The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
File this under something you don't see every day. The total projected price for the Pentagon's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program - the most expensive weapons development program in history - has dropped. Though its program history is riddled with cost and schedule overruns alongside unforeseen engineering and design issues, the total price tag for the JSF fell $4.5 billion in 2012, the first time in the program's history that the projected cost has gone anywhere but up (and up and up).
An MQ-9 Reaper, precision bombs and air-to-ground missiles at the ready
At 2 p.m. ET today, President Obama will address a crowd at National Defense University in D.C. to spell out some of the biggest vagaries of his administration - policies that are central to America's security and foreign policy that, nonetheless, have been shrouded in official secrecy, opaque statements of accountability, and open-ended legal jargon that leaves a lot of room for interpretation.
Triton on the Tarmac, May 21, 2013
U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman by Chad Slattery
For the U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman, it's shaping up to be a banner year in unmanned flight. While the carrier-based autonomous X-47B continues to hit milestones aboard the USS George H.W. Bush somewhere off the East Coast, out west in Palmdale, Calif., today the Navy flew its MQ-4C Triton maritime drone for the first time, marking the beginning of a sea change (pardon the pun) in the way the U.S. military patrols the oceans. The drone flew for 80 minutes and reached an altitude of 20,000 feet.
X-47B touch and go
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy Walter
The Navy's unmanned and autonomous X-47B continues to hit new milestones. Less than a week after completing its first catapult launch from a carrier deck last Tuesday the Unmanned Combat Aerials System (UCAS) executed its first touch and go landings - that's when an aircraft touches down like it's landing but then accelerates and takes off again - aboard the USS George H.W. Bush on Friday, bringing this technology demonstrator ever closer to being fully carrier-capable.
The Navy's X-47B Catapults Into the History Books
(U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman by Alan Radecki
ABOARD THE USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH, ATLANTIC OCEAN - All that was left on the carrier deck was a cloud of white steam wafting over a flight crew that was visibly bursting with excitement even with faces concealed behind bulky protective headgear, noise suppressing headsets, and darkly tinted goggles. Much of this whooping, backslapping, and enthusiastic embracing took place square in the middle of the flight deck where the Navy's experimental X-47B unmanned, autonomous combat jet had stood just moments before, Pratt and Whitney F100 jet engine screaming - before the robot gave its go-ahead salute - indicated by the a flash of its wingtip lights - and the catapult officer responded with the signal to launch, sending the X-47B catapulting off the carrier deck and into aviation history.
Airport Traffic in Dubai
If you consider how many things have to go right for it to work, passenger flight is a seamless experience almost all of the time. Except when it isn't, and your flight is delayed and you miss your connection. Why does this happen? It's actually a tough challenge, and airlines hate it almost as much as you do. Missed connections and annoyance cause pollution and frustration, costing airlines (and passengers) plenty of money.