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40 PCB007 MAGAZINE I SEPTEMBER 2023 BAE Systems Signs Agreement to Acquire Ball Aerospace E BAE Systems announced a definitive agree- ment for the proposed acquisition of Ball Aero- space for approximately $5.55 billion. Flexible Thinking: Growth of Flex and Flex-hybrid Electronics in Mil-Aero Applications E Over the past several years, flexible electronics (FE) and flex-hybrid electronics (FHE) have enjoyed heightened attention in the electron- ics industry and have seen special interest and attention given by mil-aero companies. is is evidenced by June's NextFlex conference titled "Hybrid Electronics Commercialization Path for Aerospace Applications," an event at Boe- ing's Seattle facility. It is thus worth consider- ing some specific examples of FHE applications in the mil-aero environment. Lockheed Martin Australia Selected as Australian Defence Force's Strategic Partner for AIR6500 E Lockheed Martin welcomed the announce- ment by the Department of Defence on being selected as the strategic partner to steward AIR6500 Phase 1 (AIR6500-1). Jet Appeal E In 2007, Stratos Aircra set out to design and manufacture an exciting, high-flying new prod- uct, which they estimate is still at least five years away from going to market. With a hey capital investment, they are now working on their second prototype: a six-passenger, sin- gle jet engine plane that cruises at 41,000 feet, with a range of around 1,500 nautical miles, and a comfortable cabin pressured to an alti- tude of 7,600 feet. IPC Welcomes U.S. House Veteran Rich Cappetto as Senior Director of North American Government Relations E IPC welcomes Richard Cappetto, a 14-year veteran of the U.S. House of Representatives, as its new senior director for North American government relations. Northrop Grumman's B-2 Capabilities Enhance its Digital Communications E Northrop Grumman Corporation, in partner- ship with the U.S. Air Force, successfully com- pleted an integrated airborne mission transfer (IAMT) demonstration with the B-2 Spirit at Whiteman Air Force Base as part of the ongo- ing modernization efforts incorporating digi- tal engineering. NASA Selects Small Businesses for Orbital Debris, Surface Dust Tech E NASA has selected six U.S. small businesses to receive nearly $20 million in total to advance technologies to address two challenges in space exploration: orbital debris and surface dust. Boeing Partners With the World Energy Council to Advance Aerospace Energy Transitions E Boeing has become a Patron of the World Energy Council, marking the first aerospace company to partner with the organization to drive sustainable energy transitions.

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