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September 30, 2013

Headlines September 30, 2013

News:

Senate approves bill to pay military during shutdown -

Senate Democrats are vowing to reject House Republicans’ last-minute bid to delay ObamaCare by attaching new amendments to a must-pass spending bill. But the Senate has accepted one Republican idea – a bill that would pay the military in the event of a shutdown. The Senate easily approved the bill Sept. 30, as the government careened toward a possible shutdown.

 

Business:

Boeing Dreamliner risks certification delay on shutdown -

Boeing’s new, bigger 787 Dreamliner and other aircraft ready to be delivered to airline customers may face certification delays because of a looming U.S. government shutdown.

Lockheed Martin, Pentagon cite improved F-35 quality work since end 2012 -

Lockheed Martin has resolved many quality problems on the $392 billion F-35 fighter jet program since a troubling audit by the Pentagon inspector general’s office last year, top U.S. government and industry officials said Sept. 30.

EADS, fearing exports will be poached, offers to help core buyers -

Europe’s Airbus pledged Sept. 30 to help address financial difficulties faced by core European buyers of its A400M airlifter, as it tries to prevent some of the countries poaching its own exports by reselling aircraft they cannot afford.

Lockheed gets $7.8 billion in contracts for 71 more F-35s -

Lockheed Martin received two more production contracts worth $7.8 billion for 71 F-35 jets, the Pentagon said Sept. 27.

Northrop Grumman gets $114 million Pentagon order for drones -

Northrop Grumman receive a $114.2 million order for the last three Global Hawk Block 30 drones the Pentagon initially tried to cancel. The Department of Defense announced the deal Sept. 27.

 

Defense:

Marine Corps whistleblower faces vengeance from superiors -

The Marine Corps officer who filed a complaint against the commandant for intervening in the Taliban urination cases against eight Marines is now the target of reprisals from superiors, his attorney says.

Pentagon chief Hagel seeks deal on U.S. forces in Afghanistan -

U..S Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sept. 30 he hoped an accord on the future U.S. military presence in Afghanistan would be in place by November, despite President Hamid Karzai’s refusal to be rushed.

 

Space:

Number of alien planets confirmed beyond our solar system nears 1,000, data shows -

Just two decades after discovering the first world beyond our solar system, astronomers are closing in on alien planet No. 1,000. Four of the five main databases that catalog the discoveries of exoplanets now list more than 900 confirmed alien worlds, and two of them peg the tally at 986 as of Sept. 26. So the 1,000th exoplanet may be announced in a matter of days or weeks, depending on which list you prefer.

GOCE satellite will fall to Earth in October, ESA says -

A European satellite is facing a fiery doom next month, when it is expected to begin falling from space to end a successful mission to map Earth’s gravity. The spacecraft runs out of fuel in October, but exactly when and where it will fall to Earth isn’t yet known.

 

Technology:

Flying ‘factory, coming to space -

NASA is preparing to launch a 3-D printer into space next year, a potential game changer intended to reduce the need for astronauts to load up with every tool, spare part or supply.

 

International:

China, U.S. military ties grow as countries eye each other at sea -

China’s official People’s Daily newspaper lambasted the United States when it led the most recent RIMPAC naval drill, the Pacific Ocean military simulation held every other year. The 22-nation exercise reflected Washington’s bid the “contain the military rise of another country,” it said.

 

People:

Astronaut Scott Carpenter recovering from stroke, wife says -

Astronaut Scott Carpenter, the second American to orbit Earth, is recovering from a stroke. Patty Carpenter tells the Vail Daily her 88-year-old husband had a stroke last week and has been moved to a rehabilitation center. She hopes he will be up and around in a few weeks.

 

Viewpoint:

Airmen say Air Force is punishing evangelical Christians -

Evangelical Christian airmen at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, are facing severe threats and retribution for their religious beliefs and some personnel have been ordered to publicly express their position on gay marriage.




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