The International Space Station represents an opportunity for commercial entities to gain a new foothold in space.
Todd Harrison of the Center for Strategic and International Studies says the $13 billion estimate to create a Space Force military branch is likely too high. He cites workforce levels and a construction project as potentially inflating the estimate from the Air Force.
The Air Force is coming to terms with what it will take to fight battles across space and cyberspace as well as air. "Now we're seeing we're going to have to actually fight in all three of those domains and converge capabilities on an adversary to maintain that strategic advantage," Brig. Gen. Chance Saltzman said.
This week, an A321 powered by a 15.5% renewable-fuel blend was delivered to JetBlue Airways, marking its first renewable jet-fuel flight and Airbus' first aircraft powered by sustainable fuels from its US facilities in Mobile, Alabama. The airline will take delivery of four more A321s by the end of this year. "Our goal is to serve as a market-maker for renewable jet fuel, creating demand and therefore supporting supply. We're working closely with Airbus to set up infrastructure for more options in the southeast region," says JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes.
Boeing and VSMPO-AVISMA have launched a joint venture to forge titanium for the 777X, 737 MAX, 787 and other Boeing aircraft. VSMPO-AVISMA says it provides more than one-third of the titanium needed to produce Boeing aircraft.
Federal agencies are scrambling to obligate more than $200 billion by the end of the month as the current fiscal year comes to a close. The rapid pace of expenditures by military and civilian agencies is due in part to Congress approving the current omnibus budget agreement six months late.