World’s First!! Candy Powered Hybrid Rocket Successfully Launched

OSAKA, Japan, March 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

– Special Movie of Rocket Launch released on YouTube –

On March 7, the Candy Rocket Project Committee, organized by Japanese confectionery maker UHA Mikakuto Co. and aerospace experts, successfully launched a hybrid rocket using candies for fuel for the first time in the world. The launch was successfully conducted twice. The highest altitude reached was 813ft (the first launch; measurable, the second launch; unmeasurable).


Experts involved are Director Yutaka Wada of the Akita Space Development Institute at Akita University, Director Hiroaki Akiyama of the Institute for Education on Space at Wakayama University, and Professor Seiichi Sakamoto of the NAOJ Chile Observatory, all internationally renowned in space research and rocket development.

Hybrid rockets are researched as next-generation space transport rockets. However, the technology to launch a hybrid rocket using candies as solid fuel did not exist as of March 9, 2015. This launch was the world’s first challenge at doing so.

Currently, a special movie on this project, including the launch of the Candy Rocket is available on the “Candy Rocket Project” website.
“Candy Rocket Project” URL:
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Comments from Candy Rocket developers:

Yutaka Wada, Director, Akita Space Development Institute, Akita University: “We were relieved that the rocket was launched wonderfully. This project proved that candies can be used as a high energy fuel. If humans went to outer space and had to find energy from limited resources, candies that they brought for survival food could be used as emergency fuel when they ultimately have to escape. This research proved the capability of candies in such situation.”

Hiroaki Akiyama, Director, Institute for Education on Space, Wakayama University:”One of the purposes of having adults like us create a challenge with free thinking was to have not only elementary and junior high school students, but also high school and university students notice that ‘you can think more freely in the world,’ and have them challenge various things. At the same time, we want to have them understand that it is important to gain an understanding of the people around them and create a supportive environment since ‘free thinking’ could cause worries and troubles.”

Yasumasa Yamada, President and CEO, UHA Mikakuto Co.: “We were able to show another aspect of candies by showing how Puccho transforms from something enjoyable to eat to something that leads to children’s dreams. From this project, we want to show support not only as a confectionery manufacturer, but also as someone who supports all challenges that expand dreams.”

About Candy Rocket developers

Yutaka Wada, Director, Akita Space Development Institute, Akita University: Belongs to the Innovation Center for Engineering Design and Manufacturing of the Graduate School of Engineering and Resource Science. Specializes in aerospace engineering. In this project, handled design and development of the engine of the hybrid rocket that uses candies by applying knowledge of mechanical engineering and robot propulsion engineering.

Hiroaki Akiyama, Director, Institute for Education on Space, Wakayama University: Specializes in planetary surface exploration and space education. Member of the asteroid probe “HAYABUSA” mission and SELenological and ENgineering Explorer (SELENE) “KAGUYA” mission.

Seiichi Sakamoto, Professor, NAOJ Chile Observatory: Was in charge of all proliferation, education and external affair activities concerning space science research as the Director for Education and Public Outreach at the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science of JAXA until July 2014. Specializes in radio astronomy and science communication. In this project, proposed the possibility of and ideas for the hybrid rocket experience which uses high-calorie food that contains much sugar.

What are hybrid rockets?

A hybrid rocket is one with an engine system that combines two types of propellants: solid fuel and liquid oxidant. As it is safe and environmentally friendly and shows excellent cost effectiveness and performance, it gathers attention as a next-generation space transport rocket. In general hybrid rockets, resin, rubber and wax are used as solid fuel, but in this project, familiar soft candies are used as solid fuel. How can a rocket be launched with candies? First, liquefied gas acting as the oxidant is poured into the cylindrical combustor filled with candies. Then, the candies will start burning as they melt, and will burst out in gasified form with great force. This power enables the rocket to be launched into the sky. Approximately 20 pieces of candy will be used for one hybrid rocket. It is important to create an environment where the candies can sufficiently burn to launch the rocket high into the sky.

About UHA Mikakuto Co.
Head office: Osaka City
President and CEO: Yasumasa Yamada

SOURCE: UHA Mikakuto Co.

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“Defending Russia” Announces Another Successful Export of the Su-30SM, the World’s Most Popular Russian Aircraft

MOSCOW, March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — “Defending Russia” ( is proud to confirm delivery to Kazakhstan of 4 Russian fighter aircraft Su-30SM. The delivery marks the completion of the first phase of the order, which was announced in February and will see a total of 36 aircraft manufactured and exported to Kazakhstan, as the country looks to bolster its combat aircraft reserves.

The Su-30 ( project dates back to the Soviet period when, in 1988, the designing of an interceptor based on the combat trainer Su-27UB commenced. Four years later, on April 14, 1992, the first production aircraft successfully took off. Following the collapse of the USSR, however, when mass production operations slowed to a halt, the Su-30 was used mainly for testing and exhibiting at international air shows. Production of the “original” Su-30 eventually ceased, as engineers struggled to unlock the aircraft’s full potential. Work on the Su-30MK began in 1992.

In 1996 India agreed to purchase 40 Su-30MKI. The Su-30MKI was considerably different from the dual control aircraft: canards were included in the aircraft structure, the machines were equipped with advanced avionics and engines with thrust vectoring nozzle. The first flight of the Su-30MKI prototype took place on July 1, 1997. Since then, the aircraft has been modernized in Belarus and, in 2013, was sold to Angola. With orders totalling 272, the Su-30MKI now forms the core of the Indian Air Force.

Other aircraft in the Su-30 family include the Su-30MKK and the Su-30MK2, primarily intended for export to China. The first flight of the Su-30MKK was performed in 1999, with the first machines delivered to the customer at the end of 2000. The Su-30МК2, a modification of the Su-30MKK with more progressive avionics, was developed in 2002. In total, China has purchased 76 aircraft Su-30MKK and 24 aircraft Su-30MK2. Over the last fifteen years, over 500 aircraft from the Su-30 family have been exported to countries across the world, including Algeria, Malaysia, Venezuela, Vietnam, Indonesia and Uganda.

Production of the Su-30SM for the Russian Air Force has been in progress since 2012. Contracts for 72 aircraft have already been entered into and additional purchases are expected. The Su-30M2, manufactured by Komsomolsk on Amur Aviation Production Association (KAAPA), is intended to replace combat trainers Su-27UB: 20 aircraft Su-30M2 have been ordered in total. The first deliveries were carried out in 2010.

Frost & Sullivan Sees Opportunity For Aerospace Hub In Thailand

BANGKOK, March 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Thailand is laying the foundation for development of an Aerospace Industrial Estate targeting MRO and Tier 2, 3 and 4 aerospace manufacturing segments. This has a potential of bringing $US 650.0 million per year by 2023 when the first phase of the park will be operational. The park is planned to be developed in three phases and when all three phases are fully operational, it is forecasted to generate $US 1.485 billion every year for Thailand, comprised of both manufacturing and MRO services.

Mr. Amartya De, Senior Consultant, Public Sector & Government Practice, Frost & Sullivan says that acting as the project leader for this assignment he is extremely satisfied looking at the response from the global aerospace community in being part of the Thailand Aerospace Hub. He added, “We are witnessing interest from major aerospace maintenance repair & overhaul (MRO) and manufacturing companies from overseas. The foundation blocks of the Aerospace Industrial Estate master plan are being put under the supervision of Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning (OTP) under the Ministry of Transportation. The Ministry of Transportation is all geared up to repeat the same success in aerospace manufacturing and repair industry that Thailand has already achieved in the automotive sector.”

The direct revenue impact from the Thailand Aerospace Industrial Estate could garner close to $US 86.6 billion in a 25 year time frame between 2019-2045. Out of this $US 32.5 billion has already been planned to be coming out of the pre-built infrastructure such as MRO hangars and component manufacturing factories. The remaining land has been planned to be leased out to aerospace companies depending upon their requirements. The first phase of the aerospace industrial estate is expected to be operational by 2019. The aerospace park construction is expected to start as early as 2016.

“Global tier 2 aerospace manufacturers are constantly facing downward pressure from aerospace primes such as Boeing and Airbus to cut costs in their value chain which is leading tier 2 aerospace companies to make fresh investments in low cost countries that have excellent industrial base, and Thailand precisely fits the bill. Thailand’s strong base and efficient labour force in automotive component manufacturing can be effectively leveraged for aerospace manufacturing,” Amartya De said.

However, Mr. De said that aerospace companies are looking for specific business enablers related to ownership, land leasing and related issues that need to be quickly worked out else investors may find alternate destinations in ASEAN for fresh investments.

He added that Thailand’s commercial airline MRO spending in 2015 is forecasted to be close to $US 771.0 million which is expected to grow to $US 1.35 billion every year by 2024. By 2020, a large chunk of MRO spending is forecasted to be spent on close to 100 Airbus A320 & 50 Boeing B737 aircraft operating out of Thailand. Part of Thailand’s endeavor is going to bringing that MRO spending back to Thailand of course with support from overseas MRO operators setting up their base in Thailand. “We are also looking at the large fleet base of A320 NEO and B737 MAX as regional order books are overwhelming,” Mr. De said.

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Air New Zealand and Air China Unveil Proposed Alliance

BEIJING, March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Air New Zealand and Air China have released details of a proposed alliance on services between China and New Zealand.

The alliance, subject to regulatory approvals, would see Air China introduce a daily direct service between Beijing and Auckland. The Chinese flag carrier would also continue to codeshare on Air New Zealand’s daily Shanghai — Auckland service which will be operated exclusively by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft from 24 August.

The proposed alliance would further open up Beijing as a new market to and from New Zealand and the airlines aim to almost double sustainable capacity between China and New Zealand while delivering a range of other benefits to travellers including greater frequency and network connections.

Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon says the alliance with Air China would see two home carriers with complementary strengths at each end of the route working together to drive traffic in both directions.

“This proposed alliance brings New Zealand and China closer as our two countries enter the next phase of what is a very strong relationship focused on mutual growth and respect.

“By connecting the Chinese capital with New Zealand for the first time in three years we would provide tourists and business travellers with unparalleled air connectivity between and within each home market,” says Mr. Luxon.

“Airlines play a vital role in facilitating growth through crucial people to people connections and the movement of high value cargo. I am proud to be able to work with our long term Star Alliance partner, Air China, to ensure these important links make commercial sense, are sustainable and are in the interests of consumers and the wider economies.”

Air China Chief Executive Officer Song Zhiyong says the relationship between China and New Zealand is entering into a new phase with significant achievements having already been made in economic development and political as well as cultural exchanges in recent years.

“We are committed to working with our Star Alliance partner Air New Zealand to provide better air connectivity between China and New Zealand in order to meet the growing demand from travellers in both markets,” says Mr. Zhiyong.

“The proposed alliance with Air New Zealand allows both flag carriers to build a sustainable air service between Beijing and Auckland and supplement the existing connectivity between China and New Zealand. This service, along with Air New Zealand’s Shanghai — Auckland service, will provide greater benefits to travellers in both countries in the coming years — an outcome which we will feel very proud of.”

Subject to regulatory approvals, alliance services could commence as early as December 2015.

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Air China to start Beijing-Melbourne Nonstop

– Australia awaits your discovery

BEIJING, March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Air China will start BeijingMelbourne four-times weekly nonstop service from June 1, 2015, becoming the only carrier that offers BeijingMelbourne nonstop service. At the same time, the carrier will continue its ShanghaiMelbourne nonstop service.

The four-times weekly flights CA165/6 will be offered on Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Sunday. The service is slated to increase to daily from October 25, 2015. The outbound flight departs from Beijing at 02:00 and arrives in Melbourne at 15:30 local time; the return flight departs from Melbourne at 20:40 local time and arrives in Beijing at 06:30. The flights will be operated with Airbus A330-200 aircraft. Onboard, the Business Class is outfitted with full-flat seats; all classes of service offer personal AVODs and power outlets, keeping passengers entertained for the duration of the flight.

Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city and the capital of the state of Victoria which has earned its reputation as “Garden State.” In is located in peaceful Yarra Valley. Melbourne used to be the capital of Australia. Now, time-honored classic buildings of Victorian style are everywhere. With its lush vegetation which covers 40% of the urban area, the city has been repeatedly voted the “Most Livable City.” With a lot to see and do, Melbourne is an ideal destination for leisure travelers.

For Melbourne and Australia as a whole, for years China has remained the largest trading partner, export market and import source market and also the largest source market of students and international visitors. The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement signed at the end of 2014 has further made the cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, culture and education between the two countries closer. The start of nonstop flights between Beijing and Melbourne will further promote the trade ties between, and the healthy development of, the two countries.

With the start of the BeijingMelbourne flights, the number of flights per week that Air China operates from Beijing/Shanghai to Australia (Sydney/Melbourne) will increase to 23, and Air China’s capacity on ChinaAustralia route will go up by 60%. Utilizing the extensive network of the Star Alliance, passengers can easily get to 1,328 airports in 195 countries around the world.

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