International Space Station Takes On New Role As Movie Set
Science fiction becomes science fact as iconic Star Trek actor flies in space.
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Here Come the Actornauts

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An Emotional Shatner Sees Life, Death In Blue Earth And Black Space
Actor returns from spaceflight deeply touched by experience.
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Shatner, Unscripted

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LeoLabs Adds Sixth Space Radar Site In Australia

By Graham Warwick Oct 20, 2021
The Australian location will provide good coverage of launch corridors from East Asia, and improve space coverage in the Southern Hemisphere.
Commercial Space

Rocket Lab Eyes Nov. 11 For Next Flight

Oct 19, 2021
Rocket Lab will attempt a controlled ocean splashdown and recovery of the Electron small satellite launcher earmarked for flight next month, the company said on Oct. 19.
Commercial Space

Boeing Working Through Starliner Valve Issue

By Irene Klotz Oct 19, 2021
Boeing is nearing the end of a winding technical analysis of a valve problem that scotched plans for an uncrewed orbital flight test of its CST-100 Starliner spacecraft in August.
Commercial Space

Meggitt Expects Parker Merger To Proceed Despite UK Intervention

By Tony Osborne Oct 19, 2021
Aerospace supplier Meggitt says it still expects its acquisition by Parker Hannifin to proceed, despite an intervention by the UK government over national security concerns.
Budget, Policy & Operations
Astronaut Flight Training Hangar Named For Apollo’s John Young
NASA has named an astronaut flight training hangar in honor of the late John Young, who launched on six space missions and served as commander of the Apollo 16 Moon landing and the first space shuttle mission.
andy.savoie@av… Tue, 10/19/2021 - 20:38
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DOD Developing Common Standards, Interfaces For DEWS
The U.S. Defense Department has announced plans to apply modular open systems approach standards on an emerging class of directed energy weapon systems. 
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USAF Takes First Step Toward Possible E-7A Buy

By Steve Trimble Oct 19, 2021
The U.S. Air Force plans to look into how much work it will take to convert Australia’s E-7A Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft into a U.S. Defense Department-compliant platform.
Sensors & Electronic Warfare
Kendall Calls For More Hardened Fuel Systems, Weapons Storage
The U.S. military’s logistics infrastructure is vulnerable to both physical and cyber attacks and Capitol Hill needs to help the Pentagon defend its weak points, the U.S. Air Force’s top civilian said.
andy.savoie@av… Tue, 10/19/2021 - 19:22
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KAI Proposes Electric And  Turboprop Black Kite Variants

By Kim Minseok Oct 19, 2021
The propeller-driven trainer and light-attack aircraft is designed to replace South Korea's KT-1.
Light Attack and Advanced Training
BAE/Sierra Nevada Competes Against Northrop For GHOST
Three industry teams have been selected to compete for the next signals intelligence sensor being developed for the U.S. Air Force’s high-altitude aircraft fleet.
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Safran Begins Arriel 2E Helicopter Engine Assembly In Texas

By Tony Osborne Oct 19, 2021
Safran has begun producing Arriel 2E helicopter engines in Texas to support the U.S. Army’s purchase of the B-model UH-72 Lakota helicopter.
Aircraft & Propulsion

South Korea, Boeing At Impasse Over E-X Costs As Program Grows

By Kim Minseok Oct 19, 2021
South Korea’s DAPA defense acquisition agency has confirmed that its airborne early warning program, known as E-X Batch 2, has grown from two to four aircraft, but the agency is “struggling” in its negotiations with Boeing over its proposal due to its unexpectedly high cost.
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

NASA Selects COSI Telescope To Study Galactic Chemical Origins

By Mark Carreau Oct 19, 2021
NASA has selected the small Compton Spectrometer and Imager (COSI) from 18 space telescope proposals for further development and launch in 2025 to investigate the origin of chemical elements in the Milky Way.
Space

Opinion: Five Uncertainties Facing The Defense Market

By Byron Callan Oct 19, 2021
Congressional behavior, midterm elections, new technologies and rising startup companies are likely to drive change in the 2020s.
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Senate Appropriators Want $725.8B In Defense Spending
The Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee has proposed adding about $10 billion to the Pentagon’s budget request, adding funding to accelerate missile tracking satellites, defense systems in the Pacific and 16 more C-130s.
andy.savoie@av… Mon, 10/18/2021 - 23:58
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SPIRIT AEROSYSTEMS

SPIRIT AEROSYSTEMS opened 125,000 sq ft National Defense Prototype Center (NDPC) in partnership with the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) to e

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The Weekly Debrief: USAF’s Advanced Trainer Proposal Faces Funding Questions

By Steve Trimble Oct 18, 2021
A path to a more productive pilot training system for the U.S. Air Force may require buying hundreds of the proposed new Advanced Tactical Trainers, which suddenly appeared in an Oct. 12 request for information released by Air Combat Command. 
Light Attack and Advanced Training
NASA Studying Issue With Lucy Solar Array
The Lucy spacecraft, which launched on Oct. 16 on a mission to explore seven Jupiter Trojan asteroids, may have an issue with one of its 24-ft.-dia. solar arrays, the agency said on Oct. 17.
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Ankara Wants To Use Payments For F-35s To Fund F-16 Buys

By Tony Osborne Oct 18, 2021
The Turkish government is hoping it can use $1.6 billion that it paid for U.S. F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to pay for new-build F-16s and upgrades to its existing fleet.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Hensoldt Developing AESA Jamming Pod

By Tony Osborne Oct 18, 2021
Germany’s Hensoldt is hoping to bring an active-electronically-scanned array electronic attack pod to market for use on fast jets by early 2023. 
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

Ramjet-Powered Artillery Moves Beyond Experimental Status

By Steve Trimble Oct 18, 2021
A decade-long investment by Nammo in solid-fuel ramjets has proven the feasibility of the technology for artillery applications.
Missile Defense & Weapons

NTS-3: Reinventing Satellite Navigation

By Jen DiMascio Oct 18, 2021
U.S. Air Force experiments with satellite to augment GPS.
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Russian Film Crew Ends ISS Venture with Safe Landing

By Mark Carreau Oct 17, 2021
Russian film actress Yulia Peresild and producer/director Klim Shipenko descended safely to Earth early Oct. 17 on the steppes of central Kazakhstan aboard the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft with International Space Station (ISS) cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy.
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