September 17, 2018

DEFENSE

LESSONS LEARNED

SPACE

VULCAN RISING

GLOBAL POSITIONING

GPS Enhanced at the Airport

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DEFENSE

LESSONS LEARNED

> FUNDAMENTAL F-35 PROGRAM ASSUMPTIONS DROVE THE CHALLENGES FACED IN DEVELOPMENT > TESTING REQUIRED ALMOST TWICE THE PLANNED FLIGHT VOLUME > REGRESSION TESTING OF SOFTWARE FIXES BECAME THE MAJOR DRIVER

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SPACE

VULCAN RISING

> FIRST VULCAN STRUCTURAL TEST ARTICLE EXPECTED IN EARLY 2019 > ULA TRIMS SUPPLIERS AND SIGNS COST-SAVING ‘STRATEGIC’ PARTNERSHIPS > COMPANY INVESTS IN ROBOTICS AND LASER WELDING FOR CENTAUR V UPPER STAGE

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GLOBAL POSITIONING

GPS Enhanced at the Airport

> BOEING REPORTS 3,500 AIRLINERS EQUIPPED > GBAS EXPECTED AT FOUR NEW U.S. AIRPORTS

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BUSINESS

Norwegian May Drop Orders, While JetBlue Mulls Transatlantic Move

> NONALIGNED AIRLINES ARE GROWING THEIR SHARES OF THE TRANSATLANTIC MARKET > CARRIERS TAKE BIG RISK AGAINST IMMUNIZED JOINT VENTURES

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DEFENSE

DARPA Signals Strategic Shift to Software for Next Tech Revolution

> ANNIVERSARY HIGHLIGHTS MOVE TO MOSAIC WARFARE CONCEPT > AGENCY FOCUS SHIFTS FROM REVOLUTIONARY PLATFORMS TO SOFTWARE-ENABLED BREAKTHROUGHS

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DEFENSE

BETTER BUFFS

> GO-AHEAD FOR U.S. AIR FO B-52H REENGINING EXPECTED IN LATE SEPTEMBER > ENGINE PROGRAM MAY BE ACCELERATED UNDER NEW SECTION 804 RAPID-PROTOTYPING PROCESS

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GLOBAL POSITIONING

BEYOND GPS

> NASA IS LOOKING AT PULSARS FOR DEEP-SPACE NAVIGATION > CHINA APPEARS TO BE ACCELERATING ITS BEIDOU SYSTEM > EUROPE’S GALILEO IS TO BE FULLY OPERATIONAL IN 2020
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BUSINESS

United Technologies' Digital Future Is Beginning To Take Shape

> NEW ‘LABS’ WILL SEED CHANGE; NEW BUSINESS MODELS COME NEXT > UTC DIGITAL PILOT PROJECTS INCLUDE AUTOMATED PRODUCTION, SUPPLIER RANKINGS AND DATA SERVICES

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FIRST TAKE

Boeing has rolled out the first fully assembled 777X from its Everett, Washington, plant. The nonflying 777-9 will be used for a year of static testing. First flight is planned for 2019. Increased engine vibrations are affecting utilization of some Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-powered Airbus A320neos, becoming severe enough to require an engine change (page 30).
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DEFENSE

Crunch Time Nears for Belgian Fighter Tender

> BELGIUM WANTS 34 NEW FIGHTERS TO REPLACE ITS 54 F-16s > BUDGET FOR THE BUY IS €3.59 BILLION ($4.17 BILLION)

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