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Aevum unveils drone smallsat-launch aircraft

spacenews | December 03, 2020

Aevum unveils drone smallsat-launch aircraft
Little dispatch startup Aevum on Dec. 3 uncovered its Ravn X vehicle, a reusable robot airplane and rocket blend intended to dispatch little payloads to circle.

Ravn X has been a long time being developed. Aevum, situated in Huntsville, Alabama, is situating Ravn X to contend in the undeniably packed little dispatch market, promising quick reaction administration empowered by a self-ruling airplane that can take off from any mile-long runway.

The 55,000-pound unpiloted airplane is 80 feet in length with a 60-foot wingspan. While in flight it will deliver a two-stage rocket that can dispatch 100 kilograms to 500 kilograms of payload to low circles. Skylus said Ravn X will be prepared for activities inside the following year and a half after it clears administrative obstacles.

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LTAS, a Division of COMSovereign Awarded $8.4 Million Multi-Unit Aerostat Subcontract from U.S. Government Prime Contractor

COMSovereign Holding Corp. | January 24, 2022

COMSovereign Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: COMS and COMSP) ("COMSovereign" or the "Company"), a U.S.-based developer of 4G LTE Advanced and 5G communication systems and solutions today announced that its Lighter Than Air Systems ("LTAS") subsidiary, dba Drone Aviation, has been awarded a multi-unit, $8.4 million subcontract from a U.S. Government prime contractor for its Winch Aerostat Small Platform ("WASP") and related support services. Based on current production scheduling, Drone Aviation anticipates the initial unit fulfillment under this subcontract to start in May 2022. "Today's award for new WASP systems is a major endorsement of our unique, rapidly deployable tethered aerostat technology. It was the technology and operating advantages of our WASP aerostat that resulted in our selection for this award. We are excited to begin working with our new prime contractor partner on this program and to helping this important government customer meet their mission requirements, Our Sky Sovereign business unit enters 2022 with significant growing interest in its tethered aerial platforms for both government and commercial end-users. Although we have seen several contract awards delayed through the course of 2021, this award gives us reason to be optimistic that those delays will ease during 2022 and we are looking forward to achieving several new milestones in the coming months." -Dan Hodges, Chairman and CEO of COMSovereign Holding Corp. The WASP is a highly tactical and mobile aerostat system which can be operated by a crew of two and can provide day/night video, secure multi-frequency and multi-wave form wireless communication range extension capability from an unimproved site or while being towed. U.S. Army soldier-operated and DHS agent-operated WASP systems have accumulated thousands of flight hours across the U.S., Middle East and Africa. Operating at altitudes of up to 1,500 feet AGL, the WASP system can significantly extend Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance ("ISR") capabilities and secure communications in remote and austere locations. The systems can be rapidly configured to support a variety of mission requirements for days, weeks or months with customized payloads. About COMSovereign Holding Corp. COMSovereign Holding Corp. (Nasdaq: COMS and COMSP) has assembled a portfolio of communications technology companies that enhance connectivity across the entire network. By combining strategic acquisitions with organic research and development efforts, COMSovereign has built a U.S.-based communications solution provider able to deliver end-to-end 4G LTE Advanced and 5G-NR telecom solutions to network operators, enterprises, and governments.

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Nok Air signs two strategic agreements with Sabre to power growth and support the Thai carrier's far-reaching new business model

Sabre Corporation | December 20, 2021

Thai airline Nok Air today announced strategic new long-term agreements with both Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR) a leading software and technology provider that powers the global travel industry, and its subsidiary company, Radixx, to support the evolution of the carrier's new business strategy. Nok Air has selected an extensive suite of products from Sabre and Radixx to expand distribution and revenue generation opportunities. The agreements support the carrier's repositioning to serve its growing customer base of premium travellers and value-based customer segments. The Sabre and Radixx products will power future business model evolution as Nok Air expands its international operation, develops new airline partnerships and explore further technical capabilities and innovations beyond today. Radixx will provide a fully integrated passenger service system for Nok Air that spans reservations, inventory, pricing, e-commerce, agency distribution, departure control, load control, loyalty and other related capabilities. In parallel, under a new Sabre distribution deal, Nok Air will distribute its airline content across Sabre's global travel marketplace, opening the door to new international markets and growing its Thailand home market on the Sabre Global Distribution System (GDS). "We have ambitious business expansion plans, including launching new domestic and international routes, restructuring our fleet and adding new jets as we transition selected segments to a premium service to reflect our quality service, So, it was imperative to us that we chose the right technology partner to support us in all of our goals to streamline our operations, improve efficiencies and open new revenue opportunities and new markets while improving the experience for our travellers." -Wutthiphum Jurangkool Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Nok Air. The carrier, which operates out of Bangkok's Don Mueang International Airport, will utilize the following Sabre and Radixx products as Thailand re-opens to vaccinated international travellers: Radixx Res – Radixx's core passenger system will enable Nok Air to manage all passenger operations and sales channels in order to expand distribution channels and partnerships. Radixx Go and Radixx Go Touch – new digital capabilities to evolve Nok Air's check-in operation at airports, enhance customer service and enable additional ancillary revenue-generation opportunities across airport touchpoints. Radixx Go Touch enables airline employees to transact full airport departure control capabilities from a mobile device, allowing some flexibility from the constraints of physical airport desks and counters. Radixx ezyCommerce – an integrated e-commerce and mobile solution to power Nok Air's business-to-consumer for passengers and business-to-business channels for travel agents and corporates. Radixx Loyalty – new capabilities will enable Nok Air to strengthen the offering of its Nok Air Fan Club, including enhanced online servicing, automation and redemption options for members. Radixx Insight – valuable business data and analytics to enable better decision-making, while powering the airline's internal back-office systems. Sabre's Global Distribution System – to enable expansion into new global markets, ensuring its fares have the widest possible distribution. "We're delighted to further expand our footprint in APAC while opening up access to new global markets and segments for Nok Air as well as providing new digital capabilities for the carrier, creating additional revenue-generation opportunities and, ultimately, enabling Nok to create improved experiences for travellers at all touchpoints." -Chris Collins, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Radixx "At Sabre, we are laying out our strategic plans to create our own catalysts for growth, so we are thrilled to be able to support Nok Air on its own transformational journey, Our new dual-deal alliance with Nok Air, incorporating both PSS and GDS solutions, is the perfect example of how Sabre and Radixx are able to combine synergistic technological offerings to create effective, innovative end-to-end solutions for airlines of all sizes and cost models." -Rakesh Narayanan, Vice President, Regional General Manager, Asia Pacific, Travel Solutions Airline Sales, Sabre. About Sabre Corporation   Sabre Corporation is a leading software and technology company that powers the global travel industry, serving a wide range of travel companies including airlines, hoteliers, travel agencies and other suppliers. The company provides retailing, distribution and fulfilment solutions that help its customers operate more efficiently, drive revenue and offer personalized traveller experiences. Through its leading travel marketplace, Sabre connects travel suppliers with buyers from around the globe. Sabre's technology platform manages more than $260B worth of global travel spend annually. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world.

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Air Force Wants Combat Drones Controlled by Piloted Aircraft

U.S. Air Force | December 14, 2021

The U.S. Air Force wants to soon add to its arsenal remotely piloted air combat vehicles that may be networked and controlled by piloted aircraft, according to the service’s top official. The news comes days after USAF Secretary Frank Kendall also confirmed that the Air Force will ask for funding for two classified remotely piloted air combat vehicles in the next defense budget, according to reports. “I’ve got two that I’m going to have in the ’23 budget in some form, They’re both unmanned air combat vehicles, unmanned platforms that are designed to work in conjunction with fighter aircraft like [the Next Generation Air Dominance fighter] or F-22 or the F-35. On the other hand they work in conjunction with bombers like the B-21. The B-21 is a very expensive aircraft. It has a certain payload and range, We’d like to amplify that capability. It has to be able to penetrate, which is valuable, but individual B-21s are gonna be very expensive so what we want is something that can operate with it,” he said, adding, “We’re gonna sort that out and think about unmanned combat aircraft, how to network them together under the control of an operator of a B-21 to operate as a formation in a loose sense against a modern enemy.” - Kendall told Politico The Air Force’s secret NGAD family of capabilities is expected to be operational by 2030. The new B-21 Raider, described as forming “the backbone” of USAF’s bomber fleet, is designed to “provide operational flexibility” while also being “relevant across the spectrum of conflict,” the USAF said. The service is expected to procure at least 100 copies of the aircraft, with deliveries anticipated in the mid-2020s. The USAF is already on the path to exploring the teaming of piloted and remotely crewed aircraft. This past summer, the service announced that its experimental autonomy core system (ACS), Skyborg, was on track to advance to a program of record by Fiscal Year 2023. In late October, Skyborg was successfully deployed aboard two General Atomics MQ-20 Avenger tactical drones for a multi-hour test flight. “The flight demonstrated matured capabilities of the ACS that enabled two MQ-20s to fly autonomously while communicating with each other to ensure coordinated flight, Additionally, the aircraft responded to navigational commands, stayed within specified geo-fences, and maintained flight envelopes.” -Air Force Life Cycle Management Center said following the flight test. The F-22 is another example of a combat aircraft that could work with the types of unmanned drones that are being proposed. Courtesy: U.S. Air Force Competition With China The emergence of new details about the USAF’s plans for combat drones comes as top military officials increasingly point to the escalating military capability race with China. Budgeting Balance The DOD’s budget offers clues about spending priorities, but when it comes to classified programs, it also only tells part of the story, said Ruth Butchart, an associate fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, who studies remotely crewed systems. A sharp decline in USAF spending on remotely crewed systems in the unclassified budget might possibly be balanced by an uptick in classified spending, which isn’t publicly visible, she said. Existing budget priorities and commitments could also create potential difficulty.

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Turboprop Aircraft Values Steadily Increasing Amid Tight Inventory Levels, According to Sandhills Global Market Report

Sandhills Equipment Value Index | January 11, 2022

The latest Sandhills Global aviation market report finds that asking values for turboprop aircraft in Sandhills marketplaces increased 4.8% year-over-year from December 2020 to December 2021. Dwindling used turboprop aircraft inventory levels, especially in key age groups and for certain models, remain a primary driver of asking value increases. The new market report follows Sandhills' recent market report identifying noteworthy supply and demand trends within the used piston single aircraft category. Sandhills' aviation products include Controller, Controller EMEA, Executive Controller, Charter Hub, Aviation Trader, Aircraft Cost Calculator, and AircraftEvaluator. AircraftEvaluator is Sandhills' proprietary asset valuation tool for all types of aircraft, built using the same technology behind FleetEvaluator. Widely used and trusted across equipment, truck, and trailer industries, FleetEvaluator identifies asset values with unparalleled accuracy. The key metric used in all of Sandhills' market reports is the Sandhills Equipment Value Index (EVI). Buyers and sellers can use the information in Sandhills EVI to monitor equipment markets and maximize returns on acquisition, liquidation, and related business decisions. Chart Takeaways This report includes detailed analysis of asking values and inventory trends in the U.S. used turboprop aircraft market along with charts that help readers visualize the data. Highlights include noteworthy value trends in Beechcraft King Air series. Asking Values The 4.8% YOY asking value increase for used turboprop aircraft in Sandhills marketplaces means that the average turboprop aircraft was valued at $1,412,023 in December 2021 compared to $1,347,814 in December 2020. From November to December 2021, turboprop aircraft asking values increased 3.9%, an average value jump of $53,000. Inventory Levels The current market report shows inventory in the turboprop aircraft category is down 56.6% YOY. The 0- to 10-year age group displayed the steepest inventory drop, down 64.4% YOY. The lowest decline was found in the 25-year-plus age group, which was still down 52.2% YOY. Beechcraft King Air Series Sandhills asking EVI for Beechcraft King Air turboprop aircraft were up 2.8% YOY in December. The King Air 200 series, up nearly 19% YOY, is a key driver of Beechcraft King Air asking values. The Sandhills EVI shows steady value increases in King Air 200 models since March 2021; average asking values are up $330,000 YOY, topping $2,000,000 in December. About Sandhills Global Sandhills Global is an information processing company headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska. Our products and services gather, process, and distribute information in the form of trade publications, websites, and online services that connect buyers and sellers across the aviation, construction, agriculture, and commercial trucking industries. Our integrated, industry-specific approach to hosted technologies and services offers solutions that help businesses large and small operate efficiently and grow securely, cost-effectively, and successfully. Sandhills Global—we are the cloud. About the Sandhills Equipment Value Index The Sandhills Equipment Value Index (EVI) is a principal gauge of the estimated market values of used assets—both currently and over time—across the construction, agricultural, commercial trucking, and aviation industries represented by Sandhills Global marketplaces, including Controller.com, AuctionTime.com, TractorHouse.com, MachineryTrader.com, TruckPaper.com, and other industry-specific equipment platforms. Powered by FleetEvaluator and AircraftEvaluator, Sandhills' proprietary asset valuation tools, Sandhills EVI provides useful insights into the ever-changing supply-and-demand conditions for each industry.

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