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Boeing system could bring precision to laser weapons

Posted February 18, 2015 by

Boeing has been awarded a $29.5 million contract to design and develop a beam control system that could provide exceptional accuracy for laser weapons on U.S. Navy warships. Boeing will begin to design a prototype High Power Beam Control Subsystem thatís compatible with High Energy Lasers based on solid-state laser technology. Boeingís solution will be…

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Virgin Galactic opens new facility in Long Beach, Calif.

Posted February 13, 2015 by

Virgin Galactic has leased a new 150,000 square foot facility in Long Beach, Calif., that will house design and manufacturing of the company’s small satellite launch vehicle, LauncherOne. The company will host a job fair and open house at the new facility March 7. Prospective applicants looking for more information should visit www.virgingalactic.com in the…

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GA-ASI validates airborne sense, avoid radar functionality on Predator B

Posted February 13, 2015 by

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. recently announced a major technological advancement related to the integration of RPA into international and domestic airspace. GA-ASI successfully flight tested a pre-production Due Regard Radar, marking the first fully functional air-to-air radar on a RPA that meets the requirements for ìDue Regardî operations in international airspace. GAASI is a…

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Predator XP sets new company for long endurance flight

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Feb. 12 the successful first endurance flight of† PredatorÆ XP, an advanced derivative of the mission-proven MQ-1 Predator RPA that has accumulated more than two million flight hours since 1994. The flight launched Feb. 6 and landed Feb. 8 during a 40-plus hour flight conducted at GA-ASI’s Castle Dome…

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Boeing, Korean Air announce order for five 777 Freighters

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Boeing and Korean Air Feb. 12 finalized an order for five 777 Freighters. The order, valued at more than $1.5 billion at current list prices, will add further efficiency and reliability to Korean Air’s all-Boeing freighter fleet. As one of the world’s largest cargo airlines, Korean Air currently operates an all-Boeing freighter fleet of 26…

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Boeing, Transavia announce order for Up to 20 Next-Generation 737-800s

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Boeing and Transavia Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Air France KLM Group, Feb. 12 announced an order for 17 Next-Generation 737-800s, including options for three additional airplanes. The order, valued at $1.6 billion at current list prices, was previously booked and attributed to an unidentified customer on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website….

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Boeing announces additional work for S.C. propulsion plant

Posted February 13, 2015 by Bruce Smith

Even as Boeing opened a large new propulsion plant in South Carolina Feb. 11, the aeronautics giant announced the facility has already been assigned additional work. When Boeing broke ground on the 225,000-square-foot plant 15 months ago, it said it would manufacture jet engine air inlets for the 737 MAX, a new generation of Boeing’s…

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Sparks of Life

Posted February 11, 2015 by

Lockheed Martin-led team lays keel on nation’s 13th Littoral Combat Ship The Lockheed Martin-led industry team officially laid the keel for the U.S. Navy’s thirteenth Littoral Combat Ship, the future USS Wichita, in a ceremony held at Marinette Marine Corporation in Marinette, Wisc., Feb. 9. Ship sponsor Mrs. Kate Staples Lehrer completed the time-honored tradition…

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Life-saving VOSS sensor system achieves U.S. Army program of record

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The U.S. Army and Lockheed Martin recently marked achievement of Milestone C on the U.S. Army Vehicle Optics Sensor System program the final milestone required to transition the quick reaction capability to a program of record. Milestone C certifies VOSS as the standard sensor package on mine resistant ambush-protected vehicles, and enables VOSS to become…

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Boeing centralizes defense, space development efforts to improve performance

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Boeing is consolidating management of key defense and space development programs into a new organization to enhance its performance on the pre-production development activities that significantly influence its ability to provide customers with the right capabilities at the right time and cost. “This BDS Development organization is the next step in breaking the cost curve…

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