As expected, the Defense Department will not pass its first audit. "We never thought we were going to pass an audit, right? Everyone was betting against us that we wouldn't even do the audit," Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan said.
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Honeywell has completed initial testing of its Surface Indications and Alert System software, which is designed to help pilots steer clear of runway accidents and collisions. "With solutions such as Honeywell's SmartRunway, SmartLanding and now SURF IA, we are pioneering accident prevention through better pilot awareness, less latency in decision-making and quicker actions," said Honeywell's Mike Stewart.
The Federal Communications Commission has given the green light to satellite constellations proposed by SpaceX, Kepler Communications, Telesat and LeoSat. Of the 8,000 satellites that received approval, more than 7,500 would come from SpaceX.
Members of the National Space Council's Users' Advisory Group want NASA to accelerate its timeline for returning humans to the lunar surface. "We can do it sooner," said Eileen Collins, a former space shuttle commander.
The Pentagon has updated cost projections for standing up a Space Force to $5 billion or less, much lower than the initial $13 billion estimate. "The president is going to be making some decisions to put forward a proposal in concert with his fiscal year 20 budget proposal that will go to the Congress in February," Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said.
The Pentagon has delivered its assessment of Turkey's planned purchase of 100 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets and challenges arising from Turkey's planned purchase of Russia's S-400 missile defense system.