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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.