NASA's UAM Grand Challenge seeks to provide a unified framework for the testing and regulatory approval of urban air mobility vehicles. Currently, the Federal Aviation Administration's approval process for UAM is fragmented.
With $3.5 billion in hypersonic contracts in hand, Lockheed Martin is building a new facility in Alabama for testing and development of hypersonic weapons. "This is where we are going to put the hypersonic production capability for all three services for all of the programs we have been talking," Lockheed's Eric Scherff says.
The new Boeing-made training jet for the Air Force has been dubbed the T-7A Red Hawk in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen. Boeing used digital technology to control costs when designing the new jet, winning a $9.2 billion contract to supply the trainer.
Aviation Week is predicting long term growth of commercial aircraft fleets and the maintenance, repair and overhaul sector across Asia. Fleets are expected to grow at a rate of 4.5% for the next decade.
Gen. John Raymond, head of the US Space Command, says the US must field satellites that are durable in case of attack and develop systems for defending space assets. "It's no longer good enough just to have a satellite that can survive launch and can survive initial operations. You have to have a satellite that is defendable," he said.
Iridium Communications has announced a seven-year, $738.5 million contract with the Air Force Space Command under the Enhanced Mobile Satellite Services program. The contract provides the US government with communications services via Iridium's network of 66 satellites.
JetBlue customers in New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport's T5 terminal will enjoy major concessions upgrades as seven new restaurants have been added. The terminal, which features numerous niche stores and restaurants "native" to New York City, will welcome Melt Shop, Otto's Tacos, Ovenly, and Shake Shack among others. "Besides wanting to showcase all that our birthplace has to offer, we remember being a New York start-up and are always looking to give back to the community that’s supported us from the very beginning," JetBlue's Mariya Stoyanova says.
Air Canada Cargo's partnership with Drone Delivery Canada will begin deliveries next month. The drones will carry parts, tools and repair equipment around the Toronto suburb of Vaughan for Vision Profile Extrusions, a group of companies focusing on the building products industry.
Draughon-Miller Central Texas Regional Airport received a $2.1 million grant from the Texas Department of Transportation. The grant will cover improvements including airfield lighting and replacement of taxiway and runway signage panels.