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S.D. Continues Its Air Superiority in Unmanned Aircraft

Aerospace is in San Diego’s DNA. A local group built Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis. In more recent years, the community has developed a capability in unmanned aircraft.

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General Atomics Awarded Contract to Sell Oil Refinery Technology to South Korea

General Atomics’ Electromagnetic Systems unit said it received a contract to supply heavy equipment to a South Korean oil refinery.

Northrop Grumman Receives $55.3M Air Force Contract

The U.S. Air Force recently awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a $55.3 million, one-year contract modification to operate what one can simplistically call an internet server on a business jet that flies over a battlefield. Work will be split between San Diego and international locations.

Sharp Grossmont Hospital Takes Big Step in Energy Independence

Sharp Grossmont Hospital is operating independently of the state power grid following completion of a taxpayer-funded energy plant.

USD Appoints Director of University’s Center for Peace and Commerce.

An assistant professor of operations management at the University of San Diego’s School of Business has been appointed director of the university’s Center for Peace and Commerce.

ViaSat, Boeing Begin Design of ViaSat-3 Satellites in Earnest

ViaSat Inc. said its first two ViaSat-3 satellites have completed their first important step toward production and launch — a stage in the process called preliminary design review.

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San Diego Brewers Guild Launches New Website

The San Diego Brewers Guild, which promotes the region’s breweries and related companies, has launched a new website, SDbeer.com, streaming craft beer content for a general audience in addition to its members.

NASSCO Has Record Year on Ship Delivery

General Dynamics NASSCO said on Dec. 16 that it delivered a record six ships in 2016.

Port Commissioners OK Plan for 10th Avenue Marine Terminal

Port commissioners approved a plan to modernize the San Diego waterfront’s 10th Avenue Marine Terminal beginning in the summer.

Chula Vista Distributor Acquired by New York Competitor

Plastics & Metals Enterprises, a Chula Vista-based provider of plastic and metal sheets, tubes and rods that does business as Cal Plastics and Metals Inc., has been acquired by a large competitor based in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Part of Helmet Work Heads to San Diego

TopOwl — a high-tech helmet display worn by U.S. Marine Corps aviators — is getting some support under a recently awarded defense contract.

LRAD Corp. Records Net Loss of $1.3M

LRAD Corp., which makes a unique sort of loudspeaker for militaries and governments, reported a net loss of $1.3 million, or 4 cents per share, on revenue of $16.4 million in its 2016 fiscal year, which ended on Sept. 30.

Noble Americas Energy Solutions Acquired By Texas-Based Company

Power plant operator Calpine Corp. has acquired San Diego-based Noble Americas Energy Solutions LLC, one of the nation’s leading energy retailers.

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Otonomy Inc. Names New Chief Scientific Officer

San Diego drugmaker Otonomy Inc. is bringing on a new chief scientific officer with the appointment of Kathie M. Bishop.

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From the Air, Drones Break New Ground Working for SDG&E

UTILITY: Craft’s Current Reconnaissance Role Expected to Expand

Until unmanned aircraft came along, a typical workday at San Diego Gas & Electric Co. might involve driving to a rural area, setting up traffic control, hiking up a rattlesnake-infested hill, then climbing a tall pole outfitted with high-voltage equipment — all to inspect a single site.