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December 2, 2013

Headlines December 2, 2013

News

U.S. sends submarine-hunting jets to East China Sea post

U.S. military authorities dispatched the first of six top-tech submarine-hunting jets to its Okinawa post near the disputed East China Sea, a move sure to ratchet up tensions among China and the United States.

 

Business

Bombardier talking to China Express about CSeries order

Bombardier is talking to China Express Airlines about a possible order for the CSeries jetliner after selling it CRJ regional jets, said the head of the Montreal-based company’s aerospace unit.

Lockheed says Pentagon recertifies cost-tracking system

The Pentagon has recertified a cost tracking system used by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, ending the withholding of progress payments imposed in 2010 after the government identified problems with the system, Lockheed Martin said.

ThyssenKrupp wins submarine order from Singap0re

Germany’s Thyssenkrupp said Dec. 2 it had won an order from Singapore for two customized submarines to be built at its Marine Systems unit in the northern German city of Kiel.

 

Defense

Pentagon to continue defiance of China’s claimed air defense zone

The Pentagon said Nov. 29 it will continue to operate in an air zone over the East China Sea that China recently declared as under its control.

New defense cuts may force Hagel’s hand

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who has kept a relatively low profile at the Pentagon since his appointment nine months ago, is facing what some sources close to him say could be his biggest challenge as he prepares to confront a new round of defense cuts, according to a report in Politico Magazine.

U.S. to play role in offshore destruction of Syria’s chemical weapon

The United States is offering to help destroy some of the most lethal elements of Syria’s chemical-weapons stockpile, the international watchdog group helping lead that effort said this weekend.

 

Space

China launches lunar probe carrying ‘Jade Rabbit’ moon buggy

China launched its first ever extraterrestrial landing craft into orbit en route for the moon in the small hours of Dec. 2, in a major milestone for its space program.

Mystery of Jupiter’s great red spot may have been solved at last

The mystery of why Jupiter’s Great Red Spot did not vanish centuries ago may now be solved, and the findings could help reveal more clues about the vortices in Earth’s oceans and the nurseries of stars and planets, researchers say.

Life on dying planets?

If life does exist anywhere else in the universe, it may only be fleeting. Now scientists are researching how signs of life might look on dying planets.

India’s Mars mission enters second stage

India’s first mission to Mars left Earth’s orbit early Nov. 30, clearing a critical hurdle on its way to the red planet and overtaking the efforts of space rival Asian Giant China.

 

International

U.S. air carriers should comply with China’s defense zone demands

The State Department is advising U.S. air carriers abroad to comply with China’s demand that it be told of any flights passing through its new maritime air defense zone over the East China Sea.




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Headlines April 18, 2014

Business: Lockheed to Lose 17 F-35s Under Automatic Pentagon Cuts - Pentagon will cut 17 of the 343 F-35 fighters it planned to buy from Lockheed Martin in fiscal 2016 through 2019 unless Congress repeals automatic budget cuts, according to a new Defense Department report. DOD looking for ways not to break MH-60R helo deal - The...
 
 

News Briefs April 18, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,177 As of April 15, 2014, at least 2,177 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,802 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result...
 
 
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F-35 fleet surpasses 15,000 flying hours

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fleet recently surpassed 15,000 flight hours, marking a major milestone for the program.  “Flying 15,000 hours itself demonstrates that the program is maturing, but what I think is e...
 

 
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NASA Cassini images may reveal birth of new Saturn moon

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet’s known moons. Images taken w...
 
 

NASA completes LADEE mission with planned impact on Moon’s surface

Ground controllers at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., have confirmed that NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer spacecraft impacted the surface of the moon, as planned, between 9:30 and 10:22 p.m., PDT, April 17. LADEE lacked fuel to maintain a long-term lunar orbit or continue science operations and was intentionally sent...
 
 
Photograph courtesy of NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Kepler telescope discovers first Earth-size planet in ‘habitable zone’

Photograph courtesy of NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech Kepler-186f resides in the Kepler-186 system about 500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. The system is also home to four inner planets, seen lined up...
 




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