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Russia said Oct. 20 it would be open to a mutual nuclear warhead freeze with the United States in exchange for extending the last nuclear treaty between Moscow and Washington for a year. The offer, made in a statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry, injects new life into talks that days ago appeared dead after both sides rejected the other’s latest offer.
The Pentagon has raised to $95.8 billion the estimated cost of fielding a new fleet of land-based nuclear missiles to replace the Minuteman III arsenal that has operated continuously for 50 years, officials said Oct. 19. The estimate is up about $10 billion from four years ago.
Company executives dropped some not-so-subtle hints about the company’s growing backlog of classified military work, including one project that requires erecting a new building at its secretive Skunk Works facility in Palmdale, Calif. They also pointed to revenue growth within the company’s Aeronautics division, which includes the Advanced Development Programs shop that created the fabled U-2 and SR-71 spy planes and F-117 stealth attack jet.
The ability to generate "Star Wars"-themed logs of software changes was another part of the recent game-changing experiment.
The center’s creation, which is on the agenda for a meeting of defense ministers on Oct. 22, would come amid space capabilities gaining importance in the defense calculus of global powers. The United States, Russia, and China have invested heavily in space technology in the past years, though many of the activities are closely guarded secrets.
Boeing has been awarded a $30 million contract from the Navy to co-develop the Supersonic Propulsion Enabled Advanced Ramjet flight demonstrator with the Navy’s Air Warfare Center Weapons Division. The contract award comes after the Defense Department requested information from the defense industry to help the Navy determine technical requirements of future carrier-based land and sea strike weapons systems.
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Figuring out how to scale up the use of secure digital design and innovative ideas from small firms will be one of the first orders of business for the Space Force command responsible for overseeing all military satellite programs following its official start-up on Oct. 21, says Space Force Director of Operations and Communications Maj. Gen. DeAnna M. Burt.
SpaceX will use Microsoft Azure’s orbital emulator—a digital environment that allows the user to visualize an entire satellite architecture, test satellite designs, and artificial intelligence algorithms.
A future factory called the Hypersonic Production Accelerator Facility—for building potentially thousands of scramjet propulsion systems for hypersonic cruise missiles—may not need the U.S. Defense Department or the defense industry to pay the up-front costs for facilities and equipment.
The 846th Test Squadron at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., is working to get its hypersonic sled testing program ready for the future Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon.
The space program’s new titanium throne, or Universal Waste Management System, was launched on Northrop Grumman’s robotic spacecraft Cygnus 14, which was sent to resupply the International Space Station on Oct. 3. And for the first time, the toilet was built to accommodate the needs of female astronauts.