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Air traffic control is being modernized

The time seems to have finally come for air traffic controllers to modernize their pilot communication systems. Although innovations have been rare in this profession for more than 60 years, they are now becoming pressing to respond to ever-growing air traffic, due in particular to the lack of construction of new airports.     Portrait […]


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Air traffic faces projections of strong and… debatable growth

Many studies conducted both by airlines and international air transport organizations agree that passenger air traffic is expected to double between 2010 and 2035, with average growth of 4.7% per year. Behind these figures are not only regional disparities, but also assumptions, some of which might questionable.   Asia leading the pack Airbus, Boeing, the […]


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A New Generation of BioFuels for the Aviation Sector

Faced with increased air traffic and the environmental commitments taken by governments and enterprises, airlines are redoubling their efforts to be able to propose new sources of hydrocarbons, which are not only green but also meet the various very strict aeronautical constraints.     Portrait of the situation The aviation sector has clearly identified the […]


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Technosignatures, or the search for traces of… advanced life

The eternal question posed by Man about life outside our planet seems to interest NASA in 2018, but from a somewhat different angle. It is no longer just about finding, here or elsewhere, evidence of microbial life, but rather evidence of relatively advanced life that can create technology. What is NASA’s goal? What have been […]


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Artistic Satellite or Ephemeral Art in Space

In November 2018, a new kind of satellite will be orbiting the Earth. An artistic satellite named Orbital Reflector will play in the big leagues where military, scientific and commercial satellites have rubbed shoulders for nearly 70 years. What will Trevor Paglen’s work of art look like? What is the meaning of this action? Is […]


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Technology to Support the Boom in Airport Traffic

Facing the prospect of exponential growth in air traffic in the coming years, airports around the world are seeking to improve management of passenger flows while maintaining a high level of security. Before discovering some of the technological innovations serving airports, let’s take a look at the sector’s growth projections and the key challenges to […]


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Space Army — Military Strategy or Political Gimmick

Thirty-five years after US President Ronald Reagan’s desire to “master space to counter any Russian attack”, Donald Trump announced on August 9, 2018, that he wants to create a Space Force to monitor and protect American satellites. Is this a military response to a real threat or just electioneering?   A project in the image […]


Oddly enough

A Shower of Shooting Stars on Demand – It Can Be Done!

A Japanese company has embarked on the original project of artificially creating showers of shooting stars from space. When entering the atmosphere, tiny balls ejected from microsatellites will illuminate the sky and offer an extraordinary show 100 km in all directions.    The genesis of the project In 2011, Tokyo University astronomer Lena Okajima decided […]


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Discover the Profession of Aeronautical Test Engineer

With strong competition between aircraft manufacturers, ambitious environmental challenges that they face and the ever-increasing prospects of the number of air travellers in the coming years, will aeronautical test engineers become the cornerstone of the company? Before finding out about the variety of tasks that these engineers perform and the skills sought by employers, let’s […]


Not to be missed, Oddly enough

Between Alarm and Wonder for the Most Unusual Airports

There are some airports around the world that require an uncommon degree of composure on the part of the pilots. Between landings in the globe’s highest mountain ranges and those just a few metres from a beach or facing a cliff, there are big challenges for those who have our lives in their hands. So […]


Company life, News

The Internet and Space – It’s All a Question of Altitude

By philanthropy for some or greed for others, providing access to the internet for the whole planet has become the new goal for the world’s greats. From Musk to Wyler and Pichai to Zuckerberg, ideas abound to increase the number of earthlings connected as well as to increase the bandwidth. High versus low altitude At […]


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The Space Hotel – Soon to Be a Reality With Orion Span?

The background music of the space hotel replays regularly, but ever more ambitious projects are quickly being aborted or abandoned and the wealthy tourists disenchanted. But what about Orion Span? The project seem to be sufficiently advanced and sound to become a reality by 2022. Here is what tomorrow’s travellers could expect from the Aurora […]


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