Companies such as GE and UTC Aerospace Systems are announcing plans for a major push into the nascent civil supersonic market at the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition this week in Orlando, Fla. GE Aviation has unveiled its new Affinity engine, which is being touted as a pivotal first step toward a return to supersonic commercial travel. UTC Aerospace Systems plans to use technology already in flight testing on high-speed military aircraft to move into the civil supersonic arena.
The Army is updating its missile defense strategy to account for emerging capabilities by China and Russia in addition to aligning with the National Defense Strategy. "We now see threats that we didn't see necessarily back in 2015 as near peer, and so we've had to adjust our strategy or tailor our strategy to make sure that we account for that," Lt. Gen. James Dickinson says.
The merger of L3 Technologies and Harris Corp. to create the sixth-largest US defense firm is seen as a major development in the industry, leading insiders to discuss growth prospects for the sector going forward.
The Air Force is using its Section 804 rapid prototyping and fielding authority to create it next secure satellite constellation. The faster approach to fielding the system is expected to gain approval by year's end.
Boeing Business Jets' has delivered the first BBJ Max 8 model, and interior outfitting is on track for completion in late 2019. "We are excited to begin delivering a longer-range and more capable version of the world's most popular business jetliner," Greg Laxton, head of Boeing Business Jets, says.
Ovzon has selected SpaceX as the launch provider for its first satellite. "Contracting the launch supplier of our first Ovzon satellite is an important and exciting step for our company. SpaceX offered a very competitive solution with the Falcon Heavy launch vehicle, which will gain us access to space in a timely and reliable manner," said Ovzon CEO Per Wahlberg.
NASA's High Altitude Venus Operational Concept would take humans to the planet using high-altitude airships as habitats.
Thomas Duesterberg, a senior fellow at Hudson Institute, highlights Trump administration efforts to renew the US commitment to its defense industrial base and the role the US plays as a global peacekeeper. "The complacency of recent decades needs to be replaced by a new determination to find the right balance of more activist policies in support of a 21st-century Arsenal of Democracy," he writes.