Next carrier to be named for Ford

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From Defence News.com:

Next-Gen Carrier Launch System Could Be Shelved
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A decision point is looming for the U.S. Navy's biggest shipbuilding project: whether to launch carrier aircraft using cutting-edge - but untried, over-budget and behind-schedule - electromagnetic technology, or return to heavy, bulky, maintenance-intensive steam catapult systems that offer proven reliability.
More at http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=4025167&c=SEA&s=TOP

Comment: With fabrication of the ship already begun, does it really make sense to plan for a system which is over budget, behind schedule, and may not work when a system exists which they know will work?
 
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From The Navy Times:

Report warns of launch system delay
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The Navy’s new and unproven technology for a carrier-based electromagnetic launch system will be developed and built at the same time, according to a Navy report.

That simultaneous testing and production poses the risk of delaying delivery of the Navy’s next carrier, the Gerald R. Ford, slated for commissioning in 2015.
More at http://www.navytimes.com/news/2009/07/navy_emals_report_071409w/
 
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From The Asbury Park Press:

Navy Lakehurst to test new catapult
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LAKEHURST – The Navy's next-generation electromagnetic aircraft catapult will be hurling test loads down the Lakehurst test track next month, and the project will be ready for test launching the first aircraft in summer 2010, program manager Capt. Randy Mahr said Thursday.

Navy officers and workers with the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) program gathered in wind-driven rain to celebrate completion of the first full-scale catapult, which precedes four shipboard catapults to be installed on the planned aircraft carrier USS Gerald Ford in 2015.
Two page story along with a photo of the catapult at http://www.app.com/article/20091112/NEWS03/91113021/1070/NEWS02/Navy+Lakehurst+to+test+new+catapult+
 
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From PRNewswire:

Raytheon Completes Critical Design Review for CVN 78's Dual Band Radar
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TEWKSBURY, Mass., Nov. 16, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and the U.S. Navy recently completed a critical design review (CDR) for the Dual Band Radar, which will be installed on the Navy's next-generation aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).
More at http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/raytheon-completes-critical-design-review-for-cvn-78s-dual-band-radar-70182797.html
 
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From Your Shipbuilding News:

Northrop Grumman completes detail design of Gerald R. Ford Product Model
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Northrop Grumman Corporation has completed the development of the detail design phase for the Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) in the 3-dimensional Product Model. Gerald R. Ford is being built by the Shipbuilding sector in Newport News, Va., and is the Navy's first aircraft carrier to be completely designed using a 3-dimensional Product Model.
More at http://www.yourshipbuildingnews.com/northrop+grumman+completes+detail+design+of+gerald+r.+ford+product+model_42368.html
 
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From The Register:

US Navy's plane-hurling mass driver in tech hiccup
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Radical plans by the US Navy to equip its next aircraft carrier with electromagnetic mass-drivers for launching aircraft instead of the traditional steam catapults have hit technical snags.

The so-called Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, or EMALS, is now under development in a shore-based test facility at Lakehurst naval air station in New Jersey. However, according to reports, the test mass-driver installation suffered serious damage earlier this year in a mishap blamed on a "software malfunction". Apparently the "shuttle" - which moves along the catapult track to accelerate a plane to flying speed - went the wrong way in a test shot and smashed into important equipment.
More at http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/05/12/emals_backfire/

Comment: Thomas Edison was said to have commented that he didn't have 10,000 failures, but to have found 10,000 ways which he knew didn't work. If all the press can point to is a software hiccup...even a spectacular one...I can't say as I'm especially worried about it. Problems are made to be solved. Mr. Edison understood that over a century ago.

One has to wonder why the press hasn't figured this out.
 
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From The Navy Times:

EMALS builder agrees to fixed-price deal
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A defense contractor is laying its reputation – and potentially hundreds of millions of dollars – on the line as the Navy prepares a test of critical technologies integral to future aircraft carriers.

General Atomics on July 13 took the highly unusual step of signing a $676.2 million fixed-price contract for the production of advanced arresting gear and the electromagnetic aircraft launch system, or EMALS, for the Gerald R. Ford class of aircraft carriers.
More at http://www.navytimes.com/news/2010/07/navy_emals_071910w/
 
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From Global Security.org:

Northrop Grumman Awarded $189.2 Million Contract to Continue the Design of Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)
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NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Nov. 10, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a $189.2 million cost plus fixed-fee contract modification from the U.S. Navy to continue the engineering and design effort for the nation's newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).
More at http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/news/2010/11/mil-101110-northrop-grumman01.htm
 
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From The Navy Times:

EMALS hopes for first shot before Christmas
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The first launch of an aircraft by the U.S. Navy’s new electro-magnetic launch system could take place by mid-December, an event that would mark a major step ahead for a program with its full share of critics and doubters.
More at http://www.navytimes.com/news/2010/12/navy_120810_EMALS/

Comment: As much as there is riding on the success of this new system, it has to work. It's one of those "Make it happen" sort of deals and God help those responsible if it ultimately fails.
 
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From Defence News.com:

U.S. Navy's Magnetic Launch System Success
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The U.S. Navy's new electro-magnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS) - perhaps the most critical unproven element in the first new aircraft carrier design in four decades - launched its first aircraft Dec. 18, manufacturer General Atomics has confirmed.
More at http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=5278943&c=AME&s=AIR
 
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From The International Business Times:

Orbit International Corp. (ORBT) Wins $800,000 Order for Displays From Defense Contractor
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Orbit International Corp. is an electronics manufacturer and software solutions provider for both military and non-military government applications. The company today announced that it received an order worth approximately $800,000 for displays from a leading defense contractor for the Machine Control System for the US Navy’s CVN 78 class of super aircraft carriers.
More at http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/95444/20101227/orbit-international-corp-orbt-wins-800-000-order-for-displays-from-defense-contractor.htm