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F-22 Raptor receives 3D-printed metallic part for the first time

F-22 Raptor receives 3D-printed metallic part for the first time

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Jan. 18 (UPI) -- A metallic 3D-printed part has been installed on an operational F-22 Raptor for the first time, which the Air Force hopes will lower costs and reduce maintenance time. The new titanium part for the cockpit, which was installed by the 574th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Hill Air Force Base in Utah on Wednesday, replaces conventional aluminum ones, the Air Force said in a news release. "One of the most difficult things to overcome in the F-22 community, because of the small fleet size, is the availability of additional parts to support the aircraft," Robert Lewin, 574th AMXS director, said in a statement. The Air Force noted 3D printing allows for replacement parts on short notice without minimum order quantities. The printed bracket, which won't corrode, is made from a...
Spy satellite launched after repeated delays

Spy satellite launched after repeated delays

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Jan. 19 (UPI) -- A rocket carrying a spy satellite launched Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California after bad weather and technical problems delayed the sendoff for more than one month. At 11:10 a.m. Pacific time, the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket lifted off, carrying a U.S. National Reconnaissance Office satellite into orbit, United Launch Alliance said in a news release. ULA in a joint venture of two competitors, Lockheed Martin and Boeing. NROL-71 was the 132nd successful launch since the company was formed in December 2006, according to its website. The alliance said the satellite is "in support of our country's national defense." "Congratulations to our team and mission partners for successfully delivering this critical asset to support national...
Thales to develop Rafale F4 sensors for French military

Thales to develop Rafale F4 sensors for French military

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Jan. 18 (UPI) -- France's defense ministry has awarded Thales a contract to develop onboard sensors and communication systems for Rafale F-4 combat aircraft. The agreement allows the combat aircraft "to maintain its superiority against new threats," Thales said in a news release Friday. On Monday, France's government signed a $ 2.3 billion contract for 28 updated Rafale fighter jets from French-headquartered Dassault Aviation. In all, 500 French firms are part of the Rafale program, including Dassault Aviation, which will serve as the industrial architect and be responsible for deploying new connectivity solutions. Rafale's role includes reconnaissance, air defense and precision strikes during a single mission. The company noted the aircraft is "a crucial component of France's National S...
Top Flybe investor declares war over £2m sale

Top Flybe investor declares war over £2m sale

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Flybe's biggest shareholder has launched a stunning attack on its directors, accusing them of breaching their duties to investors and threatening a legal challenge to the cut-price takeover of one of Britain's best-known airlines. Sky News has learnt that Hosking Partners, a prominent London-based asset manager which holds a stake of close to 19% in Flybe, has instructed lawyers to explore its options in relation to the company's proposed sale to a consortium‎ led by Virgin Atlantic Airways.These options could include attempting to obtain an injunction prohibiting the deal from being completed, Hosking Partners is understood to have warned Flybe's bosses this week.The initial 1p-a-share deal, announced eight days ago, came at a huge discount to the airline's prevailin...
Can pubs stand many more Dry Januarys?

Can pubs stand many more Dry Januarys?

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"As a small independent bar group, we do feel a hit at the start of the year," says Tom Jackman, director of the Northcote, Venn Street and Old Street Records bars in London. In January people are naturally recovering from the over-indulgence of Christmas, he explains, and have less cash to splurge on nice dinners, bottles of wine and going out. But he's faced an extra challenge over the last few years: Dry January. The charity campaign, which encourages people to stop drinking alcohol for the month, began in 2013 when just 5,000 people took part but an estimated 4.2 million Britons said they would participate this year. That may be good news for people's health but less so for pubs and breweries. Is it worth giving up alcohol f...