On the heels of today's National Space Council meeting at the Kennedy Space Center, AIA Vice President for Space Systems Frank Slazer penned an op-ed in the Orlando Sentinel calling for greater NASA funding that is aligned with the nation's strong space aspirations.
Japan will reportedly buy another 20 to 25 F-35 fighter jets in the next six years, sourcing the aircraft directly from Lockheed Martin. Japan would reportedly save approximately $30 million per aircraft by procuring them directly from the US.
The State Department has given its approval for up to $1.37 billion in foreign weapons sales, including $1.2 billion in upgrades to Apache helicopters for the Netherlands.
BAE Systems is seeing strong demand for its Hawk advanced jet in the Middle East as countries there increase their fleets and seek planes for training and close-air support. "We are looking at Middle East and Gulf markets with which we have an existing relationship, particularly in the Middle East, and those accessible markets who have, or will soon replenish, their front-line fleets with fourth- and fifth-generation fighters," said BAE's Dean McCumiskey.
Boeing is collaborating with Oerlikon to develop processes for qualifying additive manufacturing firms that produce 3D-printed metallic aircraft components. "This agreement is an important step toward fully unlocking the value of powder bed titanium additive manufacturing for the aerospace industry," said Boeing's Leo Christodoulou.
The White House reportedly is getting behind efforts to ease regulations for space companies, including placing deregulation initiatives under the aegis of the Commerce Department and cutting launch rules. The administration wants to promote space ventures.
Bigelow Aerospace is stepping up efforts to increase its commercial space station business by establishing Bigelow Space Operations. The unit will study the market for B330 expandable space modules.
Mark Dunkerley, CEO of Hawaiian Airlines for the last 15 years, officially steps down at the end of this month. In this interview, he talks about the transformation of the airline, his love of flying and Hawaiian's future. "I love this place. I'm a huge fan of everything about our community and I'm an optimist about its future. I want to have a front row seat to see how our community develops in the years to come," Dunkerley says.
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