The failure by Congress to keep the federal government running is a "consequential mistake and preventable error" that will damage the US economy and aerospace industry, the Aerospace Industries Association said.
The 2018 National Defense Strategy, dubbed "Sharpening the American Military's Competitive Edge," prioritizes space defense. The strategy's mission is to "compete, deter and win," even in space, which "is like any other domain of war," Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said.
Lockheed Martin has presented India with potential exclusive agreements to build custom F-35s, a move the company says will boost the country's aerospace industry. "India-specific state-of-the-art fighter production in India will be exclusive, something that has never before been presented by any other fighter aircraft manufacturer," Lockheed's Vivek Lall said.
The Coast Guard wants to start using more small drones for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and it plans to begin a contract competition within six weeks. The Coast Guard is looking for affordable drones that can operate at least 12 hours daily.
Embraer says its E190-E2 jetliner, powered by the Pratt & Whitney PW1900G engine, is weeks away from final certification. "We just passed 2,000 flight-test hours using four E190-E2 prototypes, as well as the E195-E2 prototypes for some work, including functional and reliability tests," said Embraer's Fernando Antonio Oliveira.
Airbus Defence and Space is investing more in its Zephyr high-altitude pseudo-satellite, a drone that has flown for as many as 14 days above 60,000 feet in prior testing. Airbus has collaborated with organizations in the UK to develop Zephyr.
The federal government shutdown that began this past weekend will prevent SpaceX from a planned test of its Falcon Heavy rocket engine at the Kennedy Space Center. "Without our civilian workforce, the 45th SW is unable to support launch operations as well," the Air Force's 45th Space Wing said.
The SBIRS GEO Flight 4 missile-warning satellite is communicating with the Air Force following its successful launch Friday by United Launch Alliance. This is the fourth SBIRS satellite that Lockheed Martin has produced, and SBIRS 5 and 6 will debut in the coming years.
NASA is furloughing many of its workers amid the federal government shutdown that started Saturday. However, the agency is retaining personnel involved with the operations of the International Space Station.
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