First F-16 to receive life extension modifications rolls out of shop

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Lockheed Martin-built NASA InSight Lander Officially on its Way to Mars

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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., May 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Lockheed Martin Space continued its Mars heritage when the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) spacecraft launched at 4:05 a.m. PT aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket. InSight has officially begun its six-month long journey to the Red Planet and is scheduled to arrive Nov. 26, 2018.

Landers have explored the surface of Mars in unique ways, but InSight, managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will be the first mission to peer beneath the surface and take the vital signs of the planet. It will be the first mission to study the planet's interior by measuring its heat output and observing its rotational variations. It will use the seismic waves generated by Mars quakes and meteorite impacts to develop a map of the planet's deep interior. The resulting insight into Mars' formation will help mission scientists to better understand how other rocky planets, including Earth, evolved.

"No two Mars missions are alike and the excitement of landing on another planet never goes away," Stu Spath, InSight program manager and director of Deep Space Exploration at Lockheed Martin Space. "Our team is thrilled to have worked with JPL on this project. Initial communications obtained by our Flight Operations team indicate that all spacecraft subsystems are healthy and that we are past the first critical events of the mission."

Lockheed Martin designed, built and tested the spacecraft and is responsible for flight operations during the cruise phase as well as entry, descent and landing in November later this year. Also, once the lander is on Mars, the mission operations team, based in Denver, will support science collection through the life of the mission – approximately two Earth years or one Martian year.

"Though the six-month journey is called the "quiet cruise phase" there are many things our team must do to make sure we are ready for InSight's arrival at Mars," said Tim Linn, InSight deputy program manager and entry, descent and landing manager. "The spacecraft will be traveling at a Mars relative velocity of approximately 12,500 mph, so we need precise entry flight path angle and orientation of the InSight spacecraft to be able to execute a successful propulsive landing and get the lander to a safe speed of ~5 mph before landing softly on the Red Planet."

Lockheed Martin has built propulsive landers since the Viking missions in the 1970s and has participated in every NASA mission to Mars. InSight will be NASA's 21st mission to the Red Planet and the 11th Mars spacecraft Lockheed Martin has built. Pulling from this extensive experience, the InSight spacecraft incorporates advanced technology and lessons learned from previous Mars missions.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, manages the InSight mission for the agency's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) in Washington. InSight is part of NASA's Discovery Program, managed by the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The spacecraft, including cruise stage and lander, was designed, built and tested by Lockheed Martin Space in Denver. Several European partners, including France's space agency, the Centre National d'Étude Spatiales, and the German Aerospace Center, are supporting the mission. United Launch Alliance of Centennial, Colorado, is providing the Atlas V launch vehicle. NASA's Launch Services Program, based at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is responsible for launch service acquisition, integration, analysis, and launch management. The MarCOs were built by JPL, which manages InSight and MarCO for NASA. They were funded by both JPL and NASA's SMD.

About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 100,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

For additional information:
Lockheed Martin InSight website
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InSight Video


SENER llevará a cabo los dispositivos de ensamblaje de la estructura del satélite Biomass

Nota de Prensa

SENER diseñará, fabricará y probará los dispositivos de ensamblaje de la estructura del satélite Biomass. Se trata de una misión científica de la Agencia Espacial Europea (ESA), dentro del marco del programa ‘Earth Explorer’, que tiene por objetivo recabar información acerca de los parámetros medioambientales de la Tierra.

En virtud del contrato en Biomass, SENER será responsable de todos dispositivos de ensamblaje de la estructura, tanto para el transporte vertical de la sonda como para montar y desmontar los paneles y el instrumento de análisis principal, el radar de apertura sintética (SAR por sus siglas en inglés). También se encargará del contenedor para transportar dicho radar. De hecho, el dispositivo de ensamblaje del SAR supone el reto más importante, ya que está compuesto por una enorme antena de 12 m de diámetro. El satélite completo tendrá 1.170 kg y unas dimensiones de 10x12x20 metros.

Los equipos de ensamblaje son una de las especialidades de SENER, que recientemente ha entregado trece dispositivos para el montaje de Euclid, un gran satélite de 2,3 toneladas de peso.

El objetivo de la misión Biomass es ofrecer datos, hasta ahora desconocidos, sobre el estado de la biomasa forestal y el avance de la deforestación. Esta información permitirá entender mejor el ciclo del carbono en el medioambiente y los procesos de calentamiento global. También sentará las bases para las iniciativas de la ONU para reducir las emisiones de dióxido de carbono resultantes de la deforestación en países en vías de desarrollo. Biomass permitirá generar mapas en 3D de los bosques a una resolución de 200 m (1 píxel = 200 m). Se prevé que Biomass sea lanzado en 2021 y esté operativo por un plazo de al menos 5 años.

En Espacio, SENER cuenta con más de 50 años de actividad y es un actor fundamental. Hasta la fecha, ha entregado con éxito más de 275 equipos y sistemas para satélites y vehículos espaciales para agencias de EE UU (NASA), Europa (ESA), Japón (JAXA) y Rusia (Roskosmos). SENER es la compañía española líder en los programas de ciencia de la Agencia Espacial Europea (ESA) por sus aportaciones de ingeniería y ha participado en más de la mitad de estas misiones.


Bombardier Challenger 350 and Challenger 650 jets can now feature 4G Wi-Fi System Following Bombardier and Duncan Aviation Collaboration

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  • New Challenger 350 and Challenger 650 jets can now have the AVANCE L5 system installed to access the Gogo Biz 4G Wi-Fi, the fastest air-to-ground network
  • System also available as a retrofit on in-service Challenger 300/350 and Challenger 604/605/650 aircraft at both Duncan Aviation and Bombardier facilities
  • Gogo Biz 4G is up to three times faster than traditional 3G networks, and delivers the speed passengers need for home-like entertainment and video streaming
  • Challenger business jets provide a smooth ride and the ultimate in-flight experience with advanced avionics, industry-leading connectivity and a cabin management system that effortlessly brings it all together

Bombardier Business Aircraft and Duncan Aviation are pleased to announce they have collaboratively received Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) for the Gogo AVANCE L5 system on Challenger 300 and Challenger 600 series aircraft. The AVANCE L5 system can also be installed as a retrofit option on Challenger 300 and Challenger 600 series aircraft at any of Bombardier’s five FAA Diamond award-winning service centres in North America and at Duncan Aviation’s three MRO facilities as well as several of Duncan Aviation’s Satellite locations. The 4G Wi-Fi system is now available on new Challenger series aircraft, which are equipped with Bombardier’s exclusive HD Cabin Management System to provide an unparalleled audio experience with crystal-clear sound through integrated sidewall speakers – exclusive in its class.

“Bombardier is proud to lead the way in cabin connectivity and offer this fast, reliable 4G Wi-Fi system on new Challenger 350/650 aircraft and on in-service Challenger 300/600 series aircraft, so passengers can enjoy the smooth ride our aircraft are known for, while staying connected,” said Brad Nolen, Vice President, Marketing, Bombardier Business Aircraft.

The Gogo AVANCE platform integrates a full range of cabin features, allowing passengers to easily and reliably access and use all available data, voice, maps, entertainment, and cabin management system (CMS) services.

“Duncan Aviation and Bombardier are committed to working together to provide quick, all-encompassing connectivity solutions for Challenger aircraft. We are pleased our customers can stay connected in the air by obtaining this advanced technology,” said Dennis Kruse, Avionics Sales and Service Representative, Duncan Aviation.

The Gogo Biz 4G network is up to three times faster than the 3G network and comprised of more than 250 towers for reliable connectivity over the continental U.S. and large parts of Canada and Alaska. Designed specifically for business aircraft, the system delivers the speed passengers need for home-like entertainment and video streaming.

Bombardier and Duncan Aviation have already completed installations of the high-performing Gogo AVANCE L5 in-cabin Wi-Fi system on Challenger 300 and Challenger 605 aircraft, allowing passengers to enhance their in-flight connectivity experience.

The Challenger 350 aircraft tallied the most deliveries in its segment in 2017. Designed to create a smooth ride and an unforgettable experience, Challenger series aircraft flight deck feature a state-of-the-art Synthetic Vision System (SVS), MultiScan weather radar for increased situational awareness and reduced pilot workload.

About Duncan Aviation
Duncan Aviation is an aircraft service provider supporting the aviation needs of government and business operators and other service providers. Services include major and minor airframe inspections, engine maintenance, major retrofits for cabin and cockpit systems, full paint and interior services and preowned aircraft sales and acquisitions. Duncan Aviation also has international aircraft components solutions experts available 24/7/365 at +1 402.475.4125 who can handle any aircraft system problem with immediate exchanges, rotables, loaners or avionics/instrument/accessory repairs and overhauls. Complete service facilities are located in Lincoln, Neb., and Battle Creek, Mich. Additional locations include Provo, Utah, and more than 20 other facilities strategically located throughout the United States to provide customers with local support and the quickest response to avionics, engine and airframe Aircraft On Ground (AOG) situations.

For more information about any of Duncan Aviation’s services, call +1 402.475.2611 or visit


Boeing Details More Than $54 Million in Grants and Philanthropic Investments


  • Contribution Part of Previously Announced $300 Million Tax Reform Package
  • Puts Company on Path to Exceed $200 Million in Corporate Giving in 2018
  • Announcement Coincides with Launch of 2018 Boeing Global Engagement Portfolio

WASHINGTON, May 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) today announced details for $54 million in grants and philanthropic sponsorships to nonprofits in the U.S. and around the globe. As part of the company's pledge to invest in local communities following the enactment of the tax reform legislation, the investments include new or accelerated partnerships with organizations that improve STEM education, enhance transition and health services for veterans and their families, and enrich local communities.

"This investment is yet another example of how Boeing is putting tax reform to work," said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing chairman, president and chief executive officer. "Already, we have expanded our 'Dollars for Doers' matching program to reward employees who give their time and resources in support of causes important to them. With these additional charitable and philanthropic contributions, we are on track to surpass $200 million in total community giving in 2018. That's a significant sum and shows how our company is driving innovation, supporting our people and improving Boeing communities around the world."

The investment package will help launch Boeing's new "First to Mars" initiative – a comprehensive experiential learning framework that encourages interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and inspires the next generation to see the future in space as their future with Boeing. Charitable dollars will also support the national scaling of innovative veterans' health and wellness programs administered by the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and the National Center for Veterans Services (NCVS). Funds have also been allocated for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and TreePeople to assist with tree reforestation efforts on the U.S. West Coast following the devastating 2017 wildfire season.

The accelerated grant and sponsorship payments enabled by this investment will provide the company and recipient organizations with greater flexibility in funding future philanthropic activities.

"Given that Boeing is already an exceptional supporter of the Kennedy Center, these most recent gifts are a welcome and exceedingly generous surprise," said Deborah F. Rutter, President of the Kennedy Center. "With these gifts, Boeing has signaled its deep belief in the bright future that lies ahead as the Kennedy Center moves towards the opening of The REACH in 2019, and our 50th anniversary in 2021. Through inspired leadership giving, Boeing is a vital and valued supporter in helping the Center to realize its mission as the nation's cultural center."

As part of the broader tax reform package, Boeing officials said the company would introduce additional charitable investment and employee benefits programs throughout 2018.

A full list of recipient organizations can be found below.

Today's announcement also coincides with the launch of the 2018 Boeing Global Engagement Portfolio – the annual document that takes an in-depth look at the company's philanthropic and charitable impact throughout the year. Within its pages are highlights of Boeing's numerous activities that inspire tomorrow's innovators, support veterans and military families, and build dynamic, thriving communities.

"From Seattle to Singapore, Dallas to Delhi and places in between, Boeing and our more than 140,000 employees are building the future and inspiring the dreamers and doers of tomorrow," said John Blazey, vice president, Boeing Global Engagement. "With the depth and breadth of our employees' skills and passion for giving, our professional networks and partnerships, and our financial resources, Boeing drives positive and meaningful change in myriad communities around the globe."The Global Engagement Portfolio highlights include:
  • In 2017, Boeing employees volunteered 400,000 hours in their communities – the equivalent of more than 16,600 days.
  • More than 400 Boeing employees and retirees mentored more than 10,000 students during the 2018 FIRST Robotics season.
  • Boeing employs more than 20,000 veterans representing ~ 15% of our total workforce.
  • Since 1992, Boeing commercial airplanes have delivered a total of 1.6M pounds of food and supplies worth more than $17M via our Humanitarian Delivery Flight program.
See how Boeing is making a difference for Our Future, Our Heroes and Our Homes by visiting the 2018 Boeing Global Engagement Portfolio at


Boeing, Lufthansa Group Complete Order for Four 777 Airplanes


  • Order includes two 777-300ERs for SWISS and two 777 Freighters for Lufthansa Cargo

SEATTLE, May 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the Lufthansa Group completed an order for four more 777 airplanes, valued at $1.4 billion at list prices. The purchase is part of the aviation company's plans to modernize its fleet with newer widebody airplanes.

"The order for the new long-haul aircraft highlights the strategy of Lufthansa Group to predominantly allocate the growth within its multi-hub system where cost and quality offer the best conditions for profitable investments," said the Lufthansa Group in a company statement.

The order provides two more Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes for Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS), the national carrier of Switzerland and a member of the Lufthansa Group.

SWISS currently operates 10 777-300ERs, one of the most efficient, capable and reliable twin-aisle passenger airplanes in aviation. The airline says the 777-300ER has served as the backbone of their long-haul fleet and the additional airplanes will allow them to further expand their network.

The order also provides two more 777 Freighters for Lufthansa Cargo, one of the world's leading air freight carriers that serves nearly 300 destinations.

"We are honored that Lufthansa Group, an aviation leader in Europe and around the world, is expanding their fleet of 777 airplanes," said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company. "The order is another testament to the tremendous value of the 777 and its unique combination of long range, outstanding efficiency, and leading reliability."

The 777-300ER can seat up to 386 passengers in a three-class configuration and has a maximum range of 7,930 nautical miles (14,685 km). The 777 Freighter, the industry's largest and longest range twin-engine cargo jet, can fly 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a payload of 102 metric tonnes (102,000 kg).