June 2009
Volume 08, Issue 02
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INTEGRATED DEFENSE SYSTEMS

No margin for error

Each time a member of the U.S. government takes off or lands on an extensively modified Boeing VIP aircraft, Boeing's Global Transport & Executive Systems team has to get it right. And with the world watching, perfection is the expectation.

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Cleared for flight

Astronauts who flew the Hubble Space Telescope repair mission last month boarded a safer Space Shuttle Atlantis, thanks in part to Boeing engineers who helped NASA resolve control valve concerns that arose during a November shuttle mission.

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Safety in numbers

Despite working with equipment such as ordnance, laser and radiation sources, forklifts, and cranes, the Boeing site in Ogden, Utah, has recorded more than 4 million hours -- or more than seven years -- without a day lost due to a job-related lost-time injury or illness.

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Safety in numbersWilliam Milner

High-tech paradise

What brings Integrated Defense Systems employees to Boeing worksites in Hawaii? It's not the tropical setting. Instead, it's the work: the challenges and satisfaction of successfully identifying and tracking man-made objects orbiting high overhead; conducting top-level research; or performing sophisticated modeling and simulation on a high-powered supercomputer.

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High-tech paradise Bob Ferguson/boeing