Author Archives: Marc Selinger

Rocket Lab's Electron launch vehicle. (Credit: Rocket Lab)

Rocket Lab’s Second Electron Rocket Reaches Launch Site

Rocket Lab’s second Electron rocket has arrived at its launch site on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula, the company said Nov. 14. Potential dates for the rocket’s flight will be announced in the coming weeks, the company said. Besides being a test vehicle, the rocket will carry a Planet Earth-imaging Dove satellite and Spire Lemur-2 satellites […]

Lockheed Begins Delivering F-35 Simulators To U.S. Allies

F-35 prime contractor Lockheed Martin [LMT] has begun delivering full-mission simulators for the fighter jet to foreign customers, the company announced Nov. 6. The Israeli, Italian, Japanese and Norwegian air forces have become the first international recipients of the pilot-training system, which features a virtual cockpit in a 360-degree dome, Lockheed Martin said. The simulator is designed […]

Artist's illustration of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS). Photo: NASA.

NASA Delays First SLS Launch By Over A Year

NASA has delayed the first flight of its Space Launch System (SLS) heavy-lift rocket and Orion crew capsule by over a year, to December 2019, an agency official said Nov. 9. While a recent NASA review made the case for an even longer delay, to June 2020, “the agency has chosen to manage to a […]

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Lawmakers Agree To Space Revamp Without Space Corps

House and Senate negotiators have crafted a final version of the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill that overhauls military space management but stops short of accepting a controversial House proposal to create a space corps in the Air Force Department. In a joint statement Nov. 8, Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) and Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), the […]

Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.). (Photo courtesy of office of Rep. Bridenstine.)

Senate Panel Backs Bridenstine To Head NASA

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Nov. 8 narrowly approved Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) to be NASA administrator. By a party-line 14-13 vote, the panel sent Bridenstine’s nomination to the full Senate for its consideration. Before the committee vote, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), the panel’s top Democrat, reiterated his opposition to having a […]

A rocket motor case for Orbital ATK's new Next Generation Launch system. (Photo courtesy of Orbital ATK)

Orbital ATK Tests Motor Case For New Rocket

Orbital ATK [OA], which is developing a new space launch vehicle to compete for U.S. Air Force business, announced Nov. 7 that the rocket’s first motor case has passed a key test. The structural acceptance test, which occurred Oct. 27 in Promontory, Utah, showed that the 12-foot-diameter motor case could withstand the internal pressure it […]

SASC Approves Esper For Army Secretary

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) approved by voice vote Nov. 7 the nomination of Raytheon [RTN] executive Mark Esper to be Army secretary. As part of that vote, the SASC also approved Joseph Kernan to be undersecretary of defense for intelligence, Robert Wilkie to be undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness and Guy […]

Air Force To Finish Study On ISR Needs By Early 2018

The U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command (ACC) expects to finish a study on future intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) and strike capabilities in late 2017 or early 2018, according to the command. The study, or capabilities-based assessment (CBA), began in December to “identify needed capabilities and associated capability gaps” that the Air Force could eventually […]

Lockheed Begins Delivering F-35 Simulators To U.S. Allies

F-35 prime contractor Lockheed Martin [LMT] has begun delivering full-mission simulators for the fighter jet to foreign customers, the company announced Nov. 6. The Israeli, Italian, Japanese and Norwegian air forces have become the first international recipients of the pilot-training system, which features a virtual cockpit in a 360-degree dome, Lockheed Martin said. The simulator […]

Lockheed Martin is helping the Air Force Research Lab develop and mature high energy laser weapon systems, including the high energy laser pictured in this rendering. Credit: Air Force Research Lab (PRNewsfoto/Lockheed Martin)

Air Force Taps Lockheed To Develop Laser Demonstrator For Fighter Jet

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a $26.3 million contract to design and build a high-power laser demonstrator that could be tested on a fighter jet by 2021, the company announced Nov. 6. AFRL received six bids to provide the fiber laser, named the Laser Advancements for Next-generation Compact […]