Forecast International Introduces Dynamic New PowerWeb Site at PowerGen

by Edward Nebinger, Forecast International.

Powerweb ad blockAt PennWell’s PowerGen show, Forecast International introduced a new and singularly unique website. The new site,, reports on and provides forecasts for all aspects of the world’s power and energy markets, with particular emphasis on gas & steam turbines, which have been a forte of the company for many years. Forecast International pioneered the development of the world’s first gas turbine forecast over 40 years ago and has since expanded its coverage to include power generation at all levels, combined-cycle (gas and steam) installations, mechanical drives for pipeline and other applications, and marine gas turbines, which are largely used for propulsion of naval surface warships. For aviation markets, FI tracks gas turbine power systems in five distinct market segments.

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Russia Steps Up Its Syria Game

By Derek Bisaccio, Eurasia Analyst, Forecast International.

Russian Mi-8 search-and-rescue helicopter, burning after being hit by a TOW missile on November 24, 2015.  The helicopter crew was looking for Su-24M pilots.

Russian Mi-8 search-and-rescue helicopter, burning after being hit by a TOW missile on November 24, 2015.  The helicopter crew was looking for Su-24M pilots.

In the early hours of November 24, two Turkish F-16s shot down a Russian Su-24M that, according to Turkish authorities, had crossed into Turkish airspace. The action, described by Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “stab in the back,”[i] drew immediate condemnation from Russia, which claimed that the aircraft had never left Syrian airspace. One of the pilots was later rescued, but one was killed after being fired upon while in the air by Turkmen rebel fighters in Syria. A search-and-rescue helicopter was forced to land after taking ground fire and was later destroyed by a TOW missile fired by a rebel group called the First Coastal Division. Continue reading

With Passage of U.S. Law Legalizing Resource Ownership, Can the Space Mining Industry Succeed?

By Bill Ostrove, Space Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

Asteroid mining.

Asteroid mining.

On November 25, President Barack Obama officially signed into law the Spurring Private Aerospace Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship Act of 2015 (SPACE Act of 2015, or H.R. 2262). The act addresses a number of commercial space issues, including commercial launch regulations, remote sensing licenses, and bureaucratic structures. Importantly, the bill delays the implementation of new regulations on the commercial launch industry until 2025.[i] Continue reading

$390 Million C3 Technology Program Transforming How Info Is Sent to the Battlefield

by Greg Giaquinto, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

The U.S. Army is planning to spend more than $390 million over the next decade on its C3 Technology program.  This focus of this program is on improving the Army’s ability to transport information to the battlefield.  Specifically, this R&D program explores communications technologies, command and control technologies, electronics components and sub-components, and software that can provide the Army with enhanced capabilities for secure, mobile, networked communications, and assured information delivery.  Continue reading

USAF’s JSTARS Recap Program Takes a Step Forward

by C. Zachary Hofer, Electronics Analyst, Forecast International.

Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System Recapitalization (JSTARS Recap) program underway.

Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System Recapitalization (JSTARS Recap) program underway.

Another step in the ongoing saga that is the U.S. Air Force’s Joint STARS Recapitalization program has taken place. On November 19, the Air Force released its latest risk-reduction sources-sought notification, encapsulating work related to the airborne battle management command-and-control platform’s radar subsystem. Specifically, the sources-sought notification seeks a contractor to reduce technical and integration risk for the final radar system. The assessment will be used to build the radar subsystem for the JSTARS Recap test aircraft, increase the manufacturing readiness level, and reduce risk associated with delivery of the first radar test article. Continue reading