Northrop Grumman's Enhanced Polar System Recapitalization satellite has passed its critical design review with the Air Force, a major milestone. The $410 million contract for EPS-R was awarded last year.
Leidos will continue to deliver general aviation flight briefings under a $1 billion contract extension from the Federal Aviation Administration. "We look forward to delivering enhancements, like our interactive map application, to keep general aviation pilots better informed as they plan their flights with the FAA," said Jim Moos of Leidos.
The Air Force is taking "corrective action" regarding its launch services solicitation, responding to issues raised by the Government Accountability Office. United Launch Alliance, Northrop Grumman, Blue Origin and SpaceX will all be given an opportunity to update their proposals following the changes.
Boeing and United Launch Alliance are preparing for the CST-100 Starliner's first trip to the International Space Station with a launch planned for Dec. 19. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine called the payload a "beautiful sight," via Twitter.
A new report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies finds that the Army can afford to advance its Future Vertical Lift program and move forward with future armed reconnaissance aircraft and future long-range assault aircraft programs simultaneously. Bell, Sikorsky, Karem, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman team and AVX/L3Harris have submitted FARA designs, with a design expected from Boeing as well.
The Air Force will seek a commercial derivative aircraft to replace four Boeing E-4B aircraft under the Survivable Airborne Operations Center program. The fleet of E-4Bs enables US leaders to manage the battlefield from the air in the event that underground facilities have been damaged.
Saab has completed the first flight of a Gripen E made for Sweden's Air Force. Saab will begin deliveries of the Gripen E to Sweden before year's end.
Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Harris Corporation, and Leidos have been selected by the Missile Defense Agency to build prototypes of hypersonic weapons detection systems. The prototyping exercise is part of the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor program.
Bombardier says it will meet its goal of at least 15 Global 7500 deliveries in 2019. The company is shifting its workforce in order to meet the target.