Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Figuring out how to create a 3D printing-based supply chain in space will be the focus of one future ‘challenge’ for innovators competing for Air Force prize money, service acquisition czar Will Roper says.
The Defense Department awarded Texas A&M University's Engineering Experiment Station a $20 million per year contract to establish and manage a University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics, or UCAH. "This first-of-its-kind consortium will be critical to advancing hypersonics research and innovation, a key priority of the Department of Defense," said Michael Kratsios, acting undersecretary of defense for research and engineering.
“China’s ambitions far outstrip merely copying or surpassing our military. AlphaGo’s victory was a Sputnik moment for the Chinese Communist Party, triggering its own NASA-like response: a national Mega-Project in AI. Though there is no moon in this digital “space race,” its giant leap may be the next industrial revolution. The synergy of 5G and cloud-to-edge AI could radically evolve the internet of things, enabling ubiquitous AI and all the economic and military advantages it could bestow. It's not just our military that needs digital urgency: Our nation must wake up fast. The only thing worse than fearing AI itself is fearing not having it,” writes Air Force acquisition head Will Roper.
According to Charleston police, this suspicious package was several smoke detectors and a carbon monoxide detector inside of a bag. “The carbon monoxide detector was beeping,” Charleston police said.
A streak of United Launch Alliance and SpaceX launch scrubs has frustrated rocket company executives and space aficionados. But Space Force launch managers are not discouraged, and in fact see scrubs as proof that systems are working like they should, Col. Douglas Pentecost said Oct. 22.
China will impose unspecified sanctions on Boeing Co.’s defense unit, Lockheed Martin Corp. and Raytheon Technologies Corp. after the U.S. State Department approved $1.8 billion in arms sales to Taiwan last week. The sanctions will be imposed “in order to uphold national interests,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters Monday in Beijing.
Scientists have revealed that they've discovered traces of molecular water on the sunlit surface of the moon. The discovery could forever change our relationship with our closest cosmic neighbor. “This is exciting because the expectation is that any water present on the sunlit surface of the moon might not survive the lunar day,” Paul Hertz, the Astrophysics division director at NASA Headquarters, said in a press conference Monday. Because the moon does not have an atmosphere, any water on its sunlit surface was thought to be lost to space. "[I]f we find a large concentration of water on the sunlit moon, we may be able to extract it and use it as a resource for exploration," Casey Honniball, a Postdoctoral Program Fellow at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, tells Popular Mechanics via email.