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Boeing selects GE as engine partner for 777X Studies

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Boeing’s development study on improvements to the market-leading 777, known as 777X, will include GE as the engine partner on the twin-aisle airplane expected to enter service near the end of the decade. “This decision to work with GE going forward reflects the best match to the development program, schedule and airplane performance,” said Bob…

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Boeing provides details on 787 battery improvements

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Boeing announced March 14 that a comprehensive set of improvements that will add several layers of additional safety features to the lithium-ion batteries on 787 commercial jetliners are in production and could be ready for initial installation within the next few weeks. New enclosures for 787 batteries also are being built and will be installed…

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Pratt and Whitney AeroPower’s APS2600[E] APU selected for Embraer’s second generation E-Jet

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Pratt & Whitney AeroPower’s* APS2600[E] auxiliary power unit has been selected by Embraer for its second generation E-Jet. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. company. “We are delighted to continue our long-standing relationship with Embraer and provide our APS2600[E] APU for the second generation E-Jet,” said Eileen P. Drake, vice president and general…

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Boeing 747-8 serves 100th airport

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The Boeing 747-8 has served its 100th airport just 16 months after entering service. The airplane, a 747-8 Freighter operated by launch customer Cargolux, arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam, from Kuwait March 17.

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Air Force endorses Raytheon’s Center Display Unit for F-16 cockpits

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Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC, a subsidiary of Raytheon Company, has received U.S. Air Force endorsement of its Center Display Unit as the F-16′s primary flight reference. Following the endorsement late last year, the Air Force awarded Raytheon a contract for full-rate production of the first 100 CDUs. A PFR is a requirement in all…

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Boeing rolls out first Next-Generation 737 at higher production rate

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Boeing has rolled out the first Next-Generation 737 built at the new production rate of 38 airplanes a month. Panamanian customer Copa Airlines will take delivery of the 737-800 in early April. The airplane will now undergo functional, systems and flight testing over the next three weeks before being delivered. Boeing is in the process…

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Raytheon helps Missile Defense Agency counter ballistic missile threat with delivery of 8th AN/TPY-2 radar

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Raytheon has delivered its eighth AN/TPY-2 radar to the Missile Defense Agency in support of the U.S. combatant commands. An integral capability of the Ballistic Missile Defense System, AN/TPY-2 is a mobile, X-band phased-array radar that helps protect the U.S., deployed forces, and America’s friends and allies by searching, acquiring and tracking threat ballistic missiles…

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NASA awards task order contract to Astrotech Space Operations – California for SMAP spacecraft processing

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Astrotech Corporation, a leading provider of commercial space services, March 15 announced that its Astrotech Space Operations subsidiary has been awarded a NASA task order contract to provide payload processing services for the Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite at ASO’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., facility. SMAP is the second mission awarded by NASA under…

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General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems awarded $19 million for U.S. Navy F/A-18 mission computers

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The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems a $19.3 million contract to produce Type-3 advanced mission computers for the F/A-18E/F and E/A-18G Super Hornet aircraft. General Dynamics has delivered F/A-18 advanced mission computers since 2002. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics. The AMC is the nerve center…

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MLB’s VTOL UAV demonstrates autonomous payload placement

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MLB Company, a leader in low-cost unmanned aerial vehicle solutions, services and products, today announced it has concluded a DARPA funded research project to demonstrate precision autonomous delivery and placement of payload using its vertical take-off and landing UAV, the V-Bat. The MLB V-Bat was specially outfitted with a stereo vision system to detect and…

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