July 2010
Volume 09, Issue 03
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The sky is not the limit

The global demand for unmanned systems is exploding and Boeing has an impressive portfolio of products and solutions. Some of the company’s unmanned systems are in development, with more to come. Others, such as the highly successful ScanEagle, which will soon have a big brother called the Integrator, are performing vital missions – on land, under the sea and in the sky.


The sky is not the limitBob Ferguson/Boeing

Riding the wave

The air-breathing X-51A, developed by Boeing for the U.S. Air Force, rode its own shock wave to speeds of about five times that of sound during its 200-second flight – shattering the previous record of about 10 seconds for a hypersonic scramjet flight. That represented a huge leap in the development of hypersonic technology. The challenge of scramjet propulsion has been compared to lighting a match in a hurricane and keeping it burning.


Riding the wave U.S. Air Force

Flying finish

For one Boeing employee, the urge to return to flying the Apache helicopter again meant not only time in the Longbow simulator that he helped develop, but time spent getting back into shape, which included taking the company’s online health assessment and getting tips on diet and exercise from the Boeing Wellness website.


Flying finish Bob Ferguson/Boeing

Electric performance

More than a year before each space shuttle mission, a Boeing team in Houston begins to map out the complex system of cabling and brackets that keeps electrical wiring stable and connected for powering, controlling and monitoring the shuttle’s onboard cargo. The electrical harness work has been made even more efficient with Lean+ tools, and with the shuttle program winding down it may have applications for other Boeing programs.


Electric performance Elizabeth Morrell/Boeing