October 2009
Volume 08, Issue 06
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Hubble’s amazing photos

The Hubble Space Telescope is taking some of its most remarkable photos ever of our universe, after Space Shuttle Atlantis astronauts replaced some of the telescope’s aging instruments with new ones. Boeing was responsible for readying that instrument package for launch, as well as providing engineering support for Atlantis during the Hubble servicing mission.


Hubble’s amazing photos NASA Photo

Wind beneath my wings

Boeing’s X-48C, the latest version of what is also known as the BWB (blended wing body), was recently tested at NASA’s storied Langley Research Center in Virginia -- the final test to be conducted at the historic wind tunnel. The X-48C demonstrator is a scale model of a heavy-lift plane that Boeing’s Phantom Works organization believes could be developed in the next 15 to 20 years for military cargo applications.


Wind beneath my wings Bob Ferguson/Boeing

Sid the Science Kid

In another of its Lifecycle of Learning series, Frontiers this month examines the company’s commitment to programs that help prepare kids for school before they ever set foot in a classroom, from Global Corporate Citizenship initiatives to Boeing’s support for an animated PBS television series starring Sid, a kid who really knows his science.


Sid the Science Kid Leap Learning Systems

A good sign

At Rotorcraft Systems in Mesa, Ariz., deaf Boeing employees say their work environment has been enhanced and the business helped because the Human Resources department there hired an on-site interpreter. Mesa is among the first Boeing sites to do so.



Justice prevails

A Boeing B-1 bomber was on a routine flight when it made an emergency landing at an air force base in South Dakota after a warning light came on. But repairing the bomber named Swift Justice proved anything but swift. The damaged part, essentially the jet’s backbone, had to be recreated, which meant hunting down the original B-1 tooling in the Arizona desert. What happened to get Swift Justice back into service is a story of Boeing team work and ingenuity.