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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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