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Apr 15, 2015

Orbital, GenCorp spar over cause of October rocket crash

, April 14 (Reuters) – Orbital ATK
Inc and engine maker GenCorp Inc on Tuesday
offered competing explanations for what caused the Oct. 28
explosion of Orbital’s Antares rocket, bound for the
International Space Station.

Ronald Grabe, Orbital’s executive vice president and
president of its flight systems group, told the annual Space
Symposium conference that an investigation led by his company
had concluded the explosion was caused by excessive wear in the
bearings of the GenCorp engine.

Apr 14, 2015

Orbital rocket explosion likely linked to worn bearings

, April 14 (Reuters) – The October 28
explosion of an Orbital ATK Inc Antares rocket bound for
the International Space Station was most likely caused by
excessive wear of the bearings inside one of the rocket’s
GenCorp Inc engines, Orbital said on Tuesday, citing a
nearly finished report.

Ronald Grabe, Orbital’s executive vice president and
president of its flight systems group, told the annual Space
Symposium conference the company would submit its final report
in coming days to the Federal Aviation Administration, which has
been overseeing the company-led accident investigation board.

Apr 14, 2015

Orbital says report on October rocket explosion nearly done

By Andrea Shalal

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) – The October 28 explosion of an Orbital ATK Inc Antares rocket bound for the International Space Station was most likely caused by excessive wear of the bearings inside one of the rocket’s GenCorp Inc engines, Orbital said on Tuesday, citing a nearly finished report.

Ronald Grabe, Orbital’s executive vice president and president of its flight systems group, told the annual Space Symposium conference the company would submit its final report in coming days to the Federal Aviation Administration, which has been overseeing the company-led accident investigation board.

Apr 14, 2015

Rocket startup unveils battery-powered engine for small sat launches

, April 14 (Reuters) – Rocket Lab, a
privately-held company financed by weapons maker Lockheed Martin
Corp and other high-tech investors, on Tuesday said its
low-cost Electron launch system for small satellites will be the
first rocket powered by batteries.

Chief Executive Peter Beck said the company founded in 2008
to help commercialize the space business, expected to carry out
the first flight of its all-composite Electron launch vehicle
and the new Rutherford engine before the end of the year.

Apr 14, 2015

‘Vulcan’ rocket launch in 2019 may end U.S. dependence on Russia

April 13 (Reuters) – The company that launches most of
America’s satellites unveiled on Monday a reusable rocket named
“Vulcan” that is slated to take off in 2019 and end U.S.
dependence on Russian-built rocket engines.

United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture of Lockheed
Martin Corp and Boeing Co, said more than a
million people voted in an online contest to name the rocket
after the home planet of Spock from the television show “Star
Trek.”

Apr 13, 2015

U.S. firm CrowdStrike claims success in deterring Chinese hackers

By Andrea Shalal

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) – U.S. cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike Inc said Monday it had successfully prevented a Chinese hacker group from targeting a U.S. technology firm for the first time, offering promise for other companies facing cyber attacks.

Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder and chief technology officer of CrowdStrike, told Reuters his company had observed a China-based hacker group called Hurricane Panda halt its attacks on a U.S. Internet technology firm in January, after the hackers detected CrowdStrike’s presence on the company’s networks.

Apr 13, 2015

Firms propose service-based helicopter training for U.S. military

By Andrea Shalal

COLORADO SPRINGS, Col. (Reuters) – AgustaWestland, the helicopter unit of Italy’s Finmeccanica SpA, Bristow Group, Doss Aviation and Rockwell Collins Inc on Monday proposed a new service-based system for training U.S. military pilots using AgustaWestland’s AW119 single-engine helicopter.

The four companies said they would offer the U.S. government and other customers access to new training helicopters, simulators and ground instruction, as well as management and maintenance of the entire fleet of aircraft, for far less than the cost of buying, owning and operating the same equipment.

Apr 9, 2015

U.S. eyes robotics, longer-range weapons to ensure edge over foes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military on Thursday announced new steps to speed up weapons development, cut red tape and tap innovation in the commercial sector, and said robotics and longer-range arms could play a key role in securing U.S. technological superiority.

Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said urgent action was needed after three years of “chronic” underinvestment in new weapons and capabilities leading to what he called a “steady erosion of our technological superiority.”

Apr 9, 2015

U.S. Marine Corps aims to boost aircraft readiness

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Marine Corps has launched a major drive to pump up the readiness of its aircraft after calculating that 158 of its helicopters, fighter jets and other planes – assets valued at $8.4 billion – are not ready for military use.

Deputy Commandant for Aviation Lieutenant General Jon Davis told Reuters he was meeting with FedEx Corp, Boeing Co and other commercial firms, as well as military officials from Britain, as part of a concerted effort to speed up maintenance and get more use of its aircraft.

Apr 8, 2015

U.S. Marines vow tough review of F-35 combat readiness

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Marine Corps plans to carry out a tough, separate “inspection” before declaring the first squadron of 10 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets ready for initial combat use, the Marine Corps’ top aviator said on Wednesday.

Deputy Commandant for Aviation Lieutenant General Jon Davis told Reuters he was keeping close tabs on 13 items required to approve combat use of the jets, now ready after years of delays and cost overruns. He said he remained optimistic that the service would meet its July target date for the milestone.