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1/17/2018

Lockheed Martin's developmental SR-72 aircraft relies on the latest digital manufacturing and design technologies. "Now we can digitally print that engine with an incredibly sophisticated cooling system integral into the material of the engine itself and have that engine survive for multiple firings for routine operation," Lockheed's Jack O'Banion said.

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1/17/2018

France is reportedly planning follow-on orders for the Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules. The country took delivery of the first of the original four-plane order.

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1/17/2018

The Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II aircraft will soon take its first live operation at sea aboard the USS Wasp, a Navy amphibious assault ship. The Wasp recently arrived in Japan.

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1/17/2018

Boeing will develop a line of passenger aircraft seats under a joint venture with Adient. "Seats have been a persistent challenge for our customers, the industry and Boeing, and we are taking action to help address constraints in the market," Boeing's Kevin Schemm said.

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1/17/2018

December was a key month for Airbus, with the plane-maker booking 841 firm orders for the period and pushing the company past the 1,000 order mark for 2017.

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1/17/2018

Research by the Aerospace Industries Association cites the potential for a global shortfall of 85 million skilled workers in aerospace by 2020. "(The lack of aviation employees) is created by baby boomers retiring and the fact that a lot of our young people think this is an elitist occupation which they can't aspire to, which is not true," John Barry, president and CEO of Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, said.

1/17/2018

Blue Origin, Moon Express, iSpace and Astrobotic are among the companies placing big bets on the moon. Astrobotic lunar lander Peregrine can carry 584 pounds.

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1/17/2018

The Air Force plans to create a new three-star general role to help oversee the Colorado-based Space Command from Washington. The vice commander of Air Force Space Command will "assist the commander of Air Force Space Command with his/her responsibility to organize, train and equip space forces."

1/17/2018

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. is concerned that another continuing resolution to keep the government running in lieu of a budget deal could cause problems for the country's military. "Sometimes when you're forced to spend all the money in a compressed period of time at the end of the fiscal year, it isn't necessarily as efficient a use of the resources as you'd want it to be," he said.

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1/17/2018

The Pentagon is updating the 2016 National Military Strategy to align with the Trump administration's National Defense Strategy.

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