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3 Essential Questions From A&D Digital Thread Webcast

December 26, 2014 1:08 pm | by Matthew Littlefield | Articles | Comments

LNS Research and Manufacturing.net hosted a webinar entitled: "Weaving the Digital Thread in Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing: Strategies for Connecting to the Customer Experience." Throughout the course of the event, we had a number of questions from attendees. As is typically the case, though, we were unable to get to all of them. In this post, we'll reexamine these questions and provide answers to a few that went unaddressed.

MAPI Analysis on Durable Goods Drop

December 26, 2014 9:30 am | by Daniel J. Meckstroth, Vice President, Chief Economist, MAPI | News | Comments

The Census Bureau reports that new orders for durable goods in November fell 0.7%, following 0.3...

Drone Industry Launches Safety Campaign

December 22, 2014 3:15 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some drones on the market are capable of reaching altitudes as high as 18,000 feet — the start...

NASA's Orion Spacecraft Returns After Test Flight

December 19, 2014 9:58 am | by Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The capsule arrived back at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday. It rocketed into orbit...

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SpaceX Delays Space Station Delivery Until Jan.

December 18, 2014 9:49 am | by Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

On Thursday, the SpaceX company announced it was delaying this week's planned shipment until January.                                           

Lockheed Martin To Settle Suit

December 17, 2014 1:55 pm | by Jim Suhr, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin Corp. has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing the aerospace and defense company of mismanaging the investment accounts of its employees and retirees.                     

Boeing 737 Factory to Move to Clean Energy

December 17, 2014 9:52 am | by Phuong Le, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing said it plans to buy renewable energy credits to replace fossil-fuel power at the factory in Washington state where it assembles its 737 commercial airplanes.                         

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How Many American Homes Can Boeing's New Jet Power?

December 16, 2014 2:43 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE Aviation has spent the last two decades developing smarter, lighter and more efficient electrical and computer systems for military and passenger planes. The business unit just won a major order to supply electrical power technology and avionics systems to Boeing’s family of new 777X wide-body aircraft, which is currently in development.

MC Industrial To Construct Boeing Composite Facility Expansion

December 16, 2014 2:11 pm | News | Comments

St. Louis-based MC Industrial, Inc., an independent McCarthy company, has been chosen to construct Boeing’s new 367,000-square-foot composite center on its St. Louis campus.                      

Alcoa Buying Tital to Help Expand Aerospace Unit

December 15, 2014 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa is buying a titanium and aluminum structural castings company, Tital, to help expand its global aerospace business.                                     

Alcoa Doubling High-Tech Coating Capacity in MI to Capture Growing Aerospace Demand

December 11, 2014 2:40 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Alcoa Power and Propulsion, a unit of lightweight, high-performance metals leader Alcoa, is doubling its high-technology coating capacity at its Whitehall, Michigan facility. The $16.7 million investment will position the Company to further capture growing demand for advanced jet engine parts.

Senator's Family Sues Manufacturers After Plane Crash

December 10, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The family of a U.S. senator whose son was killed in a plane crash is seeking damages from the aircraft's manufacturers in a negligence lawsuit.                               

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Learn how Big Data and Analytics are Driving Operational Excellence for A&D Manufacturers and Suppliers

December 10, 2014 10:04 am | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

New technologies can be daunting, particularly in Aerospace and Defense manufacturing. With such a high value attached to data security and production downtime, manufacturers need to make sure that the potential rewards of new technologies are worth the inherent risks. Find out how today’s technologies are eliminating these risks and accelerating operational excellence in leading A&D companies.  

Orion Launches New Era of Space Exploration

December 5, 2014 2:09 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

On the second attempt day, NASA successfully launched Orion from Cape Canaveral Friday morning. A future phase of the mission is to take astronauts first to an asteroid and eventually to Mars, possibly in the 2030s.          

Orion Launch Scrubbed by NASA Due to Valve Failure

December 4, 2014 2:24 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

NASA's first attempt to launch Orion, a new exploration capsule, was scrubbed Thursday after numerous delays. The ultimate goal for Orion is to take astronauts to Mars, but that won't happen until at least the 2030s.          

Boeing Conducts World's First Flight with 'Green Diesel'

December 3, 2014 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing has completed the world's first flight using "green diesel," a sustainable biofuel that is widely available and used in ground transportation.                             

The Supersonic Jets of Tomorrow

December 2, 2014 3:00 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Companies are working on building supersonic jets that can fly twice as fast as today's commercial planes.                                         

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NTSB Points to Battery Defect in Boeing 787 Fire

December 1, 2014 2:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A report by federal accident investigators points to a manufacturing defect as the likely cause of an internal short circuit that led to a battery fire in a Boeing 787 airliner parked at Boston's airport last year.           

A Super Jumbo A380 Gutted in Two Minutes

December 1, 2014 2:44 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Emirates performs a heavy maintenance check on the world's largest passenger plane, the A380. The process took 55 days to complete. Here it is in under two minutes.                         

NASA's 3D Printer Churns Out First Part in Space

December 1, 2014 2:36 pm | by Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 3D printer delivered to the International Space Station two months ago made a sample replacement part for itself this week. It churned out a new faceplate for the print head casing.                   

Robots To Fly Planes Where Humans Can't

November 24, 2014 1:46 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Researchers in South Korea are developing a robotic pilot that could potentially replace humans in the cockpit. Unlike drones and autopilot programs which are configured for specific aircraft, the robots' humanoid design will allow it to fly any type of plane with no additional sensors. 

Virgin Galactic Pilot Unaware Co-Pilot Unlocked Brake

November 13, 2014 10:00 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The pilot of the Virgin Galactic spaceship that tore apart over the Mojave Desert didn't know his co-pilot had prematurely unlocked its brakes, though protocol for the test flight required the co-pilot to announce the step, federal investigators said.

Aerospace Suppliers Ramping Up to Meet Surging Orders

November 12, 2014 10:01 am | by TendersInfo | News | Comments

The large majority of aerospace manufacturers said they plan to increase their workforce over the next 12 months, expect to win new long-term supply agreements in the next three years, and expect aircraft deliveries to continue to grow at least through 2016.

Boeing Discusses Sale of KS Site

November 7, 2014 10:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing officials say they are discussing the sale of the company's land in south Wichita, Kansas.                                           

Virgin Galactic Looks to Resume Tests in 2015

November 6, 2014 1:49 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The space tourism company that suffered a tragic setback when its experimental rocket-powered spaceship broke apart over the California desert could resume test flights as early as next summer if it can finish building a replacement craft.    

Engine in Failed Rocket Launch Likely to be Pulled

November 5, 2014 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Orbital Sciences says it will likely stop using the type of engines that were employed when its unmanned Antares commercial supply rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff last week.         

Richard Branson: Space Travel Risks are Worth it

November 4, 2014 2:10 pm | by CNNMoney | News | Comments

Despite the fatal crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, Richard Branson says the risk of testing commercial space flights is worth it.                                  

Engine-Maker Rolls-Royce To Cut 2,600 Jobs

November 4, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Airplane engine-maker Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC says it will reduce its staff by 2,600 over the next 18 months as part of a restructuring focused on its aerospace decision.                       

Alcoa Announces $190M Investment

November 3, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lightweight metals leader Alcoa announced a $190 million investment at its Davenport Works, Iowa, facility to expand its product offerings in the aerospace and industrial markets.                     

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