Space X Successfully Launches 10 Iridium Satellites & Lands First Stage

Space X Successfully Launched 10 Iridium Satellites from one Rocket, using a “Used” Stage 1 Falcon 9 Rocket and successfully re-landed the stage 1 again on their recovery barge. A great demonstration of Space X increasing the efficiency of a satellite launch. This rocket (Stage 1) was previously flown, handled the coordination of launching 10 satellites from one launch and then recovered, yet again, the stage 1 Rocket Booster.

Giant Rocket Succesful Launch on Mars Mission

We're living in a time of historical technology changes. SpaceX made history with the successful launch of a giant rocket called the Falcon Heavy by making use of multiple technologies to serve a single purpose. It might be also good to know that Hitemco played a part in the manufacture of this monumental SpaceX achievement.

" The successful maiden flight of the Falcon Heavy restored a capability the United States lost years ago. The last time a powerful heavy-lift launch vehicle left Cape Canaveral was in 2011, when the Space Shuttle made its final flight after 30 years of ferrying astronauts back and forth from low-Earth orbit. Before that, it was the Saturn V rocket, the massive vehicle NASA used to send Apollo astronauts to the moon. " For more about this click here.

How Jet Engines Work

You see them leaving beautiful, long, icy contrails in the sky. They can be seen at a much closer distance while on the runway at the airport. Sometimes you are treated to a very close but brief look at the huge intake blades of a jet engine from the jetway window while boarding a plane. Most are content knowing that turbo-fan jet engine perform reliably while in the air. The folks at Hitemco are honored and proud to play a humble, yet, critical role to keep 'em flying. If you've ever wondered how a jet engine really works without all the engineering mumbo-jumbo, you can see it by clicking here.  

After 68 years in the aerospace industry, and having a hand in producing every single C-17 in the Air Force’s inventory, an original Rosie the Riveter got her first flight in one on Monday.

Some technologies and a ton of good deeds are sometimes hidden from view and tucked away behind a bulkhead, wing tip or under a cowling. These components, services and actions are needed for overall flight requirements, and typically elude attention and remain unacknowledged. As such, sometimes Hitemco’s role in providing critical surfaces on critical aerospace technologies for turbofan engines, rockets, and landing gear, are also usually also hidden from view, or, can be easily taken for granted. 

Into this same category falls ’ Rosie the Riveter ’ which was an honored title given to women who answered the call and contributed a critical role in the WWII, USA military manufacturing mission. It is heartening to see this acknowledgement go to group of hard working Americans whose dedication, determination and actions were crucial at a critical time in history, and the acknowledgment and award for ' Rosie the Riveter ' can be viewed here. 

How about 5x the speed of sound?

Boeing, one of Hitemco's best indirect customers, just released a new development: A new ship that can travel at speeds of up to Mach 5. That's 5 times the speed of sound.

“It’s a really hard problem to develop an aircraft that takes off and accelerates through Mach 1 all the way to Mach 5 and beyond,” said Kevin Bowcutt, Boeing’s chief scientist for hypersonics, speaking to Aerospace Daily & Defense Report. “The specific impulse of an air breathing engine goes down with increasing velocity, so you have to make the engine bigger to get to Mach 5. But doing that means a bigger inlet and a bigger nozzle, and trying to get that through Mach 1 is harder.” See more here.


10 Airplane Things You Don't Know The Purpose Of...

As technology evolves, aircraft component design and Hitemco coating processes become more and more fascinating every day. However, some everyday things that you may be amazed at are..The mysterious triangle symbol over your seat -  The flange sticking out of the wing -  The hum when you board the plane -  Tomato juice - Do you find yourself ordering a tomato juice when you’re on a plane? Opening window shades for landings and take-offs - Winglets -  Sidestick - Bleed air system -  The eye level indicator on cockpit window - The hole in your window -  

Feel free to check out this video of 10 Things Airplane Things You Don't Know The Purpose Of here.

Dramatic Helicopter Mission

Our industry isn't always all about flying to exotic locations for a vacation by commercial plane, cool new military jets, or space ships going to Mars. Hitemco also plays a part in keeping rotor craft flying, and rotor craft also share an critical part in our lives wether we know it or not.  From private, to commercial, to military platforms, in both visible and hidden missions, rotor craft effect our comfort zone decisions around the risks we take from mountain climbing to fishing. One very important Helicopter rescue mission can be seen here.

Six Times the Speed of Sound


"Engineers at Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works® are working on the successor to the SR-71 Blackbird retired in 1998. With a top speed of Mach 6, or six times the speed of sound, the SR-72 will be twice as fast as its predecessor. An optionally piloted hypersonic aircraft, the SR-72 will have long range strike and reconnaissance capabilities. Lockheed Martin announced the project in 2013, and has been working on technologies for the plane for over a decade."

Interesting article on this remarkable here

the hitemco blog: what's on our mind?


For most of our long history, to the external world we have been a pretty quiet company.   Internally, things are very loud and lively.   We solve problems.   Lots of problems.   Materials problems, automation problems, supply chain problems, IT problems, and on and on.    Our shift to a new web platform allows us to keep our site fresh and also gives us the chance to share some of our thinking with you with our new blog tab .   We will share what technical developments we are watching, industry trends, business concepts, innovative materials that might be of interest, what we are working on, notable things that our customers or partners are involved in, and occasional random stuff we just think is cool, amusing, or important.

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Before we share more of our thinking we thought you might enjoy this great video from Derek Mueller (Veritasium) called "The Science of Thinking".   You can watch it here.