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05 Apr 12. Boeing will establish Boeing Research & Technology-Brazil, a research and technology center in Sao Paulo that will work with the country’s leading researchers and scientists to develop aerospace technologies. Boeing Research & Technology-Brazil, which will open later this year, will serve as a hub for collaboration between Boeing and Brazilian R&D organizations, including government agencies, private-sector companies and universities.
(Source: ASD Network)

03 Apr 12. Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Aerospace Systems sector has earned key distinctions in environmental management and employee health and safety at several locations across the United States. Following careful examination of their environmental management systems, eight sector locations will receive International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 registration, confirming the sites have met stringent international standards for minimizing the company’s impact on the environment. The facilities are located in San Diego, El Segundo and Palmdale, Calif.; Melbourne and St. Augustine, Fla.; Bethpage, N.Y.; Moss Point, Miss.; and New Town, N.D. In addition, the San Diego, Moss Point and New Town sites received the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001 certification for managing employees’ health and safety in the workplace.

02 Apr 12. Serco Inc. has been awarded a position on the new Consultant, Advisory, and Technical Services (CATS) contract vehicle that will provide support services to the U.S. Air Force Medical Service (AFMS) at 69 Air Force Medical Treatment Facilities in the United States and its territories. Serco is among 13 awardees on the indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract, which is valued at $985m over a five-year ordering period. Task orders may include up to a one-year base period and two one-year option periods. Serco will compete for Advisory & Assistance Services (A&AS) that will help reduce critical workload demands being placed on the Air Force Medical Service. Services will include support in the areas of health care administration, executive assistance, financial analysis, business process consulting, policy analysis, engineering and technical services, and others.

02 Apr 12. Northrop Grumman Corporation’s first F-35 center fuselage produced by its Integrated Assembly Line (IAL) was delivered to Lockheed Martin on March 16, 2012. While the company has delivered 69 center fuselages since 2005, this is the first produced using the IAL. The IAL maximizes robotics and automation, providing additional capacity and assembly capability while meeting engineering tolerances that are not easily achieved using manual methods. The IAL will be central in producing the F-35’s center fuselage as well as increasing the program’s affordability, quality and efficiency. The technologies deployed on the IAL have created more efficient and ergonomic process for assembly. The IAL was developed and designed with the help of the Detroit-based KUKA Robotics Aerospace Division, a commercial automation integrator, and was inspired by automation systems used by American automakers.
The IAL design uses a system-engineering approach to integrate tooling and structure transport, system automation, automated drilling cells and tooling mechanization coordinated across multiple build centers.

02 Apr 12. Bell Helicopter and Textron Systems operating unit AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems, both Textron Inc. companies, have teamed to develop a Manned Unmanned Operations (MUMO) Capability Development Laboratory in Huntsville, AL. to enable a software and hardware-in-the-loop (HWIL) development test capability using operationally relevant systems specific to manned unmanned teaming. This MUMO Capability Development Laboratory will serve as a research and development tool to support the U.S. Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) vision and roadmap objectives for manned unmanned UAS op

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