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August 16, 2016

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Climbing Out

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Growing AFI-KLM E&M

PROPULSION

Firing Up Firefly

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COMMERCIAL AVIATION

Climbing Out

Auckland Malaysia Airlines' order for up to 50 Boeing narrowbody aircraft is the strongest statement yet that its revival is on track, and the prospect of further orders underscores the carrier's growing confidence. Just 10 months ago, the likelihood of such ambitious fleet moves seemed remote.

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Growing AFI-KLM E&M

Aviation Week: AFI-KLM E&M has created a new joint venture with Safran focused on engine-compressor blade repair. How significant is its formation, and what are its long-term aims? Terner: We're in the business of maintaining engines, and the compressor blades are the most expensive parts of those engines.
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PROPULSION

Firing Up Firefly

Salt Lake City Low-cost launcher start-up company Firefly Space Systems plans to conduct the first fullscale development test of its Alpha vehicle's pressure-fed FRE-2 aerospike rocket engine in the fourth quarter of this year. The 125,000-lb.-thrust engine will be the first aerospike rocket to fly and is pivotal to Firefly's goal of developing a scalable family of relatively simple, lightweight launchers for the small satellite market.

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Missile Zapper

Washington The U.S. Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) longtime pursuit of laser weapons for shooting down ballistic missiles as they launch will be reenergized this fall, when the organization selects two flying testbed aircraft to carry its low-power laser demonstrator program into the stratosphere.

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