The principal investigator for NASA’s $1 billion Osiris-Rex asteroid sample-return mission is concerned that the agency has not invested sufficiently in laboratory infrastructure to study the samples the team hopes to gather later this year.
ESA Still Hopes For 2020 ExoMars Rover Launch
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U.S. Navy, Boeing Fly Upgraded IR Sensor On F/A-18E/F
The U.S. Navy and Boeing last month flew the first upgraded version of the Lockheed Martin infrared search and track (IRST) pod that will become one of the key capabilities for the F/A-18E/F Block III that is scheduled to enter flight testing in a few months.
NASA Spacewalkers Resume ISS Battery Upgrade
pacewalking NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch resumed efforts Jan. 15 to complete the replacement of aging batteries on the International Space Station’s solar panel truss—an activity that was interrupted three months ago by the failure of a battery charge/discharge unit (BC/DU).
Requirements Creep Plagues MUX Program
The head of the U.S. Marine Corps points to the Marine Air-Ground Task Force Unmanned Aircraft System Expeditionary (MUX) effort as an example of requirements creep and how the services must be more disciplined.
With OpFires, Lockheed A Six-Time Hypersonic Winner
Lockheed Martin has won a sixth prime contractor role in a U.S. hypersonic missile program.
Toyota Pumps $394M Into EVTOL Startup Joby
Japanese automaker Toyota has led a $590 million fundraising round at Joby Aviation, which makes the 10-year-old U.S. company the most well-funded startup in the emerging electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) air taxi market.
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