In a joint venture between Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) and Boeing, a $990 million order was placed for three 777-300ERs. Known as an extended range aircraft, the 777-300ER is a twin-aisle aircraft with fuel and cost-effective capabilities. It can hold a total of 386 passengers and travel up to 7,825 nautical miles on a non-stop route. This is following another order between the two companies for six of these aircraft in 2013.

Todd Nelp, vice-president of sales at Boeing Commercial Airplanes European, stated, “SWISS's latest order for additional airplanes is a testament to the unrivalled economics of the 777-300ER as the carrier continues to renew its long-haul fleet. The 777-300ER is the perfect platform for SWISS to showcase its exceptional customer offering and remain at the forefront of international travel." SWISS will specifically utilize these aircraft for the flag-carrier’s long-haul fleet renewal program.

Swiss International Air Lines is part of the Lufthansa Group, which includes 49 countries, a fleet of 95 aircraft, and transportation of an average of 16 million passengers each year. Furthermore, Boeing’s 777-300ERs have shown growing demand within the aerospace industry. Cathay Pacific Airways recently ordered their 50th aircraft from Boeing and plans to order three additional planes by this upcoming year. The 777-300ER took its first flight on October 1996. British Airways was first amongst many to fly the aircraft in 1997. By April 2011, Boeing received more than 48 orders. They predict to see further orders, locally and globally, in the near future.

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Invented by Roger Shawyer, the EmDrive is a theoretical propulsion system that supposedly could propel objects to near-relativistic speeds. However, the system is being met with much skepticism as it seems to clearly violate the laws of physics. Shawyer explains that it works by repeatedly bouncing microwaves back and forth in a chamber with the idea of creating a propellant-less thruster that can move a spacecraft at extraordinary speeds if enough pressure is applied. He claims that it could gain 3 tons of thrust with 1 kilowatt of power input by essentially moving the particles around the chamber of the thruster in a vacuum.

The EmDrive has recently gained more credibility after the NASA Spaceflight site published an article claiming that it is in fact real. They claim that in their experiment, 10 kilowatts of power produced 0.00061183 tons of force which is much less than Shawyer predicted but at least provides some sort of confirmation that something was in fact going on inside the chamber.

The EmDrive system dates back 15 years, and Shawyer had even less support then than he does now. He sought out investors in the United States and Britain but didn't find a ton of well-heeled believers, and by 2008, he was already going abroad for investors. In 2009 he decided to move to China, where he received backing from one scientist, Prof. Juan Yang, who claimed that it worked.

Not only did Shawyer receive little support in his idea, he was also met with ridicule from various outlets. Sci-fi writer Greg Egan was ... not a fan. Responding to the claim that EmDrive could produce thrust with a small amount of influence from microwaves, Corey Powell at Discover pointed out in August 2014 that the idea is riddled with holes. That write-up followed a slew of headlines declaring that NASA had verified the EmDrive. The reality was closer to a NASA engineer shrugging and saying "oh, that's neat."

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The Chinese company DJI has become a leader in the civilian market for drones after raising over $75 million from the venture capital firm Accel Partners. This deal, along with the $30 million investment by Sequoia Capital last year, puts DJI’s value at approximately $8 billion as well as having the distinction of being one of Accel’s largest investments ever.

DJI has slowly become one of the most popular names in the drone market. With products such as the four-rotor Phantom 2 drone and the Inspire 1, DJI’s drone offering ranges from standard to higher end models costing in a range from $859 to over $2,900. The company is now on track to exceed $1 billion in sales this year, which shows as a great feat as revenue for the company came in at $500 million last year with $120 million in profit. Over 400,000 units were sold last year and sales have either tripled or quadrupled every year between 2009 to 2014.

Founded by Frank Wang in 2006, DJI is a Chinese technology company headquartered in Shenzhen, China. The company manufactures commercial and recreational UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) and stands as a leader in the civilian drone industry. Their products range from flying cameras, flying platforms, flight controllers for multi-rotors, accessories for helicopters, camera gimbals (aerial, handheld) and ground stations. All of their products are used in a wide variety of applications such as industrial, professional, and amateur use.

Although drones have been commonly used by military and intelligence agencies, civilian usage has been on the rise. DJI drones have been used for hurricane hunting, 3-D landscape mapping, search and rescue, farming, and nature protection operations. As the popularity of their products increased, the American Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has set and is looking to propose new regulations and guidelines to ensure proper operation of the vehicles.

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NASA’s Langley Research Center has been in the process of developing a drone that looks to combine the best qualities of fixed-wing airplanes and rotary-wing helicopters. With a goal of building an aircraft with considerable speed, cargo capability, excellent maneuverability, and no need for large runways, NASA has developed a new drone prototype, the GL-10 Greased Lightning.

The GL-10 Greased Lightning is a battery-powered, ten-engine, prototype drone that has a ten-foot wingspan. The drone closes the gap between airplanes and helicopters as it is able to change its shape in midair to fly vertically or horizontally. NASA has successfully been able to launch the drone with a vertical takeoff and a rotation of its wings to transition from “helicopter” mode to “wingborne” flight.

The GL-10 is based off the V-22 Osprey which is an Air Force & Marines vertical takeoff and landing aircraft that was developed in the 1980s. As vertical takeoff and landing aircraft capabilities have been shown to be useful on large aircrafts, it is natural for manufacturers to strive for adding this technology onto smaller aircrafts.

The GL-10 is NASA’s planned solution as it utilizes four motors on each wing that are simultaneously controlled and two additional motors on the tail that are also simultaneously controlled. The drone is controlled similarly to a standard triple-engine aircraft such as the MD-11 in which there are three separate throttle controls, one for the tail and two for the engines on each wing. As its development continues, the Greased Lightning will continue to be tested on its aerodynamic efficiency.

NASA believes that due to the drone’s wings and forward facing props, it is four times more aerodynamically efficient in cruse mode compared to a helicopter. If deemed a project that can be put into production, NASA hopes the drone can be used for small package delivery, long endurance surveillance, mapping, and other applications.

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The United States Air Force has given a contract worth $80 million to Lockheed Martin for the training and advancement of C-130 aircrew.

Under the C-130J Maintenance and Aircrew Training System (MATS) II contract, Lockheed Martin will provide weapon systems and training to teach the ground-based crew.

The specific training solutions include: a C-130J Air Mobility Command (AMC) weapon systems trainer and C-130J AMC loadmaster part task trainer at Yokota Air Base in Yokota, Japan; a KC-130J weapons systems trainer, spares, support equipment and technical data; C-130 aircrew training system operations and maintenance services; and C-130J Training System Support Center services.

Lockheed Martin is applying more than 20 years of C-130 training experience to continue infusing new capabilities into these programs,” said Jim Weitzel, vice president of Training Solutions for Lockheed Martin. “Ensuring our training systems evolve, as aircraft platforms mature and as the threat environment changes, supports our warfighters in training and accelerates mission readiness.”

Lockheed Martin has trained more than 15,000 students. They have delivered 17 major training devices, 12 training aids, and more than 3,300 aircrew courseware lessons with their C-130J MATS program. Students from over 40 countries have trained with the system. Every year, they put 11,000 students through the school.

The system includes training for all aircrew positions, and includes refresher courses if they are needed. Training sites can be found in Air Force bases in Georgia, Texas, Alaska, and Arkansas, as well as Yokota Air Base in Japan.

The C-130J Super Hercules aircraft is operated in 16 countries, has over one million flight hours logged, can transport more than 20 tons of cargo and supplies, and can operate on makeshift runways and high mountain ranges. Lockheed Martin says it is unparalleled when it comes to flexibility, versatility, and relevance.

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Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract by Arabsat and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology to produce two A2100-based communications satellites. Valued at $650 million, the contract stands as Lockheed Martin’s first new commercial satellite contract since 2011 when it completed a deal with the Australian satellite company NewSat.

The two spacecraft that will be constructed will be named HellasSat4/SaudiGeoSat 1 and Arabsat 6A, both of which are planned to be launched in 2018. The HellasSat4/SaudiGeoSat 1 has a launch mass of approximately 6,000 kilograms (13,227 pounds) and will be launched from a French Guiana Ariane 5 rocket on the upper berth of the dual payload adaptor structure. SpaceX will be assisting in the launch of the Arabsat 6A on their Falcon Heavy rocket. New launch pads will be prepared by SpaceX at Kennedy Space Center in Florida as well as Brownsville, Texas to support Falcon Heavy launches.

Both of the satellites are based on Lockheed Martin’s A2100 communications satellite spacecraft model. First launched in 1996, the A2100 geosynchronous spacecraft series is specifically designed for telecommunication needs, supporting platforms such as Ka-band broadband and broadcast services, fixed satellite services in C-band and Ku-band payload configurations, high-power direct broadcast services using the Ku-band frequency spectrum, and mobile satellite services using UHF, L-band and S-band payloads. Lockheed Martin provides A2100 to communications companies worldwide including Astra, Telesat, and JSAT Corporation.

Lockheed Martin is a leading American global aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technology company. Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin employs over 100,000 people and has over 12 different subsidiaries. Being one of the world’s largest defense contractors, a majority of their revenue comes from military sales. The company’s five business segments are Aeronautics, Information Systems & Global Solutions, Missile and Fire Control, Mission Systems and Training, and Space Systems.

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In April 2015, Aerojet Rocketdyne announced that they have been selected by NASA to design an electric propulsion system to power its future manned spaceflights to cislunar space and beyond to Mars. The company will soon begin negotiations to finalize contract terms. The scope of the contract will include Aerojet Rocketdyne developing a 100kW hall thruster system, including its 250kW multi-channel nested hall thruster (NHT).

Aerojet Rocketdyne will also build a 100kW modular power processing unit (PPU) and associated components of the modular feed system. PPUs are designed to power the hall thruster by converting the electrical power generated by a spacecraft's solar arrays. Under the contract, the company will also have an option to complete system integration testing and a 100-hour test of the 100kW system.

Julie Van Kleeck, Aerojet Rocketdyne’s advanced space and launch systems vice-president, is excited to fulfill the contract. She said in a statement, "Our high-power nested hall thruster system will provide the best path in the development of faster transportation to the moon, Mars and beyond. When it comes to cargo and crew transportation, our advanced propulsion system will dramatically decrease the trip times and cost of human exploration."

Advanced in-space programs executive director Roger Myers is also very excited. He said: "Our unique flight experience with 5kW hall thruster systems enables us to efficiently develop these very high-power, scalable solar electric propulsion systems. There are many applications for these systems, including new government and commercial missions that will benefit from high power, fast trip times.”

Headquartered in Sacramento, California, Aerojet Rocketdyne is an American rocket and missile propulsion manufacturer owned by GenCorp. The company was formed in 2013 when Aerojet merged with Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne.

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NASA has created the world’s first copper rocket engine part through the new technology of 3D printing. The combustion chamber liner was constructed using GRCo-84, which is a copper alloy created by the scientists at Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

8,255 layers of copper power were used to produce the rocket part as tit was fused through the use of a laser melting machine. Prior to the production of the liner, NASA worked on several different test parts and characterized the material for 3D printing processing parameter evaluation. In addition, a process was made for additive manufacturing with copper which, according to NASA, reduces costs of manufacturing rocket components.

The copper liner will be a part of NASA’s low cost upper stage-class propulsion project and will be fortified in the Langley Research Center with an electron beam that will direct deposit a nickel super-alloy covering onto the surface of the copper liner. The technology of producing copper parts via 3D printing is one that NASA hopes will assist in continuing NASA’s journey to Mars. The extreme cold propellants in the rocket combustion chambers are heated to high temperature to propel the rockets into space.

On the inside of the copper liner, the temperatures can reach over 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit, in which melting is prevented through recirculating gases cooled to less than 100 degrees above absolute zero on the other side of the wall. In order to achieve this, over 200 channels must be built between the inner and outer liner wall. These small channels along with extremely complicated internal geometries served as a challenge to NASA’s additive manufacturing team.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, more commonly known as NASA, is the United State government entity that is responsible for the civilian space program along with aeronautics and aerospace research. With over 18,000 employees the agency has succeeded in multiple space missions since 1915.

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Raytheon has been awarded a $103 million contract from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to develop a more accurate GPS.

Raytheon will develop a payload system based in space on a geostationary Earth orbit satellite. With this new technology, it will increase the accuracy of the system in national airspace significantly. Older versions were accurate to about 100 meters, and with their new system it will be reduced to just two meters. Essentially, instead of saying they are able to locate a football field, they are reducing it to almost the exact yard line.

The new GPS will be a major component of the FAA’s Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), and it allows the GPS to be more available and more accurate for commercial and general aviation aircraft.

"The WAAS system is a critical component to ensuring our national airspace remains safe, especially with the increased volume of air traffic,” said Michael Espinola, Raytheon air traffic systems managing director. “Raytheon's 18 years of collaboration with the FAA continues to deliver accurate, high-integrity GPS navigation technologies to all pilots within the national airspace."

WAAS system allows for more direct flight routing, and helps out with landing by providing more accurate approaches – even finding access to unimproved airports and remote landing sites without having to rely on infrastructures on the ground.

The GEO 6 works by receiving signals from the ground station and transmitting it to the aircraft. The payload can be expected to launch sometime in the middle of 2017, and will start its ten-year operational phase in 2019.

Raytheon has 61,000 employees worldwide, and reported a revenue of $23 billion last year. They are a leader in defense, security, electronics, intelligence systems, and much more. Their new GPS shows how they are always leading the pack with their innovation.

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In April 2015, Thales Alenia Space signed a contract with the Korean satellite service operator KTSAT to design and build two telecommunications satellites, the Koreasat-7 and Koreasat-5A. As the program’s prime contractor, Thales Alenia Space is in charge of the design, production, testing and On Ground Delivery (OGD) of the satellites. It will also take charge of the launch campaigns, the launch and early operations phase (LEOP) and in-orbit tests (IOT).

Recently, Thales Alenia Space completed the preliminary design review (PDR) of the Koreasat-7 and Koreasat-5A satellites. These two satellites are set to be operated by KTSAT, a subsidiary of KT, and will serve South Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Japan, Indochina and the Middle East regions with internet access, multimedia, broadcasting and fixed communications services.

Built on the upgraded Spacebus 4000B2 platform from Thales Alenia Space, the Koreasat-7 satellite whose coverage zone encompasses Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia and India, will be positioned at 116° East and fitted with Ku-band transponders and Ka-band transponders. Koreasat-5A will be positioned at 113° East, carry Ku-band transponders and will cover Korea, Japan, Indochina and the Middle East. Each satellite will weigh about 3,500 kg at launch and will offer payload power of about 7 kW.

Jean-Loic Galle, President and CEO of Thales Alenia Space, is confident in his company’s ability to deliver. He said in a statement:  "KTSAT is a long-standing customer, for whom we already built the Koreasat-5 and Koreasat-6 satellites. Through this new contract, we support the development of large-scale space programs in South Korea and in Asia." The contract also calls for Thales Alenia Space to be in charge of the launch services which are expected to occur in 2017.

Headquartered in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, the Thales Group is a multinational company with footholds in multiple platforms including aerospace, space and defense, security, and transportation. Along with Finmeccanica, they are the parent company of Thales Alenia Space which was established on April 5, 2006.

Today, the Thales Group has operations in more than 50 countries with over 68,000 employees-7,500 of which are employed by the Alenia Space segment. As of 2013, the company operates in 14 industrial sites located in six countries: France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, England and USA. As a whole, Thales Group reported a revenue of USD$15 billion in 2011, 60% of which came from military sales. Fortune 500 Global ranks the group as the 475th-largest company and the 11th-largest defense contractor in the world.

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In April 2015, Northrop Grumman’s X-47B Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle Demonstrator successfully completed an autonomous aerial refueling (AAR) test by plugging into an aerial refueling basket behind an Omega Air KC-707. The Salty Dog 502, one of the two UCAS-D aircraft of the X-47B program, was the aircraft that performed the test off the coast of Maryland. Originally, the aircraft was not going to receive funding for aerial refueling, but the money ended up coming through for what is slated to be the final test of the historic X-47B.

The AAR in set to be the last for the two X-47B stealth killer drone technology demonstrators (the other being “Salty Dog 501?). At the end of this testing phase, the two unmanned aircraft will be retired and probably donated to a museum or stored at the “boneyard”, the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. In fact, the X-47B is just a technology demonstrator and, as such, it’s still quite different from the planned Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS).

Headquartered in West Falls Church, Virginia, the Northrop Grumman Corporation is an American global aerospace and defense technology company that produces aircraft carriers, military aircraft and vessels, missile defense systems, satellites, and information technology. It was formed in 1994 when Northrop purchased Grumman. Northrop Grumman is also a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. In 2010, it was the fourth-largest defense contractor in the world and, in 2011, ranked number 72 of the Fortune 500 list of the largest corporations in America. The company employs over 68,000 people worldwide and in 2012 reported revenues of USD$25 billion.

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Rocket Lab, the Lockheed Martin-funded start up, has revealed their new Rutherford engine. The Rutherford is made up of mostly 3D-printed components, powered by battery and electric turbo pump, and can thrust 4,600 pounds. Powered by a mix of kerosene and liquid oxygen, the engine’s key feature is the use of a battery to power brushless DC motors in the turbo pump. Usually, pressurized gas is used to power a turbine. However, the Rutherford’s innovative electric motor that powers the pump is only the size of a soda can and has approximately 50 horsepower.

The goal of utilizing a battery is to improve performance while lowering the costs. In addition, it is much less complex compared to a conventional gas generator turbo pump. The battery-powered pump is also more easily modified as it can be changed with software. The software takes a significantly complex thermodynamic problem and turns it into a system that can be tweaked infinitely.

Rocket Lab designed the engine to power propulsion for their Electron rocket, which is a 20-meter rocket made out of carbon composites. The rocket is relatively lightweight and can deliver payloads of 100kg to a 500km sun-synchronous orbit or 400kg payloads to lower Earth orbits. Rocket Lab hopes to launch up to 100 payloads a year from New Zealand at a price of $4.9 million per launch. With the Rutherford engine complete, Rocket Lab is preparing for the first launch of Electron by the end of this year.

Headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand, Rocket Lab Ltd. designs and fabricates sounding rockets, small satellite launch systems, and propulsions systems. In 2010, the company was awarded a contract by the United States Operationally Responsive Space Office to study a low cost space launcher for sending nano-satellites into orbit. Since then, Rocket Lab has received continuous funding for research in space systems.

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In April 2015, a Boeing-manufactured RC-135U aircraft was intercepted by a Russian SU-27 Flanker fighter jet while flying over the Baltic Sea. The encounter was more than just unsafe. According to US officials at the Pentagon, the Russian pilot’s actions were “unsafe and unprofessional due to the aggressive maneuvers it performed in close proximity to their aircraft and its high rate of speed." Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright said the Pentagon and State Department will "file the appropriate petition through diplomatic channels" with Russia.

Unfortunately, this is not the first aggressive behavior that a Russian SU-27 has aimed at a United States plane. Last year, a Russian jet flew within 100 feet of a Boeing RC-135U over the Sea of Okhotsk in the Western Pacific. US officials considered it to be “one of the most dangerous close passes” since the Cold War in the skies north of Japan. The United States and Russia have many opportunities to encounter each other, both in Northern Europe and the area between the Russian Far East and Alaska.

Russia is defending their maneuver by saying the US plane was flying towards their border with their transponder switched off, which can be mistaken as a threatening act. Major General Igor Konashenkov said the Russian jet flew around the U.S. plane several times in order to identify it and get its tail number. The Boeing RC-135U is one of the most secretive U.S. surveillance planes: deployed at RAF Mildenhall in the UK, it provides strategic electronic reconnaissance information, performing signal analysis by means of a wide variety of commercial off-the-shelf and proprietary hardware and software, including the Automatic Electronic Emitter Locating System. It makes sense that the Russian are unhappy when one of these planes flies in the vicinity of their bases however, an official with the U.S. European Command said the claim that the transponder was off was false.

The Boeing Company is an American global designer and manufacturer of airplanes, rotorcraft, rockets, and satellites. It also provides leasing and product support services to a multinational customer base. Boeing is among the largest global aircraft manufacturers, is the second-largest defense contractor in the world based on reported 2013 revenue, and is the largest exporter in the United States by dollar value.

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The Asteroid Impact & Deflection Assessment mission is a joint effort by the United States’ NASA and the European Space Agency to investigate the threat of an asteroid collision with our planet. The first mission, dubbed the Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM), is set for October 2020 in which a spacecraft will enter and observe the Didymos binary asteroid system. Didymos is 800 meters wide and is orbited by a 170 meter wide asteroid, the “Didymoon”. The Didymoon is the selected target for NASA and ESA. Although the exact nature of the space agencies’ experiments is still being decided, ESA may possible make contact with the smaller asteroid using a lander. CubeSats will be used to gather initial data, including optical and thermal maps.

The second stage of the mission is known as the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) which kicks in two years later. In the year 2022, the spacecraft will accelerate to 13,000 miles per hour and strike Didymoon, while AIM will stand by to record and relay the results of DART’s kinetic impact. Ian Carnelli, mission manager of AIM, states that the impact will reveal the role of “ejecta plume” on a larger scale. Ejecta plume is an unusual formation of debris after impact with both a low angle plume and an extreme high angle plume that rose nearly straight up. With the Earth safely out of harm’s way, being approximately 6 million miles away, this will mark the first time an impact calibrated to this level will be studied.

According to Discovery News, if an asteroid the size of the Didymoon were to strike Earth it would leave a crater 2.5 kilometers wide and cause thousands of kilometers of damage. In comparison, the Tunguska impactor which destroyed 80 million trees in a 2,150 square kilometer area in Russia in 1908 was almost three times smaller than Didymoon.

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In April 2015, the Boeing-Lockheed Martin joint venture United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced the details of its Vulcan platform, a next-generation launch system intended to end US reliance on Russian-built rocket engines. The goal of this new reusable rocket, which is planned to take flight in 2019, is to make future launch services affordable and accessible. Vulcan will have the capabilities to facilitate missions from low-Earth orbit all the way to Pluto.

"Because the next-generation launch system will be the highest-performing, most cost-efficient rocket on the market, it will open up new opportunities for the nation's use of space,” said ULA president and CEO Tory Bruno in a statement at the 31st Space Symposium. "Whether it is scientific missions, medical advancements, national security or new economic opportunities for businesses, ULA's new Vulcan rocket is a game-changer in terms of creating endless possibilities in space." Last month, ULA launched an online naming competition that allowed Americans to play a role in the future of space. Over 1 million votes were cast and Vulcan came out on top.

Vulcan features a supercharged booster with recoverable engines, and a new upper stage capable of recycling gaseous oxygen and hydrogen to power other subsystems. Vulcan’s core stage is powered by a pair of liquefied natural gas-fed Blue Origin BE-4 engines. The move is part of a broader push to end the country's reliance on Russian-built RD-180 engines, which power the Atlas V. Up to six solid rocket boosters can be added to Vulcan, one more than the five available on Atlas flights. Vulcan comes with larger fuel tanks to take advantage of the dual BE-4s, which produce up to 550,000 pounds of thrust each for a total of 1.1 million, an improvement over the 930,000 pounds available from a single RD-180, which currently powers the Atlas V.

The Boeing Company is an American global designer and manufacturer of airplanes, rotorcraft, rockets, and satellites. It also provides leasing and product support services to a multinational customer base. Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

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Lockheed Martin announced in April 2015 that they have awarded American aerospace and defense company Orbital ATK a USD$90 million contract to provide the attitude control motor (ACM) for Orion's launch abort system (LAS). With the new LAS, the capsule gets separated from the launch vehicle in the case of an in-flight emergency, allowing the astronaut crew to safely escape. Orbital ATK Defense Systems group president Mike Kahn said in a statement:
"This critical work supporting Lockheed Martin on the Orion program recognizes our long history of safety, reliability and innovation."
Cary Ralston, Orbital ATK Defense Systems group missile products division vice president and general manager, is excited about receiving the contract from Lockheed Martin. He said:
"Orion represents the future of manned spaceflight, and will take humans deeper into space than ever before. Working with Lockheed Martin and NASA, Orbital ATK is committed to making spaceflight safer than ever before for our astronauts."
The Orion spacecraft is being designed to carry as many as four astronauts into deep space and then returning them to Earth beginning in 2021. Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is the largest defense contractor in the world, with divisions in aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technology. The company employs 116,000 workers worldwide. The company operates in five business segments: Aeronautics, Information Systems & Global Solutions, Missile and Fire Control, Mission Systems and Training, and Space Systems. In 2009, US government contracts accounted for $38.4 billion (85%), foreign government contracts $5.8 billion (13%), and commercial and other contracts for $900 million (2%). ASAP Aerospace, a parts purchasing resource created by ASAP Semiconductor, is a premier logistics and supply chain partner for all aerospace manufacturing and technology-driven companies. ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of Lockheed Martin parts. We are ISO 9001-2008 certified, ASA 100 accredited, and a member of the Aviation Suppliers Association. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive catalogue of both obsolete and in-production Lockheed Martin parts at www.asap-aerospace.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-aerospace.com or call 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.

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After a co-pilot on a Germanwings flight deliberately crashed into the French Alps in March of 2015, aviation commentators have been considering alternate modes of commercial flights, namely sans human pilots. Although automated technology in flights are hardly new, with computer autopilot and navigation auto-corrected by GPS systems and motion sensors, some have promoted the feasibility of entirely robot-driven or remotely operated commercial flights. According to the New York Times, pilots of Boeing 777s spend just seven minutes manually operating their planes while Airbus pilots spend only three to four minutes.The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is making headway in plane automation with a technology known as the Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS). ALIAS is an artificial intelligence equipped with situational awareness capability as well as the ability to control aircraft maneuvers. Likewise, NASA is working on the viability of a ground-based co-pilot remotely operating multiple flights at once. At the agency’s Ames facility, scientists tested the Terminal Sequencing and Spacing software which is supposed to increase efficiency in air traffic by up to 20%, potentially saving up to billions of dollars in annual labor costs of co-pilots. Other suggestions include installing Automatic Ground-Collision Avoidance Systems (Auto-GCAS) technology onto commercial aircraft. The technology is already used on military aircraft, currently integrated onto the US Air Force’s F-16 fleet, after becoming operational in October of last year. Auto-GCAS was first developed in the 1980s as a result of a collaboration between NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, Lockheed Martin, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and the Air Force Test Center. Auto-GCAS senses an aircraft’s altitude, attitude, speed, and proximity to terrain. If the program determines the likelihood of a crash it will automatically correct the aircraft’s course away from collision. However, critics of this idea argue that the technology is still susceptible to security concerns, with the possibility of being hacked into, and that human pilots are still able to override the system’s response. Via our proprietary website ASAP Aerospace, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of Lockheed Martin products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current Lockheed Martin parts at http://www.asap-aerospace.com/. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-aerospace.com or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.

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For the fourth year in a row, NASA will be holding the Space App Challenge event in multiple locations across the globe. Part of the NASA incubator innovation program, the Space App Challenge is a three-day coding competition in which over 10,000 participants develop applications, software, hardware, and data visualization platforms which address 35 challenge areas provided by NASA. This year, the competition’s main themes are: outer space, earth, humans, and robotics. Challenges include: developing a “deep space CamSat” or a nano-satellite/CubeSat which can orbit outer space and take pictures during planetary flybys (events of interest), designing a “stream gazer” data visualization tool to animate changes over time in the United States’ stream and river network, and developing a quad-copter drone which can assist in moving five-pound items within a space station or spacecraft. This year IBM will be offering participants free access to their cloud development platform, Bluemix, to facilitate composition, testing, and deployment of their apps. Released in June 2014, Bluemix is a cloud platform as a service (PaaS). Running on SoftLayer infrastructure, the service supports several programming languages and is based on Cloud Foundry open technology. Bluemix offers an Internet of Things sensor-based app as a boilerplate and developers can also work with code which is specially-purposed for data management, mobile, DevOps, and other categories. Bluemix also offers a set of cognitive apps, called Watson, which includes programs such as Visual Recognition, Message Resonance, and Tradeoff Analytics. Two projects from each city will be accepted into a second round of judging. In addition, IBM will offer a separate set of 30 awards for the best use of Bluemix. Via our proprietary website ASAP Aerospace, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of IBM products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current IBM parts at www.asap-aerospace.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-aerospace.com or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.

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In April 2015, Raytheon, the 4th-largest American defense contractor by revenue, has been awarded a contract for Patriot air and missile defense system enhancements. Granted by the United States Army Aviation and Missile Command, the USD$212 million contract calls for Raytheon to provide a series of services which include software development, systems analysis, testing and logistics support, and country-specific systems requirements. Through a shared engineering services agreement, the improvements are funded by the United States along with 12 other Patriot partner nations and will augment the capability and readiness of the system. The primary goal of the contract is to prepare the Patriot to a consistent high-readiness rate and allow it to be ahead of any new threats of today’s battlefield. Contract work will be completed in several locations including Andover, Billerica, Burlington and Tewksbury, Massachusetts; El Segundo, California; El Paso, Texas; Huntsville, Alabama; Norfolk, Virginia; Pelham, New Hampshire; and White Sands, New Mexico, United States. Patriot is a long-range, all-altitude, all-weather air defense system jointly produced by Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. Designed to defend soldiers against aircraft, ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and unmanned aerial vehicles, the Patriot stands as one of the most advanced defense systems. There are currently 14 nations using the Patriot: United States, United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, Egypt, Germany, South Korea, Spain, Greece, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, and Spain. With a primary product focus on weapons and military and commercial electronics worldwide, Raytheon has met over $24 billion in yearly revenue. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts and employs over 63,000 workers in facilities around the world. Over 90% of Raytheon’s revenue was obtained from military contracts and it is considered the fifth-largest military contractor in the world. Via our proprietary website ASAP Aerospace, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of Raytheon products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current Raytheon parts at www.asap-aerospace.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-aerospace.com or 1-866-756-8540 for a quote.

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Lockheed Martin announced in April 2015 that it will be the prime contractor of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) program of AGM-114R1 Hellfire missiles and associated equipment to the Republic of Korea. The sale, which is estimated to be around USD$81 million, calls for a supply of 400 AGM-114R1 Hellfire II semi-active laser missiles with containers, 100 ATM-114Q air training missiles, and 12 M36E8 Hellfire II captive air training missiles. South Korea intends to use these Hellfire missiles to supplement its existing missile capability and current weapons inventory, while at the same time strengthening its homeland defense to ward off various regional threats. The sale of these missiles is also expected to contribute to South Korea's force modernization goals and enhance interoperability with the US forces. South Korea, which is one of the major political and economic powers in East Asia and the Western Pacific, is a key partner of the United States in ensuring peace and stability in the region. By addressing the legitimate security and defense requirements of South Korea, the sale will contribute directly to the United States’ foreign policy and national security objectives. Currently, Lockheed Martin is looking forward to get the contract approval from the US State Department. The AGM-114 Hellfire, designed by Lockheed Martin, is a precision-strike, multi-purpose missile designed primarily to provide anti-armor capabilities for attack helicopters against a wide range of targets in the battlefield. Designed for launch from multiple air, sea and ground platforms, the 100-pound missile features semi-active laser seekers, a guidance computer and steering control, as well as propulsion systems, and can also be used by lock-on before or after launch for enhanced platform survivability. By defense revenue, Lockheed Martin is the largest defense contractor in the world. Lockheed Martin is an American company operating divisions in aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technology. Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, the company employs 116,000 workers worldwide. The company operates in five business segments: Aeronautics, Information Systems & Global Solutions, Missile and Fire Control, Mission Systems and Training, and Space Systems. In 2009, US government contracts accounted for $38.4 billion (85%), foreign government contracts $5.8 billion (13%), and commercial and other contracts for $900 million (2%). The company’s net sales for 2014 were $45.6 billion. The Missile and Fire Control segment of Lockheed Martin generated revenues of $7.1 billion in FY14, contributing to 15.5% of the total revenues. Via our proprietary website ASAP Aerospace, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of Lockheed Martin products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current Lockheed Martin parts at www.asap-aerospace.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-aerospace.com or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.

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