This website uses cookies
More information
Site Filter — Worldwide / All Aircraft
NASA over the moon with pair of H135s
As well as working with SpaceX projects, two H135 helicopters will also support efforts to prepare for and execute Artemis, a planned expedition to land the first woman and the next man on the moon by 2024.
NASA astronauts will be transported to Kennedy, and beyond.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has taken delivery of two H135 helicopters from the Airbus Helicopters production and completion facility in Columbus, Mississippi. These aircraft, along with a third scheduled for delivery early next year, will be based at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida and operated for a variety of missions, including aerial security at rocket launches, EMS, research and qualified passenger transportation.

“As we looked to renew our ageing fleet of helicopters, the H135 was selected due to its performance, capabilities and ability to meet our needs as we look to the future of manned space launch,” explains David Ramsey, chief of flight operations at NASA Kennedy Space Center. “We are very pleased to now welcome it to our fleet. For years to come, these helicopters will not only support security and routine missions at the Kennedy Space Center, but also support our astronauts and crew as they launch important missions to the International Space Station (ISS), the moon and beyond.”

In October, one of the H135s will escort the members of SpaceX's Crew Dragon to the historic launch pad at 39A, where it will depart for a six-month expedition to the ISS. The helicopters will also support efforts to prepare for and execute Artemis, a planned expedition to land the first woman and the next man on the moon by 2024.

“Working with NASA is something that many of us, including myself, have dreamed of since we were kids, and we stand ready to fully support its new H135s as they support furthering space exploration,” states Romain Trapp, president of Airbus Helicopters and head of the North American region. “Building a helicopter that helps NASA drive critical advances in science and aerospace technology is truly an honour and privilege.”

The helicopters were acquired through the US Government's General Services Administration's agreement with Davenport Aviation, a certified woman-owned small business and HUBZone contractor specialising in the supply of aerospace equipment to federal, state and local government agencies. “We are proud to have supplied aircraft for yet another branch of the U.S. Government, and are especially excited to play a role in supporting space programmes for years to come with NASA,” said Cassie Strasburg, VP government division with Davenport Aviation.

NASA also recently signed a $15 million HCare support contract for up to 10 years, in which Airbus will fully support NASA's H135 fleet, including maintenance and flight operations with two pilots, two mechanics and one programme manager onsite at Kennedy Space Center.

Other News
 
Aviator surpasses 2,600 hours on Helionix H135
June 24, 2021
The Aviator Group is the first operator in the world to utilise night vision goggles (NVG) for HMPT in the H135. The Helionix avionics provides a leading platform for NVIS operations enabling a 24/7 service year-round.
SAF Group introduces six H145s within a year
June 23, 2021
SAF is a key EMS player in France and Europe. The company already operates 55 Airbus helicopters, including a Super Puma, H135s and H125s. New five-blade H145s will bring increased capabilities for the EMS missions.
Gorka given the distinction of distributor by Airbus
June 10, 2021
In addition to simplifying procedures for the customer, an advantage of local distributors is the ability to pre-order slots for helicopter deliveries. Gorka Business Aviation Centre meets the Airbus Helicopters standard.