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December 10, 2010

EADS North America Prepares To Build KC-45 Tanker Production Plant In Alabama

Program Management Firm Selected, Bidding Open

While there has been no word on whether Boeing or Airbus will get the contract to build the next Air Force Tanker, EADS North America said Wednesday that it is soliciting bids through its recently selected program management firm for design and construction of the Mobile Conversion Center.

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Japan Selects Mitsubishi To Build 40 UH-60J SAR Helicopters

New Helos To Be Phased Into Service Over 20 Years

Japan's Ministry of Defense has selected Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' (MHI) proposal to supply the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) with a new fleet of advanced UH-60J search and rescue helicopters. The aircraft will be produced under license from Sikorsky.

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Hydrogen-Powered Phantom Eye Requires Specialized Fueling Infrastructure

System Supplies Liquid Hydrogen For The Long-Endurance UAV

When the Phantom Eye takes to the skies, Air Products' hydrogen fueling capabilities will be put to another specialized and advanced technological use. Air Products is providing the hydrogen and fueling infrastructure for The Boeing Company's Phantom Eye.

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Aero-TV: 'Out To Launch' -- A Closer Look At SpaceX's Latest Milestone

Details Behind Wednesday's Successful COTS Demo 1 Flight

We're still all abuzz over the successful SpaceX/NASA collaboration that resulted in the first commercial payload orbited and recovered back to dear old Mother Earth. While ANN's aerospace affiliations have made it easy for us to stay close to the action and the people making it happen, we simply must admit to more than a little envy of all that occurred and the very talented people who made it happen. This is serious hairy-chested real-live rocket science and it would not be unusual, maybe even expected, for them to have had a LOT more trouble with the Falcon9 program by now... but they haven't and history has truly been made. And better yet, SpaceX's Dragon has orbited the Earth and come home safely.

2nd AAS 72X Demo Aircraft Flies For The First Time

Several Advanced Capabilities Demonstrated In 40 Minute Flight

The second of three company-funded Armed Aerial Scout 72X Technical Demonstration Aircraft (TDA) has completed its first flight, EADs North America said Wednesday. The flight took place Tuesday at the company’s American Eurocopter facility in Grand Prairie, Texas and lasted 40 minutes.

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