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Aerojet Rocketdyne celebrates 30-year anniversary of first solar electric propulsion mission

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Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, announced Sept. 11 that it is celebrating the 30-year anniversary of its first Solar Electric Propulsion mission. In 1983, Aerojet Rocketdyne’s first SEP rocket engines were used on the RCA Americom Satcom-1R satellite. The Satcom-1R SEP engines were an early version of the modern Electrothermal Hydrazine Thrusters that used excess…

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Boeing announces Montana site expansion, 787-10 work

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Boeing will †expand its manufacturing site in Helena, Mont., by nearly 50 percent to support demand for Boeing commercial airplanes and new work for the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner. Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney, joined by Senator Max Baucus and Governor Steve Bullock, made the announcement Sept. 17 at the Montana Jobs Summit in…

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Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen establishes Ab Initio flight school network

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Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen is teaming with multiple pilot training centers worldwide to guide cadets through the initial, or “ab initio” stage of training to become professional pilots. The Jeppesen ab initio pilot training program is the first step in a comprehensive Boeing flight training program that will advance student pilots through several stages of training…

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Forecast International predicts restrained growth in regional aircraft market

Posted October 9, 2013 by

In Forecast International’s new study, “The Market for Regional Transport Aircraft,” the Connecticut-based market research firm predicts that 4,035 regional aircraft will be built from 2013 through 2022. The value of this production, which includes both regional jets and regional turboprop airliners, is estimated at $141.8 billion in 2013 U.S. dollars. In the new study,…

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AeroVironment introduces block upgrade to Puma AE unmanned aircraft

Posted October 23, 2013 by

AeroVironment, Inc. introduced Oct. 21 a series of enhancements to the battle-proven RQ-20A Puma AE small unmanned aircraft system that include new features and capabilities. “Puma has proven itself a valuable tool to military and other government agencies, and with its recent type-certification by the Federal Aviation Administration, will soon help more domestic customers perform…

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Boeing to increase 737 production rate in 2017

Posted November 1, 2013 by

Boeing announced Oct. 31 that production on the 737 program will increase to 47 airplanes per month in 2017, the highest rate ever for the best-selling airliner in history. Once implemented, the 737 program will build more than 560 airplanes per year, and will have increased output by nearly 50 percent since 2010. “We’re taking…

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Prioria Robotics receives $4.5 million contract from U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force

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Prioria Robotics, Inc., developers of the tactical Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems has been awarded several contracts totaling $4.5 million by the U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force.

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Raytheon delivers first High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile Control Section Modification units

Posted November 22, 2013 by

Raytheon has delivered the first order of High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile Control Section Modification upgrade units to the U.S. Air Force earlier this month. “HCSM improves mission effectiveness and significantly reduces the risk of collateral damage,” said Jack Roosa, HARM program director for Raytheon Missile Systems. “The HCSM upgrade to the previously fielded HARM inventory adds…

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Patriot missiles successfully demonstrate field readiness

Posted December 11, 2013 by

Raytheon's Patriot Air and Missile Defense System test fired nine Patriot missiles at McGregor Range, N.M., during its annual Field Surveillance Program, successfully engaging inbound and outbound unmanned air breathing targets.

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Boeing delivers final focused lethality munition to U.S. Air Force

Posted December 20, 2013 by

Boeing delivered the 500th Focused Lethality Munition to the U.S. Air Force this month, completing the contract for the low-collateral-damage weapon 100 percent on time and on cost. “This Direct Attack FLM team not only delivered to our customer with remarkable efficiency, but also provided an important tool to protect the lives of U.S. and…

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