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February 13, 2013News for the aerospace industry

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  • Sequestration is "wolf" at door, deputy defense chief says
    Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter testified before a Senate committee Tuesday about the effect of sequestration. He said the Pentagon would be forced to place civilian employees on unpaid leave, cut back on training and cancel maintenance for ships and aircraft. "These devastating events are no longer distant problems. The wolf is at the door," Carter said. Reuters (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Pentagon considers cuts in UAV programs
    The Pentagon is considering cutting back programs for unmanned aerial vehicles. The Department of Defense spent nearly $4 billion on UAVs in the past fiscal year. "We are trying to do the analysis and engage in the discussion to say at some point the downturn in operations and the upsurge in capabilities has got to meet," said Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of Air Combat Command. Associated Press (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Spirit AeroSystems reports $5.4B in revenue for 2012
    Spirit AeroSystems posted $5.4 billion in revenue for 2012, a record for the Wichita, Kan.-based manufacturer. It also reported net income of $35  million for the year. "Spirit's strong core business performance in 2012 continues to deliver the results we expect," said Jeff Turner, Spirit CEO and president, in a statement. The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • DOT urges FAA to boost air transport safety
    The inspector general for the Department of Transportation has sent a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration urging it to focus on air transport safety. The inspector general said the FAA has not sufficiently implemented requirements of the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010. AIN Online (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ariz. students shoot for stars in rocketry challenge
    Students at a middle school in San Luis, Ariz., are aiming to compete in the finals of the Team America Rocketry Challenge. "The kids are putting to the test their knowledge, but above all they are using something basic in science and technology -- that is, persistence and teamwork," said Francisco Vasquez, team adviser and science teacher. The Yuma Daily Sun (Ariz.) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Orion capsule could take astronauts to Mars, NASA says
    NASA said its new deep-space capsule could eventually ferry astronauts to Mars. The agency showcased a prototype of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, which is scheduled for its first unmanned test flight in 2014. Orion, built by Lockheed Martin, could carry out its first manned flight as early as 2021. (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Posting highest student participation numbers in a decade, TARC celebrates diversity
    Rocket competition launches students into STEM careers with strong representation of girls, minorities and students from rural communities – Middle and high school students in 725 teams across 44 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands are gearing up for the 2013 Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), the world' largest student rocket contest and a critical piece of the aerospace industry’s workforce development pipeline. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Urgent call to action – Write Congress and the White House to stop sequestration
    On March 1, the federal government will begin implementing the initial round of sequestration budget cuts to defense and other important federal programs. Now is the time to reach out to your elected officials to communicate the urgent need to repeal sequestration. Go to the Second to None website to send a letter to your elected officials in Washington today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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