Congress passes 1st NASA authorization bill in 5 years

Congress has passed the first NASA authorization bill in more than five years, formally extending operations of the International Space Station and backing NASA’s Artemis exploration effort. The House passed on a 243–187 vote July 28 the “Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) and Science Act,” a day after the Senate passed the billRead More

Polaris’ 1st crewed launch on SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft planned for December 2022

The privately funded Polaris Program is planning its first crewed launch on a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft in December, a mission that will include the first spacewalk on a private mission. Jared Isaacman, the billionaire who organized the Inspiration4 private astronaut mission that spent three days in orbit in September 2021, announced the Polaris ProgramRead More

Isotropic Systems unveils 5th- gen smart terminal to link cellular and satellite networks

Isotropic Systems is changing its name to All.Space, as the British antenna manufacturer unveils its “fifth-generation smart terminal” to link cellular and satellite networks. All.Space announced plans recently to begin production in late 2022 of the new terminal, which is designed to connect networks “via multiple, simultaneous links,” according to the company based in Reading,Read More

SANSA to monitor space weather in African region and globally

South Africa has launched a new $5.79 million project on behalf of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) dedicated to monitoring space weather globally, and specifically for the entire African region. South Africa, through the South African National Space Agency (SANSA), was selected as an ICAO-designated regional space weather center in 2018. ‘Space weather’ refersRead More

ATR names its 1st female CEO

Regional aircraft manufacturer ATR has named Nathalie Tarnaud Laude as its new chief executive from September 2022, its first female CEO. Tarnaud Laude replaces Stefano Bortoli, whose four-year mandate comes to an end on September 17, 2022. “I thank Stefano for his strong leadership in preserving ATR’s market position and financial situation, while at theRead More

Lt. Amanda Lee becomes 1st female pilot to fly at 2023 air show season

The Flight Demonstration Squadron of the US Navy, known as the Blue Angels, has announced the six new people who will join the team during the 2023 air show season. Among them is Lieutenant Amanda Lee, who becomes the first female pilot to fly in a demo jet with the team. Lee is currently assignedRead More

Oman Air unveils new graduate program exclusively for Omani graduates

Oman Air has launched its Future Leaders Commercial Graduate Program exclusively for Omani graduates. The intensive two-year program is currently accepting applications from university graduates of 2020, 2021 or 2022 and will offer up to 12 selected candidates the opportunity to gain internationally recognized qualifications while being exposed to all commercial functions at Oman Air.Read More

SA flying school teams up with 2 businessmen to help disadvantaged youngsters take first step toward pilot career

A South African flying school has teamed up with two businessmen to help disadvantaged youngsters take the first steps towards a career as pilots. Durban businessman, Phinda Fikeni, and his business partner, Mzwakhe Sithole, have decided to support the city’s Focus Air Flight School by assisting students enrolling for an 18-month pilot training program, withoutRead More

Demand for 2.1m new aviation personnel expected over the next 20 years (Boeing)

Boeing’s 2022 Pilot and Technician Outlook (PTO) forecasts demand for 2.1 million new aviation personnel over the next 20 years. The long-term forecast shows that 602,000 pilots, 610,000 maintenance technicians and 899,000 cabin crew members will be needed to support the global commercial fleet over the next two decades. The worldwide fleet is expected toRead More

L3Harris missile-detection satellites projected to launch in 2023

Five missile-detection satellites built by L3Harris under Pentagon contracts are projected to launch in 2023. Despite strains in the space industry supply chains, the company expects to complete these satellites on schedule and ramp up production of 14 more to be delivered by 2025, a senior executive said. Rob Mitrevski, vice president and general managerRead More