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.

Articles
House Appropriations Subcommittee Moves NASA Funding Bill 
The House Appropriations Subcommittee that funds NASA marked up and approved an $18.5 billion fiscal 2016 spending bill for the agency May 14 that boosts exploration, but slightly cuts science funding as compared to 2015-enacted levels.
Dscovr Space Weather Satellite Eyes Jan. 23 Launch 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)-led Deep Space Climate Observatory (Dscovr) is closing in on a planned Jan. 23 launch atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 from Cape Canaveral, kicking off a mission to provide advanced warning of potentially dangerous solar storms.

Operating from the L1 Lagrangian point 1 million mi. from Earth, the $340 million Dscovr – a joint effort by NOAA and the U.S. Air Force – is set to become the world’s first operational deep-space satellite.

Dscovr Space Weather Satellite Eyes Jan. 23 Launch 
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)-led Deep Space Climate Observatory (Dscovr) is closing in on a planned Jan. 23 launch atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 from Cape Canaveral, kicking off a mission to provide advanced warning of potentially dangerous solar storms.
NASA’s Maven In Home Stretch For Orbit Insertion 
NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (Maven) spacecraft is on track to complete its 10-month journey to the red planet on Sept. 21, when it will enter an initial elliptical orbit to begin its planned one-year mission studying Mars’ climate.
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.

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May 18, 2015
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May 15, 2015
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May 11, 2015
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NavWeek: China Coastal Catch 8

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May 10, 2015
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Ethiopian Airlines Takes Delivery Of Newest 737-800

Ethiopian Airlines' fleet renewal and growth continued this week with the delivery of a new Boeing 737-800 from Seattle. Routing through Washington-Dulles and then Dublin, Ireland, the latest 737NG is Ethiopian's 16th. Since 2010, the East African carrier has taken delivery of 25 Boeing 737/777/787s as well as 13 Bombardier DHC8-Q400 regional turbo aircraft. One of the fastest-growing and most modern of African airlines, Ethiopian also has a burgeoning MRO business....More
May 7, 2015
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Vantage Searches For An Advantage 3

It's easy to see why the composite machine turns heads; it sits high on a fighter-jet type landing gear, has a spaceship-like cockpit and those forward-swept wings, which beyond looking awesome, allow for a larger cabin as the main structure for the wings can be behind the seating area....More

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