Aerospace

Air Force launching satellites to spy on other satellites

The GSSAP “gives us an ability … to look at literal images of objects in geosynchronous orbit … A picture is worth a thousand inferences because we can see literally what that [foreign] satellite looks like, and you can effectively reverse-engineer and understand what the capabilities are … to a much greater extent than you can today,”

Forty-five years after Apollo landing, U.S. debates next lunar step

Forty-five years after the first Apollo lunar landing, the United States remains divided about the moon's role in future human space exploration.

Senators vow to reassert America's rocket power

“If you consider space a national security priority, then you absolutely have to consider assured access to space a national security priority,” Gen. William Shelton, commander of the Air Force’s space command, testified in a joint Senate committee hearing on Wednesday.

To Make A Spacecraft That Folds And Unfolds, Try Origami

Scientists and engineers at NASA are using origami techniques to help solve a fundamental dilemma facing spacecraft designers: How do you take a big object, pack it into a small container for rocket launch, and then unpack it again once it arrives in space — making sure nothing breaks in the process.

Airline CEOs Getting Ready for Innovation Takeoff

The 2014 Global Airline CEO Survey finds that as profits are rising, the heads of major airlines are looking to invest in research and development. Eighty-two percent of the 39 airline CEOs surveyed say they are confident in airline industry revenues over the next year, compared to 68% of CEOs across all industries.

US military awards contracts to design reusable spaceplane

The U.S. military said Tuesday it has awarded contracts to three companies to design an experimental spaceplane conceived as a reusable, unmanned booster with costs, operation and reliability similar to modern aircraft.

The Silicon Plains? Drone makers show off innovation at air show

Where California had Silicon Valley to drive its high-tech industries, America's central belt from North Dakota to Texas could become a new research and commercial center for the aviation industry — the Silicon Plains.

US too dependent on Russian rocket engines, experts tell lawmakers

Should the Russian government yank its supply of rocket engines for United States launches, critical national-security satellite missions could be delayed up to four years, experts told a joint Senate hearing Wednesday.

NASA Honors Historic First Moon Landing, Eyes First Mars Mission

On Friday, July 18 at 1:30 p.m. EDT, NASA TV will air a discussion about the future of space exploration between scientists and actor, director, and narrator Morgan Freeman, live from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. The event also will include NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman participating from the International Space Station.

Chinese Man Arrested and Charged for Stealing U.S. Military Aircraft Data

Su Bin, a 39-year-old owner of a Chinese aviation company Beijing Lode Technology, was charged with industrial espionage for allegedly breaking into U.S. computers and stealing information about Lockheed's F-22 and F-35 fighter jets and Boeing's C-17 transport plane key. He allegedly passed the details to other companies in China saying that it would help China "stand easily on the giant's shoulders." He wrote in an email that the information would "allow us to rapidly catch up with U.S. levels."

NASA Plans Tests Of Distributed Electric Propulsion

At NASA, the exploration has begun with plans for ground and flight tests to determine whether hybrid and distributed electric propulsion could be the next disruptive shift in civil aviation.

Leading Space Experts to Discuss the Search for Life Beyond Earth

NASA Television will air a panel discussion of leading science and engineering experts on Monday, July 14, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. EDT, who will describe the scientific and technological roadmap that will lead to the discovery of potentially habitable worlds among the stars.

NASA TV Coverage Set for Saturday Orbital-2 Mission to Space Station

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the upcoming Orbital Sciences' mission to resupply the International Space Station. Orbital's Cygnus cargo spacecraft is schedule to launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Launch Pad 0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Saturday, July 12 at 1:14 p.m. EDT.

Next Space Station Crew to Participate in NASA TV Briefing, Media Interviews

The next crew to launch to the International Space Station (ISS), including NASA astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore, will participate in a NASA Television news conference and media interviews Wednesday, July 16, at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

F-35’s air show debut in jeopardy

The latest problem for the $400 billion program, which is already seven years behind schedule, came after an engine on one of the F-35s caught fire during a June 23 takeoff from Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The fire led the Pentagon to ground the entire fleet, and officials on Monday said it’s uncertain whether the jets will be cleared for takeoff by next week.

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