November 20, 2017

Acquisition Report Finds F-35 Costs Rising Again

F-35 costs rise

After years of cost reductions, the latest Selected Acquisition Reports finds the price of the next-gen joint strike fighters is up 7 percent to $406.5 billion.

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Stallion Completes 1st Test Flight to Pax

Stallion Completes 1st Test Flight to Pax

The CH-53K King Stallion completed its first long-range test flight from West Palm Beach, Florida, to NAS Pax River.

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Big Buyouts Eyed for DoD Civilian Workers

Buyouts at DoD

Civilian defense workers could be looking at a new $40,000 buyout program set up by the Pentagon. It’s likely be a hit at DoD as the Pentagon moves to cut headquarters staff.

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Webster Field Abuzz With UAS Activity

Forty-five teams from around the world attended the 15th Annual Student Unmanned Aircraft System Competition on Webster Field in St. Inigoes, MD.

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Rocket Launch Lights Up the Sky

The 11th try was it! A Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility early last Thursday. Southern Maryland could see color explosions in the sky a few minutes following the 4:25 am launch.

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Japan Upgrades F-35’s Strike Capabilities

Rising tensions in northeast Asia spurs Japan to upgrade its F-35’s strike capabilities with advanced air-to-surface missiles.

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Early Risers Thursday Could See Launch

Launch

NASA says the launch of the Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket is now scheduled for early Thursday morning, June 29, with a launch window between 4:15 and 4:45 am. This will be the 11th time the launch has been attempted at the Wallops Flight Facility. Southern Maryland skies are in the launch’s viewing range.

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CH-53K Could Get Shorter Test Schedule

CH-53K King Stallion

NAVAIR is considering a shorter test schedule for its Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion helicopter program in an effort to save money.

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Maryland Sends Delegation to Paris Air Show

Morning Coffee is a robust blend of links to news around the Internet concerning the Naval Air Station Patuxent River economic community. The opinions expressed here do not reflect opinions of the Leader’s owners or staff. Gov. Larry Hogan led a delegation of eight Maryland businesses to the 52nd Paris Air Show, the world’s largest aerospace industry event, Eye on Annapolis reports. The state of Maryland set up a promotional booth at the show last week where Maryland businesses showcased products and services. The governor and members of his executive team met with top aerospace companies to promote Maryland’s aerospace industry and to recruit…

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Wallops Rocket Launch Re-Set for June 24

Wallops launch

Wallops rescheduled its launch of a Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket, designed to release colorful clouds in space, to June 24, between 9:07 and 9:22 pm. Southern Maryland skies are in viewing range.

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