Jefferson Morris

Jefferson Morris
Editor,
Aerospace Daily & Defense Report

Jeff has been involved in aerospace journalism for more than a decade. Prior to joining Aviation Week, Jeff served as managing editor of Launchspace magazine and the International Space Industry Report. He received his B.A. from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

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Hubble Begins Search For Kuiper Belt Target For New Horizons 

The Hubble Space Telescope has begun preliminary observations with the aim of finding a Kuiper Belt object that NASA’s New Horizons mission can visit after its July 2015 flyby of Pluto.

Hubble Begins Search For Kuiper Belt Target For New Horizons 
The Hubble Space Telescope has begun preliminary observations with the aim of finding a Kuiper Belt object that NASA’s New Horizons mission can visit after its July 2015 flyby of Pluto.
Pentagon Starts New Cost-Saving Shipping ID System 
This week the U.S. Transportation Command (Transcom), Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and the related military services offices changed to an automatic identification technology that it expects will save millions of dollars annually in transportation and distribution costs.
USAF ORS-3 Mission Testing New Tech, Launch Processes 

The U.S. Air Force’s upcoming Operationally Responsive Space-3 (ORS-3) demonstration, poised for launch Nov. 19 from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island, Va., is aimed at demonstrating a bevy of new technologies, as well as “commercial-like” launch processes that could reduce the cost of future national security space missions.

Lockheed Closing Facilities, Cutting 4,000 Positions 

Lockheed Martin is closing and consolidating several U.S. facilities and laying off 4,000 employees in what the company calls an effort “to increase the efficiency of its operations and improve the affordability of its products and services” in light of continued reductions in U.S. government spending.

The cuts will leave the company with 112,000 employees. The company’s workforce has been reduced 23% since 2008, when it employed 146,000.

USAF ORS-3 Mission Testing New Technology, Launch Processes 
ORS-3 will orbit the Space Test Program Satellite 3 (STPSat-3), along with 28 cubesats furnished by a variety of partners, including NASA.
Lockheed Closing Facilities, Cutting 4,000 Jobs
Lockheed Martin is closing and consolidating several U.S. facilities and laying off 4,000 employees in what the company calls an effort “to increase the efficiency of its operations and improve the affordability of its products and services” in light of continued reductions in U.S. government spending.
Nighthawk IV Micro-UAV Gets Special Airworthiness Certificate 

FAA has given Applied Research Associates Inc.’s (ARA) Nighthawk IV micro-UAV a special airworthiness certificate, which will allow potential customers to apply for agency approval to operate the 2-lb. aicraft in the national airspace.

FAA Approval Opens Door For Use Of Small UAS In National Airspace 

The FAA has given Applied Research Associates Inc.’s (ARA’s) Nighthawk IV micro-unmanned aircraft system (UAS) a special airworthiness certificate, which will allow potential customers to apply for agency approval to operate the 2-lb. aircraft in the national airspace.

“This special airworthiness certificate is supported by extensive safety, manufacturing, inspection, maintenance and crew training procedures that were reviewed and accepted by the FAA as part of a recent visit to witness post-certification maiden flights,” ARA says in an announcement.

Nighthawk IV Micro-UAV Receives Special Airworthiness Certificate 
FAA has given Applied Research Associates Inc.’s Nighthawk IV micro-UAV a special airworthiness certificate, which will allow potential customers to apply for agency approval to operate the 2-lb. aicraft in the national airspace.
Boeing Defense President Sees Sequestration Fallout Growing 

The head of Boeing’s defense and space unit thinks the true negative effects of sequestration on the aerospace and defense industry have yet to be felt, and will only get worse over time.

Boeing Defense Chief Sees Sequestration Fallout Growing 
WASHINGTON - Dennis Muilenburg warns that sequestration will not have an abrupt, “step-function” impact. Instead, the negative consequences will grow over time.
NASA IG Finds Agency Cloud Computing Oversight Lacking 

Despite NASA being an early pioneer in the field of cloud computing, the agency’s cloud-based systems and data could be at risk due to weaknesses in its IT oversight, according to the agency’s Inspector General (IG).

McCain Urges Slowing Of Littoral Combat Ship Buy 

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) wants to slow purchases of the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship program, in accordance with recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommendations concerning the troubled effort.

LCS is envisioned as comprising more than one third of the Navy’s future surface combatant fleet. The Navy plans to spend $40 billion on 52 LCS seaframes and 64 “plug and play” mission modules designed to be easily swapped on and off the ship, McCain said during a July 30 speech on the floor of the Senate.

McCain Urges Slowing Littoral Combat Ship Buy 
WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) wants to slow purchases of the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship program, in accordance with recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommendations concerning the troubled effort. (Photo: U.S. Navy)
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