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Boeing FAB-T Satellite Communications Program Completes 1st Flight Tests

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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Sept. 14, 2009 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that its Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals (FAB-T) program successfully conducted its first series of flight tests. The tests were the first demonstration of FAB-T’s network-centric ability to connect satellite, airborne and ground assets in a realistic flight environment.

Boeing is the prime contractor for Increment 1 of FAB-T, which will provide protected beyond line-of-sight communications for the B-2, B-52 and RC-135 aircraft via a system of secure satellites.

During the flight tests, a FAB-T Increment 1 terminal on a Boeing 707 test aircraft connected with a Military Strategic, Tactical and Relay (Milstar) satellite. The U.S. Air Force and Lincoln Laboratories flight test crew communicated with testers on the ground via the satellite, validating the integration of the FAB-T hardware and software.

“Flying FAB-T for the first time is a tremendous milestone for this important capability,” said Col. Bill Harding, vice commander of the Military Satellite Communications Wing at the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. “When operational, FAB-T Increment 1 terminals will connect strategic ground and air forces like never before.”

Flight testing will continue for the rest of the year as the program collects data from a variety of mission scenarios.

“The successful flight tests validate the incremental development approach of the Air Force and Boeing teams,” said Ron Mason, director of the 653rd Electronic Systems Wing at the Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass. “We will deliver FAB-T terminals that are compatible with satellites on orbit today, as well as those that have yet to launch.”

John Lunardi, vice president of Networks and Communication Systems in Boeing’s C3 Networks division, described the flight tests as a “culmination of development work done in labs up to this point, and now we’re testing FAB-T’s satellite communications where the system is meant to be used: in the sky.”

Boeing Receives $156.5 Million NASA Payload Processing Option

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Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Sept. 11, 2009 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] has received a three-year, $156.5 million extension and modification to its Checkout, Assembly and Payload Processing Services (CAPPS) contract with NASA. The CAPPS contract is a performance-based, cost-plus-award fee agreement to provide services at Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

The contract extension and modification is Boeing’s second and final CAPPS option. It covers Oct. 1, 2009, through Sept. 30, 2012. The total potential value of the CAPPS contract is approximately $824 million.

“The CAPPS program is a good example of NASA and Boeing working together to ensure vital components for America’s space program arrive safely on-orbit,” said Mark Jager, CAPPS program manager for Boeing. “Our people show our customer every day that Boeing is dedicated to reducing cost, increasing efficiency and safely delivering high-quality products to space.”

To date, the CAPPS team has processed more than 500,000 pounds of on-orbit hardware for delivery to the International Space Station (ISS). The team is responsible for processing payloads that ensure the final assembly of and provision of critical spares for the ISS. When complete, the ISS will weigh nearly 1 million pounds and measure 361 feet from one solar array to the other.

Under the contract, Boeing provides management and technical support of payload processing for NASA’s space shuttle, ISS and expendable launch vehicle programs. Services and support include planning for and receiving payloads, maintaining associated ground support systems, integrating payloads with the space shuttle, and supporting space shuttle launches and post-landing payload activities.


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Company will exhibit the entry level Phenom 100 executive jet at the show

São José dos Campos, September 11, 2009 – Embraer
will attend the 46th National Championship Air Races
and Air Show (www.AirRace.org), in Reno, Nevada,
U.S., at Reno-Stead Airport, September 16-20. The
Company will be at the annual event for the first time,
exhibiting the entry level Phenom 100 executive jet,
which entered operation in December 2008.

Tens of thousands of aviation enthusiasts will gather to
watch pilots from across the U.S. and around the world
prove their air racing prowess during one of the most
prestigious air racing shows. During the same year in
which the Embraer celebrates its 40th anniversary,
marking a 30-year presence in the U.S., the Company
will debut at this traditional event.

“Embraer is very pleased to be at the 46th Reno National Championship Air Races and Air
Show for the first time,” says Ernest Edwards, Embraer Vice President, Marketing and Sales,
USA, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean – Executive Jets. “We are particularly delighted to
showcase the Phenom 100, the fastest entry level jet available, at the world’s fastest motor
sport event.”

About the Reno National Championship Air Races and Air Show

The National Championship Air Races and Air Show in Reno features six classes of aircraft:

Biplane (small, aerobatic aircraft racing on a 3.1-mile course at speeds reaching 250 mph or
400 km per hour), Formula One (built according to strict technical specifications), Sport
(high-performance, commercially available kit-built aircraft), AT-6 (“stock” T-6 Texan,
Harvard, or SNJ aircraft), Jet (racing on an 8.4-mile course or 13.5 km), and Unlimited (open
to any piston-driven aircraft with an empty weight greater than 4,500 pounds or 2,040 kg).

The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) has announced that all six racing classes are
already full. The 2009 edition boasts one of the most experienced and skilled groups of pilots
in the event’s 46-year history. Besides the high-powered racing events, the Air Show will
feature the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, in their first appearance in Reno since 2000, as well as
other aerobatic performances.

About Embraer’s Executive Jets

Embraer’s Executive Jets portfolio consists of six aircraft: the entry level Phenom 100, light
Phenom 300, midlight Legacy 450, midsize Legacy 500, super midsize Legacy 600, and ultralarge Lineage 1000 jets. These aircraft offer cabin sizes and flexible ranges that are well-suited to the most diverse demands, permitting greater work productivity and saving valuable travel time, which is enjoyed in comfort and privacy.

The entry level Phenom 100 can accommodate up to eight occupants and has seven different
interior options designed in partnership with BMW Group DesignworksUSA. Its range of 1,178
nautical miles (2,182 km), including NBAA IFR fuel reserves, means the aircraft is capable of
flying nonstop from New York to Miami, in the U.S.; from London to Rome, in Europe; or from
Brisbane to Melbourne, in Australia. The jet was certified in December 2008, and has proved to
be the fastest and to have the largest baggage capacity in its category. The Phenom 100 has the
latest in cockpit design, and a private aft lavatory is one of its competitive features.

The Phenom 300 light jet accommodates up to ten occupants in a spacious and pleasant interior,
also designed in partnership with BMW Group DesignworksUSA. Swept wings, with winglets,
and modern onboard systems were developed with outstanding flight performance in mind. A
single refueling port, an externally serviced lavatory, and excellent cabin pressurization are some of the jet’s distinctive features. The Phenom 300 is one of the fastest aircraft in the light jet
category, reaching 518 mph (833 km/h, or 450 knots – KTAS), and it can fly at an altitude of up
to 45,000 feet (13,716 meters). Its range of 1,800 nautical miles (3,334 km), including NBAA IFR fuel reserves, means the aircraft is capable of flying nonstop from New York to Dallas, in the
U.S.; from London to Athens, in Europe; or from Delhi (India) to Dubai (United Arab Emirates).

Launched in 2008, the midlight Legacy 450 and midsize Legacy 500 set a new paradigm in their
respective executive jet categories. Their interiors were designed in partnership with BMW
Group DesignworksUSA, and offer unequaled comfort and style. These aircraft will have the
largest cabin and the best acoustical insulation in their classes. A flat-floor stand-up (six-foot)
cabin, excellent pressurization, and vacuum lavatories are other highlights of the Legacy 450 and
Legacy 500, complementing their superior performance and low operating costs.

The new-generation Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion™ avionics system will provide
extensive situational awareness with a highly intuitive interface. Honeywell’s HTF7500E
state-of-the-art engines incorporate the latest technologies for meeting performance
requirements with improved efficiency, in terms of fuel consumption, facilitated maintenance,
low operating costs, and reduced noise and pollution emissions, thus lessening their
environmental impact. The jets will be the fastest in their categories and the only ones
equipped with cutting-edge fly-by-wire electronic flight controls that increase operating safety
and passenger comfort, while reducing pilot workload and fuel consumption.

The midlight Legacy 450 is being designed to carry up to nine passengers. Its range will be 2,300 nautical miles (4,260 km) with four passengers, or 2,200 nautical miles (4,070 km) with eight passengers, both including NBAA IFR fuel reserves, meaning the jet will be able to fly nonstop from London to Moscow (Russia) or Rabat (Morocco); from Delhi (India) to Dubai or Hong Kong; or from Jakarta (Indonesia) to Calcutta (India).

The midsize Legacy 500 will carry up to nine passengers. It is being designed for a range of
3,000 nautical miles (5,560 km) with four passengers, or 2,800 nautical miles (5,190 km) with
eight passengers, both including NBAA IFR fuel reserves. These characteristics will allow
customers to fly from New York to Los Angeles, in the U.S.; or from Moscow (Russia) to
Mumbai (India).

The super midsize Legacy 600 carries 13 passengers (standard configuration) in comfort and
privacy in three distinct cabin zones. The refined interior offers leather seats, sofa, credenza,
and tables for meals or meetings. The airplane also has a spacious galley for preparing hot and
cold meals, an ample aft lavatory, wardrobes, cabinets, and an entertainment system with
DVD and satellite communication. Optional High-Speed Data (HSD) equipment and Wi-Fi
technology enable customers to browse the Internet, access e-mail, and transfer files during
trips, providing a better use of time, increased work productivity, and more entertainment
possibilities. The aircraft has a large baggage compartment, which is easily accessed during
flight, and has a total capacity of 286 cubic feet (8,100 liters). The jet has a cruising speed of
Mach 0.80. Its range of 3,250 nautical miles (6,019 km) with eight passengers, or 3,400
nautical miles (6,297 km) with four passengers, both with NBAA IFR fuel reserves, means
that the jet can fly nonstop from Munich (Germany), London or Geneva (Switzerland) to
Dubai; from Berlin (Germany) to Praia (Cape Verde); from Frankfurt (Germany) to Karachi
(Pakistan); from Hamburg (Germany) to Delhi; from Los Angeles (U.S.) to Honolulu
(Hawaii); from Delhi (India) or Singapore to Tokyo (Japan); or from Shanghai (China) to
Delhi. More than 170 Legacy 600 jets presently operate in 26 countries, with high rates of
dispatch reliability and low operating costs.

The ultra-large Lineage 1000 is Embraer’s biggest executive jet and can carry 19 passengers in
five cabin zones. Its range of 4,400 nautical miles (8,149 km) with eight passengers, or 4,500
nautical miles (8,334 km) with four passengers, both with NBAA IFR fuel reserves, means that
the jet is able to fly nonstop from London to Dubai; from Dubai to Johannesburg (South
Africa); from New York to Moscow; or from Singapore to Sydney (Australia). The interior
design gives priority to comfort and refinement, and was designed in conjunction with
Priestman Goode, from the U.K.. The cabin uses the category’s most sophisticated materials. A
wide variety of configurations meets all passenger requirements with enough space to work,
rest, and hold meetings. Optional items include Wi-Fi technology, access to the Internet, and
Electronic Flight Bag (EFB). An ample aft baggage compartment, pressurized and conveniently
accessible during flight, has a total capacity of 323 cubic feet (9,140 liters) and is the largest
among all competitors. Honeywell’s Primus Epic® integrated avionics system has five Liquid
Crystal Display (LCD) multi-functional control screens, Cursor Control Device (CCD), autothrottle, weather radar with turbulence detection, and other state-of-the-art technologies.
The Lineage 1000 is equipped with the latest electronic fly-by-wire flight control system.

In order to meet the demands of executive jet customers, Embraer invested in the creation of a
support system consisting of six Company-owned service centers and an extensive authorized
service center network, worldwide. The Company also has partnerships with renowned
companies in the areas of logistics and pilot and mechanic training, besides offering routine
inspections, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and special service solution programs,
like the Embraer Executive Care (EEC). The Company’s product support structure covers flight
operations, and technical and maintenance support customized according to the operating
profile of each aircraft, as well as a new customer Contact Center. This structure makes possible
a significant reduction of the aircraft costs and downtime and maximizes the benefits of this
important business tool. More information about Embraer Executive Jets is available at

Space Shuttle Discovery Returns to Earth After Successful Mission

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EDWARDS, Calif. — Space shuttle Discovery and its crew of seven
astronauts ended a 14-day journey of more than 5.7 million miles with
an 5:53 p.m. PDT landing Friday at Edwards Air Force Base in

The mission, designated STS-128, delivered two refrigerator-sized
science racks to the International Space Station. One rack will be
used to conduct experiments on materials such as metals, glasses and
ceramics. The results from these experiments could lead to the
development of better materials on Earth. The other rack will be used
for fluid physics research. Understanding how fluids react in
microgravity could lead to improved designs for fuel tanks, water
systems and other fluid-based systems.

STS-128 Commander Rick Sturckow was joined on the mission by Pilot
Kevin Ford, Mission Specialists Pat Forrester, Jose Hernandez, Danny
Olivas and European Space Agency astronaut Christer Fuglesang. NASA
astronaut Nicole Stott flew to the complex aboard Discovery to begin
a nearly three-month mission as a station resident, replacing Tim
Kopra, who returned home on Discovery.

Weather concerns prevented the crew from returning to NASA’s Kennedy
Space Center in Florida, the primary end-of-mission landing site. In
7-10 days, Discovery will be transported approximately 2,500 miles
from California to Florida on the back of a modified 747 jumbo jet.
Once at Kennedy, Discovery will be separated from the aircraft to
begin processing for its next flight, targeted for March 2010.

A welcome ceremony for the crew’s return to Houston will be held at
Ellington Field’s NASA Hangar 990 at 4 p.m. CDT on Saturday, Sept.
12. The public is invited to attend.

In addition to carrying a new station crew member, Discovery and the
crew also delivered a new sleeping compartment, an air purification
system and a treadmill named after comedian Stephen Colbert. The
mission included three spacewalks that replaced experiments outside
the European Space Agency’s Columbus laboratory and an empty ammonia
storage tank. Ammonia is needed to move excess heat from inside the
station to the radiators located outside.

Disney’s toy astronaut Buzz Lightyear also returned from the space
station aboard Discovery. He flew to the station in May 2008 on
shuttle Discovery’s STS-124 mission and served as the longest tenured
“crew member” in space. While on the station, Buzz supported NASA’s
education outreach by creating a series of online educational
outreach programs.

The crew’s return will be broadcast on NASA Television’s video file.
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video, visit:


With Discovery and its crew safely home, the stage is set for the
launch of shuttle Atlantis on its STS-129 mission. Atlantis’ liftoff
currently is targeted for Nov.12, although shuttle and station teams
are assessing Nov. 9 as a potential launch date. The flight will
focus on storing important spare hardware on the station’s exterior.
The 11-day flight will include three spacewalks and the installation
of two platforms to the station’s truss, or backbone. Atlantis also
will bring Stott back to Earth.

Stott and STS-128 astronaut Hernandez are providing updates on
Twitter. To connect to their Twitter feeds and other NASA social
media, visit:


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NASA Selects Company For Central Process Systems Service

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CLEVELAND — NASA’s Glenn Research Center has selected Mainthia
Technologies, Inc. (MTI), Cleveland, for a cost-plus-incentive-fee
contract valued at $27 million to provide implementation, maintenance
and operation of the central process systems.

MTI will provide specialized services to ensure that the central
process systems and its collateral equipment housed in various
buildings at Glenn and the Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio,
continue to provide conditioned air and exhaust capabilities in a
safe, reliable and timely manner with minimum disruptions to the
center operations.

MTI will perform all aspects of equipment operations, including but
not limited to, pre-run check-outs, configuring the required
equipment, routing the necessary valves, issuing and removing
permissive, starting, controlling, monitoring end-to-end and securing
the central process systems.

The contract begins on October 1, 2009, with a two-year base period
followed by three one-year options.

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NASA Exercises Payload Processing Contract Option

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA is exercising its final option in the
Checkout, Assembly and Payload Processing Services contract known as

The option is the second of two on the cost-plus-award-fee CAPPS
contract awarded to Boeing Space Operations Company of Titusville,
Fla., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Boeing Company. The option’s
performance period is from Oct. 1, 2009 through Sept. 30, 2012, with
a maximum potential value of approximately $156.5 million.

The contract provides management and technical services in support of
payload processing requirements at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in
Florida for the International Space Station, space shuttle,
expendable launch vehicle, Constellation and other payload programs.
Boeing performs all aspects of payload processing, including
planning, safety and mission assurance, payload processing ground
systems support, space shuttle integration, launch and post-landing

Option 1 on the CAPPS contract began in October 2006 with a value of
$308.8 million. The base contract began in October 2002 with a value
of $359.4 million. The total maximum potential value of the CAPPS
contract with both options is approximately $824.8 million.

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F135 Engine Damaged In Ground Tests

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By Graham Warwick

A Pratt & Whitney F135 engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has been damaged during qualification ground-testing. The news comes as the Pentagon scrutinizes the F135’s costs and Congress prepares to decide the future of the General Electric/Rolls-Royce F136 alternate engine….

F135 Engine Damaged In Ground Tests

Discovery Lands At Edwards

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Frank Morring, Jr. morring@aviationweek.com

The space shuttle Discovery glided to a safe landing at Edwards AFB, Calif. tonight, after stormy weather thwarted four landing attempts in two days at its Florida home base….

Discovery Lands At Edwards

Boeing Swings 747-8 Gear

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Guy Norris guy_norris@aviationweek.com

Boeing has successfully completed initial gear swing tests on the first 747-8, marking a major milestone in the ground systems and function test phase….

Boeing Swings 747-8 Gear