Jacobs and other contractors might benefit if a SpaceX launch of astronauts to the International Space Station succeeds. This would relieve the US of a need to use Russian rockets to reach the space station and would spur contract opportunities from NASA.
United Airlines' new CleanPlus program, developed with Clorox and Cleveland Clinic, is an example of new partnerships that are forming in the travel industry in order to clearly communicate carrier cleaning protocols and showcase efforts to protect passengers during the travel journey. The airline will use Clorox products as part of its sanitation efforts and its partnership with the Cleveland Clinic will help to update procedures based on the latest research.
American Airlines employees have delivered 15,000 meals to students and their families in the Dallas Independent School District and provided meals to health care workers in Grapevine and Irving as part of the airline's effort to support communities near its largest hub during the coronavirus crisis. Team members at Dallas/Forth Worth International Airport have also been sewing face masks, and donated 800 to UT Southwestern's Moncrief Cancer Institute.
Lockheed Martin has contributed $500,000 to California's Antelope Valley Hospital to help the facility buy personal protective gear. "We are very grateful for this generous contribution that will help AV Hospital acquire crisis relief equipment to protect the hospital's frontline workers and our patients," hospital CEO Ed Mirzabegian said.
The Defense Department says it is taking the first steps toward a resumption of normal operations, including easing travel restrictions. Individual commanders have been empowered to ease restrictions based on regional criteria informed by the "Opening Up America Again" guidelines created by the White House.
The UK Royal Navy will pair Leonardo Helicopters' Wildcat HMA2 with the Thales Martlet missile by year's end after a successful test of the combination. "The trials mark an important milestone in the testing of the new system, which will arm the Wildcat helicopters that deploy as part of [aircraft carrier] HMS Queen Elizabeth's maiden operational deployment next year," the Royal Navy said.
Benchmarks have been set for the joint development of a next-generation fighter jet by Germany, France and Spain. The fighter jet effort, led by Airbus and Dassault, will be the centerpiece of the Future Combat Air System in mainland Europe.
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency has issued draft certification guidelines for hybrid and electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft. "Now that the industry is moving from prototypes into more mature designs, guidance on how to comply with the certification requirements is needed," EASA said.
The Department of Defense says plasma interference from space is not a major issue for hypersonic weapons that are now under development. DOD is pursuing boost-glide and air-breathing cruise missile designs for hypersonic weapons.
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