Body scanners are now in use at Lewiston-Nez Perce Regional County Airport in Lewiston, Idaho. The Transportation Security Administration has installed the scanners at multiple US airports over the past nine months.
Aurora Flight Sciences COO Mark Cherry has been tapped to lead Boeing's Phantom Works technology division. "Mark will accelerate efforts to integrate advanced technologies and processes into solutions that our customers want and that can grow our business," said Leanne Caret, head of Boeing's defense, space and security unit.
The fate of funding for the Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System will not be known until the Air Force releases its 2019 budget proposal. The service is considering JSTARS proposals from Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.
The Air Force will immediately greenlight production of the Sikorsky HH-60W helicopter if the company meets the program's next milestone ahead of schedule. The company has met past milestones early.
The proposed C Series partnership between Airbus and Bombardier still must cross regulatory hurdles that will push a final closing to the latter part of 2018.
Bigelow Aerospace is partnering with United Launch Alliance to send an inflatable orbiter to the moon by 2022. Bigelow is pitching its B330 space habitat to NASA for the moon orbiter mission.
The X3 ion thruster developed by NASA, the Air Force and researchers at the University of Michigan has broken all propulsion records. The system's Hall thrusters can reach a speed of 24.8 miles per second.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says 19% of Defense Department real estate worldwide may be considered surplus. "I must be able to eliminate excess infrastructure in order to shift resources to readiness and modernization," Mattis wrote to lawmakers.
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