American Airlines has invested $100 million to become an "anchor partner" in Bill Gates' Breakthrough Energy program, which aims to boost research on clean energy technology, focusing on sustainable aviation fuel as well as direct air capture, green hydrogen and long-duration energy storage. "We have an ambitious vision of a low-carbon future for our airline and a plan to match, but we know our own efforts can only get us so far. By working in partnership with Catalyst, we're helping accelerate and scale our industry’s nascent solutions, said American CEO Doug Parker.
Executives at UPS and US Xpress say demand for shipping is outpacing supply, which could cause bumps in the road for the trucking industry. The American Trucking Associations predicts a shortage of nearly 160,000 truck drivers in the next seven years, and companies are recruiting both younger drivers and drivers from other countries to meet demand.
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Northrop Grumman and Leonardo Helicopters are partnering to develop unpiloted helicopters. "There are many possibilities that our collaboration with Leonardo will deliver for customers worldwide as they look to solve new challenges in a complex, unpredictable threat environment," said Northrop Grumman's Nick Chaffey.
Boeing is making a capital investment of $200 million to build a facility that will produce MQ-25 Stingray drones for the US Navy. The facility could mean up to 300 jobs for the region.
Should the US Air Force select the Lockheed Martin KC-Y as the service's "bridge tanker," Airbus will build A330s in the US. The A330 is the basis for the KC-Y and Lockheed sees the KC-Y as "complementary" to the Boeing KC-46 and KC-135.
The Northrop Grumman Next Generation Electronic Warfare system has shown that it can work with AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar, potentially bringing the US military a "critical set of capabilities will support the F-16 for many years to come," according to James Conroy of Northrop Grumman.
US military leaders confirm that future conflicts will encompass the space domain, including the use of anti-satellite weapons. "It is impossible to overstate the importance of space-based systems to national security," said Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall, speaking at the 36th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs.
The US will keep in mind the environmental impact of actions in space going forward, citing China's 2007 demonstration of an anti-satellite weapon that created thousands of pieces of orbital debris. "The way that they did this was catastrophic," said Col. Scott Brodeur, director of the National Space Defense Center.
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