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Bugged by budget cuts, state aerospace chief quits

The head of Washington state’s Office of Aerospace, John Thornquist, says he’s returning to the private sector next month due to frustrations over state budget cuts. “I’m not trying to leave in a huff,” said Thornquist, who was named to the post … Continue reading

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Boeing HorizonX invests in Gamma Alloys

Boeing’s latest venture-capital investment, in a company called Gamma Alloys, aims to give a boost to next-generation aluminum alloys that may show up one day in Boeing’s airplanes. The investment by Boeing’s HorizonX venture arm, announced today, is the first to … Continue reading

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Virgin Orbit’s jet gets set to launch rockets

Virgin Orbit’s modified Boeing 747-400 jumbo jet, christened “Cosmic Girl,” is back at its home base in Long Beach, Calif., for preparations that will lead to its use as a launch platform for small satellites. The jet returned to Long … Continue reading

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Boeing’s avionics unit reverses outsourcing

The Boeing Co. is creating an avionics unit that will build the kinds of electronics and aircraft control systems now being provided by outside suppliers. The shift, unveiled in an internal statement sent to employees on July 31, runs counter … Continue reading

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Aerospace jobs linked to education boost

The state of the aerospace industry in Washington state is still great, but industry leaders say the educational system will have to be beefed up if it’s going to stay that way for the next generation. That cautionary message emerged … Continue reading

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Super-quiet supersonic jet design approved

NASA says it’s cleared a significant milestone on the path to reviving supersonic passenger jet travel in the U.S. with the completion of the preliminary design review for its low-boom experimental airplane. The Low-Boom Flight Demonstration X-plane, or LBFD, is … Continue reading

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Boeing wins DARPA’s nod for space plane

The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency says it has selected the Boeing Co. to develop and test its XS-1 hypersonic space plane, using a design now known as the Phantom Express. Boeing won out over Northrop Grumman and Masten Space … Continue reading

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