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.
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.
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.
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.