General Electric's closing in on certification of the GE9X engine for the Boeing 777X will be among the highlights for engine-makers in 2019. Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce are also seeing their development programs bear fruit.
Boeing's first 737 completion facility in China is operational, and the company has delivered the first aircraft completed there to customer Air China. The completion center is a joint effort between Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp of China.
The Air Force is developing requirements for its Small Rocket Program-Orbital Agile Small Launch Operational Normalizer program. The goal of the program is to demonstrate the capability to launch a 39-kilogram payload into orbit.
Rocket Lab launched 13 cubesats into orbit Sunday aboard the company's Electron rockets. The launch was part of NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative program.
The Defense Department will emphasize modernization and weapons programs in its 2020 budget, according to Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan. "The national defense strategy puts a priority on modernization," he said.
Congress took a break for the holidays without a plan for heading off a partial shutdown of the US government next week. Talks on keeping the government running haven't progressed since President Donald Trump said he is willing to take the blame for a shutdown if he doesn't get funding to build a wall along the border with Mexico.
Japan reportedly intends to buy aircraft capable of short takeoff and vertical landing as it considers expanding its fighter jet fleet. The country may order 100 STOVL-equipped F-35s that can deploy from its naval fleet.
The Aerospace Industries Association has created voluntary cybersecurity standards to help contractors address the Pentagon's concerns about cyberthreats. "We are committed to bringing our industry together in partnership with government to implement this and other meaningful measures that keep us and our nation safer from cyberthreats," Eric Fanning, AIA president and CEO, says.