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Boeing 787 Dreamliner mishaps prompt FAA review

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The Federal Aviation Administration is undertaking a comprehensive review of the critical systems of Boeing’s 787s, the aircraft maker’s newest and most technologically advanced plane, after a fire and a fuel leak earlier this week. The review will include the design, manufacture and assembly of those systems, the FAA said in a statement Jan. 11….

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Lockheed Martin receives $755 million contract for production of PAC-3 missiles

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Lockheed Martin has received a contract totaling $755 million from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command for hardware and services associated with the combat-proven PATRIOT Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment program. The contract includes fiscal year 2013 missile and command launch system production for the U.S. Army and a follow-on sale of the PAC-3 Missile…

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Commando II goes West

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Lockheed Martin photograph by Andrew McMurtrie Lockheed Martin delivered an MC-130J Commando II to Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Jan. 9. Aircraft 5713 is the fourteenth of 27 MC-130Js to be assigned to the Air Force Special Operations Command. The squadron uses the Commando II on missions such as in-flight refueling, infiltration/exfiltration, and aerial delivery…

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Boeing to consolidate El Paso facilities, reduce workforce to ensure competitiveness

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Boeing will consolidate its El Paso, Texas, facilities and reduce the workforce there by the end of 2014. The move is part of the company’s strategy to increase affordability for government customers and become more competitive in an increasingly global marketplace. The 370 workers at the site manufacture electronics for a variety of Boeing products….

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Boeing grows composite manufacturing capability in Utah

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Boeing announced Jan. 11 the purchase of a new building in Salt Lake County, Utah. Employees at the new site, located in West Jordan, will focus on fabrication of composite horizontal stabilizer components for the 787-9. “The site we’ve chosen is an ideal location to add composite manufacturing capability focused on Boeing’s key business strategies,”…

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Boeing rolls out first 777 at increased production rate

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Boeing photograph Boeing has rolled out the first 777 to be built at the increased production rate of 8.3 per month, or 100 airplanes per year. The airplane is a 777 Freighter that will be delivered in February to Korean Air. Boeing has rolled out the first 777 to be built at the increased production…

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Aerojet awarded SM-3 solid divert, attitude control system contract

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Aerojet, a GenCorp) company, announced Jan. 8 that the Missile Defense Agency has awarded the company a multi-million dollar contract to develop advanced Solid Divert and Attitude Control System technologies for the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIB interceptor. This development contract will advance SDACS technology to increase flight duration, mission flexibility and overall performance required…

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Federal investigators beef up scrutiny of 787 fire

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Federal safety investigators intensified their scrutiny of a Jan. 7 fire aboard a Boeing 787 as concerned investors sold shares in the aircraft maker for a second day.

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Ball Aerospace completes successful CDR for Joint Polar Satellite System spacecraft

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Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has successfully completed the delta Critical Design Review for the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) spacecraft. The four-day review was held Dec. 10-13, and included more than 100 representatives from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Headquarters, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and JPSS instrument providers. The review team…

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Embraer selects Pratt & Whitney PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ Engine as exclusive power for second generation of E-Jets

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Embraer announced Jan. 8 it has selected Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower Geared Turbofan™ engine as the exclusive power for its new second generation of the E-Jet aircraft family. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp. Planned to enter service in 2018, the Embraer E-Jets equipped with PurePower PW1700G and PW1900G engines will…

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