After 14 months wherein most of my human interplay with colleagues occurred over webcams, this previous month has been, dare I say, much more regular. I’ve met sources for lunch, drinks, attended a work-related dinner and, simply this week, attended a cocktail occasion.
With pandemic restrictions easing within the Washington-area, many inside the nationwide safety institution, thirsty for human interplay (and professionally made cocktails), are networking once more.
Whereas it’s been thrilling, I’ll admit it was a bit terrifying at first. What do I do after I greet somebody? Will we shake arms? Elbow bump? Nod at each other? It feels a bit bit like courting in highschool. (I’m particularly recalling a clumsy hug on the finish of 1 such night whereas every of our mothers stood close by ready to drive us house.)
As with family and friends, everybody has their very own consolation ranges with work-related human interplay proper now. (Do what makes you snug.) However what’s wonderful is how persons are reinvigorated and desirous to get on the market. It’s made for good and productive dialog. And if the previous few weeks are prelude, anticipate the upcoming, in-person commerce exhibits and conventions to be the new ticket on the town.
The Royal Air Drive has ordered 14 Chinook helicopters from Boeing. The $578 million deal is for an extended-range model of the helicopter “provides the RAF fleet extra versatility to execute the home and worldwide heavy-lift missions,” in response to Boeing.
Microsoft has joined the Area Info Sharing and Evaluation Heart, a gaggle of corporations and organizations that share menace knowledge with each other. The corporate stated it was becoming a member of the consortium “to advance the safety of space-based essential belongings very important to authorities companies and the worldwide financial system.” Extra from our sister publication NextGov right here.
The U.S. State Division has accredited a virtually $2.6 billion deal that may permit The Philippines to purchase 12 F-16 fighters and air-to-air and anti-ship missiles. The Philippines is deciding between the Lockheed Martin-made F-16 and the Saab Gripen fighter. The U.S. approval of the sale comes as Manilla has threatened to cancel an settlement that enables U.S, forces to function from the nation.
Turkish Aerospace stated it’s constructing Turkey’s largest subsonic wind tunnel that may aide in improvement of indgionous weapons initiatives together with a brand new fighter jet. “The tunnel may have three totally different check sections, giant, small and open,” Turkish Aerospace stated in an emailed assertion. “The check specimens shall be positioned in these sections and shall be outfitted with state-of-the-art expertise measurement and sensing gadgets for superior testing.”
The most important model in Boeing’s 737 Max household flew for the primary time late final week. The narrow-body aircraft can carry as much as 230 passengers and flies extra effectively than the prior “next-gen” model of the 737. The U.S. army flies 737s for VIP transport and the Navy’s P-8 submarine hunter relies on the 737-800.
Weekend studying: Andrew Hunter from the Heart for Strategic and Worldwide Research has a deep dive into 3D printing within the aerospace and protection sector. The expertise “has penetrated a number of industries, particularly aerospace and protection, medical gadgets, and tooling, the place it’s primarily used to enhance present methods,” he writes. “This method has led to spectacular progress however has not generated the widespread adoption that characterizes a real breakthrough.” Learn the report right here.
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