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In 2013, the State of Washington gave Boeing a package of tax breaks totaling $8.7 billion through 2040. In return, the state apparently ‘assumed’ that the planemaker would continue to create and provide jobs in the state. Boeing announcing last year that the company would assemble the 777X airplane in the Puget Sound region. In all, Boeing employs about 79,000 in the Puget Sound, which is about half its total workforce. A NIMBY group describing itself as a "Growing network including thousands of people from our local community," has put up a website in an effort to get involved in "Shaping the future use of the Santa Monica Airport Land to better the lives of our entire community and future generations." You can bet that future doesn’t involve airplanes! A Ce
Innovation in vertical lift flight took place as Sikorsky Aircraft announced the successful first flight of their S-97 RAIDER helicopter. This unique machine features a rigid coaxial rotor prototype designed to demonstrate a game-changing combination of maneuverability, hover ability, range, speed, endurance and survivability. During the first test flight, which lasted approximately an hour, it performed a series of maneuvers designed to test the aircraft's hover and low-speed capability. Virgin Galactic reported last week that the second SpaceShipTwo had been lowered onto its landing gear in a hangar in California. The spacecraft intended to carry paying passengers on sub-orbital flights was already in development when a tragic accident resulted in the destruction of the first SpaceShipTwo on October 31 last year during a powered test flight. In a report issued on Airborne Unlim
RFI Issued Seeking Ideas From American Companies For Spacecraft Design
NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking ideas from American companies for a spacecraft design that could be used for both the agency's Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) and a robotic satellite servicing mission in low-Earth orbit.