The demographic makeup of the U.S. work force is shifting, thanks to various population trends. In preparation for these changes, the Future of Work project at Boeing is looking to provide a workspace that will support productivity among tomorrow's Boeing employees. The 737 manufacturing facility in Renton, Wash., (above) reflects aspects of what the team envisions for future work locations.
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After an aircraft system is delivered, government and military customers require an array of services to ensure people and equipment are prepared for the missions ahead. Support Systems, one of Integrated Defense Systems'
business centers, provides integrated solutions to deliver cost-effective readiness.
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DREAMLINER BECOMING REALITY
A lot has happened in the two years since the formal launch of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner program. And there's much more coming in the next two years, including building the first several airplanes and starting the flight-test program. FULL STORY >>
CREATED BY UNSEEN HANDS
The Rapid Prototype Manufacturing organization at the Puget
Sound Developmental Center, part of the Commercial Airplanes
Engineering and Manufacturing organization, uses processes known
as "additive technology" or "e-manufacturing"
to build objects. If traditional fabrication techniques are
about removing parts of a material to create an object, this
technology is more like growing them.FULL
READY TO CARRY THE LOAD With eight conversions scheduled for 2006, the 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighter program is ramping up to meet demand. That means there's lots of work to be done on these large airplanes. But program teammates are working together to tackle the needed tasks. FULL STORY >>
INTERGRATED DEFENSE SYSTEMS
THEIR BUSINESS IS NEW BUSINESS
The Acquire Business Center is a one-stop shop that gives Integrated Defense Systems capture teams the support to pursue new business campaigns more efficiently and effectively. The 12 centers are designed so teams involved in campaigns have everything they need at their fingertips.
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BEAT THE HEAT Boeing has improved Space Shuttle tiles substantially by developing Boeing Rigid Insulation, which is five to 10 times stronger and more durable than any tile used before it. Here's a look at the team that worked painstakingly to come up with the material for the upgraded tiles.FULL STORY >>
ADVANCING TOWARD DEPLOYMENT In a recent virtual exercise, the individual components of Future Combat System operated together for the first time. This successful demonstration brings closer the day when U.S. forces will operate in an information-rich battle space where threats are identified more rapidly, understood more fully and targeted more precisely. FULL STORY >>
KNOW THY ENEMY—AND
A new technology called Blue Force Tracking is helping
Apache Longbow pilots display and report enemy locations,
display and identify friendly positions, and stay connected
in a vast communications network. Unlike traditional
line-of-sight radio communication, mountains and the
earth's curvature are not obstacles to the helicopter's
satellite-communications signal path.FULL