MANTA AIRCRAFT and AVIONORD partner in the development of the ANN platform for medical transportation.

MANTA AIRCRAFT and AVIONORD sign an agreement aimed at developing a version of the Manta ANN platform for rapid Medical Air Transport services.

Sesto Calende, Italy, May 2022 – Manta Aircraft Italia S.r.l. (“Manta Aircraft”), and Avionord S.r.l. (“Avionord”), a private air transport company highly specialized in Medical Air Transport, have entered into an agreement to field in the future as many as 15 hybrid-electric long-range vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft derived from the Manta Aircraft “ANN” platform in medical services configuration. Avionord also invests in Manta Aircraft and takes a stake in the company. Deliveries are expected to start in 2026.

The agreement enables a promising partnership that will foster the development of an ecosystem and

a timely establishment of Advanced Air Mobility. The use of the innovative aircraft platform is planned above all in the area of special transports of organs for transplants, transport of equipment for re-perfusion of organs destined for transplantation as well as for possible rapid-intervention operations. The vertical take-off and landing option, for example to connect helipads from two hospitals in different cities, coupled with the long range and low infrastructure requirements, result in new point-to-point capabilities and economic efficiencies in the regional range, as this solution represents a significant cost saving and noise reduction compared to conventional helicopters.

“We are honored to be working with Manta Aircraft. After analyzing the market and considering our time-critical missions, we see that the Manta ANN platform is today the only eVTOL offering a range of several hundred kms, which is useful for the missions to transport quickly organs for transplantation from one hospital to another, avoiding being dependent on airports and road transport. The ANN eVTOLs will enable us to reduce the transportation time of the organs, that have a limited life when not connected to the dedicated machines, using aircraft with a reduced operating cost,” says Avionord, CEO Eugenio Cremascoli.

Lucas Marchesini, CEO of Manta Aircraft, adds: “We are very pleased of this partnership with Avionord, who have recognized the uniqueness of the ANN platform in terms of range, pushing into the direction of creating a real use case that will contribute to the rapid establishment of Advanced Air Mobility. From the outset, the design of the aircraft was planned for a relevant range and speed in combination with the low infrastructure requirements and overall costs at a fraction of the cost of a helicopter, in order to be suitable for this kind of operations.”

The investment of Avionord in Manta Aircraft follows the investment of other Italian tech companies and of the State-led CDP VC, in the effort to expedite creating an Italian AAM ecosystem. Manta Aircraft is developing a range of performance-oriented hybrid-electric long-range vertical and short take-off and landing air vehicles (heV/STOL) for regional air mobility and plans to begin certification of the first two-seat, multi-purpose model ANN2 in 2023.


From left to right: Michael Mesaric and Lucas Marchesini, Co-Founders of Manta Aircraft, Eugenio

Cremascoli, CEO of Avionord.

Rendering: Moonlight Studios

For further inquiries:

Michael Mesaric, Co-Founder, Head of Marketing & Operations,

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Hermeus receives $60 million in U.S. Air Force partnership

August , 2021

Hermeus, the aerospace company developing Mach 5 aircraft, announced today the signing of a $60 million U.S. Air Force partnership for flight testing its first aircraft, Quarterhorse.

Quarterhorse will validate the company’s proprietary turbine-based combined cycle (TBCC) engine, based around the GE J85 turbojet engine, and is the first in a line of autonomous high-speed aircraft. By the end of the flight test campaign, Quarterhorse will be the fastest reusable aircraft in the world and the first of its kind to fly a TBCC engine.

Hermeus’ Quarterhorse aircraft

The award was made under the AFWERX Strategic Funding Increase (STRATFI) program led by the Presidential and Executive Airlift Directorate (PE) as a follow-on to a Phase II SBIR contract. The collaboration also includes support from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

“Small business partnership is recognized by the U.S. Air Force as an important component to driving innovation. Reducing risk in high speed transport technologies, as we are doing with this contract, provides near-term and long-term benefits to both the U.S. Air Force and the defense industrial base.” said Lt. Col. Joshua Burger, the Vector Initiative program manager who is spearheading the effort. “We are very excited to see Hermeus translate their demonstrated successes in engine prototyping into flight systems.”


Some may argue that it is impossible to flight test a TBCC engine across the full flight envelope for less than $100 million.  However, Hermeus is taking a different approach than traditional high-speed flight test programs. Hermeus will be leveraging autonomous and reusable systems, ruthlessly focused requirements, and a hardware-rich program.  These three strategies allow the team to push the envelope, sometimes strategically to the point of failure in flight test, which accelerates learning while simultaneously improving the safety of flight test crew and the public.  Pushing more risk to flight allows Hermeus to move through the engineering lifecycle quickly, reducing programmatic costs.  When exploring beyond the speeds that airbreathing aircraft have flown before, learning must come through testing in the real world.

TBCC Engine Overview in Quarterhorse

The technology set Hermeus has chosen positions the company firmly in the dual-use space for hypersonic technology, i.e. technologies normally used for civilian purposes but which may have military applications. “While this partnership with the U.S. Air Force underscores U.S. Department of Defense interest in hypersonic aircraft, when paired with Hermeus’ partnership with NASA announced in February 2021, it is clear that there are both commercial and defense applications for what we’re building,” said Hermeus CEO and co-founder, AJ Piplica.


Hermeus is a venture-backed startup with the long-term vision of transforming the global human transportation network with Mach 5 aircraft. At Mach 5, travel is not just supersonic, it’s hypersonic. At these speeds – over 3,000 miles per hour – flight times from New York to London will be 90 minutes rather than seven hours. Mach 5 aircraft have the potential to create an additional four trillion dollars of global economic growth per year, unlocking significant resources that can be utilized to solve the world’s great problems.


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ISE MD Mike Blackman responds to the announcement by AVIXA that the InfoComm 2021 show is set to take place in Orlando in October 2021.

Dear ISE community,

Following today’s announcement that the InfoComm 2021 show will now take place in Orlando in October 2021, we want to confirm that Integrated Systems Europe, remains scheduled to open live and online on 1-4 June 2021 in its new home at the Fira Barcelona.

Whilst we recognise there continue to be challenges ahead, we are in touch with government and the relevant health authorities to constantly monitor the situation. None of us can predict how the situation will look in June, but we are hopeful that by the second quarter of 2021 we will see the world return to a new ‘normal’ with vaccines being rapidly delivered in many countries around the world.

We understand our exhibitors and partners need to make commitments that will incur cost and we do not wish to burden them unnecessarily. For this reason, if circumstances impact our ability to host an in-person event and we are forced to cancel this element of ISE, we will make this decision by 1 March.

With the backdrop of the global pandemic, our priority in recent months has been devising the means to deliver a safe and secure event for all exhibitors and visitors and we have been working closely with the City of Barcelona, the venue and relevant authorities.

In early January, Fira de Barcelona received the ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, an internationally recognised endorsement from the World Travel Tourism Council (WTTC), developed in collaboration with the specialist risk management consultancy Aon and the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona.

ISE has also published A Guide to Safe Visiting, outlining the safe practice protocols that have been put in place with the Fira Gran Vía to ensure that the visitor experience is safe and secure. The guide can be located here.

Looking ahead to June, we can confirm that today, over 37,000 sqm of space is signed up with just under 700 exhibitors confirmed and new companies continuing to book their place on the floorplan.

Next week sees online visitor registration open, coming at a time when we realise the industry is keen to ‘get back to work’ in the second half of the year. Feedback from our recent customer research shows that the industry is looking forward to meeting as soon as the situation allows and we are currently updating the research to measure current sentiment amongst both our exhibitors and visitors.

In a time where many of our industry colleagues are suffering financially or have lost their jobs or businesses, we at ISE are striving to do everything we can to contribute to the industry getting back on its feet.

I would personally like to thank all our customers, partners and colleagues within the industry which we serve and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Thank you,

Mike Blackman
Managing Director
Integrated Systems Europe

NASA is naming its next-generation space telescope currently under development, the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), in honor of Nancy Grace Roman, NASA’s first chief astronomer, who paved the way for space telescopes focused on the broader universe.

NASA Telescope Named For ‘Mother of Hubble’ Nancy Grace Roman

The newly named Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope – or Roman Space Telescope, for short – is set to launch in the mid-2020s. It will investigate long-standing astronomical mysteries, such as the force behind the universe’s expansion, and search for distant planets beyond our solar system.

Considered the “mother” of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, which launched 30 years ago, Roman tirelessly advocated for new tools that would allow scientists to study the broader universe from space. She left behind a tremendous legacy in the scientific community when she died in 2018.

“It is because of Nancy Grace Roman’s leadership and vision that NASA became a pioneer in astrophysics and launched Hubble, the world’s most powerful and productive space telescope,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “I can think of no better name for WFIRST, which will be the successor to NASA’s Hubble and Webb Telescopes.”

Former Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who worked with NASA on the Hubble and WFIRST space telescopes, said, “It is fitting that as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, NASA has announced the name of their new WFIRST telescope in honor of Dr. Nancy Roman, the Mother of Hubble – well deserved. It recognizes the incredible achievements of women in science and moves us even closer to no more hidden figures and no more hidden galaxies.”

Scheduled to launch in the mid-2020s, the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, formerly known as WFIRST, will function as Hubble’s wide-eyed cousin. While just as sensitive as Hubble’s cameras, the Roman Space Telescope’s 300-megapixel Wide Field Instrument will image a sky area 100 times larger. This means a single Roman Space Telescope image will hold the equivalent detail of 100 pictures from Hubble.
Credits: NASA

Who Was Nancy Grace Roman?

Born on May 16, 1925, in Nashville, Tennessee, Roman consistently persevered in the face of challenges that plagued many women of her generation interested in science. By seventh grade, she knew she wanted to be an astronomer. Despite being discouraged about going into science – the head of Swarthmore College’s physics department told her he usually dissuaded girls from majoring in physics, but that she “might make it” – Roman earned a bachelor’s degree in astronomy from Swarthmore in 1946 and a doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1949.

She remained at Chicago for six years and made discoveries about the compositions of stars that had implications for the evolution of our Milky Way galaxy. Knowing that her chances of achieving tenure at a university as a woman were slim at that time, she took a position at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and made strides in researching cosmic questions through radio waves.

Roman came to NASA in 1959, just six months after the agency had been established. At that time, she served as the chief of astronomy and relativity in the Office of Space Science, managing astronomy-related programs and grants.

“I knew that taking on this responsibility would mean that I could no longer do research, but the challenge of formulating a program from scratch that I believed would influence astronomy for decades to come was too great to resist,” she said in a NASA interview.

This was a difficult era for women who wanted to advance in scientific research. While Roman said that men generally treated her equally at NASA, she also revealed in one interview that she had to use the prefix “Dr.” with her name because “otherwise, I could not get past the secretaries.”

But she persisted in her vision to establish new ways to probe the secrets of the universe. When she arrived at NASA, astronomers could obtain data from balloons, sounding rockets and airplanes, but they could not measure all the wavelengths of light. Earth’s atmosphere blocks out much of the radiation that comes from the distant universe. What’s more, only a telescope in space has the luxury of perpetual nighttime and doesn’t have to shut down during the day. Roman knew that to see the universe through more powerful, unblinking eyes, NASA would have to send telescopes to space.

Through Roman’s leadership, NASA launched four Orbiting Astronomical Observatories between 1966 and 1972. While only two of the four were successful, they demonstrated the value of space-based astrophysics and represented the precursors to Hubble. She also championed the International Ultraviolet Explorer, which was built in the 1970s as a joint project between NASA, ESA (European Space Agency) and the United Kingdom, as well as the Cosmic Background Explorer, which measured the leftover radiation from the big bang and led to two of its leading scientists receiving the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Above all, Roman is credited with making the Hubble Space Telescope a reality. In the mid-1960s, she set up a committee of astronomers and engineers to envision a telescope that could accomplish important scientific goals. She convinced NASA and Congress that it was a priority to launch the most powerful space telescope the world had ever seen.

Hubble turned out to be the most scientifically revolutionary space telescope of all time. Ed Weiler, Hubble’s chief scientist until 1998, called Roman “the mother of the Hubble Space Telescope.”

“Nancy Grace Roman was a leader and advocate whose dedication contributed to NASA seriously pursuing the field of astrophysics and taking it to new heights,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s associate administrator for science. “Her name deserves a place in the heavens she studied and opened for so many.”

The Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, formerly known as WFIRST, is an upcoming space telescope designed to perform wide-field imaging and spectroscopy of the infrared sky. One of the Roman Space Telescope’s objectives will be looking for clues about dark energy — the mysterious force that is accelerating the expansion of the universe. Another objective of the mission will be finding and studying exoplanets.
Credits: NASA

What is the Roman Space Telescope?

The Roman Space Telescope will be a NASA observatory designed to settle essential questions in the areas of dark energy, exoplanets and infrared astrophysics. The telescope has a primary mirror that is 2.4 meters (7.9 feet) in diameter and is the same size as the Hubble Space Telescope’s primary mirror. The Roman Space Telescope is designed to have two instruments, the Wide Field Instrument and a technology demonstration Coronagraph Instrument. The Wide Field Instrument will have a field of view that is 100 times greater than the Hubble infrared instrument, allowing it to capture more of the sky with less observing time. The Coronagraph Instrument will perform high contrast imaging and spectroscopy of individual nearby exoplanets.

The WFIRST project passed a critical programmatic and technical milestone in February, giving the mission the official green light to begin hardware development and testing. With the passage of this latest key milestone, the team will begin finalizing the mission design by building engineering test units and models to ensure the design will hold up under the extreme conditions during launch and while in space.

NASA’s Fiscal Year 2020 Consolidated Appropriations Act funds the WFIRST program through September 2020. It is not included in the Fiscal Year 2021 budget request, as the administration wants to focus on completing the James Webb Space Telescope.

For a statement from Nancy Grace Roman’s cousins, Laura Bates Verreau and Barbara Brinker, go to:

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This is how they want to use WiFi in future space missions

WiFi is not only a key element on Earth, but of humanity. WiFi currently exists outside our planet aboard the International Space Station, where astronauts can connect non-mission critical devices to various access points scattered around the station, such as a tablet or mobile. However, they are already testing future uses of wireless connectivity.

This is how they want to use WiFi in future space missions

Specifically, it was the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) that launched a new WiFi-related space experiment aboard the transfer vehicle H-II. The H-II has already carried out nine missions since its initial launch in 2009, and has carried about 6,000 kg of material to the Japanese experiment module. It is expected that by the end of the year it will be replaced by the H3.

Ships that perform autonomous couplings thanks to WiFi

Aboard the latest launch is the HTV Wireless LAN Demonstration (WLD) with the necessary equipment to “perform real-time video transfer between the International Space Station and a visiting spacecraft.” To do this, the H-II has been equipped with a WLAN antenna and a camera that sends the signal to a laptop inside the station.

Thanks to this, they are looking to try to see if through WiFi they can get more help to make autonomous couplings for future missions on the Moon or Mars. This technology, according to NASA, is key to future missions that will be carried out in the coming years, since those missions will not be able to depend on humans to carry them out, unlike what is currently happening, such as a renovation. of supplies. For this reason, having a stable and fast data transfer system is key to monitoring the coupling process in real time.

The results will be published at the end of the year.

The WLD will connect to a laptop named Payload Laptop Terminal 3 (PLT-3), which will be used to verify that a correct link can be created with an external WiFi access point. The project will progress throughout the year, and they hope that by the end of the year they will be able to reveal its results in the new space race we are experiencing, and where it is expected that there will be new missions for the Moon and Mars to bring missions to them. with human crew.

Joining an elite group of lighting fixtures in the design industry, the luxury automaker was selected to contribute a set of design concept drawings to the prestigious Document Journal portfolio.

For issue 15 of Document Journal, the art and fashion magazine invited a selection of the most attractive architects and designers in culture to find their inner Major Toms and imagine human life on the moon for The Lunar Design Portfolio. How will we live? What will it look like? What will we wear? What will we handle?


ED2, the European advanced design studio for Toyota and Lexus dedicated to advanced concept proposals and innovative design, was selected to contribute a lunar mobility concept. Based on the newly launched LF-30 Future Concept vehicle, the studio created a series of 7 concepts from 5 different designers, a complete line of space vehicles ready to tackle the lunar landscape.

“When Document Journal approached us about the Lunar Design Portfolio, our team was working on the LF-30 Concept, which represents the” Lexus Electrified “futuristic vision for Lexus. The design team was already looking beyond short-term production and anticipating how advanced technology will change the way we interact with vehicles, “said Ian Cartabiano, president of ED2. “The lunar project came at the right time, halfway through the development of the LF-30. It gave the team a chance to dream further and then apply some of the LF-30’s interior design language to their lunar proposals. ”

Zero Gravity, the concept sketch selected to appear in the print edition of the magazine, is a single-driver vehicle that evolves the LF-30’s “Lexus Electrified” vision to incorporate magnetic levitation technology. The design reinterprets the Lexus axle grille and uses the riding style of the motorcycle to employ the new concept of Tazuna (which means “reins” in Japanese): the fundamental philosophy centered on the human being. Inspired by how a single rein can be used to achieve mutual understanding between horse and rider, the steering control provides active driving enjoyment created by direct human-machine communication.

Lexus Lunar, by Yung Presciutti

Lexus Lunar is a mass transit vehicle designed to safely explore and discover the moon. The vehicle is divided into two parts: the lower part consists of a platform with 6 sturdy wheels to give you the freedom to go wherever you want. The upper part contains the living room. The two components of the vehicle can also be split, with the top parting apart to create the start of a lunar colony.

About the Document Journal

Launched in 2012, Document is a unique biannual magazine of American and global culture featuring the leading voices in arts and letters. Editors toured the world to select the most compelling and visionary thinkers and designers to participate in the Lunar Design Project. Complementing Lexus’ revolutionary and futuristic designs, Document invited leading architects Shohei Shigematsu of OMA, Dan Wood and Amale Andaos of WORKac, Kulapat Yantrasast of wHY, and Lyondon Neri and Rossana Hu to imagine the built lunar world. it resulted in a stimulating collection of practical and esoteric approaches; Inspired by the potential illumination found in the release of gravity, artist Mariko Mori presented an original ethereal work; the industrial design frog and Nike contributed ideas for revolutionary consumer goods; Prominent writer and sociologist Steve Fuller, author of Humans 2.0, explored the historical, social, and philosophical implications of a lunar colony; and world-class DJ Honey Dijon created the soundscape through an exclusive playlist. Issue 15 of the document also features Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James and Queen & Slim star Daniel Kaluuya in a conversation about creating a black mythology; cultural critic Roxane Gay, women’s rights lawyer Gloria Allred and writer Siri Hustvedt on a reinvention of the law according to women; and an intimate and playful feature about the innovative musician King Princess in conversation with Mj Rodriguez,

Additional Design Concepts of the Lunar Design Portfolio:

OMA (architecture) – Orbit City

frog (industrial design) – LEAP Scooters; BLAST MAX

wHY (architecture) – Transcending Gravity

Mariko Mori (art) – Radiant Being I

Nike Design Team (footwear design) – Nike

Steve Fuller (sociology) –­ The Moon as Hotel California

Neri&Hu (architecture) – The Mooncake Longing for a Home It Never Knew

WORKac (architecture) –  WORKac

DJ Honey Dijon (music) – Lunar Playlist

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The concept, inspired by the first LM847 model, takes up the visual signature of the latter. There is a common DNA on the side of the molding and the Italian rear loop or even the carbon wheel covers. Instead of the Italian engine, a composite body hides the kerosene tank which gives it a range of ten minutes in flight.

In good hands

The driving position and light steering of the LMV496 provide immediate handling. The undercarriage and braking technology is directly inspired by Lazareth vehicles. The suspensions have been entrusted to our partner TFX Suspension Technology


On the road, the LMV496 is an electric motorcycle with a hundred kilometers of autonomy.

The power required for takeoff is provided by Turbines. The total power delivered is around 1,300 horsepower for 2,800N of thrust. Switching from road mode to flight mode is done using a simple switch on the dash.

Movement control

The dashboard directly sends the flight information to the pilot. (Speed, altitude, position, engine speed, etc.)

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The body was made of Kevlar carbon compound. Research and development around this vehicle has allowed the implementation of new internal procedures that will benefit other projects.

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