Posts for category ‘High Tech’

Mayor responds to SBX announcement
denisegl | October 8, 2010 | 12:15 pm

US Rep. Rick Larsen announced today that the Missile Defense Agency’s Sea-Based X-Band Radar (SBX) will undergo maintenance on its propulsion systems at Todd Pacific Shipyards in Seattle.  Naval Station Everett had been consideration as a potential site. Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson released the following statement.”We recognize that the SBX is vital to our national security,” Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson said. “This limited maintenance, now planned for Puget Sound, will provide some needed economic benefits to the region in the coming months.   As one of the sites considered for the maintenance work, I appreciated the community outreach efforts of the Navy and Missile Defense Agency here last summer.   Neighbors and community groups were well briefed and afforded ample opportunities to comment on the proposal.” For more information on SBX see

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Boeing Assembles First 747-8 Intercontinental Forward Fuselage
denisegl | September 15, 2010 | 8:14 am

Boeing (NYSE: BA) achieved another significant milestone for the first 747-8 Intercontinental Sunday night with the assembly of the airplane’s forward fuselage. The 89-foot, 2-inch (27.2 meters) fuselage section, featuring the airplane’s signature upper deck, was moved from the assembly tool for sealing and testing before beginning systems installation. The 747-8 features a stretched fuselage compared to that of the 747-400. It is 18 feet, 4 inches (5.6 meters) longer than its predecessor. Much of the stretch — 13 feet, 4 inches (4.1 meters) — is located in the forward fuselage. The remaining additional 5 feet (1.5 meters) are located aft of the wing. The 747-8’s stretched fuselage provides for 51 additional seats to accommodate 467 passengers in a typical three-class configuration and 26 percent more cargo volume. The Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental is the new, high-capacity 747 that offers the lowest operating costs and best economics of any large passenger airplane, while providing enhanced environmental performance.

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