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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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Lockheed Martin photograph

Lockheed Martin successfully tests design changes for Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system

Lockheed Martin photograph A protective panel for Orion’s service module is jettisoned during testing at Lockheed Martin’s Sunnyvale, California facility. This test series evaluated design changes to the spacecraft’s fair...
 

 

Australian company to provide parts for initial production of Triton UAS

Northrop Grumman has awarded the first Australian supplier contract for the U.S. Navy’s MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system initial production lot to Ferra Engineering. Brisbane-based Ferra Engineering will manufacture mechanical sub-assemblies for the first four Triton air vehicles including structural components. “At Northrop Grumman it’s very important to not only develop...
 
 
Boeing photograph

CH-46 ‘Phrog’ makes its last hop

Boeing photograph The CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter commonly known as the “Phrog,” is set to retire and to be flown one last time by Reserve Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 774 on Aug. 1. The CH-46 Sea Knight is a med...
 
 

Insitu awarded LRIP Lot IV RQ-21A Blackjack Systems contract

Under the terms of its latest contract, Insitu will build six RQ-21A Blackjack systems for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The $78-million Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems Lot IV Low Rate Initial Production contract is the latest event in the program’s progression toward the Initial Operational Test and Evaluation phase.   “This award will...
 




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