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The idea of using laser weapons against ballistic missiles in their launch phase gains traction as the U.S. Missile Defense Agency prepares to select two flying testbed aircraft to carry its low-power laser demo program into the stratosphere.
Following the trajectory established when VAATE took over from IHPTET in 2005, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory unveils plans for a new national military-propulsion technology development program, ATTAM.
As U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command toasts delivery of the first Ghostrider gunship equipped with a 105-mm cannon, it now hopes to ride the air branch’s “Highway to HEL” by funding a high-energy laser demonstration on an earlier-model AC-130W.
Astronomers continue to expand our knowledge of the Solar System and beyond with ever-improving instruments. The Hubble Space Telescope continues a process Galileo started that will continue with the James Webb Space Telescope, set for launch in 2018.
This week's Washington Outlook column discusses Raytheon as a big donor in the New Hampshire and Arizona Senate races, Shuster's tight race in Pennsylvania and SpaceX and Blue Origin’s Washington ties.
Aerospace Calendar Aug. 20-Dec. 3—AOPA Flight Instructor Refresher Course. Various Locations. See aopa.org/forms/event-calendar/FIRC_ONSITE Aug. 20-23—Air Carriers Purchasing Conference. Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel. Atlanta. See acpc.com/