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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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Headlines April 23, 2014

News: U.S. conducts spy flights over Russia - After a tit-for-tat series of delays, the United States conducted an Open Skies Treaty intelligence flight over Russian territory April 21, a State Department official said.  Army paratroopers heading to Poland after Russian annexation of Crimea - U.S. Army paratroopers are arriving in Poland to begin a series of...
 
 

News Briefs April 23, 2014

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,177 As of April 22, 2014, at least 2,177 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. The AP count is one less than the Defense Department’s tally. At least...
 
 

Australia lifts F-35 order from 14 to 72 fighters

Australia announced April 23 that it had increased its order for F-35 Joint Strike Fighters by 58 to 72 to be fully operational by 2023 in a declaration of confidence in the troubled stealth war plane. The government expects the additional 58 U.S. jets, developed by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., will cost 12.4 billion Australian...
 

 

Textron eliminating 750 Cessna, Beechcraft jobs

Just over a month after buying Beechcraft for $1.4 billion, Textron announced 750 job cuts at that company and at its Cessna division. The layoffs will occur over the next 60 days. Both aircraft makers are based in Wichita, Kansas, and Textron says about 575 of the affected jobs are based in Kansas. Management and...
 
 

Headlines April 21, 2014

News: Former Ranger breaks silence on Pat Tillman death: I may have killed him - Almost 10 years after the friendly fire death of former NFL star turned Army Ranger Pat Tillman, a fellow ranger admits that he may have been the one who fired the fatal shot.   Business: Ship study should favor existing designs -...
 
 

News Briefs April 21, 2014

Navy OKs changes for submariners’ sleep schedules The U.S. Navy has endorsed changes to submarine sailors’ schedules based on research into sleep patterns by a military laboratory in Connecticut. With no sunlight to set day apart from night on a submarine, the Navy for decades has staggered sailors’ working hours on schedules with little resemblance...
 




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