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      | July 2017 |
      Telespazio VEGA Deutschland to develop Cockpit Procedure Trainer for CH-53GS/GE Helicopter

      Press release - Darmstadt, 3 July 2017  

      The German aerospace company Telespazio VEGA Deutschland, a subsidiary of Telespazio (Leonardo/Thales) has been awarded a contract by Airbus Helicopters to develop a Cockpit Procedure Trainer (CPT) for the CH-53GS and CH-53GE Helicopter.

      The GS and GE variants of the helicopter, used by the German Air Force, are currently being modernised by Airbus Helicopters to overcome arisen obsolescences. The cockpit modernisations which include the Autopilot, Flight Management, Communication and Display Systems require an adapted training tool to enable the pilots to obtain or hold their type-rating.

      The development of the CPT has been kicked off in May 2017 and will be undertaken in parallel to the actual helicopter modernisation. The CPT development is planned to be completed by November 2018 for the GS version and in April 2020 for the GE version.

      The delivery of the CPT will benefit from the existing hardware used by the German Air Force: Previously, Telespazio VEGA Deutschland had already developed a CPT for the GA version of the CH-53 helicopter. This CPT has been used by the German Air Force ever since its delivery in 2011. Among others, four replicated cockpits have been installed for training at the Hubschraubergeschwader 64 in Laupheim and Holzdorf, Germany.

      The CPT for the GS/GE versions will subsequently be largely based on the experience that the Training Solutions team in Telespazio VEGA Deutschland have gathered over many years. The CPT for the GS/GE versions will be fully compatible with the replicated cockpits, the separate instructor stations and be delivered also for PC based classroom training as well as mobile version for flexible training on Laptops. This combination of training methods has been positively received by the German Armed Forces in the past.

      The success of winning the development of the new CPT is another milestone for Telespazio VEGA Deutschland to stay active within the CH-53 product family. It also shows that the offered training features have been well selected for the expressed training needs. Among others, the CPT will include interactive schematics for further in-depth understanding of the helicopter. In addition, the separate instructor station enables the trainer to monitor and influence in real-time the training at any given moment without the need to be in the cockpit, while having a complete overview and control of the cockpit. The CPT enables the instructor also to make use of the generator for threat scenarios and tactical manoeuvres.

      Press Contact

      Alexandra Sokolowski
      Tel: +49 (0) 6151 8257-764
      Mobile: +49 (0)162 21 48 175


      Sikorsky CH-53GS Germany Air Force |  Curimedia PHOTOGRAPHY (CC BY 2.0), via Wikimedia Commons

      3D model of CH-53GA Mockup for CPT | Telespazio VEGA Deutschland

      PDF Version of Press release

      PressRelease_CH-53GS English 2017-07-03.pdfPressRelease_CH-53GS English 2017-07-03.pdf 

      | June 2017 |
      Asteroid Day - 24 hour broadcast

      The Asteroid Day is a UN official global day of education to help protect Earth from asteroids, observed on 30 June. For this occasion, there will be a live 24 hour broadcast with contributions from all over the world, among others from NASA, JAXA and ESA.

      Within the ESA broadcast focussing on Space Situational Awareness, starting at 10:30 CET, Telespazio VEGA Deutschland will be presenting its contributions to the DLR/CNES mission MASCOT which is planned to land on an asteroid in 2018.

      The MASCOT Lander module after successful integration | Copyright DLR (CC-BY 3.0) 

      Where to watch

      Go to and watch the 24 hour telethon, starting at 3:00 am CET. Check the schedule and line-up here.

      Learn more about MASCOT on the dedicated DLR site or read the interview with Federico, the Project Manager for the MASCOT On-Board Computer.

      | June 2017 |
      How to teach an astronaut to become an astronaut

      ​As much as a teacher needs to study how to become a teacher, the same applies for instructors who teach astronauts to prepare for their mission. This May, we were part of a significant change at the European Astronaut Centre (EAC/ESA) in Cologne: a new instructor training course (ITC) was launched.

      The ITC is one of the pre-requisites for any instructor working at EAC as part of the International Space Station (ISS) programme. For years, EAC has been using an adapted version of the NASA ITC, with an American guest instructor coming to Cologne, running it in conjunction with ESA. However, as times change, ESA required a stand-alone course during which future instructors design and develop their teaching practice lessons.

      The result of a dedicated workshop revealed that there was a need to introduce some significant changes to the timeframe of the training. In addition, the responsibility to run the ITC lies now with EAC instructors.

      We are proud to say that our staff, working as instructors at the EAC, not only supported the development of this new ITC, but also were in charge of administering and delivering it for the first time. Six students – and thus future astronaut instructors – participated in this first new ITC and successfully completed it.

       DSC_3076.jpgSmall insight into our proud team at EAC, training the future astronaut trainers.

      Telespazio VEGA Deutschland has been supporting the European Human Space Flight Programme for 20 years: our involvement started with an experiment we flew in cooperation with the German Space Agency (DLR) on the Mir space station in 1997. Since then, we have developed a long-term relationship with the European Astronaut Centre, ESTEC and DLR on the Columbus programme.

      Further Links

      Training Solutions

      EAC Website

      Theoretically, I could be an astronaut - An interview

      Telespazio VEGA Deutschland in Cologne

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