Boeing Frontiers
November 2002 
Volume 01, Issue 07 
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Progress is steady in meeting goals Progress is steady in meeting goals
for HOMELAND Security

Bob Blunk calmly opened the door to the conference room and walked into a sea of uncertainty. The room was packed, standing room only. Airline representatives, airport officials, law enforcement officers and newly-appointed government aviation security specialists were there with questions about new airport security procedures.

Prior to Sept. 11, 2001, Blunk knew nothing about aviation or airport security. Now he is the new Federal Security Director for Sea-Tac Airport in Seattle, an assignment that falls under the responsibility of the Transportation Security Administration. The Department of Transportation formally houses the TSA. This fledgling organization, which Congress created in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, is responsible for protecting the nation’s transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce.


Watching over down under

Watching over down underThe 737-700 fuselage loaded on a rail car wasn’t your everyday shipment pulling into Renton, Wash. last month. It was the first of four platforms for Australia’s airborne early warning and control system, known as Project Wedgetail.

The fuselage arrived from the Boeing facility in Wichita, Kan. It has completed final assembly and will now undergo ground testing.

Early next year, the plane will fly to Delaware for installation of auxiliary fuel tanks. It will return eight weeks later to Puget Sound where it will undergo major modifications, including attachment of its distinctive top-mounted radar, at the Military Flight Center in Seattle. Flight testing begins late next year.


Amplifying qualityAmplifying quality

They may be small—about four square inches apiece—but they form the heart of the Spaceway phased array downlink antenna.

They are also highly complex.

But that did not stop Boeing Satellite Systems RF (Radio Frequency) Electronics from cranking them out at rates approaching 500 per week.


Digging in

Digging inIt’s been more than three months since Boeing broke ground for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program’s missile defense test bed in Fort Greely, Alaska. Construction has progressed steadily with a plan to complete the first phase of heavy construction before winter. In fact, work across much of the site is actually several weeks ahead of schedule.

Fort Greely, near Fairbanks, is the site for a segment of the expanded missile defense test bed, which will house five Ground-based Midcourse Defense interceptor missiles, command-and-control buildings, as well as support facilities.


Comprehensive test on GOES N a success

Boeing Satellite Systems teamed with government and industry partners recently to complete a successful end-to-end systems test on all satellite and ground systems hardware and software subsystems on the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite N spacecraft.


'High' tech bypass

A remarkable, on-orbit procedure—perhaps best described as a remote-control coronary bypass—has placed NASA’s Boeing-built Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-I into geosynchronous orbit.

The spacecraft’s inability to reach its proper orbit began when one of two propellant fuel tanks did not pressurize properly shortly after TDRS-I’s launch on March 8. Boeing Satellite Systems’ satellite controllers, working with NASA personnel, rerouted fuel tank pressurant around a blocked valve and conducted a series of engine burns over the past four months to raise TDRS-I’s orbit to 22,300 miles. They performed the last burn on Sept. 30.



FDNY thanks IDS employeesFDNY thanks IDS employees

Len Schieff of the New York Fire Department Rescue No. 2, signs the T-shirt of a Boeing Integrated Defense Systems-Long Beach employee last month. The shirts were sold by FDNY Rescue No. 2. as part of a fundraiser to support families of Rescue 2 members lost on Sept. 11, 2001.





A roundup of newsworthy events around Boeing’s Integrated Defense Systems business unit over the past month:

  • The Future Combat Systems team, with members from Boeing Integrated Defense Systems and Science Applications International Corporation, received a green light from the government on the program “go/no go” decision. This ensures IDS will continue as the industry lead for this critical U.S. Army program.
  • Members of the Philadelphia-based UAW Local 1069 ratified a new three-year contract offer from Boeing. The ratification vote came one week after members of the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America returned to work following a seven-day strike at the Boeing IDS facility in suburban Philadelphia.
  • Boeing Autometric announced data management software once used primarily for military operations is now commercially available. With a wide range of applications, the software—called SQS 4.0—enables users to gather and analyze data to make better business decisions.
  • NASA awarded a Boeing Integrated Defense Systems–led team a contract to meet the challenge of developing nuclear electric power for deep space exploration. The team will develop power conversion technologies that will enable future reactor electric propulsion missions.
  • The Boeing Integrated Defense Systems/NASA Systems team began work recently on a three-year, $200 million contract that consolidates previous NASA payload integration contracts.
  • Boeing and the U.S. Air Force celebrated the delivery of the 100th T-38C Talon jet trainer modified as part of the T-38 Avionics Upgrade Program at the Boeing modification facility at Williams Gateway Airport, Ariz. Boeing presented the milestone aircraft to Maj. Gen. Scott Bergren, commander, U.S. Air Force Ogden Air Logistics Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
  • PanAmSat Corporation has assumed control of Galaxy IIIC, the first Boeing 702 satellite to fly with an improved solar-array design, after the spacecraft successfully completed all major mission milestones and in-orbit testing. Measuring 157 feet from tip-to-tip, the satellite’s solar arrays feature the latest solar cell technology.


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