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Sep 17, 2014

Boeing, SpaceX win contracts to build ‘space taxis’ for NASA

CAPE CANAVERAL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – NASA will partner with Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated “space taxis” to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, ending U.S. dependence on Russia for rides, officials said on Tuesday.

The U.S. space agency also considered a bid by privately owned Sierra Nevada Corp, but opted to award long-time aerospace contractor Boeing and California’s SpaceX with contracts valued at a combined $6.8 billion to develop, certify and fly their seven-person capsules.

Sep 16, 2014

U.S. air force seeks funding for space surveillance satellites

WASHINGTON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force plans to
request initial funding for three surveillance satellites to
track objects in space as part of its fiscal 2016 budget
request, a top Air Force general said Tuesday.

General John Hyten, head of Air Force Space Command, told
the annual Air Force Association conference the satellites would
be a relatively inexpensive follow-on to the Space-Based Space
Surveillance (SBSS) satellite built by Boeing Co.

Sep 16, 2014

SpaceX must meet high standard to get rocket certified-U.S. officials

WASHINGTON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Senior U.S. Air Force
officials on Tuesday said they favored competition for military
rocket launches, but the Air Force needed to stick to its high
standards in certifying the Falcon 9 rocket, built by
privately-held Space Exploration Technologies.

SpaceX is working through a detailed certification process
with the Air Force for its Falcon 9 satellite so it can compete
with United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture of Boeing Co
and Lockheed Martin Corp, to launch a National
Reconnaissance Office spy satellite and other satellites.

Sep 16, 2014

Boeing, SpaceX poised to build ‘space taxis’ for NASA

CAPE CANAVERAL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – NASA will partner with Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated “space taxis” to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, ending U.S. dependence on Russia for rides, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson said on Tuesday.

The U.S. space agency also considered a bid by privately owned Sierra Nevada Corp., but opted to award long-time aerospace contractor Boeing and California’s SpaceX with contracts potentially worth billions of dollars, to develop, certify and fly their seven-passenger capsules.

Sep 16, 2014

SpaceX must meet high standard to get rocket certified: general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top U.S. Air Force general on Tuesday said he favored competition for military rocket launches, but insisted the Air Force must stick to its high standards in certifying the Falcon 9 rocket, built by privately-held Space Exploration Technologies.

SpaceX is working through a detailed certification process with the Air Force for its Falcon 9 satellite so it can compete with United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture of Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp, to launch a National Reconnaissance Office spy satellite.

Sep 15, 2014

Pratt says next F-35 engine deals will cut costs by 7-8 pct

WASHINGTON, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Pratt & Whitney, a unit of
United Technologies Corp, said its contracts with the
Pentagon for the next two batches of engines for the Lockheed
Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet will result in combined
cost savings of 7 percent to 8 percent.

Bennett Croswell, president of Pratt’s military engines
division, told reporters the company had already more than
halved the cost of its F-35 engine, and the savings from the
next two contracts – for the seventh and eighth batches of
engines – would come on top of that.

Sep 15, 2014

Lockheed delivers next version of F-35 logistics system

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp on Monday said it has delivered the next version of the computer-based logistics system used to support the F-35 fighter jet to the U.S. military for flight testing.

That paves the way for the system’s deployment in the first quarter of 2015 to nine military bases in the United States where F-35 Lightning II training and testing is taking place.

Sep 15, 2014

US weapons makers sense rising demand for air defense systems, tanks

WASHINGTON, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Military crises around the
world are boosting foreign demand for U.S. weapons, especially
air and missile defense systems, spy equipment and armored
vehicles, according to U.S. government and industry officials.

Weapons makers like Lockheed Martin, Northrop
Grumman, Boeing and Raytheon anticipate
new markets for their goods. And that could offset lower U.S.
military spending.

Sep 12, 2014

U.S. defense industry says global turmoil swaying budget hawks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Images of two Americans being beheaded and of Russian tanks rolling through Ukraine have boosted pressure on Congress to roll back $1 trillion in mandatory defense cuts that the defense industry blames for almost 100,000 job cuts in recent years.

U.S. lawmakers this week signaled support for President Barack Obama’s plan to take action against Islamic State extremists in Syria and Iraq.

Sep 11, 2014

Carrier drone should be able to do more than spy -US Navy

WASHINGTON, Sept 10 (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy’s planned
unmanned plane for use on aircraft carriers should eventually be
able to take on additional roles besides just surveillance, Navy
Secretary Ray Mabus said on Wednesday.

The Navy last week said it had delayed this month’s planned
kickoff of a competition for the new carrier-based unmanned spy
plane, citing affordability concerns and a Pentagon-wide review
of intelligence and surveillance programs.