Ball Aerospace Ships Ozone Mapping Instrument for Weather Satellite – PRNewswire

BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Ball Aerospace has shipped the Ozone Mapping Profile Suite (OMPS) instrument for integration onto NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) weather satellite.

"Ball has been a part of ozone measurements from space for more than 40 years, and we are excited now to ship the OMPS instrument for integration onto NOAA's next polar-orbiting operational weather satellite," said Dr. Makenzie Lystrup, vice president and general manager, Civil Space, Ball Aerospace. "This is the third OMPS instrument Ball has delivered, with two currently in orbit providing criticalozone data. These measurements are used by forecasters at the National Weather Service to produce ultraviolet (UV) radiation forecasts, by researchers to track the health of the ozone layer and by policy makers to help improve life on Earth."

The OMPS instrument observes stratospheric ozone and measures its concentration as it varies with altitude. It is a three-part hyperspectral instrument, which includes a Nadir Mapper that will map global ozone with about 50-km ground resolution, a Nadir Profiler that will measure the vertical distribution of ozone in the stratosphere and the NASA-provided Limb Profiler that measures ozone in the lower stratosphere and troposphere with high vertical resolution.

The JPSS series of polar-orbiting weather satellites are funded by NOAA to provide global environmental data in low-Earth polar orbit. NASA is the acquisition agent for the flight systems, launch services and components of the ground segment.

Since the 1970's, Ball has designed and manufactured nearly 20 instruments to map and monitor stratospheric ozone, including a series of Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE) instruments for NASA and nine Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet Radiometer (SBUV/2) instruments that have flown on an earlier generation NOAA polar-orbiting satellites. Ball also has played key roles on numerous operational environmental satellite programs, such as the Ball-built Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite, which launched in 2011, and the JPSS-1 satellite, now NOAA-20, which launched in 2017. Both Suomi NPP and NOAA-20 are flying OMPS instruments built by Ball. In addition, Ball is currently building the Weather System Follow-on Microwave (WSF-M) satellite for the U.S. Space Force, a system that will make critical measurements of the ocean surface and atmosphere to meet specific DOD space based environmental monitoring requirements.

Powered by endlessly curious people with an unwavering mission focus, Ball Aerospace pioneers discoveries that enable our customers to perform beyond expectation and protect what matters most. We create innovative space solutions, enable more accurate weather forecasts, drive insightful observations of our planet, deliver actionable data and intelligence, and ensure those who defend our freedom go forward bravely and return home safely. Go Beyond with Ball. For more information, visit http://www.ball.com/aerospace or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

About Ball CorporationBall Corporation (NYSE: BLL) supplies innovative, sustainable aluminum packaging solutions for beverage, personal care and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 18,300 people worldwide and reported 2019 net sales of $11.5 billion. For more information, visit http://www.ball.com, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

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US Must Weigh Strategic Impacts Of Arming The Heavens: Aerospace – Breaking Defense

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WASHINGTON: A new study by the Aerospace Corporation calls for a public, in-depth and government-wide debate about Americas use of space weapons.

[T]he United States has not had a robust public debate about the advantages and disadvantages of weaponizing space in almost 20 years. U.S. restraint carried the day then, but the threats and the strategic environment have changed a great deal since that era, leading to the need for a fresh examination, the paper,A Roadmap for Assessing Space Weapons, states.

U.S. decisionmakers should carefully examine this most fundamental and critical of all space security issues to assess how deployment of weapons in space by any country, including the United States, will affect U.S. strategic interests, the study, released yesterday, adds.

The Space Forces leadership is trying to hammer out just what Americas military presence and operations in space will look like.

I think probably the biggest single thing that I know Gen. Raymond is working on and, you know, more follow on this is really fleshing out that long-term vision for the Space Force. What is the force design the force development elements of the Space Force? What does that future vision in 10, 20, 30 years need to look like? Justin Johnson, acting deputy assistant secretary for DoD space policytold the Heritage Foundation today.And then, we in the rest of the Department, need to figure out how does that fit in with our overall strategy.

Johnson did not provide any details about when a new force posture document might be in hand; nor did he take audience questions during the Heritage event.

The study, authored by retired Lt. Col. Peter Hays, and former space analyst at DoDs Office of Net Assessment, Michael Gleason, cautions against deploying weapons in space simply as a reaction to the increased threat.

[R]ather than basing a U.S. decision primarily as a reaction to Chinas and Russias provocations, the United States should carefully consider the viability and effectiveness of space weapons for itself, bearing in mind the advantages and disadvantages outlined above and in light of the changes in the strategic environment identified below. Only then should the United States consider the best strategy and best mix of capabilities needed to respond to Chinas and Russias space weapons, it says.

However, DoD has already determined that a top priority for Space Force is projecting power in, from and to space, as the Aerospace Corp. paper notes. As Breaking D readers know, providing Combat Power Projection is one of the five core competencies for the Space Force listed in the Spacepower Capstone Doctrine released on Aug. 10.

This includes applying lethal force in, from, and to space, the Aerospace paper adds. That new organizational imperative, traditional military preferences for offensive doctrines, and advances in competitor capabilities all raise the question of whether the United States will decide to field weapons in space.

The paper shies away from directly advocating that the US should deploy an arsenal of space-related weapons, including offensive weapons to target adversary space capabilities.

The first paragraph points out that official publications imply the U.S. is thinking about deploying space weapons. The paper does not argue that such a decision, however, is a foregone conclusion, Gleason told Breaking D in an email today. The paper also suggests that before a decision to deploy space weapons is made, the risks and merits of ground-based space weapons should be given equal consideration with space-based weapons. The goal, he said, is to spur public debate.

At the same time, the paper makes it pretty clear that the time for traditional US restraint regarding space weapons is probably past, given Chinese and Russian technology developments. Further, the paper points out that there isnt a real option for the US to leap ahead either for the same reasons.

Hays and Gleason argue that the US government must thoroughly consider both the advantages and disadvantages for military operations of specific types of weapons i.e. Earth-to-space, space-to-Earth, and space-to-space.

The United States already has a large and varied arsenal of weapons that can attack different parts of adversary ground-based and space-based networks, helping to deter aggression or win a fight in space if deterrence fails. But if the United States decides deployment of space weapons is required, policymakers will need to decide the best mix of space weapons needed and decide which types of weapons should be prioritized in development and deployment, the study says.

In the military realm, a key concern should be whether or not any particular type of space weapon whether Earth-to-space, space-to-Earth or space-to-space is survivable and can be built for a reasonable price.

For example, the DoD will need to make significant investments to protect and defend U.S. space-based weapons against the space-to-space attack capabilities that China and Russia might deploy. In comparison, U.S. Earth-to-space weapons would not be directly threatened by these Chinese or Russian capabilities but, instead, would be able to threaten Chinese and Russian space-based weapons and other space-based capabilities, the study explains.

The effect that space weapons of any kind might have on nuclear deterrence and strategic stability must also be considered, the authors say. For many years, one of the drivers of US restraint regarding space weapons has been fear that a space arms race would undercut nuclear first-strike capabilities, especially deployments of weapons based in space.

Even if space weapons do not fatally undermine nuclear deterrence, they still offer another path to rapid nuclear escalation, the paper stresses. Those traditional concerns still exist and should be debated anew.

There also is a possibility that deploying any type of space-based weapon could weaken the right of overflight for other military satellites under the foundational 1967 Outer Space Treaty (OST), the paper warns. While the OST currently provides for the peaceful uses of military satellites which includes spying over another countrys territory and prohibits interference, it is legally unclear whether weapon systems based in space would carry the same protections.

Just deploying space-based weapons may mark all military satellites as targets, even in peacetime, since there is no guarantee that space-based weapons could be confidently distinguished from other military satellites, the paper cautions. Todays debate should examine the indirect risks the deployment of space-based weapons might create for military and intelligence community intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), communication, and other satellites.

(The same could be said for commercial satellites, although the paper doesnt mention that.)

Finally, the paper stresses that the affects of how a space weapons arsenal is put together will affect the ability of the United States to wield diplomatic and economic soft power and should not be overlooked. It is important, the paper stresses, to consider whether some constraints on negative actions by adversaries could be created via diplomacy.

While current political tensions may make it unlikely in the near term, it is possible the United States,China, Russia, and other countries could find it in their mutual interest to agree to formally proscribe weapons that create space debris. The Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols regulate armed conflict and seek to limit its effects, providing an example of a framework for limiting conflict that extends into space, the paper notes.

Mutual restraint in deployment and/or employment of debris-creating space weapons would reduce the indirect risk of indiscriminate, disproportionate harm to civilians or non-combatants, help preserve the sustainability of space environment, and temper decisionmakers dilemmas. The community should continue to investigate ways to develop diplomatic instruments that would reduce the indiscriminaterisks of debris-producing space weapons, the paper recommends.

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Alestis Aerospace Selects Plataine’s IIoT Solution to Optimize Their Brazilian Manufacturing Operation – PR Web

In increasingly uncertain times imposed by COVID-19, it is even more important for us to become as lean and as efficient as possible. Plataines solution will allow us the agility needed to adapt and thrive in times of unexpected crisis, such as the one we are living through today

WALTHAM, Mass. (PRWEB) October 07, 2020

Alestis Aerospace, a leading provider of aerostructures for the largest aerospace OEMs and suppliers, selected Plataines IIoT solution for manufacturing optimization at their composite part manufacturing facility in Brazil Alestis do Brasil.

Plataines solution will automate the production workflow and optimize cut-planning processes, delivering significant time savings and improved material yield, especially crucial in challenging times of uncertain supply of raw materials and cost pressures. Automated and optimized dynamic cut plans result in improved quality and quality control, while production delays are reduced by removing the risk of inefficiencies and human errors. The entire evaluation process at Alestis do Brasil was done remotely thanks to Plataines cloud-based solution. Plataines deployment is being done remotely and was successfully concluded, within a short timeframe, considering the harsh implications imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Plataine was selected by Alestis do Brasil due to its strong technical reputation and track record for the deployment of IIoT solutions at various companies in the aerospace parts manufacturing sector. Alestis do Brasil will use Plataines technology to achieve a significant improvement in manufacturing cycles and material yield with a fully automated nesting and cut planning solution, automatically producing the optimal cutting and kitting plans, optimally assigning the right job to the right machine, at the right time. Process automation, reducing manual tasks, will also free up the time of skilled workers for other tasks, while further improving efficiency and avoiding quality defects affecting product delivery, reducing rework and scrap.

Automated record keeping and reporting eliminates manual paperwork, allowing complete traceability from raw material to end-product, with the Digital Thread. The Plataine solution was seamlessly integrated with Alestiss existing IT systems and will be able to take pending work orders and on-hand inventory into account, to dynamically adapt to the changing manufacturing constraints at the Brazilian facility. The deployment, that was carried out swiftly and completely remotely, caused zero downtime at Alestis do Brasil, and was in line with the new policy to minimize site visits to the factory.

Carlos Alberto Daluz, CEO of Alestis do Brasil, comments: In increasingly uncertain times imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is even more important for us to become as lean and as efficient as possible. I am confident that Plataines solution will help us maintain our position as a cutting-edge supplier to the global aerospace industry, and will allow us the agility needed to adapt and thrive in times of unexpected crisis, such as the one we are living through today.

Avner Ben-Bassat, President and CEO of Plataine, adds: The recent uncertainty in the global business landscape underlines the need for manufacturers to improve their competitive position. There is no doubt that Alestis do Brasil is a company at the top of its game, supplying the largest global aerospace organizations. We are proud to work with them to help them improve their position even further.

About PlatainePlataine is the leading provider of Industrial IoT and AI-based optimization solutions for advanced manufacturing. Plataines solutions provide intelligent, connected Digital Assistants for production floor management and staff, empowering manufacturers to make optimized decisions in real-time, every time. Plataines patent-protected technologies are used by leading manufacturers worldwide, including Airbus, GE, Renault F1 Team, Stelia North America, Muskogee Technology, IAI, Triumph, General Atomics, TPI Composites, AAT Composites and MT Aerospace. Plataine partners with Siemens PLM, McKinsey & Company, VIRTEK, the AMRC with Boeing, and CTC GmbH (an Airbus Company), and is also a part of the National Composites Centre (NCC) membership network, to advance the Factory of the Future worldwide. For this work, Plataine has received a Leadership Award from Frost & Sullivan and Innovation Awards from the JEC and CompositesUK organizations, as well as the Shanghai Society of Aeronautics (SSA). For more information, visit: http://www.plataine.com

About Alestis Aerospace and Alestis do Brasil:Alestis Aerospace is a major supplier of aerostructures and is a leader at aerospace engineering and at composite material manufacturing technologies. Customers include the largest aerospace companies and suppliers such as Airbus, Boeing, Embraer, Rolls Royce and General Electric. The core business of Alestis is the design, development, engineering, manufacturing and long-term support of complex composite aerostructures. Alestis do Brasil specialises in aerospace composite materials including ply cutting, assembly, and hand and manual lay-up, For more information, visit: http://www.alestis.aero/

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Park Aerospace Corp. Announces Date of Second Quarter Earnings Release and Conference Call – GlobeNewswire

NEWTON, Kan., Oct. 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Park Aerospace Corp. (NYSE - PKE) announced that it plans to release its financial results for its 2021 fiscal year second quarter ended August 30, 2020 before the New York Stock Exchange opens on Thursday, October 8, 2020. The Company will conduct a conference call to discuss such results at 11:00 a.m. EDT on the same day. Forward-looking and other material information may be discussed in this conference call. The conference call dial-in number is 844-466-4114 in the United States and Canada and 765-507-2654 in other countries and the required passcode is 8867788.

A live audio webcast, along with presentation materials, will be available at https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/2ozuh39n 11:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday, October 8, 2020. The presentation materials will also be available at approximately 9:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at https://parkaerospace.com/shareholders/investor-conference-calls/ and on the Companys website at http://www.parkaerospace.com under Investor Conference Calls on the Shareholders page.

For those unable to listen to the call live, a conference call replay will be available from approximately 2:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, October 8, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. The conference call replay can be accessed by dialing 855-859-2056 in the United States and Canada and 404-537-3406 in other countries and entering passcode 8867788 and will be available at https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/2ozuh39n.

Any additional material financial or statistical data disclosed in the conference call will also be available at the time of the conference call on the Companys web site at http://www.parkaerospace.com/investor/investor.

Park Aerospace Corp. develops and manufactures solution and hot-melt advanced composite materials used to produce composite structures for the global aerospace markets. These materials include lightning strike protection materials. Park offers an array of composite materials specifically designed for hand lay-up or automated fiber placement (AFP) manufacturing applications. Parks advanced composite materials are used to produce primary and secondary structures for jet engines, large and regional transport aircraft, military aircraft, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs commonly referred to as drones), business jets, general aviation aircraft and rotary wing aircraft. Park also offers specialty ablative materials for rocket motors and nozzles and specially designed materials for radome applications. As a complement to Parks advanced composite materials offering, Park designs and fabricates composite parts, structures and assemblies and low volume tooling for the aerospace industry. Target markets for Parks composite parts and structures (which include Parks proprietary composite SigmaStrut and AlphaStrut product lines) are, among others, prototype and development aircraft, special mission aircraft, spares for legacy military and civilian aircraft and exotic spacecraft. Parks objective is to do what others are either unwilling or unable to do. When nobody else wants to do it because it is too difficult, too small or too annoying, sign us up.

Additional corporate information is available on the Companys web site at http://www.parkaerospace.com.

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Global Aerospace Lightning Strike Protection Market Report 2020: COVID-19 Impact, Trends, Forecast and Competitive Analysis, 2014-2019 & 2020-2025…

DUBLIN, Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The "Aerospace Lightning Strike Protection Market Report: Trends, Forecast and Competitive Analysis" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

The global aerospace lightning strike protection market is expected to decline in 2020 due to the global economic recession led by COVID -19. However, the market will witness recovery in the year 2021 and it is expected to grow with a CAGR of 2% to 4% from 2019 to 2025.

The future of the global aerospace lightning strike protection market looks promising with opportunities in the commercial, regional, and military aircraft markets. The major growth drivers for this market are increasing penetration of composites in aircraft programs, proliferating aircraft deliveries, and aviation regulations and certification standards regarding the use of Lightning Strike Protection (LSP) in aircraft.

Emerging trends, which have a direct impact on the dynamics of the industry, include the development of lightweight LSP materials, nano-enhanced lightning strike protection, and replacing metals structures with composites.

The report forecasts that expanded foil will remain the largest segment in the aerospace lightning strike protection market due to several advantages over other lightning strike protection technologies, such as conductivity, formability, low maintenance, lightweight, and good corrosion resistance.

North America will remain the largest region and is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period due to growth in its aerospace composites market.

Some of the aerospace lightning strike protection company profiles in this report include Dexmet Corporation, GKD Gebr. Kufferath AG, Technical Fibre Products Inc, Astroseal Products Mfg. Inc., Lord Corporation, and Lightning Diversion system.

Features of the Global Aerospace Lightning Strike Protection Market

This report answers following 11 key questions

Key Topics Covered:

1. Executive Summary

2. Market Background and Classifications2.1. Introduction, Background, and Classifications 2.2. Supply Chain 2.3. Industry Drivers and Challenges

3. Market Trend and Forecast Analysis from 2014 to 20253.1. Macroeconomic Trends (2014-2019) and Forecast (2020-2025) 3.2. Global Aerospace Lightning Strike Protection Market Trends (2014-2019) and Forecast (2020-2025) 3.3. Global Aerospace LSP Market by Type 3.3.1. Expanded Foil 3.3.2. Interwoven Wire 3.3.3. Coating and Painting 3.3.4. Metalized Fabrics and Fibers 3.3.5. Lightning Fiber Strips 3.3.6. Others

4. Market Trends and Forecast Analysis by Region4.1. Global Aerospace LSP Market by Region 4.2. North American Aerospace LSP Market 4.3. European Aerospace LSP Market 4.4. APAC Aerospace LSP Market 4.5. ROW Aerospace LSP Market

5. Competitor Analysis5.1. Product Portfolio Analysis 5.2. Ranking of Major Players 5.3. Geographical Reach 5.4. Operational Integration 5.5. Porter's Five Forces Analysis

6. Growth Opportunities and Strategic Analysis6.1. Growth Opportunity Analysis 6.1.1. Growth Opportunities for the Global Aerospace LSP Market by Type 6.1.2. Growth Opportunities for the Global Aerospace LSP Market by Region 6.2. Emerging Trends in the Global Aerospace Lightning Strike Protection Industry 6.3. Strategic Analysis 6.3.1. New Product Development 6.3.2. Technology Development 6.3.3. Mergers and Acquisitions in the Global Aerospace Lightning Strike Protection Industry 6.3.4. Expert Opinions

7. Company Profiles of Leading Players7.1. Dexmet Corporation 7.2. GKD - GEBR. KUFFERATH AG 7.3. Astroseal Products Mfg. Corporation/Astrostrike 7.4. Technical Fibre Products, Inc. 7.5. LORD Corporation 7.6. Hollingsworth & Vose Company 7.7. Lightning Diversion System 7.8. Wallner tooling/EXPAC 7.9. Toho Tenax America, Inc. 7.10. Niles Expanded Metals & Plastic 7.11. Henkel

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What’s Trending in Aerospace – October 4, 2020 – Aviation Today

Check out the Oct. 4 edition of What's Trending in Aerospace, where editors and contributors forAvionics Internationalbring you some of the latest headlines happening across the global aerospace industry.

Boeing"s South Carolina 787 Factory. (Boeing)

Boeing will consolidate production of 787 jets at its facility in North Charleston, South Carolina, starting in mid-2021, according to "the company's best estimate," the aerospace OEM said in a Oct. 1 press release.

"The decision comes as the company is strategically taking action to preserve liquidity and reposition certain lines of business in the current global environment to enhance efficiency and improve performance for the long-term," Boeing said.

COVID-19's impact on air travel was the primary driving factor behind the decision.

"The Boeing 787 is the tremendous success it is today thanks to our great teammates inEverett. They helped give birth to an airplane that changed how airlines and passengers want to fly. As our customers manage through the unprecedented global pandemic, to ensure the long-term success of the 787 program, we are consolidating 787 production inSouth Carolina," saidStan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

"Our team in Puget Sound will continue to focus on efficiently building our 737, 747, 767 and 777 airplane families," he added.

Production of the smaller 787 models will continue in Everett until the program transitions to the previously-announced production rate of six airplanes a month in 2021, according to Boeing.

AirAsia Digital, in partnership with Google, launched the premier Redbeat Academy. (Air Asia)

AirAsia Digital, in partnership with Google, launched the new Redbeat Academy as part of their continued digital transformation journey, according to a Oct. 1 press release.

Initially set up to "upskill and cross-train AirAsia Allstars (employees) through a series of tech workshops in areas such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and software engineering," among other technologies, Redbeat Academy has now opened its doors to the public, Air Asia said in the release.

The academy was launched by Yang Berhormat Khairy Jamaluddin, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation and Datuk Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah binti Tapsir, Secretary General of Ministry Science, Technology and Innovation in the presence of Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, Executive Chairman of AirAsia Group, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, CEO of AirAsia Group; Aireen Omar, President (AirAsia Digital) of AirAsia Group and Marc Woo, Country Head, Google Malaysia.

"AirAsia has always embraced digitalisation and today is another milestone for us as we launch our premier tech academy," said Air Asia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes. "We are also proud to open the academy to the public now to provide opportunities for everyone, with the focus on mentoring the best in breed industry-ready professionals and producing problem-solvers using technology. Everyone needs to keep learning, growing and embracing the ever-changing tech landscape to ensure that we can stay relevant in this digital economy."

American Airlines is collaborating with several foreign governments to begin offering preflight COVID-19 testing for customers traveling to international destinations, starting with Jamaica and the Bahamas. The Texas-based carrier plans to expand the program to additional markets in the weeks and months ahead.

The pandemic has changed our business in ways we never could have expected, but all the while, the entire American Airlines team has eagerly tackled the challenge of reimagining the way we deliver a safe, healthy and enjoyable travel experience for our customers, Robert Isom, president of American Airlines, said in a Sept. 29 press release. Our plan for this initial phase of preflight testing reflects the ingenuity and care our team is putting into rebuilding confidence in air travel, and we view this as an important step in our work to accelerate an eventual recovery of demand.

Passengers traveling to Jamaica from Miami will be part of the initial phase, as American has reached agreement with Jamaica to launch an initial testing program at its Miami International Airport (MIA) hub next month. The initial phase of testing will be for Jamaican residents traveling to their home country. If a passenger tests negative for COVID-19 ahead of flying with American, the 14-day quarantine currently in place for returning Jamaican residents would be waived.

As its initial preflight testing programs begin to launch, American is also actively engaged with CARICOM, an integrated grouping of 20 Caribbean countries, about expanding the program to additional Caribbean markets.

We are pleased that American Airlines has taken the lead to initiate this exciting COVID-19 predeparture testing program, said Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Chairman of CARICOM. The Caribbean Community welcomes this important progress to re-open markets with the health and safety of our citizens being of paramount importance, and well be monitoring this program very closely as it ramps up in our region.

A Boeing 702X satellite. (Photo from Boeing website).

The Space Force has awarded Boeing a $298 million contract to build a satellite payload prototype and develop a new satellite communications architecture for the Space Forces Evolved Strategic SATCOM (ESS) program, according to an Oct. 1 press release.

The development contract received by Boeing is one of three for the ESS program, which will be military satellite communications (MILSATCOM) system. Full ESS system contracts are expected in 2025, according to the release.

We have worked closely with the Space Force to define a program responsive to our nations needs, Troy Dawson, vice president of Boeing Government Satellite Systems, said. By leveraging our expertise in digital engineering and technologies with synergies across both our government and commercial systems, were uniquely positioned to deliver solutions needed to address the ever-evolving threats.

Kratos' XQ-58A Valkyrie completed its inaugural flight March 5, 2019 at Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona. (Air Force)

The U.S. Air Force may develop and field low-cost attritable/reusable (A/R) drones with a range of roles over the next decade, but the service has yet to say how or whether such drones would count toward its 2018 goal of increasing the number of Air Force squadrons by 24 percent, from 312 to 386.

One possibility is a number of composite squadrons having manned and low-cost unmanned aircraft for different missions, such as air dominance and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR). In such a scenario, A/R drones would not add to the number of squadrons since they would be part of squadrons having both manned aircraft and UAVs.

Certainly, we talk about the possibility of forward posturing some of these [unmanned] capabilities in theater so that you would have in the Pacific and Europe to our combatant commanders kind of a ready, postured force to augment some of the other capabilities we already have in theater, Air Force Col. Don Stryker Haley, deputy division chief of Air Force Warfighting Integration Capabilitys (AFWIC) futures and concepts division, said on Oct. 1 during a Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies Aerospace Nation virtual forum.

Check out the full story on Defense Daily, a sister publication to Avionics.

Federal Communications Commission. (FCC)

TheFCC on Sept. 30 made 100 megahertz of mid-band spectrum in the 3.45-3.55 GHz band available for 5G deployment. The mid-band spectrum is primarily military use, and the U.S. Department of Defense(DoD) operates high-powered defense radar systems on fixed, mobile, shipborne, and airborne platforms in this band.

The adopted rules remove the secondary, non-federal allocations from the 3.3-3.55 GHz band. The Report and Order adopted by the agency relocates non-federal radio location licensees to the 2.9-3.0 GHz band, allowing them to continue operating there on a secondary basis to federal operations.

The adopted rules remove the secondary, non-federal allocations from the 3.3-3.55 GHz band.

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Volocopter will begin testing eVOLTs for Urban Air Mobility use in Paris. Seen here is Volocopter's VoloCity design. (Volocopter)

Volocopter, a German electric air taxi company, announced it will be testing Urban Air Mobility (UAM) vehicles near Paris with Groupe ADP and RATP Group, according to a Sept. 30 press release. The focus would be on developing a UAM industry branch with a focus on electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL).

The structuring and development of an Air Mobility branch on the airfield of Pontoise Cormeilles-en-Vexin is both consistent with the Recovery Plan initiated by Paris Region, and in line with the key takeaways of Paris Region recent COP 2020 conference, said Valrie Pcresse, President of Paris Region. It also falls within the scope and priorities of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic games. As a result, this event represents an invaluable opportunity to involve the entire Aviation Industry and demonstrate the unique qualities of the Paris Region as an area of reference within the global Urban Air Mobility (UAM) market.

Testing will take place at Pontoise airfield, which is a suburban location 35 km northwest of Paris. Volocopter and the partners will be following DGAC (Civil Aviation Authority) regulations when they test flight and maintenance operations in a real aeronautical environment in June 2021, according to the release.

We are incredibly excited to be the eVTOL manufacturer of choice in the Paris regions Urban Air Mobility project, said Florian Reuter, CEO at Volocopter. We will open our first commercial air taxi routes in the next 2-3 years and are excited to have a potential launching partner here in Europe."

Prague Airport has a new advanced cybersecurity center to protect airport information systems. (Prague Airport)

The Cyber Security Operational Centre (CSOC) has launched at Vclav Havel Airport Prague, according to an Oct. 1 press release. The CSOC is claiming to be the most modern and technically advanced cybersecurity workplaces in the Czech Republic.

Running 24 hours per day, the CSOC will protect strategic infrastructure against cyberattacks and prevent misuse of airport information systems, according to the release. Prague Airport claims to spend CZK 40 million (about $1.7 billion) to protect operational information each year.

The complete safety of passengers and air traffic is our absolute priority, Vaclav Rehor, Chairman of the Prague Airport Board of Directors, said. Threats to important airport information systems can lead to serious disruption to traffic, affecting both staff and passengers. This is the reason we pay special attention to cybersecurity. Launching the new operational centre, we have therefore decided not to use the services of external entities, but to build our own highly specialized workplace with a dozen internal information analysts and experts in cybersecurity."

The CSOC will use layers of security like monitoring, detection, evaluation, and blocking to protect IT systems. It will also be available for use when technological innovations like autonomous vehicles, biometrics, and artificial intelligence are integrated into the airport, according to the release.

SkyGrid Flight Control acts as an end-to-end solution for drone operators using AI-enabled technology to automate everything from mission planning to flight execution. (SkyGrid)

A new artificial intelligence (AI) powered drone application created by SkyGrid offers drone operators to automate every phase of flight with one solution, according to a Sept. 29 press release. SkyGrid, a Boeing SparkCognition company, launched the free application, SkyGrid Flight Control, in Apple's iPad App Store.

SkyGrid Flight Control is designed to automate everything from mission planning and flight execution to object detection, according to the release. Operators can use the application to see airspace and ground intelligence, weather data, and airspace authorization.

"Traditionally, drone operators have used several different tools to check airspace, get LAANC, plan and execute flights, and gather insights, but it's a manual, cumbersome process," Amir Husain, CEO and founder of SkyGrid, said. "Recognizing this challenge, SkyGrid has minimized the burden on drone operators by creating one solution that automates airspace, flights, and insights. As the only drone solution built on AI and blockchain technologies, we give operators and enterprises the assurances they need to execute safe, compliant missions."

There are more advanced features on the application that allow operators to use AI for mission planning and object detection. The advanced features would enable users to manage multi-drone missions.

"SkyGrid Flight Control is an important stepping-stone to enable more complex commercial drone operations and advanced air mobility in urban, regional, and global markets," said Steve Nordlund, vice president and general manager of Boeing Next and executive board advisor of SkyGrid. "SkyGrid is solving complex problems in unmanned aviation with a system that will safely integrate the future volume of drones, passenger air vehicles, and other autonomous aircraft in the global airspace."


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Pandemic not slowing upward trajectory of Colorados aerospace industry, the nations second-largest – The Denver Post

In 2008, George Stafford, Matt Beckner and Stephen Steg, all University of Colorado graduates with experience in the aerospace industry, started their own company to make components for satellites. This year, their company, Blue Canyon Technologies, opened an 80,000-square-foot satellite factory in Lafayette.

We actually started the project last fall in anticipation of the growth in the company for factory-scale production, said Beckner, the chief operating officer.

Blue Canyon has another 55,000 square feet of offices, clean rooms and production facilities in Boulder. The company, with 270 employees, has added 58 new positions since March, the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S.

Blue Canyon isnt alone in flourishing during a pandemic and a national recession. Several aerospace companies in Colorado are hiring new employees and expanding or building new plants and offices. They include industry heavyweights such as Ball Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon Technologies and Sierra Nevada Corp. to smaller companies such as Blue Canyon, Astroscale U.S. and York Space Systems.

Not only the Colorado space economy but the national space economy is weathering the whole COVID-19 pandemic fairly well, said Jay Lindell, the aerospace and defense industry champion in the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

However, the Colorado aerospace sector stands out in one specific area. Were still the No.1 space economy in the nation based on per capita employment, Lindell said.

A report by the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. says Colorados overall private aerospace employment of 30,020 in 2019 was second only to Californias and was the highest per capita in the nation. Aerospace employment grew 7.2% from 2018 to 2019 and by 19.4% from 2014 to 2019, according to the report.

To be honest, were not seeing a slowdown for 2020 in aerospace and defense. Were seeing hiring activity, were seeing expansion activity, said Vicky Lea, director of aerospace and aviation at Metro Denver EDC.

The 2019 report on the industry showed there are nearly 280 aerospace businesses in Colorado and more than 500 companies and suppliers providing space-related products and services. The analysis says 57,830 private and military workers in Colorado support an additional 140,390 workers in all industries, bringing direct and indirect jobs supported by the aerospace sector to 198,220.

The total aerospace payroll was nearly $3.9 billion in 2018 and the industry contributes more than $15 billion to Colorados economy annually.

Colorado is home to some of the industrys biggest players, major universities with renowned engineering and aerospace programs, military and defense space programs and is the provisional headquarters of the U.S. Space Command. A decision is expected in January on whether Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs will be the permanent location.

In addition, Colorado has several startups and small aerospace companies producing cutting-edge technologies. Lea said about 64% of the states aerospace companies employ 10 or fewer people.

Id say thats the strength of our industry, really, these very innovative small businesses that invent or have new technology that directly applies to multiple industries, but especially to the aerospace industry, Lindell said.

RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post

Astroscale U.S., whose parent company, Astroscale Holdings, is based in Japan, began operations in April 2019. In June, the Denver-based company acquired the intellectual property and other assets of Effective Space Solutions, an Israeli company working to extend the life of satellites in orbit.

Were driven by the vision of space sustainability. As humans continue to launch into space and expand into space, its very exciting. It adds a lot of economic value back here on Earth, in terms of communications, internet connectivity, remote sensing, said Ron Lopez, the companys president and managing director.

At the same time, all the satellites and other crafts providing vital information and services are adding a lot of orbiting debris, setting up potential collisions that could have drastic impacts on those services. There are more than 34,000 pieces of debris bigger than 4 inches in diameter and hundreds of millions that are smaller, according to Astroscale.

Over the next 10 years, were going to see about three times more stuff get launched into space than has ever been launched since humankind started launching stuff back in the era of Sputnik, Lopez said.

Astroscale is solely dedicated to providing on-orbit services to bring down dead satellites, remove debris and repair and upgrade satellites in geostationary orbit, about 22,000 miles above the equator, rather than send up replacements. The Denver-based company is preparing for an on-orbit demonstration of docking with an object and bringing it down into the atmosphere where it will burn up.

Maybe the not-so-exciting way to put it is were like the AAA of space, Lopez said.

Nine people work in Denvers Astroscale office. The rest of the 17-member staff works in Washington, D.C. Lopez said the company recently hired key executives and plans to hire more people.

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The coronavirus pandemic hasnt slowed Sierra Nevada Corp.s Space Systems. Work continues on its main project, Dream Chaser, a winged craft scheduled to make its first flight to the International Space Station in late 2021.

The space program, based in Louisville, is on one of three sets of teams vying to provide a module to ferry astronauts and cargo to and from the moons surface as part of NASAs Artemis project, which plans to land the first woman on the moon by 2024.

Even with COVID-19, the aerospace industry is booming. We have lots and lots of things that were working on, said Janet Kavandi, senior vice president for the companys space business sector.

The biggest program is Dream Chaser, which harks back to the space shuttles design. It will land on a runway. Its launch is officially set for late 2021, but that could slip into 2022 in large part because of delays caused by the pandemic, said Kavandi, a former NASA astronaut.

I think a lot of the aerospace industry has similar challenges with suppliers, getting parts and materials, Kavandi said.

However, the coronavirus outbreak hasnt slowed hiring at Sierra Nevada.

Weve implemented a really good work-from-home and work-from-work kind of split where we have kept our workforce safe. Weve had no transmissions of the virus at work, Kavandi said. And we are actively hiring. We continue to need new talent, especially in the engineering and technical areas, but really across all aspects.

Space Systems filled about 200 positions so far this year and has 57 current openings. Sierra Nevada has roughly 2,000 employees in Colorado, including in defense-related work.

Kathryn Scott, Special to The Denver Post

Dylan Taylor, a longtime investor in the space business, started a company in 2019 to provide the structure to make it easier for medium-sized businesses to take their work to the next level. Taylor said Voyager Space Holdings is an operating company that provides the business functions and a presence in Washington, D.C., that smaller companies likely couldnt build on their own.

The idea is were acquiring very highly capable, technically innovative companies that arent startups but are relatively small companies, Taylor said. Theyre generating revenue, generating profit. Theyve been in business for some time and had some success, but theyre looking to be part of a larger ecosystem.

Taylor, CEO and chairman of Denver-based Voyager, said the founders and managers of the businesses that are acquired retain some equity. Voyager represents the effort to fill a gap that Taylor saw in the aerospace industry between the large companies and the entrepreneurial startups.

I think the challenge in the industry now is scaling up, taking $20 million or $50 million revenue companies and creating $500 million companies or billion-dollar revenue companies.

Voyager recently acquired two Denver-area companies: Altius Space Machines in Broomfield and Pioneer Aeronautics in Lakewood. Altius is a robotics company with expertise in technology used for on-orbit servicing of satellites and removing space debris.

Taylor said Pioneer Aeronautics, a research and development company, recently won a contract from NASA to work on extracting oxygen from soil on the moon. Being able to tap resources in space to produce water, oxygen and fuel, what NASA calls in-situ resource utilization, will be essential for longer stays in space.

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The coronavirus scrubbed this years Space Symposium, held annually in April by the Space Foundation. The symposium, which draws industry representatives and businesses from around the world, has been rescheduled for August 2021, said Tom Zelibor, the foundations CEO.

The Colorado Springs-based foundation will participate in the20th Annual World Space Week Oct. 4-10 with both virtual and in-person events. Zelibor said the events theme, Space Unites, closely aligns with the foundations belief that space is for all.

Despite postponements and challenges caused by the pandemic, Zelibor said the foundation, which produces a quarterly report on the industry, sees incredible growth in the space business. In 2019, the industry was valued at nearly $424 billion, up from about $245 billion a decade ago, Zelibor said.

Personally, I dont believe theres a better time to be in the space industry, said Zelibor, a retired Navy Rear Admiral and a former director of global operations for the U.S. Strategic Command. I havent seen this much excitement in the space industry since back in the Apollo days.

He attributes a lot of the excitement to the involvement of such commercial enterprises as Elon Musks SpaceX and Jeff Bezos Blue Origin as well as interest from Google and other corporations.

Theres also a recognition that space is part of the critical infrastructure of our lives, Zelibor said. It touches every part of our lives every day. Its a national imperative. Theres no avoiding it. Its part of military operations, part of our financial operations. Its just part of everyday life.

Zelibor said he spreads the message that space isnt just for rocket scientists and astronauts. As the industry matures and expands, it needs manufacturers, people with entrepreneurial and business skills, legal expertise, communications and problem-solving abilities. He tells the story of an aerospace company that needed someone with fine motor skills to work on circuit boards. The company trained one of Boulder Countys better tattoo artists for the position.

I dont think theres a single set of ingredients for a successful employee in the space industry.

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This 12-year-old Georgia boy is a sophomore in college majoring in aerospace engineering – USA TODAY

Caleb Anderson is a sophomore at Chattahoochee Technical College in Georgia.(Photo: Provided by Anderson family)

Like many other 12-year-old boys,Caleb Anderson enjoyscollecting action figures, watching Netflix and playing with Beyblades. He also happens to be a sophomore in college majoring inaerospace engineering.

Calebis currently enrolledas a student at Chattahoochee Technical College in Marietta, Georgia, where he'll graduate with a bachelor's degree intwo years.He hopes to continue his education at theGeorgia Institute of Technologyand the Massachusetts Institute for Technology and eventually get aninternship workingfor Elon Musk.

"When I was like 1, I always wanted to go to space," Caleb, who's favorite subject is math,told USA TODAY. "I figured that aerospace engineering would be the best path."

Caleb's mother, Claire, said she first realized her son was gifted when he began mimicking her speech at just 4weeks old. At 9months,he could sign more than 250 words in American Sign Language and had no trouble reading words he'd never seen before.

"I was getting my master'sin education so Iknew that there was something special about that," she said.

While enrolled in a traditionalmiddle school, Claire Anderson, 46,saidCaleb would breeze through tests without having to study because he already knew most of the material. The former teacher and current stay-at-home mom worried that he wasn't being challenged enough.

"Ididn't like the character that was building in him," she said. "Hedidn't have any study skills, perseverance, grit. He didnt ask forhelp."

Both Claire and her husband, Kobi, acknowledged that at times his intelligence made it difficult for Caleb to make friends. Kobi Anderson, 45, recalled Caleb getting upset that his friends couldn't communicate with him when he was just 3yearsold.

His father, who isan IT salesman, now supervises him on campus. But Kobi Andersonmade it clear that Caleb has excelled way past the point of his dadbeing able to help with homework.

"We can't do that," hesaid with a laugh. "He's already passed me in math."

Although they can't help him in the classroom, Claire Anderson said she's focused on raising a well-rounded child and thatstarting college early helped relieve some of his anxiety.

"Both of us are not rocket scientists," she said."We had to learn there are other things that we can teach him about compassion, kindness, looking for good in others."

Caleb agreed, too, that college is the best place for him.

"It's really accepting," he said."People might think something about it,but they don't show it which is really nice."

The Andersons have two other childrenAaron, 8, and Hannah, 7, who are in the gifted program at their school. While they describe Caleb as verbally gifted, meaning he quickly picks up other languages, Aaron is good with numbers and Hannah excels at puzzles.

Claire and Kobi Anderson with their children Caleb, Aaron and Hannah.(Photo: Brenda Nicole Photography, provided by Anderson family)

When asked what advice he had for other parents, Kobi Anderson said parents can start byadvocatingfor their children's academic growth in the same way achievements in areas like sports are celebrated.

"My wife frequently says 'raise the child you have not the child that you want,'" he said. "Youve got to nurture what nature gives you."

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Educators try to answer the question: Will there be aerospace jobs in Washington? – knkx.org

John Monroe grew up in Everett and landed a job as a draftsman with the Boeing Co. in 1965, with just a high school diploma and a nine-week drafting course under his belt.

I was making $1.92 an hour, Monroe said.

That first gig launched a 37-year career with Boeing, and he retired in 2003 as a director of program management on the 777 wide-body jet. He also earned a degree along the way from the University of Puget Sound. Now, Monroe is chair of the advisory board on career and technical education for the Everett school district, and he mentors teens hoping to enter the aerospace industry.

But young people hoping to follow his path are increasingly asking the question: Will there be aerospace jobs for them here in Washington? The news that Boeing will end 787 Dreamliner production in Everett to build the plane in South Carolina comes amid an already bleak year in which air travel has plummeted due to the coronavirus pandemic. And Boeing also has been struggling with the grounding of its 737 MAX single-aisle jet after two deadly crashes. More than 12,000 workers in Washington have left or plan to leave Boeing this year through a combination of voluntary and involuntary layoffs.

Monroe said his message to teens and young people is to not be deterred.

We shouldnt get so focused on commercial airplanes when we think about aerospace because aerospace includes defense and space, which is huge, he said.

He points to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos space exploration company, Blue Origin, and Boeing itself, which is building the KC-46 tanker for the U.S. Airforce in Everett.

In the decades since Monroe began his career with the airplane maker, a whole education ecosystem has grown up in Washington to train young people for jobs at Boeing. Every year, teens and young adults take classes to learn aerospace mechanics or precision machining.

The Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center sits across the street from Boeings enormous Everett factory, where thousands of people build not only the 787 and the KC-46 tanker, but also the 747, 767 and 777. Wes Allen is director of the TECH Skills Center, which is part of the Mukilteo school district but serves students from 14 school districts in Snohomish County.

The TECH Skills Center offers classes in everything from cosmetology to dental assisting to video game design. But Allen said aerospace classes are among the most popular.

Aerospace usually has about a 30- to 40-student waitlist, Allen said.

What his educators are trying to do is give students a foundation in a variety of areas so that they have more options when they enter the job market.

What Im learning from my business partners is that when were preparing students for post-secondary or post-school, they need to be jack of all, master of none, he said. They need to be cross-trained in different areas because theres very few shops and places that are purely just precision machining or purely just welding or purely just airplane manufacturing.

And there are promising new areas beyond airplane manufacturing, educators say. Dana Riley Black, vice president for education at the Museum of Flight, pointed to electric aircraft research, development of alternative fuels for aviation and the drone industry.

Theres a lot going on beyond the 787, Black said. Please hear me, my heart breaks for the Everett community. But I also think theres more to it than that.

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The Aerospace Corp. Breaks Ground on R&D Center – WashingtonExec

The Aerospace Corp. has broken ground on a new state-of-the-art research and development center dedicated to space warfightingwith a ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Local government members attended the event, as well as leadership from U.S. Space Command and U.S. Space Force.

The facility will be the focal point for delivering technical expertise across the space enterprise to outpace threats to national security. The buildings digital engineering environment will enable high-fidelity analysis and physics-based modeling and simulations as well asdevelopment of tactics, techniques and procedures that will provide insight into space warfighting.

Aerospace President and CEO Steve Isakowitz said the new facility will be a game changer for technical and simulation capabilities for the space warfighters.

As the nations trusted partner, Aerospace focuses on solving our government and industry partners most challenging problems, he added. It is our job to help them promote and optimize the combined civil, military, and commercial exploitation of space to best serve our national interests.

Once complete, the $100 million, three-story, 90,000-square-foot building will connect to the companys existing building. It was designed to accommodate up to 200 employees. Full operations are to begin in the summer of 2022.

Were pleased to grow our role as a trusted technical partner to our government partners and industry colleagues in the Greater Colorado Springs defense and space community, said Jay Santee, Aerospace vice president for Space Systems Operations and site executive for Colorado Springs.

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Starburst Aerospace announces expansion in India – SpaceNews

SAN FRANCISCO Starburst Aerospace announced plans Oct. 1 to expand its presence in India as it prepares to establish an accelerator there.

The market in India is opening up, Francois Chopard, Starburst CEO and founder, told SpaceNews by email. New space and defense opportunities are being created by entrepreneurs and scientists who are highly skilled and supported by the Indian government and space agencies.

Starburst, a company founded in Paris in 2015, is well known for establishing business accelerators around the world and events to introduce corporations and government agencies focused on aerospace and defense with startups. To date, 215 startups have participated in Starburst programs like the Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator, which was based in Los Angeles before the COVID-19 pandemic forced it online.

As part of its Indian expansion, Starburst plans to establish an innovation center in Mumbai and to conduct outreach in Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad through partners in the aerospace and defense community.

Were at the beginning of the developmental phase in India with respect to privatization of the aerospace and defense ecosystem, said Abhi Anuket, Starburst India managing partner and CEO. We believe that India will be an important contributor to the ecosystem at large.

Starburst plans to launch an early-stage business accelerator in India to connect young companies with its global network of partners in government and industry. Starburst India is looking for corporate partners, aerospace and defense investors, government agencies, academic organizations and startups interested in joining the effort.

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Aerospace giant expands on Fore Business Park – The Business Desk

One of the worlds largest aerospace companies is starting operations at IM Properties (IMP) Fore Business Park, near Solihull.

The new 23,700 sq ft building was completed in August for Collins Aerospace on the M42 business park near junction 4.

The Florida-headquartered corporation which employs more than 70,000 people in 30 countries initially took 25,600 sq ft at the park as UTC Aerospace Systems, which then merged with Rockwell Collins in November 2018 to create Collins Aerospace.

The new EPC A rated building, delivered by IM Properties in-house project delivery team, combines research and development laboratories with Grade A offices above and was completed in August.

Alongside the building for Collins Aerospace, IM has also built a 222-sqace multi-storey car park, which will provide an overspill for existing occupiers at Fore.

Majella Lynch project director for IM Properties, said: The installation of Collins Aerospace builds on the opening of our new 65,000 sq ft campus at Fore last summer and means the business park is now fully occupied. The letting to Collins Aerospace reinforces junction 4 as a significant employment location on the M42, alongside our Blythe Valley Park scheme.

Constructing the building throughout the Covid pandemic has brought new challenges for our delivery teams and we are proud to have delivered a high quality building for Collins Aerospace despite this uncertainty.

Claire Wright, business services manager for Collins Aerospace said: We are delighted with our new building at Fore Business Park, which grows our operation in Solihull. The link with our existing building at Fore gives us a versatile base to cater for the needs of our future operations.

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What Kind Of Shareholders Hold The Majority In Korea Aerospace Industries, Ltd.s (KRX:047810) Shares? – Simply Wall St

Every investor in Korea Aerospace Industries, Ltd. (KRX:047810) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in smaller companies. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

With a market capitalization of 2.2t, Korea Aerospace Industries is a decent size, so it is probably on the radar of institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it seems that institutional investors have bought into the company. Lets take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholders can tell us about Korea Aerospace Industries.

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Institutions typically measure themselves against a benchmark when reporting to their own investors, so they often become more enthusiastic about a stock once its included in a major index. We would expect most companies to have some institutions on the register, especially if they are growing.

As you can see, institutional investors have a fair amount of stake in Korea Aerospace Industries. This implies the analysts working for those institutions have looked at the stock and they like it. But just like anyone else, they could be wrong. When multiple institutions own a stock, theres always a risk that they are in a crowded trade. When such a trade goes wrong, multiple parties may compete to sell stock fast. This risk is higher in a company without a history of growth. You can see Korea Aerospace Industries historic earnings and revenue below, but keep in mind theres always more to the story.

Hedge funds dont have many shares in Korea Aerospace Industries. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is The Export-Import Bank of Korea with 26% of shares outstanding. For context, the second largest shareholder holds about 7.2% of the shares outstanding, followed by an ownership of 2.4% by the third-largest shareholder.

A deeper look at our ownership data shows that the top 25 shareholders collectively hold less than half of the register, suggesting a large group of small holders where no single shareholder has a majority.

While it makes sense to study institutional ownership data for a company, it also makes sense to study analyst sentiments to know which way the wind is blowing. There are a reasonable number of analysts covering the stock, so it might be useful to find out their aggregate view on the future.

The definition of company insiders can be subjective and does vary between jurisdictions. Our data reflects individual insiders, capturing board members at the very least. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

I generally consider insider ownership to be a good thing. However, on some occasions it makes it more difficult for other shareholders to hold the board accountable for decisions.

Our information suggests that Korea Aerospace Industries, Ltd. insiders own under 1% of the company. But they may have an indirect interest through a corporate structure that we havent picked up on. Its a big company, so even a small proportional interest can create alignment between the board and shareholders. In this case insiders own 40m worth of shares. It is good to see board members owning shares, but it might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

The general public, mostly retail investors, hold a substantial 55% stake in Korea Aerospace Industries, suggesting it is a fairly popular stock. With this size of ownership, retail investors can collectively play a role in decisions that affect shareholder returns, such as dividend policies and the appointment of directors. They can also exercise the power to decline an acquisition or merger that may not improve profitability.

It seems that Private Companies own 26%, of the Korea Aerospace Industries stock. It might be worth looking deeper into this. If related parties, such as insiders, have an interest in one of these private companies, that should be disclosed in the annual report. Private companies may also have a strategic interest in the company.

Its always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Korea Aerospace Industries better, we need to consider many other factors. To that end, you should be aware of the 3 warning signs weve spotted with Korea Aerospace Industries .

Ultimately the future is most important. You can access this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

NB: Figures in this article are calculated using data from the last twelve months, which refer to the 12-month period ending on the last date of the month the financial statement is dated. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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North American Aerospace Industries Announces New Development on Its Kinston, NC Aircraft Recycling Facility – AviationPros.com

North American Aerospace Industries (NAAI) announced that its affiliate, Aircraft Solutions Middle East, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Aircraft Support Industries for the development of three new aircraft recycling facilities including the NAAI facility planned at the Global TransPark in Kinston, North Carolina, USA. The other two facilities being constructed for Aircraft Solutions will be located at Al Ain International Airport in the Emirate Abu Dhabi, UAE and Clark International Airport in the Philippines.

According to Sven Daniel Koechler, PhD, president and CEO of North American Aerospace Industries Corporation (NAAI), This is an exciting development for us. Aircraft Support Industries is one of the worlds premier builders on custom-designed aircraft maintenance facilities, systems and equipment. Its proven track record for delivering leading-edge, flexible, and cost-effective facilities is consistent with our goals for our North American operation.

We look forward to this project, which stands out due to its uniqueness and the sustainable concept, added Mark Langbein, managing director of Aircraft Support Industries.

In providing its services on behalf of Aircraft Solutions, Aircraft Support Industries will rely on a phased-in project development approach. Phase one will focus on a custom-designed 323,000 square foot dismantling hangar that can accommodate three of the largest aircraft such as the A380. Aircraft Support Industries will apply its proprietary stressed arch building system along with a 81,000 square foot annex for the construction of the 1076-foot span hangar. The annex will be used to house the engineering support workshops and materials warehousing for the NAAI facility in the USA and Aircraft Solutions facilities in the Middle East and Asia.

Our state-of-the-art facilities will enable our companies to provide comprehensive, sustainable aircraft recycling solutions for aircraft owners, operators, airport authorities, and military services with a zero-waste mission to recycle 100% of an aircraft, said Koechler. While the pandemic has introduced delays in our construction schedule, we are optimistic that we will be able to make up for lost time in that Aircraft Support Industries is a strong partner able to facilitate a construction project in the most efficient, timely manner.

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Extreme High-Speed Laser Material Deposition Used in Aerospace Manufacturing – Novus Light Technologies Today

The Turkish subsidiary of Bilsing Automation is using innovations developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT and its industrial partners. With extreme high-speed laser material deposition (EHLA) and the new special HighNo nozzle, Bilsing Automation aims to conquer new markets.

Fraunhofer ILT has been intensively researching and developing EHLA, since 2012, a process in which the laser melts the powder particles above the melt pool. This fast and reliable process applies 25 to 250 micrometer thin layers at a speed of up to 500 meters per minute in an economical manner that conserves resources; it has already proven to be a reliable alternative to hard chromium plating. Since then, the process has been opening up new areas of application and conquering industrial sectors. The latest highlight is the 3D EHLA system, in which the building platform is moved extremely quickly in parallel and kinematically by three linear drives with a stationary laser processing head.

Series production, however, requires a new nozzle that can be easily exchanged so that users can work with EHLA in a safe, precise and highly reliable manner. Here is a look at the nozzles commonly used up to now: In laser material deposition (LMD), different powder nozzles are used depending on the application. For areas that are difficult to access, the lateral powder nozzle, which directs the powder jet laterally into the laser beam, has proven its worth. In contrast, the coaxial powder nozzle, which generates a conically bundled powder-gas jet, works independently of direction. It is particularly suitable for integration into automated systems for coating and additive manufacturing.

Nonetheless, EHLA places special demands on the quality of powder feed nozzles: To melt particles in the laser beam, their trajectories and speeds must be precisely adjusted. Even small deviations of the powder flow lead to non-optimal results, such as insufficient layer thickness or layer defects in the applied layers. For this reason, Fraunhofer ILT, together with the company Harald Dicker - Special Optics for Laser Technology from Aachen, has developed a coaxial nozzle called HighNo (High Quality Powder Nozzle), which directs a ring or cone shaped powder-gas jet onto the workpiece at a very precisely defined distance. Depending on the application, this precision leads to powder efficiencies of up to 95%. The nozzle tips are classically manufactured from a proven copper alloy and then machined with ultra-high precision.

Base body of nozzle with nozzle tip module. Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen / Germany.

The coaxial powder nozzle consists of a nozzle body and a monolithic powder tip module with two conical cones that guide the powder across a defined gap between the inner and outer cone. Thanks to the new manufacturing process, both cones have the same shape tolerances, so that the time-consuming adjustment after retooling, otherwise necessary with other nozzles, can be dispensed with. The surface of the nozzles has to meet high quality standards so that the particle flow can be adjusted in a targeted manner. Both the gap size and wear resistance of the nozzle can be individually adjusted according to customer requirements and application. Positive news from team leader Matthias Brucki from the Laser Material Deposition - Coatings & Functional Layers group at Fraunhofer ILT: The HighNo nozzles can be retooled within one to two minutes without any loss of quality thanks to the monolithic design. The new nozzle has been in series production since the beginning of this year.

Advantages of the coaxial powder feed nozzle

A Turkish subsidiary of Bilsing Automation GmbH, Bilsing Automation Tic Ltd. ti. from Bursa, Turkey, has already gained experience with EHLA and the new nozzle. It manufactures, not only flexible gripping and handling devices but also forming tools. The company has established long-standing contacts with Fraunhofer ILT through cooperating on the laser hardening of tools and the laser material deposition (LMD) of sophisticated titanium Ti-6Al-4V components for the aircraft industry. In the meantime, we have advanced to become a subcontractor of Turkish Airlines, which also uses the process to repair titanium O-rings for landing gear, explains Managing Director Salih Ersungur. The companys interest in the innovations from Aachen grew and finally it introduced EHLA in the summer of 2019.

However, it did not convert a lathe, but equipped a mobile robot with a laser beam source, EHLA processing head and powder feed system. The result was a mobile EHLA station, which was used for testing purposes on a CNC lathe from another company. I mounted a brake disk on the jaw chuck of the lathe, reports Ersungur. We then basically positioned and programmed the robot to work with the lathe almost synchronously. Right at the start, the first test run was successful, and the CEO is very satisfied with EHLA and the smoother surfaces which require less or no reworking compared to those of conventional laser material deposition.

EHLA process coating a brake disc. Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen / Germany.

The analysis of the coating tests convinced the managing director to now offer the EHLA process as a long-term service in Turkey and other countries he serves, for example as an alternative to the controversial hard chrome plating with chrome(VI). Ersungur: I see very good opportunities in the shipbuilding, offshore and aviation sectors.

The company has also recently acquired the new HighNo nozzle. The exchangeable nozzle tips of the new nozzle generation are fastened with three screws that can be loosened in order to then insert a different nozzle tip, says the managing director, describing the advantages of the new nozzle technology. The HighNo nozzle makes the process more reliable and faster and reduces set-up times. Ersungur not only markets the combination of EHLA and HighNo as a new unique selling point exclusively in Turkey, but also intends to present it to customers in South Africa, Romania and Russia. Why? Because we have been laser cutting successfully for six years, we now had to get on board with EHLA. It sounds like the future since it already has momentum and we strongly believe in it.

Written by Nikolaus Fecht on behalf of Fraunhofer ILT.

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Aerospace Corporation breaks ground on $100M project – Colorado Springs Business Journal

Shovels at the ready, leaders from Aerospace Corporation, local government, Space Command and U.S. Space Force celebrate the new construction.

As local business and government officials campaigned in Washington, D.C., for Colorado Springs to become the permanent home of the U.S. Space Force, The Aerospace Corporation broke ground here Sept. 23 on what it called a state-of-the-art research and development center.

Local officials, as well as leadership from Space Command and U.S. Space Force, attended the event, according to the companys news release.

Aerospaces facility will be the focal point for delivering technical expertise across the space enterprise to outpace threats to national security, the release said. The buildings digital engineering environment will enable high-fidelity analysis and physics-based modeling and simulations as well as development of tactics, techniques, and procedures that will provide insight into space warfighting.

Aerospaces president and CEO Steve Isakowitz called the facility a game-changer for technical and simulation capabilities for the space warfighters.

...Aerospace focuses on solving our government and industry partners most challenging problems, he said in a release.

The new Aerospace Corp. building will connect to the companys existing building near the Colorado Springs Airport. It was designed to accommodate up to 200 employees, the release said.

This new facility adds to our citys already robust aerospace and defense ecosystem.

John Suthers

Were pleased to grow our role as a trusted technical partner to our government partners and industry colleagues in the Greater Colorado Springs defense and space community, Jay Santee, Aerospace vice president for Space Systems Operations and site executive for Colorado Springs, said in the release.

Santee predicted the facility will boost the companys economic impact by 75 percent and add 200 technical jobs locally.

Were pleased to grow our role as a trusted technical partner to our government partners and industry colleagues in the Greater Colorado Springs defense and space community, said Santee.

Aerospace already employs 240 engineers, scientists and analysts at its current facility in the Peak Innovation Park at the airport and at nearby customer sites. These employees primarily work for the companys Defense Systems Groups Strategic Space Operations division and the corporations national engineering technology hub, the Engineering and Technology Group.

Aerospaces President and CEO Steve Isakowitz called the facility a game-changer.

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said in a statement, The groundbreaking of the new Aerospace Corporation research and development facility is yet more evidence that Colorado Springs is the epicenter of military space and the best location to serve as the permanent home of U.S. Space Force. This new facility adds to our citys already robust aerospace and defense ecosystem. Further, the creation of 200 new jobs and the potential for many more will continue to power our citys economy and airport development.

The Aerospace Corporation is a national nonprofit that operates a federally funded research and development center and has approximately 4,000 employees nationwide with locations in El Segundo, California; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Colorado Springs, and Washington, D.C.

The firms $100 million, three-story, 90,000-square-foot building, to be completed in spring 2022, is being built in the more than 900-acre Peak Innovation Park south of the airport, which also includes a massive Amazon distribution center and a site for defense contractor Northrop Grumman.

Peak Innovation Park is an Opportunity Zone under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which promotes investment in companies, programs and properties located in certain designated areas. In addition, those locating in the park can apply for incentives through its status as a Pikes Peak Enterprise Zone, Commercial Aeronautical Zone, Aviation Development Zone and Foreign Trade Zone.

Urban Frontier, a local real estate development company, is the parks master developer.

Last week, Reggie Ash, Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC chief defense development officer; Jeff Greene, chief of staff for Mayor Suthers; and El Paso County Commissioner Mark Waller went to D.C. to meet with key decision-makers and political influencers about Space Command, the Chamber said in a release.

The command is currently based at Peterson Air Force Base for six years, pending a decision for its permanent location.

Its part of the chambers push to gain support politically, not only through those personal visits but through the work of three consultants retained to assist with strategy, connections and messaging, the chamber said in a newsletter.

In addition, Suthers submitted a response to the Defense Departments first questionnaire on Aug. 28, which was backed by Gov. Jared Polis.

The Air Force should make the smart choice and select Colorado as the permanent home of U.S. Space Command. Whether its our resilient economy, our proud military heritage, our thriving aerospace industry, our terrific schools, or our highly educated workforce and esteemed research institutions, Colorado truly has it all, Polis said in a release.

The chamber estimates the command would bring 1,400 jobs with $104 million in payroll and $450 million in economic activity. If that pans out, the command would become the 15th largest employer in the county.

Spin-off jobs would bring another $172 million in payroll and $556 million in economic activity.

Were actively sharing our message of Colorado Springs strengths through personal contacts and earned, paid, and social media, the chamber newsletter said.

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What’s Trending in Aerospace – August 9, 2020 – Aviation Today

Check out the August 9thedition of What's Trending in Aerospace, where editors and contributors for Avionics Internationalbring you some of the top headlines and stories across various segments of the global aerospace industry that you should be aware of for the week ahead.

The FAA sent its notice of proposed rulemaking Airworthiness Directive (AD) to the Office of the Federal Register. Once published, there will be a 45-day public comment period regarding the design changes and new requirements for operating the MAX featured in the AD.

Under the new AD, Boeing 737 MAX operators would be required to make a flight control computer software update and revisions to their Airplane Flight Manuals (AFM). Other proposed requirements include installing new MAX display system (MDS) software, changing the horizontal stabilizer trim wire routing installations, completing an angle of attack sensor system test, and performing an operational readiness flight.

Check out the FAA's preliminary review of the NPRM and the full 36-page proposed NPRM AD here.

Shells new SkyPad Data Exchange enables end-to-end digital integration for airline customers through a tablet that connects pilots and apron operators with cloud-based computer systems, moving closer to fully digitized refueling operations.

The tablet application is compatible with a wide range of airline companies' digital platforms, allowing integration with airline systems that adhere to IATA Fuel Data Standards. The Shell SkyPad is also enhanced with a new real-time communications tool, enabling instant contact between the apron operator, the pilot and the back offices, allowing them to electronically track, update and exchange fuel figures throughout the refueling process.

Developed in collaboration with SAP and Lufthansa, many of Shells airline customers are already using the app, with Lufthansa the first to integrate it into its systems.

Shell SkyPad Data Exchange, a solution jointly developed between Shell, SAP and Lufthansa, is another important step into fully digitalizing and automating the apron, said Kia Liedtke, head of fuel purchasing at Lufthansa Group. The established real-time communication makes the fueling process significantly safer, faster and more efficient. We strongly believe in the innovative approach of Shell SkyPad Data Exchange and are convinced that this will make a significant difference on the e-fueling market.

A Beechcraft King Air 350 cockpit with the Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion integrated flight deck. (Textron Aviation)

Textron Aviation introduced the next generation in its flagship turboprop family, the Beechcraft King Air 360/360ER, with cockpit avionics systems supplied by Collins Aerospace and Innovative Solutions & Support (IS&S) ThrustSense Autothrottle.

The interior cabin of the King Air 360. (Textron Aviation)

According to Textron, IS&S is providing its ThrustSense Autothrottle system for the King Air 360, which features an automatic take-off and go-around mode that can take the engine up to max power in a few short seconds. Another new system featured on the 360 is the new digital pressurization controller, which automatically schedules cabin pressurization during both climb and descent, reducing pilot workload and increasing overall passenger comfort.

A computer generated image of the King Air 360. (Textron Aviation)

Pressurization gauges have also been integrated with the Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion flight deck.

The aircraft is currently in production with customer deliveries expected to begin later this year, according to Textron.

Latitude Technologies is supplying its Operational Loads Monitoring System (OLMS) and Air Tanker Information System (ATIS) as factory OEM options for Viking Air Limiteds CL-415EAF amphibious aerial firefighter aircraft.

Vikings selection of our software programs solidifies Latitudes position as a leading provider of telemetry and aircraft solutions for aerial firefighting, said Jan van der Heul, vice president of sale for Latitude Technologies. The Latitude engineering team pioneered the tracking of aerial water-bombers which eventually led to the Automated Flight Following (AFF) standard in North America its nice to see Latitudes solutions recognized by major OEMs such as Viking Air Limited.

Austro Control, the air navigation service provider (ANSP) for Austria, is replacing its air traffic control voice and data network to a new structure where all of the nations controller working positions will be operated from one of two new data centers.

Through a new system provided by Frequentis, VCS3020X, Austro Control will go through a two-phase process to modify the ATC center in Schnirchgasse, Vienna while also expanding the system at the Schwechat, South West Vienna ATC center to a second center which will serve as the so-called UNIT working positions of all federal state airports throughout the course of the expansion, according to Frequentis.

In the future, air traffic controllers' working positions throughout Austria will be able to operate voice communications from either of the two data centers. During the expansion of the system landscape, the network will also be further digitalized and modernized with frequency services. Aircraft radio frequencies will be made available as a virtualized service, Frequentis said in an Aug. 5 press release.

One of the leaders in unmanned traffic management (UTM), Unifly, announced a new CEO to shift the company's focus into accelerating growth.

After five years as chief executive, Marc Kegalaers is passing the baton to Leon van de Pas, a experienced executive specializing in bringing disruptive innovations to market. Van de Pas has worked in both emerging startups and multinational corporations such as Philips, Gemalto, Tele Atlas and HERE Technologies.

Unifly has successfully established itself as a strong contended in the increasingly crowded UTM field. In 2019, the company demonstrated its ATM/UTM integration capabilities through its support of Volocopter's demonstration flight at Helsinki Airport in Finland, alongside AirMap and Altitude Angel.

More recently, Unifly was selected by Nav Canada to deploy a nationwide UTM system in Canadian airspace, currently designed to support current regulations for drone flights within visual line of sight.

After five exciting and intense years, I will be stepping down as CEO of Unifly," said Kegalaers. "I am very proud of what we achieved in such a short time span. Unifly has become an industry leader in the new world of Unmanned Traffic Management. The company raised over 23 million euro in capital with major VCs and strategic investors. We opened subsidiaries in the US and Denmark, signed long term strategic contracts with major organizations such as DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung, NAV CANADA and skeyes (formerly Belgocontrol)."

Eric Johnson joined Wisk as senior vice president of engineering to lead development of the company's autonomous two-seat eVTOL and future aircraft. (Wisk)

Wisk, a joint venture between Kitty Hawk and Boeing to commercialize urban air mobility, appointed Eric Johnson as senior vice president of engineering. He will also serve on the company's Executive Leadership Team.

Though Wisk remains focused on certifying and commercialized its autonomous two-seat aircraft, which has completed more than 1,300 flight tests to date across seven aircraft in California and New Zealand, Wisk has hinted at developing other, perhaps larger, aircraft as well. In announcing Johnson's position with the company, Wisk dropped another hint, noting that his role is to include "overseeing the development of current and future aircraft," as well as for executing the companys technical vision and roadmap and directing a number of engineering teams.

Johnson joins Wisk from his role as chief engineer with Boeing NeXT, the company's forward-looking arm that is focused on "next-generation air vehicles" its term for urban and regional air mobility and airspace integration challenges. The last public announcements from Boeing NeXT were in October 2019, when the company unveiled progress on its cargo air vehicle and launched an exploratory vehicle partnership with Porsche.

Prior to that position, Johnson was Product Development Chief Engineer for the Boeing 777X program and Chief Engineer and Airplane Level Integration Team Leader for the 777-8 program. He also has held multiple management and engineering positions at Boeing and formerly McDonnell Aircraft Company in Airplane Safety, Electromagnetic Effects, Flight Sciences, Flight Test, Certification and Sales.

Inspired Flight's federally-compliant IF1200 hopes to present an alternative to the DJI M600. (Inspired Flight)

Calif.-based Inspired Flight this week introduced the IF1200, a heavy-lift hexacopter drone that can carry payloads of up to 8 kg and fly for up to 40 minutes. Featuring an open-system architecture based on the PX4 autopilot, the versatile and flexible platform gives users complete control over the aircraft, providing a complete solution that can be tailored towards a wide range of applications including utility inspection, aerial surveying, public safety, and defense.

The IF1200 is designed, tested and produced entirely in the U.S. with domestically-sourced electronics, making it a potential replacement for the DJI M600 as the Chinese company is increasingly facing bans by Congress for federal use.

The IF1200 supports a wide range of optical cameras, commercial and mil-spec EO/IR cameras, and LiDAR systems, and features the ability to write GNSS data directly onto captured images for georeferenced photogrammetry and inspection applications. The open architecture and Universal Payload Interface allow for the integration of nearly any third-party tech stack, providing a highly flexible platform for OEM or experimental UAV applications.

Hermeus successfully demonstrated its prototype engine earlier this year and plans to build a Mach 5 aircraft for commercial travel. (Hermeus)

Hermeus Corporation, an Altanta, Ga.-based startup developing hypersonic aircraft primarily for commercial use, was awarded a $1.5 million Phase 2 prototyping contract by AFWERX to further develop its Mach 5 engine prototype, successfully tested in February, and aircraft design.

Partnering with the U.S. Air Forces Presidential and Executive Airlift Directorate, under the initial contract Hermeus will explore the necessary modifications to meet Air Force mission requirements within the Presidential and Executive Fleet, according to co-founder AJ Piplica.

By leveraging commercial investment to drive new technologies into the Air Force, we are able to maximize our payback on Department of Defense investments, said Brig. Gen. Ryan Britton, program executive officer for the directorate. The Presidential and Executive Airlift Directorate is proud to support Hermeus in making this game-changing capability a reality as we look to recapitalize the fleet in the future.

Prior to the award, the Hermeus team alumni of SpaceX, Blue Origin and Generation Orbit designed, built and successfully tested a Mach 5 engine prototype in just 9 months, though the company estimates bringing an aircraft to market is likely to take a decade or more.

While the next Air Force One, expected to be delivered next year, will be a modified Boeing 747-8, its clear the Air Force is interested in something quite different and quite a bit faster for the generation of executive aircraft after that.

But first, Hermeus will have to raise more money. A seed round and $1.5 million from AFWERX wont build an airplane and certainly not one that travels at Mach 5.

Lockheed Martin is expecting some F-35 delivery delays due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Lockheed Martin)

COVID-19 is likely to delay the delivery of 18 to 24 Lockheed MartinF-35 Lightning II fighters by several months, a company official said on Aug. 6.

Our goal for this year was to deliver 141 [F-35] airplanes, Steve Callaghan, the vice president of F-35 business development for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, told reporters during a virtual meeting to discuss the companys F-35 bid for the Canadian Future Fighter competition and the F-35 program overall.

Due to the COVID impacts to our supply chain, well have a difficult time achieving that goal, he said. As [U.S.] Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment [Ellen] Lord has said, major defense acquisition programs across the board are expected to see about a three-month production delay. Thats true in our case. We expect F-35 delays to last two or three months. At this time, we expect to see an impact of approximately 18 to 24 aircraft.

Click here to read the full story on F-35 delays in Defense Daily, a sister publication to Avionics.

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