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Airbus to provide 42 satellite platforms and services to Northrop Grumman for the US Space Development Agency program.

Airbus to provide 42 satellite platforms and services to Northrop Grumman for the US Space Development Agency program.

Northrop Grumman has received a contract from Airbus U.S. Space & Defense to supply 42 satellite platforms as well as assembly, integration, and test (AIT), launch and space vehicle commissioning support services in order to fulfil the Tranche 1 Transport Layer prototype constellation (T1TL) award from the U.S. Space Development Agency (SDA).

By providing guaranteed, durable, low-latency military data and connectivity globally to a full variety of defence applications, the Transport Layer will act as the framework for SDA’s National Defense Space Architecture. By aiding with this crucial endeavour, Airbus U.S. is demonstrating its dedication to the ongoing growth of its Florida facilities and investment in the Space Coast in support of US Government and commercial space missions.

The Airbus U.S. solution, which is based on the flight-tested ARROW platform, improves upon its commoditized satellite bus architecture by offering more power and a larger payload accommodation. For the Northrop Grumman payload and upcoming U.S. Government missions, this modular design provides a scalable 300–500 kilogramme bus.

“The SDA Tranche 1 Transport Layer is a critical national security program, and we are honored to support Northrop Grumman and the Space Development Agency,” said Rob Geckle, President and CEO of Airbus U.S. Space and Defense. “This award underscores Airbus U.S.’s mission to develop and deliver, in the U.S., technology critical to the U.S. warfighter,” he added.

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Airbus One Web Satellites (AOS), a joint venture between Airbus U.S. and One Web in Merritt Island, Florida, will assemble the highly customizable spacecraft platform that Airbus U.S. has built utilising its cutting-edge production line. Right now, One Web receives up to two satellites every day from this route. Through its advanced manufacturing and supply chain strategies, AOS achieves this market-leading outcome. Of the 648 satellites that were ordered by One Web, this factory has already manufactured more than 400.

Airbus U.S. Space & Defense, Inc., with headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, and operating under a Special Security Agreement (SSA), provides advanced solutions to address the most demanding U.S. defence, security, space, and intelligence requirements. Airbus U.S., a long-time partner of the U.S. government, uses top-tier satellite, laser communication, rotary, and fixed wing systems to support the missions of its National Security-focused customers.

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Korean Air Rolls Out Next-Generation Business Class: ‘Prestige Suites 2.0’

Korean Air Rolls Out Next-Generation Business Class: ‘Prestige Suites 2.0’

Korean Air has introduced its latest business class offering, the Prestige Suites 2.0, set to make its debut aboard the airline’s new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner fleet.

This new product marks a significant upgrade from the previous Collins Apex forward-facing staggered seats, known as Prestige Suites. The Prestige Suites 2.0 is designed in a staggered 1-2-1 configuration, ensuring each passenger direct aisle access and ample privacy.

The seats offer 46 inches of pitch, 21 inches of width, and can be transformed into a flat bed measuring between 78.2 and 79.2 inches. A standout feature of these seats is the inclusion of privacy doors that stand 52 inches high, offering a more secluded experience even when positioned closer to the aisle.

Tech-savvy travelers will appreciate the suite’s cutting-edge features, which include a 23.8-inch ultra-high-definition entertainment monitor, 60W USB-C charging, AC power outlets, and wireless charging capabilities.

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Moreover, Korean Air’s Boeing 787-10s will be the first in the fleet to offer Wi-Fi, enhancing connectivity for passengers. The new business class seats come with a range of amenities aimed at maximizing comfort and convenience. These include a storage cubby, a handheld remote, USB-C charging ports, and universal outlets.

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The wireless charging pad is a notable highlight, reflecting the suite’s advanced technological integration. The layout of the Prestige Suites 2.0 comprises 10 rows of seats in a 1-2-1 arrangement, specifically rows 7-16 in the business class cabin. The cabin is flanked by lavatories and galleys at both the front and the rear, ensuring easy access for all passengers.

A striking departure from Korean Air’s traditional design, the new seats feature a bold brown color palette. This is a significant change from the airline’s iconic Morning Calm blue and bright white interiors.

The new design incorporates semi-matte deep brown side consoles with metallic tops, brushed coppery-almond cabinet doors, and textured tan interior shrouds, giving the cabin a modern and sophisticated look.

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