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May 10, 2013

Headlines May 10, 2013

Business

Boeing aims to keep building F/A-18 jets through 2020

Boeing could keep building its Super Hornet fighter jet and a modified electronic attack version through 2020, the company said, given prospects for over 200 foreign sales and what it sees as up to 150 more sales to the U.S. Navy.

Bombardier says CSeries on track; revenue jumps

Bombardier Inc. said its CSeries jetliner was on track to make its first lfight in June, and the world’s No. 4 commercial aircraft maker reported a 25 percent jump in first-quarter revenue on robust growth at its aerospace unit.

Blackstone hires former Boeing executive to boost aerospace team

Blackstone Group LP hired former senior Boeing executive Jim Albaugh to boost the firm’s private equity activities in the aerospace and defense sector.

BAE says EADS deal was ‘window of opportunity’ that’ s now closed

BAE Systems Chairman Dick Olver said the attempted merger with European Aeronautics, Defence and Space Co. last year came at a moment that wont’ return anytime soon, as the company resumes its focus on bolt-on purchases.

Companies say decades-old national-security policies hurt sales

Rob Smith’s Pennsylvania company, Acutec Precision Machining Inc., makes inch-long fasteners that are used in the wings of airplanes. In 2006 he tried selling them abroad for the first time.

 

Defense

Navy $37 billion ships seen unsuitable have two-year window

The U.S. Navy has two years to convince critics, from lawmakers to some in its own ranks, that its troubled $37 billion Littoral Combat Ship program is worth continuing beyond the 24 vessels already under contract.

 

Veterans

Prince Harry pays respects at Arlington National Cemetery

After a whirlwind first day in the nation’s capital that included a visit to Capitol Hill, The White House and the British Ambassador’s residence, Prince Harry was up bright and early and in uniform for a somber visit to Arlington National Cemetery.

Harry’s tribute to America’s fallen

Prince Harry has paid his respects to the country’s fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery – a somber visit that comes in stark contrast to the hysteria on his arrival in the United States May 9.

 

Space

Leak in space station’s radiator may require emergency spacewalk, NASA says

An emergency spacewalk may be in the cards for the six residents of the International Space Station, a NASA spokesman told FoxNews.com, to resolve a radiator leaking small white flakes of ammonia into the cold reach of space.

Most powerful star explosion ever seen

Two NASA space telescopes have captured what appears to be the most powerful star explosion ever detected, a cosmic event so luminous that scientists dubbed it “eye-wateringly bright” despite being 3.6 billion light-years from Earth.

 

International

United Kingdom: Soldiers’ jobs spared by redundancy volunteers

Thousands of soldiers are waiting to hear if they have lost their jobs as part of cuts to bring the regular Army down to 82,000 troops by 2020. Military chiefs announced in January that they would make 5,300 job cuts over the next year in the biggest tranche of job losses to hit the Army since the 1990s.

United Kingdom: Aircraft carrier ‘omnishambles’ wastes £100 million

The National Audit Office said that the decision to delay spending on a new radar system named Crowsnest will mean that any new aircraft carrier will not be fully operational until 2022, two years later than promised.

Australia reaches helicopter fix with Eurocopter

Australia’s military has reached agreement with Eurocopter’s local subsidiary to fix problems with its MRH-90 transport helicopter that could see the troubled aircraft cleared later this year, the government said May 9.

 

Viewpoint

The sequester is here to stay — now the military needs to get to work

by Mackenzie Eaglen, Fox News

The sequester has been law for almost two years. But the Pentagon’s delayed planning for implementing it has now made it easier for Congress to keep massive defense cuts on the books.




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

The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory successfully deployed the mesh reflector and boom aboard the Soil Moisture Active Passive spacecraft, a key milestone on its mission to provide global measurements of soil moisture. Launched Jan. 31, SMAP represents the future of Earth Science by helping researchers better understand our planet. SMAP’s unmatched data capabilities are enabled...
 
 

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NASA photograph by Brian Tietz

NASA offers space tech grants to early career university faculty

NASA photograph by Brian Tietz Tensegrity research is able to simulate multiple forms of locomotion. In this image, a prototype tensegrity robot reproduces forward crawling motion. NASA’s Space Technology Mission Director...
 

 
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USS Fort Worth conducts CUES with Chinese Navy

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) practiced the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) with the People’s Liberation Army-Navy Jiangkai II frigate Hengshui (FFG 572) Feb. 23 enhancing the professional ma...
 
 

AEGIS tracks, simulates engagement of three short-range ballistic missiles

The Missile Defense Agency and sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyers USS Carney (DDG 64), USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), and USS Barry (DDG 52) successfully completed a flight test involving the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense weapon system. At approximately 2:30 a.m., EST, Feb. 26, three short-range ballistic missile targets were launched near simultaneously from NASA’s Wallops...
 
 

DOD seeks novel ideas to shape its technological future

The Defense Department is seeking novel ideas to shape its future, and officials are looking to industry, small business, academia, start-ups, the public – anyone, really – to boost its ability to prevail against adversaries whose access to technology grows daily. The program, called the Long-Range Research and Development Plan, or LRRDP, began with an...
 




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