Friday, September 4, 2009

Boeing nets 11 737 orders, two 777 cancellations

CHICAGO, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Boeing Co (BA.N) took orders for 11 new 737 aircraft in the week ended Sept. 1, but two orders for 777 planes were canceled, the company said on Thursday. The changes in the order book for Boeing Commercial Airplanes bring the company's net orders to 70 for 2009. Boeing took 161 orders and 91 cancellations this year.
Turkmenistan Airlines ordered three of the 737 planes in the most recent reporting period. Boeing did not say who ordered the other eight 737s. The company also did not disclose who canceled the two 777 orders.
Boeing and its rival Airbus (EAD.PA) have suffered this year as carriers and air cargo operators grapple with a recession in many parts of the world.
Shares of Boeing were down 21 cents at $48.19 on the New York Stock Exchange. (Reporting by Kyle Peterson; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

SkySentry Receives Lightweight Flexible CIGS Array from Ascent Solar Technologies

THORNTON, Colo.-- September 4, 2009, (BUSINESS WIRE)--Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASTI - News), a developer of state of the art flexible thin-film solar modules, announced today that SkySentry, a high altitude vehicle developer headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, received their first flexible CIGS PV array for an upcoming aerostat test in Sandusky, Ohio, scheduled for mid-September, 2009. The aerostat is part of Army Space and Missile Defense Command’s High Altitude, Long-Endurance Testbed.Charles Lambert, President and CEO of SkySentry, stated, “Power production and storage are the most difficult challenge of operating stationary vehicles for lengthy periods in the stratosphere. This test will use an aerostat, a tethered blimp, to characterize performance of a solar array on a dynamic platform, understand the performance of thin film arrays on a buoyant vehicle in terms of temperature and impact on an inflated substrate, determine the consistency of solar output for high altitude applications and quantify the effect of clouds and variable weather on performance of an aerostat-mounted array.” Corollary benefits include comparing high efficiency solar array deployments on aerostats as primary or supplementary power generation with other technologies such as off-shore power generation with wind turbines.
Ascent Solar president and CEO Farhad Moghadam added, “This shipment represents our first delivery of flexible monolithically integrated CIGS PV specifically for airship experimentation. SkySentry’s testing of our photovoltaics on the aerostat, along with advanced power management, will demonstrate their approach towards an important application for national security and surveillance applications.”
About SkySentry LLC:
SkySentry LLC is a Service-disabled, veteran-owned Colorado-based small business, widely acknowledged as a national leader in the investigation and development of the high altitude operating environment for communications and surveillance. SkySentry aids High Altitude Long-Endurance (HALE) development in the areas of policy, doctrine, and operations concepts growth; research and development of vehicles, subsystems and payloads; characterizing vehicle and payload performance through advanced modeling and simulation; and field testing of payloads and architectures. Additional information can be found at
About Ascent Solar Technologies:
Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. is a developer of thin-film photovoltaic modules with substrate materials that can be more flexible and affordable than most traditional solar panels. Ascent Solar modules can be directly integrated into standard building materials, space applications, consumer electronics for portable power or configured as stand alone modules for large scale terrestrial deployment. Ascent Solar is headquartered in Thornton, Colo. Additional information can be found at
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New Century Companies to Acquire Precision Aerostructures, Inc.

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - 09/04/09) - New Century Companies, Inc. (OTC.BB:NCNC - News) announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Precision Aerostructures, Inc. through a cashless merger. Russell Armstrong, Crescent Financial Advisors, Inc., has facilitated the negotiations of the merger and will conduct and assist with all aspects of the transaction.
Precision Aerostructures, Inc. manufactures structural aircraft components and assemblies. The company's customers do business in defense, government systems, aerospace and commercial markets. The company's web site is
David Duquette, CEO, New Century Companies, Inc., stated, "We are pleased to have found a great company to grow our business. Precision Aerostructures, Inc. has an excellent management team and a backlog of $27,000,000 in contracts. We expect the combined companies to have earnings in the next 12 months in excess of $.12 per share. The closing, expected shortly, is subject to certain financing conditions and final due diligence, as is the case in any merger."
About New Century Co.
New Century Companies, Inc. is one of the leading U.S.-based makers of machine tools, primarily vertical boring mills and large lathes such as vertical turning centers (VTCs). It specializes in re-manufacturing, starting with existing major castings and fitting them with state-of-the-art, computer-controlled equipment. These products generally cost 40% to 60% less to manufacture than new ones. New Century passes these savings on to its customers, which include such leading manufacturers as General Electric Co., General Dynamics Corp., Siemens AG and Gardner Denver. New Century machines are used to manufacture jet engine components, airplane landing gear parts, power generation equipment, oil and gas production components and construction materials, to name just a few applications. New Century's production facility is in Santa Fe Springs, CA. For more information please visit New Century's Web site at
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Harris Corporation and National Security Agency Announce Certification of First Tactical Radio with Type-1 Suite B Information Security

*New Harris RF-310M-HH Radio Simplifies Interoperable Tactical Communications Between Coalition Forces to SECRET Levels of Information Security
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Sept. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS - News), an international communications and information technology company, today announced it has received certification from the National Security Agency (NSA) for the Harris RF-310M-HH, the world's first tactical radio to utilize new encryption technology designed to simplify the enabling of communications interoperability within multinational coalitions. Harris and NSA collaborated on the new technology, which is based on a set of commercial algorithms and keying techniques defined as "Suite B."
The Harris RF-310M-HH is a multiband, multi-mission, software-defined Suite B radio certified to transmit voice and data up to the U.S. SECRET level. The objective of the Harris/NSA joint project is to make it easier for U.S. forces and coalition partners to communicate on the battlefield, resulting in improved coordination, easier mission planning and reduced instances of friendly fire. These radios will be commercially available to coalition partners with limited restrictions and will enable secure communications with U.S. troops using other equipment such as the JTRS-approved Falcon III® AN/PRC-152© handheld and AN/PRC-117G manpack radios. The RF-310M-HH has also been submitted to NATO's Military Committee Communications and Information Systems Security and Evaluation Agency for NATO SECRET traffic certification.
"Through our work with the NSA in developing the RF-310M-HH radio, we are jointly addressing an emerging need for enabling tactical communications between coalition partners," said Dana Mehnert, Group President, Harris RF Communications. "This radio delivers the advantages of encrypted waveform interoperability, protecting voice and data to SECRET levels of information security without the handling rules and regulations governing controlled cryptographic items (CCI). This capability simplifies security, logistics and operational planning."
The RF-310M-HH radio offers an easy-to-use, cost-effective way of transforming the ad-hoc nature of communications among coalition partners in conflicts such as the war in Afghanistan. This new radio will enable nations in the International Security Assistance Force to modernize and securely interoperate throughout the coalition.
The RF-310M-HH radio, covering the 30 MHz to 512 MHz frequency range, leverages the expertise of Harris Corporation as the leading provider of software-defined tactical radios around the world. The RF-310M-HH is interoperable with the JTRS-approved AN/PRC-152© handheld and AN/PRC-117G manpack radios. There are more than 80,000 AN/PRC-152© radios deployed around the world.
The RF-310M-HH radio is based on the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and uses the Sierra 2B Core Software, recently certified by the NSA. The radio also includes the Type-3 APCO P25 waveform, enabling interoperability with public safety first responders. Because the RF-310M-HH is a software-defined radio built and compliant with the Software Communications Architecture (SCA), the radio is positioned to host other current and future waveforms.
Harris RF Communications is the leading global supplier of secure radio communications and embedded high-grade encryption solutions for military, government and commercial organizations. The company's Falcon family of software-defined tactical radio systems encompasses manpack, handheld and vehicular applications. Falcon III is the next-generation of radios supporting the U.S. military's Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) requirements as well as network-centric operations worldwide. Harris RF Communications is also a leading supplier of assured communications systems and equipment for public safety, utility and transportation markets, with products ranging from the most advanced IP voice and data networks to portable and mobile single- and multiband radios.
About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and more than 15,000 employees -- including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at

Honeywell Helps Fort Dix Meet Renewable Goals With Solar Power

*Comprehensive Facility and Infrastructure Upgrades Will Also Improve Energy and Water Efficiency
MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON - News) today announced it has installed two solar arrays at Fort Dix, N.J., a training and mobilization center for the U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard. The solar installations are part of a $17.6-million program that will decrease energy consumption at the post by almost 10 percent and water use by more than 5 percent. The program, which includes a variety of energy-efficient facility and infrastructure upgrades, will help Fort Dix meet federal efficiency and renewable energy mandates, among other benefits.
"I am proud to have played a role in making this solar project possible at Fort Dix," said Congressman John Adler, who represents Joint Base McGuire/Dix/Lakehurst. "The program will help Fort Dix cut operating costs, increase energy efficiency and reduce its environmental impact. I am pleased the program is being led by Honeywell, a great New Jersey technology and manufacturing company. I will continue to fight to bring funding and missions to the Joint Base to enhance its success."
One of the largest solar projects for the Army, the 3,200 photovoltaic panels that make up the arrays will generate approximately 815,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually -- enough to power more than 75 homes per year. The arrays are mounted on the roofs of the Army Reserve 99th Regional Support Command Headquarters and the post's Strategic Deployment Site Building, a temperature-controlled warehouse for equipment storage.
The panels will produce enough energy to meet nearly all the electricity needs of both facilities, with excess power distributed back onto the grid. They will also help the post meet renewable energy goals from the Energy Policy Act of 2005, mandating at least 7.5 percent of annual energy consumption at federal facilities comes from a renewable resource by end of 2013.
"In addition to reducing dependence on fossil fuels, the local power generation will provide enhanced operational capacity and security, since we will have a power source that is not tied to external supply," said Dave Peckham, director of Public Works at Fort Dix.
Fort Dix will finance the entire program through energy and operational savings guaranteed by Honeywell under a performance contract with the Army, approximately $1.2 million per year for the next 20 years. This ensures the upgrades will not effect capital budgets or require additional taxpayer dollars. In addition, the program is expected to produce more than $20 million in excess savings for the post.
The work will also have a significant environmental impact, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 33 million pounds per year. According to figures from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, this is equivalent to removing 3,200 cars from the road.
"Environmental compliance requirements in New Jersey are some of the toughest in the nation," Peckham said. "This program is helping us meet those requirements, and become more productive, efficient and sustainable."
Along with the solar panels, Honeywell installed controls to optimize the cycling time and efficiency of natural gas boilers at more than 80 facilities, and replaced nine aging boilers at the Visiting Officers' Quarters (VOQ) and Doughboy Inn with heat pumps and occupancy sensors in each room to reduce the use of heating and air-conditioning equipment.
Additional work included lighting upgrades, and expanding the post's energy monitoring and control system to better match the heating and cooling delivery with the needs of the soldiers and civilian employees. As a result, energy costs will decrease, while working and training conditions improve.
Honeywell also modified the irrigation system at the golf course to use treated water from the post's wastewater facility, which is expected to reduce annual water consumption by 29 million gallons. The company will provide onsite technicians as well to maintain optimal performance of the new equipment and building automation systems.
"There is such a range of energy-saving technologies that it can be difficult for organizations to know which to use given their unique situation," said Kevin Madden, vice president of global sales for Honeywell Building Solutions. "Working with the leaders and energy experts at Fort Dix, we identified the retrofits and renewable energy source that would help the post meet its efficiency and climate targets, and provide the greatest return on investment."
Honeywell is a global leader in energy services, working with organizations to conserve energy, optimize building operations and leverage renewable energy. Since the 1980s, Honeywell completed more than 5,000 energy-efficiency projects in facilities across the globe, including recent work at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C., Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C. and other Army posts. It also helped 5 million homeowners decrease their energy use through its work with utilities. These projects are expected to deliver more than $5 billion in energy and operational savings.
Overall, nearly 50 percent of Honeywell's product portfolio company-wide is linked to energy efficiency. The company estimates the global economy could operate on 10 to 25 percent less energy by using today's existing Honeywell technologies.
Honeywell International ( is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit Honeywell Building Solutions is part of the Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions business group, a global leader in providing product and service solutions that improve efficiency and profitability, support regulatory compliance, and maintain safe, comfortable environments in homes, buildings and industry. For more information about Building Solutions, access
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Kaman Corporation Receives U.S. Marine Corps Contract to Demonstrate Unmanned Cargo Delivery

BLOOMFIELD, Conn., Sept. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Kaman Corporation (Nasdaq-GS: KAMN) announced that the Helicopters Division of its subsidiary, Kaman Aerospace Corporation has received an $864,000 contract from the U.S. Marine Corps on behalf of Team K-MAX to demonstrate the ability of the Unmanned K-MAX® helicopter to deliver cargo to troops in extreme environments and at high altitudes. Team K-MAX is comprised of Kaman and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT - News). Kaman will award a subcontract to Lockheed Martin to integrate a beyond line of sight data link and unmanned aerial system (UAS) mission management system with Kaman's proven aerial truck, the K-MAX.
The team will demonstrate the unmanned helicopter's capability to deliver cargo a round trip distance of 150 nautical miles. The Marine Corps objective is to move 20,000 pounds in a 24 hour period. The demonstration is scheduled for late 2009.
This demonstration arises from the Marine Corps Systems Command's requirement for a cargo UAS that can support rapid deployments to Afghanistan by resupplying troops with provisions and materials at forward operating bases.
"The demonstration of the Unmanned K-MAX for the Marine Corps is an important step for the program," said Neal J. Keating, Chairman, president and chief executive officer, Kaman Corporation. "We believe the aircraft is uniquely qualified for the resupply mission to take our troops off the roads and pilots out of the air in Afghanistan."
"The Unmanned K-MAX meets the Marine Corps' urgent need to field a cargo UAS to perform the troop resupply mission currently performed by ground convoys and manned aircraft," said Jeff Bantle, vice president of Rotary Wing Programs at Lockheed Martin Systems Integration in Owego, NY. "Lockheed Martin will provide the mission management and flight control systems to ensure performance reliability in the rigorous high altitude environmental conditions inherent to Central Asia."
Designed and built for repetitive lift operations in severe environments, the 5,100-pound K-MAX helicopter can lift 6,000 pounds -- more than its own weight -- at sea level. Superior lift performance is derived from the aircraft's counter-rotating intermeshing rotor design that eliminates the need for a tail rotor. Operated by the logging and construction industries for its high reliability and low flight and maintenance costs, the manned K-MAX fleet has accumulated more than 244,000 flight hours since 1994.
Kaman Corp., headquartered in Bloomfield, Conn. conducts business in the aerospace and industrial distribution markets. The company produces and/or markets widely used proprietary aircraft bearings and components; complex metallic and composite aerostructures for commercial, military and general aviation fixed and rotary wing aircraft; safing and arming solutions for missile and bomb systems for the U.S. and allied militaries; subcontract helicopter work; and support for the company's SH-2G Super Seasprite maritime helicopters and K-MAX medium-to-heavy lift helicopters. Kaman is also one of the nation's leading industrial distribution companies for power transmission, motion control, material handling and electrical components with nearly two hundred locations throughout North America.

OSI Geospatial Signs First Contract with Defence Research and Development Canada to Deliver a Counter-IED Training Solution

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - 09/04/09) - This document corrects and replaces the release sent on 09/02/2009 at 4:06 PM EDT.
OSI Geospatial Inc. (TSX:OSI - News) ("OSI") announced yesterday that it has signed a contract valued at approximately $600K with Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), an agency of the Canadian Department of National Defense. Under the terms of this contract, the company will deliver a prototype Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Immersive Training Environment (CIITE) system utilizing OSI's iGEN(TM) Cognitive Synthetic Agents that will assist Canadian Forces to recognize, react to and defeat situations where an IED danger exists.
"This is our first R&D contract with DRDC and we are pleased to be involved in such an important program," said Ken Kirkpatrick, president and CEO of OSI Geospatial. "I am confident that this project will be a success and lead to future business for the company. We are also pleased to be expanding our advanced research and development customer base."
CIITE will provide an immersive environment in which trainees will learn how to recognize IED's, communicate as well as team-work utilizing synthetic agents as teammates. For more information about our advanced research and development capabilities, please visit
About DRDC
DRDC is an agency of the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) responding to the scientific and technological needs of the Canadian Forces. The agency is made up of nine research centres located across Canada with a corporate office in Ottawa. DRDC has an annual budget of $350 million and employs over 1,700 people. With a broad scientific program, DRDC actively collaborates with industry, international allies, academia, other government departments and the national security community.
About OSI Geospatial
OSI Geospatial Inc. delivers advanced geospatial systems and software that enable shared real-time situational awareness for military, safety and security applications. Our products and services enable our customers to integrate and visualize live data with any combination of sensor data, imagery, maps and charts. This capability provides our customers with enhanced operational performance, safety and security through shared real-time situational awareness. OSI Geospatial systems and software are in use by military, government, and commercial customers around the world. The company is publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange. For additional information please visit
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Cytec Industries to Present at Credit Suisse Chemical and Ag Science Conference

WOODLAND PARK, N.J.--September 4, 2009, (BUSINESS WIRE)--Cytec Industries Inc. (NYSE:CYT - News) announced today that Shane Fleming, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, will address representatives from investment institutions at the following event.
Investor Conference:
Credit Suisse Chemical and Ag Science Conference
New York, NY

September 15, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. ET

The presentation and an audio webcast will be made available live on the Cytec website at under “Investor Relations”, “Calendar of Events”.
Corporate Profile
Cytec Industries Inc. is a global specialty chemicals and materials company focused on developing, manufacturing and selling value-added products. Our products serve a diverse range of end markets including aerospace, adhesives, automotive and industrial coatings, chemical intermediates, inks, mining and plastics. We use our technology and application development expertise to create chemical and material solutions that are formulated to perform specific and important functions in the finished products of our customers.
Cytec Industries Inc.

Jodi Allen, 973-357-3283
Investor Relations

Microchip Technology to Present at the 2009 Citi Investment Research Global Technology Conference

CHANDLER, Ariz.-- September 4, 2009, (BUSINESS WIRE)--Microchip Technology Incorporated (NASDAQ:MCHP - News), a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced today that the Company will present at the Citi Investment Research Global Technology Conference on Wednesday, September 9, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time). Presenting for the Company will be Mr. Ganesh Moorthy, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and Mr. Eric Bjornholt, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. A live webcast and replay of the presentation will be made available by Citi, and can be accessed on the Microchip website at The replay of the webcast will be available for a period of 7 days following the presentation.
Any forward-looking statements made during the presentation are qualified in their entirety by the complete discussion of risks set forth in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Copies of Forms 10-K and 10-Q and any other relevant documents can be obtained for free at the SEC's Web site ( or from commercial document retrieval services.
Microchip Technology Inc. is a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, providing risk-free product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Ariz., Microchip offers outstanding technical support, along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at
The Microchip logo and name are registered trademarks of Microchip Technology Incorporated.
Microchip Technology Incorporated, Chandler

Deborah Wussler, 480-792-7373

Raytheon's Continuing Support of Iridium Global Satellite Communications System Yields Enhanced Operational Flexibility

TEWKSBURY, Mass., Sept. 3, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- Working with Iridium Satellite LLC engineering and space system operations personnel, Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN - News) has integrated a flight worthy Main Mission Antenna (MMA) with special test equipment to simulate on-orbit antenna performance. The team has also succeeded in developing updated antenna control software that will provide enhanced operational flexibility and more robust MMA performance.
"The satellite communication systems continue to deliver essential communication services to and from remote areas around the globe," said Michael Del Checcolo, vice president Engineering for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. "Raytheon is proud of its continuing role in ensuring the system's ability to provide superior worldwide coverage for our warfighters and essential industries."
Iridium Satellite provides global satellite voice and data communications solutions with complete coverage of the Earth. Its constellation consists of 66 low earth-orbiting, cross-linked satellites and has multiple in-orbit spares. The constellation operates as a fully meshed network and is the largest commercial satellite constellation in the world.
Integrated Defense Systems is Raytheon's leader in Global Capabilities Integration providing affordable, integrated solutions to a broad international and domestic customer base, including the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Armed Forces and the Department of Homeland Security.
Raytheon Company, with 2008 sales of $23.2 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 87 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 73,000 people worldwide.
Michele Lemos