In Partnership With

May 23, 2016

PROPULSION

Biggest Fan

Up Front

Full Circle

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Progress Report

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Biggest Fan

Victorville, California Designing, building and ground testing the world’s largest turbofan may seem challenging enough, but how do you safely put such a behemoth through the rigors of flight testing on the wing of an aircraft for which it was not designed?

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Up Front

Full Circle

Aerospace supply chain strategies are prone to ebb and flow. The post-World War II era, characterized by vertical integration and insourcing, gave way to outsourcing and partnering in the 1990s and 2000s as companies pursued market access, business simplification and labor arbitrage.

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Progress Report

Montreal With little more than a month remaining before the planned first delivery of the C Series, Bombardier and launch operator Swiss International Air Lines are confident of the C Series’ service readiness. But the next challenge for the manufacturer is to ensure a rapid ramp-up of serial production.

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Get Together

Frankfurt San Francisco Los Angeles Auckland Beijing Initiated by the 2008 Delta Air Lines-Northwest Airlines merger, a wave of consolidation—ending in 2013 with American Airlines-US Airways—winnowed U.S. full-service network carriers down to three.

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SPACE

Red Planet Retro

Washington Los Angeles NASA expects to spend “on the order of $30 million” helping SpaceX send a modified Dragon vehicle to the surface of Mars in the 2018 planetary launch window, but the entry, descent and landing (EDL) data alone it may obtain in return would be a bargain at 10 times the price.

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COMMERCIAL SPACE

Scheduling Starliner

Washington Los Angeles Boeing expects to be ready to fly its CST-100 “Starliner” commercial crew vehicle to the International Space Station (ISS) without a crew next year and again early in 2018 with two astronauts on board, one of whom will be the first company pilot to fly in space.

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