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Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Signs First US Interstate Agreement

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT | HyperloopTT) announced today the signing of official agreements with the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) who is teaming with the Illinois' Department of Transportation (IDOT) to begin a feasibility study for the region. Several corridors have been identified for study connecting Cleveland to Chicago.


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Support for HTT's Hyperloop system has been widespread throughout the region with Ohio's legislature passing a resolution for the initiative in 2017. In January, HTT worked alongside a bipartisan group of congressional representatives from several states including, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin sent a formal letter to President Donald Trumprequesting infrastructure funding support to develop the system.

As part of this growing movement, HTT has formed a regional consortium around the project to include a multitude of other prominent organizations. An event is scheduled for February 26 in Cleveland at the Great Lakes Science Center where additional details will be revealed along with the growing list of consortium members.

"Regulations are the ultimate barrier for Hyperloop implementation, and we are excited to build the first real public-private partnership to bring Hyperloop travel to the US," said Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of HTT. "With this agreement, we welcome innovative and industry-leading partners in both government and industry to our movement."

"It's quite amazing to see how many partners Hyperloop Transportation Technology already has in the development of the Hyperloop," said Grace Gallucci, Executive Director of NOACA. "And they have been developing these partnerships across the spectrum: They have partnerships with academic institutions, with government institutions, with the private sector."

"We came here because places like Cleveland, Chicago and Pittsburgh have the manufacturing, the raw materials and the talented, hard working people in order to make it happen,"  said Andrea La Mendola Chief Global Operations Officer of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies. "We can source everything from this area. This is a place where you make big things."

About HTT

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc. (HTT, HyperloopTT) is an innovative transportation and technology company focused on realizing the Hyperloop, a system that moves people and goods at unprecedented speeds safely, efficiently, and sustainably. Through the use of unique, patented technology and an advanced business model of lean collaboration, open innovation and integrated partnership, HTT is creating and licensing technologies.

Founded in 2013, HTT is a global team comprised of more than 800 engineers, creatives and technologists in 52 multidisciplinary teams, with 40 corporate and university partners. Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, HTT has offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, UAE; Bratislava, Slovakia; Toulouse, France; and Barcelona, Spain. HTT has signed agreements in Slovakia, Abu Dhabi, the Czech Republic, France, Indonesia, Korea and the United States.

HTT is led by co-founders Dirk Ahlborn (CEO) and Bibop Gresta (Chairman) and a senior management team of experienced entrepreneurs and professionals. For more information or media inquiries, contact [email protected]or visit

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Lockheed Martin Completes Assembly on Arabsat's Newest Communications Satellite

A new, high-capacity communications satellite that will deliver TV, internet and mobile phone services to the Middle East, Africa and Europe is one step closer to launch. Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has completed assembly on the Arabsat-6A satellite, which was recently shipped to its Sunnyvale, California facility to begin a comprehensive series of tests to ensure the satellite is ready for operations in orbit.

"This new satellite will strengthen our existing fleet that offers millions of people mobile and landline communications service across the region," said Khalid Balkheyour, CEO of Arabsat. "We look forward to completing and launching this state-of-the-art new satellite to offer even greater internet, television and radio services to our customers."

Arabsat-6A is part of the two-satellite Arabsat-6G program for Arabsat and is the second of Lockheed Martin's modernized LM 2100 series satellites to complete assembly. The other satellite in the Arabsat 6G program, Hellas Sat4/SaudiGeoSat-1, recently completed assembly and was also shipped to Sunnyvale in November of 2017 for testing.

"Arabsat-6A and its companion satellite, Hellas Sat 4/SaudiGeoSat-1 are the most advanced commercial communications satellites we've ever built," said Lisa Callahan, vice president and general manager of Commercial Civil Space for Lockheed Martin. "The modernized LM 2100 that these satellites are built on is packed with new innovations, including solar arrays that are 30 percent lighter and 50 percent more powerful, upgraded flight software and more efficient propulsion capabilities resulting in longer maneuver life. Those improvements will deliver greater precision, performance and value in orbit."

During the trip from Denver to Sunnyvale, Arabsat-6A was housed in a "mobile cleanroom," which keeps the satellite secure and in pristine condition, free of virtually any specks of dust and contaminants that could damage its precision electronics.

In California, the satellite will undergo multiple tests to ensure it is fit for flight. The satellite will be blasted with sound, exposed to extreme heat and cold, and subjected to a total vacuum to simulate what it will endure during its launch and operations in space. The testing will be completed and the satellite ready for delivery to the launch site by the end of the year.

Lockheed Martin is building five modernized LM 2100 satellites for a host of missions and customers around the globe.

About Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 100,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.


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ATA Unveils New Cybercrime Reporting Tool as Member Benefit

ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 20, 2018 -- Today, the American Trucking Associations announced the launch of Fleet CyWatch, a new service for its motor carrier and council members to use for reporting cybercrimes affecting fleet operations.

"As the industry responsible for delivering America's food, fuel and other essentials, security is of paramount importance, particularly in an increasingly technologically connected world," said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. "Fleet CyWatch is the next logical step in our association's and our industry's commitment to working with law enforcement and national security agencies to keep our supply chain safe and secure."

Fleet CyWatch was developed by ATA's Technology and Maintenance Council and Transportation Security Council, in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to assist fleets in reporting information about trucking related internet crimes and cyber-attacks, and in providing information to fleets about threats that may impact their operations. Fleet CyWatch coordinates with private and federal efforts to provide motor carriers with information and recommendations in the areas of cybersecurity awareness, prevention, and mitigation methods. The program connects industry, federal enforcement, and associations and trade groups specialized in cybersecurity to improve U.S. road transport safety.

By subscribing to Fleet CyWatch, fleets will be easily able to report all types of internet crimes related to disrupting fleet operations, which are then communicated to the proper authorities.  After protecting the identity of the reporting fleet, the information is also shared with intelligence analysis agencies and the motor carrier community subscribed to Fleet CyWatch. The program's responding alerts will address cybersecurity training and education, cyber-threat trends and patterns and best practices development.

Click here to subscribe to ATA's Fleet CyWatch Program.

American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation's freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or on Facebook. Trucking Moves America Forward.

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Global Submarine Sensor Market: Advancements in Acoustic and Electromagnetic Sensor Technologies to Spell Growth for Market, Says TMR

The vendor landscape of the global submarine sensors market is intensely competitive and features the presence of several prominent vendors. So as to sustain in the highly competitive market, companies are focused on the development of advanced, high-quality, and economical products. Investments aimed at geographical expansion, improving R&D and distribution networks across lucrative regional markets, and strategic partnerships with leading submarine manufacturers are also some of the key growth strategies adopted by vendors operating in the global submarine sensors market.

Some of the leading companies operating in the global submarine sensors market are Atlas Elektronik, Safran Electronics & Defense, Harris, DRS Technologies, Lockheed Martin, L3 KEO, Northrop Grumman, Ducommun, and Raytheon.

According to the report, the global submarine sensor market is expected to expand at a CAGR of 3.6% over the period between 2017 and 2025, rising from a valuation of US$230.48 mn in 2016 to US$315.17 mn by 2025.

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Acoustic Sensors to Witness More Preference and Increased Demand 

Of the key varieties of sensor used in submarines, including sonar, acoustic, electromagnetic, and fiber optic, the segment of acoustic sensors contributed the dominant share in global revenue in 2016. The segment is also anticipated to expand at a promising growth rate during the report's forecast period, thanks to their ability to detect threatening submarines operating below periscope depth.

Geographically, the market for submarine sensors in North America held the dominant share in the global market in 2016 and is expected to expand at a prominent pace during the forecast period as well. North America and Europetogether accounted for over 49% of the overall and remain the trendsetters by contributing through innovative products owing to the presence of prominent market players in these regions.

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Increased Deployment of Attack Submarines in Naval Sector to Drive Market 

Fueled primarily due to the rising deployment of attack submarines by naval agencies across the globe and the recent advancements in the acoustic sensor technology, the global submarine sensor market has expanded at a noteworthy pace in the past few years. With recent advancements in acoustic sensor technology, there has been a significant growth in acoustic sensors for submarine applications. Acoustic wave sensors are so named because their detection mechanism is a mechanical, or acoustic wave.

Moreover, the increased usage of sonar and acoustic sensors in submarines so as to enhance their detection capabilities is also helping the market gain momentum, particularly in developing geographies such as Asia Pacific. However, factors such as the low availability of skilled laborers and high capital investments required to undertake research and development activities are anticipated to hinder the growth of submarine sensor market to a certain extent during the forecast period. Nevertheless, continued and sustained investments in advanced undersea warfare technologies, capabilities, and capacity are projected to spur the growth of submarine sensor market in the coming years.

This review of the global submarine sensor market is based on a recent market research report by Transparency Market Research, titled "Submarine Sensor Market (Sensor Type - Sonar Sensor and Acoustic Sensor; Submarine Type - Nuclear-Powered Attack submarine (SSN), Ballistic Missile Submarines (SSBN), and Diesel Electric Submarine (SSK); Application - Marine Environmental Monitoring, Underwater Species Protection, Detection of Oil Resources, and Underwater Communication) - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2017 - 2025."

Key Takeaways:

  • Submarines have grown to be an integral part of the defense sector in the recent years
  • North America and Europe together account for nearly half of the market


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For the study, the market has been segmented as follows:

Submarine Sensor Market, by Sensor Type 

  • Sonar
  • Acoustic
  • Fiber Optic
  • Electromagnetic


Submarine Sensor Market, by Submarine Type 

  • Nuclear-Powered Attack submarine (SSN)
  • Ballistic Missile Submarines (SSBN)
  • Diesel Electric Submarine (SSK)


Submarine Sensor Market, by Application 

  • Marine Environmental Monitoring
  • Underwater species protection
  • Detection of Oil Resources
  • Underwater Communication
  • Underwater Communication
  • Others


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Protecting The Homefront: UTC Aerospace Systems DB-110 Sensor Will Enable National Guard To See More From The Air Than Ever Before

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 21, 2018 -- The U.S. Air National Guard will soon be able to conduct airborne assessment of natural disasters across wider areas and greater distances than ever before now that UTC Aerospace Systems has successfully completed an Operational Assessment of its DB-110 airborne reconnaissance system on the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper. Conducted in fall 2017 by the 174th Attack Wing at the Syracuse Air National Guard Base, the assessment addressed the system's utility for domestic operations missions, such as defense support for civil authorities during natural disasters. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

Currently in service with 14 countries around the world for military intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, the DB-110 is a dual-band electro-optic and infrared reconnaissance pod that produces high-resolution day and night imagery, from overhead and at long ranges. Operating in three fields of view and capable of collecting still imagery, it provides three-dimensional and stereo imagery, and wide-area persistence surveillance.

The DB-110 offers a significant capability improvement relative to the Guard's existing sensors that have a comparatively shorter range and smaller field of view. For example, while current systems have a slant range of roughly 15 nautical miles, the DB-110 is able to produce high-resolution imagery from a slant range of 80-plus nautical miles. In addition, the DB-110 provides an overhead view from higher altitudes and can collect more than 10,000 square miles of imagery per hour. Ultimately, this significantly enhanced capability will allow the Guard to assess natural disasters more rapidly and more comprehensively, boosting operational efficiency in its humanitarian assistance operations. Commanders anticipate using the sensor during such natural disasters as hurricanes, wildfires and floods.

UTC Aerospace Systems was contracted by the Guard in 2017 to support the installation and assessment of the DB-110 on the 174th Attack Wing's MQ-9 Reaper. Following the first Operational Assessment, the Guard is evaluating long-term solutions to field the next-generation sensor of the DB-110 family, the MS-110, in a new pod that will be compatible with both the MQ-9 Reaper and C-130 Hercules. The MS-110 will produce multispectral color imagery across 7 bands, thereby enhancing the long-range and wide-area attributes of the DB-110. For the Guard, the MS-110 would enhance the service's ability to assess critical infrastructure during poor weather conditions, through smoke and below the surface of the water, while also helping to detect objects against a cluttered background.

"As the most advanced tactical-reconnaissance sensors of their kind, the DB-110 and MS-110 will greatly improve the Air National Guard's ability to carry out its mission of saving lives and providing humanitarian assistance," said Kevin Raftery, vice president of ISR and Space Systems at UTC Aerospace Systems. "The imagery they provide will enable the timely assessment of critical infrastructure such as power plants, energy corridors, roads and highways, and civilian domiciles. Collecting this information rapidly across wide areas and disseminating the data directly to incident commanders will help save lives and property during natural disasters and emergency situations."

About UTC Aerospace Systems
UTC Aerospace Systems is one of the world's largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and defense products. UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries, supporting a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and customer service facilities. For more information about the company, visit our website at or follow us on Twitter: @utcaerosystems

About United Technologies Corporation
United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. By combining a passion for science with precision engineering, the company is creating smart, sustainable solutions the world needs. For more information about the company, visit our website at or follow us on Twitter: @UTC 


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Global study reveals cybersecurity professionals believe a catastrophic data breach to their organization is inevitable

WALTHAM, Mass., Feb. 21, 2018 -- A new global cybersecurity study commissioned by Raytheon (NYSE: RTN), in partnership with Ponemon Institute, reveals a majority of senior-level IT professionals fully expect their organization will experience a catastrophic data breach that could greatly impact shareholder value. The 2018 Global Megatrends in Cybersecurity survey of 1,100 senior-level IT and IT security global practitioners also shows that despite growing threats, IT professionals believe cybersecurity is still not considered a strategic priority among senior leadership.

"Our hope is that CISOs and senior leaders can use this report as a tool to start a deep dialogue about the critical need for cybersecurity within their organizations," said Raytheon Chairman and CEO Thomas A. Kennedy. "Every day the cyber threat is growing more sophisticated and aggressive, posing a real threat to global businesses across all sectors. To reduce risks, leaders must urgently work with their IT teams to identify potential vulnerabilities, develop an action plan and make the investments needed to protect the value of their organization."

The study looks at how cyber trends have evolved since Raytheon first sponsored the research in 2015. It also asks security professionals in the U.S., Europe, Middle East and North Africa to identify future trends over the next three years. Key findings include:

  • 82% of respondents predict their workplace will suffer a catastrophic data breach in the next three years as a result of unsecured IoT devices. 66% say such an attack would seriously diminish shareholder value.
  • 67% believe cyber extortion, such as ransomware and data breaches will increase in frequency and payout.
  • 60% predict nation-state attacks against government and commercial organizations will worsen and could potentially lead to a cyber war.
  • 46% believe their cybersecurity strategy will improve, down from 59% in 2015.
  • 60% expect their companies will have to spend more to achieve regulatory compliance and respond to lawsuits and litigation.

Despite growing concerns about sophisticated and persistent cyber threats, only 36% of respondents believe senior leadership consider cybersecurity a strategic priority. Senior leadership are also seen as seemingly disengaged in the oversight of their organization's cybersecurity strategy with 68% of CISO/IT Executives surveyed saying their Boards are not being briefed on measures taken to prevent or mitigate the consequences of a cyberattack.

"Conversations around cybersecurity resiliency are happening among our nation's top intelligence chiefs, yet business leaders still have not made cybersecurity a business priority," said Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of Ponemon Institute. "This important research reveals an urgent need for executives to appropriately address cyber threats against their organizations."

For more detail and analysis of the full survey findings, please visit 

The 2018 Raytheon Global Megatrends in Cybersecurity Survey was fielded by Ponemon Institute from October 19 - November 6, 2017. The responses were generated from a survey of 1,100 senior-level IT and IT security practitioners in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe and MENA. The margin of error for the survey was +/- 4.2% points at a 95% confidence level.

About the Ponemon Institute
The Ponemon Institute© is dedicated to advancing responsible information and privacy management practices in business and government. To achieve this objective, the Institute conducts independent research, educates leaders from the private and public sectors, and verifies the privacy and data protection practices of organizations in a variety of industries.

About Raytheon
Raytheon Company, with 2017 sales of $25 billion and 64,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 96 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5I™ products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. Follow us on Twitter.

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Gallant Technologies Commercializes Homemade Explosive Training Aid Licensed from Johns Hopkins APL

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., Feb. 20, 2018 -- Gallant Technologies Inc., a small business located in Maryland, has successfully transitioned the technology for a revolutionary, non-detonable explosives training aid developed and licensed from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) under funding from the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T). The TA-SPOT® and HM-SPOT® training aids directly address the rising threat from homemade explosives like HMTD and TATP, known as the "Mother of Satan" due to its inherent instability, by allowing the country's explosive detection canines and sensor systems to train on the real explosive odor, without the threat of injury.

After testing existing products on the market, DHS identified the need for a high-quality, safe training aid for homemade explosives that can be used in operational training scenarios without the logistical burden and safety hazards associated with using pure explosives.  Unlike existing simulant-based training aids, the JHU/APL-developed training aid starts by manufacturing high-quality explosive and then renders it safe using a proprietary process without contributing any additional odors that may confound canine handler teams. As a key customer of DHS S&T, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) mandates that canine teams train using only real explosive material, such as that found in the new training aid.

Gallant Technologies has heavily invested in the transition of the training aid from research to a commercial product making it widely available to the Federal, State, and Local government marketplace. Manufacturing high-quality, neat explosives as the base material requires a level of quality control, safety processes, and regulatory hurdles not required for some competing products. Gallant Technologies has successfully begun production, performed the required quality testing rounds, obtained Department of Transportation shipping classification allowing unrestricted shipping, and obtained an Export Control Classification Number allowing overseas shipping. 

The HM-SPOT® and TA-SPOT® training aids enable regular training in operational scenarios with a low logistical burden.  Pure explosive molecules enable training and assessment of canine teams, multiple sensor-based detection technologies, and security operations protocols.  To date, Gallant Technologies has manufactured thousands of training aids and has delivered small quantities to the TSA, law enforcement agencies, research groups, and independent quality assurance laboratories.  Gallant Technologies is looking forward to supporting emerging and existing contracts to enable broad distribution of this capability-enhancing product.

The training aid is sold under the TA-SPOT® and HM-SPOT® product lines.  More information on this revolutionary product can be found at the company's web site (

CONTACT: Micah Carlson, [email protected]

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South Korea wins Most Powerful Passport in the World - New record position shared with Singapore

MONTREAL, Feb. 20, 2018 - The PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games isn't the only thing South Korea is proud of this February. As the world tunes in, South Korea takes the lead with the world's most powerful passport. Ranking with an impressive visa-free score of 162, South Korea joins Singapore at the top of The Passport Index ranking for the first time, ever.

The Passport Index is the world authority on passport ranking. Used by governments from around the world to monitor and increase the power of their passports, The Passport Index is the most recognized and trusted service with over 12 million users and counting.
South Korea tied with Singapore as the most powerful passport in the world (CNW Group/Passport Index)

Although European countries historically dominated the charts, with Germany at the top, 2017 saw the rise of Asia. In late 2017 Singapore took the lead as the first Asian country ever to top the world's most powerful passports. By December 2017, Germany caught up but it wasn't for too long.

"We are currently seeing not one but two Asian countries with the most powerful passports in the world," shared Armand Arton founder and president of Arton Capital. "This is a testament to the increased global respect and trust Asian countries are commanding," added Arton.

Recent changes were mainly driven by Uzbekistan granting visa-free access to South Korea and Singapore, as well as recent adjustments to visa policies in Somalia. With South Korea's visa-free score of 162, South Korean passport holders have access to many European, North American and Asian countries, including The United States of America, Canada, Russia and others.

Japan quietly moved up to number two place in the Global Passport Power ranking with a visa-free score of 161. Although tied with Germany, Japan has fewer visa-free waivers than Germany which puts it fourth in the Individual Passport Power Ranking. The Passport Index gives equal scores to both visa-free and visa on arrival conditions that add up to make the country's visa-free score.

"Thanks to The Passport Index' first-ever and unique real-time ranking, we are able to witness the volatility of the passport power trends," shared Arton. Daily changes affect the positions of most passports but it is important to note that overall the world is opening up. According to Arton, "People don't like imaginary borders that set boundaries to their opportunities in life." "Having multiple passports has become the new norm and people who haven't invested in this privilege feel anxious and left out," added Arton.

The World Openness Score as measured by The Passport Index has never been higher and has passed the 19,000 mark for the first time. The World Openness Score monitors how frictionless global travel is and since its inception in 2014, it has gained over 1,000 points.

The Passport Index issues eye-catching certificates to top position holders. Referred to as "art pieces," past certificates have been issued to Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and others.

Between South Korea's charming countryside dotted with cherry trees, century old Buddhist temples, iconic sub-tropical islands, and ambitiously diverse cities such as Seoul, it is its moment to boast its 5000+ years of history and culture for the world to admire.

"Passion. Connected." is the official slogan for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics hosted in South Korea. "The new slogan embodies our vision to expand winter sports participation to a truly global audience and encourage people to create and share their once-in-a-lifetime experiences at PyeongChang," said PyeongChang Organizing Committee President, Yang-ho Cho.


About The Passport Index
The Passport Index is the world authority on real-time global passport ranking. Used by governments from around the world to monitor and increase the power of their passports, The Passport Index is the most recognized and trusted service with over 12 million users to date. Users enjoy in the fascinating world of passports, explore their designs, sort them (by country, region and even by color), compare them side-by-side, and see how to improve their Global Mobility Score.

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NASA Invites Media to View SLS Test Hardware Moving to NASA Barge

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Feb. 20, 2018 -- Media are invited to NASA's rocket factory, the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, at 7 a.m. CST on Thursday, Feb. 22, to view recently completed test hardware for America's new deep-space rocket, the Space Launch System.

Media will have the opportunity to view a structural test version of the SLS intertank as it is moved for loading onto NASA's barge Pegasus to be shipped to the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, where it will undergo critical testing. The test article will be moved on new ground support vehicles designed especially for transporting large rocket components. Positioned between the rocket's two colossal fuel tanks, the intertank is a rigid structure that will connect the solid rocket boosters to the core stage. The intertank also houses much of the avionics computers and electronics that will control the rocket in flight.

Interested media should contact Tracy McMahan at [email protected] no later than noon, Wednesday, Feb. 21, and report at 7 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 22, to Michoud's Building 101 at 13800 Old Gentilly Road. Participating media must be U.S. citizens with valid media credentials and a government-issued photo ID. Long pants and closed-toe shoes with heals smaller than 2 inches are required.

SLS will enable a new era of exploration beyond Earth's orbit, launching astronauts in NASA's Orion spacecraft on deep-space exploration missions to the Moon and eventually to Mars. The delivery and subsequent testing of the intertank will mark significant progress toward the rocket's first flight in 2019.

Media will have the opportunity to view additional SLS hardware and the SLS core stage Pathfinder -- a life-size replica of the 212-foot-tall core stage used to practice critical operations without the risk of damaging valuable flight hardware. NASA officials will be available for interviews.

The intertank will be the second major core stage component built at Michoud and delivered to Marshall for testing. The engine section was delivered in May 2017, and Marshall engineers recently completed an extensive test series on the hardware. Delivery is scheduled later this year for the liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen tanks.

Each test article, which is structurally identical to flight hardware, will undergo extensive structural testing to verify the rocket can withstand the extreme forces expected during launch and flight.

To ferry the test and flight hardware for SLS, NASA modified the barge Pegasus, increasing its length and weight-carrying capacity to carry the entire SLS core stage, which is 50 feet longer and more than 600,000 pounds heavier with support equipment than the space shuttle external tank.


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CEA Report: The Cost of Malicious Cyber Activity to the U.S. Economy

Today, the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) released a report detailing the economic costs of malicious cyber activity on the U.S. economy. Please see below for the executive summary and read the full report here.

This report examines the substantial economic costs that malicious cyber activity imposes on the U.S. economy. Cyber threats are ever-evolving and may come from sophisticated adversaries. Due to common vulnerabilities, instances of security breaches occur across firms and in patterns that are difficult to anticipate. Importantly, cyberattacks and cyber theft impose externalities that may lead to rational underinvestment in cybersecurity by the private sector. Firms in critical infrastructure sectors may generate especially large negative spillover effects into the wider economy. Successful protection against cyber threats requires accurate data and cooperation across firms and between private and public sectors.


  • • We estimate that malicious cyber activity cost the U.S. economy between $57 billion and $109 billion in 2016.
  • • Malicious cyber activity directed at private and public entities manifests as denial of service attacks, data and property destruction, business disruption (sometimes for the purpose of collecting ransoms) and theft of proprietary data, intellectual property, and sensitive financial and strategic information.
  • • Damages from cyberattacks and cyber theft may spill over from the initial target to economically linked firms, thereby magnifying the damage to the economy.
  • • Firms share common cyber vulnerabilities, causing cyber threats to be correlated across firms. The limited understanding of these common vulnerabilities impedes the development of the cyber insurance market.
  • • Scarce data and insufficient information sharing impede cybersecurity efforts and slow down the development of the cyber insurance market.
  • • Cybersecurity is a common good; lax cybersecurity imposes negative externalities on other economic entities and on private citizens. Failure to account for these negative externalities results in underinvestment in cybersecurity by the private sector relative to the socially optimal level of investment.
  • • Cyberattacks against critical infrastructure sectors could be highly damaging to the U.S. economy.



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