To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Sep. 9: Bell-NSCC Jobs Initiative Will Attract Aerospace Employers To Tennessee
Date: Tue Sep 09 12:02:00 MDT 2014
Policy News - State
Bell-NSCC Jobs Initiative Will Attract Aerospace Employers To Tennessee.
The Kingsport (TN) Times-News (9/8, Hayes) reports on Bell Helicopter’s collaboration with Northeast State Community College (NSCC), which aims to attract local talent for Bell, as well as to draw other potential aviation employers to the region. According to Sullivan Partnership CEO Clay Walker, the aviation jobs initiative has gained the attention of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, which is currently reaching out to other aerospace employers.
US Businesses Show Interest In UAVs, Despite Ban.
The Australian Financial Review (9/8, Kehoe) reports that Australia, Canada. and Europe are ahead of the US in “allowing commercial drones, due to those countries providing more accommodating regulatory environments.” Brandon Torres Declet, a former intelligence official at the Pentagon and legal counsel on the House of Representatives Homeland Security committee, formed Measure, a UAV advisory firm “even though the US outlaws the use of drones for commercial measures.” Regardless of the ban, which is currently under review by the FAA, “major US companies are racing to develop the capability of drones to improve customer service, save money and get a bird’s eye view of hard to see places.”
Policy News - Federal
Missile Defense Data Products To Become Available Sooner Than Anticipated.
Thanks to an additional $80 million in funding appropriated by Congress last year, the Space News (9/8, Gruss, Subscription Publication) reports, advanced data products from the US Air Force’s new missile warning system will be available earlier than previously planned. Some of those products will be available up to four years earlier than previously thought. Space News reported that the added funding “is emblematic of a broader push by the House defense oversight committees for the Pentagon to wring as much capability as it can from its current space systems before moving on to new systems or architectures.”
Continuation Of Planetary Science Missions Depends On The Budget.
The New York Times (9/8, Chang, Subscription Publication) continues coverage of how NASA will continue seven planetary science missions after reviewing “whether they are justifying their cost.” Casey Dreier, the director of advocacy at the Planetary Society, said that the group was “excited” that no missions were canceled. The article notes that the mission extensions are dependent on what Congress decides to give NASA in its budget. William Knopf, the lead program executive for mission operations in the planetary science division, said, “If we do not end up with sufficient funds, NASA will revisit the senior review findings and make the necessary programmatic decisions across our portfolio.” Tomorrow, a House Committee on Science, Space and Technology subcommittee will review NASA’s planetary science program.
Ryanair Will Launch Boeing 737 Max 200 Plane.
The Wall Street Journal (9/8, Ostrower, Wall, Subscription Publication) reports that on Monday, Ryanair Holdings announced that it would buy 100 Boeing 737 Max jets for $11 billion, with the option to purchase 100 more. Ryanair will be the launch customer for the new 200-seat version of the 737 Max, the 737 Max 200, starting in 2019. Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O’Leary said that after asking both Airbus and Boeing to add more seats to their planes for years, the company is finally getting the model it wanted.
The AP (9/8) notes that analyst Stephen Levenson of Stifel Nicolaus thought that the 737 Max 200 was the “ideal” plane for Ryanair, and that the news should eliminate “any backlog growth concerns investors have for Boeing.”
Boeing Pressured To Raise 737 Production Rates. Reuters (9/8, Scott) reports that Ray Conner, chief executive of Boeing’s commercial airplanes business, said that there is pressure for the company to raise the production rate of the 737 beyond 47 a month, which will be reached in 2017. The company currently makes 42 of the planes per month. Conner added that when it comes to the 787, there were no plans to raise that plane’s production rate beyond what is scheduled.
Warhead For US Missile Defense System Has Quality Control Issues.
In an article titled “U.S. report rips Boeing, Raytheon quality controls on missile defense,” Reuters (9/8, Shalal) reports that the Pentagon IG said Monday that it found 48 specific cases in which quality control standards for a warhead built by Raytheon for the Boeing-led US missile defense system. Issues ranged from software testing to supply chain requirements to management of design changes.
Vertical Assembly Center To Be Unveiled At Michoud Assembly Facility.
The ExecutiveBiz (9/8, Hoffman) blog reports that NASA will unveil its new “170-foot Vertical Assembly Center” at the Michoud Assembly Facility on Friday. The center will be used “for assembling and testing components for the Space Launch System.” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden is expected to attend the event and then head off to the Stennis Space Center for another press briefing.
ISS Growing As Earth-Observing Platform.
Florida Today (9/8, Dean) reports that as early as this month, NASA will launch the ISS-RapidScat instrument to the station to “measure the speed and direction of ocean surface winds around the globe, expanding the coverage from existing satellites.” The article notes that the ISS will soon also host the Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) instrument. With even more instruments heading to the station in the coming years, Julie Robinson, chief scientist for the ISS program at the Johnson Space Center, said, “We’re really observing a maturing of the space station as an Earth science platform.” The article notes that NASA also touted the way the ISS can also be used to cost-effectively test instruments before being used on “more expensive standalone satellites.”
Commercial Space Ventures Moving Toward Silicon Valley-Like Startups.
In an article for the Space Review (9/8), Space Review editor Jeff Foust wrote that there has been “a shift in the development of commercial space ventures.” Instead of requiring wealthy founders, the “new wave of startups” is more like those in Silicon Valley: groups based on small teams that can “rapidly develop new products and services” by building off existing technology and accessing venture capital. Steve Jurvetson of Draper Fisher Jurvetson believes that “less expensive launch options,” “development of commodity hardware,” and “the growth of global markets” are responsible for this push. At a NewSpace 2014 panel, Pete Worden, director of the Ames Research Center, said, “We’re seeing the emergence of a true space economy, powered by Silicon Valley entrepreneurship.”
Lockheed Martin Announces A2100 Side-By-Side Launch Capabilities.
In a brief, the Space News (9/8, Ferster, Subscription Publication) reports, “Lockheed Martin Space Systems is now offering variants of its A2100 bus that can be launched together in a side-by-side configuration and also be reprogrammed on orbit.” The announcement is part of an initiative to increase the satellite platform’s cost savings as Lockheed Martin seeks to become more competitive in both commercial and governmental markets.
Energy Production Boosts Manufacturing Sector.
The New York Times (9/9, Schwartz, Subscription Publication) reports that a series of economic indicators “shows momentum building in the manufacturing sector” as a result of a surge in domestic oil and gas production. The production in the energy sector is turning around manufacturing by increasing employment and lowering production costs. In particular, the article notes that places in the Rust Belt are once again seeing economic growth in the manufacturing sector as a result.
Panelists At STEM Roundtable Advocate For Integrating Other Subjects Into Curriculum.
US News & World Report (9/8) reports at a Monday STEM roundtable discussion on Capitol Hill, groups called on schools to integrate different topics into STEM education beginning as early as elementary school. Panelists discussed the need for integrating things like coding, the arts, and business into the education curriculum.
Red Bluff High School Students Conducting Astrobiology Research With NASA.
Popular Science (9/8, Little) reports that students at Red Bluff High School are participating in a “one-of-a-kind collaboration with NASA.” By examining the condition at Lassen Volcanic National Park, the students are helping astrobilogists understand what life on other planets could be like. This program was started by NASA’s Dave Des Marais, who hopes that by showing the students “real science in all its gory details,” they will be inspired to become astrobiologists themselves.
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