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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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Boeing delivers 1,000th airplane to China

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Boeing and China Eastern Airlines celebrated March 28 the delivery of the 1,000th Boeing airplane for China, one of the world’s most dynamic markets for commercial airplanes. Boeing forecasts that China will need 5,260 new airplanes, valued at $670 billion, in the next 20 years. “We take great pride in the partnership that Boeing and…

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Northrop Grumman G/ATOR radar system completes government testing at Wallops Island

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The AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar system completed two phases of government developmental testing at the Surface Combat Systems Center in Wallops Island, Va., and has moved into the latest phase of developmental testing in preparation for the future U.S. Marine Corps’ operational assessment. G/ATOR is the first ground-based, multimission radar to be developed for…

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Pratt & Whitney completes U.S. Air Force C-17 program of record for F117 production install engines

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Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp., has completed production install F117 engine deliveries for the U.S. Air Force, marking more than 20 years of successfully powering the C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. The engines were recently shipped to Triumph Aerostructures in Dallas, Texas for nacelle installation and will then ship to Boeing’s final…

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SAIC awarded NASA Glenn support contract

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Science Applications International Corporation has been awarded a prime contract by NASA to provide safety, health, environmental and mission assurance services at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio. The single-award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract has a 19-month base period of performance, three 12-month options, one five-month option,…

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Northrop Grumman’s SABR brings fifth generation fighter radar capabilities to F-16

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Northrop Grumman’s Scalable Agile Beam Radar designed for the F-16 fighter aircraft recently demonstrated its autonomous, all-environment precision targeting capability, which will enhance the aircraft’s mission capabilities. The capability, known as Auto Target Cueing, uses high-definition synthetic aperture radar images to locate and prioritize targets of interest and display them to the pilot. The active…

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Newest 787 complements, extends the super-efficient family

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Boeing has begun final assembly of the first 787-9 Dreamliner. The newest member of the 787 family began taking shape on schedule May 30 in Everett, Wash., when Boeing started joining large sections of the super-efficient jet.

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Boeing transfers first C-17 to Indian Air Force

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LONG BEACH, Calif. – The Indian Air Force flew its first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III to India today, becoming the newest operator of the leading airlifter. “The C-17 will equip the Indian Air Force with amongst the world’s most advanced humanitarian and strategic capabilities,” said Air Vice Marshal SRK Nair, Assistant Chief of Air Staff…

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Boeing subcontractor Air France Industries begins major upgrade of French AWACS Fleet

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Boeing subcontractor, Air France Industries, has begun upgrading the electrical, mechanical and structural systems and mission hardware of the first of four French E-3F Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft.

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Honeywell awarded $37-million project to build, service power facility for new Airbus assembly line

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Honeywell announced June 26 it has been awarded a $37-million project to build and provide ongoing service and maintenance on a power facility for Airbus’ new assembly site in Mobile, Ala., the aviation company’s first aircraft manufacturing operation in the United States. Honeywell will lead the design and construction of the facility, which will control…

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