T-45 Goshawk Becomes Fifth Navy Aircraft Tested For
Camelina-Based Jet Fuel
The Navy's alternative energy program expanded Aug. 24 when a
T-45 training aircraft completed a successful biofuel flight at
Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, MD. The "Salty Dogs" of Air
Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 flew the high-performance jet
trainer on a biofuel mixture of petroleum-based JP-5 jet fuel and
plant-based camelina. The high oil content of the camelina seed
makes it a valuable source of renewable and sustainable energy.
The independent Swiss agency "Air Transport Rating Agency" says
it has developed a new scientific "holistic safety rating" for
commercial airlines. Although the European Union publishes a "black
list" of dangerous airlines, there are real differences in terms of
safety among the other airlines belonging to the "white list".
Five-Segment Solid Rocket Booster Burn Expected To Last About
NASA and Alliant Techsystems Inc. (ATK) will conduct a
full-scale test of a five-segment, solid rocket motor at the ATK
Aerospace Systems test facility in Promontory, Utah, at 1605 EDT,
Thursday, Sept. 8. The static firing of the five-segment solid
rocket motor, designated Development Motor-3 (DM-3), will last
approximately two minutes.
Researcher Says It's "Unlike Anything We've Seen Before"
Two studies appearing in the Aug. 25 issue of the journal Nature
provide new insights into a cosmic accident that has been streaming
X-rays toward Earth since late March. NASA's Swift satellite first
alerted astronomers to intense and unusual high-energy flares from
the new source in the constellation Draco.
A third P-3 Orion with a new Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) kit was
delivered recently to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) by
Lockheed Martin. This P-3 Orion joins the two similar aircraft that
CBP is currently operating to support its critical homeland
Aircraft Will Undertake Firefighting And Disaster Relief
The Hiroshima Prefecture of Japan has signed a contract for an
AW139 medium twin helicopter, according to a joint news release
from AgustaWestland and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace. This aircraft will
be used by the Hiroshima Prefecture Disaster Relief Department to
perform fire fighting and disaster relief missions.
The California Capital Airshow (CCA), set for September 10-11 in
Sacramento at Mather Airport, will honor several important
anniversaries, according to the show's organizers. A highlight of
the show will be a fighter jet demonstration by an F/A-18 Hornet
and a legacy flight starring a Grumman F6F Hellcat to mark the
100th anniversary of Naval Aviation.
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"This test of the T-45 with a 50/50 blend of biofuel
represents another significant milestone in the long list of
detailed flight test and demonstrations of the F-18 Super Hornet,
the MH-60S, and the V-22... Our commitment to the aggressive
test schedule for drop-in replacement fuels for JP-5 and F-76 keep
us on pace for the 2012 demonstration and 2016 deployment of the
Great Green Fleet."
Source: Rear Adm. Phil Cullom, Director of the
Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness
Division, commenting on the Navy's alternative energy program --
which expanded Aug. 24 when a T-45 training aircraft completed a
successful biofuel flight at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent
River, MD. The "Salty Dogs" of Air Test and Evaluation Sq