The first Brazilian Gripen E, designated by Brazilian Air Force (FAB) as F-39 Gripen, has made its first flight in Brazil. The aircraft flew from the airport in Navegantes to Embraer’s facility in Gavião Peixoto. The official presentation of the aircraft is scheduled to take place during the Aviator’s Day and the Brazilian Air Force Day ceremony in Brasilia, celebrated on Oct. 23.
“Gripen's arrival in Brazil and its first flight are major milestones in the Brazilian Gripen program. We are proud of this journey alongside so many qualified and committed professionals from both countries,” said Saab President and CEO Micael Johansson. “We are following the delivery schedule for the aircraft and we continue to maintain our long-term commitment to Brazil.”
President and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security, Jackson Schneider, highlighted the scope of this partnership, “Embraer will play a leading role in the execution of the Gripen program in Brazil and will be responsible for systems development, integration, flight testing, final assembly, and delivery of the aircraft in support of Brazilian Air Force operations. In terms of technology transfer, the Gripen program is a great opportunity to increase our knowledge in the development and manufacturing of advanced combat aircraft.”
The Brazilian Minister of Defence, Fernando Azevedo e Silva also highlighted the importance of sharing experiences arising from cooperation between Brazil and Sweden, “Gripen increases the operational capacity of the Brazilian Air Force and promotes a partnership that fosters research and industrial development in both countries.”
The arrival of the first F-39 Gripen aircraft is a major milestone for the project. “It is an immense satisfaction for the Brazilian Air Force to see this aircraft flying on national territory. The F-39 Gripen, the new Brazilian Air Force multi-mission aircraft, will be the backbone of Fighter Aviation and it reaffirms the FAB's commitment to maintaining the country's sovereignty and to defend the twenty-two million square kilometers under its responsibility,” said Air Force Commander Lt. Brig. Antonio Carlos Moretti Bermudez.
The flight test program will be expanded to include the Gripen Flight Test Center at Embraer in Gavião Peixoto, which will be fully integrated with the test program already running at full phase at Saab in Linköping since 2017. Activities in Brazil will include testing of flight control system, environmental control system as well as tests in the aircraft in tropical climate conditions. In addition to the testing that is common for the Gripen E program, unique features of the Brazilian aircraft, such as weapons integration as well as the Link BR2 communication system - which provides encrypted data and voice communication between the aircraft - will be tested in Brazil.
The production aircraft will be delivered to the Brazilian Air Force, at Wing 2 in Anápolis (Goiás State), by the end of 2021.
Santa Clarita, California-based Avantus Aerospace, a global provider of C-Class and Composite parts for the aerospace and defense industry, has acquired California Screw Products (CalScrew) in Paramount, California.
CalScrew manufactures unique, high-strength fasteners for commercial and military aerospace applications and has a natural fit with other companies within in the Avantus group, including FTC (Fastener Technology Corp.), acquired in December 2019, and FIT (Fastener Innovation Technology), acquired in September 2020.
CalScrew, founded in 1984, has built a strong reputation as an innovative and reliable supplier of difficult-to-manufacture standards serving more than 45 aircraft platforms. Some customer relationships span multiple decades, such as those with Boeing (including BDSI), Incora (Wesco), Honeywell, Collins, Pratt & Whitney, GE, Airbus, and Lockheed Martin. The existing management teams will continue to operate and grow the business under the guidance of Fastener President Dennis Suedkamp, and Director of Business Development Larry Valeriano, formerly CalScrew’s president.
Avantus CEO Brian Williams said, "The CalScrew team is known for taking care of their customers and we are excited about dovetailing their unique fasteners into our expanding product line-up. Our combined strength allows Avantus to continue offering a diverse range of high-quality products with exceptional customer service."
Larry Valeriano commented, "California Screw Products is a well-known brand in the fastener standards market and looks forward to joining FIT and FTC as another integral company in the Avantus fastener and C-Class portfolio." Dennis Suedkamp added, "The future appears very bright as Avantus focuses on sound companies that respect their employees and what they bring to our customers – technical soundness, innovation, high quality and world-class service."
Avantus Aerospace is owned by Inflexion and Auctus Industries. Inflexion is a leading European mid-market private equity firm, investing in high growth, entrepreneurial businesses with ambitious management teams and working in partnership with them to accelerate growth. Auctus Industries is a specialist investor in aerospace businesses, focusing on off-market deal sourcing and the execution of buy-and-build acquisition strategies.
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HeroX, the social network for innovation and a platform for crowdsourced solutions, has launched the prize competition "NASA's Watts on the Moon Challenge" on behalf of NASA. In support of the agency's Artemis program to land the first woman and the next man on the moon, NASA seeks to incentivize the development of robust energy solutions to power sustained human presence on the lunar surface.
Solar energy is abundant on the moon when the sun is out, but nights on the moon can last 350 hours. This long lunar night, combined with extreme temperature changes, makes solar power use complex. In this challenge, NASA is seeking energy management, distribution, and storage solutions to help sustain a long-term human presence on the moon. Some solutions proposed by teams might also be useful in addressing energy challenges on Earth, which might lead to commercial development here as well.
"We are again proud to partner with NASA to crowdsource ingenious solutions to interstellar problems," says Christian Cotichini, CEO of HeroX. "This has exciting implications for space exploration, and it could also improve life down here on Earth, in terms of renewable energy use and storage. As the saying goes, 'shoot for the Moon and you'll land among the stars.' Our talented team of problem solvers will be doing just that."
The Challenge: The Watts on the Moon Challenge will offer winning teams up to $5 million in total prizes. Participants may have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their solutions at NASA facilities, and they may even have the opportunity to fly their solution to the moon.
The first phase of the challenge presents a mission scenario with three mission activities. Teams will choose one or more activities to address by proposing an energy distribution, management, and/or storage solution. Teams are eligible for a prize for each mission activity that they address.
The Prize: Prizes for Phase 1 will total up to $500,000. Up to three first place teams (one for each mission activity), as determined by the NASA judging panel, will be awarded $100,000 each. Up to four runner-up teams will receive up to $50,000 each.
Depending on the results of Phase 1, NASA may choose to proceed with a Phase 2 focused on developing prototype systems. Prizes for Phase 2, if it occurs, will total up to $4.5 million. Additional details about the number of winners and division of prizes in Phase 2 (including milestone prizes, if offered) will be included in the Phase 2 rules. Following the end of Phase 2, one or more teams may be invited to work with NASA to design and build flight-rated hardware for an operational demonstration on the lunar surface.
Eligibility to Compete and Win Prize(s): Individuals must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States and be 18 years of age or older. Organizations must be an entity incorporated in and maintaining a primary place of business in the United States (some restrictions apply).
To accept the challenge, visit https://www.herox.com/wattsonthemoon
The Phase 1 deadline is March 25, 2021.