The Air Force is inviting small businesses to pitch their ideas for using artificial intelligence and network technology for its flight training simulators. "Ultimately the idea is to connect with industry which will help us move into the latest technological space faster," said Margaret Merkle of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's Simulators Division.
Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Eric Fanning says the attendance of US industry and government leaders at the Paris Air Show underscores the importance of aerospace to the US. "This is a global market; it's also really a global industry. There are partnerships on both sides of the Atlantic; the supply chain is international," he said.
Lockheed Martin is developing a long-range air-to-air missile that will match China's PL-15. The air intercept missile could be fielded by 2022.
Aviation repairs may be the next area to benefit from additive manufacturing technology. AFI KLM E&M and Lufthansa Technik currently offer laser cladding.
France's Daher is pursuing acquisitions that the company believes will enable it to increase its profile as a Boeing supplier. The company, known as a supplier for Airbus, won its first Boeing contract in 2018.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is buying the CRJ jet program from Bombardier for $550 million, with MHI taking over maintenance, support and sales of the Bombardier jets. The CRJ jet is scheduled to cease production next year.
The Presidio Independent School District in Texas has developed a successful student rocketry program despite being one of the poorest districts in the state. This year, a team from Presidio qualified for the Rocketry Challenge national finals.
The satellite industry will have multiple issues to contend with at the upcoming World Radiocommunication Conference, including 5G cellular networks and regulation of smallsats. Protecting satellite spectrum from mobile device companies is a leading concern.
A staffer from Defense Department Undersecretary Mike Griffin's office has been named acting director of the Space Development Agency. Derek Tournear will retain both positions while a permanent director is found.
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