Tax cuts in the US will enable United Technologies to invest $15 billion in its workforce and research in coming years. The company plans to boost manufacturing capacity and hire tens of thousands of workers.
The latest version of the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is able to incorporate data from sensors across multiple aircraft. Sensor fusion technology means the Super Hornet can work in coordination with the Lockheed Martin F-35.
The Army has selected Griffon Aerospace, Kord Technologies, Kratos Defense & Rocket Support Services and Trideum Corp. to develop aerial target systems under a combined $93.4 million contract.
The Defense Department is using "pilot authorities" to accelerate weapons sales to allies, including Japan, South Korea, Romania and Saudi Arabia. "We have a whole variety of specific programs where we are focused on applying these authorities: Patriot Missiles for Romania; Global Hawk for Japan, THAAD [high-altitude air defense missiles] for Saudi Arabia, and TOW [vehicle-launched missiles] for multiple foreign military sales partners," said Ellen Lord, defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment.
Boeing's 737 Max has reached it first year in service with 130 deliveries, almost twice the number of Airbus A320neo aircraft delivered in that model's first year. Boeing has 4,509 firm orders for 737 Max passenger jets.
Rising fuel costs could prompt airlines to ground some aging aircraft after the busy summer flying season.
NASA Administrator James Bridenstine received a positive response from lawmakers after outlining NASA's $52 billion moonshot plan. Public-private partnerships will play a key role.
The last SpaceX launch with a recycled Falcon 9 first stage is stoking interest in reusable rocket technology. The company expects the US government to eventually become a customer of launches utilizing recycled boosters.
The Defense Advanced Projects Agency's Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations, dubbed Confers, is working on building confidence in on-orbit satellite servicing. "How do we avoid any potential for misperception of what one spacecraft is doing when it approaches another spacecraft," said David Barnhart, director of the University of Southern California's Space Engineering Research Center.
So far, the White House is supporting the current $717 billion defense policy bill, despite changes by the House Armed Services Committee. The bill includes funding for 77 F-35 fighter jets.
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