NASA has placed an order for three Airbus H135
The H135s will be operated out of the
Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a variety of missions,
including rocket launches, security, emergency medical services,
and passenger transport.
Two of the helicopters are scheduled for delivery
later this summer, with a third planned for early 2021.
“NASA chose the H135 because Airbus was able to
meet all the NASA mission requirements which include personnel
movements, airborne law enforcement roles, aerial firefighting,
weapons training, and overwater operations,” said Dave Ramsey,
NASA’s Chief of Flight Operations at the Kennedy Space Center.
“The H135 provides a modernized airframe that performs well in the
Florida environment and will serve to protect NASA assets and
personnel for years to come.”
As part of a fleet replacement initiative, NASA
will acquire the aircraft through Davenport Aviation, an
SBA-certified business and HUBZone contractor
specializing in the supply of aerospace equipment to federal,
state and local government agencies.
“These new helicopters will help support NASA and
the men and women who advance space exploration, scientific
discovery and aeronautics research,” said Romain Trapp, President
of Airbus Helicopters Inc. and Head of the North America region.
“We look forward to partnering with NASA to provide them with the
best products and services to complete their important mission.”
twin-engine H135 helicopter features the Airbus-developed Helionix avionics
suite and Fenestron shrouded tail rotor.