Manned spacecraft

May 7, 2014 - 3:45am

Flying Colours is currently performing green Challenger completions for several Asia-based clients, and refurbishing a Challenger 604 for a Chinese operator. The company’s CRJ ExecLiner program, which converts a standard CRJ into an executive business jet, is also active in China, and the first conversion for a China-based client, which will include full CAAC certification of the ExecLiner interior and auxiliary fuel system, is near completion. The 15-passenger interior will have three cabins, IFE system, dual lavatories and a long-range fuel system.

February 18, 2014 - 2:55pm

The Challenger 350 is on track to enter service in the middle of this year, Bombardier Aerospace confirmed on Thursday. As of the end of last year, 75 percent of the flight-test program had been completed and the new interior was certified on December 17, the company said.

April 5, 2013 - 12:40am

Canadian MRO, completions and refurbishment specialist Flying Colours is rapidly expanding its presence in the Asian market.

Since the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) last year, the company has delivered four Challenger 850 cabin completions in the Chinese market and has another five 850s in the pipeline, scheduled for delivery over the next year.

September 12, 2012 - 3:00pm

Georgetown, Texas-based Challenger Spares and Support will be rebranding its parts and service division as Red Aviation. The purpose of the change is to emphasize the company’s growth beyond the Challenger series, in which it has specialized from its founding in 2001.

July 11, 2012 - 5:30pm
Virgin Galactic founder and CEO Sir Richard Branson

At $200,000 a ticket it isn’t cheap but it is definitely out of this world and you get a great view. Virgin Galactic’s plans to be the first space tourism business really took off after SpaceShipOne won the Ansari X-Prize back in 2004.

May 21, 2012 - 2:42pm
Enterprise on back of NASA shuttle carrier 747

“Tranquility Base here, the Enterprise has landed.”
While it might not have been as dramatic as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin touching down on the moon, for New York City, April 27 was known as the day the city got a space shuttle.

February 3, 2012 - 3:40am

The science-fiction pundits were wrong. The future of space travel doesn’t look like a Buck Rogers-style rocket poised to roar straight up into the twinkling heavens from a tinkerer’s backyard. What space travel will look like, according to a company called Stratolaunch Systems−which includes board member and backyard tinkerer Burt Rutan−is kind of unsurprising, more airplane-like, although no less fantastical.

January 24, 2012 - 1:41pm
Garriott (l.) made it into space but not by the way he originally planned.

For fans of the U.S. space program, the next few years will be as much about looking at the past as gazing ahead to the future.

December 15, 2011 - 3:26pm

Burt Rutan, who retired in April from Scaled Composites, the company he founded in Mojave, Calif., has joined with Paul Allen in a plan to build the largest aircraft in the world. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates, funded the SpaceShipOne effort that successfully boosted the first privately funded manned rocket outside the Earth’s atmosphere.

July 25, 2011 - 4:30am
The Orion Aircraft Group has modified this Gulfstream IISP as a communication...

The Orion Air Group upped its profile by displaying a Gulfstream IISP modified as an R&D testbed at the Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford, UK, in mid-July. The privately held U.S.-based group was founded about three years ago, and generated nearly $200 million in 2010 from special mission and corporate aircraft services. The latter are marketed under the Tempus Jets name.

 
X