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Is Blue Origin making the 737 of spaceflight?

By Dan Catchpole  danieljcatchpole[at]gmail[dot]com This article has been updated to correct an error that misstated the relative size of New Glenn’s payload. October 11, 2018, © Leeham News: Wednesday’s announcement that the U.S. Air Force had selected Blue… Read More

Pontifications: Small Mississippi airport plays key role in state’s aerospace industry

Nov. 6, 2017, © Leeham Co.: One of my stops during my October visit along the I-10 corridor from Mobile (AL) to New Orleans, through Mississippi, visiting aerospace interests was the Stennis International Airport. The airport is in… Read More

Pontifications: Going to space through Mississippi

Oct. 30, 2017, © Leeham Co., Hancock County (MS): The US Space Shuttle program ended in 2011 and NASA is sending US astronauts to the International Space Station using Russian-made rockets. But officials want to end reliance on… Read More

Pontifications: Mississippi’s aerospace footprint

July 17, 2017, © Leeham Co.: Living in the Seattle area, the highest profile, dominant industry is the commercial aerospace sector. Boeing, of course, headlines just about everything when it comes to aviation. Boeing’s competition is principally Airbus—or… Read More

Pontifications: Catching up on the KC-46A, KC-30A

April 11, 2016, © Leeham Co.: The Government Accountability Office (GAO) concludes that the Boeing KC-46A aerial refueling tanker for the US Air Force has “challenging testing and delivery schedules” ahead in its annual review of the program…. Read More

Northrop wins, Boeing/Lockheed lose bomber contract

Oct. 27, 2015: Northrop Grumman, builder of the B-2 bomber in the USAF inventory, was awarded the contract to build the next generation long-range bomber, which is yet to be named. For the moment, we’ll call it the… Read More

Pontifications: Dueling refueling tankers

Sept. 21, 2015, © Leeham Co.: This Friday, Sept. 25, is the date that at long last, Boeing and the US Air Force expect the first flight of the KC-46A that is equipped with the fueling system. A… Read More

Pontifications: FAA shouldn’t be surprised at composite fire duration

August 24, 2015, (c) Leeham Co. News that the US Federal Aviation Administration was surprised at the duration of the composite fire with the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 in 2013 came as a surprise to the agency, but… Read More

Boeing’s MOP and Iran’s nuke program

June 25, 2015: We don’t often stray into military topics, usually confining ourselves to commercial derivative programs like the Boeing P-8 Poseidon, KC-46a, Airbus KC-330 and the like. But, of all places, Politico has an interesting three-screen piece… Read More