National Space Council panelist Jack Burns wants the US to accelerate its timeline for returning to the moon and says there is support within the Trump administration for a lunar landing by 2025. Vice President Mike Pence is reportedly considering tasking NASA with getting to the moon faster.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working with BAE Systems on the Resilient Synchronized Planning and Assessment for the Contested Environment program. BAE is developing decision support technology for the battlefield.
Researchers from the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory demonstrated the cost-competitiveness of sustainable jet fuel produced from plants by simulating five production pathways to four fuel molecules. The team reported in the journal Energy & Environmental Science that biofuel products could be created at a $2.50-per-gallon target price using all pathways, provided that manufacturers can convert lignin into a chemical that can be marketed to balance out the fuel cost.
The American Classic Flying Club in Brunswick, Maine, has a ground school class of nine students, including seven women. "Now that I'm meeting another group of women that are doing it with me, I have other friends now that I can share this with," said flight student Kate Dempski.
Germany's DLR space agency is exploring the concept of intercepting a rocket first stage on its descent following launches. The agency is looking to develop a "rocket catcher" system that would enable reusable rockets.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will travel to Beijing next week to discuss a comprehensive trade agreement. President Donald Trump said the US-China deal is "coming along nicely."