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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

JAS39 Gripen NG has been rolled out in Linköping

After nearly 13 years on, here it's the JAS39 Gripen NG (Next Generation) the latest and greatest fighter jet version made by Sweden aircraft manufacturer Saab has been launched for the first time from the production hangar, in Linköping, Sweden. The JAS39 Gripen NG launching ceremony was held on Wednesday morning, May 18, 2016 in front of about 100 journalists from around the world and high-ranking officers of invited countries.
SAAB JAS39 Gripen NG (Next Generation). (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1aPJZ8)
According to Haakan Buske, CEO of Saab, who witnessed the JAS39 Gripen research and development, which is the commitment of Saab, has always been developed with the latest technology charge of all aspects. Although not a big bodied and the most powerful, yet JAS39 Gripen known also has the capability that should not be underestimated.

JAS39 Gripen NG can also be referred as JAS39 Gripen E/F (E for single-seat and F for double seat), which are still capable of qualified in-class multirole combat aircraft, for the operation of air-to-air, air-to-ground, and observations and air patrols in order to achieve air supremacy.
SAAB JAS39 Gripen C/D. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1aPJZ8)
While the launch ceremony held at the JAS39 Gripen NG production hangar, outside Flygvapen Museum by displaying two mock-up (full scale model) of the JAS39 Gripen jets. The museum is located at the runway where the planes made by Saab usual be tested before it was handed over to the customer. Inside the museum are stored and laid out the aerospace history of Sweden.
The Gripen evolution. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1aPLZ2)
The first is JAS39 Gripen C/D and adjacent JAS39 Gripen NG. Both appear in the actual size and some mock-up materials made of real materials. Both of these mock-ups appear in different colors though equally dominated by gray. JAS39 Gripen C/D performed in the usual gray camouflage and JAS39 Gripen NG in digital camouflage specifically designed for it. In plain view, there are a few that stand out. Among them, in the cockpit  of JAS39 Gripen NG, there is only one large-sized head-up display/HUD, than three units pinned on JAS39 Gripen C/D.
The content of fighters management and avionics technology also been several steps ahead conceived its "big brother,' JAS39 Gripen C/D ie NetCentric Warfare. This technology's job to keep everything in the multirole mission operating system that run by JAS39 Gripen NG remains flexible and ensure the stability of data traffic in its datalink functions.
Here is championed by Saab to address the needs of the operator will be the permissibility fighter jets said to be "intelligent", ie the exchange of data takes place simultaneously in the country's defense system. So that is seen and read one JAS39 Gripen NG increasingly sophisticated and increasingly stable and can be simultaneous read and analyzed by the command center, or tanks on land, ships at sea, even a point defense batteries.
There were several countries are considering using the SAAB fighter jets, such as Slovakia has been decided to choose JAS39 Gripen, as well as Brazil bought 28 JAS39 Gripen NG and eight JAS39 Gripen F, Thailand bought eight JAS39 Gripen C and four JAS39 Gripen D, United Kingdom renting one JAS39 Gripen D for their fighter pilot school, Czech Republic hired 12 JAS39 Gripen C and two JAS39 Gripen D, Hungary hired 12 JAS39 Gripen C and two JAS39 Gripen D, as well as South Africa bought 17 JAS39 Gripen C and nine JAS39 Gripen D. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SAAB]
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Friday, May 27, 2016

Otto Lilienthal flying machine being tested in wind tunnel

Before the Wright Brothers flew, a German pilot had managed to slide to fly for the first time. That man was Otto Lilienthal is considered the 'first man to fly,' after conducting a trial with a homemade glider 125 years ago.
Before the Wright Brothers or even the lesser known Gustave Whitehead successfully took to the skies, a German aviator named Otto Lilienthal achieved humanity's first successful gliding flights. One such attempt is pictured above. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1aRYs4)
As reported by Daily Mail, Friday, May 13, 2016, the researchers at the Germany Aerospace Center (Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt/DLR) has made a replica of one of the Lilienthal historic flying machine to learn how this plane could be flown, and also to gain insight into the fatal accident that befell this glider.
Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have replicated one of Lilienthal's historical gliders to understand how the craft would have flown, and gain insight on his fatal crash. Otto Lilienthal is considered 'the first human being to fly,' after conducting trials with a self-built glider 125 years ago. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1aRYs4)
Lilienthal has pioneered early flight effort, and passion that eventually led to his death; on August 9, 1869, when the glider stalled and he fell from a height of about 50 feet, broke his neck. And he died at a hospital in Berlin the next day.
DLR started doing the first tests on the replica of 'Lilienthal glider' at low speed the German-Dutch Wind Tunnel in Marknesse, Netherlands. This test will help you understand how far it can be flown, and what maneuvers that can be achieved. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | DAILY MAIL]
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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Mach 5 hypersonic superjet flight getting closer to reality

A flight from Sydney to London just two hours can be more approached fact, following the success of hypersonic technology trial on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 in the Australian desert.

A joint military research between United States and Australia who did the 10 trials in the largest land testing range in the world, located in Woomera, South Australia, and the Andoya Rocket Range in Norway.
A joint US-Australian military research team is running 10 trials at the world's largest land testing range, Woomera in South Australia, and at Norway's Andoya Rocket Range. Today, the team were able to send a scramjet attached to a rocket booster to an altitude of 172 miles (278km) with a top speed of Mach 7.5. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1aPYEu)
"This is a revolutionary technology ... and could change the global air travel, as well as cost into space," said Alex Zelinsky, leader of Australian scientists in a statement.

The scientists say the hypersonic technology can save travel time from Sydney to London up to two hours for the flights as far as 17,000 kilometers (10,500 miles). And the hypersonic flight involves the travelling at speeds five times the speed of sound (Mach 5).
There are a number of new supersonic technologies in development. Nasa recently announced it was attempting to build new quiet supersonic technology as part of its X-plane division that could be available in 2020 (Nasa's Quiet Supersonic Technology pictured). (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1aPYEu)
The scientists involved in the program called Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation (HIFiRE) are developing machines that can fly at Mach And the rocket experiment conducted on Wednesday can reach a height of 278 kilometers (172 miles) at a top speed of Mach 7.5. 

"It's a happy moment ... we want to be able to flying a hypersonic engine at Mach 7," said Michael Smart, a hypersonic experts of the University of Queensland, who involved in the program.

He added that the jet using supersonic combustion engines that use oxygen from the atmosphere as the fuel so it is lighter and faster than the rocket that uses regular fuel.

The latest program also involves the US space agency, NASA, a renowned aircraft maker, Boeing and the German space agency, DLR and so on. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | DAILY MAIL]
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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Mriya, the world's biggest iron bird flown back to Australia

Mriya, the largest aircraft ever been made in the world, has recently flown back and carrying the goods delivery mission across three continents. The landing of the largest iron bird in the Prague airport, instantly attract the attention of many people. Many people come to Prague, to witness Mriya against gravity when will land at the Vaclav Havel airport, Czech Republic.
An-225 'Mriya,' the world's biggest aircraft. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1aHXrr)
As quoted by CNN on Thursday, May 12, 2016, the aircraft was officially named Antonov An-225's, made in the 1980s to transport the Soviet space shuttle in his back. When the transporting mission was over, Mriya was crowned as the coolest cargo transporter aircraft in the world.

On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, the plane landed back in Prague and were greeted by the airport authorities to load the giant aircraft's belly with a generator weighing 130 tonnes to be delivered to Australia.
Left side view of An-225 'Mriya,' transporter aircraft. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1aHXrr)
If the general aircraft is usually driven by two or four jet engines, but the giant aircraft was run using six jet engines. And the wing span of Mriya has a length of 290 ft, or equivalent to 88 meters. The cargo cabin length exceeds even the length of Wright brothers' historic plane in 1903.

When taking off, the monster plane has to fight to lift the body weighing over 640 tonnes, which is even more than double the weight of the Statue of Liberty. If the goods are usually put in the cargo through the bottom of the fuselage, and Mriya only stayed to open its nose was directly connected with the cargo cabin.
Cockpit view of An-225 'Mriya,' transporter aircraft. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1aHYYT)
The flying action of giant aircraft was very rare. Normally the aircraft are flown by six people, only flown once or twice a year. The An-225 has the title as the cargo plane that flew with the world's heaviest payloads. In 2004, Mriya fly transporting 247 tonnes of oil pipeline machine to Uzbekistan.
This time, the giant plane was scheduled to fly from Prague with the first stop in Turkmenistan, India and Malaysia, before finally reaching its final destination in Perth, Australia. After completing the mission. Mriya will be back parking at the Kiev airport, Ukraine, and waiting for the next mission. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CNN]
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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Solar Impulse 2 successfully landed after nearly 16 hours of flying

Solar-powered aircraft named Solar Impulse 2, which is in the historical round-the-world journey, completing the tenth rounds of its flight, had landed in Arizona after flying nearly 16 hours from California on Tuesday, May 2, 2016.

According to the official site of Solar Impulse, the single-seat experimental aircraft arrived in Phoenix at 20:55 local time after a flying distance of 1,113 kilometers for a total of 15 hours and 55 minutes from San Francisco passed through the Mojave Desert.
Pilot Andre Borschberg lands the Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 plane, late Monday, May 2, 2016, in Goodyear, Ariz. The plane left early Monday from California for a 16-hour trip to Phoenix to resume its journey around the world using only energy from the sun. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1aAOnm)
With the conventional aircraft, the distance can be reached in two hours, but the Solar Impulse 2 that rely on solar energy takes much longer because it flew in the car's speed, making the pilot had to practice the meditation and hypnosis in order to stay awake for a long time.

One of the project founders, Andre Borschberg also flew in the small cockpit of the solar-powered aircraft. "I made it to Phoenix, what an amazing flight over the Mojave desert," Borschberg said in a Twitter post. As reported by Reuters, he alternates with his fellow pilot Bertrand Piccard at the controls for each segment of what they hope will be the first round-the-world solar-powered flight.
Pilots Andre Borschberg (L) and Bertrand Piccard react after landing Solar Impulse 2 on the San Francisco to Phoenix leg of what they hope will be the first round-the-world solar-powered flight, in Phoenix, Arizona, May 2, 2016. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1aAOGb)
Previously, Borschberg piloting the aircraft on a flight from Japan to Hawaii through the Pacific in July last year, was in the air for nearly 118 hours.

The flying journey had a record-breaking the solo nonstop flying for 76 hours that set in 2006 by an American adventurer named Steve Fossett with Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer and set a new record for the time and distance of flight with a solar-powered plane.

The Swiss team who flew to garner support for clean energy technologies hoping to end their round-the-world journey in Abu Dhabi, where the journey started in March 2015. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | REUTERS]
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Vertical-lift flying car is a perfect Personal Aircraft

One of the great disappointments of 1950s-style retro-future conjecture is that we still don’t have a genuine flying car, ala The Jetsons, parked in the driveway. Well, by the year 2018, we might have several models to choose from. Germany’s Lilium Aviation is promising that its lightweight model will be the most advanced personal aircraft ever developed. 
The Lilium needs just 50ft of room to take off. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1aBmRV)
The Lilium aircraft’s super-compact design will allow the aircraft to lift off vertically from any 50-foot-square flat area. That small footprint -- plus the vehicle’s quiet all-electric engine -- means the Lilium could be a genuine park-in-the-driveway kind of flying car for urban and suburban commuting, according to developers.

The Lilium also features a computer-assisted piloting system that will require only 20 hours of training, designers say -- although presumably aviation authorities will have something to say about that.
The aircraft fits two people and can travel at speeds of up to 250mh. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1aBmRV)
As qouted of The Telegraph, the Lilium would be classified as a Light Sport Aircraft, designated to fly in uncongested airspace to a maximum altitude of three kilometers, or just under two miles.
The aircraft couples the convenience of a helicopter with the speed of a plane. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1aBmRV)
More details from the Lilium’s online spec sheet: The aircraft will have a maximum velocity of 250 mph, with a maximum takeoff weight of 600 kg, or just over 1,300 lbs. Designers are aiming for a range of about 500 km, or around 300 miles.
Pilots would only need 20 hours of training before being allowed to fly the small plane. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1aBmRV)
The Telegraph article notes that, in Europe at least, flying the Lilium would require clearance from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which would also need to grant permission over any landing site. So while you couldn’t take off from your front yard, you could use your friendly neighborhood helipad facility. Or, naturally, an airport.

Lilium Aviation is run by a team of designers from the Technical University of Munich and has received funding and support from both the European Union and the European Space Agency. Oh, and they’re hiring. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | LILIUM AVIATION | THE TELEGRAPH]
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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The new GlobalEye System

The new Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) system from Saab, named GlobalEye, launched and expressed much more sophisticated and efficient than its predecessor system, EriEye.

The GlobalEye System was introduced to the public for the first time the world's airlines in Singapore Air Show 2016 at Changi, Singapore, Tuesday, February 16, 2016. The GlobalEye system combined and built on the Bombardier 6000 business jets.
The new AEW&C system named 'GlobalEye' attached on the Bombardier 6000 bussiness jet. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1X8rHJ)
According to Erick Windberg, Saab's Senior Director of Air Observation who introduced the GlobalEye system was officially in his presentation at the Asian aerospace event.

One of the main work bases of GlobalEye are the latest generation of AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) institutions with various improvements of EriEye which is the predecessor.

In a review directly to its production hangar in Götheborg, Sweden, last year, EriEye displayed its skill in sniffing, recognize, and provide early warning of the presence of objects in the air, land, and sea.
The AEW&C GlobalEye system overview. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1X8sWK)
Even the size of up to a foot ball floating in the sea could he distinguish and identify from a distance of 400 kilometers and a cruising altitude above the stratocumulus clouds.

At the same time, other objects that exist within the 400-mile range can be etched precision and the data is distributed via the datalink system are presented in various forms and views.

It is also able to analyze objects with the most potential to threaten the interests and safety of the operator according to the mission that carried. Sweden as a maritime country and directly neighboring with Russia directly uses this AEW&C system.

EriEye can be installed in the Saab 340 propeller aircraft and Embraer 145 business jets made by Embraer SA, Brazil. Now expanded its base, namely the Canadian-made Bombardier 6000, with the operators early warning radar and control system as many as five people.

Bombardier 6000 for the benefit of the GlobalEye footing has the ability to fly nonstop up to 11 hours at altitudes above 30,000 feet above sea level.

Now, Windberg said, "Its ability to rise up to 70 percent, with the size and the same energy consumption. It's as the example of the many changes that we can do and still growing."

About footing systems using the Bombardier 6000 business jets, believed as well as the efforts of Saab Aeronautics to reach a wider market. "So far we have signed a purchase contract with the United Arab Emirates worth US $1.2 billion for the purchase of two units of this GlobalEye," said Windberg. The contract was signed at the Dubai Air Show 2015 last November.

"We now not only have a new footing, but the radar system that is completely new with a much improved capability. United Arab Emirates to get it," he said. Which became the principal focus is the development of a wide range of possibilities to build AEW&C system tailored specifically for the needs of the customer.
"Including for Indonesia. We know that Indonesia has the weapons and defense systems of East and West. Everything can be combined with GlobalEye system and we have been working on that in some countries," he said further. In business, the market is now targeted for the GlobalEye is the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SAAB]
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Saturday, February 20, 2016

By this plane it only takes 11 minutes from New York to London

As reported last year that there is a super-fast advanced aircraft called Skreemr. The aircraft concept designed by Ray Mattison and Charles Bombardier claimed to be able to travel from New York to London in just 30 minutes. This means traveling between the two countries will probably take you less time than driving in downtown New York stuck in traffic.

As reported by Ubergizmo on Monday, February 15, 2016, Charles Bombardier is currently re-introduce another new aircraft concept named 'The Antipode'. This latest concept is considered to be defeated the Skreemr, because The Antipode able to travel between New York and London in just 11 minutes.
The Antipode, a private jet concept that could fly from NYC to Dubai in 22 minutes. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1X0RCI)
According to Bombardier, the Antipode able to carry about 10 passengers and flight at an altitude of 40,000 feet. Not only that, the aircraft is also capable of reaching a maximum speed of more than 20,000 kph.
By this plane concept it only takes 11 minutes from New York to London. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1X0QYu)
In addition, the aircraft will also be powered by reusable liquid-oxygen or rocket kerosene. Not only capable of being able to fly to London a short time. The aircraft is also offered, traveling from New York to Dubai for 22 minutes, then to Hong Kong in 26 minutes, and go to Sydney in 32 minutes.

Of course, this plane is still a concept and there are still many technical details that need to be spelled out. For instance, how's the plane to slow or how's it able to handle the high temperatures generated during the flight and others. However, beyond all that this concept model is an amazing achievement. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | UBERGIZMO]
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Friday, February 12, 2016

An embryo of Japanese stealth jets has been shown

Japanese Defense Agency on Thursday, January 28, 2016 has introduced the new fighter jets, Mitsubishi ATD-X 'X-2', which is equipped with advanced technology as the research results of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

The plan, the fighter jet will conduct its maiden flight on February 15 or February 22, 2016 from Nagoya airport, and landed at the Japanese air force base in Gifu.
The Mitsubishi ATD-X, X-2 fighter jets which introduced by the Japanese Defense Agency on January 28, 2016. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1T2smp0)
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries ltd. will be handed over to the Department of Defense, Technology and Logistics of Japan in late March. The X-2 is currently in development by the Japanese government is prepared to replace the F-2 jets who will retire in 2028.

This fighter jet can not be detected by radar and is also easily absorbing the radio waves. By using the new composite materials used in the structure of the fuselage, and engine thrust deflection that can change the gas injection orientation very quickly, combined with a flight control computer, making it possible to shows high mobility in the air.
Right side view of Mitsubishi ATD-X, X-2 fighter jets which prepared to replace the F-2 jets who will retire in 2028. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1QSh2tB)
The decisions of multi billion yen for the jet development project was taken in 2007. And touted, the ATD-X development triggered by the decision of the US Congress who did not give approval on the Japanese government's intention to buy the F-22 Raptor. 

The jets construction began on the fiscal year 2009, by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, together with IHI (Ishikawa Heavy Industries) were responsible for the machine with the development fund about ¥39.4 billion. The X-2 itself developed of the previous generation and further will be developed for Japanese fighter jets in the future.

This is the early seedling of Japanese stealth fighter jets development in the future. The development of future fighter jets, with the collection of data from the latest technology by themselves.
Rear side view of Mitsubishi ATD-X, X-2 fighter jets which equipped with the 3D thrust vectoring engines. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/20lqpod)
The Japanese ATD-X is equipped with 3D thrust vectoring. Its thrust (impulse) controlled by three paddles on each engine nozzle similar to the system used by the Rockwell X-31 (US experimental aircraft), while the axis-symmetric thrust vectoring engine is currently still being developed for the production series of ATD-X.

The ATD-X prototype currently is much smaller than next ATD-X production series. Another features is the flight control system of the fly-by-optics, that makes data transfer more faster and immune to electromagnetic interference.

For radar, which will be used is active electronically scanned array (AESA) called "Multifunction RF Sensor," which claimed to have a broad spectrum of intelligence, the ability of Electronic Counter Measures (ECM) and Electronic Support Measures (ESM) as the main function of communication.
Further features that are called "Self-Repairing Flight Control Capability" which makes ATD-X is able to detect the failure or malfunction automatically. As for the characteristics of its own stealth features yet to be revealed.

Next Japanese Stealth Jets 
Indeed, the ATD-X planes are just the beginning, and as the name suggests "Technology Demonstrator," ATD-X was developed by TRDI as a technology demonstrator for developing the next fighter aircraft (sixth generation) are more sophisticated, namely 'F-3'.

"The plan, Japan will create a Stealth aircraft and launched in 2030 and it depending on a variety of considerations that exist today because the budget is very big at all and whether the planes is made or not," said Kosuke Takahashi, Chief Editor of Huffington Japan in the TV Tokyo MX show.

"The Japanese best stealth jets in the future is expected to be developed with a budget of around ¥40 billion. And about 220 companies (including Fuji Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries) have been joined for the project and 90% are Japanese companies," he said further.

Thus, the next Japanese stealth jets entirely is the result of the development of Japanese companies themselves without involving other countries especially United States.  *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ARSIP ARDAVA]
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