Jefferson Morris

Jefferson Morris
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.

Trump Signs Fiscal 2018 Defense Authorization Bill 
President Donald Trump signed the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law Dec. 12.
Podcast: The Future of Heavy-Lift Space Launchers 20
Who will make it to Mars first? NASA, or the new entrepreneurs? Listen in as our editors discuss.
Podcast: SpaceX’s Road to Recovery 2
What the space-launch upstart thinks went wrong in September, what the delay means for its customers and how the company has handled losses in the past. Plus, Orbital ATK’s Pegasus launch and a John Glenn remembrance.
Inmarsat Switches Launch From SpaceX To Arianespace 
Satellite operator Inmarsat has switched the launch of the Inmarsat S-band/Hellas-Sat 3 telecommunications spacecraft to Arianespace’s Ariane 5 rocket, as a result of delays in the launch schedule of original launch provider SpaceX.
First GOES-R Satellite Prepares For Early November Launch 
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) first next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, GOES-R, is set to launch early next month.
Unmanned Systems Seen Having Trust Issues 
Unlocking the true potential of unmanned systems will require building greater trust of the systems among users, according to a panel of military unmanned systems leaders speaking at the recent Sea-Air-Space symposium here.
Forecast Friday: U.S. Bomber MRO Market 
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Latest Space Station Cargo Mission Launched 
Orbital ATK’s Cygnus unmanned cargo spacecraft is on its way to a scheduled March 26 arrival at the International Space Station (ISS), following its launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral late March 22.
GAO: LRS-B Among Programs For Congress To Watch 
The U.S. Government Accountability Office is urging Congress to keep a close watch on several major defense acquisition programs, including the Long-Range Strike Bomber.
Lockheed Sees Convoy Driver-Assist Tech Ready For Debut
Lockheed Martin believes “active safety” technology it has developed to help convoy drivers avoid collisions is ready for deployment now.
NASA Confirms Liquid Water on Mars  4
Finding adds urgency to space agency’s quest to find life on other planets.
NASA Confirms Present-Day Liquid Water On Mars  5
Spectroscopic data from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have confirmed that dark streaks appearing on Martian slopes are the result of liquid water.
USAF Cyber Chief Focusing On Aircraft, Satellite Protection 
The U.S. Air Force’s cybersecurity chief is confident in his service’s ability to protect its networks, but sees the protection of platforms such as fighter aircraft and satellites as his next major challenge.
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.

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