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Apr 16, 2015

Lockheed, Boeing venture says engine uncertainty could jeopardize new rocket

By Andrea Shalal

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) – A joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co on Wednesday said uncertainty over its use of Russian rocket engines for Air Force satellite launches could undermine its plans to build a new rocket with a U.S. engine.

Tory Bruno, president of the United Launch Alliance joint venture, told Reuters that Lockheed and Boeing could halt investment in the new rocket unless ULA gets permission to use 29 already ordered Russian engines for Air Force launches.

Apr 15, 2015

U.S. Air Force says GPS glitch even older than first believed

By Andrea Shalal

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) – A technical messaging error with some global positioning system (GPS) satellites first emerged in 2011, two years earlier than previously disclosed, but affected only very few communications messages, the U.S. Air Force said on Wednesday.

Air Force Space Command last month first acknowledged the issue, which affects the way the ground control system builds and uploads messages transmitted by the GPS IIF satellites, but said it did not affect the accuracy of GPS signals.

Apr 15, 2015

Pentagon officials see business opportunities in space sector

By Andrea Shalal

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) – Top U.S. military officials on Tuesday said a new push to defend U.S. government satellites against potential attacks by China or other countries created promising new business opportunities for arms makers, non-traditional suppliers and international firms.

Doug Loverro, deputy assistant defense secretary for space policy, said the Pentagon was seeking an initial $5.5 billion over the next five years to beef up protection of space assets and ground networks, and said that sum would grow in coming years.

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.