Topic: Aerial tanker
MOBILE, Ala. - The Air Force wants to widen the capabilities of its aerial refueling tankers,
even if that means delaying a much-anticipated competition to build the new planes until
2007, according to newly appointed Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne. The Air Force had
been expected to begin the formal competition for the tanker contract in early 2006, saying
that it needed the new planes as soon as possible to replace its aging fleet of KC-135
refuelers. Wynne, however, said this week that federal budget pressures and a desire for a
more "flexible" fleet of tankers had caused Air Force officials to rethink the requirements for
its new planes. He said the Air Force now wants a plane capable of carrying various
combinations of fuel, cargo, troops and reconnaissance equipment. (
Source: Mobile
Register, 12/03/05)


Topic: Damage assessment UAV
KILN, Miss. – Building upon an earlier search mission using helicopter unmanned aerial
vehicles, engineering researchers from the University of South Florida are returning Nov. 28
to the Mississippi Gulf Coast with a small, radio-controlled aircraft to examine damage to
multi-story structures still vacant after Hurricane Katrina. Researchers will also be testing
new night-time optic and range sensors. The miniature helicopters were used on-site in the
aftermath of Katrina to carry out aerial surveillance of the damage. Like90 provided the
battery-powered miniature helicopter that can operate up to 300 feet in the air and in a 0.25
mile radius. Robin Murphy, director of the USF Center for Robot-Assisted Search and
Rescue (CRASAR), will lead the team. "Our first objective is to provide photo-documentation
of multi-story commercial structures along the Mississippi Gulf Coast that can be used by the
structural engineering community," said Murphy. "The second objective is to develop the
payloads and procedures needed to foster the effective use of helicopters by the larger
engineering community, including structural engineers during the response and recovery,
and for use by insurance adjusters." Support will be provided by the Emergency Operation
Center in Kiln, MS and Jackson State University's National Center for Biodefense
Communications. The team will be based out of Kiln and operate in Biloxi and Gulfport.
Research is sponsored by the National Science Foundation in partnership with Jackson
State University's National Center for Biodefense Communications and NSF's Safety
Security Rescue Research Center, an industry-university cooperative research center.
Murphy speculates that inexpensive miniature helicopters designed specifically for structural
disasters will likely become commercially available in time for next year's hurricane season.
Source: National Science Foundation, University of South Florida, 11/21-22/05)

Topic: Contract
MOBILE, Ala. - ST Mobile Aerospace Engineering Inc. was awarded a $38 million contract to
convert a pair of passenger jets into cargo carriers for the Royal New Zealand Air Force.
The deal to convert Boeing 757-200 airplanes into so-called "Special Freighters" is the first
Mobile Aerospace has landed since signing a licensing agreement with Chicago-based
Boeing Co. last year. Mobile Aerospace will convert two Boeing passenger jets purchased
by the New Zealand Ministry of Defence into multi-use freighters capable of carrying
different combinations of cargo, passengers and medical evacuation teams. Mobile
Aerospace has about 1,200 workers at its aircraft maintenance and repair hub at the
Brookley Field Industrial Complex, the largest private employer in Mobile County. The
company is owned by the Singapore-based Singapore Technologies Ltd. That company and
a partner, the government-owned Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd., signed a licensing
agreement with Boeing last year to develop and sell the 757-200 Special Freighter. Boeing
projects that the air cargo industry will need about 250 medium standard-body freighters in
the next 20 years, and that most of those will come from passenger-to-freighter conversions.
Source: Mobile Register, 11/11/05)

Topic: Contract
MOSS POINT, Miss. - The Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a $60 million
contract to begin production of the next five RQ-4B Global Hawk aerial reconnaissance
systems. They'll be built at Moss Point beginning next year. "We're making a significant
entrance into the world of aviation technology," said George Freeland, executive director of
the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation. The new contract will allow the
company to start buying long-lead parts for the unmanned air vehicles. Northrop Grumman
is now producing five RQ-4B Global Hawks at the company's manufacturing facility in
Palmdale, Calif., as part of previous limited-production contracts. George Guerra, the
company's Global Hawk program manager, said these UAVs will be the first Global Hawks
with multiple intelligence-gathering capabilities, including signal intelligence. The new
version of the Global Hawk, which flies at 60,000 feet and can remain over a target for 35
hours, is designed to carry 50 percent more payload than the original RQ-4A. In a single
mission it can provide near-real-time data for an area the size of Illinois. Despite Hurricane
Katrina, the company is on track to have the 104,000-square-foot Unmanned Systems
Center at Trent Lott International Airport finished and tooled up by December. Employees
will be doing portions of the work on both the fixed-wing Global Hawk and the Fire Scout
drone helicopter. (
Source: Biloxi Sun Herald, 11/08/05)

Topic: Hurricane
NEW ORLEANS, La. – Nine weeks after Hurricane Katrina devastated eastern New Orleans,
the NASA plant where the space shuttle external fuel tank is built and coated with insulating
foam is once again "fully operational," the plant's general manager said Tuesday. So now,
the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co.-run Michoud Assembly Facility is focused short-
term on finding housing for nearly half of its 2,000 employees and long-term on a possible
May launch of the space shuttle. Lockheed Martin Michoud Operations Vice President and
General Manager Marshall Byrd said 600 Michoud workers lost their homes in the storm and
another 300 cannot return to their houses for some time. A companywide Katrina relief fund
set up for affected employees has raised $4 million, he said. Byrd said Lockheed Martin
Michoud expects to be a key part of the city's recovery and revival. (
Source: Baton Rouge
Advocate, 11/02/05)


Topic: Incentives
MOBILE, Ala. – State and local officials said the state of Alabama offered a package of cash,
in-kind services and other incentives worth almost $120 million to bring a $600 million, 1,150-
worker aircraft engineering and assembly center to Mobile. The agreement includes about
$77.6 million worth of incentives to be paid by state government and about $30 million split
roughly equally between Mobile County and the city of Mobile. Another $5 million will come
from Baldwin County, with $7 million remaining to be settled between state and local
governments. Nearly 90 percent of the package – more than $105 million – is contingent on
EADS North America Inc. and Northrop Grumman Corp. winning at least a share of a
contract to assemble aerial refueling tankers for the U.S. Air Force, and on hiring 1,150
workers in Mobile. At full employment, the project's annual payroll would be $62.3 million,
according to estimates from the state and companies involved. The package averages
$104,143 per job, according to state officials. Airbus hired Mobile-based Thompson
Engineering to handle construction engineering for the project, and Birmingham-based Hoar
Construction Co. to build the center. (
Source: Mobile Register, 10/26/05)

Topic: Tanker project
MOBILE, Ala. – Northrop Grumman Corp. named Mobile as the site of its proposed KC-30
production center. EADS North America and Northrop last month announced plans to team
up against Chicago-based Boeing Co. in the competition to build tankers for the U.S. Air
Force. Together they’ll employ about 1,000 aerospace workers at Brookley Field Industrial
Complex, contingent on winning a share of the tanker work. EADS, a subsidiary of the
European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co., named Brookley in June as the site of a 150-
worker aircraft engineering center, and said it planned to add a 1,000-worker aircraft
assembly plant if it won the Air Force contract. Marty Dandridge, vice president and KC-30
program director for Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems sector, said picking Mobile
was a natural. "We believe co-location with the airframe-manufacturing facility has strong
potential to streamline our manufacturing process as well as extend Northrop Grumman's
presence in the Gulf Coast states." (
Source: Mobile Register, 10/25/05)

Topic: New courses
MOBILE, Ala. – Enterprise-Ozark Community College will use part of a $1.6 million grant
from the U.S. Labor Department to start an avionics training program at the college's Mobile
Aviation Center. The training will add to the current Mobile program, which teaches people
to work on airplane engines and airframes, and the training will enhance the area's ability to
support the proposed EADS North America Inc. assembly plant. Matthew Hughes, the
college's technical dean, said plans call for avionics classes to begin in Mobile in fall 2006.
Northrop Grumman Corp. and EADS have formed a partnership to assemble and modify
planes to be used as aircraft refueling tankers. The deal is contingent on winning a military
contract for the work. If successful, the pair could employ as many as 1,000 workers at
Mobile's Brookley Field Industrial Complex. State officials have already said another arm of
the two-year college system, Alabama Industrial Development Training, will recruit and
screen engineers for an Airbus engineering center that will locate at Brookley. (
Mobile Register, 10/25/05)

Topic: New design
WASHINGTON – One of the two major competitors to build the next era of American space
vehicles unveiled its design model Wednesday. But executives with Northrop Grumman
Corp. and the Boeing Co., which are putting together a joint proposal to NASA, said that
their Crew Exploration Vehicle benefits from significant technological advances not available
for the old Apollo program. The new spacecraft is scheduled to take astronauts and
payloads to the international space station by 2012 and back to the moon by 2018. The
Northrop Grumman/Boeing design is of more than passing interest to New Orleans because
Lockheed Martin Corp.'s Space Systems unit is the other major competitor for the new
space vehicles. If it is the winning contractor, Lockheed Space Systems might well do at
least a portion of the work, if not the major construction, at the Michoud Assembly Plant in
New Orleans. The company already has said it will build much of a prototype of the vehicle
at the local plant. Potential sites for development of the new spacecraft under Northrop
Grumman/Boeing could include facilities in California, Houston, central Florida and
Huntsville, Ala. The vehicle is similar in appearance to the Apollo spacecraft that lifted
astronauts to the moon in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Though only slightly heavier, the
proposed spacecraft will carry up to twice as many astronauts as the three that traveled on
Apollo and carry substantially more fuel, allowing for longer space missions. The design
incorporates redundant features allowing for the safe return of astronauts even in the case
of serious system failures. The spacecraft, according to NASA specifications, must be
designed so that it could be used for both manned and unmanned missions. Lockheed
executives are expected to discuss their design efforts for the new NASA spacecraft in the
next several days, according to company spokesmen. (
Source: New Orleans Times
Picayune, 10/13/05)

Topic: Appointment
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Ken Ford, chief executive officer of the Pensacola-based Florida
Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, was sworn in this month as a member of the
United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board in Arlington, Va. Retired Gen. Charles
Horner said Ford has a unique ability to see and define technology leaps that escape the
more conventional thinker. The SAB was established in 1947 as a link between the Air Force
and the civilian, scientific and engineering communities to promote the exchange of the
latest scientific and technical information that may enhance the Air Force mission. Members
of the SAB include scientists, engineers, and academicians primarily from the nation’s
universities, national laboratories, industry and retired military general officers. (
IHMC, 10/07/05)

Topic: Partnership
MOBILE, Ala. - EADS North America Inc. said Monday that Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and
Westwind Technologies Inc. would join its bid to produce light utility helicopters for the U.S.
Army. The Army is soliciting bidders for a proposed $1.5 billion contract to supply more than
300 helicopters, to be used primarily by the National Guard. Competitors for the contract,
expected to be awarded in April, include Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed Martin Corp. and
Bell Helicopter, a Fort Worth, Texas-based subsidiary of Textron Inc. Adding the Stratford,
Conn.-based Sikorsky to its team "ensures that our offering ... is backed by the undisputed
leader in contractor logistics support for military rotary- wing aircraft," Ralph D. Crosby, Jr.,
chairman and chief executive officer of EADS North America, said at a news conference
Monday in Washington. The Huntsville-based Westwind Technologies operates the Army's
Logistics Support Facility at Redstone Arsenal and specializes in helicopter systems
integration, engineering and program management. Crosby said EADS has yet to determine
a location for final assembly of its proposed UH-145 advanced helicopter but that facilities in
Columbus, Miss., and Grand Prairie, Texas, operated by its American Eurocopter subsidiary
were among the sites being considered. Overall program management for the UH-145
program will be directed by EADS North America Defense, a business unit of Arlington, Va.-
based EADS North America, the company said in a news release. (
Source: Mobile Register,

Topic: Hurricane
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The spacecraft plant in eastern New Orleans crawled to life Monday
as a space shuttle external fuel tank slowly rolled from the barge that carried it from Florida
to a building at the Michoud Assembly Facility, where workers will begin preparing it for the
next shuttle flight. The moment marked a milestone in the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration plant that employed about 2,000 workers before Hurricane Katrina and
supplied the largest number of high-technology jobs in the city. "That's very encouraging,"
said Tommy Kurtz, senior vice president of Greater New Orleans Inc., the region's economic
development organization. "It shows that even in an actual catastrophe, a large plant can be
up and running again," he said. With many businesses in the region struggling to reopen
after Katrina, major manufacturers such as Michoud are quickly becoming the backbone of
the area's economic recovery. The tank left NASA's Kennedy Space Center six weeks ago
on the barge but was quickly anchored to avoid what was then Tropical Storm Katrina, which
had formed off Florida's central Atlantic coast. The five-day trip around the tip of Florida and
across the eastern Gulf of Mexico was further delayed as Katrina made a beeline for the
central Gulf Coast. The tank finally arrived at Michoud on Sunday. (
Source: New Orleans
Times Picayune, 10/04/05)

Topic: Contract award
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. - BAE Systems Technical Services of Fort Walton Beach was
awarded a $12.7 million contract modification to provide for Operation and Maintenance at
the Eglin Test and Training Complex. Work will be complete December 2005. Headquarters
Air Armament Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity. (
DefenseLink, 10/03/05)

Topic: Contract award
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. - DTS Aviation Services of Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a
$10 million contract modification to provide for aircraft backshop maintenance, munitions,
and equipment support for the Armament Center and for the Air Armament and Command,
Control Communications, Computers, and Intelligence Systems Testing for a 12-month
period. The location of performance is DTS Aviation Services, Eglin Air Force Base. The
work will be complete November 2006. The Headquarters 96th Air Base Wing, Eglin Air
Force Base, is the contracting activity. (
Source: DefenseLink, 10/03/05)

Topic: Contract award
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. - BAE Systems Technical Services of Fort Walton Beach was
awarded a $7.9 million firm fixed price contract modification to provide for Perimeter
Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System. It will provide operations, maintenance
and logistical support to PARCS radar site and facilities at Cavalier Air Force Station, N.D.
This work will be complete September 2006. The 21st Space Wing, Peterson Air Force
Base, Colo., is the contracting activity. (
Source: DefenseLink, 10/03/05)


Topic: Tanker project
Northrop Grumman Corp. confirmed it will join with EADS North America Inc. in a bid to
produce aerial refueling tankers for the Air Force. The partnership pits Los Angeles-based
Northrop and EADS, the North American subsidiary of the Paris-based European Aeronautic
Defence and Space Co., against Boeing Co. EADS in June named Mobile's Brookley
Industrial Complex as the site of a 150-worker aircraft engineering center. The project could
be expanded to include a 1,000-worker assembly plant if EADS can win at least part of the
Air Force contract. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is not expected to decide for
several months how the Air Force should go about replacing the fleet of more than 500
tankers. Northrop said it would be the principal contractor and EADS would be the main
subcontractor. EADS has said it plans to build a factory at Brookley to assemble the tanker
from a version of its design for the Airbus A330 passenger jet. Northrop would then convert
the resulting plane, called a KC-330, for military use at a facility yet to be determined, said
Randy Belote, a Northrop spokesman. (
Source: Mobile Register, 09/08/05)


Topic: Fuel tanks
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Two space shuttle external fuel tanks at Kennedy Space Center in
Florida will return to their New Orleans maker for more alterations before NASA launches
another orbiter, senior space agency managers said Thursday. The work will delay the next
shuttle launch until March at the earliest, said Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for
space operations. The tanks will be sent by barge to the Michoud Assembly Facility in
eastern New Orleans from Kennedy, where they have been for months. No timetable has
been set. The trip from Kennedy on Florida's central Atlantic coast around the southern tip
of the state and across the eastern Gulf of Mexico takes about five days. (
Source: New
Orleans Times Picayune, 08/19/05)

Topic: New executive
MOBILE, Ala. - Mobile County's largest private employer has a new boss. Joseph Ng is the
new president of ST Mobile Aerospace Engineering Inc., an aircraft maintenance and repair
provider that employs 1,300 workers at the Brookley Field Industrial Complex. Ng was
tapped for the job in May by Mobile Aerospace's parent company, the Singapore-based
Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd., and took office last month, according to the
company. He replaces former president Ronnie Koh, who resigned in February. Ng, who
began his career with Singapore Technologies in 1990 as an aircraft structural engineer,
has held a variety of positions within the company's aerospace division. Ng comes to Mobile
Aerospace at a critical time for the company, which is recruiting projects that could double its
work force. Mobile has positioned itself as a major player in the aerospace industry. In June
Brookley was named by EADS North America as the site of a 150-worker aircraft
engineering center. The project could be expanded to include a 1,000-worker assembly
plant if EADS can win at least part of a contract to build aerial refueling tankers for the U.S.
Air Force. Under Koh's direction, Mobile Aerospace was pursuing a $90 million aircraft
engine repair and testing facility and a $50 million maintenance hub designed to service the
Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger jet. Airbus, like EADS North America, is a
subsidiary of the Paris-based European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. (
Mobile Register, 08/14/05)

Topic: NASA outreach
MOBILE, Ala. – Alabama has the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, a major government
spending enterprise, in Huntsville. But many Mobile businesses don't take advantage of the
business opportunities there because the center seems so far away, according to NASA
officials. On Thursday NASA came to the Z Technology Center at Hank Aaron Stadium to
market itself to Mobile and teach local companies how to do business with NASA. Tracy
Lamm, a NASA government relations officer, said that NASA does a very small amount of
business with Mobile companies. "That's why we're here," Lamm told more than 100 area
business leaders. "We're hoping to give you the opportunity." NASA reaches out to about
five business communities per year nationwide. This year's cities included Kansas City, Mo.;
Mizzoula, Mont.; New Orleans; Thomasville, Ala.; and Mobile. A business can contract
directly with NASA. Another approach would be working with one of NASA's primary
contractors, such as Boeing Co., ATK Thiokol, Northrop Grumman Corp., Science
Applications International Corp., or Jacobs Sverdrup. About a quarter of all NASA contracts
go to small businesses. (
Source: Mobile Register, 08/12/05)

Topic: Anniversary
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – Stennis Space Center in early August marked the 30th
anniversary of shuttle engine tests at the South Mississippi facility. NASA astronauts and
project managers and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (formerly Boeing) officials were on hand
for an engine test that coincided with the celebration. Since the first test on May 19, 1975,
the NASA and contractor team has conducted more than 2,200 tests on SSMEs. The first
test was in fact the culmination of a series of tests. Ten were conducted in the first two
months to help establish fuel preburner, oxygen preburner and main combustion chamber
ignition. Three years later, test teams at SSC were firing the main propulsion test article –
the three-engine cluster that helps propel the space shuttle into orbit. The testing of the
shuttle engines was significant for Stennis, which in 1971 saw the end of testing of the
Saturn V rockets used in the Apollo program. Most of the facility virtually shut down at the
end of the Apollo program. But in time it started staffing up to test shuttle engines. (
Biloxi Sun Herald, 08/11/05)

Topic: Missiles
STARKVILLE, Miss. – A missile defense system under development in Mississippi is needed
to deter the threat of "nuclear intimidation by some rogue nation's leader," Rep. Roger
Wicker, R-Miss., said. Wicker told a gathering of government, military, academic, and
defense-industry officials Friday that the Kinetic Energy Interceptors defense system sought
by the Pentagon represents "weapons of mass protection" in an uncertain world. The
system is being developed to destroy intermediate and long-range enemy missiles during
their most vulnerable boost-ascent phase of flight. The interceptors - with a top speed of
more than 12,000 miles per hour - are designed to track incoming missile threats and
destroy them with a non-explosive kinetic energy warhead. Northrop Grumman is leading a
$4 billion national effort to develop and test a land-based KEI system for the U.S. Missile
Defense Agency. Under a $200,000 subcontract, Mississippi State University engineers are
determining effective ways to launch the defensive missiles at sea. (
Source: Associated
Press, 08/12/05)

Topic: Sale
LAKE CHARLES, La. – EADS North America Inc. said it has completed the sale of an aircraft
maintenance facility in Lake Charles, La., to the Memphis-based Linden Street Capital Corp.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. EADS Aeroframe Services Co., located at the
Chennault International Airport, provides maintenance, repair and overhaul for narrow and
wide-body aircraft. EADS, a subsidiary of the Paris-based European Aeronautic Defence
and Space Co., chose to sell the business so that it could "focus on core assets and
services," according to a spokesman. The buyer has other holdings in the aircraft overhaul
industry and will keep the 130 current workers and operate under the name Aeroframe
Services, officials said. (
Sources: Mobile Register, 08/11/05, The Associated Press,

Topic: Michoud
NEW ORLEANS, La. – The inability of the Michoud Assembly Facility to fix the space
shuttle's broken fuel tank has been a major setback for the eastern New Orleans plant and
its 2,100 workers. But according to several current and former NASA managers, the problem
doesn't appear to be a threat to future work for the plant. The National Aeronautics and
Space Administration remains committed to flying the orbiters through 2010 until
construction of the international space station is completed. Michoud will need to produce 15
to 22 tanks for those missions, NASA managers say. After that, the plant also stands a good
chance of building large portions of at least one of the next-generation spacecraft being
developed by NASA to carry astronauts and cargo to the moon and eventually Mars. NASA
Administrator Michael Griffin in recent months has expressed interest in using the fuel tank
and other shuttle components to craft the new space vehicles, rather than building them
from scratch. Michoud's future is important to the region's economy because the plant
supplies some of the highest-paying manufacturing jobs in the area, with annual salaries
averaging $65,000, according to its operator, Lockheed Martin Space Systems. The plant
generates about $130 million a year in payroll and spends $22.9 million with subcontractors
in Louisiana each year. (
Source: New Orleans Times Picayune, 08/07/05)

Topic: Acquisition
HARTFORD, Conn. - United Technologies Corp. has completed acquisition of Rocketdyne
Propulsion & Power from The Boeing Company. UTC had announced a purchase
agreement in February. Rocketdyne joins Pratt & Whitney’s space propulsion business as
part of the space launch industry. This new company will operate as Pratt & Whitney
Rocketdyne, and will be headquartered in Canoga Park, Calif. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne
will align its space power and energy segment with UTC’s Hamilton Sundstrand unit. Pratt &
Whitney Rocketdyne will operate two main sites in California and West Palm Beach, Florida,
with additional operations at NASA’s Kennedy, Marshall and Stennis space centers. Pratt &
Whitney Rocketdyne offers a complete line of propulsion products, from boosters to upper
stage engines, used in a wide variety of government and commercial applications, including
the Space Shuttle Main Engines, as well as the propulsion systems for the Atlas and Delta
expendable launch vehicles. Pratt & Whitney and Hamilton Sundstrand are part of UTC, a
diversified company based in Hartford Conn. (
Source: Press release, 08/03/05)

JULY 2005

Topic: Contract award
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. - Micro Systems Inc. of Fort Walton Beach was awarded a not-
to-exceed $12.2 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contract for the
procurement of up to 731 AN/DSQ-50A Airborne Sets, including sensor and telemetry
downlinks. The Airborne Set is utilized in full scale and subscale aerial and surface targets,
which are used to evaluate capabilities of weapon systems and to train weapon system
operators. Work will be performed in Fort Walton Beach and is expected to be completed in
July 2014. (
Source: DefenseLink, 07/20/05)

Topic: Contract award
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Lockheed Martin Space Systems has been awarded $28.2 million by
NASA to continue developing a design for a spacecraft that will replace the space shuttle.
NASA also awarded the same amount to a team of Northrop Grumman Corp. and The
Boeing Co. for a prototype crew exploration vehicle. If Lockheed wins the competition, the
company will build much of its prototype CEV at the Michoud Assembly Facility in eastern
New Orleans, where Lockheed makes external fuel tanks for space shuttles. The CEV is
expected to carry up to six astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit soon after the Space Shuttle is
retired in 2010, and then on to the moon as early as 2015. (
Source: NASA, 07/12/05)

JUNE 2005

Topic: Contract
MOSS POINT, Miss. - Northrop Grumman Corp., is being awarded a $15.2 million
modification to a previously awarded contract for two RQ-8B Fire Scout drone helicopters.
Most of the work will be performed in Elmira, N.Y. and San Diego, but 8 percent will be done
in Moss Point. The work is expected to be completed in August 2008. Final assembly of the
Fire Scouts will be done at the Northrop facility being built in Moss Point. (
Source: Biloxi Sun
Herald, 06/30/05)

Topic: Engineering school
MOBILE, Ala. - University of South Alabama officials say they are glad to have EADS North
America as a new neighbor for the school's property at Brookley Field Industrial Complex
and a potential partner for the budding USA engineering program. USA President Gordon
Moulton speculated that USA's prized waterfront acreage could be something EADS is
interested in as it grows. But Moulton said the school has no plans to give away any part of
its Brookley campus to help the aviation giant expand. EADS North America is building an
aircraft engineering center at Brookley Field that would create 150 jobs by the time it opens
in 2006. The 7-acre site for the engineering facility is adjacent to the 300-plus acres owned
by the university, which has its main campus in west Mobile. Moulton said the university will
press forward with its plans to expand the USA College of Engineering and build a
relationship mutually beneficial to the company and the school. U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-
Tuscaloosa, has already promised to help USA secure $40 million in federal funding to
expand its on-campus engineering facilities. Shelby said Wednesday the EADS
announcement makes that money all the more important. (
Source: Mobile Register,

Topic: Site selected
MOBILE, Ala. – EADS North America chose Brookley Field Industrial Complex as the location
for a $600 million, 1,000-employee plant that will build KC-330 aerial tankers - if the
European company wins a bid to build the Air Force’s next generation refuelers. Mobile won
over sites in Hancock County, Miss., Melbourne, Fla., and Charleston, S.C. Even if EADS
fails to win the contract or if it’s kept out of the competition due to a "buy American" effort in
Congress, the company will still open an Airbus engineering facility at Brookley that will
employ 150 aerospace engineers. Bill Sisson, vice president of economic development for
the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, says the selection will enhance an already existing
cluster of aviation companies at Brookley. The plant will likely get its employees from
Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. (
Source: Multiple, 06/22/05)

Topic: Global Hawk
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Northrop Grumman’s second RQ-4A Global Hawk Maritime
Demonstrator has successfully completed its first flight, a critical step forward in the U.S.
Navy's planned Maritime Demonstration program. The unmanned aerial vehicle, being
developed for the Navy and designated N-2, was launched autonomously from Northrop
Grumman's production facility in Palmdale, Calif. During the four-hour flight, it tested
accurately for air speed, altitude and direction. Under the Navy's Maritime Demonstration
program, two RQ-4A Global Hawks will serve as testbeds as the Navy determines the
unmanned aerial vehicle capabilities needed to patrol the open ocean as well as coastline
areas. The drones will be assembled at a Northrop facility being built in Moss Point, Miss.
Source: Northrop Grumman, 06/13/05)

Topic: Global Hawk wing test
DALLAS, Texas – Vought Aircraft Industries Inc. has successfully tested to 100 percent limit
load its first enhanced wing for the U.S. Air Force's new RQ-4B Global Hawk unmanned air
vehicle produced by Northrop Grumman. This testing is designed to simulate forces
experienced due to specific "gust load" winds during a mission. The enhanced wing is one of
a number of system improvements prime contractor Northrop Grumman is making to Global
Hawk to accommodate an increased payload carrying capability while maintaining current
platform performance specifications. Vought is scheduled to build seven production wings
for the new RQ-4B model, with options for future production lots of the new wing
configuration. Vought has built two RQ-4B prototype wings and is producing another article
for testing ultimate loads. The wing is 130.9 feet long and weighs about 4,000 pounds. It will
be the longest wing ever delivered from Vought's Dallas facility. The drones will be
assembled at a Northrop facility being built in Moss Point, Miss. (
Source: www.voughtaircraft.
com, 06/11/05)

Topic: Michoud facility
NEW ORLEANS, La. – Sen. Mary Landrieu assured workers at NASA's Michoud Assembly
Facility Friday that the eastern New Orleans plant will stay busy even after the space shuttle
stops flying in 2010. The 58-acre plant operated by Lockheed Martin makes external fuel
tanks for the shuttle. Her comments came a week after NASA Administrator Michael Griffin
said the space agency is leaning toward developing a shuttle-like cargo spacecraft that
would use modified versions of Michoud's external fuel tanks. On Monday NASA is expected
to announce that Lockheed Space Systems will build one of two prototypes of a next-
generation spacecraft, the Crew Exploration Vehicle. Much of the work on the prototype will
occur at Michoud. About 60 of the plant's workers will develop the manufacturing processes
for constructing the vehicle, and some of the vehicle's major structures will be built at the
plant with the capsule assembled in New Orleans. A second team led by Northrop Grumman
Corp. and Boeing is also expected to land a contract from NASA to build its own prototype.
NASA plans to choose a winner to build the vehicle in late 2008. If Lockheed Space Systems
wins the competition, Michoud could become the main factory for building the vehicle.
Source: New Orleans Times Picayune, 06/11/05)

Topic: Site selection
Four states have now made their final pitches to EADS North America officials in a bid to
convince the company to locate a $600 million aircraft plant in their back yard. Mississippi
and South Carolina made their final offers Wednesday and Alabama and Florida made
theirs Thursday to land the 1,000-employee aerial tanker plant. Mississippi is proposing the
plant be at Stennis International Airport, near Kiln, while Alabama is proposing Brookley
Industrial Complex, near downtown Mobile. EADS is a subsidiary of the Paris-based
European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. The governor from each of those states
participated in the presentations. The company will announce a selection June 22. (
Biloxi Sun Herald, 06/10/05)

Topic: Cargo project
BATON ROUGE, La. - The Louisiana Airport Authority attacked a report that undercut the
argument for a $4.4 billion cargo airport in Donaldsonville. That report, commissioned by the
state Department of Economic Development, said the location is too far west to be an
intercontinental hub and too far south to provide regional access to markets. It also said
nearby airports are already underutilized. But the LAA, created to promote the airport's
development, released a response questioning the earlier analysis. Among its findings, the
LAA said the report focuses only on air cargo, which it said would be only one component of
the facility; that much of the data on the potential market for air cargo were incorrect or
misread; and countered the contention that competition from Miami and other locations
would be too stiff. The LAA is seeking $4.35 million from the state to finance commercial and
environmental assessments necessary to continue the project. (
Source: Baton Rouge
Advocate, 06/04/05)

Topic: Future work
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – Stennis Space Center will play a key role in resuming
space flight and developing the successor to the space shuttle, new NASA administrator
Mike Griffin said during a visit here in his first official visit to Stennis since taking over in
April. He also painted a bright picture for the Michoud Assembly Facility in east New Orleans,
saying NASA is leaning toward developing a shuttle-like cargo spacecraft that would use
external fuel tanks built at the plant. Stennis Space Center, home to about 30 agencies, is
the location where engines for the Space Shuttle are tested and Michoud, operated by
Lockheed Martin Space Systems, has built external fuel tanks for the shuttle for 30 years.
The trip came less than a month after Stennis was chosen as home to a 500-employee
Shared Services Center, which will handle payroll, human resources and information
technology for all NASA field offices. (
Source: Multiple, 06/03/05)

MAY 2005

Topic: Site visit
KILN, Miss. – Representatives from EADS North America wrapped up a series of visits to
potential sites for an aircraft plant with a stop at Stennis International Airport. EADS is
looking for a location to host a $600 million plant that will build the aerial tanker and employ
about 1,000 workers. The company hopes to compete against Boeing for the Air Force
contract. Even if EADS is barred from competing or fails to win the bid, it still plans to use the
facility as an engineering center employing 100 people. Other sites competing for the
project are Mobile, Ala., Melbourne, Fla., and Charleston, S.C. The company will pick a
winner by June 22. (
Source: Multiple, 05/27/05)

Topic: Bond money
PASCAGOULA, Miss. - Jackson County supervisors Monday approved a resolution for the
final preparations for $11.5 million in obligation bonds for the construction of Northrop
Grumman Integrated Systems' Unmanned Systems Center at Trent Lott International Airport.
The center is expected to be completed in late December and begin production for the Fire
Scout and Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles in January. Lynn Norris and Sue Fairbank
with McGlintchey Stafford, the county's bond consultant, told supervisors the county can
now proceed with validating the sale. Final paperwork will be signed later. Landing the
facility took around two years of negotiations between county economic development
leaders and Northrop Grumman. The facility will be one of the nation's largest unmanned
aircraft manufacturing facilities. (
Source: Mississippi Press, 05/24/05)

Topic: Operation purchased
MOBILE, Ala. - A Florida aerospace company has purchased the former Goodrich Corp.
plant in Fairhope. Crestview Aerospace Corp. bought the 123,000-square-foot building that
sits on 57 acres at the H.L. "Sonny" Callahan Airport in Fairhope. Crestview Aerospace
makes sheet metal structures and parts for Bell Helicopter and Boeing, Gulfstream,
Lockheed and Vought aircraft. Company officials said new business prospects, plus a need
to expand manufacturing space to accommodate current orders, necessitated the
expansion. The aircraft parts manufacturer expected to start work on the facility shortly.
Initially, Crestview said it would hire about 100 new employees within the next year. About
100 workers lost their jobs when Goodrich closed the plant in 2002. (
Source: Mobile
Register, 05/21/05)

Topic: New project
MOBILE, Ala - Already a finalist for EADS North America Inc.'s $600 million, 1,150-worker
aerial tanker assembly and engineering center, Mobile is being considered by the company
for a second plant that could assemble cargo planes for the U.S. Army. EADS said Tuesday
that it's looking for an American site to build C-295 and CN-235 airplanes. The planes are
being evaluated by the Army as it looks to expand its cargo and transport fleet. The Army is
expected to award a $1 billion contract for 33 of the planes by late 2005. EADS is a
subsidiary of the Paris-based European Aeronautic Space and Defense Co. It’s teaming with
Raytheon Co. in its bid to win the Army contract. Mobile and three other sites being
considered for the aerial tanker are also being considered for the cargo planes. (
Mobile Register, 05/11/05)

Topic: Funds sought
MOBILE, Ala. - Mobile Regional Airport officials have applied for a $600,000 federal grant to
pay for expansion of its ground station services program in hopes of enticing more carriers
to fly from here. The program was instrumental in luring American Eagle to Mobile, the first
time for American since 1996. American Eagle begins two daily round trips to Dallas-Fort
Worth in June. The Transportation Department designed the $20 million grant program to
help small communities grow their airports and keep fares competitive with those at bigger
hubs. Mobile's average air fare of $467 in February was $28 higher than the average in
neighboring Pensacola and $66 higher than Gulfport's average fare. Mobile is competing
with 83 airports in 36 states to win the money. (
Source: Mobile Register, 05/05/05)

Topic: Site competition
WASHINGTON - Two sites on the Central Gulf Coast are among the four finalists for a $600
million, 1,000-employees EADS North America aircraft plant. Mobile's Brookley Industrial
Complex in South Alabama and South Mississippi's Stennis International Airport, near
Stennis Space Center, made the final cut for the plant slated to be the final assembly
location for the KC-330 aerial refueler. The other sites are in Charleston, S.C., and
Melborne, Fla. The finalists have three weeks to submit final proposals and a winner will be
chosen in June or July. Paris-based EADS, a Franco-German defense company, is
competing against Boeing to provide the next generation Air Force tanker. EADS is
expected to team up with Los Angeles-based U.S. defense contractor Northrop Grumman for
the tanker contract. Even if EADS fails to win, it plans to use the winning site for an
engineering center employing 100 people, company officials have said. (
Source: press
releases, 05/05/05)

APRIL 2005

Topic: Proposed airport
BATON ROUGE, La. - A stalled plan to build a giant international cargo airport in
Donaldsonville received an unexpected boost Wednesday when the Chamber of Greater
Baton Rouge endorsed its $4.35 million legislative request this year. The Louisiana Airport
Authority, which oversees the proposed $4 billion project, will run out of funding July 1. The
proposed airport, known as the Louisiana Transportation Center, would be built primarily on
25,000 acres between Donaldsonville in Ascension Parish and White Castle in Iberville
Parish. It also would extend into Assumption Parish. The airport is expected to cost $4.4
billion, with the state responsible for $442 million. Initially, the state would be required to put
up approximately $100 million to purchase land for the facility. (
Source: Baton Rouge
Advocate, 04/28/05)

Topic: Contract competition
NEW ORLEANS, La. - NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in eastern New Orleans will build a
prototype of a new astronaut capsule if Lockheed Martin Space Systems wins a contract for
the work from the space agency late this summer. The work would position the plant to build
the production vehicle if Lockheed were to win the final competition to build the Crew
Exploration Vehicle, or CEV. Michoud employs about 2,000 workers. Lockheed is leading
one of at least two teams competing to build the CEV. NASA managers plan to select two
teams by September to build prototype CEVs. NASA plans to choose a winner to build the
CEV in late 2008. A high-tech welding machine at Michoud may have played a key role in
Lockheed's decision to build the prototype in New Orleans. The machine is part of the
National Center for Advanced Manufacturing, a consortium of NASA, Lockheed and the
University of New Orleans that was formed several years ago to develop new high-tech
manufacturing techniques. The center is housed inside the 832-acre plant. (
Source: Times
Picayune, 04/21/05)

Topic: Facility growth
MOSS POINT, Miss. - The growth in the unmanned aerial vehicle market is expected to
create rapid expansion in product and employment at Northrop Grumman Integrated
Systems' Unmanned Services Center at Trent Lott International Airport, company officials
said. The center is expected to be completed in late December and begin production for the
Fire Scout and Global Hawk UAVs in January, company officials said during the Jackson
County Economic Development Foundation's quarterly meeting. The initial activity is
expected to employ 100 to 120 people at the center, but company officials said they expect
that to increase as new markets for the two UAVs open. In the 10 years that Northrop
Grumman Integrated Systems has been involved with its UAV program, work force for that
division has increased from 35 to 2,000 employees, Navy Fire Scout Program Director
Douglas Fronius said. "It went from 250 to 2,000 in the last five years," he said. "We expect
the same thing to occur here. We expect it to increase tenfold in the next 10 years. This is
going to be a very busy place." (
Source: Mississippi Press, 04/15/05)

Topic: Site selection
MOBILE, Ala. - EADS North America Inc. will choose from 70 sites in 32 states for its
proposed $600 milllion, 1,150-worker aircraft engineering and assembly plant, the company
said Wednesday. EADS North America, a subsidiary of the Paris-based European
Aeronautic and Defence Co., is looking for an assembly site for its KC-330 aerial refueling
tanker, and Mobile's Brookley Industrial Complex has been identified as a front-runner for
the project. EADS, the world's second-largest aerospace firm behind Chicago-based Boeing
Co., set a March 30 deadline for states to submit details of up to three sites each. Alabama
officials have confirmed that they offered sites at Brookley and the Huntsville International
Airport. The Chantilly, Va.-based EADS North America said Wednesday it was evaluating the
submissions and expected to send formal "request for proposal" letters to no more than 20
sites by May 1. A spokesman for the company said EADS plans to establish a "short list" of
finalists by early fall and make its final selection by the end of the year. (
Source: Mobile
Register, 04/14/05)

MARCH 2005

Topic: Award
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. - Northwest Florida Management of Fort Walton Beach is
being awarded a $6,619,833 fixed price incentive fee with award fee contract modification to
provide for F-16 Aircraft Flight Line Maintenance, for 14 aircraft. This effort supports foreign
military sales to Taiwan. The work will be complete by March 2006. The Air Education and
Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, is the contracting activity. (
DefenseLink, 03/11/05)

Topic: New project
CRESTVIEW, Fla. - North American Turbines Inc., which overhauls and repairs turboprop
aircraft engines, will relocate here within two years. The company is moving from Opalocka
because of aging facilities and the difficulty obtaining permits to replace them, and to be
closer to military customers. Although it is expected to take 18 months to two years to obtain
a site and construct a building at the Okaloosa County Industrial Air Park, the company
expects to begin using a leased test facility here within a few months. The company is a
division of Seger's Aviation Inc. of Gibraltar. Crestview has two other aerospace companies,
Aerospace Integration Corp. and Crestview Aerospace Corp., that do aircraft repair work for
the military. (
Source: Associated Press, 03/04/05)


Topic: Site selection
BATON ROUGE, La. - Three Louisiana sites will compete for a $600 million production
center for an aerial refueling tanker and engineering center. European Aeronautic Defense
and Space Co. is shopping for a location for the KC-330 refueling tankers, which it hopes
will win a competition with Boeing. Louisiana, one of 41 states competing, will pitch Chenault
Airpark in Lake Charles, Belle Chase in New Orleans and the Shreveport Regional Airport.
Officials have until March 30 to submit formal proposals. The final selection by EADS should
take place by the end of 2005. EADS already employs more than 300 people at its aviation
maintenance center at Chenault. Even if EADS does not win the Air Force contract, it plans
to build at the winning location an Airbus Aircraft Engineering Center. Other Gulf Coast sites
in the running are in Hancock County, Miss., and Mobile County, Ala. (
Source: Baton
Rouge Advocate, 02/26/05)

Topic: New project
MOSS POINT, Miss. – An advanced version of the Global Hawk aerial reconnaissance drone
will be fabricated in a new, multimillion-dollar aerospace plant being built in Moss Point. The
decision by Northrop Grumman to expand the mission of the Moss Point plant – originally
designed to build only Fire Scout drone helicopters – means Jackson County now has an
even larger piece of a growing military technology. An estimated four to six of the fixed-wing
Global Hawks will be produced each year, though the number could go up. Each Global
Hawk is valued at $30 million. The expanded Northrop Grumman Unmanned System Center
at Trent Lott International Airport will cost $17.5 million and will provide 160 jobs. Northrop
Grumman originally planned to perform final assembly of the RQ-8B Fire Scout drone
helicopter at a 39,000-square-foot facility at the airport and hire 40-60 people. Now Northrop
Grumman wants a larger building – 105,000 square feet - to also build the aluminum
fuselage for the Global Hawk RQ-4B, a larger, more capable version of the RQ-4A.
Source: The Sun Herald, 02/19/05)

Topic: New facility
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – Rolls-Royce International Ltd. will spend $42 million to
open a jet engine test complex at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center. The facility will test
large engines for performance, noise and other factors. Engines slated to be tested are the
Trent 900 and Trent 1000, used on Airbus and Boeing aircraft. The $42 million will be spent
to upgrade three mothballed buildings totaling 16,000 square feet and erect a pedestal to
test the engines. Testing will begin in 2007. Rolls-Royce is closing down the testing
operation in the United Kingdom because of encroachment issues. Rolls-Royce also has a
Naval Marine foundry in Pascagoula and later this month will hold a ribbon cutting for its
Propeller Center of Excellence. The center is designed to improve production efficiencies
across a range of marine products. (
Source: The Sun Herald, 02/16/05)

Topic: Site selection
MOBILE, Ala. – Mobile and Huntsville will vie for a proposed $600 million, 1,150-worker
aircraft assembly plant being considered by EADS North America. EADS, a Paris-based
consortium of aerospace companies, last month launched a nationwide search for a location
to build KC-330 aerial refueling tankers for the Pentagon. The company is bidding against
Boeing Co. to land the tanker contract, currently estimated at $25 billion. At least 30 states,
including Louisiana and Mississippi, are expected to compete for the project. (
Mobile Register, 02/11/05)

Topic: New project
MOBILE, Ala. – Singapore Technologies Ltd., parent company of Mobile Aerospace
Engineering, will announce in the near future plans to add a $90 million engine-repair and
testing facility in the United States. Mobile’s Brookely Industrial Complex is one of the sites
under consideration. Currently, the MAE facility refers engine repair work to contractors out
of state. The addition would mean 500 jobs. MAE’s Mobile operation is also being
considered for a $50 million maintenance hub that would service Airbus A380 aircraft.
Source: The Business View, 02/05)


Topic: Site selection
Defense contractor EADS North America, which opened an American Eurocopter production
center in Columbus, Miss., last year and is building a $1 million service center in Mobile, is
on the prowl for another site. This one is for a plant to build the KC-330 aerial tanker. EADS
is competing against Boeing to win the Air Force contract. The winning site will be picked by
the end of 2005 and must have a minimum 9,000-foot runway, 1.5 plus million square feet of
production/hangar/office space, access to rail and road and capable of large volume
transport to a deep-water port. The site will first be used for a new Airbus Long-Range
Aircraft Engineering Center beginning in early 2006 for commercial engineering work on
A330/A340 jetliners and the new A350. If the KC-330 wins the tanker contest, the Military
Modification and Assembly Line will cost $600 million and create about 1,000 jobs. A
Request for Information was issued to every state, and Louisiana has already said it’s
making a bid. EADS is holding an "information day" in Washington D.C. Feb. 15. The
Staubach Co. of Dallas is managing the site selection process. (
Source: EADS North
America, 01/12/05)

Topic: Munition test
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – In a series of tests here in December, Lockheed Martin
demonstrated its Joint Common Missile (JCM) tri-mode seeker, designed to replace the
Longbow, Hellfire and airborne TOW missiles. The tests showed the ability of the missile to
acquire and track a Swedish Boghammar coastal patrol boat moving at up to 30 knots at
ranges of 1 to 6 kilometers – a typical, hostile patrol craft war fighters would likely encounter
in a littoral scenario. This test demonstrated simultaneous detection and processing by two
of the missile's three sensors: the imaging infrared and the millimeter wave radar. The third
sensor, the semi-active laser, gives the JCM precision-strike lethality. In the fall of 2003
during a mock Marine amphibious invasion near Eglin, the seeker successfully acquired and
tracked large ships and amphibious landing craft at day and night temperatures and at
varying sea states. The JCM is a multi-target, multi-service weapon with fire-and-forget
capability designed for rotary-wing aircraft and F-18 attack-fighters. (
Source: PRNewswire,

Topic: Site selection
BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana is in the competition to land an aerial refueling aircraft
plant and an aircraft engineering center that could create more than 1,000 jobs. The
European Aerospace Defense System plans a North American Military Modification and
Assembly Line to produce the KC-330 advanced tanker aircraft. The site also will be the
location of a new Airbus Long-Range Aircraft Engineering Center. Airbus has design and
manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Spain, and
subsidiaries in the United States, China and Japan. It’s an EADS joint company with BAE
Systems. The site must have an airport with a 9,000-foot runway; room for a 1.5 million
square-foot production hangar and office space; transportation infrastructure with access to
rail and road; a means of large-volume transport to a deep-water seaport; and the ability to
establish a cooperative relationship with a university or other institute of higher education
with a strong aerospace department and research capability. (
Source: Baton Rouge
Advocate, 01/20/05)
Gulf Coast aerospace