Time is producing a 10-part Web series that will document NASA astronaut Scott Kelly's 12 months aboard the International Space Station. Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko are spending a year aboard ISS, and the documentary will focus on the mission and Kelly's life. "We will continue with at least nine hours of interviews with Scott, his family, the girlfriend he's leaving behind and the doctors who will be looking after him while he's in orbit," said Time in a statement.
Facebook is offering a first glimpse of the its Aquila drone, a large, solar-powered aircraft that one day could bring Internet connectivity to rural areas around the globe. The carbon fiber aircraft has the wingspan of a Boeing 737, while weighing "about the third of a [Toyota] Prius car," said Facebook Vice President Jay Parikh.
Boeing and Saab are on track to demonstrate their T-X trainer by year's end. "We will fly this year or we will fly the year after," said Boeing's Debbie Rub. "We want to win. We have a partnership with a great company, Saab, [and] we will do what it takes to win."
Boeing is confident that production of Super Hornet and Growler aircraft will continue past 2017 given demand by the U.S. Navy and strong international interest. "We're seeing enough demand signals from the market to make a decision to continue moving forward with production," said Boeing's Daniel Gillian.
The White House is publicly criticizing Republicans in Congress for starting "their vacation" without addressing key issues such as the reauthorization of the U.S. Export-Import Bank. Congressional failure to renew the bank's charter "means our economy and our workers are missing out," said White House press secretary Josh Earnest.
The Defense Department will leave "no stone unturned" as it vets the implications of Lockheed Martin's purchase of Sikorsky, according to one senior defense official. "Is there healthy competition there? Will this be further vertical integration on any particular subsector?" the official said. "So we're looking at all the sectors and all the suppliers we have visibility into from a fragility and criticality standpoint. We're looking at the lowest tiers to ensure that we maintain a healthy industrial base."
An NSA map illustrates 600-plus "Victims of Chinese Cyber Espionage," including large American companies such as Lockheed Martin and Google in addition to government and military targets.
California, Texas, Florida, Illinois and Arizona lead U.S. states in FAA-approved drone use applications, according to a report by the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International. Real estate is the leading commercial drone application in the U.S. currently, accounting for 31% of approvals.
DARPA and the Air Force have selected the Georgia Institute of Technology to track data flows across the Internet in a $4.2 million program. "The project has wide implications for any industry and anyone who needs to send secure information, make sure it is not manipulated during transfer, and that it arrives securely intact – but especially for those banking, shopping or trading online," said Wenke Lee, of the institute's College of Computing.