Lockheed Gets Hybrid Launch Vehicle Work: Lockheed Martin officials say the Air Force has given the company a $2.5 million contract to participate in the Hybrid Launch Vehicle studies and analysis program, which is part of the Operationally Responsive Space initiative. The service already has enlisted Northrop Grumman in this effort to produce an HLV that would provide an affordable and reliably responsive means to launch small spacecraft. In a separate procurement, the Air Force will select two teams to design subscale HLV demonstrators, scheduled to begin work in Fiscal 2007.
Three B-1B Lancers from the 7th Bomb Wing flew over the Indo-Pacific alongside F-16s from the Japanese Air Self Defense Force recently, as part of a joint large force exercise. The mission began and ended in the continental U.S., as the bombers flew 31 hours and landed Jan. 11.