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The company collaborations focus on developing composite material and process technologies to minimize aircraft weight and improve fuel efficiency. 

  • GKN Aerospace collaborated with General Atomics to produce the advanced composite V-tails for GA-new ASI’s MQ-9B Sky Guardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) from their Cowes, U.K. factory. They partnered with COMAC to manufacture Composite and Metallic Aerostructures in China. They also partnered with Eviation to add lightweight wing, empennage, and wiring system expertise to the world’s first all-electric commuter aircraft built from the ground up. 
  • S.T. Engineering Aerospace collaborated with Qantas to expand their capabilities, which include nacelle design and manufacturing. 

Companies are developing testing software that helps users get better results and run the test cycles faster. 

  • Moog released Integrated Test Suite Software for its Test Controller to provide test lab managers and technicians a platform that quickly and precisely runs tests on hydraulic or electric test systems of virtually any size. 
  • Raytheon is implementing DevOps and Cyber Security as a Service methodology to enhance their cybersecurity and intelligence offerings to support military operations and cyber warfighting. 

Latest Reports Published in Draup

SAAB account intelligence report: Swedish aerospace and defense company develops, manufactures, and delivers advanced products. Compared to 2018, it grew by 15% in 2019 due to increased deliveries, higher activity within combat systems, and C4I solutions. Read More>>

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency account intelligence report: The agency is opening new labs and facility centers that act as a modern high-tech space for GEOINT to feature its capabilities. It aims to deliver GEOINT facilities for mission needs and demands by modernizing and transforming its I.T. infrastructure by 2025. Read more>>

Key Funding Alert

Indian spacetech startup Pixxel gets USD 7.3 Mn as it announces a new product even before the launch of its first satellite 
Pixxel announced a new product – hyperspectral imaging, which refers to capturing and processing images at various wavelengths. The company plans to launch the ‘world’s highest resolution hyperspectral satellite constellation.’ Read More>>

Startup Spotlight

HQ Location – Tokyo, Japan
Total Funding – USD 4.68 Mn
Year of Inspection – 2017
About: SPACE WALKER is a new Japanese university startup aimed at manned and unmanned suborbital spaceplanes. It specializes in the design, manufacture, and sale of peripheral components. Read More>>

Key Insights and Signals in Draup

Mergers and Acquisitions
Lockheed Martin well-positioned to capitalize on crucial technologies with the Aerojet Rocketdyne acquisition
The company will capitalize on the maturation of crucial technologies, namely, hypersonic propulsion. Read More>>
Airbus and Dragon Europe to provide search and rescue services in the U.K. 
It allows customers worldwide to deliver a comprehensive next-generation upgrade to MCA’s current SAR service while ensuring a consistent continuation of its life. Read More>>
NASA & Blue Origin partner to create artificial gravity environments, bring lunar gravity conditions closer to Earth 
NASA can approximate the noon’s gravity on parabolic flights and in centrifuges on suborbital vehicles. Blue Origin’s new lunar gravity testing capability – projected to be available in late 2022. Read More>>
Executive Movement
Saab: Changed organization and Group Management for further growth 
The company is now able to take the next step in the company’s growth journey and internationalization. Read More>>
James Hinds, CEO of a joint venture between Airbus and OneWeb 
He joined the board of directors of Space and Satellite Professionals International, an association working to bolster the space industry’s workforce. Read More>>
Spirit AeroSystems looks in-house for the next general counsel 
Spirit promoted Mindy McPheeters to Sr. VP, general counsel, and corporate secretary, effective March 11. Read More>>
Boeing names new 737 Max chief 
Boeing named Ed Clark, a top executive in Boeing’s aircraft services division, succeeded Walt Odisho as vice-president and general manager of the 737 program. Read More>>
Centre Setup and Expansion
Raytheon, NASA build a cloud platform to store Sentinel-6 satellite data 
The company said scientists could access insights and data collected by Sentinel-6 through the Earthdata Cloud platform, developed under NASA’s Earth Science Data and Information Systems project. Read More>>
Deals and Deal Renewal
Kaman Composites Wichita announces contract with Boeing 
To manufacture the refueling boom assembly for the MH-47 program, an inflight refuelable version of the CH-47 Chinook helicopter. Read More>>
Raytheon bring in USD 63 Mn for F/A-18 radar systems repair 
The U.S. Navy awarded the contract for repairing the APG-65/73 radar systems in support of the F/A-18 aircraft. Read More>>
General Dynamics books USD 2.4 Bn Navy contract to build 10th submarine 
About a third of the contract work will transpire in Newport News, and work on all 10 submarines is set to be finished by February 2030. Read More>>
NASA, SpaceX agree to share data on space asset safety 
SpaceX has agreed to maneuver any of its Starlink satellites that come close to the International Space Station or other NASA spacecraft in low Earth orbit. Read More>>
Bell Boeing JV receives USD 182 Mn contract modification for Navy, Air Force tiltrotor support 
The repair is part of the U.S. Navy’s common configuration readiness and modernization efforts. Read More>>
Airbus Helicopters signs new industrial cooperation agreement with R.O. producer IAR 
The proposed cooperation program encompasses high-level capability transfer of technology and know-how from Airbus Helicopters to the Romanian defense industry to secure the H145M helicopter fleet’s continuing technical readiness to be operated by the Romanian Defense Ministry. Read More>>
Airbus, Boeing to battle for multi-billion-dollar Qantas order 
Qantas is preparing to reshape its domestic fleet, replacing the current Boeing 737-800 workhorse jets with either a new fleet of Airbus A320neo-family or Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. Read More>>
Raytheon wins USD 178 Mn contract to support Air Force intel-sharing system  
The company provides field support for the Distributed Common Ground System Enterprise, the Air Force’s central system for planning, collecting, processing, and disseminating intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.  Read More>>
Airbus is gearing up to manufacture satellites in space 
Airbus gets a EUR 3 Mn (USD 3.6 Mn) contract to study a revolutionary concept in space technology and work on the PERASPERA In-Orbit Demonstration project, coined ‘PERIOD’ for ease of explanation. Read More>>
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