The DEW Line examines a Boeing-Saab alliance to pitch for the US Air Force’s T-X trainer requirement – and finds the duo aren’t talking about a rehash of the Swedes’ Gripen, but a clean-sheet design. Everybody in the business wants a tilt at what will be a huge prize, to replace the USAF’s ageing Northrop T-38 Talons. Boeing knows Saab can develop a good product at a good price, and for Saab the pact is a coup – its aeronautics branch has only about 4,000 staff. Some might question the viability – or sanity – of the Mars One plan to send people on a one-way trip to the Red Planet for the ultimate reality TV stunt, but the outfit can apparently at least pay the bills. According to Hyperbola, Lockheed Martin and Surrey Satellite Technology have been signed to mission concept study contracts, for $250,000 and $80,000 respectively.
Week on the web 17 December
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