Stratolaunch | June 17, 2022
Stratolaunch announces the completion of its seventh flight test of Roc, the world's largest flying aircraft. The aircraft flew for 3 hours and 1 minute over the Mojave Desert and reached an altitude of 27,000 feet a new altitude record for the aircraft.
The seventh flight focused on continuing Roc's flight envelope expansion with the recent addition of the pylon on the aircraft's center wing. Test objectives included
Demonstration of increased maximum altitude capability
Continued validation of the aircraft's general performance and handling characteristics, with the addition of the recently installed pylon hardware
Continued validation of landing gear operations including door functionality, and alternate gear extension
"Today's flight is a success story of the Stratolaunch team's ability to increase operational tempo to the pace desired by our customers for performing frequent hypersonic flight test. Furthermore, the team reached a new altitude record of 27,000 feet, thereby demonstrating the aircraft performance needed for our Talon hypersonic vehicle to reach its wide design range of hypersonic conditions."
Dr. Zachary Krevor, Stratolaunch Chief Executive Officer and President
The Stratolaunch team recently integrated the TA-0 separation test vehicle with the carrier aircraft for the first time, signaling a priority push toward captive carry and separation testing happening later this year. The company is also making solid progress on system integration of its first hypersonic flight test vehicle, TA-1 and on the fabrication of a third vehicle, TA-2, the first fully reusable hypersonic test vehicle. The company anticipates delivering hypersonic flight services to government and commercial customers in 2023.
Stratolaunch's mission is to advance high-speed technology through innovative design, manufacturing, and operation of world-class aerospace vehicles.
Red Six Aerospace, Inc | June 07, 2022
Red 6, a revolutionary technology firm at the forefront of Augmented Reality (AR) and synthetic air combat training, is proud to announce that it has successfully flown the first multi-aircraft, training flight against multiple Augmented Reality assets. With this successful flight test, Red 6 has ushered in a new frontier of combat training for the War Fighter. Connecting multiple live aircraft into one common Augmented Reality environment, outdoors, up in the sky, is a significant technical milestone. "We are thrilled that our thesis has been validated and this achievement is a major step forward towards the creation of an outdoor Military Metaverse in which all warfighters, across all domains can train together," said Daniel Robinson, Founder and CEO of Red 6.
Two Red 6 Test Pilots took off in Berkut 540's from California's Santa Monica Airport. Upon entering Red 6's Combined Augmented Reality Battlespace Operation Network (CARBON), over Ventura County, each pilot could see and interact with the same AR generated KC-46 Pegasus Tanker, from their respective aircraft. Red 1 conducted a training mission on the AR refueling Tanker while Red 2 was able to observe Red 1 and the AR Tanker in real time.
"Never has it been possible for multiple pilots to communicate simultaneously in AR like this. Today was a historic milestone for not just Red 6, but for the overall AR industry. One day this training will produce the most elite War Fighters in the world,"
Brandon Harris, F-22 and Red 6 Test Pilot
The flights expand upon Red 6's world-first live dogfight against an AI-driven virtual aircraft two years ago. The flight showcased the groundbreaking display and control systems needed to bring AR into the real world, while simultaneously integrating tactical AI into the Red 6 system. "Red 6 continues to expand beyond what was previously thought possible. Synthetic training environments are going to grow exponentially in the future and Red 6 plans to be a huge part of that growth and success," concluded Robinson.
About Red 6
Red 6, founded in 2018, is the creator of Airborne Tactical Augmented Reality System (ATARS) and Combined Augmented Reality Battlespace Operational Network (CARBON). Red 6's Systems are the first wide field-of-view, full color demonstrably proven outdoor augmented reality solution that works in dynamic outdoor environments. They allow Virtual and Constructive assets into the real-world by allowing pilots and ground operators to see synthetic threats in real-time, outdoors, and critically, in high-speed environments. By blending augmented reality and artificial intelligence and using both the indoor and outdoor space around us as a medium, Red 6 has redefined the limits of how the world will experience, share, and interact with its information.
Alder Fuels; Avfuel | June 20, 2022
Avfuel Corporation announced a multimillion-dollar investment in Alder Fuels—a clean tech company pioneering first-of-its-kind technologies for producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at scale.
Avfuel is making the investment through its subsidiary, Avfuel Technology Initiatives Corporation.
Alder Fuels converts abundant biomass, such as regenerative grasses and forest and agricultural residues, into sustainable, low-carbon crude oil that replaces fossil crude in existing refineries producing aviation fuel. When calculating the fuel production carbon life cycle from field to wingtip, Alder's technology has the ability to produce an ultra-low to negative carbon crude oil that, when refined, meets current jet fuel specifications. Alder's biocrude refined into SAF is currently in the process of global certification as a 100% drop-in replacement for petroleum-based jet fuel and anticipates the SAF will become available in the first quarter of 2024.
As part of the agreement, Avfuel will purchase 1 billion gallons of SAF over a 20-year period, and use the SAF to supply both business and commercial aviation globally. Avfuel's purchase agreement is the first ever long-term offtake from a fuel supplier, making this partnership the largest publicly-announced SAF agreement in business aviation history and opening the door to realizing business aviation's commitment to obtaining net-zero status by 2050.
"Avfuel is committed to providing sustainable solutions for its customers, including business aviation, fixed based operators and airlines. We have been a forerunner in supplying SAF to business aviation and this transformative agreement builds upon our commitment to lead its adoption. Avfuel is making investments via ATIC to ensure SAF is available and we are excited to partner with Alder in scaling the fuel globally. This is an important milestone in business aviation's SAF adoption story, but we realize reaching net zero targets will require a collective effort industry-wide to provide and embrace sustainable fuels. Only together can we reach this new height."
C.R. Sincock, executive vice president of Avfuel
According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. forestry residues and agricultural residues alone could provide enough biomass energy to generate more than 17 billion gallons of jet fuel and displace 75% of U.S. aviation fuel consumption. If the U.S. were to broadly adopt regenerative agricultural practices, which capture more carbon in healthier soil compared to traditional methods, the U.S. could generate an additional seven billion gallons of SAF, which would completely replace the country's current fossil jet fuel consumption.
"Imagine we can eliminate the harmful carbon added to our atmosphere when refining oil to jet fuel. Alder's technology delivers this dream by converting globally available biomass to green crude oil scalable to meet the aviation industry's demand at a cost competitive with petroleum," said Bryan Sherbacow, Alder Fuels CEO. "Today, Avfuel's historic SAF contract and investment once again demonstrates its global leadership in business and commercial aviation fuel supply by helping Alder and the industry establish an international logistics and supply network for zero carbon SAF."
Prior to founding Alder, Sherbacow built the world's first SAF refinery in collaboration with Honeywell and United Airlines in Paramount, Calif. Alder's research is supported by the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency, the DOE and a partnership with DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), focused on developing technology to process organic waste and sustainable, non-food plant material into carbon-negative transportation fuels.
Avfuel provides fuel and services—including sustainable fuel and initiatives—to the global aviation industry and is the leading independent supplier in the United States. Established as a supply and logistics company nearly 50 years ago, Avfuel is core competent in every aspect that surrounds the delivery of fuel—from refinery to wingtip. Avfuel combines global access with personalized service throughout a fueling network of more than 3,000 locations worldwide and 650+ Avfuel-branded FBOs. Our 100% dedication to aviation demonstrates our passion and commitment to a global community that prospers on the movement of goods and services around the world.
About Alder Fuels
Alder Fuels, founded by biofuel and aviation industry entrepreneur Bryan Sherbacow, is a process technology and project development company in the low-carbon to negative-carbon energy industry. Alder is commercializing a process to produce bio crude oil that is low carbon and carbon negative depending upon the bio-feedstock, scalable, and cost-competitive with the petroleum it replaces. Critical to rapid, world-scale deployment, the process will be compatible with the existing petroleum refining and logistics infrastructure. The company's collaboration with United Airlines, Honeywell UOP and, now, Avfuel Corporation is expected to propel use of new forms of biomass to power commercial and business aircraft, reduce fossil fuel consumption and commercialize technologies benefiting the public. It builds upon the stakeholders' collective mission to pioneer commercialization of industry-leading SAF technology.