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October 17, 2013

News Briefs: October 17, 2013

Delegation lobbies for Alaska base for F-35s

Alaska’s congressional delegation is lobbying Air Force leaders to base the F-35s at Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks.

U.S. Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski, along with Rep. Don Young, sent a letter to Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning and Air Force Chief of Staff Mark Walsh touting the value and strategic location of Eielson.

Once destined for part-time status, the Air Force earlier this month decided to keep an F-16 squadron at Eielson and not move it to an Anchorage base.

The delegation says in a release that the Air Force plans to release an initial candidate base for the F-35s in late November and a preferred list by February. AP

Myanmar army seeks first female applicants

For the first time in Myanmar’s history, the Ministry of Defense is inviting women to join the army.
An advertisement in the Myanmar Ahlin newspaper says the new cadets must be single, at least 5 feet, 3 inches tall, between 25 and 30 years of age, and weigh no more than 130 pounds.

Though they won’t be called on to fight, the ad said successful candidates would be offered commissioned posts, starting as second lieutenants.

Myanmar’s army once enjoyed widespread popularity for fighting for independence from British colonial rule, but support plummeted following military coups in 1962 and 1988.

The invitation to women follows the installation two years ago of a nominally civilian government.
In the past, women could be army nurses, but that was it. AP

European Space Agency aims to print spacecraft parts using new technology

The European Space Agency says it has developed a technology that allows metal parts for spacecraft and nuclear reactors to be ìprintedî as a single piece.

In recent years three-dimensional printing has become commonplace in manufacturing. But so far this method has largely been limited to making plastic objects.

ESA says its metal-printing technology can be used to create more complex shapes than with traditional techniques and leaves almost no waste material.

The Paris-based space agency presented several sample objects capable of withstanding temperatures of up to 1,000 degrees Celsius (1,832 Fahrenheit) at an event in London on Tuesday.

It aims to make the parts even more durable in the coming years. AP




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