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Lockheed Martin WindTracer achives major airport efficiency enhancements

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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has applied hundreds of thousands of research measurements made by Lockheed Martin’s WindTracer® Doppler lidar to redefine flight rules, achieving major efficiency enhancements at U. S. airports. The FAA granted approval for San Francisco International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport to conduct dependent arrival operations on their closely spaced…

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Boeing names new heads of technology, defense systems teams

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Boeing announced Feb. 12 the appointment of Greg Hyslop as vice president and general manager, Boeing Research & Technology. He succeeds Matt Ganz, who was recently named president, Boeing Germany and Northern Europe, and vice president, European Technology Strategy. As the head of the central advanced research and development unit of Boeing, Hyslop will lead…

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Mars Science Lab drills to get rock powder sample

Posted February 13, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

At the center of this image from NASA’s Curiosity rover is the hole in a rock called “John Klein” where the rover conducted its first sample drilling on Mars. Curiosity has now successfully used all of its unique equipment to examine if Mars was capable of supporting microscopic life. The percussion drill was used to…

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Boeing, Icelandair finalize order for 16 737 MAX airplanes

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Boeing and Icelandair announced a firm order Feb. 13 for 16 737 MAX airplanes, valued at more than $1.6 billion at list prices.

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Lockheed Martin completes assembly, begins environmental testing of NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft

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Lockheed Martin has completed the assembly of NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft and is now undergoing environmental testing at the company’s Space Systems facilities near Denver, Colo.

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Boeing warns that 787 deliveries could slip

Posted February 11, 2013 by Joshua Freed

Boeing acknowledged Feb. 8 that it may not be able to deliver its 787 as fast as hoped. The company said it has told customers expecting the next 787 deliveries that those planes have either been delayed, or at risk for a delay. Boeing is still building the long-range, fuel-efficient planes, and it said on…

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Northrop Grumman AAQ-37 sensor system demonstrates hostile fire detection capability

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Northrop Grumman’s AN/AAQ-37 Electro-Optical Distributed Aperture System, developed for the F-35 Lightning II, has added hostile ground fire detection to its capabilities by successfully detecting and locating tanks that were firing live rounds during preparations for a military exercise. While being flown on Northrop Grumman’s BAC 1-11 test aircraft, the DAS detected and located tank…

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GA-ASI successfully tests prototype DDR aboard Predator B

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., announced Feb. 7 the successful flight test of a prototype of its Due Regard Radar, a company-funded air-to-air radar system that supports GA-ASI’s overall airborne Sense and Avoid architecture for Predator RPA. GA-ASI is a a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems. Detecting…

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Aerospace deals drive uptick in fourth quarter M&A activity

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Total merger and acquisition value increased in the aerospace and defense sector in the fourth quarter of 2012, following an anemic first nine months of the year, according to Mission Control, a PwC U.S. quarterly analysis of merger and acquisition activity in the global aerospace and defense sector. Aerospace deals continued to represent the bulk…

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Boeing, SilkAir sign exclusive pilot training agreement

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Boeing and Singapore-based SilkAir announced a five-year exclusive pilot training agreement Feb. 6. The training agreement will support SilkAir’s fleet transition to Boeing airplanes. “SilkAir pilots will soon train with the most experienced 737 instructors,” said Leslie Thng, SilkAir Chief Executive. “The experience and expertise at Boeing will ensure a smooth transition when we take…

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