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March 22, 2019
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White House eager to reach moon, sources say
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.
Ars Technica (3/21) 
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Defense
Video: Sikorsky-Boeing Defiant takes flight
The Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 Defiant has successfully completed its first flight. It's being developed for the Army's Joint Multi-Role helicopter demonstration.
Defense News (3/21) 
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Cyber Command plans investment in joint tools
Cyber Command is planning investments in the development of cybersecurity tools for use across the Defense Department, including the Joint Cyber Warfighting Architecture.
Fifth Domain (3/21) 
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DARPA program looks to automate battlefield decisions
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.
Aviation Week & Space Technology (tiered subscription model) (3/22) 
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Rolls-Royce engine to become part of Bell V-280 lineup
Future Bell V-280 Valor aircraft will include both GE Aviation and Rolls-Royce engine options. Currently, the aircraft uses the T64-GE-419 engine.
FlightGlobal (U.K.) (3/21) 
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Civil Aviation
Research demonstrates cost-competitiveness of sustainable jet fuel
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.
Biofuels International (UK) (3/19) 
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A&D Workforce
9-strong flight class includes 7 women
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.
WCSH-TV (Portland, Maine) (3/20) 
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Space
DLR explores "rocket catcher" concept
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.
Space News International (3/21) 
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Policy and Legislation
US-China trade talks will happen
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."
The Hill (3/21) 
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I had a running compiler and nobody would touch it because, they carefully told me, computers could only do arithmetic; they could not do programs.
Rear Adm. Grace Murray Hopper,
developer of the first compiler for a computer programming language

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