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Bell and Teammates selected for NASA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Demo in 2020

Bell and Teammates selected for NASA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Demo in 2020

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a cooperative agreement with NASA for an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) flight demonstration in the National Airspace System (NAS) expected to be conducted in 2020. The cooperative agreement outlines the goal of progressing toward routine commercial UAS operations in the NAS. Bell and our collaborative teammates… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 10-Sep-18

NASA to Send Helicopter to Mars

NASA to Send Helicopter to Mars

NASA will be sending not only a rover to Mars in 2020, but a small coaxial helicopter too. The helicopter will fly ahead of the rover, producing images before the rover can reach the destination. NASA has commented that the helicopter will only fly two to three minutes per day. It has a solar panel… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-May-18

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Unique Tiltrotor Test Rig to Begin Operational Runs

Unique Tiltrotor Test Rig to Begin Operational Runs

Someday, we may be able to commute to our jobs in aircraft that can take off and land like a helicopter, but fly like a plane. Developing these advanced tiltrotors is no simple task, so NASA is installing a new rig that will let experts test them at an unprecedented scale in wind tunnels, where… Read more »

Source: NASA, 23-Jan-17

Univ Texas professor receives grant to research novel rotor system

Univ Texas professor receives grant to research novel rotor system

In summer 2015 a research team led by Jayant Sirohi, an associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, tested an experimental helicopter rotor design in a wind tunnel, generating the first publicly available performance data on a cutting-edge, dual-rotor design. This spring Sirohi received a five-year, $550,000 grant from the U.S. Army, U.S…. Read more »

Source: Univ Texas Austin, 16-Aug-16

Comanche test director to launch Rotorcraft Technology Summit

Comanche test director to launch Rotorcraft Technology Summit

NASA Astronaut and International Space Station Commander Tim Kopra will launch the ​​Rotorcraft Technology Summit with a Sep. 19 keynote address at the day-and-a-half event in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. Kopra returned to Earth June 18 after 186 days (109 as commander) on the orbiting research laboratory. Combined with his past NASA missions, the retired… Read more »

Source: Rotorcraft Summit, 12-Aug-16

NASA picks Erickson for Mid-Air Retrieval Program

NASA picks Erickson for Mid-Air Retrieval Program

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, has been contracted in support of the initial phases of NASA’s 3rd Generation Mid-Air Retrieval Project. The project is focused on mid-air retrieval of NASA vessels upon re-entry to the atmosphere. Erickson is contracted to study the concept of operations for proposed NASA missions that employ mid-air retrieval using a single… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 01-Mar-16

NASA celebrates 50 years of rotorcraft collaboration with US Army

NASA celebrates 50 years of rotorcraft collaboration with US Army

U.S. helicopters, military and civilian, are safer and more efficient today in part because of a research partnership established 50 years ago between the U.S. Army and NASA. The joint agreement, signed in 1965, has allowed NASA and Army researchers to work side by side, especially at three NASA aeronautics research centers – Ames at… Read more »

Source: NASA, 12-Nov-15

Workshop on Transformative Vertical Flight Concepts announced

Workshop on Transformative Vertical Flight Concepts announced

AHS International, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) are co-sponsoring an exciting workshop on Transformative Vertical Flight Concepts at NASA Ames, in Mountain View, California on August 3rd and 4th. This two day workshop will give participants a chance to shape the transformative vertical flight… Read more »

Source: AHS, 14-Jul-15

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NASA and DLR to continue helicopter aerodynamics cooperation

NASA and DLR to continue helicopter aerodynamics cooperation

The US aerospace agency NASA and the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) have signed two agreements on further scientific cooperation in the aeronautics sector. Both partners want to work together on the research topics of aircraft noise simulation and the improvement of helicopter aerodynamics. The agreements were adopted at the… Read more »

Source: DLR, 18-Jun-15

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NASA’s Langley Research Center Named Vertical Flight Heritage Site

NASA’s Langley Research Center Named Vertical Flight Heritage Site

NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, was recognized Friday for its decades of contributions to the advancement of helicopters and other vertical flight aircraft. In a ceremony at Langley’s Reid Conference Center, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden accepted the award on behalf of the agency from the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International, the world’s only… Read more »

Source: NASA, 11-May-15

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NASA Langley to be Recognized for Advancing Helicopter Research

NASA Langley to be Recognized for Advancing Helicopter Research

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will be at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, Friday, May 8 to participate in a ceremony recognizing Langley’s decades of contributions to improving helicopters and other vertical flight aircraft. edia are invited to attend the ceremony, which starts at 10 a.m. EDT During Friday’s ceremony, the American Helicopter Society… Read more »

Source: NASA, 05-May-15

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Canadian celebrity to speak on Leadership at CHC Safety Summit

Canadian celebrity to speak on Leadership at CHC Safety Summit

Dr. Dave Williams, a health care chief executive and record-breaking Canadian astronaut and aquanaut, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for the gala dinner at the 11th-annual CHC Safety & Quality Summit. The Tuesday, March 24, dinner at the Westin Bayshore hotel is expected to attract 600 people – many of the people attending… Read more »

Source: 2015 CHC Safety & Quality Summit, 16-Feb-15

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New aerocomposites niche: Helicopter transmission gears?

New aerocomposites niche: Helicopter transmission gears?

Among the US National Aeronautics and Space Admin.’s (NASA, Washington, DC, US) many missions is The Rotary Wing Project, established to increase helicopter speed, range and payload, while decreasing noise, vibration and engine emissions. Myriad projects are contributing to these overarching goals. See Full Story

Source: CW, 05-Feb-15

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Precision Flight Controls Partners with Ryan Aerospace to Develop Helicopter Simulators

Precision Flight Controls Partners with Ryan Aerospace to Develop Helicopter Simulators

Precision Flight Controls, Inc. has entered an agreement with Ryan Aerospace Pty Ltd of Southport, Australia to develop and produce helicopter aviation training devices.  Systems simulating the Robinson R22, R44, R66 and Bell Jet Ranger 206 and 407 model helicopters will be the first systems to be developed.  PFC will distribute the new systems through… Read more »

Source: Precision, 14-Jan-15

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AHS International has legislative success in Congress

AHS International has legislative success in Congress

AHS International is pleased to announce that our Congressional advocacy campaign for the 2015 US government fiscal year has been a success! The U.S. Congress reached a deal for the “cromnibus” spending plan on Tuesday, December 9, and signed by the President on Tuesday, December 16. As a result of AHS-led efforts, the budget includes… Read more »

Source: AHS International, 22-Dec-14

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NASA Helicopter Test a Smashing Success

NASA Helicopter Test a Smashing Success

The successful crash test of a former Marine helicopter could help lead to safer civilian and military helicopters, according to NASA aeronautics researchers. The full-scale test sent the fuselage and its 15 dummy occupants crashing into the dirt at NASA Langley Research Center’s Landing and Impact Research facility in Hampton, Virginia, at about 30 miles an… Read more »

Source: NASA, 06-Oct-14

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Rockwell Collins and NASA test integration of UAS into the national airspace

Rockwell Collins and NASA test integration of UAS into the national airspace

Rockwell Collins and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have scheduled risk reduction tests that will eventually enable unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to safely operate in the national airspace. “Routine integration of sizeable numbers of UAS into the national airspace system is a challenging task,” said Troy Brunk, vice president and general manager of… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 26-Jun-14

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NASA announces two helicopter pilots on same space mission

NASA announces two helicopter pilots on same space mission

NASA and its international partners have appointed future crew members for the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake are scheduled to launch in December 2015 and return to Earth in spring 2016. They will join the Expedition 45 crew members in orbit and will remain aboard as… Read more »

Source: NASA, 18-Oct-13

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Tiltrotor Test Rig Team including NFAC receives NASA award

Tiltrotor Test Rig Team including NFAC receives NASA award

NASA Ames Research Center recognized the Tiltrotor Test Rig Development Team with a Group Achievement Award at its annual NASA Agency Honor Award ceremony Aug. 29. The multi-agency TTR Development Team is comprised of NASA Ames Research Center, the U.S. Army and Arnold Engineering Development Complex personnel teaming with Bell Helicopter and Triumph Aerospace Systems. The team… Read more »

Source: USAF, 27-Sep-13

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Bell (and 5 others) join with NASA for composites research

Bell (and 5 others) join with NASA for composites research

 NASA has selected six companies from five U.S. states to participate in a government-and-industry partnership to advance composite materials research and certification. The companies are: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. of Fort Worth, Texas GE Aviation of Cincinnati Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company of Palmdale, Calif. Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems of Redondo Beach, Calif. Boeing Research & Technology of St. Louis United… Read more »

Source: NASA, 23-Sep-13

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Bell and other team members receive NASA Group Achievement Award

Bell and other team members receive NASA Group Achievement Award

The Tiltrotor Test Rig (TTR) Development Team comprised of NASA Ames Research Center, Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), and Triumph Aerospace Systems – Newport News (TASNN) will be honored with a 2013 NASA Group Achievement Award at the Ames Research Center’sannual NASA Agency Honor Awards ceremony on August 29. The Group Achievement Award is presented to selected groups who have… Read more »

Source: Textron, 01-Sep-13

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NASA Crashes Helicopter to Study Safety

NASA Crashes Helicopter to Study Safety

 NASA researchers will drop a 45-foot-long helicopter fuselage from a height of about 30 feet to test improved seat belts and seats and advance experimental techniques and crashworthiness data. NASA is collaborating with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army and Federal Aviation Administration on the Transport Rotorcraft Airframe Crash Test Bed full-scale crash tests at Langley’s… Read more »

Source: NASA, 22-Aug-13

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DLR and NASA join forces to make future helicopters quieter

DLR and NASA join forces to make future helicopters quieter

A helicopter relies on its rotor to be able to take off and land vertically. The rotor is also responsible for the noise a helicopter makes during flight. Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) in Göttingen and NASA are investigating the exact origin of this rotor noise. The… Read more »

Source: DLR, 13-Apr-11

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Students Apply Science and Imagination in NASA Tilt-Rotor Design Contest

Students Apply Science and Imagination in NASA Tilt-Rotor Design Contest

Some helicopters of the future will look very different from today’s, at least as imagined by high school students for a NASA aeronautics competition. NASA challenged students to write a paper about a civilian aircraft that could hover, rescue up to 50 survivors of a disaster, land on ground or water, travel at least 920… Read more »

Source: NASA, 29-Apr-10

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Second NASA controlled helicopter crash “successful”

Second NASA controlled helicopter crash “successful”

The second crash test of a small lightweight helicopter at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., was a smashing success, literally — just as engineers had predicted. “Three, two, one, release,” said the technician on the loudspeaker at the Landing and Impact Research Facility. With that countdown the helicopter smacked hard into the concrete…. Read more »

Source: NASA, 15-Mar-10

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NASA tests deployable energy absorber to reduce impact of hard landings

NASA tests deployable energy absorber to reduce impact of hard landings

A deployable energy absorber (think “honeycomb airbag”) may have some promise. NASA recently tested the technology by dropping a helicopter from 35 feet in the air.

Source: Huffington Post, 13-Dec-09

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NASA Looking at $26.1 million R&D Budget for Rotary Research in FY10

Source: Rotorhub, 22-Jun-09

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NASA’s SMART Project Develops Variable-Shaped Helicopter Rotors

Source: NASA, 06-Mar-09

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NASA Awards Rotorcraft Technology Development Contract

Source: NASA, 26-Feb-09

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