Friday, March 5, 2010

Boeing Transfers US Portions of International Space Station to NASA

Defense News ~ HOUSTON, March 5, 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today officially turned over the U.S. on-orbit segment of the International Space Station (ISS) to NASA with the signing of government form DD-250 at the conclusion of an Acceptance Review Board meeting in Houston.

Often referred to as "handing over the keys," the DD-250 is equivalent to a final bill of sale that formally transfers ownership. Through today's review board, NASA and Boeing verified the delivery, assembly, integration and activation of all hardware and software required by contract.

"It was 10 years in the making, but NASA's acceptance today confirms that the U.S.-built portion of the International Space Station meets its requirements and that its hardware and software are in excellent shape," said Joy Bryant, Boeing ISS vice president and program manager. "The vehicle is capable of being fully utilized as a national laboratory, and we look forward to sustaining it for many years to come."

The U.S. segment interfaces with all the ISS international partner elements. It encompasses the truss segments, including the four solar arrays, and several pressurized modules, which consist of:

  • Unity and Harmony, connecting nodes 1 and 2
  • the Destiny laboratory module
  • the Quest airlock
  • pressurized mating adapters
  • the Zarya storage module, built in cooperation with the Russian Federal Space Agency
  • more than 2 million lines of software code to operate all the components.

Additionally, thousands of components make up the segment's core systems for thermal control; environmental control; guidance and navigation; communication and tracking; electrical power distribution; command and control; structure and mechanisms; and robotics.

This year, the ISS will mark 10 consecutive years of human presence on orbit. It was designated a national laboratory by the U.S. Congress in 2005 and selected for the 2009 Collier Trophy by the National Aeronautic Association. The station takes advantage of the microgravity conditions 220 miles above the Earth's surface for research across a wide variety of fields, including human life sciences, biological science, human physiology, physical and materials science, and Earth and space science.

"Research conducted aboard the ISS will benefit the entire world with unique scientific breakthroughs, and its crews will inspire a new generation to look toward space," said Bryant.

Boeing is the prime contractor to NASA for the ISS. In addition to designing and building all the major U.S. elements, Boeing also is responsible for ensuring the successful integration of new hardware and software -- including components from international partners -- as well as for providing sustaining engineering work.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $34 billion business with 68,000 employees worldwide.


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Boeing's 3rd GOES Satellite Sends 1st Signals From Space

Defense News ~ EL SEGUNDO, Calif., March 5, 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] has received the first on-orbit signals from the third Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) built by Boeing for NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The satellite, GOES-P, is healthy and ready to begin thruster firings to move to its on-orbit test location. GOES-P is a Boeing 601 satellite that will provide enhanced Earth-observation and weather-monitoring services.

GOES-P launched on a Delta IV rocket at 6:57 p.m. Eastern time on March 4 from Space Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Controllers confirmed initial contact with the spacecraft today at 12:52 a.m. Eastern time at the NASA Deep Space Network Canberra ground station in Australia. Boeing Launch Services procured the vehicle and mission services from United Launch Alliance.

"GOES-P's precision imaging and navigation technologies will improve weather forecasting by providing image data that is two to three times more accurately located," said Craig Cooning, vice president and general manager of Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems. "We look forward to working with NASA and NOAA in the months ahead as GOES-P is tested and deployed as an on-orbit spare that can be called immediately to action, especially during emergencies."

GOES-P will be placed in geosynchronous orbit at 89.5 degrees west longitude for approximately five months of on-orbit operational testing. Following NASA and NOAA's acceptance, GOES-P will join GOES-14 (formerly called GOES-O) in storage at 105 degrees west longitude to operate as backups for primary satellites GOES-11 and GOES-13. GOES-13 is in the process of being activated to replace GOES-12. Together, the satellites will improve weather forecasting with sharper vision and longer life and help NOAA's Storm Prediction Center monitor severe weather events.

The GOES N-P series represents the newest generation of satellite technology and a significant improvement over earlier environmental systems. The prime instrument on GOES-P, the imager, captures images of the Earth with a resolution accuracy of 1 kilometer from an altitude of 22,240 miles above the Earth's surface. The satellite's highly stable optical bench enables more accurate predictions of storm location and movement by protecting the operational instruments from thermal or motion disruptions. GOES-P also can store enough power to operate during the eclipse season, when there is no sunlight to power its solar array.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $34 billion business with 68,000 employees worldwide.


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SatMAX and TLC Offer SatMAX Repeaters to Aid Chile

Defense News ~ HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - 03/05/10) - SatMAX Corporation (Pinksheets:SATM - News), a leading global provider of wireless, non-line-of-sight, satellite communications equipment, announced today it is working together with Houston-based TLC Engineering to offer emergency satellite communication repeaters to assist in meeting earthquake-stricken Chile's communications needs. The joint SatMAX-TLC initiative comes on the heels of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's recent delivery of 20 satellite phones to Santiago. The Christian Science Monitor reported that Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has been seeking temporary bridges, field hospitals, satellite phones, generators, water purification systems, field kitchens and dialysis centers.

According to SatNews Daily, in addition to the U.S. response, "the United Nations is sending 45 satellite phones to Chile for officials coordinating earthquake relief efforts and is prepared to send 30 tons of food and other aid if the government gives the green light," said Alicia Barcena, executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

TLC Engineering CEO Tony Council said, "TLC and SatMAX are prepared to provide SatMAX® satellite communications repeaters to assist the Chilean government's disaster recovery effort. These repeaters will allow government officials and relief workers to use their sat-phones indoors and in temporary comm centers. We have reached out to U.S. relief officials to begin this process."

"TLC's disaster recovery experience will be a valuable resource in assisting Chile's recovery efforts. We are happy to be able to support Tony Council's well-organized response to the Chilean crisis," stated SatMAX CEO Don Bresina.

Wireless satellite telephone communications require a direct line-of-sight to the sky to create a link between the handheld satellite phone and the orbiting satellite. This communication link is interrupted when a sat-phone user steps indoors. SatMAX® repeater technology enables satellite communications users to quickly and easily make fully wireless voice and data communications from any non-line-of-sight location. Historically, satellite phones have been limited by their requirement to have line-of-sight access to orbiting satellites, with SatMAX® users now have the ability to access dependable and uninterrupted wireless satellite communications.

About SatMAX

SatMAX Corporation is dedicated to providing global wireless, non-line-of-sight, satellite voice and data communications links to government, military, and commercial and industrial customers. For more information, please visit; or view our product information video

About TLC

TLC Engineering, Inc. (TLC) is a full service organization providing consulting, engineering, construction, technical recruiting & business administrative staffing services ensuring cost effective solutions to the petrochemical, energy-utility, construction, and business industry. TLC has been awarded a GSA Schedule #871-PES (Professional Engineering Services), Contract #GS10F0267T with the General Services Administration and is seeking contracting opportunities at this time. For more information please visit

Herley Industries, Inc. Announces Schedule for 2nd Quarter Earnings Release and Conference Call

Defense News ~ LANCASTER, Pa., March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Herley Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:HRLY - News) expects to release Second Quarter Fiscal 2010 financial results after the market closes onThursday, March 11, 2010.

A Conference Call has been scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, March 12, 2010. Interested parties may join the conference by dialing: 1 (888) 425-4188 referencing Conference ID #58645536.

Replay of the conference call is scheduled to begin on March 12, 2010, one hour after completion of the call, and will end on March 19 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. To listen to the replay, dial: 1 (800) 642-1687 (U.S.) or 1 (706) 645-9291 (International) and Conference ID #58645536.

This conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed by interested parties through URL:

To listen to the live call, please go to the website above at least fifteen minutes prior to the start of the call to register, download and install any necessary audio software. For those who are not available to listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available shortly after the call on the site.

Herley Industries, Inc. is a leader in the design, development and manufacture of microwave technology solutions for the defense, aerospace and medical industries worldwide. Based in Lancaster, PA, Herley has seven manufacturing locations and approximately 1,000 employees. Additional information about the Company can be found on the Internet at

For information at Herley contact:

Peg Guzzetti

Tel: (717) 397-2777

Investor Relations

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RFID Market to Reach $5.35 Billion This Year, Says ABI Research

ABI Research

Defense News ~ NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Despite the economic doldrums which required downward adjustments to ABI Research’s RFID forecasts for 2009 and 2010, the outlook is good for steady growth through the next five years, according to new market data just released by the firm.

Practice director Michael Liard reports: “We expect the overall RFID market to exceed $8.25 billion in 2014, or approximately $7.46 billion with automobile immobilization excluded. That would represent a 14% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the next five years.”

(Automobile immobilization is the largest single RFID application and has a low growth rate which impacts overall market size, so it is often excluded when examining market trends.)

This year alone, the RFID market appears set to reach a size of $4.47 billion (without automobile immobilization), 15% more than the adjusted 2009 figure.

“Not all segments of the RFID market are created equal,” adds Liard. “To 2014, the greatest growth will be found in RTLS (Real Time Location Systems), baggage handling, animal ID, and item-level tagging in fashion apparel and retail.”

Other key opportunities include Electronic Vehicle Registration, continued penetration of RFID-enabled e-ID/e-government documents (including health cards), and continued expansion of library systems. Also worth watching: slowed but continued progress in retail CPG supply chain management, and multiple flavors of asset management that leverage RFID technologies, including specialty passive UHF tags.

“Modernizing” applications for RFID will grow more rapidly than their “traditional” predecessors such as access control, automobile immobilization, electronic toll collection and others that account for slightly more than 61% of the total market today. These applications are expected to grow 6% compounded annually from 2010 through 2014. In contrast, modernizing applications – animal ID, asset management, baggage handling, cargo tracking and security, POS-contactless payment, RTLS, supply chain management, and ticketing – are forecast to grow roughly 19% in the same time period.

ABI Research’s “Semi-Annual RFID Market Data” ( presents ABI Research's latest RFID market segmentation and forecasts for revenue, unit shipments, and applications. It includes coverage of IC revenue and unit shipments by frequency and by region. Finally, information is provided about RFID software and services revenues sorted by region, vertical market, and primary application.

It is a component of the RFID Research Service(

ABI Research provides in-depth analysis and quantitative forecasting of trends in global connectivity and other emerging technologies. From offices in North America, Europe and Asia, ABI Research’s worldwide team of experts advise thousands of decision makers through 27 research and advisory services. Est. 1990. For more information visit, or call +1.516.624.2500.


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Boeing Selects Pratt & Whitney to Power Boeing's Proposed NewGen Tanker to be Offered to U.S. Air Force

Defense News ~ EAST HARTFORD, Conn., March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In an announcement made today, Boeing said it is offering the Pratt & Whitney-powered NewGen Tanker as its platform for the U.S. Air Force's KC-X recapitalization program. Boeing's proposal calls for the NewGen Tanker to be powered by Pratt & Whitney's PW4062 engine. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX - News) company.

"Pratt & Whitney is honored to partner with Boeing on the NewGen platform to be offered as America's next generation of tankers for the U.S. Air Force's KC-X program," said Bill Begert, Pratt &Whitney Vice President of Military Business Development and Aftermarket Services. "The PW4000 engine has an exceptional track record of performance and reliability with numerous commercial customers operating the engine globally. We are confident it will meet Boeing and the U.S. Air Force's performance requirements and expectations."

Pratt & Whitney has delivered more than 2,500 PW4000-94" commercial engines that collectively have logged more than 100 million flight hours on commercial aircraft around the world. The PW4062 is the highest thrust model in Pratt & Whitney's PW4000-94" commercial engine family and is offered for both commercial freighter and military tanker applications. Two PW4062 engines, each delivering 62,000 pounds of thrust, will power The Boeing Company's NewGen Tanker.

The PW4000 family of engines includes models with thrust ratings ranging from 52,000 pounds to 98,000 pounds. These engines have an outstanding safety record, high reliability, excellent performance and low maintenance costs. The PW4000 family meets all required emissions and noise regulations, and offers superior fuel economy and maintainability. The PW4000-94" engine operates commercially on Boeing 747, 767 and MD-11 aircraft and the Airbus A300/310 series.

This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning future business opportunities. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to changes in government procurement priorities and practices, budget plans and availability of funding, and in the number of aircraft to be built; challenges in the design, development, production and support of advanced technologies; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in the companies' Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.

Stephanie Duvall

Pratt & Whitney Military Engines


Pratt & Whitney

The MathWorks Announces Release 2010a of the MATLAB and Simulink Product Families

Defense News ~ NATICK, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The MathWorks today announced Release 2010a (R2010a) of itsMATLAB and Simulink product families. Key in this release are new streaming capabilities for signal processing and video processing in MATLAB, nonlinear solvers for standard and large-scale optimization, and expanded Simulink support for large teams designing complex systems. R2010a also introduces Simulink PLC Coder, which helps industrial control system engineers generate IEC 61131 structured text. This release updates 83 other products, including PolySpace code verification products.

Advancements for the MATLAB family that are part of the R2010a release include:

  • Signal Processing Blockset and Video and Image Processing Blockset: New System objects for stream processing in MATLAB. Supporting more than 140 algorithms, System objects use less memory, improve the handling of lengthy signal and video data streams, and simplify the development of streaming algorithms.
  • Symbolic Math Toolbox: New interface with Simscape to automatically generate Simscape language equations for physical modeling.
  • Global Optimization Toolbox and Optimization Toolbox: New nonlinear solvers for more complex and realistic problems and the ability to use parallel computing to accelerate time-to-solution.
  • SimBiology: Stochastic approximation expectation-maximization (SAEM), dosing schedules support, and performance enhancements for improved data fitting and modeling for pharmacokinetics (PK) and pharmacodynamics (PD).

R2010a reflects a continued focus on performance within the MATLAB product family, including multicore support and performance enhancements for more than 50 functions in Image Processing Toolbox, and additional multithreaded math functions in MATLAB. There are also enhancements to file sharing, path management, and the desktop in MATLAB.

With this release, Simulink offers expanded support for large design teams, enabling them to design complex systems more efficiently. These capabilities include tunable parameter structures for management of large parameter sets and triggered model blocks and function-call branching for component-based modeling.

Other Simulink 2010a highlights designed for more efficient embedded system development include:

  • Embedded IDE Link and Target Support Package: Code generation support for Eclipse, Embedded Linux, and ARM processors, which provides simplified embedded system development workflows for systems engineers and software engineers.
  • IEC Certification Kit: ISO/DIS 26262 tool qualification support for Real-Time Workshop Embedded Coder and PolySpace verification products, easing certification of ECUs developed to Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL) A through ASIL D.
  • DO Qualification Kit: DO-178B tool qualification support extended to model coverage, which expands the certification credit possible with model verification.

The new release is available immediately and is being provided to users with current subscriptions to MathWorks Software Maintenance Service. Additional information on R2010a product updates is available at

About The MathWorks

The MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software. MATLAB, the language of technical computing, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation. Simulink is a graphical environment for simulation and Model-Based Design of multidomain dynamic and embedded systems. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on these product families to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development in automotive, aerospace, electronics, financial services, biotech-pharmaceutical, and other industries. MathWorks products are also fundamental teaching and research tools in the world's universities and learning institutions. Founded in 1984, The MathWorks employs more than 2,100 people in 15 countries, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, USA.

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