martes, 31 de julio de 2018

Coast Guard medevacs man from cargo ship 35 miles west of Tampa Bay

Video by U.S. Coast Guard District 7 PADET Tampa Bay


An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater, Florida, medevacs a 22-year-old man from a 614-foot cargo ship, the Bahama Spirit, from Vanuatu, 35 miles west of Tampa Bay, July 31, 2018. The man, Shuklendra Singh, was medevaced to Tampa General Hospital, after suffering from a seizure. (U.S. Coast Guard video)

TAMPA, Fla. — The Coast Guard medevaced a 22-year-old man from a cargo ship 35 miles west of Tampa Bay, Tuesday.
Medevaced was Shuklendra Singh, 22, from India.

At 4:52 a.m. Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a distress call via VHF-FM marine band radio channel 16 from a crew member aboard a 614-foot cargo ship, the Bahama Spirit, from Vanuatu. The crew member reported Singh suffered from a seizure and needed emergency assistance.

A flight surgeon from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater recommended Singh be medevaced.

An Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew was launched, and medevaced Singh to Tampa General Hospital.

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From Space Station Cargo Delivery to Deep Space Crew Habitats: Northrop Grumman’s Versatile Cygnus Spacecraft

With approximately 7,400 pounds of science experiments, tools and food tightly packed inside, Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus spacecraft was launched aboard an Antares rocket and began its journey to the International Space Station on Monday, May 21. Just three days later, the spacecraft reached its destination where it was greeted with a warm welcome from astronauts awaiting its arrival. This mission marks the company’s ninth cargo delivery to the orbiting laboratory. While the delivery of cargo and removal of trash has become almost routine for the cargo module, each mission is unique and continues to demonstrate the capabilities of the Cygnus spacecraft.

The Cygnus resupply ship with its round, brass-colored UltraFlex solar arrays is guided to its port on the Unity module shortly after it was captured with the Canadarm2 robotic arm on May 24, 2018. (Credit: NASA)

For this mission, Cygnus was named after J.R. Thompson, a distinguished leader in the aerospace industry. On May 24, the S.S. J.R. Thompson docked with the International Space Station before beginning the second phase of its mission. On July 10, Cygnus marked a major milestone as the first U.S. spacecraft to perform an altitude reboost of the International Space Station since the space shuttle fleet retired in 2011. A 50-second firing of the spacecraft’s engines raised the orbiting laboratory’s altitude by about 295 feet. Reboosts are a routine station maneuver that occur several times a year. The station orbits in an area where there is just enough residual atmosphere to cause drag on the vehicle which lowers its altitude over time. Reboosts raise the station back up, typically a couple of kilometers at a time.
Upon leaving the International Space Station on July 15, Cygnus released six cube satellites from the attached Nanoracks deployer before performing a safe and destructive reentry into Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean. Although the removal of garbage may not seem like an exciting task, it is a critical part of keeping the station safe and clean for astronauts to work. In past missions, Cygnus has also been used as an extension of the space station by serving as a scientific platform, demonstrating its ability to expand the station’s capabilities for hosting experiments.
The S.S. J.R. Thompson is grappled by the International Space Station's Canadarm2 on May 24. (Credit: NASA)
But these are just the beginnings of Cygnus’s capabilities. In preparation for future crewed trips to deep space, Northrop Grumman has already begun the process of evolving Cygnus beyond low Earth orbit with the completion of Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) Phase 1. For this initiative, NASA asked companies to conduct concept studies and explore technology needed for deep space exploration. To help achieve this goal, Northrop Grumman has turned its attention to the demonstrated versatility of Cygnus. NextSTEP Phase 2 is now underway, and the company is maturing the technology and design to construct on-ground simulators of a deep space habitat.
Northrop Grumman has used computer simulations to demonstrate that the company could possibly launch a habitat module aboard NASA's heavy lift Space Launch System (SLS) rocket with a crewed Orion capsule. On this potential mission, Cygnus would deploy as an initial habitat in cislunar space. When the Orion capsule and its crew return to Earth, the module would remain, operating autonomously, serving as a platform for experiments and potentially as a destination for future crewed missions.
Artist concept of a Cygnus-derived deep space habitat and logistics modules.
Eventually, additional modules would be added to the habitat, creating a cislunar outpost, and could even serve as disposable vehicles to deliver crew supplies and experiments. The modularity of the system allows for additional segments, including a node to provide supplemental docking ports that would allow for multiple visiting vehicles. Ultimately, crewed missions would help mature technologies for long duration human space exploration, including a trip to Mars.
In the meantime, Northrop Grumman will continue to meet the requirements of the Commercial Resupply Services contract (CRS) delivering cargo to the International Space Station. Under the current contract, CRS-1, Northrop Grumman will deliver approximately 66,000 pounds of cargo to the station, and beginning in 2019, the company will carry out a minimum of six initial cargo missions under the CRS-2 contract. This partnership is helping to cultivate a robust American commercial space industry.

Coast Guard responds to an overturned canoe, 11 people in the water near Haines, Alaska

MH-60 Jayhawk, ©USCG (archive)
JUNEAU, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew responded to 11 people in the water from an overturned canoe in the vicinity of Glacier Point, nine miles south of Haines, Alaska, Monday.

Sector Juneau command center watchstanders received a report of an unconscious person in the water near Glacier Point and diverted a Jayhawk aircrew to respond. A small boat from the canoe excursion company was on scene but was unable to reach the individual because of the water depth.

The Jayhawk aircrew lowered a rescue swimmer, retrieved the unconscious person from the water and brought them to shore. The remaining 10 people were able to make their way to shore with no reported medical concerns and were transported to the awaiting excursion small boat for further transport to Pyramid Harbor, approximately 4-miles south southwest of Haines.

The unconscious person was transported to Juneau.

Weather on scene was 7-mph winds, 2-foot seas, 11-miles visibility, an air temperature of 66 degrees and a water temperature of 57 degrees.


Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus Spacecraft Successfully Concludes Ninth Cargo Supply Mission to the International Space Station

DULLES, Va. – July 30, 2018 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) announced that its “S.S. J.R. Thompson” Cygnus™ spacecraft successfully completed its ninth cargo supply mission to the International Space Station under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-1) contract. The spacecraft removed more than 6,600 pounds (over 3,000 kilograms) of disposable cargo, a new record for Cygnus. The “S.S. J.R. Thompson” also successfully executed secondary missions that included the demonstration of Cygnus’ ability to reboost the space station and the deployment of six CubeSats into orbit from a NanoRacks CubeSat deployer.

From July 15, 2018 when Northrop Grumman’s “S.S. J.R. Thompson” Cygnus spacecraft left the International Space Station after delivering approximately 7,400 pounds of cargo to astronauts on board. The spacecraft successfully concluded its ninth cargo supply mission on July 30. (Credit: NASA)

The mission officially concluded on July 30 at 5:17 p.m. ET when Cygnus performed a safe, destructive re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean east of New Zealand. The spacecraft remained docked for 52 days at the orbiting laboratory and departed the space station on July 15.
“From launch to our safe re-entry, the ‘S.S. J.R. Thompson’ performed every phase of this mission perfectly,” said Frank Culbertson, president, space systems group, Northrop Grumman. “We now turn our attention toward final preparations for the next Cygnus cargo mission later this year with a continued focus on supporting the needs of the crew members aboard the International Space Station, as well as enabling crucial research programs in space.”
The mission began May 21 when Cygnus launched aboard a Northrop Grumman Antares™ rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Upon arrival at the orbiting laboratory, Cygnus delivered approximately 7,400 pounds (3,350 kilograms) of cargo, supplies and scientific experiments to the astronauts.
Pending NASA’s specific cargo needs, Northrop Grumman is prepared to launch an additional CRS mission later this year aboard the company’s Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

Coast Guard Great Lakes responds to 16 cases over weekend

CLEVELAND — Coast Guard Ninth District crews responded to a total of nine search and rescue cases and seven law enforcement cases throughout the Great Lakes Region over the weekend.
Highlights from weekend search and rescue cases include:

A 46-year-old male became overwhelmed by weather conditions while transiting from Peche Island to Belle Isle, Michigan, via kayak, Friday. He contacted his father who, in turn, contacted the Coast Guard. Coast Guard Sector Detroit launched a Response Boat-small crew from Station Belle Isle. The crew located the kayaker clinging to a dock, recovered and transferred him and the kayak to shore.
A Coast Guard Air Station Detroit MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew hoisted and medically evacuated a cargo ship crewmember experiencing severe abdominal pain. The helicopter crew transported mariner from approximately 29 miles north of Cleveland to Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland, Friday.

An off-duty Coast Guard reservist chief boatswains mate responded to a vessel fire near Catawba Island, Ohio, Friday. He embarked two of the four people onto his vessel and passed his extinguisher to the other two, who were able to extinguish the electrical fire and transit to Put-In Bay.

A Coast Guard Station Cleveland Harbor Response Boat-medium crew responded to a notification of a 25-foot vessel that was disabled and against the rocks with eight people onboard near East 55th Street Marina, Saturday. The Coast Guard crew embarked all eight passengers and towed the vessel back to its marina.

The Great Lakes offer a beautiful environment for summer activities. The Coast Guard would like the public to enjoy the water while staying safe. Some precautions to take before hitting the water include filing a float plan before embarking on a boat, maintaining serviceable and proper-fitting lifejackets for each person onboard any watercraft, having functioning communication devices in case of emergency or a change of plans, and functional emergency signal equipment such as a locating beacon, signal flares, and sounding device.

Six out of the seven law enforcement cases involved boaters being under the influence of alcohol while operating a vessel. The Coast Guard reminds the boating community that operating a vessel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is dangerous and illegal. Alcohol is a leading contributing factor for boating fatalities.


lunes, 30 de julio de 2018

40 Aniversario del helicóptero Black Hawk

En 1978 Sikorsky entregó el primer Black Hawk al ejército de los EE.UU. 
Primer vuelo del Black Hawk - 17 de octubre de 1974

En las últimas cuatro décadas, el Black Hawk ha volado incesantemente dentro y fuera de innumerables zonas de combate y zonas asoladas por catástrofes naturales para salvar vidas, así como entregar suministros de soporte vital en ayuda humanitaria. 

Hoy en día hay más de 4.000 Black Hawks en servicio a lo largo y ancho del globo, proporcionando la plataforma perfecta para todo tipo de misiones, tanto en el ámbito civil como militar.

De carácter vital para los Estados Unidos y otros 28 países operadores del ya mítico helicóptero, Sikorsky muestra su agradecimiento a todos los clientes por su dedicación y servicio. Mientras tanto el Black Hawk continúa operando, y lo seguirá haciendo durante décadas, en todo tipo de misiones de carácter público, en onshore y offshore, siendo hoy por hoy sin ningún género de duda una de las máquinas más fiables y eficaces del mundo.
Maqueta de demostración del Black Hawk en 1972


DALLASJuly 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) was selected by the U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) as the Integrated Systems Developer for its Expedient Leader Follower (ExLF) program.

In this role, Lockheed Martin will lead a three-year effort to develop, integrate and test unmanned prototype systems for supporting leader/follower convoy activities within an asymmetric threat environment. Soldiers will conduct operational technology demonstrations using the prototypes developed in the ExLF program to establish operating procedures and shape future programs of record. 
"We are leveraging 15 years of experience in developing autonomous capabilities for our customers," said Gaylia Campbell, vice president of Precision Fires & Combat Maneuver Systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "Our goal as the Integrated Systems Developer is to help coordinate a number of systems and vendors in achieving mature, reliable autonomous convoys to support our warfighters in complex environments."
Soldiers conduct resupply convoys within an asymmetric threat environment compounded by long sustainment missions, adverse weather/environment and night operations. These conditions adversely impact operator safety, degrade driver/operator situational awareness and reduce resupply efficiency. 
"The Expedient Leader Follower effort will equip a number of existing military ground vehicles with scalable robotic technology through the integration of modular kits, common interfaces and an open architecture to increase operator safety, improve situational awareness and increase resupply efficiency," Campbell said.

Coast Guard rescues 5 from plane crash

Photos U.S. Coast Guard District 9


Survivors from a plane crash on North Fox Island disembark a Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter in Traverse City, Michigan, July 29. 2018. Of the five people involved in the crash, three reported minor injuries. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class April Caverly.

TRAVERSE CITY, MICH. — An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City rescued five people involved in a two-aircraft collision on North Fox Island, Michigan, Sunday.

Three of the five personnel aboard the aircraft reported minor injuries, and the other two reported no injuries.

Watchstanders from the Coast Guard Ninth District Command Center received notification from the Michigan State Police about the crash. The International Emergency Response Coordination Center confirmed a plane landing on the North Fox Island had collided with a plane already on the island and was able to communicate with one of the individuals through an alert device.

The helicopter crew landed, embarked the five individuals, and transported them to awaiting emergency medical personnel in Traverse City.

domingo, 29 de julio de 2018

H145 proporciona servicios de ambulancia aérea a poblaciones remotas en Gales

La organización benéfica galesa, Wales Air Ambulance (WAA), opera tres helicópteros H145 para servicios médicos de emergencia (EMS) en Gales, además de un H135 para Childrens Wales Air Ambulance, lo que los convierte en el mayor operador del Airbus Helicopters H145 en el Reino Unido.

Desde las bases de Caernarfon, Llanelli, Welshpool y Cardiff cubren 20.700 km². Proporcionan ayuda en remotas zonas rurales, cadenas montañosas, ciudades y áreas costeras a lo largo de, aproximadamente, unas 2.500 misiones al año.

Como únicamente el tercer operador de HEMS en el Reino Unido en su flota con el bimotor H145, la WAA utiliza sus cuatro helicópteros “Dragones" para proporcionar servicio de atención primaria a los galeses, esto es posible gracias a las posibilidades de sus H145 que, además de la configuración médica completa en cabina y su gran amplitud interior, montan la suite Helionix con AFCS de cuatro ejes, que entre otras cualidades les permite operar prácticamente bajo cualquier condición meteorológica día/noche.

Para su división pediátrica y neonatal especializada, WAA opera un H135. En 2017, Childrens Wales Air Ambulance atendió a 332 bebés y niños. Para mantener este servicio público crucial los 365 días del año, gracias en parte a una tasa de disponibilidad del 99%, la WAA recauda 6,5 millones de £ anualmente a través de donaciones en línea, recaudación de fondos y otros recursos.

"Estoy contento con el H145, nos proporciona todo lo que necesitamos como equipo durante las operaciones", Jason Hughes, practicante de cuidados intensivos y líder de equipo de EMRTS WAA. "Nos da esa seguridad de que podemos llevar a cabo nuestras misiones de manera eficaz y segura".

Aquí, los miembros de WAA discuten sobre las cualidades de sus nuevos H145 y del papel de Wales Air Ambulance en la misión, proporcionando una asistencia médica de emergencia aérea de la máxima calidad.

sábado, 28 de julio de 2018

Coast Guard medevacs tanker crewmember near Brownsville, Texas

MH-65 Dolphin, ©USCG (archive)
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard medevaced a 58-year-old crewmember from a 575-foot tanker approximately 35 miles south of Brownsville, Texas, Friday evening. 

Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi watchstanders received a request for medevac from the captain of the vessel Alpine Link after a crewmember was reportedly suffering from symptoms of cardiac arrest. Watchstanders notified the duty flight surgeon who recommended the medevac.

An Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew arrived on scene, hoisted the crewmember and transported him to awaiting emergency medical services personnel at Valley Regional Medical Center in Brownsville.


AS365 N3+ Dauphin 2, el helicóptero SAR de las Fuerzas Armadas lituanas

El Ministerio de Defensa lituano y sus Fuerzas Armadas disponen (desde junio del 2015, fecha de entrada en servicio de su primer N3+), de la nueva generación de helicópteros para misiones de búsqueda y rescate en todo el país, con disponibilidad permanente H24/365. 

El tercer Dauphin fue entregado en diciembre de 2015 y puesto en servicio en enero de 2016.

El Ministerio de Defensa y las Fuerzas Armadas de Lituania asignaron estos tres helicópteros AS365 N3+ al servicio SAR, en el que se encuentran operativos las 24 horas los 7 días de la semana. 

Tras las dos primeras entregas, en junio y septiembre de 2015, los pilotos de la Fuerza Aérea, tripulaciones de rescate y los técnicos de mantenimiento recibieron las habilitaciones y entrenamientos necesarios para la operación con los N3+.

Las Fuerzas Armadas Lituanas recibieron el último AS365 N3+ de los encargados al fabricante Airbus Helicopters en diciembre de 2015, comenzando con su operatividad plena a partir del día 11 del mismo mes, cuando las tripulaciones ya llevaban acumuladas más de 200 horas de vuelo con los dos helicópteros iniciales en entrenamientos de adaptación para la nueva máquina.

Con la adquisición de los Dauphin N3+, estas tres unidades han contribuido a la modernización de la flota de helicópteros de la Fuerza Aérea lituana.
Los tres AS365 N3+ Dauphin 2 han sido adquiridos en configuración SAR, completamente equipados con las últimas tecnologías; como un sistema IR/TV del fabricante FLIR, radar de búsqueda y navegación, faro de búsqueda, grúa de rescate externa con capacidad para 272 kg, camillas de rescate y por supuesto sistema de flotación de emergencia.

El cockpit con instrumentación digital y su exclusivo AFCS de 4 ejes (estacionario automático) con Modos SAR, reducen significativamente la carga de trabajo de los pilotos, lo que les permite realizar una misión tan exigente como el SAR offshore con plenas garantías de seguridad, a la vez que les proporciona una mayor libertad a la hora de realizar búsquedas visuales (muy importante durante las mismas), ya que pasan a ser supervisores de los parámetros de la máquina así como que el piloto automático no se salte ninguna linea. 

Ademas los patrones de búsqueda prediseñados acoplados al FMS implican una descarga de trabajo y estrés muy importante para los pilotos frente a recorrer las patas de forma manual, lo que contribuye de forma notable a elevar el porcentaje de éxito de la misión.

El AS365 N3+ es un helicóptero bimotor impulsado por dos turboejes Safran Arriel 2C (con FADEC), clase de 4 toneladas (MTOW de 4.300 kg), y capacidad para hasta 12 pasajeros + 2 pilotos.

Luxembourg Defence orders two H145Ms

H145M, ©Anthony Pecci/Airbus Helicopters
Donauwörth, The Government of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg has ordered two H145M multipurpose helicopters for defence and security missions. Together with the helicopters, Airbus will also provide a training and support package to its customer. The helicopters will be delivered before the end of 2019 and will enter into service beginning of 2020.
With a maximum take-off weight of 3.7 tonnes, the H145M can be used for a wide range of tasks, including troop and passenger transport, surveillance, air rescue, reconnaissance and medical evacuation. The helicopters will be equipped with a hoist, a fast roping system, a high-performance camera, a search light, advanced communication systems and will have provisions to install a light armour protection kit. The latest technologies to allow the helicopter to operate in adverse weather conditions and during nighttime are incorporated in the design. The helicopters will be operated and serviced at Luxembourg Findel Airport.
The H145M is a tried-and-tested light twin-engine helicopter that was first delivered in 2015 to the German Armed Forces and has since been ordered by Hungary, Thailand and the Republic of Serbia. Mission readiness of the H145Ms already in service is above 95 percent.
Powered by two Safran Arriel 2E engines, the H145M is equipped with full authority digital engine control (FADEC) and the Helionix digital avionics suite. It includes a highperformance 4-axis autopilot, increasing safety and reducing pilot workload. Its particularly low acoustic footprint makes the H145M the quietest helicopter in its class.

Coast Guard, Navy respond to boat grounding off Niihau Island

MH-65 Dolphin, ©USCG (archive)
HONOLULU - The U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy responded Friday to a vessel in distress on the northern side of Niihau Island.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point and a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Kauai deployed to assess the scene.

"This case illustrates the partnerships we enjoy in Hawaii as the Navy was quick to respond and get this mariner to a higher level of medical care," said Ensign Seth Gross, command duty officer with Coast Guard Sector Honolulu. "The Coast Guard's role now is to assess the vessel and work with the owner as available to mitigate any impact to the environment from the fuel and batteries aboard."

Pollution responders report the 34-foot vessel partially submerged with no debris or pollution visible at this time. The Coast Guard is working with the owner's representative and State agencies to determine the best course of action to minimize damage to the environment. Based on best available information, the vessel has diesel fuel and other engine oil aboard with a maximum capacity of 410 gallons. 

The vessel was operating in 5-foot seas at the time of the grounding. The crew of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) rescued the mariners after a 36-foot vessel ran aground.

Two MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters assigned to the "Black Knights" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4 airlifted the mariners from their vessel to shore at approximately 8:30 a.m. local time. 

Carl Vinson was operating seven miles from the vessel when bridge watchstanders heard the distress call and offered assistance. HSC-4 transported four of the mariners to a U.S. Coast Guard facility on the island of Kauai. The fifth mariner was flown to a local medical facility for evaluation.

"We were ready," said Capt. Matt Paradise, Carl Vinson's commanding officer. "When nearby mariners needed assistance, we stepped up immediately and helped. That is what we are trained to do, and I'm proud of our team."

Carl Vinson is conducting training missions in the Pacific Ocean as part of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise. The carrier supports more than 5,000 Sailors and 70 aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 2. Carl Vinson also serves as the flagship for Commander, Carrier Strike Group 1. 

RIMPAC is the world's largest international maritime exercise and offers a uniquely complex and challenging multinational environment for forces to hone their skills. Participants this year include more than 25,000 personnel from 25 nations.

viernes, 27 de julio de 2018

First Boeing Apache, Chinook helicopters for India complete inaugural flights

Deliveries of 22 AH-64E Apache and 15 CH-47F(I) Chinook helicopters to India begin in 2019

The first AH-64E Apache for India recently completed its first flight. Boeing will deliver 22 AH-64E Apache and 15 CH-47F(I) Chinook helicopters to India beginning in 2019. (Boeing photo)

ARLINGTON, Va., July 27, 2018 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] and India recently took a significant step toward modernizing the Indian Air Force’s helicopter fleet by completing the first flights of Apache and Chinook helicopters destined for delivery next year.
“We look forward to delivering this phenomenal capability to India,” said David Koopersmith, vice president and general manager, Boeing Vertical Lift. “From coastal operations to high-altitude mountainous missions, these aircraft will play vital roles with the Indian armed forces.”

The first CH-47F(I) for India recently completed its first flight. Boeing will deliver 22 AH-64E Apache and 15 CH-47F(I) Chinook helicopters to India beginning in 2019. (Boeing photo)

India ultimately will receive 22 AH-64E Apache attack, and 15 CH-47F(I) Chinook transport, helicopters.
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Leonardo and the Politecnico di Milano collaborate on the helicopter of the future: agreement for the development of sustainable innovative technologies

- Signed  agreement  to  explore  the  use  of  new  materials  for  innovative  mechanical components 

- New  steps  forward  for  Innovation  Hub,  the  2016  agreement  between  Leonardo  and Politecnico  di  Milano,  with  the  significant  target  to  reduce  vibration  and  noise  levels  in  the cabins  and  prospects  for  use  in  search  and  rescue  and  emergency  medical  services (Comfort  project) 

- An innovative research project  on  predictive maintenance  based on  the  helicopter’s health status  will  be  launched  by  the  end of  the  year 

- Through  e-GEOS,  Leonardo  signs  a  further  agreement  with  Politecnico  for  the development  of  geo-information  tools  for  precision  management  of  agriculture,  insurance, oil  and gas,  defence  and emergency  management 

Milan,  27  July  2018  -  Helicopters  will  be  an  increasingly  comfortable  means  of  transport;  by  reducing noise  and  vibration  inside  the  helicopter,  pilot  workload  can  be  reduced,  search  and  rescue  tasks  are easier  and  the  quality  of  medical  treatment  in  air  ambulances  is  improved.  It  is  the  reason  Leonardo and  the  Politecnico  di  Milano  (PoliMi)  are  developing  new  technologies  for  helicopters  as  part  of  their expanding  collaboration,  launched  in  2016  with  the  signing  of  Innovation  Hub,  a  multi-year  framework agreement.  The  studies  will  also  focus  on  the  development  of  innovative  technologies  that  can  be used  in  new  mechanical  components  utilising  new  lighter  materials,  which  will  bring  advantages  in terms  of  production  costs  and  ease  of  installation.  A  further  research  project  on  predictive  helicopter maintenance  based  on  its  health  status will  be  launched  by  2018. 

The  agreement,  in  addition  to  developing  innovative  solutions  related  to  helicopters,  covers  other areas  of  research  that  pertain  to  the  business  of  Leonardo.  The  partnership  between  the  company and  the  Milan  based  university  reaffirms  the  importance  of  collaboration  between  large  companies and  universities  of  excellence  as  a  determining  factor  in  economic  and  cultural  development  and growth. 

"The  Politecnico  di  Milano  is  collaborating  in  a  structured  way  with  major  industrial  companies  to make  its  research  environment  more  and  more  relevant  to  the  needs  of  businesses  –  says  Ferruccio Resta,  Rector  of  the  University  –.  The  Innovation  Hub  created  with  Leonardo  is  producing  concrete results  and  significant  ones  that  confirm  our  commitment  and  identify,  once  again,  as  an  engine  of innovation in  the  nation." 

"In  Leonardo,  we  invest  in  continuous  and  increasingly  collaborative  innovation  –  underlines Alessandro  Profumo,  Leonardo's  CEO  –  to  develop  increasingly  effective  and  sustainable  solutions for  our  customers  and  for  Italy.  The  multi-year  collaboration  with  the  Politecnico  of  Milan  is  a  concrete example  of  this.  By  putting  our  wealth  of  skills  in  line  with  those  of  the  academic  world  –  adds Profumo  –  we  can  accelerate  the  processes  of  innovation  and  technological  development,  create synergy  and  mutual  benefit  to support  the  competitiveness of  Italy.” 

Collaboration  between  the  PoliMi  and  Leonardo  is  aimed  at  completing  highly  innovative  projects,  of which the  following  are important  examples. 

The  object  of  the  research  will  be  the  development  of  innovative  mechanical  components  based  on new  materials,  allowing  the  transfer  of  loads  from  the  rotor  to  the  main  gear  box  of  the  helicopter.  This will  provide  a  significant  simplification  of  the  existing  mechanical  system,  thanks  to  the  use  of  a  single flexible component  rather  than a  complex  mechanical  system. 

Through  project  Comfort,  Leonardo  and  the  PoliMi  are  also  developing  technologies  to  reduce  the vibration  and  noise  of  helicopters.  The  reference  platform  for  the  study  is  the  AW139  helicopter.  The research  activities  are  concentrated  on  three  main  areas:  the  rotor,  from  which  the  vibrations originate;  the  main  gear  box  attachments,  through  which  rotor  vibrations  are  transmitted  into  the helicopter  structure  thereby  reducing  the  level  of  comfort,  and  finally  on  the  airframe  itself.  The ultimate  goal  of  the  programme  is  to  demonstrate  a  significant  vibration  and  internal  noise  reduction, through  the  coordinated  use  of  passive  and  active  systems.  The  development  of  solutions  suitable  for achieving  the  objective includes simulation activities and experimental  research validation. 

Under  the  agreement,  an  innovative  project  looking  at  predictive  maintenance  for  helicopters  based on  its  health status provided by  Health &  Usage  Monitoring  Systems  (HUMS),  a continually  advancing technology,  will  start  by  the  end  of  the  year.  This  will  help  provide  advance  indications  of  anomalies helping  to  increase  safety  levels  and reduce  operating costs. 

Furthermore,  within  the  Innovation  Hub,  e-GEOS,  a  subsidiary  of  Leonardo’s  join  venture  Telespazio (80%)  and  the  Italian  Space  Agency  (20%),  has  signed  a  further  agreement  for  the  joint  development of  innovative  data  analytics  of  satellite  services.  The  partnership  will  allow  e-GEOS  to  offer  new  and powerful  tools  for  the  detailed  analysis  of  our  planet.  The  analysis  will  support  specific  market  sectors: from  insurance  to  precision  agriculture,  from  oil  and  gas  to  defense,  from  emergency  management  to all  the  activities  in  which  the  monitoring  of  large-scale  distributed  assets  is  strategic.  Artificial Intelligence  techniques,  developed  by  e-GEOS  in  partnership  with  the  Department  of  Electronics, Information  and  Bioengineering  (DEIB)  of  the  PoliMi,  will  be  able  to  reveal  insights,  trends  and  other information  contained in  satellite data  when integrated  with information  generated  from  other  sources. 

jueves, 26 de julio de 2018

Coast Guard, Good Samaritan respond to capsized vessel near Detour Village, MI

MH-60 Jayhawk, ©USCG (archive)
SAULT SAINTE MARIE, Mich. — The Coast Guard responded to a report of a capsized vessel near Detour Passage, Michigan, Wednesday evening.

Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie command center received a call via VHF-FM radio channel 16 from the cargo vessel Lee A. Tregurtha reporting that a 17-foot pleasure craft had capsized with four people onboard.

Sector Sault Sainte Marie watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast, diverted the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Buckthorn, launched a Station Sault Sainte Marie response boat crew, and requested an MH-60 helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City.

Approximately five minutes later, a good Samaritan who heard the urgent marine information broadcast arrived on scene. The good Samaritan vessel brought all four people onboard their vessel shortly before a response boat crew from Coast Guard Cutter Buckthorn arrived on scene.
The four people were transported to the Detour Village boat launch.

The capsized vessel sank in approximately 135 feet of water near Detour Passage. The Coast Guard is currently monitoring the area for any possible pollution or hazards to navigation. The Army Corps of Engineers will survey the channel.

The Coast Guard reminds boaters to always wear a life jacket. The number one cause of boating fatalities is drowning, most often by sudden, unexpected entry into the water. 

Wearing a life jacket dramatically increases the chances of surviving a boating accident.