House panel plans $640B defense authorization | F-35 wows at Paris Air Show | Textron sets sights on Air Force OA-X demo
June 23, 2017
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House panel plans $640B defense authorization
The House Armed Services Committee is adding $37 billion to the Trump administration's proposed defense budget, unveiling a $640 billion budget authorization. "I believe the president is very committed to rebuilding the military and repairing the damage," said Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, committee chair.
Military Times (tiered subscription model) (6/22) 
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F-35 wows at Paris Air Show
The Lockheed Martin F-35 showed it has the right stuff during its flying demonstration at the Paris Air Show as the Pratt & Whitney-powered aircraft showcased slow-speed maneuvering capabilities. "This aircraft, down low in this environment, is an absolute monster," said test pilot Billie Flynn, who added that the plane "is more powerful, it is more aggressive than any of us, including those of us [who] fly the F-35, would have imagined."
Aviation Week & Space Technology (tiered subscription model) (6/23) 
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Textron sets sights on Air Force OA-X demo
Textron's 20 mm cannon on the Scorpion jet is showing off its capabilities ahead of an August close air support demonstration for the Air Force. Sierra Nevada and Embraer have been invited to the demonstration.
FlightGlobal (U.K.) (6/22) 
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Marines ready to take 3D-printed "Nibbler" drone into field
The Marine Corps is ready to launch its 3D-printed drone, known as the "Nibbler," for use in combat zones. "These solutions can all be upgraded literally overnight, in order to integrate new components or adapt to new requirements," said Capt. Chris Wood.
Marine Corps Times (6/22) 
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Civil Aviation
Paris: Boeing tips hand on new midsize aircraft
Boeing is using the Paris Air Show to provide more details than ever about its highly anticipated midsize airplane, a design that will fill the gap between the 737 family and larger passenger jets. The aircraft will hold up to 270 passengers for trips of up to 5,200 miles.
Aviation Week & Space Technology (tiered subscription model) (6/23) 
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Ala. economy thrives on aerospace
Alabama is benefiting from worldwide demand for US aerospace and defense products, industries that saw $146 billion in international sales last year, according to the Aerospace Industries Association. Alabama's aerospace exports surpassed $1.4 billion in 2016. Read more here.
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A&D Workforce
TARC winner takes first place at International Rocketry Challenge
The Team America Rocketry Challenge winner from Missouri's Festus High School took first place at the International Rocketry Challenge. Read more here.
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NASA committee to review Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope program
NASA has appointed a committee to review its Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope program. "We are confident this review will provide the insight and confidence among key stakeholders necessary to move toward what promises to be an exciting science investigation bound to reshape our understanding of the universe," said NASA's Thomas Zurbuchen.
Space News International (6/23) 
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Airbus Safran Launchers, ESA to develop $1M rocket engine
The European Space Agency and Airbus Safran Launchers are teaming up to create a reusable rocket engine that will cost about $1 million. "The commercial market ... is asking for reliability, on-time delivery and cost, and we have to find the best way to answer these market expectations," said Airbus Safran Launchers CEO Alain Charmeau.
Reuters (6/22) 
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Policy and Legislation
Air Force pushes back against Space Corps plan
Top Air Force officials are resisting a congressional plan to create a Space Corps within the service. "This will make it more complex, add more boxes to the organization chart and cost more money," Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, noting that if she had more money, "I would put it into lethality, not bureaucracy."
Roll Call (free content) (6/22) 
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