The Lockheed Martin F-35 showed it has the right stuff during its flying demonstration at the Paris Air Show as the Pratt & Whitney-powered aircraft showcased slow-speed maneuvering capabilities. "This aircraft, down low in this environment, is an absolute monster," said test pilot Billie Flynn, who added that the plane "is more powerful, it is more aggressive than any of us, including those of us [who] fly the F-35, would have imagined."
The House Armed Services Committee is adding $37 billion to the Trump administration's proposed defense budget, unveiling a $640 billion budget authorization. "I believe the president is very committed to rebuilding the military and repairing the damage," said Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, committee chair.
The Marine Corps is ready to launch its 3D-printed drone, known as the "Nibbler," for use in combat zones. "These solutions can all be upgraded literally overnight, in order to integrate new components or adapt to new requirements," said Capt. Chris Wood.
Boeing is using the Paris Air Show to provide more details than ever about its highly anticipated midsize airplane, a design that will fill the gap between the 737 family and larger passenger jets. The aircraft will hold up to 270 passengers for trips of up to 5,200 miles.
NASA has appointed a committee to review its Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope program. "We are confident this review will provide the insight and confidence among key stakeholders necessary to move toward what promises to be an exciting science investigation bound to reshape our understanding of the universe," said NASA's Thomas Zurbuchen.
The European Space Agency and Airbus Safran Launchers are teaming up to create a reusable rocket engine that will cost about $1 million. "The commercial market ... is asking for reliability, on-time delivery and cost, and we have to find the best way to answer these market expectations," said Airbus Safran Launchers CEO Alain Charmeau.
Top Air Force officials are resisting a congressional plan to create a Space Corps within the service. "This will make it more complex, add more boxes to the organization chart and cost more money," Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, noting that if she had more money, "I would put it into lethality, not bureaucracy."
An unnamed buyer has ordered 125 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in a deal worth $14 billion at list prices. The "major airline customer" has an option for an additional 50 planes, Boeing says.
Aircraft, unmanned systems and surveillance technology are in high demand worldwide, demand that will benefit US companies, says Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO David Melcher, speaking on the sidelines of the Paris Air Show. He cited the overall trend of growth in foreign military sales, anticipating a rise in 2017.
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