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Gripen E performs first flight in Sweden

The Gripen E’s first flight is captured in this video which shows preparation, take-off and landing of the fighter.

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21 June, 2017

First qualification test carried out for Orbital ATK launch abort motor

Orbital ATK, along with NASA and Lockheed Martin, successfully completed the first qualification test for the Orion spacecraft's launch abort motor on June 15. The motor is critical to crew safety, with the ability to pull the crew module away from the launch vehicle in the event of an emergency on the launch pad or during ascent.

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21 June, 2017

VSS Unity completes first ‘feather’ re-entry system flight test

On May 1, 2017, VSS Unity’s ‘feather’ re-entry system was activated in flight for the first time.

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4 May, 2017

 

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A350-1000 completes 'early long flight' testing

The Airbus A350-1000 successfully completed its first, and unique, ‘early long flight’ on May 11, taking off from and landing at Toulouse, France, with 310 passengers on board, including 10 Airbus flight test crew members and 13 cabin crew from Virgin Atlantic (one of the 12 A350-1000 customers).

During test aircraft MSN065’s 12-hour long flight, the passengers were the first to experience the interior of the A350-1000; these ‘early passengers’ were invited to try out and test the cabin systems, including air conditioning, lighting, acoustics, in-flight entertainment (IFE), galleys, electrics, washrooms and water waste systems.

Though not part of the technical certification program, the early long flight allows Airbus to assess cabin environment and systems inflight and optimize cabin procedures to ensure full maturity at Entry into Service for its customers.

The intensive A350-1000 certification testing is progressing well and on track to reach Type Certification followed by Entry into Service in second half of 2017.

May 17, 2017

Image: Airbus S.A.S. – photo by H Gousse / master films

Written by Michael Jones


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