03 Jun 2021Aerospace
This week in Aerospace & Defence: Constellation of communication satellites to extend internet service to hard-to-reach places

Latest Industry Insights from Draup Braindesk

Aerospace players are keen on collaboration, investments, and acquisitions on autonomous & electric aircraft, engine development service, and aircraft cybersecurity. 

  • Aircraft HeadsUp Display: Bombardier introduced aircraft equipped with a dual head-up display (HUD) that provides a pilot-friendly cockpit in business aviation and automates crew services. 
  • Autonomous Navigation: Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of Raytheon Technologies, provides Mounted Assured Positioning, Navigation, and Timing System (MAPS Gen II) to ground vehicles across GPS threat environments with multiple sensors. 
  • Aircraft Engine Development: Rolls-Royce Holdings partnered with Reaction Engines to develop high-speed aircraft engines enabling high-speed supersonic and hypersonic capability for next-generation flights. 

Service providers’ digital engineering and manufacturing solutions, MRO solutions, and supply chain solutions are helping in the development of next-gen aircraft. 

  • Cyient is keen to offer electronic and mechanical aerospace manufacturing engineering solutions to develop advanced aerospace avionics systems. 
  • HCL is leveraging IoT to generate exponential changes to enterprise business systems through Human-centered design-led platform solutions to generate new business models for A&D companies. 
  • TCS’s offer of its digital services and solutions is helping aerospace companies to design the next generation of air-frame structures. 
  • Capgemini helps aerospace manufacturers to optimize production, operations, and collaboration by innovative engineering, manufacturing, sustainment & supply chain solutions. 
  • Infosys helps its clients address the liquidity issues in aviation, reduce airline passenger volumes, and operational challenges of the supply chain partner. 

Latest Reports Published in Draup

Saab account intelligence report: Saab is developing Latest Version Weapon and Multi-role Weapon System, such as Carl-Gustaf multi-role, man-portable shoulder-fired weapon, and Carl-Gustaf M4. Their revenue CAGR between 2016 to 2020 is 5.47%. Read More>>
Thales account intelligence report: Thales Group designs and builds electrical systems for aerospace and defense. It offers flight deck systems, avionics equipment, and navigation solutions. Cybersecurity, AI-based video analytics, and cloud solution are key focus areas. Read More>>

Key Funding Alert

Starburst Aerospace in talks to raise USD 50 Mn fund for space investments 

The U.S. accelerator will raise the money to invest in space startups. It now counts around 60 companies in its portfolio, including Momentus, Orbital Sidekick, and Skyloom that are in the space business. Read More>>

Startup Spotlight

Company – Warpspace 
HQ Location – Ibaraki, Japan
Total Funding – USD 3 Mn
Year of Inspection – 2016
About: Warpspace develops a laser communication-based inter-satellite communication system. WarpHub InterSat, a medium Earth orbit satellite, communicates with other satellites in LEO using optical communication, then passes data to ground stations. Read More>>

Key Insights and Signals in Aerospace

Centre set up and expansion
Hanwha teams up with KAIST to establish a joint space research center 
South Korea’s Hanwha Group joined hands with the leading state research body to establish a joint space research center to develop space technologies, starting with low-orbit satellite communication technology that uses lasers to exchange data between satellites. Read More>>
SpaceX to open rocket recovery center in Long Beach 
SpaceX will use the location as a launch vehicle recovery center. The pier will allow for easy access to retrieve launch vehicles, and they will use the pier to dock its vessels and offload equipment. Read More>>
Airbus revives plan for new single-aisle jet plant in Toulouse 
Airbus plans to install a new production line for its A321neo jet in Toulouse, France, as it reshapes production of the medium-haul single-aisle jets that are tipped to lead its factories out of the coronavirus crisis. Read More>>
Rocket Lab to build control center for MethaneSAT 
Rocket Lab will develop a Mission Operations Control Centre (MOCC) for the MethaneSAT mission that locates and measures methane emissions from industry and agriculture. Read More>>
Deal and Deal renewal 
Alaska Air orders more Boeing and Embraer jets 
Alaska Air’s new orders consist of 17 Embraer E175 regional jets and 13 Boeing 737 Max planes. The Embraer E175 regional aircraft will be delivered to SkyWest Airlines and Alaska’s subsidiary Horizon Air in 2022 and 2023. Read More>>
Google wins cloud deal from SpaceX for Starlink internet service 
Google will provide cloud services to Elon Musk’s SpaceX, which has launched a slew of Starlink satellites to offer high-speed internet. SpaceX will set up ground stations within Google’s data centers that connect to the Starlink satellites, enabling fast and secure internet services via Google Cloud. Read More>>
SriLankan Engineering completes passenger-to-freighter Airbus A320 conversion 
The aircraft has since entered service for FitsAir, a small Sri Lankan carrier based in Colombo, the country’s largest city. Such conversions have become increasingly common since the onset of coronavirus. Read More>>
Triumph receives MRO agreement from Collins Aerospace for environmental system components 
Under this agreement, the Triumph Product Support facility in Wellington, Kansas, will repair and overhaul original equipment parts, including air cycle machines, refrigeration packages, housings, ejectors, and fans across multiple platforms. Read More>>
Partnerships
Mynaric, SpaceLink partner to accelerate satellite laser terminal technology 
Mynaric will supply more than USD 20 Mn worth of laser communication products to SpaceLink under the terms of a new partnership agreement. The partnership closes its largest direct acquisition of laser communication products by a commercial entity to date. Read More>>
Crane Aerospace & Electronics to collaborate with BAE Systems on power electronics for Jaunt Air Mobility 
Crane Aerospace & Electronics will collaborate with BAE Systems to provide specific expertise on the power management systems for Jaunt Air Mobility’s all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Read More>>
Honeywell Aerospace equips newly designed Dassault plane 
Since the inception of the 10X development program, Honeywell and Dassault collaborated to create unique Human Factors and Pilot Interface experiences. The flight deck contains powerful features such as Honeywell’s 3D Airport Moving Maps and Runway Overrun Awareness and Alerting System. Read More>>
Executive Movement
Daniel Nord named Maxar Sr. V.P., Chief Product Officer  
Daniel Nord will join as Sr. V.P. and CPO. He will oversee a team of about 400 employees at several sites in the U.S. and Sweden as head of Maxar’s Earth intelligence product organization and help drive user experience and product roadmap to advance growth across government and commercial technology clients. Read More>>
Airbus puts supply chain executive at the helm of loss-making A220 
Airbus appointed a senior internal supply chain executive to run its Canadian operation, responsible for trimming losses on the A220 jetliner series in the latest management changes at the European aerospace group. Read More>>
New chief executive of Airbus Canada to take over in September  
Schultz is currently Sr. V.P. of procurement at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France. He will replace Philippe Balducchi, who has decided to pursue other opportunities outside the company. Read More>>
Mergers and Acquisitions
Teledyne has completed its acquisition of FLIR 
The stockholders approved and received merger proposals identified with the Agreement and Plan of Merger. FLIR will be remembered for Teledyne’s Digital Imaging fragment and work under the name Teledyne FLIR. Read More>>
Arlington Capital buys Triumph’s aerostructures sites, names business ‘Qarbon.’  
Triumph Group completed the divestment of three aerostructures manufacturing sites to private equity company Arlington Capital Partners, which has renamed the business ‘Qarbon Aerospace.’ Read More>>
Leidos acquires Gibbs & Cox 
Leidos Holdings acquired Gibbs & Cox, Inc. for approximately USD 380 Mn. Gibbs & Cox will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary and combined with Leidos’ maritime systems division. Read More>>
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