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September 18, 2013

Headlines September 18, 2013

News:

F-35 tires wear out too soon, Pentagon finds -

Tires that wear out too soon are adding to the trouble’s facing Lockheed Martin’s F-35, the Pentagon’s costliest weapons system.

 

Business:

Lockheed payments held by U.S. increase to $195 million -

The U.S. Defense Department has withheld $195 million in payments from Lockheed Martin because of flaws in the company’s system of tracking costs and schedules for F-35 jet contracts.

Boeing stock rises as bigger 787 prepares for takeoff -

As Boeing prepares to fly the first of its bigger 787 Dreamliners, Chief Executive Officer Jim McNerney is plotting production of the marquee jet at a faster pace as he gains confidence it has overcome a troubled past.

Affordability is biggest research, development focus for arms industry executives -

The single biggest driver for research and development in the U.S. arms industry is not a hot area like unmanned weapons, cyberspace or surveillance but the need to make systems affordable, executives and defense officials say.

 

Defense:

DOD needs ISR fleet for contested environments -

The Pentagon needs to move away from Predator and Reaper unmanned systems and establish a fleet of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft that can handle contested environments, a top Air Force general said Sept. 17.

F-35 costs drop as technical challenges lessen, officials say -

The F-35 is no longer a trillion-dollar program and costs are likely to continue to drop, officials for the Joint Strike Fighter program said Sept. 17.

ACC chief: A-10 fleet a likely target of budget cuts -

The A-10 will likely see its last flight sooner than planned if sequestration continues, the chief of Air Combat Command said Sept. 17. The Air Force will be forced to look at cutting single-mission aircraft under continuing budget cuts because more savings will be realized by ending the full weapon system, including infrastructure and training, as opposed to cutting just squadrons.

 

Veterans:

Vet charity officials must resign, pay hefty restitution -

Leaders of the charity Help Hospitalized Veterans will pay back to the charity $2.5 million in restitution and $1 million in legal fees under a settlement reached with the California attorney general.

 

Space:

A blue dot in a cosmic ocean -

This incredible photo shows radio signals glowing blue from the spacecraft Voyager 1 nearly 12 billion miles away. Scientists can’t actually see the spacecraft but they can detect its radio light. They used the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) a network of powerful radio telescopes to pick up the signal which looks like a blue speck.

Iran to send Persian cat into space as it ramps up plans for first human astronaut by 2018 -

As Iran steps up its space program with plans to send a human into space by 2018, the country has been using animals as test astronauts and may now turn to the distinctive, and locally named, Persian cat.

 

Technology:

Could we live in underground caves on Mars? -

Martian bases could be built on the red planet by robots excavating underground caves, a group of German architects has claimed.

 

International:

Dutch government says it will purchase 37 F-35 fighter planes -

The Netherlands said it will buy 37 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter planes and may order more if funds become available, a decision that should end years of political wrangling over ballooning costs and delays.




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Headlines October 20, 2014

News: Navy grounds ‘Top Guns’ - The F/A-18s needs spare parts and in too many cases they’re being taken from brand new jets. This is a risk to national security and pilots’ lives.   Business: Boeing seeks revised schedule for U.S. aerial tanker - Boeing is revising its master schedule for developing the new U.S. Air Force...
 
 

News Briefs October 20, 2014

New military medical team to help with Ebola in U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the military to prepare and train a 30-member medical support team that could provide short-term help to civilian health professionals if there are more Ebola cases in the United States. His spokesman, Rear Adm. John Kirby, says the team...
 
 

Dragon ‘fires up’ for flight

The Air Force and NATO are undergoing a cooperative development effort to upgrade the avionics and cockpit displays of AWACS aircraft belonging to the 552nd Air Control Wing at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., and the NATO E-3 Sentrys from Geilenkirchen, Germany. The Diminishing Manufacturing Sources Replacement of Avionics for Global Operations and Navigation, otherwise...
 

 
Boeing photographs

Boeing-built X-37B successfully completes third flight

Unmanned spacecraft concludes record-setting 674-day mission   Boeing photograph A third mission of the Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle was completed on Oct. 17, 2014, when it landed and was recovered at Vandenberg...
 
 

Boeing concludes commercial crew space act agreement for CST-100/Atlas V

Boeing has successfully completed the final milestone of its Commercial Crew Integrated Capability Space Act Agreement with NASA. The work and testing completed under the agreement resulted in significant maturation of Boeing’s crew transportation system, including the CST-100 spacecraft and Atlas V rocket. NASA in July approved the Critical Design Review Board milestone for Boeing’...
 
 

AF to release small business research solicitations

The Air Force Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer program office is set to release its fiscal year 2015 list of topics Oct. 22, on the SBIR/STTR website.  Small businesses and research institutions with expertise to address the topics’ technology challenges are encouraged to submit proposals. During 2014, the Defense Department SBIR...
 




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