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Did water rocket threaten Brum airport Airbus?

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) last week called for action to control the use of drones, citing several examples from the the latest UK Airprox Board report (PDF) of UAVs menacing airliners. The report contains details of seven such incidents, four of which fell into the most serious category A, "where a …
Lester Haines, 1 Feb 2016

Airbus, Boeing aero parts maker loses $54m in cyber-stick-up

An Austrian engineering firm is counting the cost of poor IT security after admitting €50m ($54m) has gone missing from its accounts following a "cyber fraud." FACC Operations makes airplane parts for giants like Airbus and Boeing, and is majority owned by a Chinese holding company. It insists its intellectual property, …
Iain Thomson, 22 Jan 2016

Spirit of Steve Fosset lives on as glider is poised to soar to 90,000ft

The Perlan 2 unpowered glider is on course to soar to a record-breaking 90,000ft (27,400m) next year, following a successful first test flight last week at a more modest 5,000ft (1,500m). With pilots Jim Payne and Morgan Sandercock of The Perlan Project at the controls, the aircraft lifted off from Redmond Municipal Airport in …
Lester Haines, 29 Sep 2015
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Airbus plots exit from government comms biz

Airbus is reportedly considering selling its public safety radio business, with Alcatel-Lucent and Thales apparently interested in writing a cheque to obtain the operation. Bloomberg's off-the-record briefers say that €500 million-plus business is slated for sale by the end of the current quarter. Originally formed when …
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Airbus to build 900 mini-satellites for OneWeb's orbital internet system

Global internet provider wannabe OneWeb has announced a deal with Airbus Defence and Space to build 900 small satellites aimed at providing more 10 terabits per second of new communications capacity to the whole world. OneWeb was set up by former Googler Greg Wyler to bring satellite internet to the globe, and the venture has …
Iain Thomson, 17 Jun 2015
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Config file wipe blunder caused deadly Airbus A400M crash – claim

A dodgy software installation that deleted vital files caused last month's Airbus 400M transport plane crash in which four people died, it is claimed. On May 9, a test flight of the A400M, intended to replace the aging Hercules as a mainstay of NATO's air mobility fleet, crashed in Spain, killing four of the six crew. …
Iain Thomson, 10 Jun 2015
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Airbus confirms software brought down A400M transport plane

Airbus has confirmed the crash that stalled its A400M program was caused by engine control software. However, according to Handelsblatt, the problem wasn't that the software is buggy. Rather, someone in the final assembly process installed the software incorrectly. Marwan Lahoud, Airbus' chief strategy officer, told the …
Airbus President and CEO Tom Enders and the A400M Programme Manager at the OCCAR organisation for the management of European defence programmes, Bruno Delannoy, participate in a parachute jump from an A400M. Credit: Airbus Military

Airbus warns of software bug in A400M transport planes

A software bug may have cause the May 9 crash that grounded Airbus' troubled A400M military transport aircraft. Airbus has sent an alert to customers instructing them to conduct “specific checks of the Electronic Control Units (ECU) on each of the aircraft's engines”. Spiegel reports that the bug caused three of the transport …
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Airbus to sue NSA, German spies accused of swiping tech secrets

European aerospace giant Airbus is promising legal action over claims its top blueprints were stolen by German spies and given to America's intelligence agencies. "We are aware that as a large company in the sector, we are a target and subject of espionage," the company said in a statement to the AFP newswire. "However, in …
Iain Thomson, 30 Apr 2015
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So, you know those exciting movie-style 3D visual cyber attack ops centres?

Airbus has been awarded a contract worth £1.4m to "develop and mature" a movie-style 3D Virtual Cyber Centre of Operations (VCCO) for the Ministry of Defence. The research contract engages Airbus to develop a "3-D virtual world to enable collaboration and shared situational awareness," across a sprawling network of security …
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Airbus developing inkjet printer for planes

Plane-maker Airbus is working on an inkjet printer. Currently undergoing testing, the device is intended to paint planes. Today, airlines' logos and the designs they favour are usually painted onto planes. If the designs are complex, they are built up layer by layer in a time-consuming process. Designs too complex to be …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Sep 2014
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Airbus promises Wi-Fi – yay – and 3D movies (meh) in new A330

Airbus has promised that its next plane, the A330 Neo, will bring 3D movies into the sky. Announced today, the A330 Neo is an upgrade for the twin-aisle, 250-300 seat A330. Airbus says the new model will come in two sizes and add about ten seats to current configurations, while reducing fuel consumption by 14 per cent per seat …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jul 2014
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Airbus to send 1,200 TFlops of HPC goodness down the runway

Airbus is going to expand the modular data centre strategy it initiated with HP in 2011, with a 1,200 TFlop target capacity. The HP PODs will be added in Toulouse, France, and Hamburg, Germany. Airbus first started parking HP PODs – Performance Optimsed Datacenters – in a contract announced in September 2011. However, HP says …
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Airbus imagines suitcases that find themselves

Airbus has floated a concept it calls “Bag2Go” that it says will make lost luggage a thing of the past. The word “ecosystem” gets overused a bit, but seems worth using to describe Bag2Go, which needs special luggage with embedded RFIDs. Those willing to pay for that privilege are then expected to use an app while they pack, …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jun 2013
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Nokia shares $1.35bn EU graphene research grant

The EU has awarded a €1bn ($1.35bn) grant to the Graphene Flagship consortium in a ten-year project bringing academics and industrialists together to commercialize graphene, and hopefully spur economic growth. The grant comes from the EU's Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) program, which seeks to boost the introduction of …
Iain Thomson, 1 Feb 2013
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Airbus predicts catapult takeoffs and formation flying by 2050

Airbus has detailed its plans for the future of air travel in 2050, when megacities and rising fuel costs will make flying a very different kettle of (flying) fish. The company's "Smarter Skies" report has been two years in the making, using interviews within the aviation industry and with designers to come up with radical new …
Iain Thomson, 7 Sep 2012
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China churns out homemade aircraft for global travel DOMINATION

China is ramping up its plans for domination of international civil airspace with recent deals to flog its home-grown aircraft set to cause a few sweaty palms at Boeing and Airbus. Spearheading this push is the Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (Comac) C919, a 168-190 seat narrow-body airline design which will be China’s …
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Software bug fingered as cause of Aussie A330 plunge

The final report into the 2008 Qantas flight QF72, which unexpectedly dived twice during a routine flight, has blamed a combination of software and hardware errors for the incident. On 7 October 2008, the Australian-owned A330-303 aircraft was cruising at 37,000 feet when the autopilot disengaged and the aircraft rose, before …
Iain Thomson, 20 Dec 2011

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