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Local Aerospace News

COMMERCIAL SPACE LAUNCHES: FAA's Risk Assessment Process Is Not Yet Updated

February 4th, 2014

Courtesy of: US Government Accountability Office

According to studies, the United States in 2012 provided less commercial space launch indemnification for third party losses than China, France, and Russia. These countries put no limit on the amount of government indemnification coverage which in the U.S. is limited by the Commercial Space Launch Act (CSLA). Governments' commitments to pay have never been tested because there has not been a third party claim that exceeded a private launch company's insurance... read more

Predator-Series Aircraft Pivotal to Search and Rescue Missions

January 15th, 2014

Courtesy of: General Atomics Aeronautics Systems Inc.

SAN DIEGO – 15 January 2014 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, today announced that MQ-1 Predator® and Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper RPA successfully supported local law enforcement officials in their efforts to find a missing mountain biker who was stranded and injured in the Lincoln National Forest in New Mexico last October... read more

Global Hawk Aids in Philippine Relief Efforts

January 6th, 2014

Courtesy of: Northrop Grumman Corporation

SAN DIEGO – Jan. 6, 2014 – The inherent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities of Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Global Hawk Block 30 Unmanned Aerial System were used to support massive international humanitarian assistance and relief efforts following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines... read more

AIAA Executive Director Sandra H. Magnus Speaks at San Diego Wind Tunnel

December 16th, 2013

Courtesy of: AIAA

Dr. Sandra H. Magnus, the executive director of AIAA, spoke at the San Diego Wind Tunnel in San Diego on Friday, 6 December 2013, from 1800–2000 hrs. Dr. Magnus discussed the critical role that students and young professionals play in strengthening the aerospace industry. Dr. Magnus also talked about her experiences as an astronaut and as a former resident of the International Space Station (ISS)... read more

GA-ASI Successfully Tests SAA System Components Aboard Predator B

December 12th, 2013

Courtesy of: General Atomics Aeronautics Systems Inc.

SAN DIEGO - 12 December 2013 - General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, today announced the completion of the first of several planned flight tests of a Sense and Avoid (SAA) architecture and Self Separation functionality. This marks the first time the system has functioned as a true "system of systems" to detect every class of aircraft equipage and paves the way for a Due Regard capability... read more

Mayfield Partners with Chris Anderson of 3D Robotics to Take the Maker Movement Mainstream

December 4th, 2013

Courtesy of: 3D Robotics Inc.

Menlo Park, CA, December 4, 2013 – Mayfield, a global, early-stage venture capital firm, today announced a $6 million investment in 3D Robotics (“3DR”), the leading open unmanned aerial vehicle (“UAV”) platform company founded by Chris Anderson, former editor-in-chief of Wired magazine. The investment is part of 3DR’s $30 million Series B round announced in September, and it reflects Mayfield’s belief in the maker movement going mainstream – as seen by the rise of connected devices, 3D printing, and the worldwide expansion of the Maker Faire... read more

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