Michael Mecham mecham@aviationweek.com

Michael Mecham mecham@aviationweek.com
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L-1011 Drop-Launches NASA's Newest Solar Satellite
NASA reports “a great insertion orbit” for its newest orbiting telescope for studying the Sun’s dynamic temperature bands.
Boeing Begins Manufacturing On KC-46A 
With what is traditionally a first “piece” for a new airplane, Boeing’s workers loaded the wing spar for the U.S. Air Force’s KC-46A tanker into jigs at its widebody headquarters in Everett, Wash., on June 26, marking the start of major assembly work that should lead to a first flight a year from now.
Boeing Capital Places More 717s 

Fourteen years after the 717 entered service and years after many thought it would disappear, Boeing Capital Corp. continues to find lease homes for the 100-seat 717.

QantasLink, Australia’s largest regional carrier and a 717 user since 2002, will take five more beginning late this year to grow its fleet to 18. All have upgraded interiors that include a full business class and inflight entertainment systems.

Gencorp's Rocketdyne Acquisition Wins Reluctant Approval 
The FTC is choosing not to challenge the merger “primarily because the Department of Defense wishes to see the transaction go forward for national security reasons,” the FTC said. (Photo: USAF)
Boeing Increases Forecast For Jet Demand
Says airlines are increasingly focused on the middle of the market
More Additive Manufacturing For GE Aviation 

In a push to shorten the time between parts manufacturing and aero-engine assembly, GE Aviation is joining with a Sigma Labs, a contract engineering specialist and GE’s neighbor in Evendale, Ohio, to develop 3D procedures specifically aimed at inspecting additive manufactured parts.

Cubesat Ejector Missions Planned 
NASA’s Ames Research Center will test a 10-in. high deployment system that can launch as many as 24 nanosats at once during piggyback rides on two Defense Department demonstration missions. (Photo: Pumpkin Inc.)
Boeing Starts Delivering 787s
Goal of achieving 60 deliveries in 2013 came one closer
Airbus To Start Construction Of Mobile Factory 

As Airbus readies for the first concrete pour for its new A320 factory in Mobile, Ala., the company is empowering plant managers to make decisions to assure that its supply chain runs smoothly.

“We really need the supply chain to run like clockwork,” Airbus North America President and CEO Barry Eccleston said May 8 during Aviation Week’s Civil Aircraft Manufacturing Conference in Charlotte, N.C.

Rolls Buys Long-Time Composites Supplier 
Rolls-Royce has bought Hyper-Therm High Temperature Composites of Huntington Beach, Calif., a supplier of heat-tolerant composite materials for gas turbine engines.
FAA Says United 787 Battery Fix To Cost $2.8 Million 
The FAA estimates that the cost to install new lithium-ion batteries, new enclosures, venting systems and related safety hardware on United Airlines’ six Boeing 787-8s will total close to $2.8 million.
FAA Says United 787 Battery Fix To Cost $2.8 Million 

The FAA estimates that the cost to install new lithium-ion batteries, new enclosures, venting systems and related safety hardware on United Airlines’ six Boeing 787-8s will total close to $2.8 million.

Boeing Expects 787 Fix To Be Completed Mid-May
SAN FRANCISCO - Boeing’s engineering team of more than 300 personnel has started to install battery kits in 10 of the 50 grounded 787s and nine of the 25 787-8s produced since the FAA ordered a halt to flights mid-January. (Photo: Boeing)
Boeing Defense Surprisingly Strong 
While first-quarter revenues at Boeing Defense, Space & Security were $8.1 billion, off 1% from a year ago, operating margins climbed 1.3 percentage points to 10.3%, signaling continued strength in international markets fueled partly by concerns over rogue states.
Boeing To Cut 1,500-1,700 Engineers
Gap before new programs begin will be too long, company says
 
Blogs
Apr 15, 2015
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Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."...More
Apr 14, 2015
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Apollo 13 Story Is Still Gripping After 45 Years (1970) 2

The flight of Apollo 13 in April 1970 was one of the most dramatic events in the history of human spaceflight –- and ultimately one of NASA’s finest hours. For three days, the lives of three astronauts who had been bound for the third lunar landing mission hung in the balance....More
Apr 13, 2015
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NavWeek: Ballistic Bombast 14

China may be able to take out an American aircraft carrier with its feared DF-21 antiship ballistic missile (ASBM) without even taking a shot....More
Apr 10, 2015
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Lessons From Space Shuttle Columbia (1981) 10

The space shuttle was a magnificent machine, the most capable spaceship ever built. It was also a fragile monster that required an expensive standing army to fly, and punished the slightest inattention to detail in its preparation and operation with fatal results....More
Apr 8, 2015
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Photo: Water Cannon Salute For Inaugural Memphis-Dallas Love Field Service

Southwest Airlines inaugurated Memphis-Dallas Love Field service on Wednesday morning, opening up direct commercial service between the two airports for the first time....More

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