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Collaborative fuel tank research promises flight path to economic growth

Collaboration between Denel Aerostructures, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the University of Pretoria (UP) aims to establish a specialised local capability to analyse the loads of aerospace fuel tank structures – a crucial safety consideration. The project is supported by the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI). According to Marié Botha, AISI […]

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Planes of the future at the Singapore Airshow

Singapore Airshow, Asia’s largest aerospace and defense event, takes place at the Changi Exhibition Center from February 16 to 21, 2016. Some of the world’s most technologically advanced aircraft go on display while aerobatics decorate the skies with impressive performances. The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, a large military transport aircraft developed for the U.S. Air […]

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Winds of climate change will make transatlantic flights longer, study shows

Faster jet stream will add thousands of hours to journey times and increase airline fuel bills Airline flights are known to worsen climate change but now climate change is set to worsen flight times, according to new research. The work shows faster jet stream winds will delay transatlantic flights, adding thousands of hours a year […]

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Could Russia’s Frigate Ecojet take on Airbus and Boeing?

The design and manufacture of large commercial aircraft is one of the world’s most challenging industries.  Two aviation giants dominate the field: U.S.-based Boeing and European consortium Airbus.  So can a Russian upstart succeed in its goal of redefining the market with a new aircraft concept whose unique characteristics place it in a category of its […]

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SA AMSAT CubeSat project on track

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SA strengthens position in aeronautics space

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Simulation-based training system for the SA Navy

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Work under way to validate numerical simulation of aircraft fuel behaviour

The University of Pretoria is well advanced in a programme to experimentally validate numerical simulation software developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to accurately model the sloshing of fuel in an aircraft’s fuel tank. This was unveiled at a recent joint briefing at the university. The project is taking place under […]

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Punching Above Its Weight

Small SA defence company successfully carving a niche for itself Small South African defence company Twiga Services recently started sea trials with its latest product, an 8.5-m-long military patrol boat. Manufactured out of high-density polyethylene (better known as HDPE), it is designated the Rugged 850 military patrol boat (MPB). “The Rugged 850 MPB is designed […]

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Flying in Formation

Airbus continues to develop cooperation with South Africa Major European aerospace and defence group Airbus has been consolidating its technology cooperation with South African companies and institutions. “For the past few years, we’ve been running a pretty scattergun approach to technology cooperation,” explains Airbus VP: International Cooperation Simon Ward. “We had about 40 projects – […]

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