The White House plans to request $713 billion in defense funding for 2020, but the Budget Control Act will cap spending at $576 billion. Defense budget caps are setting the stage for a political battle in Congress in 2020, an issue complicated by the Trump administration's plan to reduce the use of Overseas Contingency Operations funds.
A new directive requiring the US Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy to make 80% of air fleets mission-ready could mean the retirement of some older aircraft, including F-18s. When "you look at what it would take to restore them to a certain level of readiness, you might say it's much easier just to retire those," Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan said about F-18s.
The Federal Aviation Administration is planning to test satellite tracking of some aircraft next year. Several airlines are expected to participate in the evaluation.
A newly released document shows Boeing gaining control of Embraer's commercial aircraft division under a joint venture, making it a fully integrated subsidiary.
Boeing has selected Korea Aerospace Industries to supply tail wings for 737 jetliners in a $460 million deal.
Russia's Soyuz rocket will be grounded during an investigation of a launch malfunction that happened Thursday. The length of the investigation into the failed launch is unknown, according to NASA's Kenny Todd.
A Colorado middle school is one of two schools in the state teaching students how to fly drones. As part of the Flight and Space class, students are learning about federal regulations and other aeronautical information as they conduct missions in the cafeteria with their drones.
Engine failure by a Soyuz booster rocket forced an American and Russian crew to make an emergency landing early Thursday, and both crew members were reported in good condition. NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Alexei Ovchinin of Roscosmos landed in Kazakhstan where NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted that a "thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted."
The Air Force will have to deal with funding competition from the Navy and Army as the Air Force seeks to increase its operational fleet by 2030. The Army and Navy will also be seeking growth funds through the next decade, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office.