Lockheed Martin’s Miniature Hit-to-Kill Interceptor Matures to Development Stage

PARIS, June 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The U.S. Army Cruise Missile Defense Systems Project Office awarded Lockheed Martin a $2.6 million dollar contract to mature the Miniature Hit-to-Kill (MHTK) interceptor, evaluate its effectiveness and demonstrate manufacturing readiness as part of the Extended Mission Area Missile Program. Announced by the company at the Eurosatory exhibition, this award marks the MHTK’s transition from the Science and Technology (S&T) phase to the Development phase.

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NASA to Hold Media Teleconference on Martian Dust Storm, Mars Opportunity Rover

NASA to Hold Media Teleconference on Martian Dust Storm, Mars Opportunity Rover

Mars, as seen by Mars Global Surveyor in 2003.
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

NASA will host a media teleconference at 1:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday, June 13, to discuss a massive Martian dust storm affecting operations of the agency’s Opportunity rover and what scientists can learn from the various missions studying this unprecedented event.


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NASA Flies Large Unmanned Aircraft in Public Airspace Without Chase Plane for First Time

Aircraft maintenance crews at NASA‘s Armstrong Flight Research Center prepare the remotely-piloted Ikhana aircraft for a test flight June 12, 2018. The test flight was performed to validate key technologies and operations necessary for the Federal Aviation Administration’s approval to fly the aircraft in the public airspace without a safety chase aircraft.

Credits: NASA/Ken Ulbrich

NASA’s remotely-piloted Ikhana aircraft, based at the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, is flown in preparation for its first mission in public airspace without a safety chase aircraft.

Credits: NASA/Carla Thomas

Engineers at NASA‘s Armstrong Flight Research Center monitor the remotely-piloted Ikhana aircraft from a mission control room during a test flight June 12, 2018.

Credits: NASA/Ken Ulbrich

NASA’s remotely-piloted Ikhana aircraft, based at the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, successfully flew its first mission in the National Airspace System without a safety chase aircraft on Tuesday. This historic flight moves the United States one step closer to normalizing unmanned aircraft operations in the airspace used by commercial and private pilots.


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Pentagon and Lockheed Martin Deliver 300th F-35 Aircraft

F-35 Enterprise Ramps Up Production and Reduces Costs

FORT WORTH, Texas, June 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The F-35 Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] delivered the 300th production F-35 aircraft, demonstrating the program’s continued progress and momentum. The 300th aircraft is a U.S. Air Force F-35A, to be delivered to Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

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BAE Systems Debuts iFighting® for Combat Vehicles at Eurosatory

PARIS, France — BAE Systems will present a new solution for addressing the challenge of battlefield situational awareness at the 2018 Eurosatory trade show in Paris this week. Called iFighting®, the technology is designed to optimize vehicle and crew performance by harnessing data to enable faster decision-making in combat.


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Revealed: Most Desired Airlines In the World

  • Etihad is the most desired airline with 98% of respondents wanting to fly in it by the power of the brand alone. Qatar Airways and Lufthansa followed with 96% and 95% respectively.
  • Air Astana came as the least desired
  • Lufthansa and British Airways were the most recognized worldwide.

The aided online poll was conducted among 24,000 participants from 68 countries aged between 17 and 78 who claimed to have traveled by plane at least one time during the past 24 months.


Berlin, Germany June 11, 2018 – Design and branding team at, GraphicSprings.com, produced a ranking which compares the top airlines worldwide with the aim to discover which has the best branding appeal and desirability. With their finger on the pulse of logo design all over the world, GraphicSprings conducted a poll of 24 thousand people in 68 countries who flew in the past 24 months, examining how people feel about airlines they may have never flown on, by just by looking at the logo and name of the airline. The goal of the questions was to understand the effect marketing, reputation of the airline and the country of origin may have on the desirability people may have to fly in it.


The study is part of a larger study on corporate logos and branding penetration. Among the findings a clear it was found that the Gulf airlines have an edge when it comes to branding, credibility, and desirability. Another interesting result is how the country of origin has an effect in desirability to fly or not in an airline.


Results of how many respondents would like to fly in that specific airline (by just looking at the logo)


Top 25


# COMPANY COUNTRY PASSENGERS in million Would like to fly on it (%)
1 Etihad Airways United Arab Emirates 18.5 98
2 Qatar Airways Qatar 26.7 96
3 Deutsche Lufthansa Germany 62.4 95
4 Emirates Dubai / United Arab Emirates 56.1 95
5 All Nippon Airways Japan 50.8 88
6 JetBlue Airways USA 38.3 87
7 Hawaiian Airlines USA 11 86
8 British Airways United Kingdom 44.5 85
9 Cathay Pacific Hog kong 27 85
10 Garuda Indonesia Indonesia 34.9 84
11 Swiss International Air Lines Switzerland 16.5 84
12 Fiji Airways Fiji 1.4 84
13 Saudia Saudi Arabia 30 57
14 Air Seychelles Seychelles 0.6 76
15 Southwest Airlines USA 151.8 75
16 Qantas Airways Australia 51.4 75
17 Virgin Atlantic Airways United Kingdom 5.4 75
18 Air France France 49.8 73
19 Alaska Airlines USA 24.4 73
20 Singapore Airlines Singapore 19 73
21 Japan Airlines Japan 40.2 72
22 Thai Airways Thailand 22.3 72
23 Philippine Airlines Philippines 13.35 72
24 Air Mauritius Mauritius 1.5 69
25 Alitalia Italy 22.1 66


Lower tier


# COMPANY COUNTRY PASSENGERS in million Would like to fly on it (%)
83 Asiana Airlines South Korea 18.4 14
84 TUI Airways United Kingdom 10.6 14
85 Air Malta Malta 1.8 12
86 Aeroflot-Russian Airlines Russia 29 11
87 SriLankan Airlines Sri Lanka 4.3 11
88 Royal Air Maroc Maroc 6.7 9
89 Azerbaijan Airlines Azerbaijan 2 8
90 Malaysia Airlines Malaysia 20.7 5
91 Air Astana Kazakhstan 3.75 5


Further Insights Available for the following questions


Name of the airline (%) – Percentage of participants who knew (or guessed correctly in an aided question) the name of the airline.


The country is from (%)

Percentage of participants who knew (or guessed correctly) in which country the company is located.


Yes is low cost (%)

Percentage of participants who considered the company to be a low budget airline.


Is expensive (%)

Percentage of participants who considered the company to be an expensive airline.


Yes, they are known for good service (%)

Percentage of participants who think that the airline is known for good service.


They think it has a bad reputation (%)

Percentage of participants who believe the airline has a bad reputation


Would like to fly on it (%)

Percentage of participants who would like to fly with the airline.


Yes, Is punctual and reliable (%)

Percentage of participants who consider the airline to be punctual and reliable.





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