Articles by S.L. Fuller

AeroVironment's Helios prototype. Photo: NASA/Tom Tschida.

SoftBank Backs New High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite Venture

A High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) is a category of unmanned aircraft that AeroVironment thinks could deliver a multitude of benefits to the commercial market through use of Internet of Things (IOT) and other technologies and concepts. The company has announced a joint venture with a Japanese firm to develop a solar-powered, high-altitude, long-endurance Unmanned Aircraft […]

By | January 4, 2018

Photo: Stratolaunch.

WATCH: Stratolaunch’s Massive Aircraft Completes First Low-Speed Taxi Test

What Stratolaunch Systems Corp. (SSC) claims is the “world’s largest aircraft” has completed its first low-speed taxi test. Scaled Composites, a Northrop Grumman subsidiary, is constructing and testing the Stratolaunch aircraft within SSC facilities at the Mojave Air & Space Port in California. (Video courtesy of Stratolaunch Systems Corp.) “It was a lot less intimidating […]

By | December 21, 2017

Advanced Military-Grade Satellite Modem at Global MilSatCom 2017

Advantech Wireless showcased its AMT-83L military-grade satellite modem at the Global MilSatCom Conference and Exhibition one November 7-9, 2017 in London, UK.

By Advantech Wireless | Dec 20, 2017

Ataturk Airport, the main international airport serving Istanbul, and the biggest airport in Turkey by total number of passengers. Photo: Ataturk Airport.

Aireon to Support Space-Based ADS-B Over Turkish Airspace

Aireon has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Turkey’s Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), The General Directorate of State Airports Authority (DHMI). The two parties are set to collaborate on space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) in Turkish airspace. According to Aireon, Turkey intendeds to utilize space-based ADS-B to augment its current surveillance capabilities, as well […]

By | September 14, 2017

32 OH-58D Kiowa Warriors conduct a flyover above Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Photo: DOD, Kenneth Kassens.

Orbit Expands Multi-Purpose Satcom Terminal for Helicopter Use

Orbit Communications Systems intends to expand the development of its new Multi-Purpose Terminal (MPT) for airborne satcom to include helicopters. According to the company, a global provider of defense products and services placed an order valued at approximately $3 million for the delivery of helicopter systems between 2018 and 2022. This is the first time […]

By | August 15, 2017

Bob and Steven Dengler plan to circumnavigate the globe in this Bell Helicopter 429. Photo courtesy of Honeywell/C150GO.

Helicopter Circling the Globe Will Have Honeywell, Inmarsat Wi-Fi

Can a father-son duo successfully fly a Bell Helicopter 429 Global Ranger around the globe? At this point, the answer to that question is unknown. No duo of that description has circumnavigated the world in a helicopter, or any aircraft, before (though the feat itself has been done before). But in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, Bob […]

By | June 29, 2017

An AH-64 Apache rises from behind a hill during a training exercise at Yakima Training Center. Photo: Wikimedia.

US Army to Install ViaSat Small Tactical Terminals

Boeing has awarded ViaSat a multi-year contract for two-channel Small Tactical Terminals (STTs) for the AH-64E Apache Guardian. Production of ViaSat’s KOR-24A Link 16 terminal will be designated for the U.S. Army and foreign military sales. The base contract covers a minimum of 534 terminals to be produced over the next four years. ViaSat said […]

By | June 21, 2017

Global Connected Aircraft Summit to Highlight Future of In-Flight Connectivity

The appeal of connectivity — for every industry — is having data at your fingertips. Over the past few years, the aerospace industry has new developed methods for bringing on-demand information availability to both passengers and operations for commercial and business flights. From maintenance to pricing to In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) and beyond, the satellite and […]

By | June 2, 2017

Boeing building HQ

Boeing to Restructure Defense, Space & Security

[Via Satellite 11-17-2016] Boeing is set to rearrange its defense, space and security business infrastructure, the company said Tuesday. By the end of 2020, Boeing plans to reduce facilities space by about 4.5 million square feet and move many positions from Huntington Beach, California, to elsewhere in the state and Alabama. The company will also […]

By | November 17, 2016

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