Orbital ATK (OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, in partnership with NASA, has completed installing the second Space Launch System (SLS) booster qualification motor, QM-2, in a specialized test stand in Utah in preparation for a June 28 static-fire test. QM-2 is the second of two Orbital ATK-developed motors to support qualification of the boosters for NASA’s SLS, which is a heavy-lift rocket designed to enable exciting new deep space exploration missions. The first qualification motor, QM-1, completed a successful test last spring.
Orbital ATK, Inc. (OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today advocated for a manned lunar-orbit outpost as America’s next step in human space exploration. , “A lunar-orbit habitat will extend America’s leadership in space to the cislunar domain. A robust program to build, launch and operate this initial outpost would be built on NASA’s and our international partners’ experience gained in long-duration human space flight on the International Space Station and would make use of the agency’s new Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion deep-space transportation system.” Orbital ATK was recently selected by NASA to study an initial version of a cislunar habitat that could evolve over time to a much larger research platform with many of the capabilities required for a human mission to Mars. These studies fall under NASA’s Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships program, a public-private partnership model that seeks commercial development of deep-space exploration capabilities to support more extensive human space flight missions in the “proving ground” of cislunar space, the region from Earth orbit that extends beyond the moon. This concept would serve a dual purpose: to establish the first elements of cislunar infrastructure to enable expanded exploration of the Moon in the 2020s, and to also provide a platform for technology research and demonstration needed to enable human flights to Mars in the 2030s. NASA, the European Space Agency and other international partners also could use the evolving outpost as a staging base and safe haven for lunar landing expeditions and robotic surface operations.
Reporting sites just listed four 737's delivered today. They used to do that on Tuesday but Wednesday is just as good. Hope they repeat it later this week..
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded $13,514,219 for firm-fixed-price delivery order against a previously awarded basic ordering agreement for supplies and services for the design, development, and testing efforts of the Radio Frequency Blanking Unit, which is a form, fit, function replacement for the Enhanced Interference Blanking Unit, in support of the F/A-18 E/F and EA-18G aircraft.
The number of 737's delivered thru Wednesday is only 13. and the number of first fights have been low, So if the tarmac is not crammed with product from the factory, they have lowered the build rate. If the tarmac is filling up, then they have a lot of unfinished work or they are not flying first flights due to delays driven by the customers ability to take the planes (ie financing?). Tech, any clues?
From Aviation Pro's:
OKLAHOMA CITY, May 17, 2016 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] will continue maintaining and supporting the U.S. Air Force’s C-32A and C-40BC executive aircraft through a new seven-year, $319 million contract awarded in March. The Air Force uses the C-32A and C-40BC, which are based on the Boeing 757 and 737 passenger planes, to transport the vice president, cabinet members and military commanders among others.
From Puget Sound Business Journal:
The U.S. Air Force this week began communicating with Boeing about what it wants in its two new 747s, which will be used to make the new Air Force One planes that carry the President of the United States. The list of requirements go far beyond what a typical 747 would include.
Australian physicists, perhaps searching for a way to shorten the work week, have created an AI that can run and even improve a complex physics experiment with little oversight. The research could eventually allow human scientists to focus on high-level problems and research design, leaving the nuts and bolts to a robotic lab assistant. The experiment the AI performed was the creation of a Bose-Einstein condensate, a hyper-cold gas, the process for which won three physicists the Nobel Prize in 2001. It involves using directed radiation to slow a group of atoms nearly to a standstill, producing all manner of interesting effects. The Australian National University team cooled a bit of gas down to 1 microkelvin — that’s a millionth of a degree above absolute zero — then handed over control to the AI. It then had to figure out how to apply its lasers and control other parameters to best cool the atoms down to a few hundred nanokelvin (i.e. a billionth of a second), and over dozens of repetitions, it found more and more efficient ways to do so. “It did things a person wouldn’t guess, such as changing one laser’s power up and down, and compensating with another,” said ANU’s Paul Wigley, co-lead researcher, in a news release. “I didn’t expect the machine could learn to do the experiment itself, from scratch, in under an hour. It may be able to come up with complicated ways humans haven’t thought of to get experiments colder and make measurements more precise.” The team’s research appeared today in the journal Scientific Reports.
The Boeing Co., Seattle, Washington, is being awarded $19,631,293 cost-plus-fixed-fee, ceiling-priced, letter requirements contract for the repair coverage of 193 various mission system components on the P-8A aircraft. This contract includes a one-year base period and two 12-month optional periods, which if exercised, will bring the contract value to $72,520,840.
The Boeing Co., Seattle, Washington, is being awarded a $14,505,917 firm-fixed ceiling-priced, letter requirements contract for the repair coverage of 204 commercial components used on the P-8A aircraft. This contract includes a one-year base period and two 12-month optional periods, which if exercised, will bring the contract value to $59,263,365.
The Boeing Co., Seattle, Washington, is being awarded a $9,290,393 firm-fixed ceiling-priced, letter requirements contract for the repair coverage of 24 various mission system components used on the P-8A aircraft. This contract includes a one-year base period and two 12-month optional periods, which if exercised, will bring the contract value to $31,256,390.
The Boeing Co., El Segundo, California, has been awarded a $16,155,968 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the On-Orbit Reprogrammable Digital Waveform Generator program. Contractor will advance the state-of-the art in signal generation, such as the Global Positioning System and other commercial and non-commercial position navigation and timing efforts.
So far the first two weeks have been a bit sparse in terms of deliveries.
16 planes. all but two (777's) were 737's but that means a lot of 737's must be sitting on the tarmac given the current production rate. They certainly have lots of orders to fill but the actual deliveries are not keeping up.
Given the drive for cost reduction, it would not make sense for them to have finished goods sitting on the tarmac since they are taxed at a higher rate then WIP or raw material. So maybe they have slowed the line down to match the order delivery date? In any case, they have a long way to go to hit the monthly average
deliveries for achieving the annual target.
The US Navy (USN) plans to field a satellite-guided version of its Boeing RGM-84/UGM-84 Harpoon anti-surface warfare (OASuW) missile in the second half of 2017, the navy's programme manager for precision strike weapons said on 11 May ahead of the USN's 2016 Sea-Air-Space exhibit.
"In the summer of 2017, we will field the net-enabled capability," said Captain Jaime Engdahl. "Currently there is no GPS capability."
The Block 1C, like the baseline version of the missile, can be launched from surface ships and aircraft. The USN conducted a test flight of the upgraded version from a Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet in November 2015.
From Defense industry daily:
May 9/16: Boeing has announced that they have developed a hardware and software fix for the KC-46A aerial tanker, allowing it to pass fuel to C-17 aircraft. The company encountered problems regarding a boom axial load issue during an earlier test to refuel the C-17, causing a setback to the already delayed flight test program. A “milestone C” decision on low rate production by the Pentagon is now expected in June after initially planned for April and now May
From Puget sound business:
Boeing (NYSE: BA) is now assembling its eighth KC-46 Air Force tanker in Everett, and several top Boeing executives expressed confidence Wednesday that the company will deliver 18 of the jets next year to the U.S. Air Force.
Boeing Co. said Wednesday that it would deliver the first of its revamped single-aisle jets ahead of schedule, reflecting its progress testing the more-efficient workhorse aircraft. delivery will be in the first half of next year.
COPENHAGEN, May 11 (Reuters) - The Danish government will recommend the purchase of 27 F-35 stealth fighter jets built by U.S. weapons maker Lockheed Martin Corp, three sources told Reuters on Wednesday.
Denmark would be the 11th country to buy the radar-evading fighter jets, joining the United States, Britain, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Israel, South Korea and Japan, which have already placed orders.
The Danish prime minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen called a press briefing for Thursday at 0800 GMT on the issue, but the government declined to comment on what he would say.
The recommendation, first reported by Denmark's TV2 News, will be followed by a public comment period of 30 days, said one source, who was not authorised to speak publicly.
COPENHAGEN, May 11 (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin and Boeing have been told by the U.S. government not to participate in a public hearing on Denmark's purchase of fighter jets, Rasmus Jarlov, spokesman on defence for Denmark's Conservative Party, wrote on his Facebook page Wednesday. Top executives of Lockheed Martin and Boeing were due to participate in a meeting on Friday in Copenhagen in an effort to present their F35 Lightning and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet jets.
From Space website:
The US military’s unmanneded space plane made by Boeing is nearing one year in orbit on its latest secret mission. Two resusable vehicles are known to constitute the spaceplane fleet. This current mission marks the second flight of the second vehicle. Since the missions are secret, no one knows when it will return to earth, The last mission lasted almost two years.