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Northrup Grumman Awarded Long Range Strike Bomber Contract

Michael C. Anderson Senior Editor


The US Air Force announced on October 27 the contract award of Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) and early production for the Long Range Strike Bomber to Northrop Grumman Corp. IBISWorld analyst Maksim Soshkin explains why this is very good news for NGC. Full Article

Boeing Earnings Soar, GM Held Back on Recall Costs

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Aircraft maker Boeing Co.’s third quarter earnings soared while General Motors Co. recorded a slight profit decrease on costs related to its recalls of defective ignition switches. Full Article

Technologies that Revolutionize Airframe Manufacturing

George N. Bullen, Founder, Smart Blades Inc.


Two new types of noncontact laser measurement systems—ring laser hole inspection and laser bond-line inspection—have emerged in recent years to offer airframe assemblers the opportunity to significantly reduce cost, enhance quality, and increase throughput. How each works, how each has the potential to unify the global supply base while greatly improving airframe assembly, is worth examining. Full Article

On the Horizon in Aerospace Manufacturing

Michel Tellier VP, Aerospace & Defense Industry Dassault Systèmes Dearborn, MI


Looking ahead, Dassault Systèmes sees the A&D industry using technology to solve increasingly acute challenges while pursuing new opportunities. Full Article

NASA Confirms Evidence That Liquid Water Flows on Today’s Mars

Press Release - NASA


New findings from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provide the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars. Using an imaging spectrometer on MRO, researchers detected signatures of hydrated minerals on slopes where mysterious streaks are seen on the Red Planet. These darkish streaks appear to ebb and flow over time. They darken and appear to flow down steep slopes during warm seasons, and then fade in cooler seasons. Full Article

Aerospace Manufacturing Process Makeovers

Edited by Senior Editor Michael Anderson from information provided by CNC Software Inc.


Reducing operations, adding dynamic material removal improves CNC productivity Full Article

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