SpaceX founder Elon Musk has outlined his vision for sending passenger spacecraft to Mars carrying up to 200 people at a time. Musk's most optimistic vision would put humans on Mars in about a decade.
BAE Systems is giving the public its first glimpse of the amphibious combat vehicle, a potential replacement for the Marine Corps' amphibious assault vehicles. The Marine Corps wants to revive its amphibious assault programs after years of land-based conflicts.
In response to North Korean nuclear tests, the US will accelerate deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-missile system in South Korea, getting it there as soon as possible, the State Department said.
The US Air Mobility Command is considering options for refueling tanker aircraft of the future, including unpiloted, stealth options. The new tankers would evade detection and attack capabilities being developed by Russia and China.
Nearly 200 countries will come together to debate a first-ever global cap on carbon emissions at the International Civil Aviation Organization's meeting in Montreal this week. The two-week meeting is well positioned to reach a global agreement. "It is important that the industry find a common ground and that governments have a universal system because the costs of individual systems in terms of inefficiencies are going to be huge," said Mark Dunkerley, CEO of Hawaiian Airlines.
UPS is leading industry efforts to gather data on drone deliveries to convince US authorities to loosen restrictions. UPS is working with CyPhy Works to demonstrate that drone deliveries of emergency medical supplies is safe and viable.
Lockheed Martin has unveiled the first of 42 F-35 fighter jets to be built for Japan. "Anyone thinking about challenging Japan will have to think about dealing with the F-35," said Frank Kendall, Defense Department acquisitions chief.
The US says it will not budge on a plan to deploy a THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea, even as the US negotiates for more UN sanctions against North Korea related to that country's latest nuclear test. Earlier this month, North Korea completed its largest nuclear test to date.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has launched the Aerial Dragnet program to track drones operating above US metropolitan areas. The agency is seeking private sector proposals that will create "a scalable network of sensors on aerial platforms performing threat-agnostic UAS detection, classification, and tracking by looking over and into complex terrain."
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