UK, US deepen military space ties | Lockheed to deliver rocket launchers to Army, Marines in 2022 | Bell, Boeing provide helo options to Australia's Army
July 19, 2019
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UK, US deepen military space ties
The UK has joined Operation Olympic Defender as the first non-US partner in a coalition created to "strengthen deterrence against hostile actors in space and reduce the spread of debris in orbit," said Penny Mordaunt, Britain's defense secretary. "The UK must be ready to face these dangers and [the Ministry of] Defense must play its part ... but we know we cannot compete in this contested and dangerous world alone," she said.
Defense News (7/18) 
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Lockheed to deliver rocket launchers to Army, Marines in 2022
Lockheed Martin will deliver High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems to the Army, Marine Corps and allies by 2022 under a $500 million contract. Poland and Romania will also receive the systems.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model) (7/18) 
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Bell, Boeing provide helo options to Australia's Army
The Boeing AH-64E Apache and Bell AH-1Z Viper are being offered to Australia to replace its military's Eurocopter Tiger helicopters. The Australian Army is in the market for 29 helicopters.
Defense News (7/18) 
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Boeing, Northrop Grumman vie for Air Force ICBM contract
The Air Force request for proposals for the next Ground Based Strategic Deterrent intercontinental ballistic missile system has been released. Boeing and Northrop Grumman have been named as main competitors for this contract.
Jane's Information Group (7/18) 
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Civil Aviation
Korean Air finalizes Boeing 787 order
Korean Air Lines has confirmed an order of 30 Boeing Dreamliner aircraft, including the 787-10. The deal is worth an estimated $9.7 billion.
Reuters (7/18),  CNBC (7/18) 
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​Collins partners up to expand GlobalConnect in Asia
Collins Aerospace is working with Aerothai to expand use of Collins GlobalConnect in Asia. "This industry leading offering gives Asian airlines access to GlobalConnect's wireless movement of both flight operations quality assurance [FOQA] data and maintenance operations quality assurance [MOQA] data," according to Collins.
FlightGlobal (U.K.) (7/19) 
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NYC law keeps drones grounded
A New York City law limiting all aircraft landings to airports is keeping developers in the city from tapping into drone technology for construction projects, and developers want the law to change. "The laws on the books are not written for these new, disruptive technologies," said Carlo Scissura, head of the New York Building Congress.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (7/16) 
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Space
NASA approves extension of Hubble, other science missions
NASA has extended eight science missions through 2022, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite. The extensions are contingent on funding.
Space News International (7/18) 
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Company with ties to Apollo program ready for NASA's return to moon
Draper, a nonprofit that traces its origins to the MIT program that developed the Apollo Guidance Computer, says it will play a big role in NASA's current return to the moon. Draper is working with ispace on the development of lunar landers.
Space News International (7/18) 
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NASA sees moon as stepping stone to Mars
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine says "NASA is working to build a sustainable, open architecture that returns humanity to our nearest neighbor," referencing the moon. "We are building for the long term, going to the Moon to stay, and moving beyond to Mars," he told lawmakers.
Reuters (7/18) 
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Policy and Legislation
Esper, Milley nominations sailing through Senate so far
The full Senate is expected to vote soon on the nominations of Army Secretary Mark Esper to become the next defense secretary and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley's confirmation as the next Joint Chiefs of Staff. Both nominations have received approvals from the Senate Armed Services Committee, paving the way for a full Senate vote, possibly next week.
Air Force magazine online (7/18) 
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It's human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand. Exploration is not a choice, really; it's an imperative.
Michael Collins,
astronaut, crew member of the Apollo 11 moon mission
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