General Dynamics CEO Phebe Novakovic says Silicon Valley companies should work with the US government, noting that it is "troubling" some firms do not want to work with the Pentagon. "Who do they think provides them this freedom? Who do they think the platform for their technology innovation comes from? It comes from security and stability of this nation," she said.
Attendees of the Paris Air Show will be looking for information from Boeing regarding the 777X and New Mid-market Airplane. Significant order announcements from both Boeing and Airbus are expected, and Boeing could provide more details regarding a 787-10 order from Air New Zealand.
Turkey's possible departure from the F-35 program would likely not impact current or future per-jet cost reductions, sources say. The Defense Department and Lockheed Martin have announced a deal in principle for 478 F-35s globally, including those reserved for Turkey.
Mitsubishi Aircraft has updated the branding for its MRJ aircraft to the "SpaceJet" family of planes and introduced the SpaceJet M100 with 76 seats for the US market.
Airbus is considering a future hybrid-electric aircraft to succeed the A320neo. This would be the first jetliner to use hybrid-electric technology.
The new analytics platform Honeywell Forge for Airlines promises to help carriers boost profits while improving the passenger experiencing. The system incorporates a wide range of data to glean insights.
China has selected six experiments from the international community to be conducted aboard its future space station, with possibly more to be granted access. Countries organizing the experiments include Switzerland, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, the Netherlands, Norway, Mexico, Poland, Peru, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia and Spain.
To help telescopes detect the faint indications of planets orbiting distant stars, NASA is proposing a solution to shade out the interfering light from other stars. The plan involves lofting a space telescope along with a large flat shade positioned 40,000 kilometers in front of the telescope to block unwanted light.
The Defense Department has awarded Huntington Ingalls a $687 million contract for work on the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier.