Boeing and SpaceX are each pursuing capsule designs as they create spacecraft that will carry astronauts to and from the International Space Station. "It may not be romantic to fly, but it's going to get you there and back safely," said Harvard's Matthew Hersch.
Boeing and ArianeGroup are jointly developing a radio-frequency ion thruster for satellites. The first production version is slated for delivery to Boeing next year.
SpaceX has released a video highlighting missteps on the company's journey to successfully recovering an orbital rocket.
President Donald Trump is calling on Congress to end sequestration. Putting an end to arbitrary budget caps will enable the US "to give our military the tools, training, equipment, and resources that our brave men and women in uniform so richly deserve, and that is happening," he said.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is lamenting the toll that sequestration has taken on the US military. "It's because of a thing called sequestration and our failure over the last eight years to make sure our military is prepared, equipped, trained," McCain said.
The State Department has approved a record $75.9 billion in weapons sales, including purchases from Canada, for the fiscal year that ends this month. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency's previous record for approvals was set in the 2012 fiscal year with $68.6 billion.
A contract with Rolls-Royce to update aging engines for the Air Force B-52 aircraft would be enough to land a new engine assembly plant on US soil, according to Rolls-Royce executive Tom Hartmann. The US is ideal for the assembly operation since the proposed replacement engines are already mostly American-made, Hartman said
The Navy is investigating whether its second major collision during the past few months could be the result of a cyberattack. The USS John S. McCain and a tanker crashed into each other near the Strait of Malacca in August.
General Electric is benefiting from strong passenger demand for commercial trips, with a global outlook that is poised to grow this year by 5% to 37.5 million flights. GE engines power two-thirds of commercial flights globally, and the company has a $33 billion backlog of engine orders, GE Aviation's David Joyce says.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has ended its Saturn mission, disintegrating after falling out of orbit. "Most of what we have in science textbooks about Saturn comes from Cassini," said NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Director Mike Watkins about the importance of the spacecraft's discoveries.