The United States Air Force's X-37B space plane will launch on its fourth mystery mission next month. The unmanned X-37B space plane, which looks like a miniature version of NASA's now-retired space shuttle orbiter, is scheduled to blast off atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on May 20.
"We are excited about our fourth X-37B mission," Randy Walden, director of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, said in a statement. "With the demonstrated success of the first three missions, we’re able to shift our focus from initial checkouts of the vehicle to testing of experimental payloads."
Boeing Co., Huntington Beach, California, is being awarded an $11,102,857 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-15-C-4205) for the production and maintenance of support kits for the AN/USQ-82(V) Gigabit Ethernet Data Multiplex System. The contractor will provide shipsets for DDGs 119, 121 and 122 and maintenance support kits for DDGs 119, 121 and 122.
39 planes so far. All remaining 787's for delivery this month ready for delivery. (NYC787 site has been taken down this morning. Hope it comes back up.) Need 25 more deliveries before month end. 8 days to go.
A “production quality” problem in the first quarter caused GE Aviation to miss scheduled shipments for 29 GEnx engines, but so far the delay has not affected deliveries for the 787 and 747-8, says GE and Boeing officials.
GE Aviation plans to deliver nearly all of the delayed engines during the second quarter and meet a yearly target of shipping 275 to 300 GEnx engines, GE senior vice-president and chief financial officer Jeff Bornstein said on a 17 April earnings call.
Boeing confirms that the tardy shipments have not caused the 787 or 747-8 programmes to delay deliveries to customers.
The GEnx-1B competes with the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 for orders with the 787 aircraft family, while the GEnx-2B powers the 747-8 freighter and passenger-carrying aircraft.
GE had planned to ship 80 GEnx engines to Boeing in the first quarter, or 10 more than the company delivered in the same period last year. But the company shipped only 51 engines through 31 March.
WASHINGTON, April 20, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA researchers have wrapped up a series of flight experiments with Boeing's ecoDemonstrator 757 airplane, testing technologies designed to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. The first of these tests, the Active Flow Control Enhanced Vertical Tail Flight Experiment, assessed the effect of tiny devices called sweeping jet actuators. Thirty one of these devices were installed on the aircraft's vertical tail, which provides stability and directional control during takeoff and landing, and tested to determine what – if any – effect they had on the aerodynamics of the tail and rudder surfaces. The active flow control technology was tested in a variety of configurations and flight conditions, including simulated engine failures. "Initial flight test results seem to validate the wind tunnel testing we did with a Boeing 757 tail that was outfitted with this same active flow control system. But we still have a lot more analysis to do," said John Lin, active flow control experiment principal investigator at Langley. With this experiment finished, the next stop for the ecoDemonstrator 757 is Shreveport, Louisiana, where another set of NASA researchers will test wing coatings designed to minimize insect residue.Tests will be performed on five samples of different coatings applied to the leading edge slats of the airplane's wings to see whether the coatings prevent bug residue from collecting on the wings during flight. Repelling insect residue could help smooth airflow over the wings -- another effective means of reducing fuel consumption.
United Launch Services LLC, Littleton, Colorado, has been awarded a $138,041,011 firm-fixed-price modification (P00086) to previously awarded contract FA8811-13-C-0003 for launch vehicle production services (LVPS) under the terms of the requirements contract. Contractor will execute a requirement for fiscal 2015 LVPS in support of the launch vehicle configuration of one National Reconnaissance Office Atlas V 541. This modification also procures backlog transportation for the GPS IIF-10 and GPS IIF-11 missions as well as mission specific commodities for the MUOS-4 mission
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded a $63,100,000 undefinitized modification (P00010) to previously awarded undefinitized contract action (UCA) FA3002-13-D-0012. This contract modification provides for an increase to accommodate the in-scope activities that have emerged since the last UCA modification. The contractor will provide courseware development, engineering, maintenance, aircrew and aircrew academic and simulation training.
This brings the running total for 2015 contracts to $3.755 Billion
From ih jane:
Boeing is developing a kit to upgrade existing Harpoon Block II missiles for extended range, in the hope of attracting interest from the US Navy's (USN's) new frigate programme, officials announced on 14 April.
Called Harpoon Next Generation, the new version would include a more fuel-efficient engine, additional fuel, and a smaller 300-pound class warhead, company officials told reporters at the Navy League Sea-Air-Space symposium in National Harbor, Maryland.
"We're looking at doubling the range of Harpoon from 67 nm to 134 nm," said Jim Brooks, director of cruise missile systems weapons programmes for Boeing Global Strike Weapons and Missile Systems, a division of Boeing Defense, Space and Security.
Existing customers, such as the USN and 27 international partners, would be able to upgrade their Harpoon Block II inventory with the kit, which could be supplied to a customer's depot for installation, or the customer could opt to have the kit installed by Boeing. (the new harpoon costs the same as the old version, a retrofit costs half the cost of a new one.)
So far, the company has delivered 7,500 Harpoon Block II missiles, and the USN's Naval Air Systems Command (NAVSEA) let a contract to Boeing in 2013 for the production of 40 Block IIs.
Given that the analyst expectations are low, they should have no trouble beating them. The only question is by how much.
They have had lots of time to realize and consider over the last two years. Not sure how another 6 months will change that.
Evidently the polling of employees done by the union by going their homes to find out how the employees would vote did not turn out well. If the union called for the vote and failed, they would have to wait a year before calling for another vote. This way they get to try again in 6 months. So they will increase their attempts to sway the employees in the next 6 months. How they intend to sway them is questionable.
PETAWAWA, Ontario, April 16 (UPI) -- A new advanced training center for CH-47F Chinook maintenance personnel has been opened in Canada by Boeing and the Royal Canadian Air Force.
The facility is located at Garrison Petawawa in the province of Ontario and has already graduated its first class of 18 technicians. The center's training courses are run by the RCAF.
They delivered two 747's late I the day yesterday. Count is now 23 planes for the first 15 days.
They have had only 2 days of multiple 737 deliveries so next week we should see a lot more.
The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $321,800,000 cost-plus-incentive-fee undefinitized contract to complete development of the base line Apache attack helicopter, and for the integration of modifications. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2018.