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Aerospace / Re: UK Spaceport
« Last post by TomS on Today at 06:18:12 pm »
Why not using some places closer to the equator? I guess it would be the most northernly launch site in the world.

SvalRak has it beat at 79 North.  Just sounding rockets, though.

The intent is to launch small sats, many of which go to polar orbits anyway.  They're interested in Electron as a potential launcher, which currently operates out of New Zealand.
Aerospace / Re: Boeing 'Middle of the Market” (MOM) Airliner
« Last post by Moose on Today at 03:43:40 pm »
AvWeek with an article that is pretty skeptical about the NMA/797 market and prospects for long-term success.
Aerospace / Re: UK Spaceport
« Last post by Flyaway on Today at 02:47:18 pm »
Press Release;

Sutherland could be a new site for vertically-launched space rockets and satellites as the Government makes £2 million available to fund further horizontal launch spaceport sites across Britain – including Newquay, Glasgow Prestwick and Snowdonia – subject to business case.

The Sutherland spaceport, which could see lift-off from the early 2020s and create hundreds of new jobs, is one of a number of Government-backed space projects that will be announced at the Farnborough International Airshow.

The commercial space sector is estimated to be worth a potential £3.8 billion to the UK economy over the next decade and will support Britain’s modern Industrial Strategy by creating high-skilled jobs and boosting local economies.

UK Space Agency selected the Sutherland site because Scotland is the best place in the UK to reach highly sought-after satellite orbits with vertically launched rockets.

Initial funding of £2.5 million will go to Highlands and Islands Enterprise to develop the launch site in Sutherland, which will use innovative rocket technology to ensure Britain is a leading force in the global spaceflight market.

Horizontal launch sites have potential to play a key role in the UK’s future spaceflight market, attracting companies from all over the world to invest in Britain for the launch of their sub-orbital flight, satellite launch and spaceplane ambitions.

Business Secretary Greg Clark said: “As a nation of innovators and entrepreneurs, we want Britain to be the first place in mainland Europe to launch satellites as part of our modern Industrial Strategy. The UK’s thriving space industry, research community and aerospace supply chain put the UK in a leading position to develop both vertical and horizontal launch sites.

“This will build on our global reputation for manufacturing small satellites and help the whole country capitalise on the huge potential of the commercial space age.”

Charlotte Wright, Chief Executive of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), said: “The decision to support the UK’s first spaceport in Sutherland is tremendous news for our region and for Scotland as a whole. The international space sector is growing and we want to ensure the region is ready to reap the economic benefits that will be generated from this fantastic opportunity.”

Will Whitehorn, Non-Executive Chairman of Clyde Space said: “From designing and building the very first satellite in Scotland, Clyde Space has grown and become a front runner in small-satellite manufacturing.  Having a spaceport located in Scotland will bring about a whole host of commercial advantages and not only to our operations in Glasgow, but to the entire space sector in the whole of the UK.”

Peter Platzer, CEO of Spire Global, said: “A spaceport in Scotland and the UK is fantastic news! Launch continues to be the most unpredictable part of the overall supply chain, with delays, often for months and sometimes years, being the norm. In Spire, Scotland already sports Europe’s most advanced and prolific satellite manufacturing capability, and with a space port right next door, enabling clockwork like launches, we can finally get our space sector supply chain to be truly integrated!”

Graham Turnock, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, said: “This grant will help to kick-start an exciting new era for the UK space industry, and this is only the beginning of our LaunchUK campaign. We are committed to supporting a commercial market for access to space in the UK, and we will continue to engage with any company who seeks to operate here.”
Aerospace / Re: UK Spaceport
« Last post by TomcatViP on Today at 01:45:55 pm »
Why not using some places closer to the equator? I guess it would be the most northernly launch site in the world.
Aerospace / Re: UK Spaceport
« Last post by Flyaway on Today at 01:35:01 pm »
Aerospace / Re: Future Combat Air System (FCAS)
« Last post by mrmalaya on Today at 01:07:39 pm »
Well the Combat Air Strategy is definitely on for tomorrow, but what will it bring? Can we hope for a genuinely national project?
Aerospace / Re: Future Combat Air System (FCAS)
« Last post by Flyaway on Today at 12:56:12 pm »
Jobs boost as MoD plan for British fighter jet takes off

Ministers are set to unveil plans to build a new fighter jet tomorrow — in a move that will sustain thousands of jobs and continue more than a century of combat aircraft manufacturing.

The commitment to develop a sixth-generation manned fighter is expected to be the highlight of defence secretary Gavin Williamson’s Combat Air Strategy, a blueprint for sustaining military aerospace design and manufacturing skills.

The pledge will provide a boost for the defence industry on the first day of the Farnborough air show, which will be opened by Theresa May. Bosses have long argued that Britain must commit to a new fighter jet or risk losing a crucial industry.

The move will sustain thousands of jobs in Lancashire, where BAE Systems builds the Eurofighter…

Unfortunately the rest of the article is behind a paywall.

Aerospace / UK Spaceport
« Last post by FighterJock on Today at 10:30:43 am »
Scotland has beaten of competition from Newquay in Cornwall and Prestwick in Ayrshire to become the United Kingdoms first Spaceport.  It will be announced at the Farnborough Airshow later this week.  The Spaceport will be based in Sutherland in the Highlands.

I will post another link as when more info becomes available.
Aerospace / Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Last post by bobbymike on Today at 07:38:52 am »

The deal for 141 F-35s lowers the price of the F-35A, the most common version of the stealthy fighter jet, to about $89 million, down around 6 percent from $94.3 million in the last deal struck in February 2017, the sources familiar with the talks said.

Bringing down the cost of the world’s most expensive defence programme is crucial to securing more orders, both in the United States and abroad.

President Donald Trump and other U.S. officials have criticised the F-35 programme for delays and cost overruns, but the price per jet has steadily declined in recent years as production increased.
Another paper about oblique wing developments (mentioning the OWRA, too) was written by
forum member vstol in 2007, to be found here:

Thanks, Jemiba. Just so as to avoid those endless Google links... a very useful tool  ;) :

Once you've decoded it, you may have to remove some elements from the link, still, to keep only what's relevant.
In this case, the document can be found at this URL:
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