Boeing Frontiers
May 2003
Volume 02, Issue 01
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Integrated Defense Systems


IINVEST FOR TOMORROWInvesting in the education of its future workforce is a priority for Boeing. From K-12 to the university level nationwide—and in countries where the company operates—Boeing is committed to supporting programs and institutions that implement a strong curriculum in math, science, business and engineering.

Three years ago, Boeing donated an infrared sensor test chamber to Utah State University's Space Dynamics Laboratory. Valued at more than $1.9 million, this equipment provides SDL with a unique resource to test and calibrate systems such as small satellites and optical sensors in a simulated space environment.



TRASH to TREASUREOne man's trash is another man's treasure." That's more than a cliché for a few Boeing Integrated Defense Systems employees in Meridian, Miss. They've made it the truth by turning a piece of scrap into a display model for their U.S. Navy customer.

The "scrap" was a retired T-45 Goshawk, the jet trainer Boeing IDS produces for the U.S. Navy. The aircraft, designated D001, started life as a test article. The test team dropped it from the roofs of buildings; they twisted and bent it to validate the integrity of the airframe.


In search of COLUMBIA

In search of COLUMBIAAs the morning sun illuminated the fields of Corsicana, Texas, the searchers were already at work, trudging diligently through the rugged terrain in their quest to find a glimmer of metal.

These were the men and women of the U.S. Forest Service, flown in from across the country to this town of 24,000 about 50 miles from Dallas. Their assignment: to support NASA efforts to recover parts from the Space Shuttle Columbia.

Columbia and her crew of seven were lost during reentry on Feb. 1, in a disaster that left debris strewn across Texas and Louisiana.


Boeing boosts Math Academy

Boeing boosts Math AcademyTen third graders at Kerr Elementary School in Mesa, Ariz., clutched small baggies, filled with colorful laminated pieces, above their heads.

"Go!" yelled third grade teacher Judy Hamilton. And the race was on.

Speedily, the children dumped the pieces on their small desks and scrambled to arrange them into a square table of ordered numbers from one to 100.

Moments later, Meagan Langston jumped from her chair and squealed "done." She pumped her arms in the air in a cheer and smiled broadly. Other students popped out of their seats after her, also pleased they had completed the table.



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