Locating ice deposits on the moon has become a top priority for NASA as the agency works under a compressed timeline for a crewed mission to the lunar surface.
Boeing is investing in St. Louis F-15 manufacturing facilities in anticipation of orders from the Air Force. "With all the improvements we've done to the F-15 over the years, there's more interest in the F-15," Boeing's Andy Stark says.
Demand for commercial passenger jets that seat less than 90 has dried up, prompting companies such as Bombardier and Embraer to create larger models and team up with bigger companies. Replacement options for aging regional aircraft remain to be seen.
Embraer is optimistic regarding sales prospects for its newly certified E195-E2 commercial passenger plane, thanks to its sales partnership with Boeing. The aircraft has received approvals from regulators in Brazil, Europe and the US.
The Navy Research Laboratory and NASA are working to develop weather study applications for the Close-in Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft, a drone glider. The CICADA drone can be dropped in large numbers through a launch tube.
The Defense Department is planning to reduce investment in counter-drone capabilities in 2020. "Even though the budget is lower this year, there are signs that counter-UAS will remain a priority," says Dan Gettinger, co-director of the Center for the Study of the Drone.
Lockheed Martin has new performance-based contracts with F-35 maintenance and logistics providers. "As the F-35 fleet expands, we are partnering with our customers and taking aggressive actions to enhance F-35 readiness and reduce sustainment costs," Lockheed Martin's Greg Ulmer says.