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March 25, 2013

Headlines: March 25, 2013

Business

Boeing sets initial 787 check flight, NTSB plans forum

Boeing said it plans a two-hour flight of a company-owned 787 airliner March 25 to be followed by ground and flight certification tests of proposed changes to the 787’s lithium ion batteries in coming days.

Stop-gap spending measure funds MEADS missile defense

A stop-gap spending measure passed by Congress last week will allow Lockheed Martin and its partners in Italy and Germany to complete the last year of development of a missile defense system, averting possible termination fees and international fallout.

Textron Systems set to open new office

Providence, R.I.-based Textron Systems is set to open a new office near the Navy Yard this summer, after winning a more than $200 million contract to design and build a ship-to-shore landing craft.

 

Space

Mars spacecraft communications to be disrupted by solar conjunction in April

An unfavorable planetary alignment will force NASA’s fleet of robotic explorers to be a lot more self-sufficient next month.

Alpha Centauri Bb needs a better name

This is a mighty large universe. Somebody has got to name all the far-flung planets in it. Maybe that should be you.

 

International

Russia asks for regular U.S. missile defense consultations

Russia has asked Washington to hold regular consultations on missile defense in Europe, signaling that a shift in U.S. missile shield plans might help to resolve a row that has long strained ties.




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Northrop Grumman’s AstroMesh reflector successfully deploys for NASA’s SMAP satellite

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