September 22, 2017

FAA: Drones Hurricane Response ‘Landmark’

drone

The chief of the Federal Aviation Administration said, despite some problems during Hurricane Harvey in Houston, drone usage in responses to both Harvey and Irma would prove an evolutionary landmark for unmanned aviation.

Military Offering Relief in Wake of Irma

Relief in the Wake of Hurricane Irma

Members of the military are being kept busy with relief operation efforts following Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

7th Fleet Cmdr. Relieved: All Collisions During Basic Duties

Four collisions in the Seventh Fleet this year — all occurring during basic ship handling duties — resulted in the commander of the fleet being relieved. As the Navy begins an extensive review and reset, a multinational search for 10 missing sailors from the latest collision of the USS John McCain locates some remains, aboard ship.

F-35 Getting Closer to Combat Readiness

F-35C Combat Readiness

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is getting closer to full combat readiness, as pilots continue to test the jet in challenging environments.

For Today’s Eclipse, All Eyes on the Sky

solar eclipse

Today, Monday, Aug. 21, Southern Marylanders will be able to see a partial solar eclipse and, at peak, a light shadow of the moon will cover 81 percent of the sun.

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.

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.

Defense Experts Continue to Call for BRAC

BRAC

In an open letter to House and Senate Armed Services committees defense experts write, “Congress should grant our military the authority to eliminate waste and ensure that vital defense resources flow to where they are most needed.”

Navy ID’s Sailors Killed in Destroyer Collision

Sailors Killed in Destroyer Collision

The Navy has identified the seven sailors who died when the destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided Saturday with a Filipino cargo ship off the coast of Japan. One of the sailors was from Maryland.

Competition Grows for Attack Aircraft

Attack Aircraft

There has been interest in the past few years in fleet replacements for the Joint Strike Fighter. The number of ongoing or potential competitions for fighters, bombers, and attack aircraft is 54 worldwide.