Next—The Electro BUFF It seems there is no end to the versatility of the B-52 bomber. Will it become a stand-off jammer? Boeing company officials publicly launched a campaign Tuesday to get the contract for the new Buff SOJ team of Boeing and BAE Systems, saying their combination of platform expert and highly experienced electronic warfare integrator has the “vision and capability to deliver.” The Air Force expects to have an operational B-52 SOJ by 2012. We offer more information on the project here.
NASA, SpaceX, and United Launch Alliance are all preparing to launch their next-gen rockets from Florida’s Space Coast, two of them before the year is out. One is expected to liberate the U.S. launch enterprise from its reliance on Russian-made RD-180 engines, while all three rockets could eventually carry astronaut crews.