct spaceflight experience to develop and fly their payloads and personnel on suborbital missions.
George Whitesides, president and CEO of Virgin Galactic said, “This agreement signals the enormous scientific potential of the Virgin spaceflight system. Virgin Galactic will be able to offer researchers flights to space that are unprecedented in frequency and cost. Science flights will be an important growth area for the company in the years to come, building on the strong commercial success already demonstrated by deposits received from over 400 individuals for Virgin's space experience”.
 


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