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House panel takes first step towards military “Space Corps”

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers on Tuesday took the first step towards establishing a ‘Space Corps’ within the Air Force — similar to the way the Marine Corps functions in the Navy — by drafting legislation that would require the new organization to be set up by January 1, 2019. As the House Armed Services Committee prepares to vote on the National Defense [...]

B612 studying smallsat missions to search for near Earth objects

WASHINGTON — The B612 Foundation, which once sought to privately develop a large space observatory to search for potentially hazardous near Earth objects (NEOs), is now studying an alternative approach that uses much smaller spacecraft. The California-based non-profit organization unveiled plans in 2012 for Sentinel, a spacecraft that would go into a Venus-like orbit around the sun, looking back towards [...]

NNSA leadership shares tips to build a highly technical, inclusive workforce

NNSA leaders joined academic researchers, federal practitioners, and industry partners to exchange ideas on human resources management at the 2nd annual U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Research Summit June 7 at American University in Washington, D.C. The summit highlighted organizations using innovative strategies to advance human capital policy and invited leaders to present strategies to implement new ideas and [...]

If America wants to succeed, it needs to learn to fail, top general says

WASHINGTON — If the United States is going to stay a preeminent world power, it’s going to require failure, said Gen. John Hyten, the head of U.S. Strategic Command. “We’ve lost the ability to go fast, test, and fail,” Hyten said. “We tie the hands of our engineers and acquisition folk because we expect every test to work and if [...]

To boost Stratobus project, Thales Alenia Space takes stake in French airship maker

WASHINGTON — Thales Alenia Space has taken a “minority stake” in French airship maker Airstar Aerospace with the goal of completing a prototype of its Stratobus pseudo-satellite by 2020. The investment, which the companies declined to quantify, was announced June 19 at the Paris Air Show. Thales Alenia Space said in a press release that its investment in Airstar will [...]

Brexit uncertainty worries UK space start-ups

LONDON — The United Kingdom’s space start-up sector is blossoming. The U.K. government has committed to capturing 10 percent of the global space market by 2030 and is pouring support into emerging enterprises including spaceports, small satellite makers and application developers. However, the continuing uncertainty around Brexit concerns companies. At the U.K. Space Conference in Manchester May 30-June 1, several companies [...]

Statement from NNSA Administrator Frank Klotz

WASHINGTON D.C. –  Safety is paramount at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). We have uncompromising standards for our plants and laboratories to perform work in a safe and secure manner that protects our employees, our facilities, and the public. An article published Sunday by the Center for Public Integrity (CPI), the first in a planned series on safety at NNSA [...]

The US and Philippine Navies Will Participate in the Maritime Training Activity Sama Sama

CEBU, Philippines (NNS) -- The U.S and Philippine navies will participate in the Maritime Training Activity Sama Sama June 19-25 in the vicinity of Cebu.Maritime Training Activity Sama Sama is designed to enhance the complexity and diversity of training opportunities, while strengthening the longstanding alliance between the U.S. and the Republic of the Philippines.The exercise will focus on mutual security [...]

Upper stage malfunction leaves Chinese satellite in lower-than-planned orbit

An upper stage malfunction has left a Chinese satellite in a lower-than-planned orbit after a launch Sunday. The Long March 3B lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 12:12 p.m. Eastern carrying the Chinasat-9A satellite. It was not until early Monday, though, that Chinese officials announced that the third stage of the rocket malfunctioned, leaving the satellite in [...]

XCOR Aerospace CEO nominated for Pentagon post

WASHINGTON — The White House has nominated the president and chief executive of suborbital spaceplane and engine developer XCOR Aerospace to a top position in the Defense Department. In a list of nominations released by the administration late June 16, the White House announced it was nominating John H. “Jay” Gibson II to the position of Deputy Chief Management Officer [...]

US Navy Identifies Seven Deceased Fitzgerald Sailors

From U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- The remains of seven Sailors previously reported missing were located in flooded berthing compartments, after divers gained access to the spaces, June 18, that were damaged when USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) was involved in a collision with the Philippine-flagged merchant vessel ACX Crystal.The deceased are:- Gunner's Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle [...]

Coalition Defends Partner Forces from Syrian Fighter Jet Attack

SOUTHWEST ASIA (NNS) -- At approximately 4:30 p.m. Syria time, June 18, Pro-Syrian regime forces attacked the Syrian Democratic Forces-held town of Ja'Din, South of Tabqah, wounding a number of SDF fighters and driving the SDF from the town.Coalition aircraft conducted a show of force and stopped the initial pro-regime advance toward the SDF-controlled town.Following the Pro-Syrian forces attack, the [...]

Number of USS Fitzgerald Sailors’ Remains Found

170617-N-XN177-155 YOKOSUKA, Japan (June 17, 2017) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) returns to Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka following a collision with a merchant vessel while operating southwest of Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter Burghart/Released) June 17, 2017 170617-N-XN177-158 YOKOSUKA, Japan (June 17, 2017) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG [...]

USS Fitzgerald Returns to Yokosuka

From U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs PHILIPPINE SEA (NNS) -- USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), aided by tug boats, returned to Yokosuka at 6:15 p.m. this evening.Approximately 16 hours earlier, it was involved in a collision with the Philippine-flagged merchant vessel ACX Crystal while operating about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan. Seven of Fitzgerald's crew remain missing.Vice Adm. Joseph [...]