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  • April 09, 2020 10:23 AM | Todd Legault (Administrator)


    Aerospace Tech Week 2020 was prevented from happening, due to the Coronovirus outbreak, and we are delighted to announce new dates for the next event of 24th-25th March 2021 - ensure you save the dates in your diary for the premier exhibition and conference for the aerospace technology community.

    In the meantime we are delighted to be able to offer you a series of short Free to Attend Training Webinars delivered by AFuzion. These One-Hour Webinars will provide an introduction to key areas and help you better understand developing regulations and compliance requirements.

    More details and to register visit www.aerospacetechweek.com/webinars


    Tuesday 5th May
    10am(EST) / 3pm(UK) / 4pm(CET)

    Optimizing Avionics Software Development/Certification per DO-178C

    Monday 25th May
    10am(EST) / 3pm(UK) / 4pm(CET)

    Understanding Aviation Cyber-Security
    per DO-326A / ED-202A Set

    Thursday 11th June
    10am(EST) / 3pm(UK) / 4pm(CET)

    Applying Model Based Development (MBD) per DO-331

    Thursday 25th June
    10am(EST) / 3pm(UK) / 4pm(CET)

    Best Practices for Aircraft/Avionics System Development per ARP4754A


  • March 16, 2020 9:15 AM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    (English follows)

    Avec les thèses et les postdoctorats du CNES : inventons l’espace du futur!

     Chaque année, le CNES accorde une centaine d’allocations de recherche (thèses et postdoctorats) à des étudiants français et étrangers, dans les domaines des :

    • Sciences pour l’ingénieur (systèmes orbitaux, systèmes de transport spatial) ;
    • Sciences utilisatrices des moyens spatiaux (sciences de l’univers, sciences de la Terre, sciences en micropesanteur) ; et
    • Sciences humaines et sociales (juridique, histoire, économie, sociologie, psychologie, etc.).

    Il contribue ainsi, de façon très significative, à l’effort de formation par la recherche, des ingénieurs et des chercheurs qui inventeront les systèmes spatiaux du futur.

    L'appel à candidatures du CNES est maintenant ouvert. Toutes les offres de thèses et postdoctorats sont disponibles sur le site Web du CNES à cette adresse. Vous y trouverez la liste des sujets de thèses susceptibles d’être cofinancés, les conditions et modalités de candidature ainsi que les coordonnées de vos interlocuteurs CNES.

    La date de limite de réception des candidatures est fixée au 31 mars 2020 à minuit (CEST).

    Nous vous invitons à relayer ce message auprès des personnes de votre entourage qui pourraient être intéressées.

    With CNES theses and postdoctorates: let's invent the space of the future!

    Each year, CNES awards approximately one hundred research grants (theses and post-doctorates) to French and foreign students, in the fields of:

    • Engineering sciences (orbital systems, space transport systems);
    • Sciences using space resources (universe sciences, Earth sciences, microgravity sciences); and,
    • Human and social sciences (legal, history, economics, sociology, psychology, etc.).

    This initiative contributes, in a very significant way, to the research training of engineers and researchers who will invent the space systems of the future.

    CNES’s call for applications is now open. All thesis and post-doctorate offers are available on the CNES website at this address. Here you will find the list of thesis subjects likely to be co-funded, the conditions of the application, and CNES points of contact.

    The deadline for submitting an application is March 31, 2020, at midnight (CEST).

    We invite you to relay this message to people in your network who may be interested.

  • February 27, 2020 9:02 AM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    The Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP) and

    The Flight Test and Flight Operations Section of CASI


    The Second Annual SETP Canadian Section Flight Test Symposium

    Ottawa, 18 June 2020


    The Canadian Members of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP) and the Flight Test and Flight Operations (FT & FO) section of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI) will convene the Second Annual Canadian Flight Test Symposium on Thursday 18 June 2020 at the Holiday Inn & Suites, Ottawa-Kanata. This will mark the first time SETP and CASI have joined forces to provide a more expansive group to bring flight test and aviation professionals together in Canada.

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  • February 21, 2020 10:46 AM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    An image of the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Aden taken by a camera on LightSail 2 on Jan. 19, 2020. (Image: © The Planetary Society)

    LightSail 2 has been orbiting Earth for eight months now, and it has captured some stunning shots of our home planet during that time.

    The Planetary Society built the spacecraft, which launched in June 2019 on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, to prove the potential of solar sailing. Rather than relying on conventional fuel, LightSail 2 uses a massive sail to catch photons (light particles) from the sun to power the spacecraft's orbit. The goal is for LightSail 2 to remain in orbit for about a year.

    Read the full story by Meghan Bartels on Space.com

  • February 19, 2020 7:39 AM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    The rising clamor over aviation's carbon emissions could add impetus to studies of unconventional aircraft configurations, and offer a step change in efficiency – beyond simple improvements in engine technology. Here are some of the novel concepts being considered. This article was originally published in 2019.

    Read full article on Aviation Week Network

  • January 31, 2020 7:42 AM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope has produced the highest resolution image of the sun's surface ever taken. In this picture, taken at 789 nanometers (nm), we can see features as small as 30km (18 miles) in size for the first time ever. Credit: NSO/AURA/NSF

    Just released first images from the National Science Foundation's Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope reveal unprecedented detail of the sun's surface and preview the world-class products to come from this preeminent 4-meter solar telescope.

    NSF's Inouye Solar Telescope, on the summit of Haleakala, Maui, in Hawai'i, will enable a new era of solar science and a leap forward in understanding the sun and its impacts on our planet.

    Activity on the sun, known as space weather, can affect systems on Earth. Magnetic eruptions on the sun can impact air travel, disrupt satellite communications and bring down power grids, causing long-lasting blackouts and disabling technologies such as GPS.

    The first images from NSF's Inouye Solar Telescope show a close-up view of the sun's surface, which can provide important detail for scientists. The images show a pattern of turbulent "boiling" plasma that covers the entire sun. The cell-like structures -- each about the size of Texas -- are the signature of violent motions that transport heat from the inside of the sun to its surface. That hot solar plasma rises in the bright centers of "cells," cools, then sinks below the surface in dark lanes in a process known as convection.

    Read full story at SpaceRef.com

  • January 17, 2020 7:03 AM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    Scanning electron micrograph of a dated presolar silicon carbide grain. The grain is ~8 micrometers in its longest dimension. CREDIT Image courtesy of Janaína N. Ávila.

    Stars have life cycles. They're born when bits of dust and gas floating through space find each other and collapse in on each other and heat up. They burn for millions to billions of years, and then they die.

    When they die, they pitch the particles that formed in their winds out into space, and those bits of stardust eventually form new stars, along with new planets and moons and meteorites. And in a meteorite that fell fifty years ago in Australia, scientists have now discovered stardust that formed 5 to 7 billion years ago-the oldest solid material ever found on Earth.

    "This is one of the most exciting studies I've worked on," says Philipp Heck, a curator at the Field Museum, associate professor at the University of Chicago, and lead author of a paper describing the findings in PNAS. "These are the oldest solid materials ever found, and they tell us about how stars formed in our galaxy."

    Read full store on astrobiology.com...

  • January 03, 2020 10:01 AM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    Areas for Potential Collaboration

    CASI and CSEO will identify and give effect to opportunities that are expected to be mutually beneficial, including:

    • Organising joint activities to further the objectives of the Parties;
    • Offering special benefits for members of both organisations such as discounts and other considerations at conferences, meetings, etc;
    • Sharing information about networking opportunities that are intended to attract students and young professionals to the space sector in Canada and Cyprus;
    • Working together to generate enthusiasm for space programs in Canada and Cyprus on the part of the general public, and through space-related activities to underscore the benefits of investment in space to responsible levels of government in Canada and Cyprus;
    • Cooperating in the design of new programmes, platforms, infrastructure and global alliances related to science and innovation and the interdisciplinary growth of science, innovation, education, entrepreneurship and space initiatives;
    • Organising conferences, workshops, brokering events and public knowledge initiatives with the participation of space industry, leading science, innovation and technology experts which compose the networks, community and professional horizon of the Parties

    Read the full MOU...

  • December 23, 2019 5:14 PM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    Airbus unveiled the iconic RCAF yellow search and rescue livery on the C-295 in October. Airbus Photo

    Posted on December 20, 2019 by Skies Magazine

    The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) took delivery of its first Airbus CC-295 fixed-wing search and rescue (FWSAR) aircraft on Dec. 18.

    The delivery itself seems to have been a low-key event without much fanfare. An Airbus spokesperson told Skies on Dec. 20 that the OEM had no plans to publish an official press release about the delivery. However, he referenced a brief tweet on the Airbus Defence & Space Twitter account, which was posted on Dec. 20, two days after the delivery reportedly occurred.

    In November, Skies reported that complications with the CC-295’s technical manuals could delay the first delivery. Airbus unveiled the aircraft in RCAF livery in mid-October.

    Read more on Skies Magazine

  • September 26, 2019 8:40 AM | April Duffy (Administrator)

    Flights could be very quick in years to come thanks to a new and very powerful plane engine. Flying to New York could take just one hour and a trip to Australia could be over in four hours with the new technology. UK firm Reaction Engines is creating the super engine that could see holidaymakers jetting around the world at top speed. The technology company has said it intends to deliver a “truly versatile propulsion system".

    Flights: The new engine will be “a hybrid air-breathing rocket engine" (Image: Reaction Engines)

    It will be “a hybrid air-breathing rocket engine that can power an aircraft from a standing start to over five times the speed of sound for hypersonic flight in the atmosphere.”

    The engine is dubbed the Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE) and “represents a defining moment in powered flight.” It will also power spacecraft.

    Source Express

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