Saturday, November 10, 2018

Week in review (11/4 to 11/10)

The shift in passenger service from Mobile Regional Airport to the downtown airport at the Mobile Aeroplex is still way in the future, but a step towards that has been taken by the Mobile Airport Authority.

The MAA last week gave conditional approval to contracts for development of a terminal at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. “Terminal 1” would be used by low-cost carrier ViaAir and cost roughly $7 million - $5 million for the building and parking and the rest for FAA-required fencing and security. The MAA chose remodeling an existing building over building a temporary structure.

The new terminal will bring commercial passenger service to the complex near downtown Mobile in six months. Until it can use the downtown terminal, the carrier will use Mobile Regional for its service to Orlando. (Post)

Meanwhile, over in Louisiana, there was a ceremonial groundbreaking at Lafayette Regional Airport for a new terminal. The airport was constructed in the 1950’s and was renovated in the 80’s, but after a record number of passengers in 2017, the expansion was considered necessary.

The airport executive director said the current terminal can’t easily expand, but the new one will be built with the future in mind. It will be 110,000 square feet, larger than the current 62,000 square-foot terminal. Construction will take about two-and-a-half years. (Post)

Stratolaunch successfully tested a component of its hydrogen-fueled rocket engine with the pre-burner hot-fire test last week at NASA’s Stennis Space Center rocket engine test facility in South Mississippi.

The pre-burner serves as the smaller of two combustion chambers in the hydrogen-fueled PGA rocket engine. The name PGA is from the initials of the company's founder Paul G. Allen, who recently passed away.

The Microsoft co-founder launched the company with aerospace engineer and entrepreneur Burt Rutan in 2011 with the aim of providing flexible, low-cost access to space.

Stratolaunch did not disclose how long the test firing lasted, but the company said the duration and power levels of the pre-burner tests would be increased over the coming months. (Post)

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla., was awarded a $350 million increase to a contract for Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) production support. The contractor will provide lifecycle support for all efforts related to JASSM, Long Range Anti-Ship Missile, JASSM-Extended Range, and any JASSM variant in the areas of system upgrades, integration, production, sustainment, management and logistical support. Work will be performed in Orlando and is expected to be completed by April 17, 2022. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.

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