16 Dec 2021Aerospace
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Key Insights and Signals in Aerospace and Defense

Center setup and Expansion  
Comlux to build Mx Hangar at Dubai Aerospace Hub 
Comlux will provide EASA and UAE Part 145-approved maintenance services and cabin upgrades and refurbishment for VIP aircraft at the hangar, which will be equipped to accommodate two ACJ or BBJ family aircraft types simultaneously.  Read More>>
ESA and CNES plan European space transportation hub 
The hub will be located in the Paris region. It would bring the main European actors in space transportation together. The project is expected to get approval from the governing bodies of ESA and CNES by the end of 2022. The current target date for hub completion is June 2023. Read More>>
Deal
L3Harris wins USD 125 Mn counter communications contract 
The system targets “communications satellites operating in geostationary orbit” and “likely” blocks C-, Ku- and X-band frequencies. The Block 10.2 upgrade, dubbed the Meadowlands project, will further enhance the system’s capability and reduce its size. Read More>>
HENSOLDT delivers the latest IFF tech to the Bulgarian forces 
Sensor solutions specialist HENSOLDT will be bringing its latest-technology capabilities in Identification-Friend-or-Foe (IFF) into the upcoming IFF modernization program of the Bulgarian armed forces. The IFF systems will upgrade the equipment of several airspace surveillance sites to the new NATO ‘Mode 5’ standard. Read More>>
Northrop Grumman awarded the mission planning contract to increase global hawk operational flexibility 
Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract by the United States Air Force to provide dynamic inflight rerouting for RQ-4B Global Hawk. The software update, known as Dynamic Mission Operations (DYNAMO), will enhance Global Hawk’s ability to provide critical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance data to geographic combatant commanders. Read More>>
New space radio technology manufacturing deal signed by Rocket Lab 
Rocket Lab and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) have entered into an exclusive license agreement to manufacture commercialized near and deep-space capable small spacecraft telemetry and control radio technology. Read More>>
Partnerships 
IAI, MBDA to collaborate on ground-based air defense systems 
Both companies will collaborate in the field of ground-based air defense systems. IAI and MBDA plan to develop joint solution concepts for this security-critical segment per the needs of the armed forces. Read More>>
Embraer and the Netherlands Aerospace Centre signed MoU to collaborate on aerospace research 
Embraer and Royal NLR have collaborated on new materials, flight-deck technology, system development, and aerodynamics applied in the company’s leading-edge products, including wind tunnel tests and advanced aero-elastic wind tunnel models. Read More>>
Hexagon and Airbus enter airborne bathymetric lidar surveillance partnership 
Hexagon’s Geosystems division will partner with Airbus to integrate two Leica Chiroptera 4X bathymetric lidar sensors for maritime surveillance into the C295 MSA, Airbus Maritime Surveillance Aircraft. Read More>>
Maxar Technologies to integrate NASA pollution-monitoring payload with Intelsat 
The collaborative effort between NASA and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory will monitor and track air pollution across North America. Read More>>
Mergers and Acquisition
Mercury Systems acquires Atlanta Micro 
The expansion expands the company’s RF and microwave component portfolio. It will deepen the market penetration in the core EW radar and weapons market and strengthen Mercury’s leadership position in trusted microelectronics. Read More>>
L3Harris completes the sale of its ESSCO business 
ESSCO was part of the L3Harris aviation systems segment and produces radomes for military and commercial use. CPI is a global manufacturer of electronic components and subsystems focused primarily on communications and defense markets. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across space, air, land, sea, and cyber domains. Read More>>
Collins Aerospace acquires Dutch thermoplastics maker 
The purchase of the 23-year-old Dutch manufacturer will allow Collins Aerospace to expand the use of advanced thermoplastics to make aircraft lighter and more fuel-efficient. Thermoplastics are lighter than conventional aircraft materials and require fewer fasteners, further reducing weight and required maintenance. Read More>>
Executive Movement
Tom Wilson to succeed Blake Larson at Northrop Grumman’s space systems 
The company has elected Tom Wilson as corporate vice president and president, Space Systems. Wilson is currently sector vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman’s Strategic Space Systems division in the Space Systems sector, which has delivered strong growth and operating results. Read More>>
Top employees depart SpaceX as pressure mounts for next-gen rocket development 
Three of the aerospace company’s top executives have left their roles in the past two weeks. They include VP of propulsion Will Heltsley, VP of mission and launch operations Lee Rosen, and senior director of mission and launch operations, Ricky Lim. Read More>>
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Latest Industry Insights from Draup Braindesk

  • The demand for airline MRO services is increasing. Economic growth, increasing passengers, and growing aviation infrastructure spending across APAC are among the factors driving the growth of the aircraft MRO market. 

  • OEMs are increasingly engaging in the MRO business and focusing on new technologies such as aircraft maintenance software to improve fleet maintenance. 

  • Aerospace aftermarket players are using data analytics platforms and artificial intelligence capabilities to improve data-driven decision-making. 

  • Airbus partnered with L&T Technology Services to increase data usability to create impactful, high-quality solutions in a shorter time. 

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experimentation in data analytics and use data analytics for aircraft maintenance. 

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  • Pratt & Whitney collaborated with Teledyne to allow operators using Pratt & Whitney’s engine-wise data analytics platform to start feeding their data center. 

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Key Funding Alert

Sierra Space secures USD 1.4 Bn Series-A growth investment 
The funding will support the development of the Dream Chaser space plane, to be used to resupply the International Space Station and the Large Integrated Flexible Environment (LIFE) habitat, a modular, three-story commercial habitation, business, and science platform. Read more>>

Startup Spotlight

Company – MightyFly 
Total Funding  USD 5.1 Mn
About: MightyFly is connecting remote locations with long-range, heavy cargo aircraft. MightyFly’s customized aerial drone delivery services will transport cargo to multiple locations in a single flight. Its vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) drones fly more than 300 miles and carry payloads over 50 pounds inexpensively. Read more>>

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