Orbital ATK gets USD 48m rocket motor sustainment contract

Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, has been awarded a follow-on Rocket Motor Technical Services (RMTS) contract from the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Targets and Countermeasures Directorate, the company said.

Under the contract, Orbital ATK will primarily support MDA in the sustainment of Trident I (C4) and Orion motors for use in MDA targets and interceptor vehicles. Orbital ATK also provides services for CASTOR®, Orbus 1A and Oriole motors as well as various specialty support services such as radar signature testing and specialty tooling.

Under the RMTS contract, Orbital ATK will provide sustaining engineering, aging and surveillance testing and analysis, motor logistics, motor storage, motor disposal, static test support and flight test motor preparations for a five-year period. Target vehicles using C4 motors are on MDA´s flight manifest through the mid-2020s. Orion motors are used on both target vehicles and the Ground-Based Interceptor vehicle for the foreseeable future.

The majority of the work for this contract will be conducted at Orbital ATK´s Bacchus facility in Magna, Utah, with support as needed from several other Orbital ATK facilities across the country.

Orbital ATK designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK employs approximately 13,000 people in 18 states across the US and in several international locations.

Orbital ATK inks supply agreements with commercial ammunition suppliers

Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, has signed multiple, long-term agreements with premier commercial ammunition suppliers, valued in excess of USD 400 million over a three-year period, the company said.

The agreements span from 2018 to 2020 and provide flexibility to optimize factory operations and best support customer needs and market demands.

The supplier agreements focus primarily on 5.56mm and .223 caliber ammunition manufactured at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Missouri.

Since 2000, Orbital ATK has produced more than 17 billion rounds of small-caliber ammunition at Lake City to support US and allied warfighters around the globe as well as commercial customers.

Orbital ATK´s Defense Systems Group, of which the Small Caliber Systems Division is a part, is an industry leader in providing innovative and affordable precision and strike weapons, advanced propulsion and hypersonics, missile components across air-, sea- and land-based systems, ammunition and related energetic products.

Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies. The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK employs approximately 13,000 people in 18 states across the United States and in several international locations.

AerSale VP gets Aviation Suppliers award

AerSale® employee Ron Wolf, Vice President of Operations & Quality Assurance, has been awarded the 2017 Edward J. Glueckler Award by the Aviation Suppliers Association (ASA), the company said.

ASA is a non-profit aviation industry organization which brings together industry leaders to establish and accredit best practices regarding quality, legal, regulatory, and other practical matters specific to the aviation materials acquisition, sales, and distribution industry.

Wolf has over 30 years of aviation industry experience, specializing in quality standards, materials management, and MRO operations. As Vice President of Operations & Quality Assurance, he is currently responsible for the day-to-day operation and strategic development of AerSale´s global distribution facilities, including technical records, purchasing, and repair management.

The Edward J. Glueckler Award is presented annually by the ASA to recognize the recipient for their lifetime achievement in outstanding commitment, dedication, and contribution to the ASA organization and its greater aviation constituency.

A global aviation leader, AerSale specializes in the sale, lease, and exchange of used aircraft, engines, and components, in addition to providing a broad range of maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services for commercial aircraft and components. AerSale also offers asset management services to owners of end-of-life aircraft and engine portfolios. Headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida, AerSale maintains offices and operations in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

CDB Aviation delivers 737-800 to Fuzhou Airlines

CDB Aviation Lease Finance DAC (“CDB Aviation”) has delivered one Boeing 737-800 to Fuzhou Airlines, the company said.

CDB Aviation Lease Finance DAC is a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co., Limited (“CDB Leasing”), a 33-year-old Chinese leasing company that is backed mainly by the China Development Bank.

China Development Bank is under the direct jurisdiction of the State Council of China and is the world´s largest development finance institution. It is also the largest Chinese bank for foreign investment and financing cooperation, long-term lending and bond issuance, enjoying Chinese sovereign credit rating. www.cdbaviationleasefinance.com

CDB Leasing is the only leasing arm of the China Development Bank and a company in China´s leasing industry that has been engaged in aircraft, infrastructure, ship, commercial vehicle and construction machinery leasing and enjoys a Chinese sovereign credit rating.

Trimble and Propeller Aero to deliver UAS workflows

Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) is collaborating with Propeller Aero to distribute its Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) analytics platform, the company said.

Propeller, based in Sydney and Denver, is a leader in the advanced collection, visualization and analysis of data from UAS.

Propeller´s simple automated ground control targets, cloud-based visualization and rapid analysis platform will also be integrated with Trimble® Connected Site® solutions to bring an end-to-end cloud-based UAS solution to civil engineering and construction contractors.

Pairing Propeller´s web-based interface with Trimble Connected Site solutions allow users to unlock the full value of UAS information. It gives users access to simple tools to measure surface geometry, track trends and changes across time and perform visual inspections.

Both technical and non-technical professionals are now able to gather insights remotely and collaborate, driving significant improvements in safety, efficiency and reducing environmental impact across a construction worksite.

Propeller Aero is empowering organizations to reduce costs, improve safety and optimize workflow efficiency by providing access to uniquely accurate UAS data and analysis tools within an interactive cloud platform. The company´s products are used by businesses and technical professionals alike in the resources, utilities, construction, engineering and government sectors in more than 100 countries.

Trimble is a innovator of hardware and software solutions for civil engineering and construction. Trimble´s advanced technologies transform work across the project lifecycle for owners, engineers and contractors. Solutions include planning and design software, precision machine control, site positioning, mobile technologies and real-time connectivity.

As part of Trimble´s Connected Site strategy, these solutions empower civil engineers and construction professionals to construct with confidence, delivering significant improvements in productivity at every phase of a project–from concept and design to construction and maintenance.

Trimble is transforming the way the world works by delivering products and services that connect the physical and digital worlds. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics enable customers to improve productivity, quality, safety and sustainability. From purpose built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble software, hardware and services are transforming a broad range of industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation and logistics.

Axway enables smart digital ecosystem at Milan Airports

Axway (Paris:AXW) (Euronext: AXW.PA), a catalyst for transformation, has announced that SEA (Società Esercizi Aeroportuali), the group that manages Milan Malpensa and Milan Linate airports, has chosen Axway´s API Management solution, part of the Axway AMPLIFYTM platform, the company said.

The solution was selected to help develop new applications and services quickly and efficiently, reducing time to market and improving customer experiences as well as creating new information-sharing ecosystems within the organization and with outside partners — what Axway calls customer experience networks.

SEA has a highly complex infrastructure that involves traditional administrative and management systems coexisting alongside numerous types of business and operations applications needed for airport management, new apps dedicated to passenger services and e-commerce, and numerous third-party applications. All these elements rely on Axway´s API Management so they can interface with SEA´s system.

For the near future, SEA will continue pursuing an ambitious goal in its smart digital ecosystem project called SEA020. Cefriel, Milan Polytechnic´s ICT design center of excellence, is supporting SEA in this endeavor, which is overseeing organizational and process aspects for the operational governance of the ecosystem and approaches for seamless onboarding of new actors.

Delta Air Lines cites Lansing Community College's Aviation Maintenance Technology program

Lansing Community College (LCC) has been selected as one of 43 Aircraft Maintenance schools to partner with Delta Air Lines, the college said.

LCC was selected from 177 Aviation Maintenance Programs across the United States and is the only community college in Michigan to offer this program.

Over 100 criteria were used in Delta´s selection process including equipment and facilities, level of hands-on-training, and quality of teaching. This new partnership establishes Delta as a resource for continuous improvement and will broaden access for LCC graduates to become the next generation of aviation maintenance professionals.

LCC´s program is one of the most affordable in the nation, the company noted. Graduates who attain FAA licensure as Aircraft and Powerplant Mechanics can earn a starting salary of up to USD 50,000.

LCC´s two-year Aviation Technology program prepares students to earn three FAA approved certificates, allowing them to enter a career in aviation as experts in aircraft maintenance and repair. Students can choose from morning or evening class sessions and train on contemporary aircraft including jets and helicopters.

LCC´s Aviation Technology program operates at the Mason Jewett Airfield.

Lansing Community College is Michigan´s third largest community college and is ranked as the best Community College in Michigan this year by www.schools.com. With nearly 15,000 students attending each year, LCC offers general education for those interested in transferring to a university, career and workforce development, continuing education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized classes and short-term certifications. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor´s and master´s degrees from six partner universities on the downtown LCC campus.

Delta Air Lines serves more than 180 million customers each year. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft.

ECI continues Europe deployment

ECI, a global provider of Elastic network® solutions for service providers, critical infrastructures, and data center operators, has continued deployment of its 400G solution, enabling customers to provide faster connectivity and meet growing market demand, the company said.

Within the last few months, key customers across Europe have upgraded their networks with ECI´s Apollo family of optical products with integrated 400G flex-grid blade.

Optical networks continue to evolve, and are playing an essential role in providing the necessary infrastructure to handle the growing demand that businesses and consumers are placing on global networks.

The emergence of ultra-high capacity wavelengths (200Gb/s and higher) compatible with existing networks is necessary to keep ahead of the curve as essential functions move rapidly to the cloud and into mega data centers. The new ECI deployments are not only proof of market demand, but also that the ECI solution is a strong contender in this space.

ECI is a global provider of Elastic network solutions to CSPs, critical infrastructures as well as data center operators. Along with its long-standing, industry-proven packet-optical transport, ECI offers a variety of SDN/NFV applications, end-to-end network management, a comprehensive cybersecurity solution, and a range of professional services. ECI´s Elastic solutions ensure open, future-proof, and secure communications.

SK Telecom commercializes NFV MANO platform

SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM) has commercialized T-MANO, an NFV MANO (Network Functions Virtualization Management and Orchestration) platform that performs integrated management and orchestration of virtualized network equipment and software, the company said.

T-MANO has been optimized to SK Telecom´s network environment based on the specifications set by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Industry Specification Group (ISG NFV).

Prior to the development of T-MANO, the company had to develop, build and operate a separate NFV management platform for each different network equipment provider due to the fact that their NFV equipment were built on different specifications depending on the manufacturer.

Through T-MANO, SK Telecom can more efficiently utilize its virtualized network equipment by managing service quality and data traffic in an integrated manner regardless of equipment manufacturer, while improving the overall service quality by responding flexibly to service failures/errors.

The company can also significantly reduce the time required to set up new equipment to provide a new service as it can upgrade the whole system at once as opposed to the past where it had to upgrade each and every system separately.

Established in 1984, SK Telecom is the largest mobile operator in Korea by both revenue and number of subscribers. As of March 2017, the company holds around 50 percent of the Korean market. SK Telecom has led the advancement of mobile technologies ranging from 2G to 4G, and is currently setting important milestones in its journey to 5G. The company is not only innovation in the field of mobile network, but also providing IoT, media, home and platform services.

New Delta Airbus A350-900 to enter service Oct. 30

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) became the first North American operator of the state-of-the-art Airbus A350 Thursday, continuing its ongoing effort to transform the travel experience and deliver innovative products and services for customers.

The 306-seat A350-900 redefines the international onboard experience with the award-winning Delta One suite and Delta Premium Select cabin. It´s also the first long-haul aircraft to feature next generation 2Ku internet connectivity, and will fly primarily on routes across the Pacific, initially to Tokyo-Narita, Seoul and Beijing.

The 32 redesigned Delta One suites will offer customers a private, personal experience, with a full-height door at every suite for enhanced privacy and comfort. Every suite offers a full flat-bed seat with direct aisle access — a standard among Delta´s international widebody aircraft — as well as more personal stowage and large in-flight entertainment screens.

Delta Air Lines serves more than 180 million customers each year. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft. Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with key hubs and markets including Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK and LaGuardia, London-Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Tokyo-Narita.