Sikorsky Receives Contract to Build 12 CH-53K Heavy Lift Helicopters

The CH-53K is a modern, marinized, fly-by-wire aircraft that can move more cargo, farther and at longer distances that any other aircraft in production. For example, the CH-53K can lift an up-armored 22,600 lb. JLTV and carry it 110 nautical miles, in high and hot conditions and still have capacity for an additional 4,400 pounds of payload. There is no other helicopter that comes close to the performance of the CH-53K or that can meet Marine Corps requirements.  Photo courtesy U.S. Navy.

12 heavy lift aircraft to be built at Connecticut plant with deliveries beginning in 2022

STRATFORD, Conn., May 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT) will build 12 production CH-53K King Stallion helicopters under a new $1.13 billion contract from the U.S. Navy. These advanced helicopters are part of the 200 program of record aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps.

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Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter Achieves First Flight

The HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter takes flight for the first time on May 17, 2019, at Sikorsky’s West Palm Beach site in Florida. Photo courtesy Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company.

Helicopter offers the U.S. Air Force improved reliability, survivability and range

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., May, 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter achieved first flight today at Sikorsky’s West Palm Beach, Florida site, an important step toward bringing this all-new aircraft to service members to perform critical search and rescue operations. The aircraft, developed by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT) and based on the proven UH-60M Black Hawk, is customized for the U.S. Air Force ‘s rescue mission and will ensure the Air Force fulfills its mission to leave no one behind.

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Textron Aviation demonstrates industry leadership at EBACE 2019

WICHITA, Kan. (May 16, 2019) –Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, heads to next week’s European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) with eight of its industry-leading aircraft. Textron Aviation continued its 2018 market-leading position in the first quarter, delivering 88 jet and turboprop aircraft.

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Boeing Receives Second U.S. Navy Contract for F/A-18 Service Life Modification

Funding covers modernization of 10 aircraft; option for FY20 would cover up to 35 aircraft

ST. LOUIS, May 17, 2019 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] has received a one-year contract, which also includes a one-year option for 2020, to continue modernizing the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18 fleet under the Service Life Modification (SLM) program. The $164 million contract for FY19 funds the standup of a second SLM line in San Antonio, Texas, complementary to the line established last year in St. Louis.

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NASA Taps 11 American Companies to Advance Human Lunar Landers

NASA Taps 11 American Companies to Advance Human Lunar Landers

Illustration of a human landing system
Illustration of a human landing system
Credits: NASA

NASA has selected 11 companies to conduct studies and produce prototypes of human landers for its Artemis lunar exploration program. This effort will help put American astronauts — the first woman and next man — on the Moon’s south pole by 2024 and establish sustainable missions by 2028.

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NASA Invites Media to Watch Drone Traffic Management Testing

NASA Invites Media to Watch Drone Traffic Management Testing

NASA is conducting field demonstrations of small drones navigating urban landscapes in Reno, Nevada, and Corpus Christi, TX
NASA is conducting field demonstrations of small drones navigating urban landscapes in Reno, Nevada, and Corpus Christi, Texas, May through August 2019. These demonstrations will complete its testing of technologies that can be part of a system to safely manage drone traffic.
Credits: NASA/Lillian Gipson

NASA is entering the final stage of testing its Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) platform and invites media to learn more and watch drone demonstrations Tuesday, May 21, in Reno, Nevada.

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NASA Administrator to Speak at Florida Institute of Technology Event

NASA Administrator to Speak at Florida Institute of Technology Event

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine gives keynote remarks at the Humans to Mars Summit, Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington.

Credits: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will deliver remarks and speak to media Thursday, May 23, at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne.

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