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June 10, 2013

Headlines June 10, 2013

News

Growing concern over U.S. military components made in China

The Pentagon is becoming increasingly worried about relying on military components that are made in China.

Business

U.S. clears GenCorps, Rocketdyne deal after DOD request

Aerospace company GenCorp Inc. has been given U.S. antitrust approval to buy rocket engine manufacturer Rocketdyne at the request of the Defense Department, the Federal Trade Commission said June 10.

Plane wars: the battle to rule long-haul travel

The battle between Airbus and Boeing over their next-generation of long-haul jets is heating up, with a string of major airlines flagging plans last week to place multi-billion dollar orders.

Defense

Pentagon green energy award tops $19 billion in May contracts

The Pentagon bucked the automatic budget-cutting trend last month by going green. The U.S. Defense Department kicked off a renewable energy program with a contract that may reach $7 billion as the Obama administration seeks to curb the militaryís fossil-fuel use.

Space

China’s Latest Manned Space Mission to Launch June 11

China will launch its next manned space flight June 11, carrying three astronauts on a 15-day mission to an experimental space lab, the National Space Administration said, in the latest step towards the development of a space station.

Mars rover finds first signs that water suitable for drinking once flowed on the surface of the red planet

Powerful evidence that water good enough to drink once flowed on Mars has been found by one of NASAís aging rover vehicles. Evidence of water of Mars has been indicated by a succession of discoveries on Mars but until now they have all suggested flows of sulphuric acid. This is the first time water has been found in a form that is likely to be drinkable.

Alien-hunting $1 billion telescope could be ready in just 5 years

Astronomers believe that the best way of finding extraterrestrial life could be to look for the heat that other civilizations produce using a mega telescope. And such a device has already been planned.

International

United Kingdom: Philip Hammond: we will cut millions from defense deals

A new independent watchdog will be established to ensure that the taxpayer receives value for money from sensitive defense contracts which are currently not put out to tender.

Technology

Planes powered by cows, floating luggage and battery-powered aircraft: Just some of the aviation ideas dreamt up by engineers of the future

Planes powered by cow flatulence, luggage that floats on air and planes that harness passenger body heat could all one day be a possibility – if the engineers of tomorrow get their way.† These are some of the shortlisted entries of the global Airbus’ Fly Your Ideas competition – created to find eco-efficient ways that aviators can develop their fleets of planes in the future.




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Headlines August 1, 2014

News: Military downsizing leaves U.S. too weak to counter global threats, panel finds - An independent panel appointed by the Pentagon and Congress said July 31 that President Obama’s strategy for sizing the armed services is too weak for today’s global threats. Defense industry funds flow to contenders for key House chairmanships - Four of the top...
 
 

News Briefs August 1, 2014

China allows foreign reporters at news conference Foreign reporters are being allowed to attend China’s Defense Ministry briefings for the first time, marking a small milestone in the increasingly confident Chinese military’s efforts to project a more transparent image. Restrictions still apply and there is no sign of an improvement in the generally paltry amount...
 
 
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Rapid Equipping Force, PEO Soldier test targeting device at White Sands Missile Range

Army photograph by John Andrew Hamilton SFC Justin Rotti, a combat developer from the Training and Doctrine Command Fire Cell, Fires Center of Excellence, uses a developmental hand held precision targeting device during a test ...
 

 

NASA awards modification for geophysics, geodynamics, space geodesy support contract

NASA has awarded a modification to Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies Inc. of Greenbelt, Md. to continuing working the the Geophysics, Geodynamics and Space Geodesy Support Services contract. The maximum ordering value of the GGSG contract will increase to $76.8 million. The previous amount was $49.5 million. The increase in the maximum ordering value of the contract...
 
 
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Boeing, All Nippon Airways finalize order for 40 wide-body airplanes

  Boeing and All Nippon Airways July 31 finalized an order for 40 widebody airplanes – 20 777-9Xs, 14 787-9 Dreamliners and six 777-300ERs (Extended Range) – as part of the airline’s strategic long-haul fleet ren...
 
 

Excalibur Ib enters full rate production, receives $52 million award

TUCSON, Ariz., July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Raytheon’s Excalibur Ib precision guided projectile has entered full rate production. U.S. Army approval of FRP completes Excalibur Ib’s low rate initial production phase. †Additionally, the U.S. Army has awarded Raytheon $52 million for continued Excalibur Ib production. “The full rate production decision is the culmination ...
 




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