The need for propulsion by small satellites has set off a wave of innovative technologies by several companies such as Neumann Space, Additive Rocket and Enpulsion. "What we are seeing right now is a reasonably large disruption in the propulsion community," Enpulsion founder and CEO Alexander Reissner said.
The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act is gaining traction in the House and Senate as the US looks to curb industrial espionage by China that targets US technological innovation.
The Senate Armed Services Committee passed its version of the $716 billion 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill forbids the Pentagon from working with any company that is a customer of China's Huawei Technologies and ZTE. The bill next must pass the full Senate before going to conference with the version the House passed Thursday.
Tax cuts in the US will enable United Technologies to invest $15 billion in its workforce and research in coming years. The company plans to boost manufacturing capacity and hire tens of thousands of workers.
The latest version of the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is able to incorporate data from sensors across multiple aircraft. Sensor fusion technology means the Super Hornet can work in coordination with the Lockheed Martin F-35.
The Army has selected Griffon Aerospace, Kord Technologies, Kratos Defense & Rocket Support Services and Trideum Corp. to develop aerial target systems under a combined $93.4 million contract.
The Defense Department is using "pilot authorities" to accelerate weapons sales to allies, including Japan, South Korea, Romania and Saudi Arabia. "We have a whole variety of specific programs where we are focused on applying these authorities: Patriot Missiles for Romania; Global Hawk for Japan, THAAD [high-altitude air defense missiles] for Saudi Arabia, and TOW [vehicle-launched missiles] for multiple foreign military sales partners," said Ellen Lord, defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment.
Boeing's 737 Max has reached it first year in service with 130 deliveries, almost twice the number of Airbus A320neo aircraft delivered in that model's first year. Boeing has 4,509 firm orders for 737 Max passenger jets.
Rising fuel costs could prompt airlines to ground some aging aircraft after the busy summer flying season.
NASA Administrator James Bridenstine received a positive response from lawmakers after outlining NASA's $52 billion moonshot plan. Public-private partnerships will play a key role.