SpaceX Takes Over Small-Sat Startup Swarm Technologies
SpaceX apparently has acquired Silicon Valley small-satellite maker Swarm Technologies, according to a U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filing in which SpaceX seeks to obtain the startup’s mobile satellite-service licenses. Credit: Swarm Technologies
First TH-73 Joins U.S. Navy’s Training Air Wing
The first of a planned 130 Leonardo TH-73 training helicopters has joined the U.S. Navy’s Training Air Wing as the rotorcraft begins replacing the TH-57 Sea Ranger. Credit: Jason Isaacs/U.S. Navy
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Organizers Cancel Avalon Airshow, Next Event Planned For 2023
The organizers of the Australian International Airshow, better known as the Avalon Airshow, have canceled this year’s event as they acknowledged the “unpredictable environment” brought about by the Delta strain of COVID-19. The airshow was already rescheduled twice, once from February to November this year, and then again to later in November to accommodate the Melbourne Formula 1 Grand Prix, which was then canned in early July as a result of the outbreak. Avalon organizer AMDA Foundation had still been keen to press ahead with a domestic-focused airshow but has now yielded to the pandemic. Credit: Scott Barbour/Getty Images
Japan Defense Ministry Moves To Drop LRASM From F-15 Program
The Japanese Defense Ministry has reported to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party that the F-15J upgrade program will proceed without the Lockheed Martin AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM), according to state broadcaster NHK. Credit: wikimedia.commons
NASA, Roscosmos To Assess Nauka Docking Incident
NASA and Russian federal space agency Roscosmos are assembling teams of experts to assess the unanticipated thruster firings of Russia’s Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module that followed its automated docking with the International Space Station (ISS) last month, according to Joel Montalbano, NASA’s space station program manager. Credit: Oleg Novitskiy/Roscosmos
NASA Seeks Applicants For Life-On-Mars Simulation
NASA is seeking a quartet of applicants for the first in a series of three planned year-long simulations of life on Mars intended to evaluate how human explorers might respond to limited resources, equipment failures, communications delays and environmental stresses. Credit: ICON
First Mars Sample Collection Attempt Comes Up Empty
The Martian surface delivered a bit of a surprise late last week as NASA’s Perseverance rover tried to acquire its first sample of rock from the floor of Jezero Crater for caching and eventual return to Earth. Credit: NASA
Italy Commits To Tempest Funding In Defense Spending Increase
Italy is committing funding to the Tempest Future Combat Air System as part of an uptick in the country’s national defense spending. Rome’s Defense Multiannual Planning Document calls for €2 billion ($2.34 billion) to be spent over the next 15 years, but only a fraction of the money will be expended in the formative years of the program—just €20 million annually from 2021 to 2023, followed by €90 million between 2024 and 2026. Credit: BAE Systems
UK To Explore Space-Based Laser Communications Technology
The UK Ministry of Defense plans to explore the use of free-space optical communications (FSOC) in low-Earth orbit through the use of a satellite demonstrator. The Titania Operational Concept Demonstrator, to be launched in 2023, a program led by the UK’s Defense Science and Technology Laboratories (DSTL), is expected to prove the high-bandwidth, secure-communications method by transmitting data using a narrow laser beam, sending that data to Puck, an optical ground station operated by the DSTL. Credit: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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