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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.

Apr 7, 2015

U.S. Air Force eyes future F-35 engine and arms upgrades

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force is on track to declare Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 fighter jet ready for initial combat use by August or September 2016, and officials are already looking at possible future upgrades to its weapons, propulsion and avionics.

Major General Jeffrey Harrigian, the two-star general named in January to oversee all things F-35 for the Air Force, told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday the program was making good progress, but he was keeping close tabs on key items required to meet the target date.

Apr 6, 2015

Pentagon balks at congressional bid to ease multiyear deal terms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon is pushing back against congressional moves to ease requirements for multiyear weapons procurements, saying it will continue to insist that such deals generate significant savings for the government before relinquishing yearly control.

Even if Congress changes the law, U.S. Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall said program managers would still need to show savings of “pretty darn close to 10 percent or better” to get approval to sign a contract of up to five years.

Apr 3, 2015

U.S. says would back India buying U.S. aircraft carrier technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government would support selling General Atomics’ electromagnetic launching system for aircraft carriers, and other key technologies, to India, the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer told Reuters on Friday.

Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall, who heads a joint U.S.-India defense trade and technology effort, said he was optimistic about the two countries’ efforts to cooperate on a planned aircraft carrier for India.