North Carolina's Wilmington International Airport has moved into the second phase of its improvement project, which includes expansions to the airline ticketing area and offices. Groundbreaking is set for May 6, and the project phase is slated for completion in March 2020.
Washington's King County Executive Dow Constantine has signed an executive order directing county officials to rewrite agreements with companies that lease space or serve customers at King County International Airport, prohibiting them from servicing flights used to deport Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees.
Defense Department efforts to accelerate the development of hypersonic weapons means $2.5 billion in ongoing contracts for Lockheed Martin. "We have been investing in hypersonics for many, many years, and as a result of that, that's why we're leading in this trend of being able to bring capabilities forward. In terms in how the market is developing, it's basically threat-driven, if you look at what was in the National Defense Strategy, Missile Defense Review," CEO Marillyn Hewson says.
The Federal Aviation Administration has given permission to Alphabet-owned Wing Aviation to carry out drone deliveries, with service to launch in Blacksburg, Va., later this year. "This is an important step forward for the safe testing and integration of drones into our economy. Safety continues to be our number one priority as this technology continues to develop and realize its full potential," US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao says.
Boeing, Bell, Sikorsky, Karem Aircraft and a team comprised of L-3 Communications and AVX Aircraft Co. have been selected to prepare designs for the Army's Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft program. Two finalists will be selected from this group.
While changes in buy rates from the US Air Force are posing production and planning challenges for Lockheed Martin, international demand is increasing opportunities for growth. "We'll continue working with our customer and with representatives in the [US] government on what's the right path forward there," Chief Financial Officer Ken Possenriede says. Meanwhile, CEO Marillyn Hewson is touting international opportunities, "We are continuing to see increased opportunities for the F-35," she says. "There's strong international demand."
Sens. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla.; John Boozman, R-Ark.; Roy Blunt, R-Mo.; and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., highlight the important contributions defense and aerospace make to the US economy. "As federal officials, we are focused on supporting our states as they lay the foundation for success -- in our aerospace and defense industries, as well as the region's economy as a whole," they write.
Rocket Lab will start manufacturing its own small satellites, introducing its Photon platform.
Scott Pace, executive secretary of the National Space Council, says NASA is seeking a sustained presence on the moon and highlights the benefits of a compressed timeline for the next crewed mission to the lunar surface. "There's a clarifying nature to having a near-term, stressing goal, where you think about what's in fact really important," he says.
Defense consultant Zachery Tyson Brown says foundational change is needed if the Pentagon is to effectively innovate. "Defense innovation requires more than acquisition reform -- it requires a transformation of operating and business models and a new structure to empower them," he writes.