FORMER CHIEF OF U.S. SPACE COMMAND FAVORS RESTORING IT INSTEAD OF SPACE FORCE

Retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Richard Myers generally likes the Trump administration’s proposal to revive U.S. Space Command, which he led from 1998 to 2000, as long as it adds value to space operations. “I think if there were a U.S. Space Command like there used to be it would obviate the need for a Space Force,” Myers told me in a phone interview. Full story by Tom Risen available on Aerospace America.

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NASA CHIEF PLEDGES TO REMEMBER MARS WHILE SHOOTING FOR MOON

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has sought to assure advocates of a human mission to Mars that NASA is “doing both the moon and Mars in tandem” rather than focusing exclusively on the Trump administration’s more immediate goal of sending astronauts back to the moon.Full story by Tom Risen on Humans to Mars Summit available at Aerospace America

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SEARCHING FOR WEAKENED FAN BLADES AFTER SOUTHWEST AIRLINES FATALITY

In the wake of the fatality aboard a Southwest Airlines flight in April, aircraft technicians sent ultrasonic waves through the fan blades of thousands of jet engines to check for metal fatigue. Investigators quickly suspected that a blade broke off from the left engine of the Southwest Boeing 737-700, spraying debris into the fuselage and causing the deadly decompression that

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