Saturday, May 19, 2012

Egypt produces ASN-209 UAV in Cooperation With China

Chairman of the Arab Organization for Industrialization, Hamdy Weheba said that Egypt has started the second phase to produce 12 Egyptian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) “ASN-209″ in cooperation with a Chinese company. He added that the local manufacturing in this plane reaches nearly 99.5 percent.

Weheba noted that the first phase has produced 6 aircrafts of this type. He stressed that the organization, in cooperation with the Chinese company, succeeded in the manufacture of 120 advanced training aircraft of the type “K-8″.

Details of the platform from the ASN site.

ASN-209 UAV System is a multi-purpose UAV product with mature technology. Via data link and ground control subsystem, ASN-209 UAV can perform aerial reconnaissance, battle field survey, target location, destroy validation and artillery fire adjustment in day and night in real time. ASN-209 UAV System is consists of aircraft, airborne mission payload, GCS, launch and recovery equipment.

ASN-209 uses digital flight control and navigation system, its flight control mode has manual, program and emergency control.It wasGPS and data link to locate the aircraft. The system operation is easy to master.

ASN-209 uses rocket booster launch, parachute recovery, no need to use the airport makes the system operation flexible. GCS adopts digital computer control technology, which enables multitask planning and real-time editing during flight.

ASN-209 uses 2-boom, rear installed engine disposition. Excellent overall aerodynamic design and EMC design enable the system to install many different kinds of airborne equipment, such as electronic countermeasures, communication relay and weather detection.

The coverage radius is 200 km, endurance over 10 hours. ASN-209 UAV System can supervise big area and frontier within one sortie. If 2 UAVs take duty by turns, ASN-209 UAV System can work for 24 hours continuously.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

China Now Tops U.S. in Space Launches in 2011

For the first time ever, China has launched more rockets into orbit in a year than the U.S. In 2011, the Chinese sent 19 rockets into space. The U.S. sent just 18. Russia, the Walmart of space launches, fired off no fewer than 31 rockets (a lot of US launches were probably outsource to Russia. How many launches did ESA made in 2011 ?).

The numbers, parsed in recent reports from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the nonprofit Space Foundation, might seem to herald America’s orbital decline relative to its most bitter rival. In terms of sheer numbers of rocket launches, China has been steadily catching up to America for several years. In 2010, China fired off 15 rockets, matching the U.S. for the first time.

But the raw figures obscure the real trends. Beijing is not about to catch up to Washington in space. For starters, the U.S. government spends more money than any other country on space launches and spacecraft: nearly $50 billion, compared to just $25 billion or so for all other governments combined. With its huge financial advantage and technological edge, Washington is projected to possess the biggest space arsenal for decades to come.

American launch organizations, which include NASA, the military and several private companies, had a perfect success rate last year. China lost one experimental satellite when a Long March rocket veered off course in August. Russia had the worst record, with four failed launches.

U.S. rockets on average carried more satellites per launch than their Chinese counterparts. It’s not unheard of for a single rocket to deliver several satellites into orbit on a single boost. Last year, the 18 U.S.-launched rockets placed 28 satellites into orbit. Nineteen Chinese launches placed just 21 sats. Russia’s 31 launches delivered 53 spacecraft.