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Boeing expands its aerospace business in Africa

Boeing expands its aerospace business in Africa

US-based aerospace and defence company Boeing International will open up two new offices in Johannesburg, South Africa and Nairobi, Kenya, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.  

The Johannesburg office will be headed by Joao Miguel Santos, Boeing’s managing director for sub-Saharan Africa, while Chamsou Andjorin, the company’s director of government affairs and market development, will be based in the Nairobi office.

The aerospace giant has been looking to expand its businesses in Africa through investments in biofuels, training and manufacturing. Boeing already has a presence in the two African nations, but the additional two operations will aid in meeting aircraft demand in Africa, with an estimated 1,150 new aeroplanes required on the continent by 2035, according to Santos.

“Africa is not new territory for Boeing,” he said. “Since the introduction of the jet airplane, Boeing aircraft have formed the backbone of the continent’s commercial fleet and Boeing continues to be one of the largest U.S.-based companies doing business on the continent.”

“The aerospace industry needs to start paying closer attention to Africa, because this continent is clearly on the move economically and all the trends are pointing in the right direction for the expansion of the sector. Our job is to be ahead in understanding these emerging trends and opportunities,” Santos added.

Boeing’s most recent Current Market Outlook report forecasts that air traffic to and from Africa is expected to grow by about 6.1% annually over the next 18 years. The company hopes to invest around $170bn over the corresponding period.

Boeing’s investment comes at a difficult period for the aviation sector in Africa. Some international airlines have suspended flights to a few African countries because of an inability to repatriate their profits held in foreign currency. Meanwhile, both domestic and international airlines have blamed the lack of a coherent and liberalised airline market in Africa for stifling growth and ensuring flight prices remain above global averages. 

Taku Dzimwasha

  • greggoble

    Defense Intelligence Agency report, in regards to cold fusion stating, “….LENR power sources could produce the greatest transformation of the battlefield for U.S. forces since the transition from horsepower to gasoline power.”

    Also the LENR Boeing 747 being developed since 2011 through NASA, yet the NASA LENR disclosure was not until last year.

    Cold Fusion LENR Powered Boeing 747

    May 2012 NASA Contract NNL08AA16B – NNL11AA00T – Subsonic Ultra Green Aircraft Research – Phase II N+4 Advanced Concept Development

    “Even though we do not know the specific cost of the LENR itself, we assumed a cost of jet fuel at $4/gallon and weight based aircraft cost. We were able to calculate cost per mile for the LENR equipped aircraft compared to a conventional aircraft (Figure 3.2). Looking at the plots, one could select a point where the projected cost per mile is 33% less than a conventionally powered aircraft.”

    3.0 LENR Requirements Analysis …pg 24

    Figure 3.1 – Potential Heat Engines for LENR Systems 25

    Figure 3.2 – Parametric LENR and Heat Engine Performance Parameters ……………….pg 25

    6.2.3 Low Energy Nuclear Reactor Technologies ……pg 82

    Table 6.3 – LENR Technologies Success Criteria …….pg 86

    Also pgs 15, 18, 19, 20, and 21.

    These are the 39 folks who have been involved in this since May, 2011

    Bradley, Marty (Boeing)

    Daggett, David (Boeing)

    Droney, Christopher(Boeing)

    Hoisington, Zachary (Boeing)

    Kirby, Michelle (GT)

    Murrow, Kurt (GE)

    Ran, Hongjun (GT)

    Nam, Teawoo (GT)

    Tai, Jimmy (GT)

    Hammel, Jeff (GE)

    Perullo, Chris (GT)

    Guynn, Mark (NASA)

    Olson, Erik (NASA)

    Leavitt, Larry (NASA)

    Allen, Timothy (Boeing)

    Cotes, Dwaine (Boeing)

    Guo, Yueping (Boeing)

    Foist, Brian (Boeing)

    Rawdon, Blaine (Boeing)

    Wakayama, Sean (Boeing)

    Dallara, Emily (Boeing)

    Kowalski, Ed (Boeing)

    Wat, Joe (Boeing)

    Robbana, Ismail (Boeing)

    Barmichev, Sergey (Boeing)

    Fink, Larry (Boeing)

    Sankrithi, Mithra (Boeing)

    White, Edward (Boeing)

    Gowda, Srini (GE)

    Brown, Gerald (NASA)

    Wahls, Richard (NASA)

    Wells, Doug (NASA)

    Jeffries, Rhett (FAA)

    Felder, James (NASA)

    Schetz, Joe (VT)

    Burley, Casey (NASA)

    Sequiera, Christopher (FAA)

    Martin, John (NASA)

    Kapania, Rakesh (VT)

    Also the Genie reactor technology out of SPAWAR, two patents filed in Europe, and the U.S. in 2009 and 2007. This important LENR technology still has not been presented by them to the scientific community, or the people of the U.S., nor to the nuclear commissions of the world who are struggling with spent fuel issues. Publication of these patents was delayed till 2013, leading me to believe that they were ‘classified’.

    System and Method for Generating Particles – US8419919 B1

    United States Navy Patent Cold Fusion LENR Energy

    Publication number – US8419919 B1

    Publication type – Grant

    Application number – 11/859,499

    Publication date – Apr 16, 2013

    Filing date – Sep 21, 2007

    Inventors; Pamela A. Boss, Frank E. Gordon, Stanislaw Szpak, Lawrence Parker Galloway Forsley

    and this “sister” patent

    The Genie Reactor Patent

    Global Energy Corporation

    “We’re generation five,” Dr. Khim told the Variety during an exclusive interview, “and first of all this is a brand new concept.” He said safety is the first consideration, and that cannot be ensured by building higher walls around reactors, as Japan saw last year with Fukushima.

    “You have to change the basic science of nuclear power,” Khim explained. “We’ve been working with the U.S. Navy for about 22 years and the basic science phase is now over. Now we’re going into commercial development, which the Navy is not going to do.” But Khim says the science has been repeatedly duplicated by the Navy, and has been proven, recognized and published.

    Officials of the Navy on Guam, including Capt. John V. Heckmann Jr., CO of Naval Facilities and a professional engineer, attended the GEC briefing.

    The GEC board of directors, Khim says, includes some well-known Washington D.C. Players, including former Secretary of Defense Frank Carlucci, former Congressman and Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, and former U.S. Congressman Tom Davis, among others.”

    To top it all off, we have Space Works developing LENR powered spaceplanes, under a NASA contract in 2009.

    Seems Langley has had LENR energy long before announcing. Bushnell announced it last year.

    Advanced Propulsion System Concept Studies

    Customer: NASA LaRC

    Duration: 6 months

    Date: 2009-2010

    SpaceWorks conducted separate vehicle design studies evaluating the potential impact of two advanced propulsion system concepts under consideration by NASA Langley Research Center:

    • The first concept was an expendable multistage rocket vehicle which utilized an advanced Air-Augmented Rocket (AAR) engine. The effect of various rocket thrust augmentation ratios were identified the resulting vehicle design where compared against a traditional expendable rocket concept

    • The second concept leverage Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR), a new form of energy generation being studied at NASA LaRC, to determine how to utilize an LENR-based propulsion system for space access. For this activity, two LENR-based rocket engine propulsion performance models where developed jointly by SpaceWorks and LaRC personnel.

    Here are the links:

    Defense Intelligence Agency

    LENR 747

    US Patent – SPAWAR

    Genie Reactor Patent

    Space Works

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