In October 2015, Alcoa signed the largest fasteners deal with Airbus ever. Alcoa will be providing many products developed specifically for Airbus’ needs which will be manufactured at 14 of the Alcoa global facilities. A majority of the contract work would be completed in California.


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In June 2015, Airbus announced that they are going to team up with satellite internet startup OneWeb Ltd to build the world’s largest satellite constellation, consisting of 900 small internet satellites. The first ten OneWeb satellites will be carried out at Airbus Defense and Space’s facilities in Toulouse, while series production will take place at a dedicated plant located in the United States. The company said each of the satellites is expected to weigh less than 150 kg (330 lb.) at launch, with the global satellite internet constellation to start launching in 2018.


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Embraer North America has selected Canon's MREAL System for Mixed Reality to manage next-generation aircraft production activities. By utilizing this particular Canon solution, the engineers at Embraer will have the ability to explore aircraft designs in both 3D and real size scales. In addition, the Embraer team will also be able to examine, alter, manipulate, analyze, and present aviation designs so that intricate concepts can be promptly converted into reality. Canon’s MREAL System for Mixed Reality will be able to bring together real life visual information along with providing the type of flexibility offered by computer generated images.


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In June 2015, Dassault Aviation unveiled the Falcon 5X, a new addition to its large cabin, long-range business jets, at its Bordeaux-Mérignac final assembly facility in France. This new Falcon business jet claims to offer the largest cabin cross section out of all current business jets, and has a 9,630km range and speeds of 105 knots.


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In May 2015, Bell Helicopter announced the landmark delivery of its first Bell 407GT rotorcraft to Nevada-based BBM Inc. The Bell 407GT is a tactical light commercial helicopter integrated with the Garmin G1000H flight deck with dual 10.4” high-resolution LCD screens. Armored, the Bell 407GT comes with BAE Systems’ combat-proven Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) consisting of laser-guided 70mm rockets.


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Eaton Aerospace recently signed a letter of intent with AVIC Aircraft Company Ltd. Xi’an Branch for the delivery of fuel tank inerting and fuel distribution systems for the MA700 regional turboprop airliner. Under the proposed agreement, Eaton will be responsible for designing and manufacturing customized components, as well as providing engineering, development, and support certification services for both aircraft systems. Eaton’s fuel and inverting systems expertise drives the company’s growth and presence in the Asia Pacific market.


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The MAST, or the Man Portable Survivability Trainer, created by Textron, is quickly becoming known as the shoulder-fired missile simulator of the future. It is a threat replicator meant to give aircrews a tough time during times of peace so that they will learn to survive in actual combat.


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Drone use is becoming more prominent than ever, which is forcing the government to take action in beefing up their anti-drone technology.The Secret Service will begin conducting tests in the dead of night creating a defense system against the incoming drones. In the coming weeks, controlled drones will be flown over different parts of Washington DC between 1 AM and 4 AM.


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Liebherr-Aerospace has been selected by Boeing Commercial Airplanes to provide three components of the Boeing 777X’s folding wing tip system. The contract calls for Liebherr-Aerospace to provide components for the fold subsystem, the latch pin actuator, and the secondary lock actuator. Liebherr-Aerospace will design a condensed, very dependable and powerful fold subsystem based on their knowledge in high-lift systems, gears, torque tubes, and hydraulic power drive units.


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At the end of April 2015, RBC bearings announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Dover’s Sargent Aerospace & Defense unit. The Sargent business unit was purchased by RBC for $500 million. The transaction is expected to close in the second calendar quarter of 2015, which is the same as the first quarter of fiscal year 2016.


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The mysterious Boeing X-37B, a space plane made for the United States Air Force, is scheduled for its fourth launch a month from now. This is a computer-operated system, flying without the guidance of a physical human being aboard the space aircraft.


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Life in outer space has been an ongoing topic of interest for countless years. NASA plans to further this research with a team of professionals from the University of Arizona. This group will carry out an analysis of Earth-like features on nearby stars. This is part of the Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS) program, which is comprised of a group of members from three NASA centers, ten universities, and two research institutes. Director of Planetary Science at NASA Jim Green stated, “This interdisciplinary endeavor connects top research teams and provides a synthesized approach in the search for planets with the greatest potential for signs of life. The hunt for exoplanets is not only a priority for astronomers, it's of keen interest to planetary and climate scientists as well." With the first discovery of an exoplanet in 1995, research in this field has attracted scientists and researchers across the globe.


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Toyota Motor Corp. will be constructing a $1 billion factory in Mexico specifically to manufacture their new Corolla compact that is expected to go on sale as a 2020 model. Mexico was chosen by the major car producer due to the lost costs of business, a strong regional supplier base, and their new architecture called TNGA. With all of these combined, the 2020 Corolla is expected to become more competitive on price and otherwise. Toyota’s TNGA - basic materials and methods for constructing the chassis and body of the car - will result in a car that has an improved lower center of gravity, ride, handling, lighter weight, and better fuel efficiency.The new factory will be built in Guanajuato, Mexico and will create approximately 2,000 jobs. With production beginning in 2019, Toyota estimates that it will be able to produce upwards of 200,000 Corollas per year for North American customers and possibly export. Currently, Corollas are also being produced in Blue Spring, Mississippi and Ontario, Canada where they are distributed to 18 countries.


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In April 2015, the United States Air Force announced their plans to award multiple contracts worth up to USD$6 million this year for companies to demonstrate their abilities to build the next batch of GPS 3 positioning, navigation and timing satellites. This low number might come as a surprise to many, as last year’s contract figures fell between USD$100 and 200 million. Lieutenant General Ellen Pawlikowski, military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, explained the strategy in an interview at the 31st Space Symposium.


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Announced in April of 2015, the Mexican Navy will receive its first shipment of the new Airbus C295W medium transport aircraft. The C295W, manufactured by the Airbus Defence and Space division of the European Airbus Group consortium, will join the service’s existing fleet of four C295s. With the Mexican Navy as the initial customer, the C295W is an upgraded variant of the model’s predecessors with the addition of winglets and enhanced engine settings. Spokesman for the Mexican service Admiral José Maria Garcia stated that the branch has decided to equip all future orders of the aircraft with winglets after determining that the feature greatly enhanced the performance of the C295, particularly in hot and high conditions.


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In March of 2015, the United States Air Force released its requirements for its Northrop T-38C Talon combat aircraft trainer replacement program, known as T-X. According to USAF Brigadier General Dawn Dunlop, the T-38 is unable to complete 12 of 18 advanced pilot training tasks, which forces the Air Force to rely on fighter and bomber formal training units to complete the training at a much greater cost. Northrop Grumman, the designer and manufacturer of the T-38 Talon twin-jet trainer, has built 1,187 of these aircraft to date and over 60,000 pilots have trained in them since it entered service in 1961 when it was the world’s first supersonic trainer. More than 500 remained in service with the US Air Force and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and it is also in service with the armed forces of Germany (40 aircraft), South Korea (30), Taiwan (40) and Turkey (69).


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After many successful implementations of Sikorsky’s Matrix Technology, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Sikorsky with an $8 million contract to equip existing aircraft with the technology. This contract is allocated to Phase 1 of the Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation (ALIAS Program) in efforts to reduce dependence on aircraft crew members. The ALIAS Program uses Matrix Technology to install an aircraft automation system. Introduced in 2013, this program includes a remote pilot method, allowing for piloted vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). This removable kit can replace up to five crew members through a touch and voice recognition screen. Most importantly, this new operation may increase aircraft safety during emergency situations and harsh weather conditions.


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The highly accurate Tomahawk Block IV Land Attack Missile has been upgraded. The latest variant of the Tomahawk will include a two-way satellite data-link that allows for in air re-targeting. Planned upgrades to the Tomahawk will also include a more powerful warhead, upgraded communications, and a new seeker designed to hit moving targets on land or at sea. Launched from a ship or submarine the Tomahawk can be sent into heavily defended airspace to make a precise strike on high-value targets.The Tomahawk is a long-range, all-weather, subsonic cruise missile. Dimensionally, it is 5.56 meters long and possesses a 51.8 centimeter diameter, a wing span of 2.67 meters, and weighs 1,315 kilograms. The Tomahawk has a range of over 1,000 meters.


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Alcoa’s Power and Propulsion business division was awarded a 10-year USD$360 million contract to provide aluminum forgings used on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. As the key supplier for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 program, Alcoa provides several key components. Their advanced, patented 7085 alloy aluminum die forgings will be supplied. The forgings include 15 large bulkheads and six wing box parts which serve as the skeletal structure of the wing. The bulkheads are the primary structural support for the wings and engines. They can weigh anywhere from 1,800 to 6,000 pounds and range in size from 10 to 23 feet in length.


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Some of the modern features that Rockwell Collins has put into airplanes are not just for the pilots - many of them are found right in the cabin. In this age of technology, gone are the days of reading a newspaper or being forced to talk to that stranger sitting next to you on your flight. Whether you’re a movie buff, into the latest breaking news, or you just want to stay connected to others while you’re high in the sky, Rockwell Collins has you covered. Their in-flight entertainment systems are found on many single- and twin-aisle aircrafts, while their business jets offer a way to stay connected to your office even when you can’t be there.


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