Record delivery pace continuing for Boeing | Air Force ready to invest billions to keep US edge in air war | DARPA requests budget increase for 2019
February 16, 2018
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Record delivery pace continuing for Boeing
Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg cites strong fundamentals as the driving force behind his company's stellar performance. Boeing is on pace for record deliveries in 2018, following a record-setting 763 deliveries last year.
CNBC (2/15) 
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Defense
Air Force ready to invest billions to keep US edge in air war
The Air Force wants to invest $504 million in a program to bring the latest technology to an air war. In coming years, the service could invest $11 billion in research and development efforts.
DoD Buzz (2/15) 
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DARPA requests budget increase for 2019
Small satellite launches, drones and hypersonic weapons are all part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's $3.44 billion budget request.
Aviation Week & Space Technology (tiered subscription model) (2/16) 
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Analysis: Drones a key piece in military tech development
This analysis underscores the importance of drone development to the future of the US military. The military is still incorporating drone technologies on the battlefield.
Foreign Affairs magazine online (2/15) 
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Civil Aviation
Airbus reports $1.25B in profits for Q4
Airbus logged $1.25 billion in profits for the fourth quarter, triggering a 10% jump in share prices on Thursday.
The Associated Press (2/15) 
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Boeing CEO optimistic about a deal with Embraer
Boeing Co. CEO Dennis Muilenburg said Thursday the airplane manufacturer is making progress on a deal with Brazilian plane maker Embraer. "We have structured a deal concept that will satisfy the needs of everybody involved ... [and] I am hopeful we can bring that deal to a successful conclusion," he said.
U.S. News & World Report (2/15) 
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Space
Air Force seeks funding for small, at-will satellite launches as safeguard
The latest Air Force budget request includes funding to create a program for small, quick satellite launches to combat enemy attacks on satellites. It would cost $192.5 million over five years and rely on commercial launch services.
Space News International (2/15) 
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Positive rhetoric but few resources in store for US moon shot
Despite a pledge to return to the lunar surface, the Trump administration is calling for flat NASA budgets going forward. Space exploration goals have been repeatedly under-funded by recent administrations.
SpaceNews (2/15) 
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Program trains tourists for spaceflight
Starfighters is working to establish the first civilian astronaut training program for space tourists. John Rost, CEO of an auto insurance company, is the program's first pilot-in-training.
Motherboard (2/15) 
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Policy and Legislation
US playing catch-up with China in hypersonic weapons race
The US is falling behind in hypersonic weapons development compared to China. "We need to continue to pursue that and in a most aggressive way to ensure that we have the capabilities to both defend against China's hypersonic weapons and to develop our own offensive hypersonic weapons," Adm. Harry Harris Jr. recently told lawmakers.
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)/Agence France-Presse (2/16) 
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AIA News
Initial reactions to Trump's budget request
President Donald Trump's Fiscal Year 2019 budget proposal is the vital first step to preserve our nation's security, underwrite its economic growth, and create high-skill, high-wage jobs across America. The US aerospace and defense industry has a broad array of interests in the budget, either important investments included, or programs and priorities underfunded or omitted. Read here.
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