National Space Council panelist Jack Burns wants the US to accelerate its timeline for returning to the moon and says there is support within the Trump administration for a lunar landing by 2025. Vice President Mike Pence is reportedly considering tasking NASA with getting to the moon faster.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working with BAE Systems on the Resilient Synchronized Planning and Assessment for the Contested Environment program. BAE is developing decision support technology for the battlefield.
Future Bell V-280 Valor aircraft will include both GE Aviation and Rolls-Royce engine options. Currently, the aircraft uses the T64-GE-419 engine.
Germany's DLR space agency is exploring the concept of intercepting a rocket first stage on its descent following launches. The agency is looking to develop a "rocket catcher" system that would enable reusable rockets.
The Defense Department will develop offensive hypersonic weapons before focusing on defensive systems to combat hypersonics. "The defensive aspect, we're making significant investment in the underlying technologies and the knowledge necessary to move forward aggressively to build a system, and I suspect that's not very far behind," Mike White, Pentagon assistant director for hypersonics, says.
The Army is prioritizing the development of new missiles starting in 2020, including a future interceptor, a hypersonic missile and a mobile-capable medium-range missile.
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