Supersonic flight a major topic at NBAA-BACE | Army plans investments in missile defense | Do major mergers mean growth for defense?
October 17, 2018
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Supersonic flight a major topic at NBAA-BACE
Companies such as GE and UTC Aerospace Systems are announcing plans for a major push into the nascent civil supersonic market at the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition this week in Orlando, Fla. GE Aviation has unveiled its new Affinity engine, which is being touted as a pivotal first step toward a return to supersonic commercial travel. UTC Aerospace Systems plans to use technology already in flight testing on high-speed military aircraft to move into the civil supersonic arena.
Aviation Week & Space Technology (tiered subscription model) (10/16),  Aviation Week & Space Technology (tiered subscription model) (10/16) 
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Defense
Army plans investments in missile defense
The Army is updating its missile defense strategy to account for emerging capabilities by China and Russia in addition to aligning with the National Defense Strategy. "We now see threats that we didn't see necessarily back in 2015 as near peer, and so we've had to adjust our strategy or tailor our strategy to make sure that we account for that," Lt. Gen. James Dickinson says.
Defense News (10/16) 
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Do major mergers mean growth for defense?
The merger of L3 Technologies and Harris Corp. to create the sixth-largest US defense firm is seen as a major development in the industry, leading insiders to discuss growth prospects for the sector going forward.
Aviation Week & Space Technology (tiered subscription model) (10/17) 
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Air Force speeds up development, fielding of next satellite constellation
The Air Force is using its Section 804 rapid prototyping and fielding authority to create it next secure satellite constellation. The faster approach to fielding the system is expected to gain approval by year's end.
National Defense online (10/16) 
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Civil Aviation
First BBJ Max 8 on track for 2019 final delivery
Boeing Business Jets' has delivered the first BBJ Max 8 model, and interior outfitting is on track for completion in late 2019. "We are excited to begin delivering a longer-range and more capable version of the world's most popular business jetliner," Greg Laxton, head of Boeing Business Jets, says.
AIN Online (10/16) 
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Boeing predicts doubling of freighter traffic
Boeing predicts demand for 2,600-plus freighters over the next 20 years. The company says freighter air traffic is likely to double.
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Space
SpaceX to provide launch services to Ovzon
Ovzon has selected SpaceX as the launch provider for its first satellite. "Contracting the launch supplier of our first Ovzon satellite is an important and exciting step for our company. SpaceX offered a very competitive solution with the Falcon Heavy launch vehicle, which will gain us access to space in a timely and reliable manner," said Ovzon CEO Per Wahlberg.
Space News International (10/16) 
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NASA creates conceptual mission to Venus using airships
NASA's High Altitude Venus Operational Concept would take humans to the planet using high-altitude airships as habitats.
Space (10/16) 
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Policy and Legislation
Commentary: US defense industrial base anchors global prosperity
Thomas Duesterberg, a senior fellow at Hudson Institute, highlights Trump administration efforts to renew the US commitment to its defense industrial base and the role the US plays as a global peacekeeper. "The complacency of recent decades needs to be replaced by a new determination to find the right balance of more activist policies in support of a 21st-century Arsenal of Democracy," he writes.
Forbes (10/16) 
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US plans trade talks with Japan, UK, EU
US plans trade talks with Japan, UK, EU
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US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has informed Congress the US plans to fix its trade imbalance by negotiating separate trade agreements with the EU, the UK and Japan. The trade deficit has been increasing since President Donald Trump took office.
Deutsche Welle (Germany)/Agence France-Presse/Deutsche Presse-Agentur/Reuters/The Associated Press (10/17) 
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REGISTER NOW: LI A&D Supplier Conference, Friday, Oct. 19
Congressman Tom Suozzi's Long Island Aerospace and Defense Supplier Conference will be held Friday, October 19th at 10am at SUNY-Farmingdale. More than 300 people from 180 companies or organizations attended last year's conference. We will discuss leading advancements in space, hypersonic propulsion and advanced materials. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dan Hart, CEO, Virgin Orbit 
  • Max Haot, CEO, Launcher 
  • Ricardo Gonzalez, Director of Space Systems, BAE 
  • Chris Gettinger, Director, Advanced Propulsion & Systems, Innovation Systems, Northrop Grumman 
  • Len Poveromo, Executive Director, Composite Prototyping Center 

To RSVP, please email Matt Geller or call 631-923-4100.
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