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Learjet 85 from Bombardier Aerospace

The Learjet 85 business aircraft features a flight deck that combines advanced technology with superior design elements for a cockpit environment unlike any other midsize jet, according to Bombardier Aerospace officials. 


Lockheed Martin Corp. and Kaman Aerospace Corporation have transformed Kaman’s proven K-MAX® power lift helicopter into an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) capable of autonomous or remote controlled cargo delivery. Its mission: battlefield cargo resupply for the U.S. military.


A look inside NASA’s Morpheus lander

Project Morpheus tests NASA automated, and even autonomous, landing and hazard-detection and -avoidance technology, as well as a novel spacecraft engine that runs on liquid oxygen and methane, considered “green” propellants.


Global Xpress (GX) satellite network

Inmarsat-5 F1 (I-5 F1), the first satellite in the Global Xpress (GX) network, has been launched onboard a Proton Breeze-M rocket from Kazakhstan.

Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV)-4 weighs in at 20 tonnes and has a maximum net cargo capacity of up to seven tonnes. The composition of this payload can vary depending on the mission:

Automated Transfer Vehicle - 4 (ATV-4)

Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV)-4, also called ATV-4 and "Albert Einstein," weighs in at 20 tonnes and has a maximum net cargo capacity of up to seven tonnes. The composition of this payload can vary depending on the mission:


Portable electronic device (PED)

A Portable Electronic Device (PED) is any piece of lightweight, electrically-powered equipment. These devices are typically consumer electronic devices capable of communications, data processing and/or utility.


Bell V-280 Valor

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE:TXT), introduced the Bell V-280 Valor, its offering for the Joint Multi Role/Future Vertical Lift (FVL) Technology Demonstrator (JMR/TD), at the 2013 Army Aviation Association of America’s (AAAA) Annual Professional Forum and Exposition in Fort Worth in April 2013.


AeroVironment Small UAS

RQ-11B RavenRQ-12 Wasp AERQ-20A Puma, and Shrike VTOL comprise the family of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) from AeroVironment in Monrovia, Calif.


Aerovironment RQ-11B Raven UAS

The Raven B DDL unmanned aircraft system is an enhanced version of the battle proven Raven B system from AeroVironment Inc. in Monrovia, Calif. It is a lightweight solution designed for rapid deployment and high mobility for military applications, requiring low-altitude surveillance and reconnaissance intelligence. 


Euro Hawk

The Euro Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS) is designed by Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE:NOC) and Cassidian (EADS Deutschland GmbH). 


Sikorsky CH-54 Tarhe helicopter

The Sikorsky CH-54 Tarhe is a twin-engine heavy-lift helicopter designed by Sikorsky Aircraft for the United States Army. The CH-54B is a variant of the CH-54 helicopter.


UPS Aircraft Fleet

United Parcel Service (UPS), since purchasing its first aircraft in 1981, has become one of the world’s largest airlines.

Boeing EA-18G Growler aircraft


Boeing E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft

The first E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft was delivered to Australia in 2009 and began operations in 2010. A total of 6 aircraft have been delivered to Australia.


AeroVironment Small UAS (sUAS)

RQ-11B Raven, RQ-12 Wasp AE, RQ-20A Puma, and Shrike VTOL comprise AeroVironment’s Family of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems. 

Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM)

JASSM is an autonomous, air-to-ground, precision-guided standoff missile designed to meet the needs of U.S. and allied warfighters. Armed with a penetrator and blast fragmentation warhead, JASSM cruises autonomously, day or night and in all weather conditions. 


E-2D Advanced Hawkeye


QF-4 unmanned aerial vehicle

The supersonic QF-4 is a reusable full-scale target drone modified from the F-4 Phantom. The QF-4 provides a realistic full-scale target for air-to-air weapons system evaluation, development and testing at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and Holloman AFB, N.M. 


Dassault Falcon 2000LXS

The Falcon 2000LXS, announced in Oct. 2012, combines the short field performance of the 2000S with the longer range capabilities of the 2000LX. Featuring the same inboard slats and winglets as the 2000S model, the aircraft offers the same landing performance as the Falcon 2000S. The airplane comes standard with the EASy II avionics suite and FalconCabin HD+ entertainment system.


Dassault Falcon 2000S

The Falcon 2000S, the entry-level jet in the Falcon family unveiled in May 2011, is equipped with upgraded EASy II avionics, a FalconCabin HD+ entertainment system, and a new fixed-configuration cabin designed by BMW Group Designworks USA.